biodiversity

COP15: what are the key objectives of the biodiversity agreement?

From restoring nature to sharing new disease information, the biodiversity agreement being negotiated at Cop15 in Montreal over the next two weeks covers a wide range of issues. Pollution, human-wildlife conflict and soil health are among the topics of discussion as 193 governments battle over the “fate of the living world” in the negotiation rooms, …

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Biopiracy: the struggle for equity in the scientific exploitation of natural resources

Biopiracy: the struggle for equity in the scientific exploitation of natural resources

The countries of the South demand that rich nations share the benefits of the biological resources extracted from their lands which are then used for medical, agricultural or industrial purposes. Known as “biopiracy”, the issue is a major stumbling block at the UN’s COP15 talks on biodiversity. In 2016, Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva spoke …

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Indigenous peoples seek leadership and respect in the battle for biodiversity

Indigenous peoples seek leadership and respect in the battle for biodiversity

Montreal Canada – Indigenous communities are demanding a leadership role in protecting global biodiversity, as a United Nations conference on safeguarding critical ecosystems highlights the importance of Indigenous stewardship of lands and waters. Calls to put Indigenous rights and decision-making at the heart of biodiversity initiatives have intensified as representatives from nearly 200 countries gather …

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Opinion: We're tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth |  CNN

Opinion: We’re tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth | CNN

Editor’s note: Jane Alexander is the former president of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of Audubon, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the American Bird Conservancy. Alexander is the author of “Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth”. She is also a Tony …

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Opinion: We're tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth |  CNN

Opinion: We’re tearing holes in the fabric of life on Earth | CNN

Editor’s note: Jane Alexander is the former president of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of Audubon, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the American Bird Conservancy. Alexander is the author of “Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth”. She is also a Tony …

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Why the plan to protect 30% of the Earth by 2030 is fatally flawed

Why the plan to protect 30% of the Earth by 2030 is fatally flawed

COP15 is finally underway in Montreal, Canada, after more than two years of delay. During the opening ceremony, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for a global agreement to protect 30% of the planet’s land and water by 2030. This could be one of the main agreements reached at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. But …

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EU at COP15: Final stretch towards a global agreement to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, for people and the planet

EU at COP15: Final stretch towards a global agreement to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, for people and the planet

(Credit: Unsplash) This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today begins the COP15 meeting of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Montreal. From 7 to 19 December, countries will strive to reach a global agreement to protect nature and the planet with long-term goals by 2050 and milestones for 2030. …

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UN Secretary Says 'There Is No Planet B' As Global Biodiversity Summit Kicks Off

UN Secretary Says ‘There Is No Planet B’ As Global Biodiversity Summit Kicks Off

Campaigners say this is our last chance to tackle rampant species loss and adopt a strong framework to protect wildlife. A day before kicking off nearly two weeks of negotiations at the UN biodiversity summit, activists warned on Tuesday that talks taking place this month in Montreal could offer humanity its last chance to to …

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“Collective action”: Cosmetics Europe unveils industry green initiative Commit for Our Planet

“Collective action”: Cosmetics Europe unveils industry green initiative Commit for Our Planet

launched today, Get involved for our planet​ was created by Cosmetics Europe with 27 founding industrial partners*​, including Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive and L’Oréal, and five partner trade associations**​. Within a structured framework, the eco-initiative included specific commitments on three themes – climate, packaging and nature – designed to help advance the entire beauty and personal care …

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'We treat nature like a toilet,' says UN secretary-general at start of biodiversity conference

‘We treat nature like a toilet,’ says UN secretary-general at start of biodiversity conference

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Montreal this week with a stark warning about the widespread and continuing loss of animal and plant species, which he called “an orgy of destruction”. “Humanity seems determined to destroy,” Guterres said Tuesday. “We are waging war on nature. António Guterres blamed the …

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