biodiversity loss News

  • Halting the Loss of Biodiversity

    The EC welcomes the report adopted by the European Parliament on the Commission's Communication on 'Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010 - and Beyond: Sustaining Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being'. The EC shares the Parliament's strong concern at financial constraints ...

  • Halting biodiversity loss – the EU no net loss initiative

    The European Commission has published an on-line consultation to seek the public's views on a future EU initiative to halt Biodiversity loss. Biodiversity – the natural world that surrounds us – is in decline around the world, often as a result of human activities. Even when efforts are made to ...

  • Benn calls for action on biodiversity loss

    The world is failing to protect its natural habitats and species and action internationally is needed as climate change takes hold, Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn will warn today as he delivers the annual Darwin Lecture. The threat to polar bears, turtles and pandas is well known, but UK species are also at threat from a combination of climate change causing a loss of habitat ...


  • Understanding and addressing the causes of biodiversity loss

    Many species around the world are likely to become extinct as ecosystems and the diversity of life found in them are threatened by pressures, such as pollution, overexploitation, climate change, invasive species, fragmentation, degradation and loss of habitat. A recent report has examined the causes of biodiversity loss and the policies surrounding efforts to tackle this loss. Biodiversity is ...

  • Biodiversity loss: now for the hard part

    Last month's Nagoya summit on biodiversity reached some important agreements. The challenge is to ensure that they are fully implemented. What a difference a year makes. One year ago, those clamouring for strong international action to combat the effects of global warming were optimistically looking forward to a high-level meeting in Copenhagen they hoped would launch a new global ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Call For Evidence On The Economics Of Biodiversity Loss

    Today the European Commission launched a six-week-long internet-based call for evidence on the economics of biodiversity loss. Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss. The Review will be carried out by an independent economist ...

  • Call for evidence on the economics of biodiversity loss

    The European Commission launched on 15 November a six-week-long internet-based call for evidence on the economics of biodiversity loss. Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss. The Review will be carried out by an independent ...

  • On World Biodiversity Day the EC warns against biodiversity loss

    Today is World Biodiversity Day, and yet biodiversity is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. The EU has a package of measures in place to try and halt the loss, with an action plan well under way, a huge network of protected areas nearing completion, and a major report forthcoming on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'Biodiversity ...

  • Biodiversity loss and climate change: the need for an ecosystem approach

    Biodiversity loss and climate change are now a part of our lives. Both are rooted in overexploitation of natural resources. Both require a coherent policy response. The Syracuse Charter and the Athens Conference underline the strong political commitment to take action. To ensure our society and economy have a healthy future, we need a way to assess our impacts on the natural world. The European ...

  • 90% of Europeans believe biodiversity loss is a problem

    An overwhelming majority of Europeans believe that the loss of biological diversity is a serious problem, according to a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to biodiversity. The survey highlights the concerns of Europeans regarding the decline and extinction of animal and plant species, natural habitats and ecosystems. Concern is greatest in Greece, Portugal and Romania. The survey also reveals ...

  • Missing in action - Ontario failing to halt the loss of biodiversity

    The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario says the Government of Ontario must come up with a new strategy to stem the continuing decline in Ontario's species and natural spaces. In a special report released today, "Biodiversity: A Nation's Commitment, an Obligation for Ontario," Gord Miller says unless Ontario and all other provinces take action, the international commitments made by the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Green 10 steps to halt biodiversity loss by 2010

    On the occasion of Green Week 2006, the Green 10 group of environmental NGOs published a leaflet entitled Saving life: 10 simple steps to help halt biodiversity loss by 2010. It contains facts and figures summarising the main concerns related to biodiversity, as well as practical advice on how to prevent biodiversity loss through changing our ...

  • Past environmental pressures affect current biodiversity loss

    The negative effects of human activity on biodiversity may not be fully realised for several decades, or even a century for some species, new research suggests. Conservation efforts may need to be much increased to prevent declines of wildlife populations as a result of environmental pressures that occurred many years ago, say the study’s authors. Biodiversity in Europe is under threat from ...

  • Japan adopts legislation to combat biodiversity loss

    Two days after the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe, the National Diet of Japan adopted the Basic Act on Biodiversity. The Act formally recognises biodiversity as a challenge all countries must face and one that needs immediate nonpartisan action. The Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Japan and the New Komeito have been instrumental in putting the issue high on Diet's ...

  • The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros?

    Although some success has been achieved in meeting the global target of reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity by 20101, a new report suggests that biodiversity will continue to decline, adversely affecting the health of associated ecosystems. By not meeting the 2010 targets, the report estimates the cumulative loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services between 2000 and 2050, could ...

  • Cropland expansion the culprit in biodiversity loss, says study

    Rapid cropland expansion is the main cause of biodiversity loss in tropical countries, a study by UNEP's (the UN Environment Programme) World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has found. The study, published in PLOS ONE last month (9 January), highlights maize ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Killing the cures: how biodiversity loss is harming medical science

    Biodiversity is essential for the functioning of ecosystems - from forests and fresh waters to coral reefs, soils, and even the atmosphere - that sustain all life on Earth. The ongoing and escalating disappearance of that diversity will harm society in myriad ways. One way that is often overlooked is the damaging impact on medical science. For millennia, medical practitioners have harnessed ...

  • Risks of biodiversity loss posed by nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in European freshwaters

    The risk of eutrophication as a result of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in Europe’s freshwaters fell by 22% in lakes and by 38% in rivers between 1985 and 2011, new research has shown. The researchers analysed data across 88 European river basins using a new statistical approach which could be used to help identify factors which increase eutrophication risks. Nitrogen and phosphorus can ...

  • Red List update shows up global failure to slow biodiversity loss

    The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species should cause alarm over the continuing unprecedented loss of species and the failure so far of mechanisms to arrest biodiversity loss, WWF said today. The 2009 Red List update, issued today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, shows more than one-third (36 percent) of the 47,677 species assessed are threatened with ...


    By WWF International

  • Finding cures for major illnesses at risk due to biodiversity loss, UN warns

    Finding treatments for cancer, thinning bone disease and kidney failure are at risk due to biodiversity loss, a ground-breaking new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) book cautions. “Sustaining Life” – the work of over 100 experts supported by UNEP, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature ...


    By United Nations

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