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Ramsar Convention

Wetlands harbour exceptional biodiversity. They are protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, which was signed 2 February 1971 and entered into force 21 December [...]

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The Basel Convention

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal regulates movement and disposal of hazardous wastes. Better known as the Basel Convention, it [...]

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Kyoto Protocol

The most famous text on global warming is the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Adopted for use on 11 December 1997, the protocol only entered into [...]

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War and the environment

Any war is a human tragedy. However, wars foster a complex relationship with the environment that should not be underestimated. Sometimes, the reason, or part of the reason for them is the [...]

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Air Pollution

Although air quality has improved over the last thirty years – largely in industrialised countries – atmospheric pollution continues to kill almost 2.4 million in the world. In Western towns, cars are the main cause. In poor countries, it is the pollution [...]



Today, 850 million people in the world are undernourished. Yet, the Earth produces enough food for everyone. At the same time, over 400 million people in the world are obese. Organic food, which is better for health and for the environment is attracting [...]


Protected areas

The first nature park was created in 1872 (Yellowstone, United States) and there are now over 102 000 protected areas. These areas which cover 4% of the planet's surface are spread unequally and function in various ways. They have to take the needs of [...]

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The Ecological footprint of cities

Urban density and city expansion have significant consequences on the environment. Artificially created areas linked to urban activity produces an atypical form of biodiversity and directly affects the quality of water, soil, air, and land. Rural areas [...]

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