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'Ten Years' To Solve Nature Crisis, UN Meeting Hears

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By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News, Nagoya, Japan

Delegates will consider adopting new set of targets for 2020 that aim to tackle biodiversity loss

The UN biodiversity convention meeting has opened with warnings that the ongoing loss of nature is hurting human societies as well as the natural world.

The two-week gathering aims to set new targets for conserving life on Earth.

Japan's Environment Minister Ryo Matsumoto said biodiversity loss would become irreversible unless curbed soon. ... Read more about 'Ten Years' To Solve Nature Crisis, UN Meeting Hears

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The Black Marketeers Stealing Indonesia’s Islands By The Boat-load

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By Richard Lloyd Parry, Krakatoa [caption id="" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Anak Krakatau has risen through renewed volcanic activity to a height of 300 metres"][/caption] For the people of Sebesi Island, who spend their lives next to the world’s biggest natural time bomb, it seemed to be an offer that they could not refuse. A businessman from the Indonesian mainland landed one day with a remarkable proposal: to make safe their deadly neighbour, the notorious volcano island of Krakatoa, hulking in the sea a few miles across the water. ... Read more about The Black Marketeers Stealing Indonesia’s Islands By The Boat-load

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