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#96162
2013-10-31

Biodiversity “hotspots” more likely to have greater ecosystem co-benefits — study

TURRIALBA, Costa Rica (31 October 2013) – Areas that are “hotspots” of biodiversity can carry higher value for other important ecosystem services, including carbon storage, water conservation and scenic beauty, according to a new study from Costa Rica. In areas that provide high carbon storage, ...

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#96163
2013-10-31

Namibia: The Role Private Protected Areas Play in Conserving Biodiversity

THE reasons for the accelerating increase in private protected areas remain relatively unstudied.

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#96164
2013-10-31

Bottom-Feeding Behavior of Humpback Whales Confirmed

Oct. 30, 2013 — Humpback whales are known for the complexity of their feeding techniques, which include "trapping" krill and other prey within bubble nets they produce and gulping up to two-thirds their weight in prey-laden water.

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#96167
2013-10-31

Thawing Permafrost: The Speed of Coastal Erosion in Eastern Siberia Has Nearly Doubled

Oct. 29, 2013 — The high cliffs of Eastern Siberia -- which mainly consist of permafrost -- continue to erode at an ever quickening pace.

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#96168
2013-10-31

Scientists Shine Light On World's Least-Studied Bat

Oct. 29, 2013 — The Mortlock Islands flying fox, a large, breadfruit-eating bat native to a few remote and tiny Pacific islands, has long been regarded as one of the world's least studied bats.

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#96169
2013-10-31

Farmers dig into soil quality

Analytical technique promises to match fertilizers to soil in bid to boost yields in Africa.

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#96170
2013-10-31

New species of beetle discovered in megacity

When imagining the discovery of a new species, most people conjure thoughts of intrepid explorers, battling the odds in remote rainforests.

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#96171
2013-10-31

Rebranded as the Rainforest Trust, green group launches push to protect 6M acres of Amazon rainforest

The Rainforest Trust, which from 1988 until last month was known as the World Land Trust-US, has kicked off an effort to preserve some 2.4 million hectares (5.9 million acres) of rainforest in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon.

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#96172
2013-10-31

Japan's coastal hunts for small cetaceans not sustainable, says report

Pursuit of whale, dolphin and porpoise species should be phased out, says Environmental Investigation Agency

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#96173
2013-10-31

Brazil Says 'Yes' to Genetically Modified Foods. Mexico Says 'No'

A week and a half ago, according to Mexican media reports, a federal district judge issued an injunction suspending field trials of genetically modified corn.

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#96174
2013-10-31

La nature sans protection dans des dizaines de villes

Le défi de protéger 17% du territoire de la région de Montréal, un objectif officiel adopté l'an dernier, paraît beaucoup plus difficile à relever que ne le laissent paraître les statistiques officielles.

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#96181
2013-11-01

Geoengineering attempts to reduce global warming could reduce rainfal

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Attempts to geoengineer the climate to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could reduce vital rains in some parts of the world, U.S. scientists say.

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#96182
2013-11-01

Elephant society 'is still disrupted decades after cull'

African elephants' decision-making abilities are left impaired by culling operations that ended decades ago, University of Sussex research suggests.

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#96183
2013-11-01

Unprecedented warming uncovered in Pacific depths

The effects of climate change are being felt almost a kilometre down in the biggest ocean on Earth.

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#96184
2013-11-01

Climate Change Damage to Poor Countries Goes Far Beyond Money

The loss and damage from global warming include money but also cultural and social impacts

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#96185
2013-11-01

Warming Will Disturb Balance of Soil Nutrients in Drylands, Make Drylands Less Productive

Oct. 30, 2013 — An increase in aridity due to global warming will disturb the balance of nutrients in the soil and reduce productivity of the world's drylands, which support

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#96186
2013-11-01

Scientists: to save the Malayan tiger, save its prey

A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms.

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#96187
2013-11-01

Delegates frustrated as talks to create huge Antarctic marine reserves fail

Russia, Ukraine and China scupper plans to protect 'last intact ocean ecosystem on earth'

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#96188
2013-11-01

In Namibia, Conservation and Tourism Intersect

Uamunikaije Tjivinda squatted in the sand and threw a few strips of dried giraffe meat into a pot of boiling water.

