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Mainstreaming Biodiversity: A Real Solution to the Devastation of Nature? 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Nele Marien

4 December marks the start of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP). While not as well-known as the climate COPs, this conference responds to a complex crisis that is both as threatening and urgent as the climate crisis.  Globally, biodiversity is being depleted at an alarming rate. Animals are being wiped out as much as 100 times faster than their natural extinction rate. The last time the world experienced such a rate of decline was 65 million years ago, with the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

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Number of Species on Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Protection Drops to Lowest Level in History 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity As a result of a pair of settlement agreements with the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians, the number of species on the waiting list for Endangered Species Act protection has dropped to the lowest level since the “candidate” list was begun in 1975. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that only 30 species are now on the candidate waiting list for protection, including the Pacific walrus, Oregon’s red tree vole and the eastern gopher ...
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Awareness of the Ivory Crisis is Taking Shape 1.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In recent years, African nations with large elephant populations such as Kenya, Mozambique, and the Republic of Congo have made powerful statements by publicly burning their stockpiles of ivory confiscated from poachers and illegal wildlife traffickers. At the CITES Conference of the Parties this past October, 182 governments around the world agreed to a resolution calling for the closure of all domestic ivory markets. Every day in Africa today, some 96 elephants are killed -- an average of one every 15 minutes. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher. The Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign has helped bring unprecedented worldwide attention to the poaching crisis since its inception in 2013. Named for the number of elephants killed for their ivory every day in Africa, 96 Elephants has led multiple efforts that have yielded important results for elephant conservation. This year, the Obama Administration and the U.S. government joined several states in enacting a ban on the trade of elephant ...
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This $100 billion marketplace benefits business and landowners 1.12.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
It's changing the face of real estate, and caters to rural America, business and industry. Here's how Allegheny Power Company unearthed hidden value.
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New Landmark Study: Tighter Pesticide Regulations Key to Reversing Pollinator Declines 29.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Tighter regulation of pesticides is the top recommendation issued by leading pollinator researchers to reverse dramatic declines in populations of  bees, butterflies and other pollinators, according to a new paper just published in the journal Science. The researchers’ urgent recommendations for protecting pollinators come on the heels of last week’s release of the largest and most ...
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The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest. 28.11.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
When we lose so many animals and plants from South America, often as soon as they are discovered as new species. It is consoling to discover such an animal that seems to be looking after itself, in secondary forest, and with hopes of recovery from population loss. Of course, some smart new conservation effort may be required in the form of forest regeneration and afforestation ----- !
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Protections for Rare and Endangered Animals Under Threat From Drilling Industry 24.11.2016 Truthout.com
While the nation's list of protected species is poised to grow, a handful of those rare and wild animals can only survive in habitat also targeted by Texan drillers. And any changes to environmental standards driven by oil lobbyists could undermine fundamental protections for wildlife nationwide. A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, February 14, 2012. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times) Midland, Texas -- Monarch butterflies, tiny lizards, and a type of grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken all drew close scrutiny from a large gathering of oil and gas executives at the Permian Basin Petroleum Association's annual meeting this year. Fracking has helped turn the Permian Basin into the nation's most productive oil field -- and the only part of the U.S. where the oil industry continues to expand robustly despite a price slump that began in mid-2014. But the parched Permian Basin is also home to a broad array of rare wildlife, including a significant ...
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Trump And Endangered Species? A Terrifying Dumpster Fire 24.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Among all the nightmares to contemplate with the next administration, consider this one: President Trump and his band of villains trying to save endangered species. Just look at the people who have his ear on whether to save endangered wolves, whales and sea turtles. Steve Bannon was made chief executive officer of the Trump campaign in August and has now been picked to be President Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor. Prior to joining the Trump campaign, Bannon was executive chairman of Breitbart News, which has often been criticized for racist, xenophobic and misogynist content, particularly under Bannon's leadership. Lesser known are the frequent tropes on Breitbart mocking protections for endangered species and the Endangered Species Act. For example, an August 2015 Breitbart piece, " Animals That Aren't Delicious or Useful Deserve to Be Extinct ," crassly called elephants "the original fat acceptance campaigners" and said the severely endangered vaquita porpoise of Mexico "can definitely ...
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New mapping data reveals major growth in eco markets 15.11.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Here's a clear new tool to quantify the dramatic growth of U.S. environmental markets.
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New Study: Endangered Species Database "Outdated," Underestimates Risk of Extinction 14.11.2016 Truthout.com
The world's most widely used database of endangered species -- the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List -- classifies species according to their risk of extinction. But this list underestimates the number of species at risk, concludes a new study. Nearly 200 forest bird species from six of the world's most biodiverse places are at immediate risk of extinction despite being deemed non-threatened in the IUCN Red List, researchers report in a new study published in Science Advances . "The Red List employs rigorously objective criteria, is transparent, and democratic in soliciting comments on species decisions," Stuart Pimm, study co-author and Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, said in a statement . "That said, its methods are seriously outdated." The IUCN database uses various criteria to assess the extinction risk of a species. One of these criteria is the extent of occurrence , or the "area contained within the shortest ...
