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#94618
2013-07-17

New Software Tells Who's in the Forest and Who Isn't

Researchers have developed software that can listen to recordings of a rainforest and tell us what animals are there, and importantly, what animals are not. The new technology is free online for anyone to use and conservationists are taking advantage of it.

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#94619
2013-07-17

Nigeria: 'Biotechnology, Must for Food Security in Nigeria'

Although President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to vet the long awaited biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria's dream of achievin ...

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#94623
2013-07-17

The Costs of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Are Passing the High-Water Mark

Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. some $70 billion in direct damages and lost economic output. This is, obviously, a lot of money — Sandy was the second most expensive hurricane in U.S.

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#94624
2013-07-17

West Coast Krill Die-Off Has Researchers Concerned

In recent weeks, millions of North Pacific krill, a species of tiny crustacean that makes up a crucial part of the ocean's food chain, have washed up along the shores of Northern California and Oregon--the largest die-off that's ever been recorded in the region.

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#94625
2013-07-17

Our natural wealth – the way ahead

Biodiversity brings benefits worth at least 40 million a year to the Isle of Man according to a recent study, but this is the tip of the iceberg as this only includes habitats on land, based on limited statistics.

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#94627
2013-07-17

Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.

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#94628
2013-07-17

Le Président Boni Yayi lance l'initiative "10 millions d'âmes, 10 millions d'arbres "

A chaque béninois son arbre tel est le mot d'ordre et l'implication pratique des engagements pris par le Chef de l'Etat lors la dernière Conféérence des Parties Rio + 20 tenue à Rio de Janeiro au Brésil en 2012.

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#94629
2013-07-17

Endangered California condors' social structure is survival tool

SAN DIEGO, July 16 (UPI) -- California condors, an endangered species, have a complex system of interactions based on dominance to help them survive, wildlife scientists say.

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#94630
2013-07-17

European Union bans insecticide said harmful to bees

BRUSSELS, July 16 (UPI) -- The European Union says farmers will be legally banned from applying a widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population to their crops.

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#94631
2013-07-17

U.S. Farmers View Climate Change as Just Another Weather Challenge

If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather and, perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change.

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#94632
2013-07-17

Trade-Offs Between Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation Explored

July 16, 2013 — Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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#94633
2013-07-17

Damaging Non-Native Forest Pests at Home in Northeastern U.S.

July 16, 2013 — Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent's first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pe ...

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#94634
2013-07-17

Billions lost to corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector, says report

Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.

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#94635
2013-07-17

Brazil Develops “Superfoods” to Fight Hidden Hunger

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 17 2013 (IPS) - In less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A pilot initiative is currently underway in 15 municipalities.

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#94622
2013-07-17

New study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland's inland ice

Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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#94620
2013-07-17

EU targets another insecticide linked to decline in bee population

The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations.EU governments banned the use of agricultural insecticide fipronil to treat maize and sunflower seeds, the European Commission said on Tu ...

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#94621
2013-07-17

Angry birders: Farm bill in flux imperils feathered friends

With the farm bill in flux, it’s looking more and more likely that the environment will take a hit. The Conservation Reserve Program, which recently accounted for 7 percent of farm bill funding, essentially pays farmers to produce wildlife, instead of producing crops. Since there’s no market tha ...

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#94605
2013-07-16

Biodiversity suffering from widespread agriculture

Biodiversity in Denmark is suffering because of the large and intensive agriculture industry, biologists and environmental organisations say.

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#94607
2013-07-16

Shark numbers increasing in protected Fiji reserve, scientists say

SUVA, Fiji, July 15 (UPI) -- Fiji's largest marine reserve has more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, evidence protected areas are good for sharks, conservationists say.

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#94608
2013-07-16

No deal on huge Antarctic marine reserves

International talks on establishing huge marine reserves in Antarctica have failed to reach a consensus.

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#94609
2013-07-16

Scientists Outline Long-Term Sea-Level Rise in Response to Warming of Planet

July 15, 2013 — A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms.

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#94610
2013-07-16

Science is key to locally adapting the post-2015 agenda

The recent UN high-level panel report on the post-2015 development agenda alludes to the potential of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) in development.

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#94611
2013-07-16

Madagascar's rate of speciation slowing down

While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.

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#94612
2013-07-16

Losing our monarchs: iconic monarch butterfly down to lowest numbers in 20 years

In the next few months, the beating of fragile fiery orange and black wings will transport the monarch butterfly south.

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#94613
2013-07-16

Measuring CO2 in Green Ecosystems of the Mexican Caribbean

MEXICO CITY, Jul 16 2013 (IPS) - Jungles, forests, mangroves, swamps and lagoons are natural carbon storehouses or “sinks” in the Caribbean regions of Mexico. But now studies are being conducted to measure their capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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#94614
2013-07-16

Caribbean Launches New Tool to Deal with Climate Change

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 15 2013 (IPS) - If the studies conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) are true, then by 2025, Caribbean countries will witness a significant increase in Category 4 and 5 hurricanes from the present level of 1.4 annually to four.

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#94580
2013-07-15

Peruvians Aim For Regional Cohesion On Biodiversity Offsets

The governments of Peru, Colombia, and Chile are all facing unprecedented levels of development, much of it in environmentally sensitive and valuable areas. This week, they will be meeting with the private sector and environmentalists to hammer out an agreement on biodiversity offsetting.

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#94583
2013-07-15

Quebec forest management puts wildlife at risk: biologist

A prominent biologist says that nature can cope with the destruction of thousands of hectares of forest that have burned in northern Quebec in recent weeks but she’s not so sure about the effects of human meddling.

