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Climate Change
Scientific American, 2015-05-01
ALAMEDA, Calif.—The first time Devine Simpson had an asthma attack, she said she couldn't stop coughing. It was so bad, it woke her up in the middle of the night.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-01
The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a spectacular hummingbird. It is aptly named for the blue streak of feathers on its chin and a pointed crest on its head resembling a knight’s helmet.
Physorg, 2015-05-01
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Asian elephant is now an endangered species. Today, there are only 40,000 elephants left in Asia's mainland and about 1,200-1,700 in peninsular Malaysia.
Forest Biodiversity
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2015-05-01
ROME, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forests covering an area the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal could be wiped out by 2030 unless action is taken now to protect it, environmentalists said.
Gender and Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-01
NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 2015 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees.
Huffington Post, 2015-05-01
You won't find many climate deniers in the remote mountainous villages of Nepal where melting glaciers and unpredictable rain has made subsistence living increasingly precarious.
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-01
The search for effective measures to reduce human-elephant conflict is a top priority for wildlife managers and a significant challenge.
New York Times, 2015-05-01
WASHINGTON — Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, smiled broadly as he set fire to more than five tons of illegally hunted elephant tusks this week in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital.
Deutsche Welle, 2015-05-01
Crowd-sourced data can be useful for conservation but how can remote communities with no connectivity get involved? One NGO has an answer.
Huffington Post, 2015-05-01
Agriculture drives deforestation around the world, but a Peruvian nonprofit is using carbon finance to help 1,100 farmers develop sustainable cocoa production in an effort to save an endangered wildlife area.


Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2015-04-30
Report by the Australian Academy of Science warns extreme weather events will contribute to the spread of disease and disrupt food and water supplies
BBC News, 2015-04-30
If carbon emissions continue on their current path - and temperatures rise by 4 degrees - 16% of animals and plants will be lost, according to a review of evidence.
Business and Biodiversity
Business Insider, 2015-04-30
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.
Cities and Biodiversity
Huliq.com, 2015-04-30
To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food.
Forest Biodiversity
UNEP News Centre, 2015-04-30
Nairobi, 28 April 2015 - Zambia's forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2015-04-30
The Indonesian government is preparing a spatial plan for its marine territory, the beginning of a blueprint to transform the archipelagic country into a “global maritime axis” in line with new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s platform.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
UNEP News Centre, 2015-04-30
Geneva, 28 April 2015 - A new handbook released today aims to boost the interaction between trade and the Green Economy, thus opening up new possibilities to drive sustainable development.
Smithsonian, 2015-04-30
Like the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlife


Climate Change
Science Daily, 2015-04-29
Some scientists have suggested that global warming could melt frozen ground in the Arctic, releasing vast amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, greatly amplifying global warming.
Mongabay.com, 2015-04-29
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly today on a new cap on biofuels derived from edible crops, which critics say not only compete with feeding a growing global population but also contribute to deforestation and release unacceptably high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-04-29
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change”.
New York Times, 2015-04-29
VATICAN CITY — For a 2,000-year-old institution hardly known for its mutability, there was a sense of urgency at the Vatican on Tuesday when scientists, diplomats and religious and political leaders discussed climate change and its impact on the world’s poor.
Forest Biodiversity
Reuters, 2015-04-29
NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.
United Press International (UPI), 2015-04-29
JOSé MANUEL PANDO, Bolivia, April 28 (UPI) -- Biologists do their best to observe the behaviors of South America's saddleback tamarin, both from the vantage of the rainforest floor and by ascending into the canopy.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
allAfrica.com, 2015-04-29
There is a great need to protect traditional knowledge in order to curb the exploitation of holders of indigenous knowledge, particularly the elderly.
Guardian (UK), 2015-04-29
In Plymouth, an extremely rare spider has inspired a passionate campaign to save its last habitat from a housing development.


Climate Change
Nature, 2015-04-28
Global warming has profoundly changed the odds of extreme heat, rain and snowfall, researchers report on 27 April in Nature Climate Change1.
New Scientist, 2015-04-28
If climate change was a game, we'd have racked up quite a score. A fresh study suggests that humans are responsible for a hefty number of today's extreme hot days and rainstorms.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Reuters, 2015-04-28
(Reuters) - China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.
Ex-Situ Conservation
Guardian (UK), 2015-04-28
In a world first, the Zoological Society of London hatches and rears Lake Oku clawed frogs as an insurance population against extinction.

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