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Thinking 'Big' May Not Be Best Approach to Saving Large-River Fish

May 22, 2013 — Large-river specialist fishes -- from giant species like paddlefish and blue catfish, to tiny crystal darters and silver chub -- are in danger, but researchers say there is greater hope to save them if major tributaries identified in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study become ...

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Mangroves under threat as Cameroonians move toward coast

Mangroves that could protect Cameroon from rising seas may be subject to more pressure than they can bear, as people migrating to the country’s southwestern coast clear trees at a rate so fast they can’t regenerate, scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said.

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Green Tribunal issues notices for damage to Dadri wetlands

Concerned over destruction of Dadri wetlands in the National Capital Region (NCR), the National Green Tribunal Wednesday issued notices to the union environment ministry and others for failing to take steps to protect the area.

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World on course to run out of water, warns Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon has warned the world is on course to run out of freshwater unless greater efforts are made to improve water security.

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Rapid drop in Lake Malawi's water levels drives down fish stocks

1.5m people depend on lake for food – including popular Chambo fish – and Malawians are alarmed at decline in stocks

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How to Save a Fish … a Lake and a People

LILONGWE, May 20 2013 (IPS) - Lloyd Phiri, a fisherman from Senga Bay on Lake Malawi’s shores in Malawi’s central region, knows that the lake’s water levels are dropping. He can see it in his catch, which has shrunk by more than 80 percent in recent years.

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Rivers lost in policy

‘Missing the wood for the trees’ is a popular English proverb, which is commonly used when one goes after a minor detail and resultantly misses the larger picture. But in its origin must be the fact that a forest as an ecosystem and a whole is much larger and important than mere collection of tr ...

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Targeted action needed to protect waterbirds.

In their new report, the first ever global study of its kind, Laura Williamson and Professor Tamás Székely, analysed data from 471 species of birds, focusing on waterbird species which breed in inland wetlands. These inland wetland habitats are important breeding grounds for birds and are strong ...

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Ghanaians Must Protect Fresh Water Resources

Water pollution can be defined as anything humans do to cause harmful effects to water bodies. This can include pollution of rivers, lakes, oceans, and ground water pollution. The causes of pollution in water are virtually endless.

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Water security and soil sealing

There is a lake in San Joaquin Valley – or there was one once. It was the largest lake in the valley, but by 1899 the lake was a dry bed except for some surrounding wetlands and during occasional flooding.

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Uganda: Region's Lakes Suffer Slow Poison

Kampala — In recent years, governments in the East African Community (EAC) have blamed the problem of fish depletion in lakes on the use of illegal equipment that catches immature fish.

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Our fast-disappearing fields of fish

PANAJI: Goa's paddy fields, ponds and lakes harbour a rich biodiversity of fish species, but the indiscriminate use of chemicals, dumping of wastes, rapid urbanization and environmental degradation have severely impacted this aquatic resource.

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Rare river otter spotted near Colo. City

BOULDER, Colo., April 4 (UPI) -- A camera trap outside Boulder, Colo. has recorded the local area's first sighting of a North American river otter in almost 100 years, officials said.

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Wetlands: Something for the birds

FORMER Las Piñas Representative and Nacionalista Party senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar is happy about the inclusion of her pet project, the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) in the world-wide “Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance”

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Lake Erie algal blooms could become normal

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- A record algal bloom in Lake Erie in 2011, triggered by agricultural practices and warm temperatures, could become a regular occurrence, U.S. scientists warn.

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Human activity chocking Uganda's wetlands

Lake Victoria is under threat, and the very people this natural resource is supposed to serve are the ones threatening its existence.

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EPA report: More than half nation’s rivers in poor shape

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health, unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.

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Strong swamp signals

I retell a history mostly forgotten. This story is about how the women group of Rotuma partners with LäjeRotuma, a community-based initiative to restore what was once a vibrant field of giant swamp crop in the swampy wetlands.

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Rain-fed Hindon river facing a slow death

GHAZIABAD: Children who live in Karera village of Ghaziabad aren't quite sure as to why their parents insist on calling the dirty drain that flows alongside their house a river

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Cambodia loses half its seasonal wetlands in 10 years

Cambodia lost more than half of its seasonally flooded grasslands in ten years due to industrial agricultural conversion, abandonment of traditional farming, and illegal drainage, putting several endangered bird species at risk and undermining traditional livelihoods in the region, reports a new ...

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Big ‘no’ to kitesurfing on Salt Lake

THE lack of proper protection for some environmentally sensitive areas results in people taking advantage by using wetlands on the island for various water sport activities, conservationists said yesterday.

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Two Million People Hold their Breath Over Lake Malawi Mediation

LILONGWE, Mar 3 2013 (IPS) - Over two million families who solely depend on Lake Malawi for their livelihoods are anxiously putting their hopes into an upcoming mediation between Malawi and Tanzania intended to put an end to a longstanding ownership dispute.

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San Francisco Bay declared Wetland of International Importance

The Ramsar Convention has designated the Californian wader and wildfowl hot-spot as globally significant, hoping to inspire more conservation measures.

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More Dead Than Red

EIN GEDI, Israel, Feb 25 2013 (IPS) - The World Bank has declared the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project feasible.

