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#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101576
2014-10-22

UN meet signs off on biodiversity roadmap amid 2020 target concerns

Delegates meeting under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Friday closed a two-week long meet held in South Korea after agreeing to a series of 33 decisions.

News Headlines
#101578
2014-10-22

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed

Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.

News Headlines
#101581
2014-10-22

Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working

There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.

News Headlines
#101582
2014-10-22

IPCC urged again to fill regional research gaps

[MARRAKESH] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should do practical research that can help mitigate global warming effects and advance knowledge in regions such as Africa where climate systems are little understood, a UN official has said.

News Headlines
#101583
2014-10-22

Back agriculture to get the most out of aid to Africa

European countries devote small percentages of their national income to international aid, but these add up to colossal amounts — in the UK, for example, 0.7 per cent amounts to £11 billion a year.

News Headlines
#101584
2014-10-22

Saving the survivor: China scrambles to keep the finless porpoise from extinction

On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did.

News Headlines
#101585
2014-10-22

Colombia reports drop in deforestation

Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average.

News Headlines
#101586
2014-10-22

OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity’s relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing.

News Headlines
#101587
2014-10-22

Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests

PANAMA CITY, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.

News Headlines
#101588
2014-10-22

Weak EU 2030 climate deal risks nearly a million jobs, warn unions

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses

News Headlines
#101589
2014-10-22

'We will succeed in these negotiations'

Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.

News Headlines
#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101591
2014-10-22

Bio-safety law holds many possibilities for Nigeria’s agribusinesses

Agricultural biotechnology is an issue that is very important to the economy of a nation, and for developing countries, it is vital to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

News Headlines
#101592
2014-10-22

In fight against hunger, UN launches initiative targeting threat of desertification

22 October 2014 – The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.

News Headlines
#101546
2014-10-21

EU pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.

News Headlines
#101547
2014-10-21

Are we miscommunicating gender in science?

Later this month, Paraguay will host the 10th Iberoamerican Congress on Science, Technology and Gender

News Headlines
#101548
2014-10-21

View on Poverty: Big data protects farmers’ livelihoods

“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.

News Headlines
#101549
2014-10-21

Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests

A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, ...

News Headlines
#101550
2014-10-21

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 2014 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this gr ...

News Headlines
#101551
2014-10-21

Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific

SAN JOSE, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.

News Headlines
#101552
2014-10-21

Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests

Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite

News Headlines
#101553
2014-10-21

Africa: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development - Vital Interlinkages

As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...

News Headlines
#101554
2014-10-21

Drought, Deforestation and Degradation Plague Paraguay's Forest Peoples; Can REDD+ Help?

20 October 2014 | What’s happening to Paraguay’s forest is, unfortunately, a well-told story. The forests are under pressure from a multitude of threats that are undermining its health. A changing climate continues to alter rain patterns and affect food security.

News Headlines
#101555
2014-10-21

US, EU want UN to stress low cost of climate change fight - draft

OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#101556
2014-10-21

Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

Haiti once produced half the world's coffee. The lush, shade-covered mountainsides provided an ideal environment for imported Arabica trees.

News Headlines
#101557
2014-10-21

Why we need to save the sharks

Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.

News Headlines
#101558
2014-10-21

Farmers in Burkina Faso outsmart climate change

Farmers in one of the world's least-developed countries are restoring degraded land using innovative techniques to conserve water and soil.

News Headlines
#101559
2014-10-21

Rising to "the greatest challenge in human history"

Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run.

News Headlines
#101560
2014-10-21

When the Endangered Species Act Threatens Wildlife

When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, the concern was that iconic species such as the bald eagle would become extinct. The main threats were from shooting, poisoning and trapping.

News Headlines
#101561
2014-10-21

Unable to protect rhinos, Kruger Park opens auction on endangered species

When a discreet “invitation to bid” advertisement appeared in a South African newspaper this month, it was a shocking admission of defeat by one of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves.

News Headlines
#101562
2014-10-21

Change in the Environment? Ask an Indicator Species

Indicator species such as pikas or frogs can signal a biological change in an ecosystem and can be used to diagnose its overall health, helping conservation efforts. Yet, picking the right indicator is not easy.

News Headlines
#101563
2014-10-21

Biodiversity And REDD: How They Fit Together

22 October 2014 | Over half the world’s known species are found only in tropical forests, and companies that invest in forest carbon projects often do so as much to conserve endangered habitat as to sequester carbon.

News Headlines
#101510
2014-10-20

First white rhino born in captivity dies in Kenyan conservancy

First white rhino born in captivity dies in Kenyan conservancy

News Headlines
#101511
2014-10-20

UN convention agrees to double biodiversity funding, accelerate preservation measures

17 October 2014 – A United Nations conference in Republic of Korea wrapped up today with governments agreeing to double biodiversity-related international financial aid to developing countries, including small islands and transition economics, by 2015 and through the next five years.

News Headlines
#101512
2014-10-20

Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says.

News Headlines
#101513
2014-10-20

Campaign blunts Vietnamese demand for rhino horn

Vietnam, currently the world's top consumer of rhino horn, is gradually being weaned off a habit that last year saw a record 1004 rhinos killed in South Africa.

News Headlines
#101514
2014-10-20

View on Poverty: Big data protects farmers’ livelihoods

“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.

News Headlines
#101515
2014-10-20

Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation

On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing, delegates meeting at a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea have agreed to increase step up efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing nations.

News Headlines
#101516
2014-10-20

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...

News Headlines
#101517
2014-10-20

Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

NAIROBI, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-maki ...

News Headlines
#101518
2014-10-20

Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation

While the largest landowners have cut their contribution to deforestation by two-thirds, that of smallholders has increased

News Headlines
#101519
2014-10-20

Antarctic conference to vote on huge marine parks amid strained relations

Meeting of 25 nations, including Russia and Ukraine, in Hobart will consider proposals on the future of Antarctic research and marine protection

News Headlines
#101520
2014-10-20

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year

News Headlines
#101521
2014-10-20

Straight down the line

The invaders are evolving in a way that will make their colonisation happen faster

News Headlines
#101522
2014-10-20

WWF Statement on the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-12

On 17 October 2014 the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded its 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In response, the WWF CBD delegation issued the following statement:

News Headlines
#101523
2014-10-20

UN biodiversity meet commits to double funding

The gathering in South Korea agrees to use average annual biodiversity funding for the years 2006-2010 as a baseline to be doubled by 2015, and then maintained through 2020

News Headlines
#101524
2014-10-20

U.N. biodiversity convention wraps up successful run

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- A United Nations convention on biodiversity, which brought together government officials, environmentalists and entrepreneurs from around the world, wrapped up its 19-day run on Friday by adopting the "Pyeongchang Roadmap."

News Headlines
#101525
2014-10-20

Governments Vow To Double Biodiversity Finance By 2015 And Expand Protection Of Oceans

17 October 2014 | During the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), a United Nations backed report noted a major funding gap in global biodiversity conservation. Delegates may have well taken this into account because they agreed to double financial r ...

News Headlines
#101526
2014-10-20

Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal

PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province ― The 12th meeting of members of the Convention of Biological Diversity closed Friday with the global community showing its commitment to increasing funding significantly to achieve conservation targets.

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