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#97370
2014-02-03

Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals

Thousands of ethnic minority women in the world's poorest countries are dying from HIV/Aids, TB, malaria and complications in pregnancy and childbirth, yet their deaths remain hidden because governments and international bodies fail to record their health outcomes.

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#97371
2014-02-03

Tanzania: Post-MDG Agenda to Focus on Energy

TANZANIA has been selected by the UN as a model in the energy sector and will be a lead advisor in the sector for the post 2015 development agenda, the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo has said.

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#97372
2014-02-03

Into Madagascar: Biology professor returns from research-teaching adventure in biodiversity hotspot

Exploring a tropical biodiversity hotspot where lemurs, chameleons and the cat-like fossa abound is not a bad way to skip out on winter.

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#97373
2014-02-03

Indigenous diets can help fight modern illnesses, say health experts

Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting calls to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients.It is believed that such a shift would help to improve society's relationship with the Earth and restore human and environmental health.

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#97375
2014-02-03

FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a new publication aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world's food and nutrition security.

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#97376
2014-02-03

Rising threat to crops from climate

Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold.

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#97377
2014-02-03

L’Oreal commits to zero deforestation by 2020

L’Oreal is the latest in a growing list of global companies that aims to eliminate forest destruction from all its supply chains; environmental groups welcome the move but call for deadline to be moved forward

News Headlines
#97379
2014-02-03

Alaska's Arctic icy lakes lose thickness

The ubiquitous shallow icy lakes that dominate Alaska's Arctic coastal plain have undergone a significant change in recent decades

News Headlines
#97382
2014-02-03

Brazilian soy industry extends deforestation moratorium

Soy traders and producers in the Brazilian Amazon agreed to extend a moratorium on soybeans produced in recently deforested areas for another year, reports Greenpeace.

News Headlines
#97383
2014-02-03

Australia proposes removing old-growth forests from World Heritage Site

Last year, after decades of fighting, environmentalists and the forestry industry reached a landmark agreement that added 170,000 hectares of old-growth forest in Tasmania as a part of a World Heritage Site.

News Headlines
#97384
2014-02-03

Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia

A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.

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#97385
2014-02-03

WWF aims to save endangered vultures in Pakistan

KASUR, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- With several species of vultures on the verge of extinction in Pakistan, largely because of veterinary drugs used on cattle, an environmental group is investing in a captive breeding program it hopes will contribute to the recovery of the iconic birds.

News Headlines
#97386
2014-02-03

Biodiversity and sustainable development go hand in hand

Anne Juganaru, Secretary of State within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, tells The Diplomat-Bucharest how important it is to protect Romania’s biodiversity and how can it be correlated to the sustainable development of the country

News Headlines
#97387
2014-02-03

South Korea to Promote Sustainable Fisheries in Developing Countries

SOUTH KOREA - The government of South Korea and FAO have agreed to work closely together to promote responsible fishing

News Headlines
#97388
2014-02-03

Indigenous diets can help fight modern illnesses, say health experts

Traditional food consumed by rural communities contain nutrients that are lacking in high- and middle-income countries

News Headlines
#97389
2014-02-03

Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back Pollinators

With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects

News Headlines
#97390
2014-02-03

Allan Savory: Save the world's food supply through a grazing revolution

Allan Savory's idea for a grazing revolution is radical and yet simple: Mimic the behavior of natural herds that once grazed the grasslands to prevent soil degradation and desertification – and safeguard the world's food supply.

News Headlines
#97398
2014-02-04

Bio-diversity strategy to focus on climate change issues

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Focusing on the issue of climate change and its effects on bio-diversity, Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) is planning to introduce a 15-year "Bio-diversity strategy and implementation plan."

News Headlines
#97399
2014-02-04

Opinion: In the economics of biodiversity, money does grow on trees

How many species are enough to support human life? Regrettably, we don’t yet know. But we need to find out.

News Headlines
#97400
2014-02-04

Greenland's fastest glacier found to be accelerating

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Greenland's fastest-moving glacier is accelerating, moving ice from the Greenland ice sheet into the ocean at the fastest speed ever recorded, scientists say.

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#97401
2014-02-04

Study suggests 'win-win' solution for tigers, people in India

CANTERBURY, England, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- People in communities in western India say they are prepared to relocate their homes and families to help conserve tigers, British researchers report.

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#97402
2014-02-04

Organic produce could be worse for tropical wildlife

Is organic farming better for the environment than conventional farming? Despite a decade of study a clear picture is still lacking, because most organic farming goes on where scientific studies have yet to reach.

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#97403
2014-02-04

Total says it will not drill in any World Heritage Sites

One of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Total, has committed to leave the planet's UNESCO World Heritage Sites untouched, according to the United Nations.

News Headlines
#97404
2014-02-04

Heat-related deaths will rise 257% by 2050 because of climate change

Number of heat-related deaths projected to increase in UK as temperature rise, with elderly people most at risk

News Headlines
#97405
2014-02-04

Role of forests in SDGs takes center stage at UN

BOGOR, Indonesia — The final meeting of the 30-member UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is convening to address the last of 32 themes to be considered as part of the formulation of the SDGs. The role of forests is one of those themes.

News Headlines
#97406
2014-02-04

Assured mutual dependence on resources

LONDON ― During the Cold War, the certainty of “mutually assured destruction” steered the nuclear arms race away from catastrophe: a would-be attacker would face immediate retaliation, inevitably ending in both sides’ annihilation.