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Why It's So Hard To Save An Endangered Species 11.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Green groups hailed it as “ big news for a little porpoise .” With just 60 animals left in the wild and the threat of extinction looming, governments had finally banded together in an effort to save the vaquita , the most endangered marine mammal on Earth . Urgent conservation measures to protect the creature were approved at the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia late last month. The emergency resolution  that the U.S. tabled included measures to permanently ban gill net fishing from the vaquita’s range, remove existing gill nets and clamp down on the illegal trade of totoaba . The critically endangered fish can become captured by the nets that snare and strangle vaquita. “The IWC’s approval of this range of measures to increase protection for the vaquita is a positive and vital step if we are to stand a chance of preventing the extinction of this species,” said Matt Collins of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, praising the resolution. But the struggle to save the vaquita has revealed ...
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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change 11.11.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Nonprofit canopy's founder shares 5 lessons to accelerate sustainability on fabric and forests.
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Good News for Elephants for a Change 11.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
My recent visit to Tanzania gives me hope. It started in Tarangire National Park, a beautiful northern ecosystem in which the population of elephants has doubled in 20 years. That's good news for elephants for a change. Conservation efforts are having a powerful impact. In Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, the population of elephants has doubled in 20 years. Credit: Cristián Samper/WCS. A Wildlife Conservation Society colleague, Charles Foley, first came to Tarangire in 1993 to work on his doctorate research on the impacts of poaching on elephant populations. These populations had been hit hard by the poaching crisis in the 1980s, but poaching stopped as the tourism industry strengthened. Charles and his wife Lara have been studying elephants for two decades, making it the second longest elephant field study worldwide. They estimate there were 1,800 elephants in 1996; today there are about 4,200. Their studies have shown that elephant populations can recover quickly if the conditions are right, and by ...
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The Election Is Over. Now, What Do We Do For Animals? 11.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Millions of us stayed up until after 3:00AM this morning watching the election results and wondering not only what the outcome would be, but what the impact would be on our lives and our work. Will retirement and college funds lose value in an unstable market? Will civil society advancements be protected and enhanced, or undermined and gutted? And, for those of us in the animal protection field, what will our chances of success look like next year? We've had Republican presidents before, of course, and that hasn't meant stagnation of progress on wildlife conservation and animal protection issues. After all, it was Richard Nixon who signed into law the Endangered Species Act and George H. W. Bush who signed into law the Wild Bird Conservation Act. We've had Republican champions of pro-animal bills before. Bob Dole was the leader on the Animal Welfare Act, which passed; Mitch McConnell was the champion of the Bear Protection Act, which didn't. And, in this Congress , we've had Republican Congresswoman ...
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People and nature blur in the world's indigenous languages 9.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Indigenous peoples from around the world came together to examine the relationships between people and nature at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i. They discovered that in many indigenous or native worldviews people are not seen as separate from nature - as reflected in many local languages, writes Seline Meijer from IUCN's Global Economics and Social Science Programme. Sharing experiences about the role of indigenous and local knowledge in restoring interrelations between people and nature was the focus of a Conservation Campus organised by IUCN's People in Nature (PiN) initiative during the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i, in collaboration with the Hawaiian non-profit organisation Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA). The event brought together participants of the IUCN Congress from around the world and people associated with KUA to talk about the role of nature in the restoration of land- and ocean-based relationships and reconciliation between peoples. Surprisingly, many people ...
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Want to reap cash from your land? Try protecting it 8.11.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund knows how to get private capital investments for sustainable land management.
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Bison Have Been Bringing Americans Together for Centuries 5.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We are on the eve of an election, I can safely say, that is unlike any we have seen before. Regardless of which way it turns out, the country could use something to bring people together, something to rally around. For this tall task, I humbly suggest the bison. Today, November 5th, is National Bison Day - a day to celebrate everything wonderful about this magnificent animal that is uniquely American. The bison is the steward of our grasslands and the keystone upon which ecosystems depend. It is an economic driver, bringing tourism to wildlife reserves, national parks and zoos, as well as sustaining a multi-million dollar meat production industry. And it is a cultural touchstone, especially for the Native Americans who looks to the bison, or buffalo, as the centerpiece of their spiritual identity. In 2016, the American bison became the United States' national mammal. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS. These are all great contributions to our society, one might think, but how does the shaggy behemoth have ...
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New study finds eco-assets boost property sale price 3.11.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Assessing property for the endangered species it saves or wetlands it preserves could pay off for some California landowners.
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Can USDA bridge the food gap through farmer partnerships? 1.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The USDA's Jason Weller argues for public-private collaborations to ramp up food production on farms.
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Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers and SFI want to make life less ccary for amphibians at Halloween and all year round 31.10.2016 TreeHugger
Slimy, slithery creatures take centre stage at Halloween, but they fascinate children all year round.
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