Category Archives: Environment

2nd State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Report published

The FAO launched the 2nd State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture report (SoWPGR-2) yesterday. This second report provides a comprehensive overview of recent trends in PGRFA conservation and use around the world. It is based … Continue reading

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Convention on Biological Diversity, COP 10

The 10th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) has begun, with representatives from over 190 countries gathering in Nagoya, Japan.  Some of the main issues that will be discussed at COP include  access and … Continue reading

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New article on environment and disease risks

Science, 7 May 2010 (Volume 328, Issue 5979) Environment and Disease Risks S. M. Rappaport and M. T. Smith A new paradigm is needed to assess how a lifetime of exposure to environmental factors affects the risk of developing chronic … Continue reading

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2nd stop of the Biodiversity World Tour: speak to the experts

Our readers might not be aware that there is a Biodiversity World Tour currently underway. This is a global campaign to engage citizens from around the world in a discussion on how agriculture can protect and preserve our natural resources.  … Continue reading

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New report: One-fifth of world’s plants at risk

A study conducted by the Natural History Museum in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K. and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has highlighted that one in five plant species are threatened with extinction, putting plants on … Continue reading

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Inaction on biodiversity

An initiative to assess whether or not decision-makers are serious about wanting to halt the biodiversity crisis. Nature, Volume 467 Number 7314 pp367-488 WORLD VIEW Why the inaction on biodiversity? p401 Guillaume Chapron, Raphaël Arlettaz and Luigi Boitani doi:10.1038/467401c Full … Continue reading

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ICIMOD case studies on mountain biodiversity

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) recently wrote to us highlighting an initiative they have taken on whereby they are collecting case-studies on mountain biodiversity-related initiatives (with focus on success stories) in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region.   They … Continue reading

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