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G8 ministers fail to recognise environmental risks of energy options beyond GHG emissions

In the G8 declaration released this week, ministers set a joint target of 80% reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with a large focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies – though potential environmental and social barriers were not considered. While renewable energy technologies hold much promise for delivering energy with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, IUCN advocates for the establishment of legal and regulatory policies that are robust and which safeguard the environment and people as an important part of the enabling framework for renewable energy. …  

10 Jul 2009 | News story
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Greening the economy

G8 – Have they done enough?

Heads of state, meeting at the G8 Summit in Italy have pledged to “take the lead in the fight against climate change.”   …  

10 Jul 2009 | News story

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IUCN sends open letter to the G8

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) calls on Heads of State to consider the following points related to climate change, the economic crisis and Africa. …  

07 Jul 2009 | News story

Banking on Biodiversity

The members of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation met in Honiara from 28 June to the 2 July 2009 to discuss the state of the Pacific Islands environment and review commitments to the Pacific Islands Action Strategy for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. “Banking on Biodiversity” is the product of those discussions and a call to action in response to the growing threats to the Pacific Islands Region. …  

07 Jul 2009 | News story

Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN

Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …   | French | Spanish

02 Jul 2009 | International news release

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Climate change under spotlight at IUCN debate

With 2009 a critical year for the environment, both in dealing with climate change and biodiversity loss, IUCN is taking the lead by organizing a top-level environmental debate today. …  

01 Jul 2009 | News story

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Third of open ocean sharks threatened with extinction

The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 percent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2009 | International news release

Fishes in the Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, Belize

Get latest on natural World Heritage Sites from IUCN

The latest sites to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List will be announced at the World Heritage Committee, held in Seville, Spain, from June 22-30. After a long period of work by the countries nominating the sites, and over a year of rigorous evaluations, IUCN, which is the independent advisory body on natural sites, will present its recommendations to the Committee for new natural World Heritage sites. …  

22 Jun 2009 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Maritime momentum

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results—reversing the multiple threats that are ruining the health of our marine environment. …  

21 Jun 2009 | News story

Narinder Kakar at United Nations

Energy systems should safeguard the environment, says IUCN to UN

This was the message that was delivered by Narinder Kakar from the Permanent Observer Mission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to the United Nations at the UN General Assembly Interactive Thematic Dialogue on Energy Efficiency, Conservation and New and Renewable sources of Energy.  …  

18 Jun 2009 | News story