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#103600
2015-04-24

Exploding tourism threatens Inle Lake’s biodiversity

The Intha people who live on and around Inle Lake, in Myanmar, are renowned for their custom of fishing while rowing with one leg.

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#103601
2015-04-24

Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on Earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.

News Headlines
#103602
2015-04-24

Soundscapes offer clues about coral reef communities

They made recordings of ambient noises at 42 reef sites at three different times of day, and compared these to habitat and fish community surveys taken at the same time.

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#103603
2015-04-24

Putting a price on the world's oceans

A new WWF report says puts the annual gross marine product at $2.5 trillion, which makes it more valuable than all but six of the world's economies. But for all that, it is continually exploited.

News Headlines
#103604
2015-04-24

Worth saving: landscapes we don't want to lose to climate change

As Earth Day turns 45, share your story about the natural or urban landscape you most want to save. The most compelling submissions will be featured in a Guardian video Climate change isn’t the future. It’s happening now and threatening some of the most remarkable ecosystems on the planet.

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#103605
2015-04-24

Jaws meets kangaroo? Rare, cute pocket shark found

Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast.

News Headlines
#103606
2015-04-24

Ethiopia: Sustainable Development Goals - Means to Strengthen Global Partnership

When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world's richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the worl ...

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#103608
2015-04-24

Washington State Turns to Neurotoxins to Save Its Oysters

Six decades ago, when Dick Sheldon first got into the oyster business, the tide flats of Washington states Willapa Bay were almost free of blight. There were no crabs (well, almost none) and Sheldon used to hike onto the mud at low tide, with a bucket for oysters

News Headlines
#103590
2015-04-23

Oceans are 'worth US$24 trillion'

Marine scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg explains the rationale behind pricing the ocean.

News Headlines
#103591
2015-04-23

In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study

In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103593
2015-04-23

Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums takes action against Japanese member representing aquariums that take dolphins from Taiji hunt

News Headlines
#103594
2015-04-23

Striking a Deal to Save the World's Forests

Tucked away in the Himalayas you'll find Bhutan -- one of the smallest countries in the world, but blessed with an abundance of natural treasures and beauty. It's a fairy-tale landscape.

News Headlines
#103595
2015-04-23

How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction

On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak

News Headlines
#103596
2015-04-23

Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrus

Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammal

News Headlines
#103597
2015-04-23

Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries

2015 is a fateful year for the international community’s development and climate goals.

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#103598
2015-04-23

European GMO Ban: Backlash Follows EU Proposal To Let States Decide Whether To Import Genetically Modified Produce

After the European Union proposed Wednesday to allow its 28 member countries to decide individually whether they wanted to ban or allow the importation of genetically modified organisms, food industry groups and the U.S. government reacted promptly, and with some ire.

News Headlines
#103580
2015-04-22

UN urged to demand free access to crop data

A petition has been filed urging the UN to create a legal framework requiring governments to make data from the genetic sequencing of plants freely available.

News Headlines
#103581
2015-04-22

Climate change: Paris 'last chance' for action

Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.

News Headlines
#103582
2015-04-22

Arctic beetles may be ideal marker of climate change

Researchers need to find ways to measure how the changes in climate are affecting biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103583
2015-04-22

Global warming more moderate than worst-case models, empirical data suggest

A study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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#103584
2015-04-22

World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation

Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses, reports Rainfore ...

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#103585
2015-04-22

India plans more tiger reserves on the back of jump in numbers

India is planning to create three more tiger reserves in the country, environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the parliament on Tuesday. The development comes in the wake of a recent survey that showed that the tiger population is rising.

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#103586
2015-04-22

‘The power to change begins with you,’ says Ban, urging sustainable choices on Mother Earth Day

22 April 2015 – Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said today urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being ...

News Headlines
#103587
2015-04-22

Tribal peoples have a crucial role to play in global conservation

Tribal peoples are generally the best conservationists; they have managed their lands sustainably for many generations. Forcibly removing tribal peoples from their land usually results in environmental damage. Such removals are a violation of human rights and should be opposed by conservationists.

