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#103294
2015-03-27

Tasmania's swift parrot set to follow the dodo

The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.

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#103295
2015-03-27

Climate change cap must be lowered, warns expert

World leaders must reduce the long-held target of limiting global warming to below two degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic impacts on the world’s poorest people, says a leading climate scientist.

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#103297
2015-03-27

Q&A: “Protect Your Biodiversity”

ST. JOHN, Antigua, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Richard Huber is chief of the Sustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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#103298
2015-03-27

Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones

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#103299
2015-03-27

Earth hour: millions will switch off lights around the world for climate action

Annual switching off of lights in homes, businesses and landmarks on Saturday evening holds extra significance ahead of this year’s climate talks in Paris, says the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon

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#103300
2015-03-27

Threatened Lynx Are Understudied by Scientists: Report

Lynx and other big cats belonging to the family Felidae are currently threatened with habitat loss and fragmentation, and yet these animals are largely understudied by scientists, hindering any possible conservation efforts, according to a new report.

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#103301
2015-03-27

Norway joins race of rich nations to submit their action plans for a global climate deal

NEW DELHI: Joining race of rich nations including Switzerland and European Union (EU) countries in submitting their respective 'climate action plans' well in time, Norway on Friday submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC promising to cut at least 40% of its ...

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#103302
2015-03-27

Climate Change And Food Security: Global Banana Market Is Feeling The Strain Of Hotter Weather, Longer Droughts

OLANCHITO, Honduras -- The farmlands hugging the Aguán River are an endless stretch of glossy green. Swaths of fronds cover the horizon, while neat green bunches of curling fruit peek out from under the shade. Banana plantations thrive in this valley, bringing year-round work to those who cut, c ...

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#103303
2015-03-27

Media coverage of UN climate science reports: why it matters

Is climate change an uncertain science, ideological struggle or opportunity? The way it is framed affects public perception

News Headlines
#103304
2015-03-27

Amazon becoming less of a safety net against climate change

Carbon absorption in basin has halved since 1990s; unclear whether other forests will follow

News Headlines
#103284
2015-03-26

30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey

Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.

News Headlines
#103285
2015-03-26

Climate refuges found where corals survive, grow

As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel the disappearance of reef-building corals, a new study finds there may be some climate refuges where corals will survive in the future.

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#103286
2015-03-26

Mexico’s club mosses at risk of extinction

In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.

News Headlines
#103287
2015-03-26

Indonesia's biodiversity-protected areas no match for encroachers, finds study

Indonesia's biodiversity-focused protected areas are failing to slow deforestation, while other categories have achieved mixed results, according to a new study by National University of Singapore researchers.

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#103288
2015-03-26

Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

News Headlines
#103289
2015-03-26

UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view

News Headlines
#103290
2015-03-26

African elephants facing 'extinction,' Botswana summit hears

The Africa Elephant Summit involving 20 nations has opened in Botswana with renewed warnings that the giant creature's numbers are falling dramatically. Poachers supply ivory illegally to Asia, particularly China.

News Headlines
#103291
2015-03-26

Rising sea levels threaten Sundarbans forests

Environmentalists have urged the Bangladeshi and Indian authorities to work out an urgent action plan to save the Sundarbans forests.

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#103292
2015-03-26

Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change

Leaders and representatives of 30 European cities will gather in Paris on Thursday to declare their commitment to “clean” policies to fight climate change.

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#103293
2015-03-26

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures

Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to Environment Agency figures.

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#103273
2015-03-25

Study identifies bean varieties immune to climate change

CALI, Colombia, March 25 (UPI) -- Will beans be around in 50 years? Or will they be global warming's first agricultural casualty? A new study has identified several varieties of beans that are best suited to survive coming decades.

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#103274
2015-03-25

Study: Only two intact forests left on Earth

RALEIGH, N.C., March 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests the world's forests are more fragmented than ever before. Analysis by researchers at North Carolina State University showed that if one were to be dropped randomly into one of the world's many forests, there would be a 70 percent chance of be ...

