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Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss

Ireland signs global initiative to halt biodiversity loss Ireland is among the countries who signed up to a global initiative yesterday to halt biodiversity loss just days before an international summit on the issue.  A total of 64 countries and the European Union signed the declaration yesterday, a few days shy of the official opening of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, and committed to “matchin...
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Ireland must make ‘considerable effort’ on wildlife – report

Ireland must make 'considerable effort' on wildlife - report Ireland must make ‘considerable effort’ to protect its wildlife and natural habitats, as a new report shows countries who signed up to an international pledge to protect nature, failed to meet any of their joint targets.  Ireland is among the 194 signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that adopted a set of aims call...
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Pollinators: importance for nature, drivers of decline and the need for monitoring

Pollinators provide many significant benefits to humankind and the environment. However, there is an ongoing and dramatic decline in the number and diversity of pollinating species in Europe and around the world. Pollinating species include bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths, and some vertebrate species such as birds and bats. Many pollinator species are extinct or threatened with extinction....
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The crucial link between air pollution and biodiversity loss

The visual impact that air pollution is having on the natural environment may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but from the abundance of stinging nettles on the side of the road to the lack of bugs splattered on your car windscreen, biodiversity loss is real and it is getting worse.  In the UK alone, 15% of all species are threatened with extinction and 41% of species have declined in abundanc...
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Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity

Wealthy nations could be asked to make significant financial contributions to biodiverse countries such as Brazil under proposals put forward during talks on a global agreement, during a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rome last week, to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.  Paying countries with life-sustaining ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest billions of poun...
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Scientists make fresh call for policy makers to protect pollinators – study

Pollinating insects could thrive if improvements are made to agri-environment schemes across Europe, according to a new collaborative study involving scientists from Trinity.  More than 20 pollinator experts from 18 different countries looked at a range of wildlife habitats on farmland– named Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) – to determine how well they support insect pollinators such as bumblebees, ...
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A manifesto for nature: How politicians can protect the environment

Members of environmental non- governmental organisations (NGOs) are usually people who enjoy the outdoors so much that they have built their careers around it.  Whether it’s spending time at sea checking on dolphins and whales or counting endangered species of birds, these are individuals who, more than often, put nature at the top of their priorities. So, it’s not surprising that campa...
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Businesses More Dependent On Biodiversity Than Expected

Businesses, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, are more dependent on nature and biodiversity than previously thought, with approximately $44 trillion of economic value generation - over half the world’s total GDP - moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services, and, as a result, exposed to risks from nature loss. The New Nature Economy Report, released 19 January...
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2019 – a year which put Biodiversity .. at the heart of Government policy

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has said measures taken last year will help significantly in our efforts to protect Ireland’s biodiversity. These include: A new funding scheme for Local Authorities which was increased to €2 million over 3 years €7m in funding allocated to embark on an accelerated programme of peatlands restoration and conservation wo...
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UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction

Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.  To combat what scientists have described as the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, the proposal sets a 2030 deadline for the conservation and restoration...
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