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August 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Weekly News Headlines - EarthLanka



Fire Emergency in Bolivia





Thousands of straws collected as waste










New species of monkey discovered in the…
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Added by Sudarsha Chanaka De Silva on August 30, 2010 at 5:57 — No Comments

Wildlife trafficker kingpin Anson Wong arrested, need help to get the word out

Anson Wong, one of the world's most notorious wildlife traffickers was arrested yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Hope international media can pick up on this story so that he doesn't slip quietly out!


The story, broken by Malaysian newspaper the Star is here:…
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Added by Jen Rubis on August 28, 2010 at 6:13 — 1 Comment

Borneo’s Husband-and-Wife Mountain Gods Look Down on Illegal Logging

The news that Norway has sold all of its shares in a Malaysian timber company it accuses of illegal logging has brought back memories of one of the best experiences of my life, and of a pair of sad brown eyes I wish I had not seen. Read the rest of my blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 26, 2010 at 10:50 — No Comments

Earthlanka



Earthlanka web site will focus on the latest info on the environment locally and globally



The web site was launched in Sri Lanka during 2009,



This web site will be updated by volunteers ,…

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Added by Sudarsha Chanaka De Silva on August 26, 2010 at 6:53 — No Comments

Funding a Blue Revolution

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



As climate change worsens, and fresh water availability grows more erratic, the food security of small-scale farmers throughout Africa will increasingly depend on their water management abilities. Luckily, the tools for improving water management already exist. But, as a recent…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 25, 2010 at 16:47 — No Comments

Pavlovsk update

The story of the threatened berry germplasm collection at Pavlovsk in Russia is definitely going viral on the internet. Incredible coverage, most recently from VoA: http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/Housing-Plan-Threatens-Seed-Bank-in-Russia-101334344.html. There's a summary here:… Continue

Added by Luigi Guarino on August 24, 2010 at 12:58 — No Comments

Plants for the Planet - new campaign to promote plant conservation

‘Plants for the Planet’ is the new online campaign launched by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to raise the profile of plants in the biodiversity debate and demonstrate popular support for plant conservation. BGCI aims to show world leaders that people care about and recognise the fundamental importance of plants. BGCI will use the campaign to persuade governments to adopt a strong Global Strategy for Plant Conservation for the coming decade. Politicians, prominent figures… Continue

Added by Suzanne Sharrock on August 24, 2010 at 9:51 — No Comments

They kill environment journalists, don’t they?

Journalists face many threats for uncovering environmental abuses. Some more solidarity from their safer colleagues around the world would put the media spotlight on a growing problem that nations are obliged to tackle under the Rio Declaration they signed in 1992. Read the rest of this post at my new blog Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 24, 2010 at 8:17 — No Comments

Biodiversity and Climate Change Laws: A Failure to Communicate?

Professor David Hodas at Widener University - School of Law has produced a paper called Biodiversity and Climate Change Laws: A Failure to Communicate?



In it, he warns of a "significant risk" that national and international laws that aim to tackle either climate change or biodiversity in isolation could have perverse… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 22, 2010 at 13:13 — No Comments

Call for Opinion: NHK's Project Wisdom on the program on Biodiversity (Submission date: August 31)

Anyone interested in global dialogue on Biodiversity?
NHK is planning to broadcast the program featuring on Biodiversity on September 23 and now calling for Opinion. For detail, please visit the folowing web-site.

Added by Makiko IMAI on August 22, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

How to link ape conservation with poverty reduction in Africa

African countries with populations of endangered apes could do more to ensure that conservation activities bring benefits in the fight against poverty, according to two reports published this week by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and partners.



The reports reveal important lessons from across the continent that policymakers and conservation groups can use to boost both biodiversity and the livelihoods of poor… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 20, 2010 at 9:41 — No Comments

Innovation of the Week: Turning Agriculture into Gold

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.





Before Kenya’s independence, the Migori District’s economy was driven by the Macalder Mining Company, the area’s largest employer. When the company shut down in 1966, it left behind a lot of abandoned land—and a lot of unemployed miners. These miners, some of…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 18, 2010 at 15:02 — No Comments

Anyone going to UN High Level Meeting on International Year of Biodiversity on September 22?

Very curious to know if there's anyone going to UN High Level Meeting on International Year of Biodiversity on September 22.

http://www.un.org/ga/65/meetings/biodiversity.shtml

Added by Makiko IMAI on August 16, 2010 at 12:17 — No Comments

Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development

This report by UNEP/GRID-Arendal is a contribution to the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity and is a complement to the UNEP-hosted Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) which is bringing visibility to the wealth of the world’s natural capital. It documents over 30 successful case studies referencing thousands of restoration projects ranging from deserts and rainforests to rivers and coasts. The report confrms that restoration is not only possible but can prove highly…
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Added by Rannveig Nilsen on August 13, 2010 at 15:55 — No Comments

International action on biodiversity - tell all your ecologist and conservationist friends

Today conservation ecologist Guillaume Chapron and George Monbiot have launched Biodiversity 100, hosted by the…

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Added by Christine Ottery on August 13, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

EarthWire Marine user survey

UNEP/GRID-Arendal's EarthWire Marine news service (http://earthwire.org/marine/) has been online for one year, and therefore we have made a quick survey to find out what its users - and even non-users - think about it. Please take the survey and help us improve the EarthWire Marine! It will take you 5 minutes or less, so you can do it in your coffee break.
Take survey here:…
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Added by Rannveig Nilsen on August 13, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Innovation of the Week: Handling Pests with Care Instead of Chemicals

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.

Between the years of 1975 – 1976, the Cambodian farmer, Name Name, like most farmers in the country during that time, grew vegetables and rice to feed the soldiers of the Lon Nol regime.…



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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 12, 2010 at 3:18 — No Comments

Can your Head of State answer these 11 questions?

Here is a golden opportunity for journalists worldwide to localise a global biodiversity story.



The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has posed a series of questions to Heads of State or Government ahead of their big meeting on biodiversity at the UN headquarters on 22 September.



The questions are listed below and the full background paper is online here in various languages.



Can your… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 11, 2010 at 10:38 — 1 Comment

Ban Ki-moon's biodiversity paper for UN General Assembly session next month

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a background paper to the UN General Assembly ahead of its high-level meeting on biodiversity on 22 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York.



You can download the paper in various languages from this site, and read a summary of it… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on August 10, 2010 at 12:44 — No Comments

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