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#101701
2014-10-31

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

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#101702
2014-10-31

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

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#101703
2014-10-31

Populations of rare songbird found in surprising new habitat

With only 90,000 breeding individuals sparsely distributed across 15 US states, the Swainson's warbler is a species of high conservation concern that, for decades, has left conservationists with little confidence that its populations would ever be fully secure.

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#101704
2014-10-31

IPCC report: six graphs that show how we're changing the world's climate

We look at the data that underpins the forthcoming IPCC climate science report detailing humanity’s influence on the climate, global impacts and solutions

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#101705
2014-10-31

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

In the soft light of the chandeliers at Château Ausone, Alain Vauthier veers away from the issue at hand, taking flight into distant centuries, reaching for safe anecdotes, digressing into tales of the Wars of the Roses and racehorses, broken tractors and the bold adventures of his ancestors in ...

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#101706
2014-10-31

Higher temperatures lead to 'substantially more violence'

As climate change takes hold, the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict. But we still need to understand why, says Stanford researcher Marshall Burke.

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#101707
2014-10-31

Leopards flourish in Bhadravati forests: Study

Bangalore: Here are some new insights into why leopards stray into human habitats regularly. A study taken up in the Bhadravati forest division of Shimoga district shows there are 44 leopards in the area: meaning as many as 11 leopards in a 100-sqkm area.

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#101708
2014-10-31

AfDB strongly committed to preserving ecosystems and wildlife in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) participated to the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place from October 6-17, 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. -

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#101709
2014-10-31

China and Russia Said to Block Creation of Antarctic Marine Rese

SYDNEY, Australia — International talks in Australia on establishing two marine reserve areas, each larger than Texas, in the waters around Antarctica ended in failure on Friday, with some delegates to the negotiations saying that China and Russia had resisted the proposals.

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#101686
2014-10-30

Koala chlamydia vaccine trial raises hope

Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

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#101687
2014-10-30

Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal.

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#101688
2014-10-30

Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study

Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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#101689
2014-10-30

By killing off older fish, overfishing may lead to lost migratory patterns

Catching older fish may impact a school's ability to migrate from spawning grounds to feeding areas, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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#101690
2014-10-30

St. Vincent Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

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#101691
2014-10-30

Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight

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#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

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#101693
2014-10-30

GM food: saving lives, or lining corporate pockets?

The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

News Headlines
#101694
2014-10-30

For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan's East Side, it is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-20 ...

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#101695
2014-10-30

A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for World’s Rainforests

After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from B ...

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#101696
2014-10-30

Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland.

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#101697
2014-10-30

IPCC preparing 'most important' document on climate change

Scientists and officials are meeting in Denmark to edit what's been termed the "most important document" on climate change.

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#101698
2014-10-30

Africa: Synthetic Biology - Artificial Life Threatens Nature and Society

Synthetic food has long been the subject of speculative fiction, from Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" where poor quality artificial food spawned dissent, to Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" where food was manufactured from coal and petroleum because fossil fuels had trashed global ...

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#101699
2014-10-30

Asian fungus threatens Western salamanders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Invasive species don't just come from the animal kingdom; plants and fungi can also arrive from abroad, wreaking havoc on native ecosystems. That is what's happening in Europe, where a new type of chytrid fungus, original to Southeast Asia, is threatening

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#101675
2014-10-29

Will a U.S. endangered species listing help save lions in Africa?

"The African lion -- a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times -- faces serious and continuing threats to its survival," said U.S Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.

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#101676
2014-10-29

Giant tortoises making a comeback on Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island were on the brink of extinction just a half-century ago, but 40 years after several specimens of the endangered species were bred in captivity and released back onto the island of Española, the massive land- ...

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#101677
2014-10-29

UN urges salt-damage solution to reduce threat to crops

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

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#101678
2014-10-29

Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction

Continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will trigger "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," concludes a landmark draft U.N. science report expected to be approved this week.

