New study shows importance of IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems

This mountain pool is an example of a lentic ecosystem.

May 9, 2013 – A new global standard in assessing environmental risk, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, has been trialled on 20 ecosystems spanning six continents and three oceans. The development of this new risk assessment method is seen as a major scientific breakthrough for consistent environmental reporting. “By knowing which ecosystems are tracking well and which ones are in trouble, governments, industries and local communities will be well-positioned to make smart investment decisions for sustainable environmental management,” says David Keith, leader of the study, published in the Public Library…

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Water management in Europe faces rising challenges as ecosystems weaken

November 26 – Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits, reports EEA today. ‘European waters – current status and future challenges’ brings together findings from nine other European Environment Agency (EEA) reports published during the course of 2012 and early 2013. The report shows a mixed picture for the status of Europe’s water bodies, while the findings are worrying…

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