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Monday, August 12th, 2013

New Publication Outlines Guidelines for Species Translocation

A new publication by IUCN has set a precedent for deliberately moving plants and animals for conservation purposes around the world. Based on 30 years of experience and pioneering reintroductions such as the Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Oman, the Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil and the Red Wolf (Canis rufus) in the

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

World’s Oldest and Largest Species in Decline – IUCN Red List

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows worrying declines for conifers – the world’s oldest and largest organisms – freshwater shrimps, cone snails and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise. The Santa Cruz Pupfish, a lizard known as the Cape Verde Giant Skink and a species of freshwater shrimp have been declared

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Five Natural Wonders Declared World Heritage

Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy, and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, have been declared World Heritage sites, following the expert recommendations of IUCN.

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Surprise Species at Risk from Climate Change

Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change. The paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the biggest studies of its kind, assessing all of the world’s birds, amphibians

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

New Study Shows Importance of IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems

A new global standard in assessing environmental risk, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, has been trialled on 20 ecosystems spanning six continents and three oceans.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Landscape Restoration Approaches 50 million hectares with El Salvador and Costa Rica Commitments

The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gains further momentum at the UN Climate Talks in Doha today, as Costa Rica and El Salvador each commit up to1 million hectares. The 50 million hectare mark – or one third of

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Scientists Unveil Secrets of Our Seas

New facts about marine life enable scientists to locate some of the ocean’s most ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs), in the planet’s most remote places.  At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls on the international community to protect them.

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Arctic Loses a Quarter-Million Square Miles of Sea Ice After Record Low Announced in August

In just two weeks since the all-time record for lowest extent of Arctic summer sea ice was broken the Arctic has lost an additional and astonishing 260,000 more square miles of sea ice, the area of France. On August 26th scientists from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that Arctic sea ice

Monday, September 17th, 2012

World’s Most Successful Environmental Treaty Turns 25

The world’s most successful environmental treaty turns 25 this week on September 16th.  The treaty is the Montreal Protocol and its success has avoided one of the most severe global environmental threats the world has ever faced—the destruction of the stratospheric ozone by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Monday, September 10th, 2012

IUCN and Microsoft Form Unique Partnership to Tackle Species Extinction

Microsoft and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, jointly announced today at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, the formation of a new partnership to further strengthen the information available on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.  This collaboration sees Microsoft becoming the first corporate member of The IUCN

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