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CITES Announces Premiere of "Rhinos Under Threat" [viewed]

CITES11 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with UNTV, produced a movie titled "Rhino under Threat," which aims to raise public awareness of the current crisis faced by rhinoceros due to illegal killing and the international trade in rhino horn. 

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Pew Environment Group Publishes Oceans Quiz [viewed]

June 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Pew Environment Group has produced an oceans quiz, titled “How Much Do You Know About the Ocean?,” which aims to test and raise awareness of the benefits provided by oceans and the challenges they face.

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IUCN, UNESCO Launch iPhone App on Marine World Heritage Sites [viewed]

8 June 2012: In celebration of World Oceans Day, the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Centre of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new iPhone application (app), which aims to act as a window on marine world heritage sites.

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GEF, World Bank Receive Development Impact Prize [viewed]

7 June 2012: The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) received the inaugural Development Impact Honors award from the US Department of the Treasury for their work in protecting the world's largest rainforest in Brazil.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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Botanic Gardens Launch Ecological Restoration Alliance [viewed]

21 May 2012: Responding to the Aichi Target that calls for restoring at least 15% of the world's damaged ecosystems by 2020, adopted in the framework of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), botanic gardens around the world have formed the Ecological Restoration Alliance, which plans to restore 100 damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems.

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Future Policy Award Nominates 31 Coast and Ocean Policies [viewed]

World Future Council6 June 2012: The World Future Council, an international policy research organization, has announced its list of nominees for the Future Policy Award, including 31 policies from 22 countries and regions aiming to protect oceans and coasts.

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

UNEP4 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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GBIF Awards Target Novel Research on Species Distributions [viewed]

4 June 2012: The Science Committee of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has awarded this year's €30,000 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Nathan Swenson from the US, whose work demonstrates how occurrence data, such as those available through GBIF, can help understand the impact of climate on species distributions. The Young Researchers Awards were awarded to a PhD student from Argentina and a Master's student from Colombia for work on biogeography and species distributions.

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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