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#96823
2013-12-20

Telecoupling Science Shows China's Forest Sustainability Packs Global Impact

Dec. 19, 2013 — As China increases its forests, a Michigan State University (MSU) sustainability scholar proposes a new way to answer the question: if a tree doesn't fall in China, can you hear it elsewhere in the world?

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#96825
2013-12-20

Time to ‘connect the dots’ among gender, forests, REDD+, experts say

WARSAW, Poland (20 December 2013) — Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland.

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#96826
2013-12-20

New ‘Mangrove Parks’ Can Help Conserve Burma’s Threatened Forests

Mangroves are disappearing worldwide. Burma, a country with some of the highest mangrove diversity, is no exception. This country once possessed the largest mangrove forests of the region, mostly in the Irrawaddy Delta, but as pointed out by The Irrawaddy on Dec. 4, the Delta’s mangrove forests ...

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#96827
2013-12-20

Without Economic Incentives, Protecting Global Forests May Prove Impossible (Op-Ed)

The lowland Mayan forests of northern Guatemala teem with wildlife — toucans, macaws, howler monkeys, and even the fabled jaguar. This is a forest reborn, as nearly 2,000 years ago it was completely deforested by the ancient Mayan civilization. Nature and time have allowed a second chance for th ...

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#96828
2013-12-20

Climate change poses serious threat to Britain's peat bogs

British peats will shrink away in the face of climate change and disappear from many regions of the UK, a team of leading experts has found.

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#96829
2013-12-20

Climate Change Affecting Water Resources

Scientists say climate change will not affect all regions of the world equally – especially when it comes to fresh water. The latest computer models indicate some places will get a lot less, while others get a lot more.

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#96830
2013-12-20

Coastal Ocean Aquaculture Can Be Environmentally Sustainable

Dec. 19, 2013 — Specific types of fish farming can be accomplished with minimal or no harm to the coastal ocean environment as long as proper planning and safeguards are in place, according to a new report from researchers at NOAA's National Ocean Service.

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#96832
2013-12-20

Op-ed: Africa’s once in a generation opportunity

Africa’s leaders have in their hands a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the international development agenda, not just for their continent but for the whole globe.

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#96833
2013-12-20

New Hope for an Endangered Fish in Madagascar

Even for an imperiled species, the Mangarahara cichlid was on its last fins. The colorful fish was thought to have vanished from the wild, and only two individuals remain in captivity—both aging males. But thanks to a serendipitous chain of events, a small population was discovered in Madagascar ...

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#96834
2013-12-20

Urban Nature: How to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities

As the world becomes more urbanized, researchers and city managers from Baltimore to Britain are recognizing the importance of providing urban habitat that can support biodiversity. It just may be the start of an urban wildlife movement.

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#96887
2014-01-06

Malaysia playing pivotal role in promoting intra-ASEAN tourism

Over the past few years we have been promoting short haul travel, encouraging our people to travel in a more affordable and easier way to our neighbours in ASEAN. In this respect, Malaysia has introduced the 3-2-1 Heritage Tour package -- three UNESCO heritage sites (Melaka, Penang and Borobudur ...

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#96888
2014-01-06

Climate change issues not sexy but deadly to ignore

We hope that during the revelry of the Christmas holidays, enough of us took time to share the grief of our brothers and sisters in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Dominica, who suffered great damage from deadly floods.

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#96889
2014-01-06

Population Stability Key To Species’ Response To Climate Change

Species populations have to become stable in order for those creatures to expand their geographical ranges in response to global warming, according to new research published Sunday in the online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change.

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#96890
2014-01-06

Can Green Replace Gold When it Comes to REDD?

Chris Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic on the phone a few days ago. He’s had plenty of time to reflect on the two-week UN climate negotiations in Warsaw in November.Those talks yielded only modest progress on a range of policy proposals to mitigate global warming in advance of the next climat ...

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#96891
2014-01-06

Break agriculture’s chemical monopolies to free our food

Current farming methods rely too much on expensive chemicals such as fertiliser and pesticides; agroecology combines the best of ecological science and farmers’ knowledge to develop more sustainable food and farming.

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#96892
2014-01-06

'They justify bigness:' rewilding the ancestor of the llama in Chile

Local extinctions have occurred across a variety of habitats on every continent, affecting a gamut of species from large predators such as the wolves of North America, to tiny amphibians like the Kihansi spray toad of Tanzania.

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#96893
2014-01-06

The social agenda in 2014

In the new year, social issues will form an important part of the agenda — including health, water, environment and the rising cost of living.

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#96894
2014-01-06

Scientists off to Pacific to study 'weather chimney' effect on climate

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Atmospheric scientists say they're on their way to the western tropical Pacific Ocean to study the region's "global chimney" effect on the world's climate.

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#96903
2014-01-08

Geoengineering plan could have 'unintended' side effect

Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers.

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#96906
2014-01-08

New Population of Critically Endangered Rabbits Found in (of All Places) a Nature Reserve

With a wild population estimated at fewer than 400 individuals, South Africa’s riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is just a hare’s breath away from extinction.

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#96907
2014-01-08

Study of African Forest Elephants Helps Guide Research Efforts in US

Jan. 7, 2014 — Conservation of a protected or endangered species requires frequent monitoring and the dynamic techniques biologists utilize to ensure the survival of threatened animals.

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#96908
2014-01-08

Political Scientist's New Book Examines Role of Private Enterprise in Environmental Preservation

Jan. 3, 2014 — Business gets blasted for not only ignoring the world's environmental problems, but for contributing to them.