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#94584
2013-07-15

Protection plan recommended for medicinal plant conservation areas

Western Ghats Task Force has recommended that a comprehensive protection and development plan be prepared for and implemented in the 13 existing medicinal plant conservation areas (MPCA) involving eco-restoration and people’s participation.

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#94585
2013-07-15

Kenya: In Kenya, Small Is Vulnerable

Nairobi — With the country's food security and farmers' livelihoods at risk from climate change, Kenya has divergent policy options. One is reliant on deploying new technologies as well as improving and expanding use of fertilisers and pesticides; while the other would turn to indigenous knowled ...

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#94586
2013-07-15

Protecting our pollinators

Bees, so crucial to our food supply, are dying off at alarming rates. CALS researchers are taking a close look at everything from the microbes in their hives to the landscapes they live in to identify in what conditions bees thrive.

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#94587
2013-07-15

Why Disney is fighting deforestation in Peru

Segundo Guevara’s wooden cabin sits near the top of the lush mountain, surrounded by massive trees, sweet mist and -- of course -- coffee plantations, which emit a familiar sweet scent that seems exotic here on these steep hills.

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#94588
2013-07-15

Climate change is hitting big cities. They need to take action

After Hurricane Hazel, which killed dozens of people in 1954, Torontonians made strong decisions through their local and provincial governments – such as banning development from flood plains and creating conservation authorities – that proved extremely effective in preventing a repeat of the ma ...

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#94590
2013-07-15

DiCaprio, Cameron, Branson: Protect Antarctic Ocean

Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, explorer and Oscar-winning director James Cameron, and Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson are calling on nations to grant protection to waters off Antarctica at an international meeting in Germany this week.

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#94591
2013-07-15

Bitten by snake? Check this phone app for guidance

They are creatures that inspire fear and fascination in equal measure.But most of all, snakes are misunderstood.Now, a new mobile application has been developed to help educate people in Singapore about the different varieties found on their doorstep.

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#94592
2013-07-15

Biodiversity promoter Rainforest Alliance wants to diversify into fruits certification

KOLKATA, JULY 12: Rainforest Alliance (RA), the international organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable agricultural practices, would like to step up its footprints in India.

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#94594
2013-07-15

Deadly oak disease 'spreading' in UK

The government is stepping up monitoring of a disease thought to pose a serious threat to UK oak trees.

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#94596
2013-07-15

Seabed sponge forest basks in ice-free Antarctic sun

Global warming threatens to put many species on thin ice. But changing temperatures seem to have sparked new life in a group of Antarctic sea sponges.

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#94597
2013-07-15

Natural defences can sharply limit coastal damage

Reefs, dunes and marshes are key to protecting lives and property against storm surges and long-term sea-level rise.

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#94598
2013-07-15

REDD a ‘False Solution’ for Africa

NAIROBI , Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - REDD – reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – would seem to be a mitigation strategy that perfectly matches Africa’s needs.

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#94599
2013-07-15

Caribbean Bananas: Organic Production vs. Disease Control

ROME, Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - FAO is currently supporting two seemingly contradictory projects in Caribbean countries: while one seeks to promote organic production, the other involves the use of chemical fungicides to fight black sigatoka, the worst enemy of this key food crop.

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#94600
2013-07-15

Mexico’s Cities Not Ready for Climate Change

PROGRESO, Mexico , Jul 12 2013 (IPS) - Towns on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are behind schedule on the design and implementation of plans to face the challenges of climate change, in spite of the urgency of measures to reduce vulnerability

News Headlines
#94601
2013-07-15

Spain's endangered Iberian lynx brought back from brink of extinction

'Now there is hope', says director of conservation programme that has tripled wildcat's numbers in Andalusia

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#94602
2013-07-15

Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt

A study has shown that the speed of evolutionary change is far outstripped by the rate of global warming, meaning many creatures will face extinction

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#94603
2013-07-15

Monsters of the Deep: Jellyfish Threaten the World's Seas

Jellyfish infestations along beaches worldwide are troubling tourists and scientists alike. It is a creature that thrives on over-fishing and pollution. But how dangerous is it for the ecosystem?

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#94562
2013-07-12

Frogs, geckos, chameleons and more

MADAGASCAR is perhaps best known to most people as the setting of the eponymous animated film. But the isolated island in the Indian Ocean, near the southern tip of Africa, has long been famous among zoologists as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.

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#94563
2013-07-12

Ivory Coast turns to brute force to save forests

SASSANDRA, Ivory Coast (AFP) - It was a brutal end to a long-term problem. Faced with the dilemma of trying to save a protected forest, which had become home to thousands of people, the Ivory Coast government turned to force.

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#94564
2013-07-12

Barangay in Benguet crafts own forest management plan

Seeing the urgency of preserving and protecting the communal forest from encroachment, commercialization, and land conversion, a barangay in the municipality of Sablan in Benguet has crafted its own forest management plan.

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#94565
2013-07-12

Prosperity within the planet's limits: is it possible?

For generations, Europe, the United States and other industrialised countries have thrived under an economic model focused on growth and wealth creation. Many developing countries have also followed this example with striking success. It is easy to think that such a well-proven formula will alwa ...

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#94566
2013-07-12

Nigeria: 'Country to Cultivate GM Crops in Commercial Quantity Soon'

Nigerians will begin to cultivate genetically modified (GM) crops in commercial quantity very soon, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said.

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