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Old 11-09-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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Biodiversity beyond 2010: deciding the way ahead
Published: 18 Oct 2010
Biodiversity beyond 2010: deciding the way ahead - News — EEA
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World leaders and policymakers are gathering at a major conference in Japan to debate how to halt global biodiversity loss. At this 10th Conference of the Parties (COP-10), the European Environment Agency is presenting its assessments on Europe’s biodiversity, including its new report on the EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline...
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Failure Looms for Global Biodiversity Conference
Copenhagen Repeat?
By Christoph Seidler
10/18/2010

Copenhagen Repeat?: Failure Looms for Global Biodiversity Conference - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
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The group dressed in blue had arranged themselves in a row before Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. In front of each of the activists was a large photo of an animal species now extinct: an aurochs, a Chinese river dolphin, an ivory-billed woodpecker. In the background fluttered a banner reading "stop extinction," a couple of candles had been set up, some flowers and a few stuffed animals. A photogenic protest that was accompanied by mournful trumpet music.
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The issues involved, however, are complicated. It isn't enough to simply designate endangered areas as a new national park. Rich countries must take a close look at farm subsidies and take steps to reduce industrial over-fishing. Poorer countries need financial assistance to protect endangered ecosystems.
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For one, international leadership is lacking. And the United States, as during the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, is not playing a productive role. Indeed, although the US has signed the convention, it has not ratified it -- joining the Vatican and Andorra as the only three countries in the world not to have done so. "The US is more part of the problem than part of the solution," says Krüger.
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Biodiversity summit must tackle destructive impacts of food production
Nagoya delegates need to plan how the world achieves food security, before ecosystems reach critical tipping points
Janet Ranganathan and Frances Irwin
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Biodiversity summit must tackle destructive impacts of food production | Janet Ranganathan and Frances Irwin | Environment | guardian.co.uk
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While producing food relies on harvesting nature's bounty, food production often degrades the very ecosystems it depends on. The Brazilian Amazon, for example, provides critical water and climate regulation services that the region's agricultural sector depends upon for its survival. Yet one-fifth of the Brazilian Amazon has been deforested, primarily by farmers and ranchers.

Delegates at the conference face a paradox. Dramatic increases in food production over the past 50 years have supported significant improvements in human wellbeing, but at the same time have diminished Earth's diversity and capacity to provide ecosystem services (including fish, food, freshwater, pollination, and water regulation).

The Amazon, for example, could reach a tipping point due to deforestation, where it dies back and changes into savanna-like vegetation. The reduction in rainfall would devastate efforts to...
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Back to the biodiversity drawing board
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
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CBC News - Technology & Science - Back to the biodiversity drawing board
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This year's Global Biodiversity Outlook stated simply that that goal has not been met.
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At this year's conference, the parties are setting less ambitious goals. Essentially, they are breaking the one over-arching target down into 20 bite-sized objectives. These include measures on deforestation, sustainable agriculture and overfishing.

Biodiversity is generally defined as the variety of plants and animals and other living things in a particular area or region. Scientists consider it important because plant and animal species interact and depend upon one another for food, shelter, oxygen and soil enrichment...
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Biodiversity pact reached at UN conference
Last Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010 | 1:43 PM ET
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Overcoming divisions between rich and poor countries, delegates to the 10th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity also agreed on a system to share access to and the benefits of genetic resources — a key sticking point.
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Biodiversity Pacts Signed on Genetic Resources, Global Conservation
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Biodiversity Pacts Signed on Genetic Resources, Global Conservation
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Governments today agreed to a new treaty on how nations cooperate in commercializing genetic resources from living organisms, as for example, when a plant's genetic material is turned into a pharmaceutical product.
The deal that establishes an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources comes on the last day of the Convention on Biodiversity meeting in Nagoya, following intense all-night negotiations and 18 years of discussion and debate.
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Population Pressure and Biodiversity
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Population Pressure and Biodiversity
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The relentless reduction in global biodiversity is caused by two trends: dramatically increased per capita consumption levels; and the seven fold increase in the world’s population from one to almost seven billion over the last two hundred years. These trends drive increasing pollution, the destruction of habitat and the exploitation of wildlife for energy, industry, timber, minerals, settlement and especially food. Ever more people need ever more land and inputs to grow ever more food, and take that land from space not occupied by other people, namely wildlife habitat. As OPT Patron Sir David Attenborough says, all environmental problems would be easier to solve with fewer people, and ultimately impossible with ever more.

UN projections are that the world population will reach somewhere between eight and eleven billion in just forty years time. The actual outcome depends primarily on...
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