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#96909
2014-01-08

Snowball Effect of Overfishing Highlighted

Jan. 7, 2014 — Florida State University researchers have spearheaded a major review of fisheries research that examines the domino effect that occurs when too many fish are harvested from one habitat.

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#96910
2014-01-08

After 49-Million-Year Hiatus, Ectobius Cockroach Reappears in North America

Jan. 6, 2014 — The cockroach in the genus Ectobius is a major textbook example of an invasive organism, and it is the most common cockroach inhabiting a large region from northernmost Europe to southernmost Africa.

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#96911
2014-01-08

Scientists uncover new crocodile in Africa

Scientists working in Africa have uncovered a new crocodile species hiding in plain site, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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#96912
2014-01-08

Environmental degradation leads to public health crises

A "systematic and comprehensive" approach is needed to understand the impact of human behavior on the world's public health, according to a new report.

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#96913
2014-01-08

Women Farmers in Chile to Teach the Region Agroecology

SANTIAGO, Jan 4 2014 (IPS) - An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.

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#96914
2014-01-08

Dynamite fishing threatens Cambodia's seahorses

Destructive fishing practices have decimated the once abundant seahorse population in Cambodia. One organization has stepped in to save the fragile animals by boosting marine conservation and education.

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#96915
2014-01-08

Sustainable development, the way forward for G77: Fiji Ambassodor

NEW YORK, USA --- Fiji's capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Peter Thomson Monday addressed the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals.

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#96916
2014-01-08

Azerbaijan seeks to remain GMO-free zone

Ecologically pure nutrition is a challenge of modern world, but this crucial issue sometimes puts the mankind face to face with many problems, and using genetically modified organisms (GMO) is believed to be the best way out.

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#96917
2014-01-08

Food industry to fire preemptive GMO strike

The giants of the U.S. food industry who have spent millions fighting state-by-state efforts to mandate new labels for genetically modified organisms are taking a page from their opponents and pushing for a federal GMO law.

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#96918
2014-01-08

Indonesia's new forest agency head expected to speed reform

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The recent appointment of a new head for Indonesia’s fledgling REDD+ Agency, tasked with reducing climate-changing emissions from deforestation, is expected to accelerate tree planting and other efforts to protect forests in the Southeast Asian nation, as w ...

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#96920
2014-01-08

Audubon, San Diego Zoo behind animal breeding center in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Ground was broken Wednesday in New Orleans on a facility to house roaming animals conservationists say they hope will repopulate threatened species.

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#96954
2014-01-09

UN urged to recognize benefits derived from mountain regions as essential for sustainable development

8 January 2014 – As United Nations-led talks on outlining the future global development agenda continue to progress, UN agency officials joined representatives of mountain countries and organizations today at Headquarters to encourage mountain-specific policies in sustainable development strateg ...

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#96955
2014-01-09

Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe

In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.

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#96956
2014-01-09

Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa

Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion.

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#96957
2014-01-09

Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon, Scientists Say

Jan. 8, 2014 — Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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#96958
2014-01-09

Temperature Most Significant Driver of World's Tallest Trees

Jan. 7, 2014 — Understanding forest biodiversity and how carbon dioxide is stored within trees is an important area of ecological research.

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#96959
2014-01-09

Suburban Sprawl Cancels Carbon Footprint Savings of Dense Urban Cores

Jan. 6, 2014 — According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities' extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits.

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#96960
2014-01-09

Tree islands more effective way to replant the world's forests

Worldwide, large swaths of land lay barren in the wake of agricultural expansion, and as global forest cover continues to decline, carbon and water cycles, biodiversity, and human health are impacted.

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#96965
2014-01-09

Antarctic penguins forced up 100-foot ice walls, study shows

Warmer temperatures are forcing emperor penguins to make gravity-defying journeys out of their traditional breeding grounds

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#96967
2014-01-09

Tasmania to continue moratorium on GM crops and animals

Ban enters its 13th year in island state, helping to promote an image of state's products

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#96968
2014-01-09

Despite enthusiasm for REDD+, deforestation in Peru continues

LIMA, Peru (9 January 2014) — The economic and political conditions in Peru favor an increase in deforestation, despite the country having set a target of zero net deforestation by 2021, a new study shows.

News Headlines
#96969
2014-01-09

Indonesian indigenous groups fight climate change with GPS mapping

Tribal rights advocates and rainforest defenders are using community mapmaking to protect ancestral land

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#96970
2014-01-09

Africa: Biodiversity Panel Gives Indigenous Knowledge Core Role

Indigenous and local knowledge is set to play a major role in biodiversity and ecosystem management, a meeting of an intergovernmental body has heard.

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#96973
2014-01-10

As Numbers Of Large Carnivores Declines, Scientists Urge Effective Conservation Methods

Populations of large carnivores such as lions, wolves and bears are declining in ecosystems around the planet, changing the face of landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic while also putting humans at risk, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Science.

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#96974
2014-01-10

Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

The lack of predators on islands made it easier to approach the lizards because of their underdeveloped flight response.

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#96981
2014-01-13

India's tigers dying amid canine virus outbreak

India is scrambling to protect its beleaguered tiger population after several big cats tested positive for a virus common among dogs but deadly to other carnivores, experts said.

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#96982
2014-01-13

Climate change rattles mental health of Inuit in Labrador

Researchers studying the mental health and well-being of Inuit populations in coastal Labrador say rising temperatures are having damaging psychological effects on people in traditional communities.

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#96983
2014-01-13

Wildlife Poaching Thought to Bankroll International Terrorism

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 2014 (IPS) - Top diplomats and retired U.S. military officials are urging Western and African governments to step up the global fight against illegal wildlife poaching.

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