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#96189
2013-11-01

Scientist wants to clone Italy's rarest bear

With only 40 Marsican brown bears left in Italy, the species is on the brink of extinction. One scientist has a controversial plan to prevent its extinction - to clone it. And, he doesn't want to stop there.

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#96190
2013-11-01

Zimbabwe's forests are going up in smoke

The country's tobacco industry is recovering well – but at the expense of food and the environment.

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#96195
2013-11-04

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

Biodiversity offsetting (BDO for short) is a tool which aims to assess likely biodiversity loss from development, then replace what is lost on new sites elsewhere. I believe this approach is deeply flawed on many levels. Not least because it fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between ...

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#96196
2013-11-04

Biodiversity integral to reducing poverty

CRITICAL NEED: Weaving it into development goals can bring about major change.CRITICAL NEED: THE world is slowly moving to what many hope to be a new universal agenda on development, an agenda that will be even more successful than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have been the dri ...

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#96197
2013-11-04

Will climate change imperil your cup of Starbucks?

A UN panel to conclude that rising temperatures will pose a risk to future food supplies.I never would have noticed it as I hiked down through a dense Andean cloud forest. The stubby tree with broad, thick leaves stood out no more to me than the endless jungle depths of ferns, schefflera and tre ...

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#96198
2013-11-04

Putrajaya, A Beautiful Jungle Within The City

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) -- Visitors to Putrajaya will be quick to realise that the nerve centre of the administration was developed amidst verdant surroundings, living up to its name as a 'City Within a Garden', even though it was shorn of any greenery when it came up a decade ago.

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#96199
2013-11-04

Climate change draft report predicts war, heat waves, starvation.

Many of the ills of the modern world — starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease — are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.

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#96200
2013-11-04

Climate change said taking toll on Negril beaches.

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The urgency with which Jamaica needs to address climate change was made evident at last week's Government of Jamaica/Adaptation Fund Programme National Stakeholders' Consultation after it was revealed that at least one metre of Negril's coastline was eroding yearly, making th ...

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#96201
2013-11-04

Earlier spring disrupts plant-pollinators

Cape Town – Spring is starting earlier for animals and plants due to the impact of climate change, a recent study has found.The study published in Plos one focussed on the Southern hemisphere and highlighted the importance of climate change and its potential to disrupt food webs, including polli ...

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#96202
2013-11-04

Will the Nagoya Protocol impact your synthetic biology research?

The United Nations (UN) is working to ensure that the benefits of genetic resources are shared in a fair and equitable way via the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, though questions remain about how this treaty will impact research in synthetic biology.

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#96204
2013-11-05

UN highlights role of farming in closing emissions gap

Changing farming practices could play an important role in averting dangerous climate change says the UN.

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#96205
2013-11-05

Trees 'shield vulnerable species from climate change'

Forests with dense canopies create a microclimate that protects a variety of cold-adapted plant species from warming air temperatures, a study has shown.

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#96206
2013-11-05

Nations Hope to Secure Path to New Global Climate Agreement in Warsaw

A new global agreement is supposed to be signed in Paris in 2015 but, in order for that to happen, much work remains to be done

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#96207
2013-11-05

Banana Disease Spreading: Panama Disease Spreads Among Bananas Again

Nov. 4, 2013 — Panama disease is causing significant damage in banana cultivation in Southeast Asia. Together with a number of partners, scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) have demonstrated that the disease -- caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense -- ha ...

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#96208
2013-11-05

Global Change: Stowaways Threaten Fisheries in the Arctic

Nov. 4, 2013 — Just think of the warty comb jelly or sea walnut, as it is also known. It has caused tremendous damage to fisheries in the Black Sea after arriving in ballast water from its original habitat along the East coast of North America.

