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November 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Durban stalemate is unfair to small countries

For two weeks beginning Monday, the focus of the world will be on the South African city of Durban hosting the global climate change summit in the quest to save the world.



As the world meets for the 17th time in as many years, there is a dark cloud hovering over the expectations from the summit. Experts predict nothing substantive to come out of the summit despite the world running out of time.

The Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley has declared that the Durban summit is…

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Added by Tashi Dorji on November 29, 2011 at 9:07 — No Comments

Biodiversity: good for jobs and people

New report estimates that 35% of jobs in developing countries and 7% of jobs in the EU are dependent on ecosystem services.Jobs are linked to biodiversity directly through the employment of people to manage and conserve protected areas and also through employment in biodiversity sustained sectors, such as in fisheries, forestry and agriculture. There is also an indirect link to ES provision, such as water provision and purification, as more people are employed in water management and related…

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Added by Emma Weitkamp on November 25, 2011 at 10:03 — No Comments

Protected areas not sufficient to stop biodiversity loss

One strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity has been to create protected areas in the sea and on land. However, a new study suggests that unless additional measures are taken, particularly those that tackle human population growth and the increased use of natural resources, even the development of new protected areas will be unable to reverse the trend of global biodiversity loss. See:…

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Added by Emma Weitkamp on November 25, 2011 at 9:55 — No Comments

GreenMatter skills activation at COP17

 

Event Announcement: Melodious Queen Bee found flitting around Durban

Cop 17 will see a number of international stars such as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio jet set into Durban next week. One other such celebrity bound to set the media abuzz, is none other than her Royal Highness Queen Daisy the 3rd. Sources say that she is already in town mapping out the route for her and her swarm, ahead of their visit on the 30th of…

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Added by Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze on November 24, 2011 at 19:37 — No Comments

Using bees to fight elephants

A British biologist has received a United Nations award for her work using the diminutive bee to thwart the world’s largest land animal, the elephant, from crop-raiding in Kenya.  At a ceremony at a UN wildlife conference in Bergen, Norway, Lucy E. King was honoured with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals of the UNEP (UNEP/CMS) Thesis Award for her work on reducing conflict between humans and elephants.

Building on the fact that African Savannah…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on November 23, 2011 at 6:58 — 1 Comment

Somali media leaders united to expand media coverage for climate change

What a historic day today in the Somali media activities as the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) organized one day national media conference for expanding media coverage on climate change.

The conference was held today at Tre-piano Building conference room in…

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Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on November 20, 2011 at 16:07 — No Comments

Greenaccord network met in Cuneo...

Cuneo hosted meeting of Greenaccord network again. Environmental journalists from more than 50 countries met from 19th to the 22nd October, 2011, in a town near Italian-French border.

There were a lot of new environmental-economic visions for more sustainable world, journalistic talks in pauses and bus-trips to nice towns nearby -Alba,Saluzzo. We missed all colleuagues which could not come, and devoted the conference to Yuri Eldyshev, our friend and editor of Russian magazine "Ecology…

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Added by Kruno Kartus on November 19, 2011 at 2:00 — No Comments

CLIMATE JUSTICE YOUTH CARAVAN

CONFERENCE WITH A DIFFERENCE:COP 17

This year’s United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) coming up between the 28…

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Added by ARMSTRONG-OGBONNA,AUGUSTINA on November 12, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Global Expansion of High-speed Railroads Gains Steam

Interest in high-speed rail (HSR) is growing around the world and the number of countries running these trains is expected to nearly double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on November 8, 2011 at 18:09 — No Comments

Conservation that promotes a green economy

As countries like Indonesia consider strategies for a policy to implement the REDD+ mechanism, evidence is increasingly pointing to the need for an all-inclusive approach as opposed to establishing and exclusively focusing on protected areas.  In a recent study, ASB Partnership scientists looked at opportunities for a green economy and preservation of unique habitat that exist in the diverse landscape of Sumatra. Here, you find a mosaic of villages that seat at the base of the natural forest…

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Added by Elizabeth Kahurani on November 3, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Croatia - Land of Rivers

Biologist and author Goran Šafarek produced his new video "Croatia - Land of Rivers", so I want to share it with you.. The text below appears in the video, from scene to scene.. 

 

No country in Europe has such divers, yet preserved rivers. 

Croatia harbours incredible beauty. The beauty of its sea and ancient coastal towns is common knowledge.

Moreover, Croatia has exceptional rivers, from lowland rivers like Drava and Danube, with their gravel…
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Added by Kruno Kartus on November 2, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

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