User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Conventions
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This Is How to Save the Earth’s Biodiversity 19.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The Global Deal for Nature is an ambitious plan that aims to help ensure climate targets are met while conserving the world's species, thus avoiding any worsening of the sixth mass extinction crisis.
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New heights but no high - why hemp sales are soaring 7.3.2019 BBC: Business
With hemp now legal to grow in the US, it comes as global demand for the crop is rising strongly.
Extinction crisis: Five things you should know 30.11.2018 BBC: Science
The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more attention.
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'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla 14.11.2018 BBC: Science
Mountain gorilla: Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for large, charismatic animals.
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Yili reelected as the Asian dairy champion to boost the world healthiness 17.7.2017 New Kerala: World News
BEIJING, July 16, 2017 : On July 11, Rabobank released the latest Global Dairy Rankings. Yili Group defended its position as No. 1 dairy enterprise in Asia, and was ranked in the top eight globally, holding tis place in the World Top 10 for the fourth consecutive time.
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Antarctica's biodiversity 'falling between the cracks' 20.4.2017 New Kerala: Technology
Antarctica's biodiversity 'falling between the cracks'
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UAE highlights efforts on biodiversity protection 5.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
UAE highlights efforts on biodiversity protection
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On International Day, UN spotlights indigenous peoples' right to education 10.8.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 9 : To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior United Nations officials are calling on Governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind as the journey to achieve the new UN Sustainable Development Goals gets under way.
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Amazon and eBay hosting ads for banned invasive species 6.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems Amazon and eBay appear to be openly breaking the law by hosting listings to ship banned invasive species to the UK, the Guardian can reveal. Both eBay and Amazon have previously been criticised for hosting ivory traders, but the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) rates invasive species as a more significant threat to biodiversity than poaching for animal parts. In February, the CBD said there was an “urgent need” to control the vast, unregulated network of online traders who buy and sell these pests across the ...
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The alternative city guide to Pretoria, South Africa 10.3.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Our alt city South Africa series heads to Pretoria, a subtropical Highveld metropolis that has shed its former role as apartheid capital and is now developing its own youthful and diverse culture
Alternative guides to Joburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban

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Would it be so bad to wipe out mosquito that spreads Zika? 20.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The species Aedes aegypti is currently responsible for spreading the Zika virus through the Americas and also infects humans with dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. Should there be an effort to get rid of Aedes aegypti?
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Would It Be A Bad Thing to Wipe Out A Species ... If It's A Mosquito? 20.2.2016 NPR News
Should we get rid of the Zika-spreading Aedes aegypti species? Or is it just never a good idea to eradicate a critter?
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Most natural history specimens wrongly named? 17.11.2015 New Kerala: World News
London, Nov 17 : As many as 50 percent of all natural history specimens held in museums across the world could be wrongly named, according to a new study by researchers from Oxford University and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence 23.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence. How do you tell two species apart? Let’s say you’re investigating a bird with two populations. One lives in the savanna, the other in the forest. The savanna population eats grasshoppers, but the one in the forest eats beetles. The savanna bird is big-bodied with a curvy beak; the forest bird is smaller with a straighter beak. Is this enough to determine you’re dealing with not one, but two species? Probably. But how about you look at the genetics? Lo and behold, the animals’ DNA shows that the birds have been separated by 6 million years – easily making it two species. Now, let’s say we’re not talking about birds here, but elephants. African elephants. Suddenly, things get messy. Really messy. And political. And ...
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Hemp vs. marijuana: Minnesota researcher finds genetic difference 21.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"We think that this genetic discovery has some policy implications and should be considered as efforts are underway to open the door to commercial hemp cultivation," said plant biologist George Weiblen.
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Nagoya Protocol: plant hunters need to step up to this new challenge 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
New legislation on collecting plants from the wild should help us realise the value of biodiversity, writes Robbie Blackhall-Miles The earliest recorded instance of plant hunting was in 1495 BC when the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut sent her botanists to Somalia to collect incense trees for her; time ticked on. The Romans brought to the UK such iconic species as corn cockle and field poppy from southern Europe, Britain’s countryside was never the same again. In 1580, Sir Francis Drake is said to have introduced the potato to Britain; life changed immeasurably. By the Victorian era plant hunters were putting themselves at considerable risk to explore the farthest corners of the world with the intent of bringing often rare, botanical treasures to the UK. These are the garden plants you and I now grow. They travelled in the biblical belief that man had a god given right to the world’s natural riches: “...and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock ...
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International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development 23.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development' at newkerala.com.
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Enviro groups protest BLM plans for increased fracking in Colorado 14.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Environment groups are protesting federal plans that would allow increased oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing on public lands in western ...
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NSW election 2015: on frantic final day of campaign, Baird ahead of Foley in polls - live! 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In the last full day of campaigning ahead of the NSW election, Mike Baird’s Coalition government leads Labor on a primary vote of 45% to Labor’s 34% with Greens steady on 11%. Follow it live...

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Are there too many sustainable development goals? 20.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets

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