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International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May is the International Day for the Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993 to mark the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed in Nairobi. For several decades now, experts have shown…

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World Bee Day

Today, 20 May, is World Bee Day. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the key role played by these industrious insects, which are being challenged by human activities and climate change. Indeed, bees, as well as…

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World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. This day, proclaimed by the United Nations, is celebrated twice a year (on the second Saturday in May and…

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World Tuna Day

2 May marks World Tuna Day, proclaimed by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Resolution, which invites all Member States, organisations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organisations and civil society, including non-governmental organisations, to celebrate the…

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World Penguin Day

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

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Geneva Conference: how it ended

The Geneva conference, a key step towards COP 15, the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Kunming in China, ended yesterday in Switzerland. For fifteen days, delegates from nearly 200 countries met to discuss biodiversity and decide what to do to…

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Three meetings on biodiversity

Three key meetings have begun in Geneva, Switzerland, in preparation for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) to be held later this year in Kunming, China. This is a…

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World Whale Day

The largest, the blue whale, is the size of a ten-storey building and weighs as much as thirty elephants put together. Arctic whales, on the other hand, have been known to live for more than a hundred years. Grey whales…

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The clue to the sixth mass extinction is in the invertebrates

A team of American and French researchers recently published the most detailed study ever made of species extinction over the past 500 years. The data they collected has provided evidence that we are indeed experiencing the sixth mass extinction. In…

 
 
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