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#103275
2015-03-25

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.

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#103276
2015-03-25

Key to the long-term storage of dissolved organic carbon in the deep ocean

Researchers have made strides in the understanding of the mechanisms governing the persistence of dissolved organic carbon for hundreds or thousands of years in the deep ocean.

News Headlines
#103277
2015-03-25

(Comment) Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded.

News Headlines
#103278
2015-03-25

France plans to lobby for agricultural tech at COP 21

France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.

News Headlines
#103279
2015-03-25

Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building ...

News Headlines
#103280
2015-03-25

Going wild: The impact of tourism on nature

Wildlife tourism generates billions of dollars in revenue every year - boosting local economies and creating employment. But what is the cost to the animals that become the star attractions?

News Headlines
#103281
2015-03-25

Hybrid termite threatens Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- A pair of termite species -- two of the some of the most destructive pests in the world -- have joined forces in Florida, mating and forming hybrid colonies. Entomologists in the Sunshine State are worried the tag-team termite could make its way to elsewh ...

Meeting Document
#103262
2015-03-24

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/3/2

Report of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

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#103257
2015-03-24

New UN-backed report finds ‘far too high’ levels of elephant poaching across Africa

23 March 2015 – An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new United Nations-backed report warned today.

News Headlines
#103258
2015-03-24

Non-native plants pose 'no threat' to UK flora

Non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because impacts are limited to localised areas, a study has suggested.

News Headlines
#103259
2015-03-24

Ocean circulation changing: Ten years of ocean monitoring uncovers secrets of changing UK winters

A groundbreaking project to observe and analyse regular data about ocean circulation and how it impacts on Britain’s climate has reached a ten-year milestone, giving valuable new insights into how ocean currents can affect global warming.

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#103260
2015-03-24

Global water use may outstrip supply by mid-century

Population growth could cause demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current use levels continue.

News Headlines
#103261
2015-03-24

World's fragmented forests are deteriorating

The world's forests are fragmented and deteriorating, states a new paper published in Science Advances.

News Headlines
#103263
2015-03-24

World's top zoo organisation accused of links to Taiji dolphin slaughter in Japan

Conservationists take World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to court for allegedly sanctioning a deal with fishermen in which dolphins were selected for capture

News Headlines
#103264
2015-03-24

Forest conference sows hope for restoration

Germany is a major contributor to greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change. But in 2011, the country launched a reforestation initiative. From an international conference, DW examines some first results.

News Headlines
#103266
2015-03-24

No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development

The year 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous one. In September, world leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap for social, environmental and economic progress that will re-define development for the next decade and beyond.

News Headlines
#103268
2015-03-24

Africa’s Conservation Miracle: The Return of the Rhinos

Habitat destruction. That’s almost always the answer to a question of wildlife conservation. Why has this species declined? Why has that species gone extinct? Because the place where it lives is being or has been destroyed.

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#103269
2015-03-24

Sustainable development guru seeks active Indonesian role on climate change

Jeffrey Sachs, the noted American economist now championing global sustainable development, on Wednesday urged Indonesia to take an active part to ensure success in ongoing international diplomacy over climate change, sustainable development goals and their international financing.

National Report
#103256

Suriname
2015-03-23

Suriname

Fifth National Report

Meeting
#5468

World Meteorological Day

23 March 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Meeting
#5489

FAO Council (151st Session)

23 - 27 March 2015, Rome, Italy

News Headlines
#103244
2015-03-23

Burmese pythons are dominating the Everglades

Biologists say that as the snakes proliferate and continue to prey on unsuspecting animals, ecological balance in the Everglades will suffer.

News Headlines
#103246
2015-03-23

World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

News Headlines
#103247
2015-03-23

UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.

News Headlines
#103248
2015-03-23

Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact'

Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.

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