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Rosewoods, Traveling Musicians Receive CITES Protection

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 5, 2016 (ENS) – Forest crime and conservation were in the spotlight at the 17th conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which closed in Johannesburg Tuesday after protecting many species of precious rosewoods. […]

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Conservation 3.0: Will Bioengineered Horn Save Rhinos?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 27, 2016 (ENS) – “Imagine if all the people in the world could fit into one stadium. Sadly, all the wild rhinos in the world can, with room to spare.” So begins the WildAid demand reduction commercial, “Whole World,” starring Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and NBA star Yao Ming. […]

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CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 25, 2016 (ENS) – “It is a great pleasure to be here in the City of Johannesburg – the vibrant heart of South Africa,” said John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, opening this 12-day trade and wildlife meeting on Saturday. […]

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Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Illegal trade in endangered species, including internet commerce, is enormous – by any estimate. Far-reaching decisions on managing the world’s wildlife are about to be made here in Johannesburg, where 182 countries plus the EU will gather Saturday for 12 days of intense negotiations. […]


COP21 Forgot Farm Animals

PARIS, France, December 11, 2015 (ENS) – Dame Jane Goodall travels the globe 300+ days each year – with a cow – a small black and white stuffed toy. The scientist and UN Messenger of Peace is also an animal activist. […]


A Climate Change Competition Without a Winner

PARIS, France, December 9, 2015 (ENS) – For the 11th consecutive year, Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch this week released the 2016 Climate Change Performance Index, CCPI, research that ranks the climate actions of 58 countries. […]


Guide to Paris Climate Talks: Halftime Notes

WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2015 (ENS) – The 2015 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, is just past the halfway mark. Many observers expect the meeting to be extended a few days, but Friday, December 11 is the last official day of the 12-day gathering. […]

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Guide to Paris Climate Talks: Newbie Green Climate Fund

WASHINGTON, DC, November 29, 2015 (ENS) – The phrase “climate financing” makes even the most dedicated observer yawn. But not so quick … resist the urge. Flows of money from richer to poorer nations through entities like the new Green Climate Fund will be an important part of any global warming fix. […]


Guide to Paris Climate Talks: People to Watch

WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2015 (ENS) – In 10 days, world leaders will convene in Paris to forge a first universal, legally-binding pact to limit climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. With many sticking points still unresolved after years of negotiating, completing an agreement hinges on the interaction of personalities around the table. […]


Guide to Paris Climate Talks: The Sticking Points

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2015 (ENS) – From November 30 through December 11, the world will gather in Paris to approve a new universal agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions that is legally binding upon all nations, developed and developing alike. Here are the basic facts for understanding this crucial meeting. […]