World’s National Parks and Protected Areas Now 0nLine for Everyone


A new online database that will allow scientists to arm-chair environmentalists monitor the world’s national parks and protected areas was launched on 6 October, 2008, at the 5th World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.

Ted Turner Announces First-Ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria at World Conservation Congress

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner joined the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to announce the first-ever globally relevant sustainable tourism criteria at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on October 6, 2008.

New Migratory Species Agreement to Conserve Small Whales, Dolphins and Manatees in Western Africa and Macaronesia

A new Memorandum of Understanding to conserve the West African Manatee and Small Whales in Western Africa and Macaronesia was concluded in Lomé, Togo, under the auspices of UNEP’s Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) on October 7, 2008.

Take a Five-Second Flight to Top Environmental Hot Spots: UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service.

UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service People can “fly” to some of the world’s most dramatic environmental hotspots courtesy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s innovative use of the popular mapping tool Google Earth.

Key Pollinators for Food Security and Biodiversity To Be Protected By $27 Million Global Environment Facility Project

A new project worth $26.45 million has been launched by  the  Global  Environment  Facility  (GEF)  to  better  protect  bees,  bats and birds that are essential to the world’s crop production.                                                    

Wild Dolphin Project Contributes to Understanding of Atlantic Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins

Through their research, the Wild Dolphin Project has learned a great deal of information about spotted and bottlenose dolphins, which has greatly contributed to the scientific understanding of these species.

Window Opens on the Secret Life of Microbes: Scientists Develop First Microbial Profiles of Ecosystems

Even though microbes essentially rule the Earth, scientists have never before been able to conduct comprehensive studies of microbes and their interactions with one another in their natural habitats.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Opens Doors for 100 Million Seeds from 100 Countries

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard opened on February 26, 2008 on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.

Encyclopedia Of Life (EOL) Species Pages Now Available

An international group of scientists, research institutions and museums is currently working to assemble the most comprehensive online biodiversity encyclopedia on the planet.

Study Shows In Monarch Butterflies Cry2 Is King of the Clock

Internal clocks govern the daily rhythms of the most basic functions of waking, eating, and sleeping. The molecular basis of such pacemakers is best understood in fruit flies, where the interactions of a small set of molecules drive the insects' behaviors just as they do our own.

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