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#96443
2013-11-25

United States is back as facilitator in Congo Basin Forest Partnership

Although President Barack Obama did not make a stop in the heart of the continent in a recent trip to Africa, the U.S. administration is taking a new responsibility in this region.

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#96444
2013-11-25

UN climate change deal breaks deadlock

Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual UN climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming.

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#96445
2013-11-25

Interactive map shows alarming forest loss in Canada, worldwide

A new tool that tracks global forest change shows that the Earth's forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate -- and Canada is among the countries where much of that loss is taking place.

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#96446
2013-11-25

Last-minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks

UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming.

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#96447
2013-11-25

'Signature' achievement on forests at UN climate talks

Nations meeting in Warsaw at UN talks have agreed a significant step forward towards curbing emissions from deforestation.

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#96448
2013-11-25

Lake clean-up leads to huge bird decline at sanctuary

Sometimes wildlife likes it dirty. When farmers in Northern Ireland cut the amount of fertiliser leaking from their land into Lough Neagh, the UK's biggest lake, the upshot was a dramatic decline in the number of migrating birds spending winter there.

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#96449
2013-11-25

Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Nov. 24, 2013 — Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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#96450
2013-11-25

Indonesia’s national airline carrier bans shark fins

Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined a growing number of airlines looking to curb the international shark fin trade by banning the transport of shark fins and other shark products on their aircraft.

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#96451
2013-11-25

South Scores 11th-Hour Win on Climate Loss and Damage

WARSAW, Nov 24 2013 (IPS) - The U.N. climate talks in Warsaw ended in dramatic fashion Saturday evening in what looked like a schoolyard fight with a mob of dark-suited supporters packed around the weary combatants, Todd Stern of the United States and Sai Navoti of Fiji representing G77 nations.

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#96452
2013-11-25

Local Action Against Climate Change a Beacon of Hope

WARSAW, Nov 22 2013 (IPS) - In Maputo, a port city on the Indian Ocean in Mozambique, 44 percent of the 1.2 million inhabitants live in poverty, making them even more vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise, floods and cyclones. But despite their severe poverty, their day-to-day experience g ...

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#96453
2013-11-25

US and China must act on climate change rhetoric, says German minister

Disappointed by lack of progress in Warsaw, Peter Altmaier demands concrete action from bigger industrialised nations

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#96454
2013-11-25

Ninja tadpoles against the dengue menace

The croaking sounds of frogs after rain, so common a decade ago, is now drowned by the whine of mosquitoes, and new research suggests that the decline in tadpole stocks is fuelling the alarming rise in mosquito numbers and diseases such as dengue.

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#96455
2013-11-25

Climate Treaty Deal Closer After UN Talks

After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally.

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#96479
2013-11-26

Who should pay for climate change disasters?

To a casual observer of the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, last week, it was a battle between Polish coal miners determined to hang on to their jobs, and the people of the Philippines, who would rather not lose their lives to the tempests likely unleashed by clim ...

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#96480
2013-11-26

Have We Saved the Sharks?

“In China victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup.” This October 19 headline in the Washington Post was one that marine conservationists had been waiting decades to read—and the story inside delivered, reporting a 50 to 70 percent decrease in consumptio ...

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#96481
2013-11-26

The Collared Treerunner Is More Than a Single Species

Nov. 25, 2013 — The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions.

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#96482
2013-11-26

Changes to Canada's fisheries law alarm biologists

Revisions that take effect today remove protections for 80% of endangered freshwater species.

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#96483
2013-11-26

Progress on loss-and-damage and tech transfer at COP19

[WARSAW] The UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have made progress in several areas, including the contentious issue of loss-and-damage as well as the opening of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, which can now respond to requests from developing countries for advice and assistance on t ...

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#96484
2013-11-26

Over 350 species added to the IUCN Red List's threatened categories in the last six months

The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today.

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#96485
2013-11-26

Today’s Forecast Is for Climate-Proof Farming

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 25 2013 (IPS) - Even as weather extremes bedevil Caribbean farmers, Ramgopaul Roop has turned his three-acre fruit farm into a showcase for how to beat climate change.

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#96486
2013-11-26

Climate change refugee bid denied by New Zealand court

High court in Auckland rules against Kiribati man's claim for asylum over rising sea levels caused by global warming

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#96487
2013-11-26

Forest giraffe on the brink of extinction, red list warns

National symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes victim of country's long-running war, IUCN says

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#96488
2013-11-26

Canada approves production of GM salmon eggs on commercial scale

Canada has given the go-ahead to commercial production of genetically modified salmon eggs, bringing the world's first GM food animal closer to supermarkets and dinner tables.

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#96489
2013-11-26

NRM caucus convenes to debate GMO Bill

National Resistance Movement legislators will Monday discuss the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012, a piece of legislation seen as intended to promote the use of genetically modified foods.

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#96490
2013-11-26

ADB warns Pacific of climate change-related economic losses

The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region due to climate change could range from 2.9 percent to as high as 12.7 percent of annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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#96491
2013-11-26

The Reality Behind Europe's Response to Climate Change

Nov. 25, 2013 — British cities -- unlike their counterparts on the mainland -- are taking the lead in making plans to curb and handle the impact of climate change.

