Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Humans driving extinction crisis, says UN

    27 March 2006

    The growing human population of 6.5 billion is undermining the environment for animals and plants via pollution, expanding cities, deforestation, introduction of 'alien species' and global warming, according to a UN report issued by the Secretariat of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at a meeting held in Curitiba, Brazil from March 20-31.

  • Sixth great extinction is upon us, says UN

    22 March 2006

    Humans are responsible for the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and must make unprecedented extra efforts to reach a goal of slowing losses by 2010, a UN report said on Monday

  • Avian flu may threaten endangered species

    22 March 2006

    A far wider range of species including rare and endangered ones may be affected by highly virulent avian flu than has previously been supposed.

  • Mammals, birds and reptiles face extinction

    21 February 2006

    As many as 794 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and conifers are on the brink of disappearing, according to a study by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a coalition of 52 leading conservation groups.

  • Forecast for earth in 2050: 'not so gloomy'

    14 February 2006

    The detailed evidence for the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a four-year, five volume attempt to explore the relationship between the environment and human development indicates that there is room for hope about the future.

  • Genetic study shows direct human link to orangutan decline

    5 February 2006

    Human deforestation has caused the catastrophic collapse of orangutan populations, according to a new genetic study.

  • Environmental legislation a first for Afghanistan

    15 January 2006

    The first legislation written to conserve and protect in Afghanistan's wildlife, waterways, forests, air and soil has been developed by the government with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • New effort to save Mediterranean plants

    14 November 2005

    The natural beauty that draws thousands of visitors to the islands of the Mediterranean every year is fast being eroded and many of its 25,000 native plants are disappearing, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) warned yesterday.

  • Porpoise slaughter starts again

    31 October 2005

    Today (November 1) marks the start of the hand harpoon hunt of Dall's porpoises off the northeast coast of Japan. It is the 25th consecutive year as the largest cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) kill in the world. But, says the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), such slaughter is unsustainable.

  • Culling wild birds to stop bird flu 'dangerous and wrong'

    22 October 2005

    A leading bird conservation agency warned this week that culling wild birds in an attempt to control the spread of bird flu virus would be entirely counter-productive.