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Conserving biodiversity

Nations Accelerate Plans to Realize UN Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?

Mexico’s First Wood Fiberboard Plant Highlights Controversy Over UN FAO Definition of Forests

Drawing on local eucalyptus plantation it owns, Proteak Uno’s new medium density fiber board plant highlights the ongoing controversy revolving around industrial forestry and its contributions to achieving key national and international environmental, climate change and sustainable development goals.

Rising Ocean Temperatures Lead to Increase in Marine Pathogens and Infections

In a landmark research paper an international team of marine microbiologists concludes that rising sea surface temperatures are leading to population booms of the marine pathogen Vibrio cholerae and other members of the genus in Northern Atlantic waters.

Landsat Study Reveals Greening Across North America’s Arctic

Analyzing 29 years worth of satellite images (1984-2012), a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research team found nearly one-third of land cover has been changing to resemble landscapes in warmer ecosystems.

Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Shrinking sea ice forces Polar Bears into "marathon" swims as population declines

Polar Bears Undertaking Marathon Swims, Populations Declining Rapidly as Sea Ice Disappears

The polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area have declined 50% or more in the last decade. Nearly 7 in 10 of the 100 bears the researchers monitored swam at least 49 km (30.44 mi) in 2012. That’s up 25% from 2007.

Mimicking Nature, Suriname Permeable Dam Project Prevents Coastal Erosion

A Suriname university professor and students are building permeable dams along the Surinam coast, reclaiming land and facilitating mangrove reforestation that protects coastal areas and communities from erosion.