The government has formed four teams to assess the damages to the Sundarbans caused by Cyclone Yaas, which formed in the Bay of Bengal and hit the coastal areas of the country Wednesday.
Half of global GDP at risk due to nature loss, analyst says
According to a recent World Economic Forum report, transitioning towards nature-positive economic models in key sectors could provide almost 400 million jobs and over $10 trillion in annual business value by 2030.
Youth Launch ‘Stronger Campaign’ for UN Biodiversity Day
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) has put leaders and policymakers on notice that they are not willing to listen to the same conversations, suggestions and unmet promises, as the world faces a biodiversity crisis.
Study on biodiversity loss calls for global economy rethink
New research examining the major causes of the world’s biodiversity loss calls for an urgent and profound re-organisation of the global post-pandemic economy to prevent further planetary harm.
Writ petition filed against tree cutting at Suhrawardy Udyan
A writ petition was filed at the High Court on Sunday to stop tree cutting at historical Suhrawardy Udyan in the pretext of beautification.
No tree to fell unnecessarily at Suhrawardy Udyan: PD
As the government gives priority to saving trees, no tree will be felled unnecessarily while implementing the mega plan at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
Fight to save Dhaka’s ‘oxygen bank’
But the historic park seems to be under threat, having already lost a major portion of its green cover to an ongoing redevelopment project.
Fire breaks out in Sundarbans again
A fire broke out again near Daser Bharani under Sharankhola Range of the Sundarbans East Forest Division on Wednesday, a day after another fire raged through the area on Tuesday .
Sundarbans fire finally under control; probe body formed
The fire, which had raged through Daser Bharani under Sharankhola Range of the Sundarbans East Forest Division for nearly 24 hours since Monday morning, was finally brought under control on Wednesday.
Sundarbans fire proving difficult to put out
A fierce fire broke out at Daser Bharani under Sharankhola Range of the Sundarbans East Forest Division on Monday morning.
Why Experts Saying It’s a ‘Make or Break’ Moment for Forests
The report concluded that while countries have taken action to protect their forests, those efforts must be accelerated to achieve ambitious global goals.
Getting to Zero Deforestation in the Amazon by 2030
The Amazon Basin is fast approaching an irreversible tipping point. That should concern everyone because what happens in the Amazon has planetary implications.
Ecuador oil spill: Amazonian indigenous peoples want justice
On April 7 morning, hundreds of Indigenous Kichwa people from the Ecuadorian Amazon marched through the city of Coca to mark one year since the country’s largest oil spill in recent history.
Conserving Tigers, Elephants, Bison; One LPG Stove at a Time
As the sun sets over the canopy of Albizia Amara trees, a thin blanket of fog begins to descend over the forests of the Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
Climate change top challenge over next decade: UNESCO survey
Climate change and loss of biodiversity are seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by UNESCO.
Biodiversity at risk threatens human survival
As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”.
A New Food System Based on Agroecology for Rural-Urban Areas
It is vital that indigenous peoples, local communities and peasant farmers, especially women, are properly included in policy development and decision-making on food systems.
Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity
The extinction of one million species feels rather abstract. We do not know how to speak of the scale of such extinction, except as a mere number: one million!
WHO EB discusses pathogen sharing & benefit sharing
On 25-26 January, the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) considered the public health implications of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing, a treaty under the Convention Biological Diversity.
Namibian Govt Proceeds with Sale of 3% of its Last Elephants
By Alison Kentish UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2021 (IPS) – Over 100,000 concerned petitioners have urged the Namibian government to scrap its plan to auction off 170 wild elephants — which include rare desert-adapted elephants — but the country’s Ministry…
2020 Biodiversity Targets Fail: World Leaders Pledge Action
By Alison Kentish UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 2021 (IPS) – French President Emmanuel Macron convened the 4th edition of the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity with a concession – that after a decade, the world has failed to take the…
‘Bangladesh to be turned into green Bengal’
Dhaka, Jan 3 – Illegal occupants will be evicted from the forest lands and the forests will be brought back. The country will be turned into green Bengal by planting more and more trees.
Kashmir’s New Land Laws Could Impact Biodiversity
By Peerzada Ummer SRINAGAR, India, Dec 17 2020 (IPS) – Walking in the middle of fields of delicately-scented purple saffron crocus flowers, 36-year-old Mubeen Yasin, a saffron farmer from the southern region of Indian Kashmir, is not optimistic that in…
Tune Food, Nature, Human Rights to Offset Ecological Crises
The COVID-19 pandemic, global warming and the dramatic loss of biological diversity are clear manifestations of the ecological crises that threaten humanity and the planet. The 2020 issue of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch entitled, “Overcoming ecological crises:…
Hunger up in mountain areas for biodiversity loss, climate
11 December 2020 – Although many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species originate in mountain regions, hunger is rising in these areas due to biodiversity loss and climate change, according to a joint study published on Friday…
Junk Agroecology Greenwashes Destructive Agribusiness Agenda
A recent report, “Junk Agroecology: The corporate capture of agroecology for a partial ecological transition without social justice” examines three major worldwide public-private initiatives driven by Nestle, Pepsico, Cargill, Unilever, and the World Economic Forum: (i) The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative,…
Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition
An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled…
PM Hasina seeks check on human actions to save other species
Dhaka, Oct 01 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said if the current actions of humans keep going on unchecked it will not only cause the extinction of other species, but also move towards ultimate extinction of itself.
Moving Nature to the Heart of Decision-Making
By Ana María Hernández Salgar BOGOTA, Colombia, Sep 30 2020 (IPS) – This week, Heads of State and Government from 64 countries announced one of the strongest pledges yet to reverse the loss of biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people…
Decade-Old pledge to Biodiversity Misses Almost All Targets
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide and destabilized the global economy, also upended the UN’s ambitious socio-economic goals, including the eradication of…