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#96492
2013-11-26

'Forgotten' African ape at risk from habitat loss, poaching

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An all but forgotten species of ape is threatened by human activity and habitat loss, an assessment by U.S., African and European wildlife researchers found.

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#96493
2013-11-27

Nations fight back on ivory

It has been a bad year for Africa’s elephants. Thousands have been killed as poachers rush to cash in on soaring ivory prices, which have reached hundreds of dollars per kilogram.

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#96494
2013-11-27

Listening to Africa’s elephants

Poaching by its very nature happens out of sight and out of hearing of most people. But in the forests of Africa, someone is listening.

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#96495
2013-11-27

Focus on Gender: women are more than agricultural victims

The editor of a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report has concluded that smallholder farmers must be involved in biotechnology and innovation research to reduce poverty.

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#96496
2013-11-27

Google Earth reveals fish catch is 6 times greater than thought in Persian Gulf

Google Earth has been once again used by researchers for scientific discovery.

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#96497
2013-11-27

Mangrove ecosystems being obliterated in Myanmar

Mangrove cover in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta declined by nearly two-thirds between 1978 and 2011, leaving coastal areas more vulnerable to disasters like Cyclone Nargis, which killed 138,000 people in 2008, finds a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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#96498
2013-11-27

For Canada's remote towns, living with polar bears is growing more risky

Melting sea ice is forcing polar bears on to dry land – and, increasingly, into contact with humans

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#96499
2013-11-27

Cities and sustainable development

NEW YORK – Tacloban in the Philippines has now joined the growing list of cities – including New Orleans, Bangkok, Moscow, New York, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Port-au-Prince, to name just a few – pummeled in recent years by climate catastrophes.

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#96500
2013-11-27

From Pastapur to Senegal, widening the network of millets

The Deccan Development Society (DDS), which is working on various crop improvement programmes, has succeeded in forging alliance with several African nations for research and development of millet cultivation.

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#96501
2013-11-27

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

PARIS, France, November 27, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report.

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#96507
2013-11-28

Drought blamed for early migration of African wildebeest

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Kenya say thousands of wildebeest have returned months early from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, a move they say is rare.

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#96510
2013-11-28

Warming oceans could slow reef fish down, threaten survival

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Warming may make large reef fish feel it's too hot to swim, threatening survival activities including feeding and finding mates, Australian researchers say.

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#96511
2013-11-28

New species of wild cat identified in Brazil

A new species of wild cat has been identified in South America using molecular markers, researchers claim.

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#96512
2013-11-28

Study to bring wave of ocean data to negotiating table

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Despite the ocean’s importance for the planet, it usually takes a back seat in political discussions about global issues, like climate change. The World Ocean Assessment study aims to change that by providing policymakers with the scientific data they need to make informed decis ...

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#96513
2013-11-28

GM Crop Could Migrate Dangerously

NEW DELHI, Nov 28 2013 (IPS) - Food security activists who secured a moratorium on introducing genetically modified brinjal (aubergine) into India fear that their efforts are being undermined by the release of GM brinjal in neighbouring Bangladesh.

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#96514
2013-11-28

Green-Friendly Enterprise Helps Save Biggest Caribbean Wetlands

CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba , Nov 28 2013 (IPS) - The 18 communities in Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, have long survived on the abundant local hunting and fishing and by producing charcoal. But that is no longer possible, due to climate change.

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#96515
2013-11-28

Stumped: Conservation Gets Controversial in the Black Forest

The regional Green government plans to create a national park in the northern Black Forest, much to the consernation of many locals. Although well-intentioned, the state project has unleashed a culture war

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#96516
2013-11-28

Climate Change Needs an Elephant Whisperer (Op-Ed)

When it comes to climate change — and communicating about it — people seem to lose sight of a simple, longstanding fact about the human mind: It is split into two parts.

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#96517
2013-11-28

'People are dying as a result of climate change'

The case of Ioane Teitiota, the first person to ever apply for refugee status due to climate change, has been rejected. His lawyer Dr. Michael Kidd says industrialized nations have to take responsibility.

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#96518
2013-11-28

More money for climate change: will Warsaw deliver?

Global policymakers cannot rely on the private sector to provide the finance to combat climate change; governments must lead

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#96523
2013-11-29

Brazilian wildcat species surprises science -- it's actually two types

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Researchers say a new species of Brazilian wildcat has been hiding in plain sight, within the DNA of an already known species called the tigrina.

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#96524
2013-11-29

Food-based biofuels allowance to rise by 50% under EU plans

Planned EU cap on biofuels produced from food crops to be raised from 4.7% to 7% for 2020

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#96525
2013-11-29

Viewpoint: Why Burma's forests must be preserved

For the first time in more than 50 years, a team of wildlife film-makers has been permitted to venture deep into Burma's barely penetrable jungles.

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#96527
2013-11-29

Scientists urge tact in crafting forest governance systems

WARSAW, Poland (28 November 2013) — Forest governance often means addressing the inconsistencies of land, tree and resource management, a process that can be complicated by interactions among governments, the private sector and civil society, according to scientists.

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