News headlines for “Biodiversity”, page 2

  1. Law of the Sea Convention Expands to Cover Marine Biological Diversity

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Sep 11 (IPS) - Dr Palitha Kohona is former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations & former co-Chair of the UN Adhoc Working Group on Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction.

    Responding to a persistent demand by developing countries, the conservation community and science, the UN General Assembly has commenced a process for bringing the areas beyond national jurisdiction in the oceans under a global legally binding regulatory framework.

  2. Salmon Farming, Questioned in Chile, Arrives to Argentina

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Sep 10 (IPS) - Questioned for its environmental and health impacts in Chile, where it is one of the country's main economic activities, salmon farming is preparing to expand in Argentina from Norway, the world's largest farmed salmon producer. The news has triggered a strong reaction from civil society organisations.

  3. Four-Year Drought Forces Cuba to Find Ways to Build Resilience

    Friday, September 07, 2018

    Eastern Cuba has suffered drought since time immemorial. But the western and central regions of the island used to be almost free of the phenomenon, until the latest drought that plagued this country between 2014 and 2017.

  4. UN Begins Talks on World’s First Treaty to Regulate High Seas

    Friday, September 07, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 07 (IPS) - After several years of preliminary discussions, the United Nations has begun its first round of inter-governmental negotiations to draft the world's first legally binding treaty to protect and regulate the "high seas"—which, by definition, extend beyond 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) and are considered "international waters" shared globally.

  5. Climate Change Becomes a Reality Check for the North

    Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands, Sep 05 (IPS) - "This season, the month of May was particularly hot and dry," says Leo De Jong, a commercial farmer in Zeewolde, in Flevopolder, the Netherlands. Flevopolder is in the province of Flevoland, the largest site of land reclamation in the world. Here a hectare of land costs up to 100,000 Euros. "At the moment, we are spending between 20,000 and 25,000 Euros per week on irrigation."

  6. New Rules for High Seas Must Include Needs of Poorest Nations

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    LONDON, Sep 04 (IPS) - Essam Yassin Mohammed is Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

    Over-fishing, warming oceans and plastic pollution dominate the headlines when it comes to the state of the seas. Most of the efforts to protect the life of the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on it are limited to exclusive economic zones – the band of water up to 200 nautical miles from the coast.

  7. How Guyana Must Prepare to Cope With the ‘Jeopardies and Perils’ of Oil Discovery

    Monday, September 03, 2018

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sep 03 (IPS) - Recent huge offshore oil discoveries are believed to have set Guyana– one of the poorest countries in South America–on a path to riches. But they have also highlighted the country's development challenges and the potential impact of an oil boom.

  8. How Accurate Information About the Weather is Yielding Resilience for Zambia’s Smallholders

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    PEMBA, Zambia, Aug 30 (IPS) - Just having better information about when and for how long it will rain is proving the difference between success and failure among smallholder farmers in southern Zambia. Empowered with timely information about the weather ahead of the 2017/18 farming season, 56-year-old Fainess Muzyamba of Pemba district, ending up ditching her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes.

  9. Why India’s Solar Water-Drawing ATMs and Irrigation Pumping Systems offer Replicable Strategies

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    NEW DEHLI, Aug 28 (IPS) - At New Delhi's Savda Ghevra slum settlement, waterborne diseases have become less frequent thanks to solar-powered water ATMs that were installed here as a social enterprise venture three years ago.

  10. How Safe Drinking Water in Rural Vanuatu Will Save Women Time While Aiding in Economic Development

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    JOHANNESBURG, Aug 27 (IPS) - Access to safe water for drinking and an adequate supply of water for other purposes is challenging in the rural areas of Vanuatu. A new project, that uses solar water pumping technology, will save time and energy for rural women whose task it is to collect and make water more accessible to their communities.

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