U.N. urges nations to spend more on species protection as new pact talks begin

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By David Stanway KUNMING, China (Reuters) – The global community must invest much more and raise the scale and speed of its pledges to protect nature and prevent species loss, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday on the eve of a new round of global biodiversity talks. The first part of the twice-postponed “COP15” biodiversity negotiations begin in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on Monday, with the aim of generating momentum for an ambitious post-2020 agreement to reverse decades of habitat destruction caused by human encroachment and climate change. David Cooper, deputy executive se…

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