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#101945
2014-11-21

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

News Headlines
#101946
2014-11-21

Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

News Headlines
#101947
2014-11-21

Developing land without approval of local people 'a human rights issue of grave concern,' says new report

Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and 35 percent of Liberia.

News Headlines
#101948
2014-11-21

'Star-gazing' shrimp discovered in South Africa

(Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.

News Headlines
#101949
2014-11-21

Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them?

News Headlines
#101950
2014-11-21

Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park is under threat, conservationists warn

Wildlife including giraffe, rhino and zebra are under pressure from roads, railways, factories and houses

News Headlines
#101951
2014-11-21

World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday.

News Headlines
#101952
2014-11-21

Europe’s birds are disappearing

Sparrows and starlings are disappearing at an alarming rate in Europe. Richard Inger of the University of Exeter talks to DW about what is behind the decline and what can be done to stop it.

News Headlines
#101953
2014-11-21

Leopards know how to thrive in human territory

BENGALURU: Leopards in human habitations needn't always have strayed in or are in conflict with humans. A pioneering GPS-based study of leopards in India has found that these big cats have strategies to thrive in human habitations.

News Headlines
#101954
2014-11-21

'Out-of-control tourism' hurting wild Ibiza

Rampant tourism is threatening the coastline of the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza while other major wilderness areas are also being seriously neglected by Spanish authorities, a new study shows.

News Headlines
#101930
2014-11-20

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

News Headlines
#101931
2014-11-20

Jane Goodall: 5 reasons to have hope for the planet

famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the planet today

News Headlines
#101932
2014-11-20

Gone for good: world's largest earwig declared extinct

The world has lost a giant: this week the IUCN Red List officially declared St. Helena giant earwig (Labidura herculeana) extinct. While its length of 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) may not seem like much, it's massive for an earwig and impressive for an insect.

News Headlines
#101933
2014-11-20

A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 2014 (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.

News Headlines
#101934
2014-11-20

Record 1,020 rhino killed in South Africa

A record 1,020 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, the government said Thursday, undermining multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

News Headlines
#101935
2014-11-20

Curbing population growth not the answer to climate change, say experts

The planet is facing huge environmental challenges and although it’s controversial some argue curbing population growth could help. But UNFPA's Daniel Schensul tells DW controls won't achieve much in the short-term.

News Headlines
#101936
2014-11-20

LVMH the first private company to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LVMH has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)) in France. This foundation for scientific cooperation aims to promote national, European and international research on biodiversit ...

News Headlines
#101937
2014-11-20

S Korea’s Park faces climate change test

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a UN climate summit in New York in September, urging delegates to see environmental action as an opportunity not a burden

News Headlines
#101938
2014-11-20

Fighting Climate Change With Indigenous Livelihoods

In Indonesia, where forests are being destroyed at the highest rates in the world, an untapped solution exists for balancing conservation with economic expansion.

News Headlines
#101939
2014-11-20

World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

The once-a-decade World Parks Congress concluded in Sydney with a new target to reserve 30 per cent of the world's marine areas in parks where fishing is banned.

News Headlines
#101940
2014-11-20

World Parks Congress: why parks are more than just pretty places

The week-long International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress has culminated with a major international agreement to conserve the world’s natural assets, boost investment in climate change and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples.

News Headlines
#101941
2014-11-20

Ban welcomes $9 billion in pledges to Green Climate Fund at Berlin Conference

20 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the pledges of more than $9.3 billion made by Governments towards the initial capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the first pledging conference for the mechanism, being held in Berlin, Germany.

News Headlines
#101916
2014-11-19

Sustainable palm oil enters the UN environmental agenda

The development program for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable palm oil is poised to accelerate following the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

News Headlines
#101918
2014-11-19

Polar bear population in parts of Alaska, Canada down by 40 percent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The population of polar bears in parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada has declined by about 40 percent in the first decade of the 2000s, a new study says.

News Headlines
#101919
2014-11-19

Green fund pledges at G20 may herald climate consensus

Two weeks in a row. Last week the US and China agreed to cut their emissions. This week the world's big economies have thrown their weight behind the Green Climate Fund – another shot in the arm for a world consensus on climate change action.

News Headlines
#101921
2014-11-19

A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 2014 (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.

News Headlines
#101922
2014-11-19

Over 1,400 Endangered Species Are Threatened By Climate Change, Says New ‘Red List’

Following a new update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, over 22,000 species of animals are threatened with extinction, an increase of 310 species from the last update.

