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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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Fish are champions migrators

Migratory fish are true athletes: some of them swim thousands of kilometres during their migration from their birthplace to the places where they feed and reproduce. In order to complete their life cycle, they need free-flowing, unimpeded rivers. On 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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8 March. We remember Rosalind Franklin, the great female DNA scientist.

DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher, a Swiss biochemist in 1869. It was a brilliant, but not complicated operation: DNA can be extracted from a mixture of any cells, even your own, even at home. The recipe for the…

 
 
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