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#96064
2013-10-24

Brazil and EU Team Up to Tackle Biodiversity Loss With Cooperative Techniques

2020 is an important horizon for achieving international biodiversity targets.

News Headlines
#96065
2013-10-24

Ancient Bee Extinction Gives Clues to Current Decline

Scientists say an ancient bee extinction which occurred about 65 million years ago – at the same time that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an unknown event – could shed some light on the current decline of the bee population.

News Headlines
#96066
2013-10-24

Focus on Poverty: Building climate expertise

A Nature study published this month shows, as SciDev.Net reported, that the tropics are likely to be the first region to face dramatic temperature rises.

News Headlines
#96067
2013-10-24

Armored giant turns out to be vital ecosystem engineer

The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is not called a giant for nothing: it weighs as much as a large dog and grows longer than the world's biggest tortoise.

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#96068
2013-10-24

Mongolia’s Wild Asses Cornered From All Sides

SOUTHERN GOBI REGION, Mongolia , Oct 24 2013 (IPS) - Decades of international and local collaboration have brought the Tahki or Asian Wild Horse back from the brink of extinction and reintroduced herds to Mongolia’s Gobi desert and grasslands. However, the country’s other wild equine – the Mongo ...

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#96069
2013-10-24

IPCC's 'carbon budget' will not drive Warsaw talks, says Christiana Figueres

The UN climate change chief says it would be too 'politically difficult' to negotiate national allocations of carbon emissions

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#96070
2013-10-24

Europe Gone Wild: Back to Nature on the Continent

Conservationists want to turn parts of Europe back into wilderness, teeming with wild horses, lynxes and native bison. But there are varying interpretations of what "wilderness" means and conflict over how much it should be managed.

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#96071
2013-10-24

'Overfishing is a problem across the EU'

The European Parliament has voted against new subsidies for the fishing industry, opting to deliver funds to conservation research and the protection of fish stocks instead. Nina Wolf from OCEAN2012 is happy at the news.

News Headlines
#96072
2013-10-24

Pitcairn’s bounty

The South Pacific is about to get the world’s biggest national park

News Headlines
#96074
2013-10-25

Groundbreaking agreement with Seoul National University

Aberystwyth University signs agreements with Seoul National University to share miscanthus germplasm, based on principles of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to help boost bioenergy production and combat climate change.

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#96075
2013-10-25

Study: Arctic temperatures warmest in more than 44,000 years

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Geologists say a study of temperatures in the Canadian arctic shows the last 100 years were warmer than any other century in at least the past 44,000 years.

News Headlines
#96076
2013-10-25

Conservationists warn of decline in lion numbers in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Uganda's lions, central to the country's tourism industry and a symbol of Africa, are disappearing from the country's national parks, conservationists say.

News Headlines
#96077
2013-10-25

Report calls on business to take responsibility and think long-term

The past week has provided further evidence of short-term outlooks dominating business. Energy companies have been criticised for price hikes far above inflation that squeeze consumers without any significant indication that any of the additional margin will be invested in green measures.

News Headlines
#96078
2013-10-25

Coral Itself May Play Important Role in Regulating Local Climate: Coral Chemicals Protect Against Warming Oceans

Oct. 23, 2013 — A new article reveals coral animals produce the 'smell of the ocean' -- influencing cloud formation and protecting themselves against rising seawater temperatures.

News Headlines
#96079
2013-10-25

Sri Lanka's tropical beaches: A development trap?

After over 25 years of internal conflict ended in Sri Lanka in May 2009, the country finally seemed poised to capitalise on its beautiful beaches and tropical landscapes. Named as the New York Times top tourist destination in 2010, and receiving similar accolades from the Lonely Planet in 2013, ...

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#96081
2013-10-25

Aboriginal Hunting Practice Increases Animal Populations

Oct. 24, 2013 — In Australia's Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researchers Rebecca and Doug Bird.

News Headlines
#96082
2013-10-25

Hypoxia Issues in the Gulf of Mexico

Oct. 24, 2013 — The Mississippi River Basin is home to much of the United States' fertile crop land. Though we need our food and energy crops, their production has led to an increase in the levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in our water sources

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#96083
2013-10-25

People Don't Put a High Value On Climate Protection

Oct. 23, 2013 — People are bad at getting a grip on collective risks. Climate change is a good example of this: the annual climate summits have so far not led to specific measures.

