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International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for the Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations 1993, when the Convention of Biological Diversity agreed in Nairobi came into force, is held on 22 May each year. For several decades now, experts have shown…

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World Bee Day

Today, Monday 20 May, is World Bee Day. The aim of the day is to attract attention to the key role of these hard-working insects, sorely tried by human activities and climate changes. Bees, in fact, like other pollinating animals,…

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Threatened koalas are ‘functionally’ extinct

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), the animal that, along with the kangaroo, is the symbol of Australia, is threatened with extinction in that it is a functionally extinct species. According to the estimates of the Australian koala foundation (AKF), the organisation…

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UN alarm: one million species risk extinction

Around one million animal and plant species of the approximately 8 million estimated to be present on the Earth risks extinction. This is the alarm raised by the United Nations in the “Global Assessment”, a report presented in Paris by…

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World Penguin Day

Today, April 25th is World Penguin Day, an occasion to raise awareness on and promote the protection of the Earth’s 18 penguin species. April 25th is also the date that the Adélie penguins (the species most widespread in Antarctica) begin…

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2018 Large Carnivores Report published

Large carnivores represent a fundamental link in the food chain and a key species for the stability of ecosystems. Their state of health may determine knock-on effects that influence animals and vegetation of the whole ecosystem to which they belong.…

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Here are the winners of the Underwater photographer of the year 2019 contest

The winners of the Underwater photographer of the year 2019 have been announced; this is the annual photographic contest organised in the United Kingdom since 1965, with the aim of celebrating underwater photography, whether in oceans, lakes or even swimming…

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FAO Report on biodiversity, agriculture threatened

FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, has recently published the first report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, to inform the world that biodiversity, on which our agriculture and our food systems is…

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SOS insects, 40% of species are at risk

Insects account for around two thirds of known animal species. After appearing on Earth around 479 million years ago, they have colonised every continent. These extraordinary animals, which have achieved an unparalleled evolutionary success, are now threatened with extinction. According…

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