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'Back off Manatee Bay' - Govt, UDC take flak over integrated resort-development plan

PLAYERS FROM Jamaica's conservation sector have come out against the inclusion of Manatee Bay in St Catherine among the likely areas for development, as Government opens applications for integrated resort developments (IRDs), which are intended to grow the hotel sector.

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'Crazy ants' from South America invading southeastern U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 16 (UPI) -- Invasive "crazy ants" displacing native fire ants across the southeastern United States could have dramatic effects on the region's ecosystem, researchers say

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'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals

More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.

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'Hoff' yeti crab hitched ride on ocean super-highway

A hairy crab named after David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic millions of years ago.

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'Know foreign languages and biodiversity' call

Kota Kinabalu: The licensed tourist guides have been advised to update themselves on existing and latest tourism products in Sabah so as to enhance their knowledge and quality.

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'Living fossil' coelacanth genome sequenced

Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.

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'Most fragile' Spain tops endangered species list

Ecologists have urged government action to tackle the 'alarming' crisis of 'biodiversity destruction' in Spain as data reveals that the country is the most vulnerable in Europe.

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100 Years of Weed Control on World Environment Day

Alien invasive plants that strangle out South Africa’s natural flora have been the target of teams of weed controllers for exactly one century this year.

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2013 millennium development goal progress index – get the data

Thirty sub-Saharan African countries appear to have accelerated progress towards meeting the millennium development goals (MDGs) over the past three years, according to analysis from anti-poverty group ONE, which aims to up-end perceptions of the region as wholly off track.

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6 of Nature’s Loneliest Animals Looking for Love

The London Zoo recently put out a call to collectors that doubled as the animal version of a personals ad. The zoo was looking for females of the Mangarahara cichlid, a species of fish so rare that none are thought to exist in the wild, and one that is in critical danger of going extinct entirel ...

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60 big cats killed in Brazilian parks in last two years

At least 60 big cats have been killed within national protected areas in Brazil during the past two years according to a recent survey published in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science (TCS).

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A Critically Endangered Beauty: The Passion Flower Passiflora Kwangtungensis

June 12, 2013 — Passiflora is a genus of beautiful plants commonly known as the passion flowers or passion vines.

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A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration

The world is sitting on a consumption time bomb -- more consumers, higher consumption, and more material intensity, coupled with diminishing supplies of natural capital, add up to a planet that is dangerously overspent and veering towards ecological bankruptcy in the not-too-distant future. Chin ...

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A new apocalypse now: Vietnam's conservation tale

BARKING deer, unicorn-like creatures, and shy, forest-dwelling oxen weighing as much as a small car... The bizarre menagerie reads like something out of The Lord of the Rings, yet each of these animals was either recently discovered or may still reside in Vietnam's forests.

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A quest for human & dragon survival

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) and the local community in West Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are striving to survive amid the limitations and poverty plaguing the area.

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A second chance to save the climate

Humanity has a second chance to stop dangerous climate change. Temperature data from the last decade offers an unexpected opportunity to stay below the agreed international target of 2 °C of global warming.

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A walk in the clouds

Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.

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ACB concerned about SA's GM maize exports

The African Centre for Biosafety is deeply concerned by the news that the South African GMO authorities have permitted over 25,000 tons of GM maize to be exported to Zimbabwe.

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AP witnesses decline in green cover, Hyderabad is worst hit

Hyderabad: Green cover is dwindling rapidly in the state, and Hyderabad is the worst hit when compared to other cities, according to data released by the Forest Survey of India and the AP Forest department.

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Abbott's tree-planting plan not enough to combat climate change, study says

The federal Coalition’s policy of planting millions of new trees will do little to offset Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions, a study by leading climate change scientists has found.

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Abrupt rain brings out rare butterflies

The earlier concerns of entomologists in Kuwait regarding the disappearance of a rare species of butterfly, Painted Ladies, has been put to rest by the recent bouts of rain, says Mohammed Marafie, Entomologist at Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources

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Abundance and Distribution of Hawaiian Coral Species Predicted by Model

May 21, 2013 — Researchers from the University of Hawaii -- Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands including two species currently under consideration a ...

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Adapting to — not just fighting — climate change is taking the heat out of global warming talk

WASHINGTON – Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.

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Africa holds key to tackling global food crisis

ON SATURDAY, the UK government hosted the Group of Eight Nutrition for Growth Conference in London. The event committed to a bold vision of saving 20-million children from chronic malnutrition by 2020.