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#101679
2014-10-29

The secret life of the sea trout

Sea trout, also known as brown trout, live complicated lives. Like salmon, they begin their lives in a river, hatched from eggs that were laid in small nests, called redds.

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#101680
2014-10-29

Variation in antibiotic bacteria in tropical forest soils may play a role in diversity

Variation in antibiotic-producing microbes in tropical forest soils has been discovered by scientists, who not that this research represents a step toward better understanding of the role they play in diversity.

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#101681
2014-10-29

Bunge commits to zero deforestation palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge has joined the growing ranks of companies that have established zero deforestation policies for their palm oil supply chains.

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#101682
2014-10-29

The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis

Daily, we read or hear of more rhino being poached to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand from Asia for rhino horn.

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#101683
2014-10-29

Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon

for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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#101684
2014-10-29

27 new species found in Tanzanian forests

A recent study revealed that 27 new vertebrate species have been found in the forests of Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains.

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#101685
2014-10-29

Frogs' chorus leads to discovery of new species in US

Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

News Headlines
#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

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#101658
2014-10-28

First Direct Observations of How Roots Grow

As scientists look at crops to find ways to help them deal with climate change stress and growing populations, a tool has emerged to give them a new perspective: the view from underground.

News Headlines
#101659
2014-10-28

Good Twins or Evil Twins? U.S., China Could Tip the Climate Balance

BONN, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) - China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows.

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#101660
2014-10-28

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’

News Headlines
#101661
2014-10-28

U.N. climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage

Oct 26 (Reuters) - Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.

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#101662
2014-10-28

IPCC opens meeting to finalize Synthesis Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting in Copenhagen on Monday to finalize the Synthesis Report, the last stage of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which provides policymakers with a comprehensive assessment of the risks of climate change.

News Headlines
#101667
2014-10-28

Climate experts meet in Copenhagen amid fresh warnings

The UN climate chief has urged world leaders not to lose hope in tackling the issue of global warming. Hundreds of researchers and government delegates are taking part in a five-day climate conference in Copenhagen.

News Headlines
#101668
2014-10-28

EU urged to relax GM restrictions

Strict European controls on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be swept away to open the door to new crop improving technologies, Government-funded experts have said.

News Headlines
#101670
2014-10-28

Big data brings new possibilities to biodiversity science

From remote sensing to observations crowd-sourced from amateur naturalists, technological advances are providing biologists with a lot of new information. But how to manage the vast amounts of data now available to them?

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#101672
2014-10-28

East Africa: Forum to Promote Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda in Africa Established

Arusha — The first Africa Mountains Regional Forum closed Friday at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, and called upon African states to develop and implement mountain-specific policies and laws and mainstream sustainable mountain development in their national development agenda.

News Headlines
#101637
2014-10-27

Microbes released from melting permafrost speed up climate change

TUCSON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Microbes released from melting permafrost may be one of the most significant factors in accelerating climate change.

News Headlines
#101638
2014-10-27

U.N. Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, drawing on three mammoth scientific reports published since September 2013, shows the need for urgent and ambitious action

News Headlines
#101639
2014-10-27

OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now

representing Tuvalu gave at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen five years ago. This is also the message that the Pacific Climate Warriors have come to Australia to bring.

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#101640
2014-10-27

Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds

Severe winters are more likely over the next few decades due to climate change melting Arctic ice and sending freezing air south, according to new research

News Headlines
#101641
2014-10-27

Opinion: EU abandons stance as climate leader

The EU has lowered its climate targets. It's a very worrying signal, says DW climate correspondent Irene Quaile, and reason for arguing that the EU has lost its position as climate leader.

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#101642
2014-10-27

Nagaland to protect world’s longest-distance migratory falcons

Kohima, Oct 27: India’s northeastern state of Nagaland is determined to provide sanctuary to Amar falcons, known to be one of the world’s longest-distance migratory birds as they travel up to a staggering 22,000 km a year.

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