loss of biodiversity

Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – The European Union will fail to meet its goal of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 unless there is “enormous effort” over the next two years, according to the EU’s the first comprehensive assessment of progress in implementing its Biodiversity Action Plan. Despite the further extension of…

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – Globally, forests are disappearing at a rate of about 13 million hectares (50,190 square miles) a year. In view of this continuing loss, the European Commission Friday unveiled two initiatives aimed at forest protection. The proposed regulation would oblige traders to seek guarantees that the timber and timber…

Waterbirds Disappearing from African-Eurasian Flyways

Waterbirds Disappearing from African-Eurasian Flyways

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, September 15, 2008 (ENS) – Struck by climate change and wetland destruction, 40 percent of the migratory waterbird populations that travel across Africa and Eurasia are in decline, finds a new study presented to delegates at an international migratory waterbird conservation meeting today in Antananarivo. The main causes of decrease in the 522…

U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – Today’s federal environmental research, development, and monitoring programs are not structured to handle such major problems as global climate change, declines in freshwater, and loss of biodiversity, warns a group of former senior federal officials who want to form a new agency by merging two existing ones. In…

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

The Future is Green: Natural Habitats and Culture and Heritage

The Future is Green: Natural Habitats and Culture and Heritage

Today, we’ll move away from the stuff that surrounds our lives every day and open up the aperture a bit, to look at how our green future interacts with natural habitats and wildlife, and culture and heritage. Again, it might not seem like there’s a huge connection here, but there really is. And it’s terribly…