convention on biological diversity

World Leaders Commit to Conserve Diversity of Life on Earth

Article: World Leaders Commit to Conserve Diversity of Life on Earth

BONN, Germany, May 29, 2008 (ENS) – Heads of state and 87 ministers from around the world have reinforced their commitment to “substantially reduce” the global loss of biodiversity within two years. The European Commission is committed to stopping the loss of biodiversity in Europe by 2010. Gathered at the ministerial segment of the World…

Congo Basin Forests Saved by Government Action, Timber Certification

Article: Congo Basin Forests Saved by Government Action, Timber Certification

BONN, Germany, May 27, 2008 (ENS) – The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced plans to designate at least 50,190 square miles of the Earth’s second largest rainforest region as new protected areas. At present, nine percent of country, corresponding to 8,494 square miles, is conserved in various categories of protected…

Sharks and Rays Disappearing from the Ocean Deeps

Article: Sharks and Rays Disappearing from the Ocean Deeps

BONN, Germany, May 22, 2008 (ENS) – Today, on International Biodiversity Day, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, released the first study to determine the global status of 21 species of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays. The research shows that nearly half of them – 10 species – are Vulnerable to extinction,…

Medical Miracles Slipping Away as Extinction Claims Species

Article: Medical Miracles Slipping Away as Extinction Claims Species

SINGAPORE, April 23, 2008 (ENS) – New new cancer treatments, new painkillers, a new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for HIV, thinning bones, kidney failure, and macular degeneration – even ways to regrow limbs – may all be lost unless the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss is halted, according to a new book containing…