Nations will soon have access to expert advice on science and policy issues related to biological diversity. The United Nations General Assembly recently gave final approval to the creation of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The panel is charged with evaluating the causes and effects of, and policy solutions to, the loss of biodiversity. Although details regarding the new panel have yet to emerge, it is expected to be modeled after the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


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