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#95606
2013-09-23

Brussels chops through EU forest rules

More than 40% of the European Union is made up of forest, which houses more of its biodiversity than any other ecosystem. Many communities and industries, such as paper and bioenergy, are dependent on the forests, which also play a key role in keeping global carbon emissions in check.

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#95607
2013-09-23

Northern Samar islanders’ farming system boosts biodiversity–study

DON’T sneeze at the Abaknons, the people who inhabit island of Capul in Northern Samar, since their traditional farming system helps conserve biodiversity and protect the surrounding fishing grounds.

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#95609
2013-09-23

Heal the World

Windhoek - Desertification ranks among the greatest environmental challenges facing humankind, with global implications for bio-diversity, eco-safety, poverty-eradication, socio-economic stability and sustainable development.

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#95610
2013-09-23

Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says

Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study published on Monday. And food prices are likely to soar as a result of warming, undoing the progress made in combating world hunger.

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#95611
2013-09-23

The Economist – Destroying the Environment to Save It

Growth is good for the environment. At least that’s the headline from The Economist special issue on biodiversity.The magazine argues that, in the long run, economic growth allows countries to invest in governance and technological innovation that improve environmental conservation. This is the ...

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#95613
2013-09-23

Namibia: Environment High On Nam Agenda - Herunga

NAMIBIA is one of the few countries in the world that included environment protection in its Constitution - an indication that its government takes environmental issues very seriously.

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#95614
2013-09-23

Indigenous and local communities, key to biodiversity conservation

FOR millennia, indigenous and local communities (ILCs) have played a critical role in biodiversity conservation.

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#95615
2013-09-23

Tiny 'crazy ants' moving into Georgia

ATLANTA, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Tiny South American "crazy ants," given that name because of their erratic movements, could overwhelm other ant species in Georgia, experts say.

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#95616
2013-09-23

Evidence of dugongs, endangered marine species, found off Okinawa

OKINAWA, Japan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese officials said they've found evidence dugongs, an endangered marine species has been feeding at a reclamation site in Okinawa.

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#95617
2013-09-23

Researcher reveals three new species of tiny frogs in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Three new species of frogs measuring less than an inch were found in Papua New Guinea, University of Michigan researchers say.

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#95618
2013-09-23

Global warming pause 'central' to IPCC climate report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Sweden to thresh out a critical report on global warming.

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#95619
2013-09-23

Human role in warming 'more certain' - UN climate chief

Scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse gases from human activities are heating the planet, the head of the UN's climate panel says.

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#95620
2013-09-23

Wild Animals of All Stripes Are Adapting to the Cityscape and Thriving

Cities are often viewed as environmental wastelands, where only the hardiest of species can eke out an existence.

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#95621
2013-09-23

Climate Change: Polar Bears Change to Diet With Higher Contaminant Loads

Sep. 20, 2013 — Over the past 30 years, polar bears have increasingly exchanged ringed seal with harp seal and hooded seal in their diet. This change exposes the polar bear to more contaminants, according to a recent international study.

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#95622
2013-09-23

Trinidad’s Farmers Outpaced by Climate Change

PORT OF SPAIN, Sep 23 2013 (IPS) - Dalchan Singh, a root crop farmer and board member of the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago, says the past year has seen drastic changes in the weather of this twin-island Caribbean nation.

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#95623
2013-09-23

U.N. panel to blame mankind for global warming, explain 'hiatus'

(Reuters) - A United Nations panel of experts met on Monday to review a draft report that raises the probability that climate change is man-made to 95 percent and warns of ever more extreme weather unless governments take strong action.

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#95624
2013-09-23

Arctic alpine plants may survive in 'micro refuges' as temperatures rise

Small hideouts could stop plants being swamped by vigorous species moving north as climate warms, scientists say

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#95628
2013-09-24

Declining Corals May Drastically Affect Crustacean Biodiversity

With many scientists expecting climate change to have a devastating effect on the world’s coral reefs over the coming century, new research from the University of Florida indicates that crustacean populations living near rapidly declining reef habitats could be at risk.

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#95629
2013-09-24

Scientists should be up on the ramparts

Despite the enormous success of the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s, we have fundamentally failed to use each of those battles to broaden the public understanding of why we were battling. It wasn’t just the power of environmentalists against developers, environmentalists against th ...

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#95630
2013-09-24

Gender Integration in REDD+: From Promises to Practice

The revision of the Climate Community Biodiversity (CCB) standards, the launch of the Women’s Carbon Standard (WCS), and the release of the Action Steps booklet by Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) and REDD+ Social and Environmental Standard (REDD+ SES) - all mark important a ...

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#95631
2013-09-24

Why geoengineering suits Russia's carbon agenda

News that Russia is calling for geoengineering be considered by the IPCC as a possible response to global warming makes a perverse kind of sense.

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#95632
2013-09-24

Roof gardens flourish in London

High above London’s teeming streets, once unloved concrete spaces are being transformed into bountiful fruit, vegetable and wild flower gardens.

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#95633
2013-09-24

Collective rights 'offer hope for global fisheries'

Collective community-based rights could put the world's fisheries on a sustainable footing after decades of over-exploitation, an expert suggests.

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#95634
2013-09-24

Gobabeb research impresses COP11 delegates

DELEGATES to the 11th Conference of Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) say the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre at Namibia’s coast, continues to attract a lot of international attention because of its broad research on how living organisms surv ...

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#95635
2013-09-24

The IPCC Has to Move Faster to Remain Relevant

This month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations–affiliated body that serves as the world's foremost authority on climate science, is scheduled to issue the first installment of its new climate assessment, six years in the making.

