News Selection – Biodiversity
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Biodiversity.
‘Frightening’ number of plant extinctions found in global survey
10/6/2019: Researchers say the plant extinction rate since 1750 has been 500 times greater than before the industrial revolution, and this was also likely to be an underestimate.
Source: The Guardian
How can the biodiversity and climate crises be tackled together?
10/5/2019: The protection of nature is a major weapon against the climate crisis, but it remains on the periphery of diplomacy and finance. That might be changing.
Source: Climate Home News
Nature’s dangerous decline is ‘unprecedented’
7/5/2019: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark report from the intergovernmental body, IPBES. Source: IPBES
Q&A with Goldman winner Jacqueline Evans
30/4/2019: Jacqueline Evans, a marine conservationist, has been awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her work on Marae Moana, the largest multi-use marine protected area on Earth.
Islands that offer hope for stemming the extinction crisis
27/3/2019: New research shows that eradicating damaging non-native invasive mammals such as rats, cats, goats, and pigs can make a major contribution towards stemming the global extinction crisis.
Source: Island Conservation
The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day
22/2/2019: The UN's State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report warns of decreasing plant diversity in farmers’ fields, rising numbers of livestock breeds at risk of extinction and increases in the proportion of overfished fish stock. Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Conservation groups press world leaders to protect 30% of the planet
5/2/2019: Thirteen conservation organizations have banded together to ask policymakers to protect the world’s last wilderness areas by setting aside nearly one-third of the Earth for conservation.
Global biodiversity agreement on ‘conserved areas’ marks new era
13/12/2018: Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity have adopted the definition of ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ (known informally as ‘conserved areas’). It marks a transformative moment in international biodiversity law. Source: Mongabay
Surge in marine refuges brings world close to protected areas goal
19/11/2018: A record surge in the creation of marine protected areas has taken the international community close to its goal of creating nature refuges on 17% of the world’s land and 10% of seas by 2020, according to a new UN report. Source: The Guardian
Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time
15/11/2018: Largely overshadowed by other concerns in the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a section on how much better it will be for biodiversity if global warming can be held to 1.5°C rather than 2°C. Source: Inter Press Service