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New study identifies microplastics in textiles and tyres as major source of ocean pollution

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A new IUCN report has identified tiny plastic particles called microplastics that are washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres as being capable of contributing up to 30% of the ‘plastic soup’ polluting the world’s oceans. In more industrialised countries, this type of microplastics could be a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic […]




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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]




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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

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The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]




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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

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The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]




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Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have […]




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Five new African Biosphere Reserves announced

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Twenty new Biosphere Reserves have been declared by UNESCO this month, five of which are in Africa. Monts de Tlemcen in Algeria, Lake Bosomtwe in Ghana, Belo-sur-Mer—Kirindy-Mitea in Madagascar, and Jozani-Chwaka Bay in Tanzania, join 664 other Biosphere Reserves around the world as part of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MaB). MaB that was created by UNESCO in the early […]




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Orphaned Chimpanzee Airlifted to Safety in DR Congo

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An orphaned chimpanzee discovered in a military camp in northern Democratic Republic of Congo was confiscated by Congolese wildlife officials last week and airlifted to safety by United Nations peacekeepers and transported to a rehabilitation centre in South Kivu. The transfer was arranged by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), which worked closely with the Congolese […]




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7 ways that forests help provide clean water

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Forests around the world are in need of protection, as they provide a variety of ecosystem services that support and sustain us. This year the International Day of Forests will celebrate the ways in which forests and trees are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater – which is critical for our survival. Understanding the important linkages […]




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Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

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The biennial international MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Prize aims to encourage and inspire positive action for biodiversity. Nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016 are open and close on 30 June. Recipients of the MIDORI Prize include Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of […]




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Kenya launches biodiversity and climate change strategy

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Kenya has launched a five-year strategy to integrate the conservation of genetic resources into national climate change adaptation planning and strategies. The national strategy on genetic resources within the context of climate change for 2016-2021 was launched last month (27 January). “Biodiversity is a valuable asset, which if appropriately leveraged, will provide most solutions to […]




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