News Headlines
#97407
2014-02-04

Amid Proposals, Ambassadors Fail To Unlock WIPO Talks On TK, GRs

The World Intellectual Property Organization committee working on ways to protect genetic resources and traditional knowledge opened a weeklong meeting yesterday by gathering country ambassadors to try to inject momentum into discussions.

News Headlines
#97427
2014-02-05

In pursuit of a better, fairer world

Relatively unnoticed by the media, a broad spectrum of consultations and talks are currently unfolding as the community of nations endeavours to agree on a new sustainable development agenda that can ensure equitable socio-economic development.

News Headlines
#97428
2014-02-05

Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says

The world’s 63 biggest cities have almost doubled the activities they undertake to reduce climate change since 2011, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

News Headlines
#97429
2014-02-05

Small Oregon fish could be first taken off endangered species list

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. officials propose taking the Oregon chub off the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, which would make it the first fish de-listed due to recovery.

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#97430
2014-02-05

Climate change could increase storm risk to world's coastal regions

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Coastal regions globally may face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding in the coming century with climate change, British scientists say.

News Headlines
#97431
2014-02-05

New coral species found off Peru dazzles with fiery red color

LIMA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Smithsonian Institution say scuba divers have found a new, fiery-red coral species off the coast of Peru's Paracas National Reserve.

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#97432
2014-02-05

Soil biota explains tree growth: Why the Canadian lodgepole pine does better in Sweden than Canada

Thanks to its excellent growth, the Canadian lodgepole pine has become a popular feature of forestry in Northern Sweden.

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#97433
2014-02-05

Q&A: The IPCC’s Rajendra K. Pachauri on climate tech

As the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which deals with the physical science of climate change, is launched this week (30 January), SciDev.Net speaks to Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the panel’s chair, about science and the climate po ...

News Headlines
#97434
2014-02-05

Alpine bumblebees capable of flying over Mt. Everest

The genus Bombus consists of over 250 species of large, nectar-loving bumblebees. Their bright coloration serves as a warning to predators that they are unwelcome prey and their bodies are covered in a fine coat of hair—known as pile—which gives them their characteristically fuzzy look.

News Headlines
#97435
2014-02-05

Carbon-Neutral Costa Rica: A Climate Change Mirage?

SAN JOSÉ, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Meeting Costa Rica’s self-imposed goal of being the first country in the world to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 will depend on the priority given this aim by the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in April.

News Headlines
#97436
2014-02-05

Saving the Tiny Island of Petite Martinique

SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

News Headlines
#97437
2014-02-05

Germany says will abstain on EU vote to approve GMO maize

(Reuters) - Germany will abstain in an upcoming European Union vote to approve cultivation of genetically modified maize of type 1507, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#97438
2014-02-05

Coalition’s direct action climate plan 'could undermine global efforts'

The Coalition’s direct action climate plan is flawed in its design and could undermine international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a Senate committee into the policy has heard.

News Headlines
#97450
2014-02-06

Asia Pulp and Paper and L'Oreal beef up forest protection

Exactly one year since Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company switched off the bulldozers and agreed to halt deforestation, the firm has warned that its efforts could be in vain unless there are similar steps from its competitors and the country's government.

News Headlines
#97451
2014-02-06

Facing Agricultural Challenges

Jakarta. While starting to enjoy its status as a middle-income country, with a relatively fast economic growth rate, Indonesia is facing a number of serious challenges to the sustainability of its agricultural sector and related food security.

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#97452
2014-02-06

Marine reserves: Finding the balance with oil and gas

How do we get the most out of our marine reserves? The government is in the process of reviewing Australia's network of marine protected areas. The review focuses on zones that exclude recreational fishers, and whether those fishers can be allowed back in.

News Headlines
#97453
2014-02-06

World's largest survey of marine parks shows conservation can be greatly improved

Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans. But are they working? Now, thanks to a six-year survey involving over one hundred divers, we know that the global system of marine protected areas still has much to achieve.

News Headlines
#97454
2014-02-06

New WIPO Text On Genetic Resources Misappropriation; Disclosure Still Uncertain

World Intellectual Property Organization member countries are working to get past their differences this week toward agreement on a way to protect genetic resources from biopiracy.

News Headlines
#97455
2014-02-06

United Arab Emirates to host meeting ahead of UN chief’s climate summit

4 February 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, have announced that the Gulf country will host a high-level meeting in May to generate momentum for concrete actions to b ...

News Headlines
#97456
2014-02-06

Sea wall 'eco-engineering' can help boost biodiversity

Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost the level of biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study has shown.

News Headlines
#97457
2014-02-06

Giant jellyfish found on Australia beach

Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.

News Headlines
#97458
2014-02-06

Climate economics: Make supply chains climate-smart

Extreme weather — including massive storms such as Typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, and severe floods and droughts — is likely to become more frequent and intense as global warming accelerates1.

News Headlines
#97459
2014-02-06

REDD+ could fail without near-term financial support

An ambitious plan to save the world's tropical forests by valuing them for the carbon the store may fail to reduce deforestation unless governments and multilateral institutions significantly scale up financial commitments to the program, argues a new report published by the Global Canopy Progra ...

News Headlines
#97460
2014-02-06

Amazon rainforest does not 'green up' during the dry season

Analysis of satellite imagery has cleared up a controversy over whether the Amazon rainforest 'greens up' during the dry season.

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