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Targeting Common Denominators
Australian scientists say they have come up with a more cost-effective way to preserve biodiversity.
"It's a potentially controversial idea because we're talking about reorganising the way the [reserve] system is put together," says Fuller.
Fuller says the traditional approach to conserving biodiversity is to gradually increase the number of protected sites, but this doesn't consider how effective the existing reserve system is.
An Interview With Marie-Monique Robin
Award-winning French journalist and filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin is the author of "The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption and the Control of Our Food Supply" (The New Press) and the creator of the film by the same name.
In a review of these two projects, Leslie Thatcher writes: "What Marie-Monique Robin most effectively documents are the perverse effects - the moral, social, technological, economic and market failures - of Western society's economic organization, most specifically with respect to science and the products of science and, ultimately, with respect to the preservation of the public commons and human life on the planet."
By Paul Greenberg
On the high seas, the bluefin is being hunted into extinction. Will we ever be able to think about seafood the same way?
On the morning of June 4, in the international waters south of Malta, the Greenpeace vessels Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise deployed eight inflatable Zodiacs and skiffs into the azure surface of the Mediterranean. Protesters aboard donned helmets and took up DayGlo flags and plywood shields. With the organization’s observation helicopter hovering above, the pilots of the tiny boats hit their throttles, hurtling the fleet forward to stop what they viewed as an egregious environmental crime. It was a high-octane updating of a familiar tableau, one that anyone who has followed Greenpeace’s Save the Whales adventures of the last 35 years would have recognized. But in the waters off Malta there was not a whale to be seen.
By Julio Godoy
BONN (IPS) - Seeds were once for ever. After harvest, a few from the crop would be planted for the following year, and so it went on.
By Mario Osava
By Mario Osava
Latin America's vast biological diversity has contributed little to the region's commercial agriculture, despite being the birthplace of two of the world's four most widely consumed food crops: maize and potatoes.
Scientists Upbeat about Global Biodiversity Panel
By Anne Chaon
The fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, from 10-21 May 2010. More than 700 participants attended the meeting, representing governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, indigenous and local community groups, public sector research, academia and business. The conclave ended with major conflicts and only minor progress indicating a challenging agenda for Nagoya's COP10 negotiators.
For a full wrap-up report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, click here.
For NGO commentary from the CBD Alliance, click here. For related news reports, see below...
Disagreements remain over biodiversity
From forests in Japan to sea turtles in Tanzania to Scottish school dinners, the evidence of the global biodiversity crisis is evident - The economic case for saving biodiversity
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Concerned about widespread abandonment and degradation of forests in Japan, the national Science Council carried out a study of the benefits of taking action to save them. Their report put the total value of the ability to absorb carbon dioxide; use of wood instead of fossil fuels; reduction of erosion and flooding; regulation of and cleaner rivers, and health and recreation, at ¥70 trillion (£535bn) every year. This evidence was used in many prefectures to introduce a new annual tax of ¥500-1,000 a person and ¥10,000-80000 for businesses specifically to fund restoration and enhancement.
Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds
by Beverly Bell
"A new earthquake" is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto's seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation's presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.
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