World Celebrates its own Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. Curiously, this is a little known, big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, …

State of the World’s Plants

Kew Gardens – State of the World’s Plants 2016 Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Visit Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

This week the new road and contact station were formally inaugurated at the entrance toSloan Canyon National Conservation Area, making this one of most interesting wild places to visit on the weekends in the Las Vegas Lands. That’s saying a lot when there are so many options to #findyourpark along the Grand Circle. More about Sloan …

Hanging out on Biodiversity Day #idb2016

#idb2016 biodiversity hangout May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica). Planeta.com hosts a live video hangout over the #IDB2016 weekend. Friends and colleagues who would like to appear on camera should contact Ron Mader. We can schedule later hangouts if there is interest. Mainstreaming is livestreaming! The …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

openhouse Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower …

Translating Earth Day

Back in the early 1960s U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of  ‘Earth Day’ to then President John F Kennedy in the early 1960s and has officially celebrated since 1972. Earth Day has proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. That said, we’re asking how Earth Day is translated in other languages. …

National Park Week in the USA #FindYourPark

zion national park April 16 through 24, 2016 is National Park Week in the USA. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and on 16 days this year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Planeta.com will be highlighting events around the country, sharing live …

Preview: 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 12 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). …

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

Hawai‘i, USA hosts the IUCN World Conservation Congress September 1-10, 2016 Hashtag: #IUCNcongress Events are varied and include workshops, training and capacity-building sessions at the Conservation Campus, Posters and Knowledge Café sessions. Visit the Congress Website for the latest updates and information about the Congress. Held every four years, the IUCN Congress is the world’s …