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#102005
2014-11-27

Cute, cuddly gray seals are mutilating porpoises in the North Sea

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists had always assumed gray seals only preyed on fish. Though there had been the odd sighting of what looked to be seals attacking porpoises, there was no conclusive corroborating physical evidence.

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#102006
2014-11-27

Risk from extreme weather set to rise

Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

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#102007
2014-11-27

Geoengineering the planet: first experiments take shape

Proposals for the first trials to cool the planet include cloud brightening and spraying aerosols into the ozone layer. They might start in just two years

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#102008
2014-11-27

Unbelievable underworld and its impact on us all

A new study has pulled together research into the most diverse place on earth to demonstrate how the organisms below-ground could hold the key to understanding how the worlds ecosystems function and how they are responding to climate change.

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#102009
2014-11-27

Endangered species success: Idaho salmon regaining fitness advantage

Once on the brink of extinction with only a few fish remaining, Snake River sockeye salmon are regaining the fitness they need to rebuild wild populations.

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#102010
2014-11-27

Amazon deforestation in Brazil drops 18% in 2013/2014

Preliminary data released by the Brazilian government suggests that deforestation in Earth's largest rainforest slowed 18 percent over the past year.

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#102011
2014-11-27

Women on the Edge of Land and Life

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

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#102012
2014-11-27

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world

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#102013
2014-11-27

Kenya in new plan to benefit from wildlife resources used for research

Two decades after Kenya lost valuable enzymes from lakes in the Rift Valley to unscrupulous researchers, who sold the material to companies for manufacture of chemicals, the government has initiated a project that will ensure the proceeds of the sale of harvested enzymes benefit local communities.

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#102014
2014-11-27

Polar bears facing ‘worst-case trajectory’ because of climate change

Canada's Arctic islands could be ice-free for months each year by the end of the century, triggering starvation and reproductive failure.

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#101990
2014-11-26

Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

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#101991
2014-11-26

Hydrothermal Settlers: Barnacle holds clues about how climate change is affecting the deep ocean

The deep ocean seems so remote that it is difficult to imagine any sort of human-generated change making an impact on deep-sea life.

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#101992
2014-11-26

US–China climate deal raises hopes for Lima talks

But challenges remain for United Nations meeting in run-up to a new 2015 emissions treaty.

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#101993
2014-11-26

APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support it ...

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#101994
2014-11-26

Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice

It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them. And it played out again in Berlin as 21 countries—including the United States—pledged nearly 9.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. body tasked with helping developing countries ...

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#101995
2014-11-26

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

MANILA, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat.

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#101996
2014-11-26

Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

SAN JOSE, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.

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#101997
2014-11-26

Bee parasite will flourish under global warming, study warns

Gut parasite will increase in prevalence across northern Europe as temperatures rises, leading to honey bee losses

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#101998
2014-11-26

Animal diseases intensified by climate change

From Bluetongue disease in sheep to Rift Valley Fever in camels, researchers say that animal diseases are sparked and spread by climate change. What causes them, and what can people do to prevent them from spreading?

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#101999
2014-11-26

Urban cardinals and catbirds live longer study shows

Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings.

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#102000
2014-11-26

BirdLife International: Hundreds of important nature sites threatened with destruction

NASSAU, Bahamas -- According to a new report by BirdLife International, more than 350 of the planet’s most important bird natural habitats are being threatened and could possibly be lost forever.

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#102002
2014-11-26

Vultures remarkably tolerant to deadly bacteria, study reveals

A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find.

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#101973
2014-11-25

Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.

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#101974
2014-11-25

Goce gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

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#101975
2014-11-25

Climate change could affect future of Lake Michigan basin

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

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#101976
2014-11-25

Primates indispensable for regeneration of tropical forests

Primatologist and plant geneticists have studied the dispersal of tree seeds by New World primates. Primates can influence seed dispersal and spatial genetic kinship structure of plants that serve as their food source.

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#101977
2014-11-25

Conserving soil, water in world's driest wheat region

In the world's driest rainfed wheat region, researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.

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#101980
2014-11-25

Hope for monarch butterfly after Mexican logging halted

When millions of monarch butterflies take to the sky and fly thousands of kilometres from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, the view is breathtaking. But over the last few decades, their numbers have plummeted, and last year hit an all-time low.

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#101981
2014-11-25

Chameleon crisis: extinction threatens 36% of world's chameleons

Chameleons are an unmistakable family of wonderfully bizarre reptiles. - See more at: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1124-hance-chameleon-crisis.html#sthash.wtzspXi2.dpuf

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#101983
2014-11-25

Robots reveal thicker Antarctic sea ice

Sea ice in the Antarctic is much thicker than previously thought, according to new data obtained by robotic submarines.

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#101986
2014-11-25

Namibian genetic resources in the spotlight

WINDHOEK – The ways and means of how to protect and promote innovations and developments from the use of Namibian genetic resources for food and agriculture to extract maximum benefit from them was placed under the spotlight last week when role players in the industry staged the first ever works ...

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#101987
2014-11-25

Future Impact of Climate Change Visible Now in Yemen

Deep underground, Yemen’s old, natural sources of clean, fresh water are drying up. Its reservoirs are depleted faster than they are replenished; its groundwater levels plummet by six meters a year in crowded, mountainous regions outside the cities of Sana’a, Taiz, Dhamar, Amran and Sa’ada.

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#101988
2014-11-25

Scientists confirm new bird species in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher -- named after the Indonesia island it's found on -- was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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?

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#101955
2014-11-21

Political ideology outweighs observations in climate change opinions

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- No matter what facts or theories people hear, their political opinions often decide how they feel about climate change, a new study suggests.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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