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#96209
2013-11-05

Nitrogen fixation helps double some African farm yields

A large-scale research and development project has shown that giving farmers resources and advice on nitrogen fixation through legume plants can double yields and boost incomes in Africa.

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#96210
2013-11-05

Deforestation may hurt U.S. agriculture, affect monsoon cycle

Unchecked deforestation will have far-reaching impacts on temperature, rainfall, and monsoon cycles in regions well outside the tropics, affecting agriculture and water availability, warns a new report published by Greenpeace International.

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#96211
2013-11-05

World's most cryptic feline photographed in logging concession

The bay cat is arguably the world's least-known member of the cat family (Felidae). Although first described by scientists in 1874, no photo existed of a living specimen until 1998 and a wild cat in its rainforest habitat wasn't photographed until five years later.

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#96212
2013-11-05

Jordan’s Farmers Struggle to Weather Climate Change

AMMAN, Jordan, Nov 5 2013 (IPS) - Abu Waleed isn’t quite sure where to begin his litany of grievances. Bugs that chomp their way through the mint he grows, or the dry well that forces him to pump water from a half kilometre away? Or perhaps the 160 dinars he spent on spinach seeds only to see sc ...

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#96213
2013-11-05

Carbon emissions must be cut ‘significantly’ by 2020, says UN report

Failure will mean greater costs and risks and pathway to limiting temperature rise to under 2C will close fast

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#96214
2013-11-05

Starfish wasting disease baffles US scientists

Deadly disease ravages sea creatures in record numbers along west coast of US from south-east Alaska to Orange County

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#96215
2013-11-05

Rifts emerge in scientists’ views on safety of GMOs

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Claims of there being a scientific consensus that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe are misleading and misrepresentative with potentially dangerous effect on regulation of GMOs, says a group of scientists.

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#96216
2013-11-05

Costa Rican Protected Areas Need Improvement to Ensure Biodiversity

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A recent forum says that protected areas may not be ensuring the best possible protection to the biodiversity found in Costa Rica

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#96218
2013-11-05

Scientists from around the world challenge claims of GMO food safety

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Claims of there being a scientific consensus that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe are misleading and misrepresentative with potentially dangerous effect on regulation of GMOs, says a group of scientists.

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#96239
2013-11-06

No federal plan for biodiversity, environment watchdog warns

Canada’s environmental watchdog says that while the federal government talks a good game about biodiversity, and the protection and restoration of ecosystems, creating and executing a plan to follow up on those priorities remains a challenge.

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#96240
2013-11-06

Between the Amazon and the Atlantic: Brazil’s threatened savannas

The Amazon rainforest has long been a focus for environmentalists, scientists and policy makers, but they are now starting to also pay more attention to Brazil’s other major ecosystem – the unique savannas and woodlands known as the Cerrado.

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#96242
2013-11-06

Golden rice naysayers ignore the world's need for nutrition

Recently Zac Goldsmith MP - a former editor of The Ecologist, no less - branded the views of Environment Secretary Owen Patterson as "grotesque" after the minister called anti-GM campaigners "wicked". Mr Goldsmith stated:"GM has never been about feeding the world, or tackling environmental problems.

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#96243
2013-11-06

Five questions about Sustainable Development Goals and the potential role of landscapes

As the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw approach, it’s time to take stock of the international development framework within which they are contextualized. Here, five key questions are considered:

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#96244
2013-11-06

Into the jungles of Papua New Guinea: a personal journey

Much of my time as an ecology lecturer has been spent teaching students about the wonders of this planet’s biodiversity, but also regrettably, how much of this biodiversity is under severe threat. Hundreds, if not thousands, of species become extinct each year.

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#96245
2013-11-06

Is BT Brinjal a mistake?

With the awareness levels rising about GMs and the need for organic farming rising sharply, there are fewer chances that BT Brinjal will be accepted for consumption

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#96247
2013-11-06

UNEP and INTERPOL Assess Impacts of Environmental Crime on Security and Development

Nairobi, 6 November 2013 - Environmental crime - from the illegal trade in wildlife and timber and the smuggling of ozone depleting substances to the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing - is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders.

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