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Biodiversity Day: Protecting humanity’s ‘life-support system’

New York: The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed on Monday, centres on moving from talk to action: build back biodiversity.

Revive and restore wetlands, home to 40 per cent of all biodiversity

New York: Although coastal and freshwater wetlands – such as swamps, mangroves and marshes - contain 40 per cent of all plant and animal species, many are polluted or degraded due to climate change and human development.

UN conference concludes with ‘historic’ deal to protect a third of the world’s biodiversity

New York: The UN Biodiversity Conference, COP15, concluded early on Monday in Montreal, Canada, with a landmark agreement to protect 30 per cent of the planet’s lands, coastal areas and inland waters by the end of the decade.

‘Without nature, we have nothing’: UN chief sounds alarm at key UN biodiversity event

New York: The UN’s key biodiversity conference, COP15, began on Tuesday in Montreal, Canada, where negotiators will set new targets and goals aimed at arresting the alarming destruction of nature, due by human activity.

COP27: Protecting biodiversity is protecting the Paris Agreement

New York: For many years the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis have been treated as separate issues, but the reality – as highlighted on Wednesday at COP27– is that there is no viable route to limiting global warming to 1.5°C without urgently protecting and restoring nature.

Conference opens to draft first-ever treaty on ocean’s biological diversity

New York: The intergovernmental conference to draft the first-ever treaty on the ocean’s biological diversity opened its fifth and likely final session on Monday.

Biodiversity and ecosystem protection highlighted on Mother Earth Day

New York: Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems.

Biodiversity commitment builds hope for 'living in harmony with nature'

New York: More than 100 countries on Wednesday committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global framework, that aims to put biodiversity on a path to recovery, by 2030 at the latest. 

Minorities are 'key partners' in saving planet's biodiversity – UN expert

New York: The global initiative to save the planet's biodiversity on land and water must not be allowed to threaten the world's most vulnerable people, a top human rights expert said on Thursday.

Restoration call for area ‘the size of China’ to protect falling biodiversity and food insecurity

New York: An area of land roughly the size of China needs restoring if the planet’s biodiversity and the communities who rely on it are to be protected, UN agencies said on Thursday.

India's invasive alien fish poses threat to biodiversity hotspots

Extreme climate events may aid the spread of alien species in biodiversity hotspots, such as the 2018 and 2019 flood-driven release of alien species like the alligator gar from illegal aquaculture farms in Kerala to its natural water bodies. Compliance and enforcement of existing environment protection laws in India can check the spread of alien species, reports Mongabay India writer Sahana Ghosh

Biodiversity at risk, threatens human survival, UN forum hears

New York: As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”.

Hunger rising in mountain regions due to biodiversity loss, climate change

New York: Although many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species originate in mountain regions, hunger is rising in these areas due to biodiversity loss and climate change, according to a joint study published on Friday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners.

France joins international program to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030

Moscow/Sputnik: France has joined 64 other nations for the so-called Leaders’ Pledge for Nature initiative to curb the biodiversity loss on the planet by the end of the decade, French Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili said on Tuesday.

UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease

New York: The continued degradation of the environment is increasing the likelihood of diseases spreading from animals to humans, warns a UN report on biodiversity, released on Tuesday.