Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Botanical gardens are combatting poverty

    16 May 2006

    Medicinal plants supplied by botanical gardens are helping to treat HIV/Aids sufferers in South Africa where access to traditional drugs is limited. According to a new report, published today, indigenous plants such as Bulbine and Carpobrotus, which patients can plant themselves, are being used to treat skin conditions commonly associated with the disease.

  • EU backs widest study into nitrogen and species loss

    16 May 2006

    Scientists from various European universities are taking part in the widest study yet of the impacts of nitrogen emissions from transport, industry and agriculture on plant species loss in Western Europe.

  • Extinction crisis getting worse says IUCN

    2 May 2006

    The 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of plants and animals, published today, brings into sharp focus the ongoing decline of the earth's biodiversity and the impact mankind is having upon life on earth. The number of known threatened species reaches 16,119, while the ranks of those facing extinction are joined by familiar species like the polar bear, hippopotamus and desert gazelles; together with ocean sharks, freshwater fish and Mediterranean flowers.

  • Borneo's medical treasure trove at risk

    28 April 2006

    Plants that could help treat or cure diseases such as cancer, AIDS and malaria have been found in the forests of the heart of Borneo, according to a new WWF report. But the rapid destruction of trees, much of it by illegal logging to meet growing world demand for timber, could wreck any chance of using these discoveries in the fight against disease, the WWF declared.

  • Global warming could spark mass extinctions

    17 April 2006

    The Earth could see massive waves of species extinctions around the world if global warming continues unabated, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

  • Africa's elephants threatened by Angola connection

    6 April 2006

    A huge increase in illegal ivory on sale in Angola is threatening Africa's elephants. Four years on from the end of the Angolan civil war, the bloody plight of the region's elephants is worsening with a doubling in the illegal ivory trade in Angola over the last 12 to 18 months.

  • Heart of Borneo project launched

    5 April 2006

    Despite the gloom over the outcome of the biodiversity conference in Curitiba in the last week of March, some good things were achieved, among them the agreement on island marine parks and the launch of the three-country Heart of Borneo Conservation initiative, reported below.

  • Nitrogen poses global pollution threat

    5 April 2006

    Nitrogen from human activities - such as fossil fuel burning and livestock farming - has become a potential threat to a high proportion of the world's valuable plant species according to researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and York. The gases released into the atmosphere fall back down to earth as atmospheric nitrogen deposition. This can harm ecosystems and has resulted in the loss of species from sensitive ecosystems in Europe.

  • Widespread dismay at biodiversity conference outcome

    3 April 2006

    As the two-week long world summit on biodiversity drew to a close , Greenpeace described the outcome as major failure - a missed opportunity to stop the global loss of life in the world's forests and oceans.

  • Island states agree conservation goals

    29 March 2006

    Leaders from a number of island nations around the world, meeting at the UN biodiversity conference in Curitiba, Brazil, have agreed significant conservation commitments to protect the future of islands.