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September 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Saudi Biome Project



I have been travelling to Saudi Arabia for the past few years inline with its

growing interest in renewable energy investment and an increase in

Cultural Tourism and Education within The Kingdom.




Forget stereotype ideologies, Saudi Arabia is driving the region with a huge

increase in inward investment towards sustainable infrastructure and is

striving to…
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Added by Phil Pauley on September 30, 2010 at 11:19 — No Comments

War of Climate

The War of Climate



Dr Gursharan Singh…

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Added by Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth on September 30, 2010 at 0:09 — No Comments

Using Dirt to Make Water Clean

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



In 2004 Peter Njodzeka founded the Life and Water…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on September 29, 2010 at 15:52 — No Comments

Is it time to kill off ‘biodiversity’?

Data from Google, graffiti on Wikipedia and a phone call with my Dad all suggest that biodiversity is not the best term to use to raise public awareness of a growing threat to our wellbeing. Read the rest of this blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 28, 2010 at 17:03 — No Comments

Oct 19: Biodiversity Governors’ Summit (BGS) : Satoyama/Satoumi Use and Conservation - Revitalizing Local Communities

Here's one side event recommended from Global Environmental Outreach Center in Japan. Continue

Added by Makiko IMAI on September 28, 2010 at 14:34 — No Comments

Arab Countries off-track in achieving biodiversity targets

Going through the national reports submitted by 9 Arab countries to the CBD in 2009-2010 depicting a comprehensive description of the status and challenges of biodiversity conservation, an analyst can conclude that all countries are off track in their efforts to achieve the biodiversity 2010 targets.



The unique and highly vulnerable biodiversity of the Arab Region is at serious risk from increased human activities. The main environmental issues of concern over biodiversity in the… Continue

Added by Batir Wardam on September 26, 2010 at 12:58 — No Comments

Research shows growing number of patents on biodiversity in cosmetics

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Added by Emma Brooks on September 23, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Putting a Stop to the Spreading Sands

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Throughout the Sahel, recurrent drought since the late 1960’s is turning once crop covered land into desert. And the sand is spreading. Picked up by wind, dunes created by soil particles from the West African coastline and the Sahel are covering villages, roads, crops, and… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on September 22, 2010 at 19:29 — No Comments

Last call for UEBT's Biodiversity Awards!

Applications are still open until the 1st of October 2010


In the context of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, United Business Media…
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Added by Emma Brooks on September 22, 2010 at 8:55 — 1 Comment

One step further towards the adoption of the Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

This press release was just issued by the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity today (21 Sept)



One step further towards the adoption of the Aichi Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing



Montreal, 21 September 2010 – Working late into the night, Governments continued to negotiate the core issues for an international protocol on the provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet. The drafting committee… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 21, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

UN General Assembly Event to Spur Action to Stem Further Biodiversity Loss

The following is a UN press release issued today (21 September 2010).



UN General Assembly Event to Spur Action to Stem Further Biodiversity Loss

With the continued loss of biodiversity representing a major obstacle for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the UN General Assembly will consider strategies for speeding up the implementation of measures to protect and conserve species and ecosystems around the world.



The one-day… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 21, 2010 at 19:29 — No Comments

Water and Biodiversity research news for policy makers

A special themed issue of Science for Environment Policy focusing on water and biodiversity is now available to download, free, from: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/22si.pdf.



Over-fishing, pollution and invasive species are all significant threats to aquatic and marine ecosystems and policy measures to protect life in our waters must be scientifically sound in… Continue

Added by Michelle Kilfoyle on September 21, 2010 at 16:34 — No Comments

Talks to finalise new international rules on genetic resources begin today

Governments are on the brink of agreeing new international rules on the use and provision of genetic resources that will play an important role in both conserving biological resources and ensuring that they contribute to human wellbeing.



The new legally binding ‘protocol’ is intended to not only

make it easier for people to use biological resources for commercial, scientific conservation purposes, but also to ensure that any benefits that arise are shared fairly with the… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 18, 2010 at 4:09 — No Comments

Last chance to salvage new agreement on genetic resources

Hello all,

This Saturday governments are meeting in Montreal for the final negotiations of an international protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (18-21 September). The protocol is due to be adopted at Nagoya in October. But significant areas of disagreement remain, and unless these are resolved, the protocol will make little difference.

Here is a link to the IIED news item on this, and my IIED…

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Added by Krystyna Swiderska on September 17, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Kyoto Journal special issue, ``Biodiversity: Japan's Satoyama and Our Shared Future''

Kyoto Journal, a Kyoto-based quarterly magazine, will publish a special issue on biodiversity and Japan's Satoyama Initiative that will be discussed at COP10. You can learn more about the issue at http://cop10.org/

Added by Eric Hartley Johnston on September 16, 2010 at 17:09 — No Comments

What gorillas can teach children about being human

The world’s most famous gorilla died 18 years ago today. I’m grateful for what he taught me while he lived. Read the rest of my blog post at Under the Banyan.

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 16, 2010 at 14:39 — No Comments

Innovation of the Week: From the Township Garden to the City Table

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Townshiptogarden Around 1 million people in South Africa—the majority of whom are

recent arrivals from the former apartheid homelands, Transkei and…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on September 16, 2010 at 13:33 — No Comments

World’s governments set to agree three big boosts for biodiversity and human security

UN CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - PRESS RELEASE



Montreal 15 September 2010. Next month, governments from around the world will gather in Nagoya, Japan to make three key decisions that will determine whether current and future generations continue to benefit from nature’s riches.



On the table is a comprehensive ten-year strategy that – if enacted – would revolutionise the way we manage and interact with the world about us, and… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 15, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Guillaume Chapron's Nature blog

Nature have started a issues-focussed blog site called Soapbox Science. Guillaume Chapron has written the first post in the series on Biodiversity 100.



It's still not too late to contribute to the campaign, and we are still looking for high quality suggestions from scientists and campaigners.



The deadline for submissions is 15 Sept. Please email… Continue

Added by Christine Ottery on September 13, 2010 at 12:48 — No Comments

Good news and good news about biodiversity blogs

I have been looking into biodiversity blogs and I think there is good news and good news.



It makes a nice change.



First, there are lots of good blogs about many different aspects of biodiversity. Here's my list of old favourites and new discoveries.



Second, there is plenty of space for many new biodiversity blogs to start up and get established. Here are… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on September 10, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

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