Environment

February 2nd – World Wetlands Day 2016 “Wetlands for our future – sustainable livelihoods”

  The theme for World Wetlands Day 2016, which is celebrated every year on the 2nd February, is “Wetlands for our future – sustainable livelihoods”. The intimate and timeless relationship between people –the way they live and the culture they create– and wetlands has been central to the work of the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-INA) since its …

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Good news for lynx, wolf, bear (& citizen science) from Slovakia

Drawing on a dataset of four years of annual survey effort, the latest Slovakia expedition report now posits that there are stable populations of lynx, wolf and bear in Veľká Fatra National Park, which is excellent news. The report also praises the efforts of citizen scientist volunteers, saying that “the great value of citizen science volunteers in wildlife monitoring projects has been …

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CEPF Mediterranean Basin Storymap: the spice of life

CEPF created this Storymap to showcase the work partners have been doing. Stretching from Cape Verde to eastern Turkey, the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot is identified as one of the world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots, earth’s most biologically rich, yet threatened, areas. The Mediterranean Basin is also special because of its cultural diversity and deep historical and cultural richness – necessitating a local approachto conservation so that it benefits both people and …

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Why we ruffle feathers

Mike Clarke explains why campaigning to protect the common good has always been at the heart of the RSPB’s activities. WHAT WOULD YOU think about a charity that primarily devotes its resources to legislative campaigning, enforcement and prosecutions? In recent times, we have seen an increasing number of public decision-makers and commentators in this country describe such charitable activity as “too …

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World Toilet Day: A Global ‘Urgent Run’ to Raise a Stink for Sanitation

19 November is World Toilet Day, a day to take action and raise awareness about people who do not have access to basic sanitation – despite the human right to water and sanitation. Today 2.4 billion people do not have access to a basic toilet. Almost 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Without good sanitation, women and children are …

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World Wetlands Day 2016: send your stories!

Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods is the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2016. This theme is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the future of humanity and specifically their relevance towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption …

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Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 – The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. Representing the Environment Agency – …

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Lebanese government grants municipalities a leading role in treating local waste

On July 17, 2015, the Naameh landfill was finally shut down, 15 years after its initial closing date. The Government of Lebanon had no contingency prepared to deal with waste management, and trash quickly began to overflow from the streets and riverbanks of Beirut and Mount Lebanon in what can now be considered Lebanon’s worst trash crisis in history. On …

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Climate change clips wings of migratory birds in Poland

It takes the dexterity of a lacemaker to remove the tiny bird caught in nets strung between pine trees on Poland’s Baltic coast, a veritable paradise for dozens of migratory species. Polish ornithologist Jaroslaw Nowakowski delicately unravels the goldcrest, among Europe’s smallest bird species, placing it inside a muslin bag before moving it to a make-shift laboratory in a tent …

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Financial Markets Shifting to Address Climate Change but Acceleration Requires Greater Policy Support: New Report

Private sector investments are shifting to address the challenges posed by climate change, and this trend could accelerate if governments and policy-makers take further actions to increase the demand for low-carbon, climate resilient investment, according to a report released today by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. The new report, “Trends in Private Sector Climate Finance,” found that …

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