Outcomes and Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress (Sept-2017).

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IKEA proving that mass production companies can make a difference with small steps like this.

Recycled PET-bottles become IKEA kitchen fronts - IKEA

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Micro-beads are not the only plastic pollutants present in oceans. Micro-plastics from washing particular fabrics are also very prevalent, and this bag helps prevent micro-plastic pollution!
Get ready to take action for #CleanSeas! The UN Environment marine litter campaign launches on Thursday - it's time to turn the tide on plastic
Sometimes it doesn't take much for us to realize how similar we are to animals.
At Freshkills Park, where New York City dumped 150 million tons of its garbage, human desires and nature’s needs are feeling their way to a new harmony.

Once the World's Largest Landfill, Now a Man-Made Paradise For Wildlife

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This blooming solar panel takes inspiration from sunflowers and follows the sun throughout the day!
Walk a Mile in His Shoes -

This man who has been walking everyday for the past 42 years to pick up trash in Bali!
Galapagos Giant Tortoises -

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure cove of ecosystems and species solely found in this region of the world. After years of excessive hunting and introductions of nonnative species, the Galapagos Tortoises were on the brink of extinction.

Through captive breeding, restoration of destroyed ecosystems and meticulous conservation efforts, the island tortoises are...
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Galapagos giant tortoises make a comeback, thanks to innovative conservation strategies

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It is sometimes difficult to focus on the positive in a world filled with so much negative news.

Here are 20 recent news stories that should be highlighted and cherished!
The UN World Oceans Conference -

This June, the UN will welcome ocean conservation leaders from around the world to New York City in order to tackle the increasingly large issue of marine protection and help them recover from human-induced problems. It is estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entered the worlds oceans in 2010. The UN has called for voluntary...
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UN News - UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

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Square Roots is revolutionizing urban farming with this shipping container turned greenhouse!

The container only consumes 8 gallons of water per day, and produces between 40 and 50 pounds of fresh produce weekly!
The UNDB proudly supports the Ocean Conference, held in NYC from June 5-9 2017
Diving Monkeys -

These macaques are making a splash in this urban swimming pool!
Climate Change and Wildlife.

A new study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change has brought light to the massive effects of global warming to species around the world. According to the findings, 23% of birds and 47% of mammals have been negatively affected by our changing planet, a dramatic increase from previous studies.

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Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought, Study Says

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In recent times, pollinators like bees have been gradually declining in numbers due to the use pf pesticides and global warming.

This is not a permanent solution, but this could ensure that pollination still occurs.
A small product, universally consumed around the world, that could have a significant positive impact on marine debris. Johnson & Johnson taking one small step for plastic sea pollution.

One of the world's biggest companies is stopping selling plastic cotton-wool buds

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This vineyard uses ducks as a form of pest control - They avoid using pesticides which are harmful to biodiversity and humans alike!

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Saving bugs in the name of drugs

Scientists have always looked towards the natural world in order to find inspiration to innovate medicine. The exploration of animals as a source of novel medicines has been largely restricted to vertebrate venoms, leech saliva and the venoms and secretions of a few, mostly marine lineages.
"If we can shine a light on the darker recesses of nature’s medicine...
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Saving bugs in the name of drugs - Geographical

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Another city in the world working on reducing plastic consumption - Delhi

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