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Africa is on course for 2015 development targets

Even though Africa will most likely not meet all eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the continent has shown remarkable progress. But Africa still lags when it comes to targets like eradicating poverty.

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Africa unlikely to meet some Millennium Development Goals

DESPITE its impressive economic performance over the past decade, Africa will miss the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015, according to a report released on Monday.

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Africa: Climate Change - Expert Says Africans Should Be Proactive

AS the world marked Earth Day on Monday April 22, an African scientist said rural communities would bear the brunt of climate change.

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Africa: Climate Change Still Haunts AU

Fifty years on, the African Union has encountered sizeable successes and numerous challenges in politics and economics.

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Africa: Countering Africa's Green Revolution

Nairobi — Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.

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Africa: Economic Development 'Can Restore Lost Biodiversity'

Economic development can lead to increased biodiversity restoration in Sub-Saharan Africa, on a similar scale to its loss due to development, according to a study.

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Africa: First Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources Adopted By FAO Members

Rome — The first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources was adopted last week by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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Africa: Indigenous Culture, Youth Among Key Topics As UN Permanent Forum Opens 12th Session

Around 2,300 indigenous participants are expected to discuss culture, education and health during the 12th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will include a special focus on youth, indigenous groups in Africa and the importance of strengthening ties with in ...

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Africa: Is the 2030 Goal for Hunger Eradication Realistic?

United Nations — With less than three years before a 2015 deadline, the developing world is largely expected to miss one of the U.N.'s key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger.

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Africa: State of Indigenous Peoples in SADC

Following his recent visit to Namibia, members of the African caucus to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) met with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Dr James Anaya, to brief him on the issues affecting the San, Khoi, Batwa and Babuti indigenous peo ...

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Africa: Ten More Countries Join Japan-UNDP Biodiversity Partnership

The Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launched the second phase of a major biodiversity and sustainable development partnership, and announced new projects in ten countries.

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African Nations Strive to Stem Desertification With a 'Great Green Wall'

Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the 'Great Green Wall' brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelih ...

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African Starlings: Dashing Darlings of the Bird World in More Ways Than One

June 10, 2013 — It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, according to researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University.

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After The MDGs: Creating A Holistic Global Development Model

Editor’s Note: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, served as Director General of the World Health Organization from July 1998-2003. As Deputy Chair of The Elders, she contributes her wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling the world’s toughest problems, w ...

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Against the odds, young Egyptians push for climate action

In this fast-growing city of 6.7 million people, roads littered with garbage are a common sight. Cairo’s poor drainage systems produce contaminated pools of stagnant water, and the main thoroughfares are jammed with cars emitting thick, black clouds of diesel exhaust.

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Agriculture Leans on Japanese Women

TOKYO, Jun 26 2013 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan’s moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.

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Agriculture is putting SA in deep water

THERE is not enough fresh water in South Africa to go around, and experts say water availability is the most important factor limiting agricultural production — yet farmers are often their own worst enemies when it comes to water management.

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Agriculture's impact on malaria

Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming. But 90% of the estimated 660,000 global deaths caused by malaria in 2010 were also in Africa, and agricultural development can play a role in its trans ...

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Agro-Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

A public lecture on “The conservation of agro-biodiversity as a response to climate change” was held last Friday at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan City.

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Al Wathba Wetland Reserve receives international recognition

Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) has announced that the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve has been recognised internationally and declared as a Ramsar site, the first in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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All the world's rarest birds in one book: photo contest enlivens new guide

590 different bird species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, with many species only existing in captivity.

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An eye on the world's forests

A satellite that can ‘weigh’ the earth’s forests has just been given the go-ahead by the European Space Agency. Biomass, as it will be known, is expected to launch in 2020. The spacecraft will carry a novel radar system that is able to sense the trunks and big branches of trees from orbit.

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Angola: Environment Ministry Presents Strategic Plan

Luanda — The Environment Ministry, through its Cross-border Committee, Thursday in Luanda, presented the Mayombe Forest Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan designed for the preservation of the ecosystems and forests.

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Angola: MPs Analyse Adherence of Angola to Several Conventions

Luanda — The MPs with National Assembly, which gathered on Thursday in Luanda in the 6th ordinary plenary session, discussed and approved unanimously the adherence of Angola to conventions of Basel, Bamako, Ramsar, Abidjan, to Nagoya protocol and Accord on the conservation of Gorillas and its Ha ...

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Angola: Rehabilitating Angola's Protected Coastal Areas

Luanda — In an important move to promote sustainable development across its national territory, the Government of Angola will step up its efforts to protect a vast natural area along the Atlantic coast.

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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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