Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Protected areas top 100,000

    16 September 2003

    Real progress is being made towards conserving the world's most spectacular habitats and wildlife, according to a report released at the World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September. More than 100,000 protected areas, some 90 per cent of which have been listed over the past 40 years, have been established across the planet.

  • SE Asia faces 'catastrophic' extinction rate

    29 July 2003

    The rate of extinction threatening south-east Asia this century could be a "catastrophic" 20 per cent, scientists say in the journal Nature.

  • Australian report warns of environmental decline

    26 June 2003

    Australia's first comprehensive audit of the state of the nation's species and ecosystems has highlighted the urgent need for increased resources for conservation in that ountry. "This is a landmark report which has taken conservation science to a new level," said Dr David Butcher, head of WWF-Australia.

  • Meeting the biodiversity challenge 2010

    22 May 2003

    When 150 of the world's scientific experts met in London this week to take up the UN challenge to "significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010", agreed at the World Summit in Johannesburg last year, they were in no doubt about the scale of the challenge.

  • Goodbye to the birds?

    12 March 2003

    Bird populations around the world are plummeting faster than ever before, and human factors-from population growth to habitat destruction and climate change-are at the centre of this demise, says Worldwatch Institute researcher Howard Youth.

  • Bushmeat trade could spell disaster for the chimps

    18 February 2003

    Dr Jane Goodall, the leading primate expert, whose research was used in the highly successful David Attenborough TV series The Life Of Mammals, has made a plea for stronger regulation and monitoring of the bushmeat trade. Without it, she says, disaster will befall our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee.

  • Afghanistan sets out green agenda

    10 February 2003

    Two decades of warfare in Afghanistan have degraded the environment to the extent that it now presents a major stumbling block for the country's reconstruction efforts, says a UN report.

  • Good news for some endangered species

    19 November 2002

    There is good news for the conservation of a number of key species such as mahogany, marine wildlife and the Asian big cats as a result of the latest meeting of governments which have signed up to CITES, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The twelfth Conference of the Parties (CoP 12) was held in Santiago in November 2002.

  • Illegal wildlife trade rampant in Nepal

    18 November 2002

    With Nepal's security forces continuously running after Maoist insurgents, wildlife poachers and traders have increased their activity like never before, says Nepalese journalist, Mangal Man Shakya.

  • Fears for 22 per cent of world's plant species

    1 November 2002

    One plant species in four could be endangered, according to scientists.