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#103028
2015-03-05

Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official

4 March 2015 – Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society o ...

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#103029
2015-03-05

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.

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#103030
2015-03-05

Europe blazes trail against climate change

AS CHAOS from climate change ramps up in the coming decades, making floods, droughts and heatwaves commonplace, Europe will be ready. So says the European Environment Agency, which launched its five-year assessment of the state of Europe's environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week.

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#103031
2015-03-05

Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

Engineers propose a new 600-ton threshold that could indicate when switching to 'low carbon' alternatives may actually increase emissions.

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#103033
2015-03-05

Advancing multiple approaches for characterizing permafrost microbes in a changing climate

To better characterize the microbial activities in the thawing permafrost, scientists have reported on the application of multiple molecular technologies: "omics."

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#103034
2015-03-05

Full-annual-cycle models track migratory bird populations throughout the year

Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture.

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#103035
2015-03-05

Madagascar’s frog haven: rich, underexplored, threatened

Madagascar is a treasure trove of frogs. Located off the east coast of Africa, this large island nation has more than 500 species of frogs, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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#103036
2015-03-05

Can Indigenous and Wildlife Conservationists Work Together?

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - Indigenous and wildlife conservationists have common goals and common adversaries, but seem to be struggling to find common ground in the fight for sustainable forests.

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#103037
2015-03-05

Opinion: Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - The countdown has begun to September’s Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with world leaders discussing the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the United Nations Open Working Group.

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#103038
2015-03-05

Warning on hot city nights as planet warms

As the globe warms and cities sprawl, hot city nights are likely to lead to more heat stress for humans than previously anticipated, say researchers.

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#103039
2015-03-05

Schorfheide-Chorin: from Nazi hunting ground to biodiversity hotspot

Nazi and East German political elites went to great lengths to preserve the Schorfheide as their hunting grounds for decades. This pays off today: The area has turned into one of the most biodiverse places in Europe.

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#103040
2015-03-05

Africa: Wildlife Crime Deters Sustainable Development, Threatens National Security, Deputy SG

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson's remarks, as delivered, to the General Assembly today during an informal meeting to commemorate World Wildlife Day, observed on 3 March

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#103041
2015-03-05

Why we need to think about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Enormous amounts of time and effort are going into getting agreement on a strategy for sustainable development this September.

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#103042
2015-03-05

Intergenerational report: climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for the economy, water availability and Australia’s unique environment will be severe.”

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#103043
2015-03-05

Biotechnology not panacea for food security – Report

With 65 percent of Africa’s labour workforce employed by agriculture coupled with aging farmers, climate change, drought and famine and the youth shunning agriculture, biotechnology may not be a panacea for food security in Africa but essential.

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#103011
2015-03-04

Colombia proposes protected corridor across South America

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains.

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#103012
2015-03-04

Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It’s a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message.

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#103013
2015-03-04

Koalas could be culled in overpopulated areas to prevent starvation, says expert

Australia needs to consider allowing healthy koalas to be euthanised in order to control numbers in overpopulated areas, where the animals risk dying painfully from starvation, a koala expert says.

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#103014
2015-03-04

Human-Induced Factors Continue to Cause Biodiversity Decline in Africa, According to Preview of UNEP Report

The ongoing loss of biodiversity in Africa is driven by a combination of human-induced factors, including a rising demand for and consumption of natural resources and pollution created by urbanization and industrialization.

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#103015
2015-03-04

New Atlas Shows Africa's Mountains Underpin the Continent's Development

The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa.

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#103016
2015-03-04

EU uncertain over role of forests in UN climate target

European Union member states have changed a European Commission proposal for climate action to 2030, highlighting uncertainty over the role of forests.

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#103017
2015-03-04

Wildlife partnership launches bushmeat sourcebook

3 March 2015, Rome - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day.

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#103018
2015-03-04

Ecuador's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol presented to Parliamentarian and other stakeholders

The implications of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol for trade, development and intellectual property was discussed with Ecuadorian parliamentarians, government officials and other users and providers of biological resources and related traditional knowledge.

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#103019
2015-03-04

Delivering Unwelcome Species to the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is among the world’s great environmental jewels. The sea is highly saline, almost entirely enclosed by land and contains immense biodiversity.

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#103020
2015-03-04

Why many similar species coexist within complex ecosystems

Scientists from the universities of Granada and Warwick have published an article in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), in which they suggest one possible answer for the enigma of stability in complex ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest or coral reefs.

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#103021
2015-03-04

Climate change response... Swapping coffee for chocolate

Coffee is the biggest cash crop propping up the hard-pressed economy of Central America and provides the only livelihood for millions of growers on tiny land holdings. But rising temperatures and extreme weather events have been taking their toll.

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#103022
2015-03-04

Africa: Keynote Address By UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner At the Opening of the 15th Session of the African Ministerial Conference On the Environment (amcen)

The only insurance against climate change impacts is ambitious global mitigation action in the long-run combined with large-scale, rapidly increasing and predictable funding for adaptation.

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World Wildlife Day

3 March 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

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#102993
2015-03-03

California drought caused by climate change, according to a new study

STANFORD, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- According to a new study, California's historic drought was caused primarily by climate change.

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#102994
2015-03-03

'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime' UN proclaims on World Wildlife Day

3 March 2015 – Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked World Wildlife Day.

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#102995
2015-03-03

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity

Munching insects may halve the anticipated increase in forest land's ability to act as a carbon sink.

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#102996
2015-03-03

Europe sounds alarm over freshwater pollution

Around half of Europe’s rivers and lakes are still polluted, a major environmental review has found, despite a 15-year-old target to restore all the continent’s waters to good ecological health by 2015.

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#102997
2015-03-03

Climate change implicated in current Syrian conflict

Drought linked to rising greenhouse-gas emissions helped to drive unrest in 2011, study finds.

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#102998
2015-03-03

Opinion: War on Wildlife Crime – Time to Enlist the Ordinary Citizen

BONN, Mar 1 2015 (IPS) - It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a “wildlife crisis”, and it is a crisis exacerbated by human activities, not least criminal ones.

News Headlines
#102999
2015-03-03

World Wildlife Day: taking wildlife crime seriously

World Wildlife Day aims to draw international attention to the problem of wildlife crime. Despite increased efforts to protect wildlife, poaching and illegal hunting are on the rise. Conservation expert Bradnee Chambers tells DW why wildlife crime needs to be taken more seriously.

News Headlines
#103000
2015-03-03

Opinion: Plastic bag bans won't save the environment

The EU has declared war on plastic bags. But it will take more than symbolic gestures to save the environment.

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#103001
2015-03-03

Biologists hunt for traces of DNA in rivers to help track elusive or invasive species

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

News Headlines
#103002
2015-03-03

Seychelles set to be first in the world to develop countrywide ocean conservation plan

(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, has announced that Seychelles is all set to become the first country in the world that has implemented a comprehensive spatial plan for its entire ocean territory.

News Headlines
#103003
2015-03-03

How lax legislation is killing the wildlife in Europe

Reports of elephants and rhino being massacred for their tusks or horns due to demand in Asia often make the headlines.

News Headlines
#103004
2015-03-03

Environment report shows benefits of EU action

A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years.

Press Release
#103009
2015-03-03

Press Release: Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife (CPW) launches sourcebook on bushmeat

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of hu ...

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#103005
2015-03-03

New threats to wild bees identified

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

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