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Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World
by Jeff Schweitzer and Giuseppe Notarbartolo-Di-Sciara
Humans are special, not because we are made in god's image, and commanded by the Bible to rule over the earth, but because we have the amazing ability to choose a future in which we thrive and develop in a just society while coexisting with a healthy natural world.

Day 1 and 2 of the Tiger Summit dominated by calls for funds

November 23, 2010
tags: Alan Rabinowitz, environment, Global Tiger Initiative, Panthera, tiger, WCS
by MargiPrideaux

Tiger: photographer - Vivek R. Sinha-WWF As day one and two of the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit pass the dominant media coverage  is focusing on how large the budget needs to be to save the worlds tigers.

Although ‘political will’ has been lacking within the 13 tiger range States, it is the economics of the tiger problem that has pushed these iconic animals close to extinction -  economics of resources to stamp out poaching and the incredible profits that can be made in selling tiger parts through the black market.

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Upcoming Webinars on Climate Change

November 22, 2010
tags: climate change, Climate Interactive, Norton Rose Group, politics, REDD
by MargiPrideaux

30-Minute Webinar on the Latest Scientific Analysis of Copenhagen Accord Pledges Relative to Climate Goals


Climate change negotiations 2010, Cancun

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Next Earthscan Earthcast: Reconnecting Nature and Culture

November 20, 2010
tags: biocultural diversity, environment
by MargiPrideaux

Earthscan’s next free webinar presented by the authors of Biocultural Diversity Conservation and Sacred Natural Sites for an event that explores the important relationship people have with nature and how vital it is for the future of our natural world is open for registrations now.

Understand the concept of biocultural diversity

Learn how to integrate cultural and spiritual values into conservation, tourism and heritage management practices

Discover how embracing the values of local people can dramatically increase the success of conservation and sustainability efforts, for the benefit of all

Tuesday 23rd November 2010
17:00 (UK time – GMT), 12:00 (EDT), 9:00 (PDT)

Register with EarthScan online

CITES makes a statement to ICCAT about bluefin tuna, oceanic white tip & porbeagle sharks

November 20, 2010
by MargiPrideaux

The formal statement by John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES to the 17th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is online now.

This is an important statement that can leave the ICCAT meeting in no doubt about what is at stake here.

Highlights include:

Many different intergovernmental agreements and many actors in both the public and private sectors are involved in the management of natural resources, including fish. The critical issue is the complementarity between different instruments and how well they work together to achieve common objectives, as is appropriate.

CITES Parties have been concerned about the conservation and sustainable use of commercially-exploited aquatic species for many years, and some of you will recall the discussions about the Atlantic bluefin tuna at our eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in Kyoto, in 1992. Their concern has heightened in recent years and it seems very likely that such concerns will not abate in the years to come.

Whatever the precise figures, there seems to be general agreement that the stocks of [Atlantic bluefin tuna and the Oceanic white tip and porbeagle sharks]  have declined very considerably. The third FAO expert advisory panel for the assessment of proposals to amend Appendices I and II of CITES concerning commercially-exploited aquatic species, convened by FAO to review proposals for the March meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Doha, concluded that their decline had been sufficiently large to warrant inclusion in the CITES Appendices.

You can read the full statement, from the CITES website.