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#96084
2013-10-25

Conservationists push to preserve prairies of North and South Dakota

Farming boom in the Dakotas is resulting in large areas of wetland wildlife habitats being converted to arable

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#96110
2013-10-28

Causes of deforestation getting lost in REDD+ rhetoric – analysis

BOGOR, Indonesia (27 October 2013) — Debates about REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) are skirting a fundamental issue by failing to discuss what actually causes deforestation in the first place, a media analysis has found.

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#96111
2013-10-28

Fish Population Recovery in Marine Reserve

Oct. 25, 2013 — Protection in the Medes Islands marine reserve started more than 25 years ago. Dusky grouper, zebra seabream and European seabass have practically reached their carrying capacity, whereas brown meagre is still approaching population stabilization and common dentex is still increa ...

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#96112
2013-10-28

UN unveils science panel on sustainable development

A multidisciplinary scientific board have been appointed to advise the UN secretary-general on science, technology and innovation, it was announced last week (18 October).

News Headlines
#96113
2013-10-28

Green agriculture in Guatemala

Around the world, forests are being cleared to make room for farmland. But in Central America you can find encouraging examples of agriculture that supports human life and is also forest-friendly.

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#96115
2013-10-28

Mangroves Help Guyana Defend Against Changing Climate

VICTORIA, Guyana, Oct 26 2013 (IPS) - Theola Fortune can recall how residents of Victoria would ridicule her and others every time they went into the east coast village to warn residents about the importance of mangroves and the need to protect them.

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#96116
2013-10-28

Latvia and Estonia among EU's top-5 countries covered by forests

The study shows that there are only five countries in the EU, where forests cover more than 50% of total land area – Sweden (76%), Finland (72%), Estonia (61%), Slovenia (60%) and Latvia (56%).

News Headlines
#96117
2013-10-28

EU environment ministers call for 'ambitious' 2030 climate goals

Ministers and business leaders urge EU to create a low-carbon economy in Europe to spur investment

News Headlines
#96120
2013-10-28

Fishing ban to protect Antarctic seas?

The Antarctic is one of earth's last wildernesses, yet its seas are under increasing pressure from commercial activity and climate change. A meeting in Hobart could provide long-term protection for the Southern Ocean.

News Headlines
#96126
2013-10-29

The Cyber-Centipede: From Linnaeus to Big Data

Taxonomic descriptions, introduced by Linnaeus in 1735, are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. Now there is a new futuristic method for describing new species that goes far beyond the tradition.

News Headlines
#96127
2013-10-29

Extent of Peruvian Amazon lost to illegal goldmines mapped for first time

The area affected by illegal gold mining in Peru's south-eastern Amazon region increased by 400% from 1999 to 2012, according to researchers using state-of-the-art mapping technology.

News Headlines
#96128
2013-10-29

The real price of development

Many sins are committed in the name of development. We are becoming aware that much of what were hailed as achievements over the past few centuries were actually “sordid boons.” Curiously, the words ecology and economics have a common root, okios, which means ‘habitat’ in ancient Greek.

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#96129
2013-10-29

Landscapes debate could reinvigorate U.N. climate talks in Warsaw – negotiator

A dedicated Global Landscapes Forum to coincide with upcoming international climate change talks in Warsaw will highlight the benefits of taking a holistic approach to land-use management and could give the strategy a key role in efforts to curb global warming, an international climate negotiato ...

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#96130
2013-10-29

Conflict of interest threatens Great Barrier Reef

Australia's most loved environmental asset, the Great Barrier Reef, has faced many threats over the years. Everything from marine pollution to predatory starfish have endangered the world heritage listed site. Now massive port development s and dredging are fuelling concerns and UNESCO is consid ...

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#96131
2013-10-29

Selling their nickel for a dime

Communities on stunning Halmahera Island in North Maluku that have acted as the custodians for biodiversity for generations are being economically displaced for a nickel mine. A recent report reveals that they have been failed by weak legal enforcement processes and international human rights me ...

