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Deforestation and Land Use Changes in India Have Increased Zoonotic Disease Risk
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Deforestation and Land Use Changes in India Have Increased Zoonotic Disease Risk

India has some of the world’s most bio-diverse regions, accounting for c.10% of global floral and c.7% faunal species in addition to encompassing a wide range of biomes–desert, high mountains, highlands, tropical and temperate forests, swamplands, plains, grasslands, areas surrounding rivers, and island archipelago. It also hosts 4 biodiversity hotspots: the Himalayas, the Western Ghats,...

The Concentration of Monocultures Limits Biodiversity in Germany
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The Concentration of Monocultures Limits Biodiversity in Germany

Wildlife loss, the growth of monocultures, mechanized agricultural, and livestock “factory farming” is increasing the risk of pathogen spillover, disrupting life-sustaining ecosystem services, and contributing to GHG emissions. This post is an assessment of land cover change in the top greenhouse gas emitting countries, with an eye on how natural, wild areas support species diversity and at...

One in Four Species in France is Endangered, Despite Biodiversity Protection Efforts
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One in Four Species in France is Endangered, Despite Biodiversity Protection Efforts

Protection of biodiversity in France dates back to 1960, when national parks were created, giving the first legal framework for protecting lands that were deemed of cultural and natural importance. Since then, France has acted for the preservation of biodiversity through developing national action plans (with the first ones for the conservation and restoration of...

China Imposes Temporary Ban on All Wildlife Trade and Consumption after COVID-19 / 后疫情时代,中国实行临时禁令:禁止任何形式的野生动物交易及消费
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China Imposes Temporary Ban on All Wildlife Trade and Consumption after COVID-19 / 后疫情时代,中国实行临时禁令:禁止任何形式的野生动物交易及消费

In 2020, China was to host the 15th UN Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, capital of the southern Yunnan Province. China is considered to be one of 17 global mega-biodiversity countries with 10% of all plant species and 14% of all animal species on earth. The conference was to be a milestone for...

Canada’s Diverse Ecosystem Needs Further Protection to Reduce Climate Change Impacts
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Canada’s Diverse Ecosystem Needs Further Protection to Reduce Climate Change Impacts

Global diversity loss increasingly brings to our attention the disruption of life-sustaining ecosystems as species become more crowded together, creating conditions for new illnesses to spread. Urban development encroaching on species’ habitats, large-scale deforestation, habitat loss, agriculture intensity, food production, species and climate change can all drive biodiversity loss. Statistics Canada reports that, despite it’s...

Land Use and Land Cover Are Cause for Concern for Climate and Biodiversity in Brazil
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Land Use and Land Cover Are Cause for Concern for Climate and Biodiversity in Brazil

In previous Climate Scorecard articles, we have hinted at how Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULCC) are a pressing concern for Brazil’s commitment to emission reductions targets. That is because throughout history Brazil has been marked by the consistent removal of tropical forests, a human-induced impact credited as being a relevant source of carbon...

Habitat Destruction in Australia is Accelerating, Making Way for Property Development and Agriculture
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Habitat Destruction in Australia is Accelerating, Making Way for Property Development and Agriculture

Australia is home to eight of the world’s fourteen different terrestrial habitats, with over one million unique species and thousands of distinct regional ecosystems. Around 20% of Australia’s landmass is protected under the National Reserve System (NRS): a framework introduced in 1992 to conserve Australia’s international status as a “region of mega-diversity”. Different regions provide...

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