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Accessing the Canopy : Assessment of Biological Diversity and Microclimate of the Tropical Forest Canopy: Phase I
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP's project Assessment of Biological Diversity and Microclimate of the Tropical Forest Canopy is a new venture to examine forest canopies by means of a tower crane. Accessing the Canopy is the first major report of the project's findings and it goes a long way towards showing us that the protection of the world's biodiversity can only really be accomplished if we continue to explore, assess and preserve it.


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Checklist of reptiles and amphibians listed in the CITES appendices
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

The intention of this work is to provide a combined list of amphibian and reptile species appearing in Appendices I, II and III of CITES, indicating both the current Appendix and the lUCN conservation status category. This revised edition incorporates additions and amendments to the CITES appendices up to and including those made at the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Florida in November 1994 (effective from 16 February 1995). The lUCN status categories given here are those current at the time of preparation, as represented in the 1994 lUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.


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1995
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Checklist of fish and invertebrates listed in the CITES appendices
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

The purpose of this publication is to provide a taxonomic list of fish and invertebrates included in Appendices I, 11 and III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) together with their conservation status category in the 1994 lUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. Few invertebrates and a small proportion of fishes have received a status assessment||consequently the Red List contains only a small sample of the species from these groups that may in fact be threatened. This document incorporates additions and amendments to the CITES appendices up to and including those made at the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Florida in November 1994 (effective from 16 February 1995).


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1995
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Combating Global Climate Change by Combating Land Degradation: Proceedings of a Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya
United Nations Environment Programme

An International Workshop was held to consider land degradation in drylands and its management, particularly as it relates to carbon management as a means to combat global warming. Twenty specialists from nine countries met in Nairobi for 5 days in September 1995 to discuss: • Dryland resources - their extent and condition • Management options for drylands • Linking drylands and their management in global climate particularly as related to carbon emissions and storage in drylands; and • the question of whether burners of fossil fuel can be interested in dryland management/anti-desertification measures would be interested in implementing biotic offset programmes.


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1995
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Environmental Impact of Large-Scale Mining in Papua New Guinea: Mining Residue Disposal by the Ok Tedi Copper-Gold Mine
United Nations Environment Programme

The Ok Tedi copper-gold mine, located in the eastern part of the central mountain range of New Guinea, discharges daily approximately 80,000 tons of ore processing residues and a similar volume of waste rock and overburden into the headwaters of the Ok Tedi River. The Mount Fubilan orebody, which is the source of heavy metal-rich sediments de-posited along the Ok Tedi and on the Fly River floodplain, contains a suite of base metals, of which copper is of pri-mary environmental concern. The Ok Tedi flows into the Fly River 200 km downstream of the discharge point, where the mining wastes carried as suspended load are diluted. In the present study, the deposition of mine-derived sediments in the lower part of the Middle Fly River floodplain, and the hydrochemistry and potential mobilization of trace metals, particularly copper, in the alluvial plain was investigated. To this end, a total of 156 sediment cores and sur-face sediment samples and 117 water samples from the upper Ok Tedi and the Middle and Lower Fly River floodplain were taken. The suspended matter content in Middle Fly River water today is about 5-10 times higher than the natural background of about 60 mg/l.


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1995
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Climate Change 1995 - A Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

This report presents a comprehensive assessment of current scientific understanding of human influences on past, present and future climate. This report forms the standard scientific reference for all those concerned with climate change and its consequences, including policymakers in governments and industry, researchers and senior-level students. This report analysis various anthropogenic aerosols that tend to produce negative radiation forces and also giving an analysis of climate change over the past century. This report makes a critique of the evidence at hand and gives a comprehensive summary of its findings, uncertainties and future actions/ research that would reduce limitations on future projection and detection of climate change.


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1995
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Checklist of mammals listed in the CITES appendices
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

The purpose of this work is to provide a list of the species and subspecies included in Appendices I, II and III to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This document incorporates additions and amendments to the CITES appendices up to and including those made at the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Florida in November 1994 (effective from 16 February 1995). For each taxon, the scientific name is given first, with the currently most frequently used synonyms in brackets. Common names in the three working languages of CITES appear on the following lines, below which the geographical range is indicated. The numbers appearing in square brackets refer to entries in the reference list, at the back of this document.


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1995
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Global solar UV index: a practical guide
World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Environment Programme, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

The Global Solar UV Index (UVI) described in this document was developed in an international effort by WHO in collaboration with WMO, UNEP and ICNIRP||and is a simple measure of the UV radiation level at the Earth's surface.


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1995
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World watch list for domestic animal diversity, 2nd edition
United Nations Environment Programme

World Watch List for Domestic Animal Diversity - 2nd edition.


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1995