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#95636
2013-09-24

Fossil Record Shows Crustaceans Vulnerable as Modern Coral Reefs Decline

Sep. 23, 2013 — Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests modern species living in rapidly declining reef habitats may now be at risk.

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#95637
2013-09-24

President's pledge to ban commercial fishing around Pacific island nation slow to materialize

In 2010 President Anote Tong of Kiribati made a historic pledge, committing to protect the waters around his island nation in a massive marine protected area.

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#95638
2013-09-24

Making Local People Stewards of the Earth

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, Sep 23 2013 (IPS) - The lack of land rights is a crisis not just for local people but for all of humanity, warned organisers at an international conference here.

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#95639
2013-09-24

Reforms urged to make UN climate reports shorter, more focused

(Reuters) - Climate experts on a U.N. panel should focus more on shorter reports on specialist subjects such as extreme weather in a shift from sweeping overviews of the kind being prepared this week in Stockholm, many scientists and governments say.

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#95640
2013-09-24

House sparrow decline stabilises, figures show

BTO Garden BirdWatch survey suggests the species' decline in UK gardens has levelled off since 2009

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#95642
2013-09-24

Land is often taken for granted’ – Gnacadja

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged that the United Nations system stands ready to continue supporting Namibia’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the current drought and to build resilience.

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#95644
2013-09-24

Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth

Data shows global temperatures aren't rising the way climate scientists have predicted. Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces a problem: publicize these findings and encourage skeptics -- or hush up the figures.

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#95645
2013-09-24

Jamaican iguana fights off extinction again

The rare Jamaican iguana is fighting for survival as the illegal charcoal burning industry in Jamaica destroys its last remaining habitat. The lizard almost went extinct in the 1940s - can it survive this new threat?

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#95647
2013-09-24

UNCTAD Report: Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climat

Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to a "truly ecological intensification" approach.

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#95651
2013-09-25

Plan to set up biodiversity park in limbo

Vallakadavu boathouse, one of the two boathouses used by the stately barges of the Travancore kings, is now left out in the cold, with hardly any repair works done for years. The plan to transform the wooden structure dating back to the Travancore era into a biodiversity park is yet to take off.

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#95652
2013-09-25

It’s An Uphill Battle For The World’s Forests

A relaxing stroll through the woods is increasingly becoming an intense cardiovascular workout, as a new report from researchers at Aarhaus University in Denmark indicates that that the world’s forests are slowly being relegated to steep, mountainous slopes.

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#95653
2013-09-25

Traditional Farm Practices Hold Promise for Philippines' Sick Rivers

An estimated 80 percent of Asia’s rivers are considered “sick,” meaning they suffer from pollution and the uncoordinated development of water resources. As conservationists rethink strategies to save rivers, young researchers in Manila are finding promise in an age-old watershed preservation app ...

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#95654
2013-09-25

Nestlé's approach to sustainable agriculture

Hans Joehr, Nestlé’s corporate head of agriculture, explains the impetus behind the company’s sustainable agriculture initiative and the wisdom of not having a single sustainability officer in this Q&A with Nina Kruschwitz from MIT Sloan Management Review.

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#95655
2013-09-25

Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future

A doorstop of a report arrived in inboxes this morning. Not so subtly called: "Wake up Before It Is Too Late," the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development new report is a rallying cry for action to move toward greater sustainability in food and farming -- to ensure food security in a ...

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#95656
2013-09-25

Namibia: China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification

Windhoek — The Chinese government has shown interest in assisting Namibia in dealing with land degradation and desertification issues Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, who is also the COP11 president, revealed yesterday.

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#95657
2013-09-25

Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spill

The deep­sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill’s impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online scientific journal PLoS ...

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#95658
2013-09-25

Africa: NGO Harnesses the Power of Africa's Private Sector to Advance Conservation's Bottom Line

African Wildlife Foundation announces new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to scale up investment in Africa for the benefit of people and wildlife

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#95659
2013-09-25

OP-ED: Sustainable Development Goals After 2015

Reducing the proportion of undernourished people by half until 2015 was one of the Millennium Development Goals that the international community set in 2000. It will not be reached: At least 870 million people worldwide – and one child in five – still go hungry; this in a world where we already ...

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#95665
2013-09-25

Loss of digging mammals linked to ecosystem decline

Wombats, bilbies, bandicoots and potoroos play role in keeping landscape healthy, researchers say

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#95666
2013-09-25

Lord Stern: It would be absurd to underestimate climate change risks

The IPCC report shows the risks are 'immense', and it would be unscientific to ignore the evidence, says the economist

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#95687
2013-09-26

Global study reveals new hotspots of fish biodiversity

Teeming with species, tropical coral reefs have been long thought to be the areas of greatest biodiversity for fishes and other marine life -- and thus most deserving of resources for conservation.

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#95688
2013-09-26

Vietnam to have 41 biodiversity reserves by 2020

On Tuesday the General Department of Environment introduced the National Strategy on Biodiversity to 2020, with a vision to 2030. Under this strategy, in 2020, the area of on-land nature reserves in Vietnam will reach 9 percent of the national territory; the area of marine nature reserves to rea ...

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#95689
2013-09-26

Liberia: Small Grant Biodiversity Project Gains Momentum

Beneficiaries of a UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Biodiversity Project in Handii, Fuamah District Bong County have applauded support to the training of men women in snail farming and honey production.

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#95690
2013-09-26

Europe's key animals 'making a comeback'

Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.

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#95692
2013-09-26

Sustainable Livestock Production Is Possible

Consumers are increasingly demanding higher standards for how their meat is sourced, with animal welfare and the impact on the environment factoring in many purchases. Unfortunately, many widely-used livestock production methods are currently unsustainable.

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