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  • CBD COP13: Biodiversity Summit Closes on Positive Note

    Source:Herald Time / 19-Dec-2016

    The United Nations Summit on biodiversity ended on a positive note on Saturday in Mexico after 14 days of work to progress towards reaching a larger number of Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Mexican resort city of Cancun hosted the COP 13 Convention on Biological Diversity conference and its two protocols, the Cartagena Protocol on biosafety (COP-MOP8) and the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources (COP-MOP2). More than 6,500 delegates from 196 countries participated in the dialogues involving experts, authorities, civil society. For the first time, agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism sectors were also brought into the discussion. CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias told EFE that the issues on the table for discussion will have direct social impact and involve changing the behavior of the consumer and production systems, as well as reducing negative impacts on biodiversity. Read more at: CBD COP13

  • Plant's response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night

    Source:Science Daily / 14-Dec-2016

    Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply. For many plants, even a small increase in average temperature can profoundly affect their growth and development. New uncovers the system by which plants regulate their response to heat differently between daytime and nighttime. Read more at: Plant's response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night

  • How noise pollution impacts marine ecology / 13-Dec-2016

    Human noise factors including busy shipping lanes, wind farms and water tourism can all impact on the calls of various species - including cod which relies on sound for finding a mate with their "song". Dr Simpson says: "Over the last 200 years the marine soundscape has changed due to human activity, which means animals that have developed over millions of years are having to adapt to survive these changes. Read more at: How noise pollution impacts marine ecology