Tag Archive | biodiversity

“Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?”

A bald uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus) in the flooded forest of the Amazon in Brazil. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as vulnerable.

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Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?

 

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“Study: Earth may host 1 trillion species”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/05/03/Study-Earth-may-host-1-trillion-species/7691462279730/?nll=1

A new study suggests our knowledge of Earth’s biodiversity is extremely limited. According to the numbers recently crunched by scientists at Indiana University, 99.999 percent of the planet’s species remain undiscovered.

“UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets”

Spoon-billed sandpiper

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/06/un-biodiversity-report-failure-meet-conservation-targets?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a UN report.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010 to slow the destruction of species’ habitats, cut pollution and stop overfishing by the end of the decade.