This is the first of a regular feature on the Ibex Earth blog where we look to find some of the most interesting environmental news stories throughout the week. Today's stories include the threat to the world's oceans and how Brazilian authorities are looking to establish their very own Wikipedia for species found in the Amazon...
Wildlife warning over EU Funding
Funding from Europe worth more than £400m to promote wildlife on farmland in the UK could be about to be stopped, conservationists warn.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13852053
Trees help stem Desertification
A UN led pilot scheme highlights how trees can help protect people in drylands and stem the spread of desertification.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13767255
World's oceans move into 'extinction phase'
The next generation may lose the opportunity to swim over coral reefs or eat certain species of fish, scientists have warned, as the world's oceans move into a 'phase of extinction' due to human impacts such as over-fishing and climate change.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8587354/Worlds-oceans-move-into-extinction-phase.html
Brazil to create 'botanical Wikipedia' to catalogue the Amazon
Brazil is to create a ‘botanical Wikipedia' in attempt to catalogue thousands of plant species in the Amazon for future generations.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/8588013/Brazil-to-create-botanical-Wikipedia-to-catalogue-the-Amazon.html
Price of solar panels to drop to $1 by 2013, report forecasts
Ernst & Young analysis suggests that falling solar and rising fossil fuel prices could make large-scale installations cost-competitive without government support within a decade
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/20/solar-panel-price-drop
Nature is not just about living things – it's mountains and minerals too
An article by the Guardian’s Murray Gray about why our management of the environment should not focus entirely on species and habitats.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/16/price-nature-oil-gold-wind-power
Rural poor should not be excluded from REDD Projects
Global study finds forests provide one-fifth of household income in rural communities and says access for them should be prioritised in REDD-type conservation projects.
Read more: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/939007/warning_over_redd_projects_excluding_rural_poor_from_forests.html