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#93354
2013-04-22

Sustainability and the Sacred

Recent droughts, hurricanes and floods have made us more and more aware of the reality of climate change, and the disastrous environmental effect of our industrialized, materialistic civilization.

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#93355
2013-04-22

AP witnesses decline in green cover, Hyderabad is worst hit

Hyderabad: Green cover is dwindling rapidly in the state, and Hyderabad is the worst hit when compared to other cities, according to data released by the Forest Survey of India and the AP Forest department.

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#93356
2013-04-22

Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary: Ready for lions

“Dilli ke Patrakar” (journalist from Delhi). In spite of staying with the Saharia community in a hut (locally known as pataur) for over a year, extending support and help in the relocation and rehabilitation of villagers from within the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary and of my subsequent, more than 10- ...

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#93357
2013-04-22

Earth Day 2013 celebrated with Google doodle.

Earth Day is 43 years' old today, a milestone marked by one of Google's annual doodles dedicated to the event. The day of environmental awareness has been marked by a Google doodle for as long as I can remember, from melting polar ice in 2007 (a prophetic nod to the record Arctic melt that year) ...

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#93358
2013-04-22

Study: Mountain lions in California affected by human development

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- A study tracking mountain lions in the Central California mountains found their behaviors are being affected by human development, researchers said.

News Headlines
#93359
2013-04-22

How can we save our planet for future generations?

Activists and scientists have long warned that our overstretched planet is reaching an environmental tipping point after which humanity will face cataclysmic consequences.

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#93360
2013-04-22

Climate Change is Finally Real for the American People

2012 seems set to go down in history as the year in which climate change became real for the United States. Over a period of six months, New York City flooded, the biggest drought in half a century settled into the Midwest, and wildfires burned 9.3 million acres in one of the worst fire seasons ...

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#93361
2013-04-22

Climate Change Hangs on Nations’ Cooperation

This year’s Earth Day theme is on climate change, and leaders from many countries are making a determined effort to prevent global temperatures from rising even further and to respond to drastic changes in the weather worldwide.

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#93362
2013-04-22

International Financial Institutions Agree to Share Data to Improve Development Outcomes and Lay the Groundwork for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Recognizing the power of information to shape better policies, guide development programs and increase accountability, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with leaders of six multilateral financial institutions, announced today that they would strengthen inter-agency sharing and collaboratio ...

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#93364
2013-04-22

Study: White sharks in Hawaiian waters migrate from eastern Pacific

HONOLULU, April 19 (UPI) -- White sharks sometimes seen in waters around the Hawaiian Islands have come from as far as the Pacific coasts of California and Mexico, researchers said.

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#93365
2013-04-22

Illegal loggers continue to threaten Amazonian tribe

Campaigners say the Brazilian government is failing to protect one of the world's most endangered tribes.

News Headlines
#93366
2013-04-22

Climate zones will shift faster as world warms

Earth's regional climate zones will shift more quickly in response to warming as the globe grows hotter in coming decades, according to a study published online in Nature Climate Change on Sunday1.

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#93367
2013-04-22

Iceland Project Plays Dice With Nature, And Loses

REYKJAVIK, Apr 22 2013 (IPS) - Since the controversial Karahnjukar dam in East Iceland was brought into operation in 2006, conditions in the downstream Lagarfljot lake have become much worse, according to information gathered by the energy company Landsvirkjun. Some of the changes are irreversib ...

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#93368
2013-04-22

It's Earth Day! Here are 7 ways to honor the planet

Happy Earth Day! It’s been 43 years since Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson celebrated the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It’s not yet a federal holiday, but Earth Day is celebrated by schoolkids from coast to coast (along with many adults).

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#93374
2013-04-23

Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and Life

For many people, the term biodiversity might seem highly technical and irrelevant to their day to day concerns. If you think that, think again. It may just save your life.

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#93376
2013-04-23

Jamaica takes aim at World Heritage list - Culture ministry continues to look into downtown tourism tours

The park, located in the eastern mountainous region of Jamaica, is one of the country's first and most important protected areas and was nominated for inscription to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage List in 2011.

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#93377
2013-04-23

On Mother Earth Day, UN Member States urged to promote harmony with nature

Top United Nations officials today urged the 193 Member States to renew their pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth marking the day selected by the world body to promote harmony with nature and sustainable development.

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#93378
2013-04-23

Uganda: Region's Lakes Suffer Slow Poison

Kampala — In recent years, governments in the East African Community (EAC) have blamed the problem of fish depletion in lakes on the use of illegal equipment that catches immature fish.

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#93380
2013-04-23

Resources and climate change

Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness about and support for environmental protection. It was initiated by Gaylord Nelson, an American Senator and Environmentalist in 1970. This day brought in its wake the passing of acts like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the ...

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#93381
2013-04-23

Protecting Traditional Knowledge: WIPO Members Back To The Drafting Table

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates are meeting once again this week to try to advance a text that could become an international instrument to protect traditional knowledge. Substantial work needs to be done on the draft text, and developing countries generally favour a legal bind ...

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#93385
2013-04-23

Earth's pollinating insects face risks that threaten world food supply

LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- Pollinating insects, vital to global food supplies, face a "cocktail" of multiple pressures putting their survival at risk, a British-led study indicated.

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#93386
2013-04-23

Shift in Earth's climate zones accelerating with global warming

BOULDER, Colo., April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's climate zones are shifting and being repositioned at an accelerating pace with global warming, a U.S. study says.

