HEADS UP — IPBES

— the document, from the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (ipbes), is expected to set out an urgent rescue plan for nature. read : nature’s emergency where we are in five graphics more : ipbes

LEGALIZE OR NOT TO LEGALIZE

— since then, in consecutive meetings, cites has extended the embargo and rejected iterations of the “stockpile verification mechanism and business plan” put forth by the malagasy government for auditing and ultimately legally exporting the stock of precious wood in its custody. read : conservationists call for lasting ban on trade in Malagasy precious timber    

CAUTIOUS COMEBACK

—  “you often hear such bad and challenging news about the threats that our ocean faces. there are places where there are a lot of sea turtles very close to shore. and that’s good news.” read : sea turtle survey shows the endangered animals are making a comeback    

STICK THE NECK OUT FOR THEM

— u.s. fish and wildlife service announced last week that they would agree to review the animal’s current status. read : the united states may list giraffes as an endangered species  

TAKING ON RIO TINTO

— mongolia, one of the least densely populated countries on earth, has only 1.9 people per sq km. once ruled by warlord genghis khan, its population consists mainly of herders living in traditional “gers” – circular white, yurt-like structures, that infrequently dot the desert landscape, surrounded by sheep, goats, camels and horses. displaced from their land by multinational mining companies, nomadic herders defied the odds to preserve their heritage for future generations read : an example to all

EMPTY FOREST SYNDROME

— in fact, hundreds of new-to-science species of plants and animals have been discovered in vietnam during the last three decades, and more are recorded each year. the antelope-like saola, for example. its gentle, streaked face looks as if it has just escaped from a jungle-dream painting by henri rousseau. heralded as “the last unicorn” for its rarity, the saola is the largest land-dwelling animal discovered anywhere since 1937. a small herd of long-lost rhinos, a barking deer and a striped rabbit have also turned up. so has a giant, 21-inch-long walking-stick insect, and many kinds of birds — laughing…

A MYRIAD OF WAYS

— the organic act of 1916 specifies that the national park system’s mission “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein.” read : sea supports national parks in conservation mission

CARNAGE

— the study’s authors hope that the new research will act as a call to arms against the pandemic. read : amphibian ‘apocalypse’ caused by destructive pathogen

IN PLAIN SIGHT

— since then, governments have favoured what is known as a conservation advice, a weaker document that ministers only have to consider before making a decision about an environmental approval read : environment department doesn’t know if threatened species plans implemented

LEGAL FIGHTING EARN RELENT

— a crucial pollinator of crops such as cherries and plums, the rusty patched bumble bee has vanished from 90% of its historic range due to use of pesticides and habitat loss. the trump administration put on hold a plan to protect the bee before finally relenting following a legal fight read : five species under threat in the age of trump

CANNY LOVE

— they will shut down and not breed, as the environment and outward cues are telling them that conditions are not ideal or safe to expend all the energy it takes to raise a chick, any changes the cranes will pick up on right away, males wanting to have a safe place to do their mating dance to the females.” read : calgary zoo wildlife sanctuary 

PROLONGED BULL BISON PROCESS

— assiniboine & sioux tribes officials reached a deal with usda that would allow the transport of bull bison from the yellowstone ecosystem to fort peck reservation. read : yellowstone bison agreement reached