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June 2010 Blog Posts (29)

Biodiversity Barometer 2010

UEBT is happy to share with you the results of the 2010 Biodiversity Barometer. The UEBT Biodiversity Barometer provides an annual overview of awareness of biodiversity from three different perspectives: the consumer, industry and the media.

In 2009, The Union for Ethical BioTrade and IPSOS launched the first worldwide Biodiversity Barometer, to measure levels of awareness of the French, British, Americans and Germans. In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity the…

Added by Emma Brooks on June 30, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Saving Pavlovsk

A very unfortunate situation is developing at the Pavlovsk research station of the Vavilov Institute in St Petersburg, home of an important collection of agrobiodiversity. It is described here There's a suggestion for action here… Continue

Added by Luigi Guarino on June 26, 2010 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

grasslands of assam?

Rhino fodder turns dry
- Decline in moist grassland at Pobitora rings alarm bells…

Added by roopak goswami on June 25, 2010 at 5:41 — No Comments

rhino horns to be destroyed

Rhino horn burning to bust a myth
- Move aimed at telling poachers that body part has no medicinal value

Added by roopak goswami on June 25, 2010 at 5:38 — No Comments

COP10/MOP5 Countdown 100 Forum in Japan

COP10/MOP5 Countdown 100 Forum will be held in Japan on July 10 and 11
(sorry, only in Japanese).

Added by Makiko IMAI on June 23, 2010 at 13:06 — No Comments

Sub Biosphere 2

We launched Sub Biosphere 2 earlier this week and the responce has been fantastic. It is the first self sustainable underwater habitat and is designed to be a global seed bank to safeguard Biodiversity. We would like to hear from you the experts about what you would safeguard.

Based on the successes Biosphere 2 project in the USA many years ago, please find a story that will hopefully restore some faith in British endeavours at sea.

The Sub-Biosphere 2 is the original self… Continue

Added by Phil Pauley on June 23, 2010 at 7:07 — No Comments

New Frontier Farmers and Processor Group: Reviving Farmland and Improving Livelihoods

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.

In Anamaase, Ghana, the New Frontier Farmers and Processor group is led by the village’s chief. Osbararima… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 22, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Green Economy Coalition letter to G20 heads of state urges action on biodiversity

The Green Economy Coalition has today sent an open letter to the heads of states who will attend next week’s G20 summit in Toronto, Canada.

It calls upon G20 leaders to:

(1) integrate the value of biodiversity into national accounts, and to encourage the disclosure of environmental and social impact through environmental, social and governance reporting systems.

(2) reform all subsidies which encourage… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 — No Comments

Keeping Up With Nourishing the Planet

NTP:Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s

post”="">Nourishing the Planet

Almost a year into the Nourishing the Planet project, Senior Researcher, Danielle Nierenberg, has traveled to over 17 countries and visited 130 projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

She is highlighting stories of hope and success in environmentally sustainable food production—including…


Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 15, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Forest codes and conspiracies

Anyone who follows Brazilian public discussion over a long period will

be familiar with the Amazon conspiracy theory. To outsiders it seems

bizarre enough to be laughed off. However, its persistence and resonance

with a large section of public opinion (and political elites) makes it

no laughing matter for those Brazilians earnestly trying to move the

country to a new mindset regarding this environmental superpower's

unrivalled biological riches. Now a version… Continue

Added by Tim Hirsch on June 15, 2010 at 20:26 — No Comments

Biodiversity panel est'd, modeled after IPCC

The biodiversity crowd continues to follow from the climate change blueprint, but couldn't they come up with a better name for the panel? :)

From the e360 website:

International delegates have endorsed the creation of a science policy panel on… Continue

Added by James Fahn on June 14, 2010 at 22:18 — No Comments

How you seen Our World 2.0?


Our World 2.0 is the United Nations premiere blog exploring the interconnections between biodiversity, climate change, peak oil and food security. It is a solution focused blog, but illustrates how complexity we face since solving one problem (say peak oil by biofuels) can have an adverse impact on another (say loss of biodiversity and food).

Please take a look at:

Follow on twitter:… Continue

Added by Brendan Barrett on June 10, 2010 at 2:27 — No Comments

Satoyama Initiative

Hi all,

You might find the Satoyama Initiative portal interesting. Contains lots of case studies. The portal was developed by the UNU Media Studio and UNU-IAS. It is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.



Added by Brendan Barrett on June 10, 2010 at 2:22 — No Comments

Health and environmental degradation

The direct relation of human health with environmental degradation should be revealed by progressive interventions in bio diversity conservation efforts.

Added by Dr.Shahul Salim on June 8, 2010 at 17:46 — No Comments

Open-access powerpoints and articles covering environmental health and food safety

Website covering public health and social justice, containing significant content relevant to environmental health and food safety issues:…


Added by Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP on June 8, 2010 at 8:44 — No Comments

Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Philippines: Home to the Country's First Ecovillage

Now, here is a "cooperative" that seeks to address not only the economic and social, but also the environmental sustainability, in a living village model. It is called an Ecovillage. Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Philippines is home to the country's first Ecovillage.

Named Tuwa (joy) The Laughing Fish Eco-Homestead, this Ecovillage serves both as an Eco-Bed and Breakfast and at the same time as a Sustainability Center, currently showcasing off-grid living. It was created by and founded by two… Continue

Added by Virgilio V. Maclang on June 8, 2010 at 3:46 — No Comments

Reporting on biodiversity in Colorado

I'm a long-time environmental reporter based in the mountains of Colorado, where I recently started an alternative community news web site called the Summit County Citizens Voice, chock-full of news about conservation, restoration, wildlife biology and global warming.

Among other things, I report on forest conservation and wildlife issues, including the ongoing efforts to… Continue

Added by Bob Berwyn on June 7, 2010 at 15:07 — No Comments

Conservation and human rights: the need for international standards

Conservation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. In recent years, awareness has grown of the relationship of international conservation practice to indigenous peoples and local communities, and especially the links between conservation and human rights. The impacts protected areas can have on rural communities – such as evictions and lost access to natural resources – are now under particular scrutiny. Concern is meanwhile rising over the human rights implications of some climate change mitigation and… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 7, 2010 at 12:21 — 1 Comment

Theatres to show "The Cove" buckle under pressure

The Academy award winning documentary film, "The Cove" was set to be shown in theatres here in Japan starting this month. However due to mounting pressure and threats from right wing groups, theatres are buckling under the pressure and canceling their plans to screen the movie. While there are small lecture/screenings happening around the country, there have not been any, and may not be any mainstream events, except for the Tokyo International Film Festival last year. The Japanese protesters… Continue

Added by Mimi AuYeung on June 6, 2010 at 0:15 — 1 Comment

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