To TreeHugger and Science Daily, protecting a mere 17 percent of the land surfaces against human exploitation would protect two third of the plant species. However, there is a catch as we have to protect the right places…
So if we have to protect the most of our biodiversity, we have to find a way to help developing nations in protecting these natural areas. Financing these efforts by the global community will have to be done. This has failed recently in Ecuador.
But as Treehugger notes, ” that doesn’t mean the global community can’t and shouldn’t try again. “ Given how biodiversity is crucial to Mankind, it has to be hoped that we will succeed the next times.
According to the WWF : ” In 50 years of conservation, we have never seen wildlife crime on such a scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species—elephants, rhinos and tigers. “
” The global value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7.8 and $10 billion per year. It is a major illicit transnational activity worldwide—along with arms, drugs and human trafficking. High-level traders and kingpins are rarely (…) punished for their crimes.”
” Even more worrying, these species cannot survive high levels of poaching for long.” Please check out their page for more details on how you can help.
To the Agence France Presse : ” The world’s third-largest paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper said Tuesday it had stopped using logs from Indonesia’s natural forests, after fierce campaigning by green groups against the company.”
” The firm has in recent years lost packaging contracts with big brands such as foodmaker Kraft and Barbie’s Mattel after Greenpeace accused APP of clearing carbon-rich forest, home to endangered Sumatran tigers and orangutans. “
These are truly good news. We have seen time and again that deforestation in Brazil is at its lowest levels in decades and keep on decreasing. Read more →
Here are good news for marine conservation.To the BBC : ” A report to a UN meeting on biodiversity in Hyderabad reports that more than 8.3 million sq km – 2.3% of the global ocean area – is now protected.”
” The percentage is small but the rapid growth in recent times leads to hope that the world will hit its target of 10% protected by 2020. This would have looked most unlikely prospect just a few years ago.”
Ten percent doesn’t seem much, but it is a good start. Let’s hope Marine Protected Areas (MPA) will keep growing until 2020 and decades afterwards.
As CNN reported : ” Announced during the IUCN of Nature’s World Conservation Congress, the list is the culmination of work by 8,000 scientists who identified the animals, plants and fungi that are most in danger of extinction.
” Animals like the Hainan gibbon, pygmy three-toed sloth and Luristan newt are critically endangered but perhaps better placed to survive than many of the less charismatic species on the list, said the report’s authors. “
” There is a fear among some conservationists that many of the plants and fungi listed will not be saved or gain public attention because they don’t benefit humans. ” Read more →
This is the most important news you’ll read this week. Forget about whatever happened in this weekend’s elections in Greece, Egypts or France. Economies may crash but can recover with time. It’s not the case with the environment.
To Nature : “ the global ecosystem as a whole can react in the same way and is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence.”
Both Climate Progress and Grist wrote compelling articles on this new study that should have grabbed everybody’s attention. But well, it didn’t… Read more →
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This seems to come straight from a nightmare. According to Grist, the Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten a hundred times bigger in only forty years. This is a huge problem as all this pollution directly harms the local biodiversity.
Turtles and fishes are the first victims but all this could also endanger zooplankton in the near future as to the BBC ” the fragments make it easier for the marine insect Halobates sericeus to lay its eggs out over the ocean.”
If you think about cleaning up Grist notes that ” the microplastic is intensely difficult to clean up, so it’s critical to keep plastic out of the ocean to keep the problem from getting worse. “ Indeed !
I had written about this very topic last month. To the New York Times green blog : ” A new scientific paper suggests that the ocean is acidifying at a rate that is many times faster than at any time in the past 300 million years. “
” The change is occurring so rapidly that it raises “the possibility that we are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change,” said the paper, published this week in the journal Science. “
Evidence keeps on piling up : unless we get really serious on slashing our carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible, we will be doomed, as well as all life on Earth.
“It is evident that many wars are fought over resources which are now becoming increasingly scarce. If we conserved our resources better, fighting over them would not then occur…so, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace…those of us who understand the complex concept of the environment have the burden to act. We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.” — Wangari Maathai