Showing posts from May, 2020

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic.Studies by Unesco and the International Council of Museums show 90% of the planet's museums, some 85,000 institutions, have had to shut at least temporarily.More reading here 

COVID-19: Four Sustainable Development Goals that help future-proof global recovery

Future-proofing sustainable recovery and sustainable development is only possible when sound environmental responses, plans and policies are given the importance they deserve.The pandemic has exposed that gains made to address poverty, hunger, good health and well-being may face serious setbacks, unless the global community also urgently addresses the global environmental threats that have similar capacity to gravely undermine the systems that enable humanity and the planet to survive and thrive.Climate Action (Goal 13)Life on Land (Goal 15)Life below water (Goal 14)Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)More reading here 

6 Reasons Why Wildlife Conservation Should be on your To-Do List

1. Protection against climate change  2. Nutrient-rich food source 3. Nature's medicine cabinet 4. Cultural significance  5. Improving soil health and fertility  6. Maintaining ecological connectivity and keeping ecological corridors open 
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Conserving Nature in a time of crisis: Protected Areas and COVID-19

Many of the threats facing biodiversity and protected areas will be exacerbated during, and following, the Covid-19 outbreak. The health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. An expanding agricultural frontier and human incursions into natural areas for logging, mining and other purposes has led to habitat loss and fragmentation, increased contact between human and wildlife and greater exploitation and trade of wild animal products. This enables the spread of diseases from animal populations to humans who have little or no resistance to them; Covid-19 is just the latest and most widespread of these zoonotic pandemics, following SARS, MERS and Ebola.This global pandemic will have both immediate and longer-term effects on protected and conserved areas. The pandemic has already resulted in the closure of parks and protected areas in many countries, resulting in a cascade of impacts. More Reading Here :

Mangrove forest and its role to save people from cyclone

According to recent news, in the evening 20 May 2020, cyclone hit West Bengal, India , killing at least 12 people and causing damage that will go into billions of dollars when added up. The authorities had moved over 200,000 people from the coast into shelters before the cyclone reached the coast. That however, created a complication, because these shelters were already being used as Covid-19 quarantine centres, and now people are squashed in them without any prospect of keeping enough distance to avoid infection, though all have been given masks and asked to wear them at all times. That speed went down to around 130 kmph by the time Amphan reached Kolkata, 100 kilometres inland, but was still strong enough to destroy thousands of uncemented buildings, uproot thousands of trees, turn all roads into raging torrents and short-circuit transformers all over the metropolis though the authorities had switched off power. Without the barrier from trees , the speed of wind could be even strong…

COVID-19 Threatens Endangered Species in Southeast Asia

The coronavirus has created a survival crisis for rural communities and, consequently, for wildlife! There seems to be several good news about the environmental improvement and the animals moving freely during the lockdown; however, this is just a single picture of the whole picture. COVID-19 and the lockdown create more pressure on local community who depends on forest and the visit of tourists. Without economic driven for daily livelihood , the wildlife crime is more likely to happen. For example, the protected areas of remote northern Cambodia where the giant ibis were killed are home to some of the most unique assemblages of endangered birds anywhere in the region was occurred during this lockdown. More reading here

Environmental impacts of overpopulation : pandemic is one of them

Human overpopulation is among the most pressing environmental issues, silently aggravating the forces behind global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, the sixth mass extinction, intensive farming practices and the consumption of finite natural resources, such as fresh water, arable land and fossil fuels, at speeds faster than their rate of regeneration. However, ecological issues are just the beginning...Increased Emergence of New Epidemics and PandemicsA WHO report shows that environmental degradation, combined with the growth in world population, is a major cause of the rapid increase in human diseases, which contributes to the malnutrition of 3.7 billion people worldwide, making them more susceptible to disease. According to the World Health Organization, "Every three seconds a young child dies - in most cases from an infectious disease. In some countries, one in five children die before their fifth birthday. Every day 3 000 people die from malaria - three out of …

Scientists warn worse pandemics are on the way if we don’t protect nature

·Pandemics like COVID-19 could occur more frequently unless we stop rapidly destroying nature, a group of biodiversity experts has warned·1.7 million unidentified viruses, known to infect humans, are estimated to exist in mammals and water birds.·Rampant deforestation, agricultural expansion and infrastructure development bring us closer to catching them.A group of biodiversity experts warned that future pandemics are on the horizon if mankind does not stop its rapid destruction of nature."There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic – us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes economic growth at any cost. We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future ones," the authors wrote on IPBES.More reading here .