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#93388
2013-04-23

Forest conservation could reduce malaria transmission

[SANTIAGO] Preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could have the added benefit of cutting the spread of malaria, according to a new study.

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#93389
2013-04-23

Scientists attack government climbdown on marine protection

Academics warn government it could be condemning marine environment to 'years of overexploitation and degradation'

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#93391
2013-04-23

Africa: First Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources Adopted By FAO Members

Rome — The first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources was adopted last week by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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#93392
2013-04-23

Pakistan farmers grapple with climate change

Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems.

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#93393
2013-04-23

Climate change sends India's apple farmers up the Himalayas

The hills of Thanedar-Kotgarh lie four hours from Shimla, the capital of this Himalayan state in northwest India

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#93400
2013-04-24

India, Norway to set up think-tank on biodiversity

The National Biodiversity Authority and Norway Government’s Division of Nature Management will set up a Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law.

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#93401
2013-04-24

Are women better custodians of biodiversity?

The Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi (AgFor) project works for improved, sustainable and gender-equitable use of agroforestry and forestry products. Improving smallholder systems and markets through projects emphasizing the productivity and sustainability of forestry and agroforestry,

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#93402
2013-04-24

Bill goes bananas!

Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity fr­om our farms and diets.

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#93403
2013-04-24

The benefits of alternative farming methods

Small-scale farmers produce food for 70% of the global population. Yet, they are some of the world's poorest and most food insecure people. Alternatives to conventional farming should be embraced to improve subsistence farmers' yields and to ensure adequate food production for the growing global ...

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#93404
2013-04-24

Nigeria: NSA Blames Insecurity On Climate Change

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Tuesday blamed the widespread insecurity in different parts of the country on the phenomenon of climate change.

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#93405
2013-04-24

Powerful film, posters spark lasting dialogue over future of local forests

A study that aimed to protect the interests of forest dwellers by measuring the value of biodiversity and improving communications with policymakers has had a profound impact due to an innovative public awareness campaign, scientists have said.

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#93408
2013-04-25

Historical Climate Study Reveals Humans' Role in Current Warming

The past 100 years were among the warmest on record, coming on the heels of a long period of global cooling, according to a new analysis of temperature variations over 2,000 years.

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#93409
2013-04-25

Against the odds, young Egyptians push for climate action

In this fast-growing city of 6.7 million people, roads littered with garbage are a common sight. Cairo’s poor drainage systems produce contaminated pools of stagnant water, and the main thoroughfares are jammed with cars emitting thick, black clouds of diesel exhaust.

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#93410
2013-04-25

Replicating Policy That Works: PES In Mexico

Historically recognized for its natural beauty, Mexico is one of only 12 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. Its immense land area abounds with countless species of flora and fauna. Numerous mountain ranges traverse its landscape, quenching rural and urban areas’ thirst for precious water.

News Headlines
#93411
2013-04-25

Philippines’ high performance in human development index progress in the Millennium Development Goals among other ASEAN countries.

Manila, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently reported that the Philippines continues to rank higher in human development than other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and is also making progress in the attainment of the Millen ...

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#93412
2013-04-25

WIPO Committee Issues Revised Text On Traditional Knowledge Protection

After an intense day of drafting led by member country experts in small groups in closed rooms, the World Intellectual Property Organization secretariat released a new set of draft articles of what could become an international instrument aimed at protecting traditional knowledge.

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#93413
2013-04-25

China 'looting' Africa of its fish

Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.

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#93414
2013-04-25

Burned rainforest vulnerable to grass invasion

Rainforests that have been affected by even low-intensity fires are far more vulnerable to invasion by grasses, finds a new study published in special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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#93415
2013-04-25

Caribbean Tourism Stakes Salvation on Greener Policies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions.

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#93416
2013-04-25

Krill Super-Trawlers Pushing Penguins Toward Extinction

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know that Thursday is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.

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#93417
2013-04-25

European Union urged to embrace genetically engineered crops

BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said

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#93423
2013-04-26

RI fights to add agro-products to APEC green list

Indonesia is maintaining its efforts to place two of its agriculture-based products — palm oil and rubber — on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) list of environmentally friendly goods despite rejection by some members.

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#93424
2013-04-26

In “Great Shame,” WIPO Fund For Indigenous Peoples’ Participation Running Dry

The participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization has become compromised as the voluntary fund allowing the organisation to invite indigenous peoples representatives is running dry.

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#93426
2013-04-26

Angola: MPs Analyse Adherence of Angola to Several Conventions

Luanda — The MPs with National Assembly, which gathered on Thursday in Luanda in the 6th ordinary plenary session, discussed and approved unanimously the adherence of Angola to conventions of Basel, Bamako, Ramsar, Abidjan, to Nagoya protocol and Accord on the conservation of Gorillas and its Ha ...

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#93427
2013-04-26

Chirps of climate change

Kochi: It was a tradition in Kerala to wait for the vitthum kaikottum (seed and spade) call of the Indian cuckoo, which was the indication for farmers to begin sowing operations as the rains would not be long in coming. But that was then. Today, new species of birds have descended on the state, ...

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#93428
2013-04-26

Schools to host Green parliament

Thrissur: Concerns of an impending environmental apocalypse, has led the Kodungallur educational sub-district to launch environmental parliaments in all schools under its jurisdiction to involve the younger generation in environmental conservation. The move, a first of its kind in the state ...

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#93429
2013-04-26

EU ponders biopiracy law to protect indigeneous people

The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.

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#93431
2013-04-26

Carneddau ponies a 'unique' breed, say Aberystwyth University researchers

The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed that need to be protected, say scientists.

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