News Headlines
#101923
2014-11-19

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation – especially in rural areas

19 November 2014 ¦ New York/GENEVA - Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from WHO on behalf of UN-Water.

News Headlines
#101924
2014-11-19

People in Peru are drinking an endangered species: Frog juice. For the (supposed) health benefits.

The Titicaca water frog is very large and entirely aquatic and makes its home in the high-altitude rivers that flow into Andean lake for which it is named.

News Headlines
#101925
2014-11-19

Nepal in Asia Protected Area Partnership: IUCN

joined the Asia Protected Areas Partnership that aims to promote best practices, share lessons learnt and develop innovative solutions to conserve the protected areas in the region.

News Headlines
#101926
2014-11-19

New government fund to stem Australian extinctions

On the day an updated Red List of endangered species is published, Australia announces a bold new conservation initiative in national parks

News Headlines
#101927
2014-11-19

World Parks Congress: call to extend no-take share of marine protected areas

The world's oceans need expanded regions where fishing is barred to help preserve fragile ecosystems and protect them from what one leading biologist dubbed "a silent storm" driven by climate change.

News Headlines
#101928
2014-11-19

Canada's acidic lakes are becoming 'jellified'

CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The acidification of lakes in Canada in recent decades, caused mostly by industrial pollution, is pushing freshwater habitat into "an entirely new ecological state," researchers say

News Headlines
#101904
2014-11-18

Sushi eaters pushing bluefin tuna toward extinction

GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The sharp knives of sushi chefs and the hungry mouths of sashimi lovers have helped drive the bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction.

News Headlines
#101905
2014-11-18

Overhaul in tropical forest research needed

New work shows the limitations of long-used research methods in tropical rainforest ecology and points to new technological approaches for understanding forest structures and systems on large geographic scales.

News Headlines
#101906
2014-11-18

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

News Headlines
#101907
2014-11-18

Field plots offer biased view of the Amazon

Field plots in the Amazon are often not representative of the habitats surrounding them, potentially biasing extrapolations made across the region, argues a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

News Headlines
#101908
2014-11-18

Ending deforestation won't stop carbon emissions from land use change

Even if the world stopped cutting down forests, carbon dioxide emissions from land use change would still pose a major challenge, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change.

News Headlines
#101909
2014-11-18

Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota after UN court ruling

Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.

News Headlines
#101910
2014-11-18

Can love and technology save global biodiversity?

A new inspirational way to engage people to become environmentally active has emerged. Instead of sending messages of loss and destruction, companies are trying to inspire the next generation with positive messages.

News Headlines
#101911
2014-11-18

Making Protected Areas an Integral Part of Development

Working with the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank helped the Brazilian Government implement a series of protected areas that have reversed deforestation in the Amazon and returned benefits to communities.

News Headlines
#101912
2014-11-18

Kenyan Community Benefits From Its Genetic Resources

KAMPALA, UGANDA – In Kenya, residents living around Lake Bogoria in Baringo County have received Kenya shillings 2.3 million, about USD 26,000, as royalties paid by a Danish bio-enzyme company.

News Headlines
#101913
2014-11-18

Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water

TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.

News Headlines
#101914
2014-11-18

Mozambique: World Bank Supports Mozambique's Conservation and Biodiversity Efforts to Reduce Poverty

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to support the implementation of the Government of Mozambique's Conservation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.

News Headlines
#101891
2014-11-17

New gecko described in Madagascar

Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.

News Headlines
#101892
2014-11-17

Gabon protects 23% of its coastal waters

Gabon has once again made headlines for a bold conservation initiative.

News Headlines
#101893
2014-11-17

Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 2014 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.

News Headlines
#101895
2014-11-17

Global summit seeks to protect biodiverse areas

The World Parks Congress is underway in Sydney. The global gathering, from November 12-19, aims to set the agenda for protecting the most valuable areas on Earth over the next 10 years.

News Headlines
#101896
2014-11-17

Endangered species: Food and fuel pursuit pushing animals to extinction — especially fish

Snakes, butterflies, and a number of exotic fish are on the brink of extinction, according to the latest list of the world's most endangered species.

News Headlines
#101897
2014-11-17

Zambia: Climate Change Impact On Zambian Elephants

CLIMATE change is real, "Climate change" affects more than just a change in the weather, and it refers to seasonal changes over a long period.

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