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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.

Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, living in the Russian Arctic Circle town of Salekhard have been hospitalized since reindeer began dying en masse due to an anthrax outbreak that scientists linked to rising temperatures, which is causing permafrost to thaw.

The Golden Toad is just the first of many species going extinct due to climate change

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Extinction

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. (Additional references are added) Dear EarthTalk: Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming, and which are most at risk moving forward? – Melissa Zwicker, Bern, NC Global warming is definitely already taking its toll on wildlife…

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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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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.

Yosemite: the jewel of the national park system

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces $95 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Projects

The news comes during National Park Week (April 16-24) and as Secretary Jewell prepares to deliver a major speech on the Obama Administration’s approach to conservation and the need for a change in course in order to assure the health and integrity of public lands, water and wildlife.