News Selection – Biodiversity
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Biodiversity.
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
Greenpeace slams Antarctic Ocean Commission for failing to protect Antarctic waters
2/11/2018: Delegations from China, Norway and Russia all played a part in blocking an opportunity for the Antarctic Ocean Commission to create the largest protected area on Earth.
Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN
6/11/2018: The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the UN’s biodiversity chief.
Source: The Guardian
Protect the last of the wild
31/10/2018: Earth’s remaining wilderness areas are increasingly important buffers against the effects of climate change and should be safeguarded, warn researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Source: Nature
Tread Softly Comment: This research summary calls for international targets to preserve the planet's remaining wilderness areas, otherwise described as "intact ecosystems." It doesn't fully explain the distinction between such areas and the more familiar designation of national parks and protected areas, for which targets have been established under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Relevant Briefing: Conservation of Biodiversity
WWF report reveals staggering extent of human impact on planet
30/10/2018: The Living Planet Report 2018 indicates that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined, on average, by 60% between 1970 and 2014. Source: WWF