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World Wildlife Day: The Future of Our Wild Heritage is in our Hands

World Wildlife Day: Building the Ark for the Future of Our Wild Heritage

The future of wildlife is in our hands – The UN named March 3 as World Wildlife Day at its 68th General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The designation aimed to coincide with adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) on March 3, 1973. CITES is an international agreement regulating the commercial trade in wild plant…

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.

Keystone XL: First Big Test of President’s Climate Change Action Plan

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport liquefied bitumen from massive tar sands deposits in Alberta south through Midwest US watersheds and agricultural areas and on down to the Gulf of Mexico would significantly boost the carbon emissions that fuel climate change and thus fails to meet the criteria set out in President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change…

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“Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market in 2013,” HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, Climate Bond Initiative

Study Shows Growth in Climate-Themed Bonds

Some $346 billion of climate-themed bonds are outstanding in global markets, nearly double that of one year ago, according to an HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence-Climate Bond Initiative’s 2013 study. Growth is expected to continue against a backdrop of stronger government policies and actions — including President Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan and a possible 2015 international climate change accord, a long with growing investor activism for socially responsible investment..

Member of the Global Water System Project meet in Bonn to discuss "water in the Anthropocene"

Experts Gather in Bonn to Address Threats to “Water in the Anthropocene”

Humans are having an alarming impact on global water supplies, climate and ecosystems, threats which the Global Water Systems Project says requires urgent, holistic and systemic remedies.

New research suggests a controversial theory for forests as rainmakers

Forests as Rainmakers: New Study Lends Credence to Controversial Theory

A new study fleshes out the details of a theory that says forests play a significant role in creating rain. The implications would be profound and far-reaching should it prove valid.

Understanding the ecosystem services provided by wetlands is key to climate change mitigation and a healthy environment for future generations

Climate Change and Wetlands: The IPCC Weighs In

The IPCC NGGI Wetlands Supplement marks a step forward in the international effort to expand the scope of national greenhouse gas emissions inventories.