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May 2010 Blog Posts (25)

Shrinking Corporate Tumors With Immunogentility

(( I wrote this op-ed for so the opening is rather America-centric, but the following points re corporate tumors and their impact on the biosphere are pretty universal, alas. ))

War budgets booming, drills and nukes reviving, health insurers hooting, agro-biz bloating, privacy invasions through the roof - any progressives or patriots out there… Continue

Added by w. david kubiak on May 30, 2010 at 0:00 — No Comments

The sound of the rain

After have cleaned the black sand of the Pacaya Volcano, that covered the front of my house, I am enjoying the sound of the rain. Since yesterday it has been refreshing the environment, and also, making feel sad to many people who have lost their places.

Added by Lucy Calderón Pineda on May 29, 2010 at 19:37 — No Comments

Big Bodies vs. the Biosphere (an urgent wake-up call to the NGO community...)

Confronting the global corporate hijack of Nagoya's COP10.

In the fog of war, climate chaos and economic ruin, the import of the United Nations' COP10 biodiversity treaty conference in Nagoya in October 2010 may be easily overlooked. Given the mighty array of corporate forces now encircling this treaty's premises, that could prove a huge mistake.

Like the Copenhagen-jubilant corporate climate lobby before them, the big corporate bodies… Continue

Added by w. david kubiak on May 29, 2010 at 17:48 — No Comments

Earth Survey Project - Please Participate!!

Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in these topics,

and I try to keep current with all relevant issues such as energy,

climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecotourism, sustainability,

etc. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a

zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief

survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders,

corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts,… Continue

Added by Jeremy Taylor on May 29, 2010 at 0:56 — 1 Comment

Guatemala is covered by volcanic ashes

Guatemala City is coveredy by the black sand and ashes that the Volcano Pacaya launched yesterday during its eruption.
Guatemalan citizens are helping to clean the streets, but unfortunately, many people have lost their houses. The international La Aurora airport is closed, and also are two dead persons, including a TV journalist.
The volcano is 2.552 meters high, is located in the southern parth of the country, about 50 kilometers from the Guatemala City.

Added by Lucy Calderón Pineda on May 28, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

2020VISION The BIG new conservation photography project

2020VISION is Britain’s most ambitious photography-based

conservation initiative ever! 20 of the UK’s top wildlife and

nature photographers have come together with leading conservation

partners to document the value of restoring Britain’s degraded

ecosystems. Over the course of 20 months, the 2020 Phototeam will carry

out 20 flagship assignments, which demonstrate the link between healthy

ecosystems and healthy people.

The project was officially launched… Continue

Added by Wild Media Foundation on May 28, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Short GBO 3 guide for small island developing states and launch of beta version of the Global islands database

The CBD Secretariat (with support from the Global Island Partnership) produced a 4 page guide for Small Island Developing States(SIDS) on GBO 3 which was launched in New York on May 10 (same day as GBO 3 launch in Nairobi) at the SIDS Day at the Commission on Sustainable Development.

Anyone wanting a copy of this guide can find it available here:

The guide is organised against relevant… Continue

Added by Kate Brown on May 27, 2010 at 17:58 — No Comments

NGOs call for strong safeguards in efforts to halt deforestation to help address climate change

Gland, Switzerland – Leading environmental and humanitarian organizations are calling for efforts to combat climate change through halting deforestation to take full account of impacts on forest peoples and biodiversity.

CARE and WWF made the call as country delegates head to Oslo for Thursday’s Climate and Forest Conference to ensure that any efforts to combat climate change by reducing forest loss take into account impacts on people and the… Continue

Added by Melissa Tupper on May 26, 2010 at 17:31 — No Comments

Ecosystem Services research news for policy makers

Group members may be interested in reading the special issue of Science for Environment Policy which focuses on Ecosystem Services. It can be downloaded, free, from

Damage to the natural…


Added by Michelle Kilfoyle on May 26, 2010 at 10:36 — No Comments

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 Launch - Video News Release

For all who are interested, here are links to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 Launch - Video News Release.…


Added by ken pugh on May 25, 2010 at 18:15 — No Comments

biodiversity meeting in Mauritania

The fifth coastal and marine forum will be organised in Nouakchott from June 27 to the first july 2010. Many countries and organizations are expected to participate in this meeting.
For any questions It will be my pleasure to help.

Added by Jedna DEIDA on May 25, 2010 at 16:20 — No Comments

One year after Aila disaster/ Scarcity of water still persists in Bangladesh's southwestern areas

Water, water, everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

The mariner’s agony as described by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge has become hard truth for the Aila-hit Bangladeshi villagers living along the coastal line in…


Added by Rafiqul Islam Azad on May 25, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

UN: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Further to the Guardian's coverage on Saturday of the upcoming TEEB report:


and associated link, including one to some of the problematic issues with valuing nature (clearly a lot more could be written on this!):

>… Continue

Added by Juliette Jowit on May 24, 2010 at 17:24 — No Comments

The National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) published a report on communicating science related to marine reserves.

Hi all!

I think this recent report migth be of interest for some of you. This report is based on an experience in the marine reserves in the Channel Islands and along the California coasts. It gives a good example for many of us working on environmental issues.

You can find a note here:…

Added by Ana Claudia Nepote on May 24, 2010 at 15:27 — No Comments

UN Biodiversity Meeting Nairobi May 24-28

I'm attending the WGRI and will be reporting on it -- interested in comments/thts anyone might have, Steve

Added by Stephen Leahy on May 24, 2010 at 10:06 — No Comments

Biodiversity and the poor


At SciDev.Net, we've put up a couple of interesting news/commentary relevant to biodiversity and the poor in the last few days--

News about a study from Kenya that finds fishermen benefit from closed fishing areas and equipment restrictions but acceptance is still an issue.

An… Continue

Added by sian lewis on May 24, 2010 at 9:32 — No Comments

Internationale Tag der biologischen Vielfalt

BfN Pressemitteilung

Bonn, 17. Mai 2010: Am kommenden Pfingstsamstag (22. Mai 2010) ist der Internationale Tag der biologischen Vielfalt. Diesen Tag hat das Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) in Kooperation mit dem…


Added by Wilfried Lintker jr. on May 19, 2010 at 21:25 — 2 Comments

Losing the will to live and let live

My colleague Tom Birch has a new blog post on biodiversity at the International Institute for Environment's Due South blog.

Reflecting on the findings of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 report, launched last week in Kenya, Tom asks what proportion of the planet’s natural systems should be… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on May 19, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Sustainable-Use Group


Convention on Biological Diversity

Article 1. Objectives: The objectives of this Convention, to be pursued in accordance with its relevant provisions, are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the…


Added by Steve Gluck on May 18, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Relevant Blog - Biolaw: Law and the Life Sciences.

Along with joining Wil's endorsement of the Teaching Climate Change Law & Policy blog, I'd like to encourage readers to check out Biolaw: Law and the Life Sciences. Although this blog is only updated about 2X per month, every post is directly relevant to biodiversity studies. I encourage new readers to check out all of the past posts and then check back on…


Added by Andrew Long on May 10, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

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