Malaysian is named head of UN biodiversity panel

Agence France-Presse: A prominent Malaysian biologist on Saturday was named first chief of a UN scientific panel which aims to turn the world's spotlight on species loss, as a Nobel-winning counterpart has done for climate change. In their first plenary meeting, members of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, chose Zakri Abdul Hamid as chairman, a spokeswoman for IPBES told AFP. Zakri, 64, will serve for three years under the decision, reached in tough overnight discussions......

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