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#96132
2013-10-29

The flight of the Amur Falcon

I am standing at the scene of a massacre like no other. Last year, like every year since 2006, a tenth of all Amur falcons were killed here. That’s an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 a day for the 10 days the birds spend in Nagaland, en route their winter migration from Russia to the southern part of ...

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#96134
2013-10-29

Sunderbans' salt-tolerant rice project a hit globally

KOLKATA: A project to reintroduce salt-tolerant rice varieties - post Aila - that helped Sunderbans' farmers fortify themselves against similar calamities in future has struck a chord with an eminent jury comprising leading climate change scientists.

News Headlines
#96135
2013-10-29

Scientists discover lizard, frog species in untrod Australian rainforest

(CNN) -- Scientists have found what they're describing as a "lost world" on the northern tip of Queensland, Australia, hosting at least three previously undocumented species, including a frog that makes love in the rain.

News Headlines
#96136
2013-10-29

Wageningen UR announces researchers back from Saba Bank expedition

From 19-27 October 2013, IMARES Wageningen UR, organised a research expedition to the Saba Bank, to investigate the ecological functioning of the Bank. Thirty-three 50m long transects resulted in more than 2000 images of the reef, and over 5000 fish counts of almost 100 fish species.

News Headlines
#96137
2013-10-29

Study looks at road construction impacts on Brazilian Amazon

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A study of the Brazilian Amazon shows more than 30,000 miles of roads -- a major factor in deforestation and habitat loss -- were built in just three years.

News Headlines
#96138
2013-10-29

For grizzly bears in Canada, global warming may prove a good thing

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Global warming and resultant forest disturbances may have a silver lining for one threatened species, Canada's grizzly bears, researchers say.

News Headlines
#96139
2013-10-29

Communities can monitor forests 'as well as experts'

Communities living alongside the world's tropical forests can estimate an area's carbon stocks as effectively as hi-tech systems, a study has shown.

News Headlines
#96140
2013-10-29

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Could Increase Summer Rainfall in Northwest Europe Suggests New Study

Oct. 28, 2013 — A new study offers an explanation for the extraordinary run of wet summers experienced by Britain and northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012.

News Headlines
#96141
2013-10-29

790 rhinos poached in South Africa this year

790 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, nearly a fifth higher than last year's record toll, reports the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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#96142
2013-10-29

With training, local communities can accurately and cost-

Provided two to three days of training, forest communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure biomass and other data needed to assess REDD+ projects, finds a new study published in the journal Ecology and Society.

News Headlines
#96143
2013-10-29

Caribbean Looks to the Sky for Water Security

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 27 2013 (IPS) - A centuries-old system for ensuring water security is making a comeback in the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#96144
2013-10-29

Modified brinjal finally sees light

The National Committee on Biosafety (NCB) yesterday officially released the country’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop, brinjal, which is infused with pest-resistant gene.

News Headlines
#96147
2013-10-30

Radical new 'Trojan Female' pest control approach shows great promise

An innovative, non-lethal approach to pest management has the potential to become a "game-changer" in providing lasting and effective control in a wide range of insect and animal pests, according to New Zealand scientists developing the technique.

News Headlines
#96148
2013-10-30

Africa: Rhetoric or Action in Global Efforts to Protect Forest Communities?

A UN mechanism that purports to involve forest-dependent communities in preventing forest loss to curtail greenhouse gas emissions is failing to do so, finds a new study.

News Headlines
#96149
2013-10-30

'Lost' bird rediscovered in New Caledonia along with 16 potentially new species.

In early 2011, Conservation International (CI) dubbed the forests of New Caledonia the second-most imperiled in the world after those on mainland Southeast Asia. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1029-hance-rap-new-caledonia.html#PEGyDghZ2hiutj5h.99

News Headlines
#96150
2013-10-30

Asian carp have reproduced in Great Lakes watershed

Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.

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#96151
2013-10-30

Human impact on sea turtles shows up in studies of genetic diversity

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- DNA studies of endangered sea turtles point to loss of genetic diversity caused by recent human exploitation, Australian scientists say.

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