Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Scientists to assess Afghanistan's war-ravaged environment

    11 February 2002

    The United Nations is leading the first environmental assessment of Afghanistan in 25 years, a task that will evaluate the damage done to everything from crops and water supplies to endangered animals.

  • Shahtoosh shawls are shrouds for tibetan antelope

    10 February 2002

    The demand for luxurious meltingly soft woolen shawls is driving the Tibetan antelope to extinction, according to an undercover investigation by conservation groups.

  • Scientist warns of sixth great extinction

    17 January 2002

    "There is little doubt that we are standing on the breaking tip of the sixth great wave of extinction in the history of life on earth" says the eminent scientist, Lord May, former Chief Government Scientist in the United Kingdom.

  • China can 'grow green' says Bank

    2 October 2001

    The last 20 years have brought swift economic growth to China and have taken a heavy environmental toll, but a new report issued by the World Bank says if the Chinese government changes its development strategy, an environmentally sustainable future is possible.

  • Putting a park in the hands of the people

    31 August 2001

    In a carefully planned approach local people are being involved in the running of Benoué National Park in north Cameroon -while park officials are increasingly becoming teachers and arbitrators.

  • Kenya's flamingos weighed down by heavy metals

    2 August 2001

    Veterinary pathologists in Kenya have identified heavy metals as the leading cause of massive deaths of flamingos in two Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya, and warned that these majestic pink birds of Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria remain threatened unless the lakes are cleared of pollutants.

  • Half world's nature reserves heavily farmed

    13 July 2001

    Two of the world's leading environmental and agriculture groups have reported that almost half of the world's 17,000 major nature reserves, which are intended to protect wildlife from extinction, are being heavily used for agriculture. They also report that extreme malnutrition and hunger are pervasive among people living in at least 16 of the world's 25 key biodiversity hotspots, where wildlife is most at risk.

  • Global study will check planet's health

    7 June 2001

    A unique scientific undertaking, aimed at assessing the condition of the world's wildlife habitats and ecosystems, was unveiled on World Environment Day (5 June, 2001).

  • Alien species threaten biological diversity

    21 May 2001

    "Invasive alien species are thought to be the biggest threat to biological diversity after habitat destruction," said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

  • Domestic animal diversity in danger

    10 May 2001

    Every week the world loses two breeds of its valuable domestic animal diversity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports.