Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"In A First, U.S. Appoints A Diplomat For Plants And Animals"

"As temperatures rise and habitats shrink, hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species around the world are at risk of vanishing. For the first time, the United States is designating a special diplomat to advocate for global biodiversity amid what policymakers here and overseas increasingly recognize as an extinction crisis."

Source: Washington Post, 09/30/2022

"A Moonshot for Coral Breeding Was Successful"

"Wearing a navy-blue polo neck emblazoned with the Florida Aquarium logo, Keri O’Neil hugs a white cooler at Miami International Airport. “Coral babieeeeees,” she says, before letting out a short laugh. Relief. The container holds 10 plastic bottles teeming with thousands of tiny peach-colored specks."

Source: Hakai, 09/29/2022

"Zoonotic Diseases Like COVID-19 And Monkeypox Will Become More Common"

"Cases of monkeypox are on the rise in the U.S., with about 67,600 global cases, including about 25,500 in the U.S. Simultaneously, the world is still facing a COVID-19 pandemic, despite the number of cases tapering off. Researchers say these types of viruses, known as zoonotic diseases, or ones that spread between humans and animals, will become increasingly commonplace as factors such as the destruction of animal habitats and human expansion into previously uninhabited areas intensify."

Source: NPR, 09/29/2022
October 3, 2022 to October 5, 2022

Pacific Ecological Security Conference

This first-ever conference, co-hosted by the East-West Center in Koror, Palau, will explore a coordinated region-wide response against invasive species that threaten ecosystem sustainability, food security, quality of life and climate resilience across the Pacific Islands.

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