The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.
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Usually, tomatoes turn red when ripe, but some varieties stay green. Have you tried growing green tomatoes? Maybe is time you give them a try if you haven’t since are “among the sweetest, richest, most aromatic around”. Start with these three easy-to-grow:
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“At this time of year, bumblebee queens are a familiar sight foraging on spring flowers. After spending the winter hibernating, they need to build up vital energy stores before laying their eggs. According to the largest study of its kind, access to flower-rich habitats from spring through to summer is key to the survival of successive generations of the bees.”
We have created a simple visual, based on this article, for you to know which wild and garden plants are particularly important to get bumblebees’ colonies started in the spring and seeing them survive through to be successful into the next generation. Check it out!
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The Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean, is the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans and is the deepest part of Earth. It’s no surprise that there are thousands of interesting species living there, many of them are unique to the Marianas Trench.
Let’s check out ten of the most peculiar creatures!
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With March just around the corner, it’s about now that every gardener starts getting cabin fever. There is only so much peering at snowdrops, sniffing scented daphnes and admiring frosted leaves you can do before the desire to start sowing seeds with abandon sets in.
Be careful what you sow, though: it’s still too early for many seeds, which need spring to be in full flow before they sprout. That’s where half-hardy annuals come in. These are the more exotic, tender cousins of hardy annuals: both flower, set seed and die in the course of one year, but the half-hardy types need to be started indoors and planted out only once the risk of frost has passed. That means cosseting them on a sunny windowsill and faffing about with pricking out and transplanting; but you get loads of plants for very little outlay, and a tantalising range of colours and forms.
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In the depth of winter, it may seem that there is little to do in your garden. There are few plants and flowers growing, the weather is cold and less daylight prevents you from spending a lot of time outdoors.
However, there are things you can be doing to prepare your garden for spring. From tools and sheds, to digging over soil and making it ready for planting, this infographic shows you some practical ways to get a head start on your spring garden.
By planning ahead, you can ensure a beautiful garden with pretty flowers and tidy borders. You’ll be the envy of the street!
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