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Kenya, Tanzanian Sign Ecosystems MoU

The Governments of Kenya and Tanzania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint transboundary management of lakes Chala, Jipe and the Umba River ecosystems

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Namibia: There Is Much More to Wetlands Than Floods

A study revealed that tourism in Namibia focuses mainly on the country's desert landscapes and abundant wildlife and although many of the country's wetlands are readily visited, they are usually not perceived as highly productive and valuable ecosystems, by both visitors and residents.

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River Restoration Remains Out of Reach

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 2013 (IPS) - The process of cleaning the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, which in its final flow borders the Argentinian capital, shows remarkable progress. But the biggest challenge remains the cleaning of the watercourse, which has been damaged by centuries of neglect.

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Wetlands degradation continues unabated

WIDESPREAD destruction of the country’s wetlands has continued unchecked despite a raft of legal instruments that criminalise such activities, an official with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has said.

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A lifeline under siege

The World Wetlands Day (WWD) was observed sporadically across India on February 2 and yet many of us are not aware about the richness and necessity of wetlands in our lives. While wetlands are nature’s water storage and water purification zones, they are also a paradise for wildlife, fishing, an ...

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Amazon river ecosystems being rapidly degraded, but remain neglected by conservation efforts

The world's largest river system is being rapidly degraded and imperiled by dams, mining, overfishing, and deforestation, warns a study published last week by an international team of scientists.

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Saving a Shrinking Lake

GULFE, Cameroon, Feb 9 2013 (IPS) - Approaching the Lake Chad basin from Gulfe, a small locality 45 kilometres from Cameroon’s Far North Regional capital Maroua, the atmosphere of despair is palpable: dusty air, fierce and unrelenting winds, wilting plants and sand dunes suggest that this once l ...

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Namibia: Wetlands Are Productive and Valuable Eco-Systems

Windhoek — Namibia's tourism activities focus almost exclusively on the country's desert landscapes and its abundant wildlife, as compared to its wetlands.

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Scientists Discover How the World's Saltiest Pond Gets Its Salt

Feb. 7, 2013 — Jay Dickson and Jim Head have gathered time-lapse photography and other data about the sustained salinity of Antarctica's Don Juan Pond, the most saline natural body of water on earth.

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Why Canada's Wetlands Matter to the World

Here's a surprise for you. You may already know that the list of the world's largest and most important wetlands includes the Amazon Basin and the Pantanal of South America; the Nile River Basin and Congo Basin of Africa; and the Mississippi River Basin in the United States.

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Amazon Freshwater Ecosystems Are Vulnerable to Degradation

Feb. 1, 2013 — A study published in Conservation Letters this week found that freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon are highly vulnerable to environmental degradation.

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Training on conservation of wetlands, bird sanctuaries

Various aspects connected with conservation of wetlands and bird sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu would be put across to the field-level forest department personnel taking part in the State-level training programme that got underway here on Tuesday.

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Saving Australia's wetlands from tenacious willows

Scientists have developed a new way to rescue the Bogong High Plains and their endangered alpine wetlands from invading European willows.

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Watch out for Wetlands

Thailand recognizing its wetlands need urgent protection has become a signatory of the Ramsar Convention or the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

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Fish unable to pass through dams in U.S. presents 'cautionary tale' for developing world

Dams create a largely impenetrable barrier for fish even when the dams were installed with specially-built passages, according to a new study in Conservation Letters.

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Salinization of Rivers: A Global Environmental Problem

Jan. 11, 2013 — The salinisation of rivers is a global problem that affects to countries all over the world and it causes a high environmental and economic cost, and poses a high risk to global health.

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Lake Tana water hyacinth infestation threatens livelihoods, biodiversity

A local community in Ethiopia is at risk of losing out on its livelihood following infestation of the country’s largest water body, Lake Tana by water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes.

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A River Runs Dry in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Jan 8 2013 (IPS) - Avelina Elias Mkenda, a 52-year-old small-scale farmer in the Mbarali district of Tanzania’s southwestern Mbeya region, can sense a change in her environment.

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Map shows threats, stress on Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A map of environmental threats to the Great Lakes shows humans' impact on an ecosystem containing 20 percent of the world's fresh water, U.S. scientists say.

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Brazilian Communities Revitalise the São Francisco River

JANUÁRIA, Brazil, Dec 4 2012 (IPS) - José Geraldo Matos fondly recalls the massive traíras (Hoplias sp), carnivorous freshwater fish found in the lagoons and rivers of Brazil, that he used to catch in the Dos Cochos River just a few metres from his house.

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Study reveals extent of Mekong dam food security threat

HANOI] The planned construction of hydropowered dams on the Mekong River in South-East Asia could jeopardise livelihoods, water access and food security for 60 million people, across Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, according to a study.

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World has lost half its wetlands

Half of the worlds wetlands have been destroyed in just the last 100 years, says a new report.

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Study find world's major rivers under pressure

New research into the world's major river systems has found that too much water is being taken out, and the situation is likely to get worse with climate change.

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Laos approves Xayaburi 'mega' dam on Mekong

Laos has given the go-ahead to build a massive dam on the lower Mekong river, despite opposition from neighbouring countries and environmentalists.

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Half of all wetlands 'destroyed since 1900'

HYDERABAD, India — An alarming 50 percent of the world's wetlands have been destroyed in the last 100 years, threatening human welfare at a time of increasing water scarcity, a new report said.

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River Turtle Species in Missouri Still Suffers from Past Harvesting, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Sep. 25, 2012) — University of Florida researchers studying river turtles in Missouri found populations of the northern map turtle have not recovered from harvesting in the 1970s.

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