News Headlines
#103588
2015-04-22

This Earth Day, Let's Celebrate the Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation

Earth Day is a moment to reflect upon global efforts to protect our planet and its species from a variety of threats. For many of us, this work is taking place right in our own communities - at the zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens that are a part of many of our lives.

News Headlines
#103589
2015-04-22

Evidence mounts that pesticides harm wild bees

NEWCASTLE, England, April 22 (UPI) -- The evidence against neonicotinoids is mounting. Two new studies -- both published this week in the journal Nature -- suggest the popular class of pesticides are decimating bee populations, both managed honeybees and wild bumblebees.

News Headlines
#103555
2015-04-21

Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.

News Headlines
#103556
2015-04-21

Keeping up with the climate: efforts to reduce African crop losses face the extra hurdle of climate change

Farmers in tropical areas have long struggled to maximize their crop yields, but the strikes against them just continue to mount. To start with, they tend to lack storage and processing tools that industrialized countries take for granted — things like refrigeration, ovens, and grain elevators.

News Headlines
#103557
2015-04-21

EU threatens Thailand with trade ban over illegal fishing

The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.

News Headlines
#103558
2015-04-21

Illegal trade in endangered wildlife thriving on eBay despite controls

Illegal online trafficking in imperiled wildlife is rampant, and attempted controls are few and largely ineffective. Log on to most any international internet store that deals in wildlife or wildlife parts, and you’ll find a charnel house of endangered and protected species hawked openly or unde ...

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#103560
2015-04-21

Decoupled ideals

Humanity faces two fundamental challenges this century. The first is to lift billions of people out of poverty and give them the opportunity to live healthy and dignified lives. The second is to ensure that this development does not destabilize the climatic and ecological systems that have enabl ...

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#103561
2015-04-21

Save the whales? Why the humpback doesn't need protecting anymore

After 45 protected years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is recommending that 10 of 14 species of humpback whales be removed from the US endangered list.

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#103562
2015-04-21

Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change

OSLO (REUTERS) - Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming.

News Headlines
#103563
2015-04-21

Climate change will increase flow of migrants to Europe

The tragic capsizing of yet another boat in the Mediterranean, crammed to the rafters with people seeking refuge in Europe, underlines the need for action in the region.

News Headlines
#103564
2015-04-21

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

(Reuters) - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.

News Headlines
#103520
2015-04-20

Growing need for deforestation-free rubber as tire demand destroys native forests

Surging demand for natural rubber is decimating some of the world's most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystem services at risk, warn scientists writing in the journal Conservation Letters.

News Headlines
#103521
2015-04-20

Women Farmers Rewrite Their History in Chile’s Patagonia Region

VALLE SIMPSON, Chile, Apr 17 2015 (IPS) - More than 100 women small farmers from Chile’s southern Patagonia region have joined together in a new association aimed at achieving economic autonomy and empowerment, in an area where machismo and gender inequality are the norm.

News Headlines
#103522
2015-04-20

Tribunal Ruling Could Dent “Monster Boat” Trawling in West African Waters

BANJUL, The Gambia, Apr 18 2015 (IPS) - It was five in the afternoon and Buba Badjie, a boat captain, had just brought his catch to the shore. He had spent twelve hours at sea off Bakau, a major fish landing site in The Gambia.

News Headlines
#103523
2015-04-20

Amazonian tribe study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

(Reuters) - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.

News Headlines
#103524
2015-04-20

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger

Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this ‘marginal hippy movement’ seriously

News Headlines
#103525
2015-04-20

‘Uncharismatic’ endangered species and the fight for funding equality

When it comes to conservation, charisma, convenience and national pride play a role in which species receive funding. Spiders and snakes? Forget about it.

News Headlines
#103526
2015-04-20

Kharai camels to get protection as endangered species

AHMEDABAD: As now Kutch's 'swimming camels' have got recognition as a separate breed of camels, the experts hope that it would help in conservation and research efforts.

News Headlines
#103527
2015-04-20

Policy: Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Restructure data-gathering and evaluation networks to address climate change, energy, food, health and water provision, say Yonglong Lu and colleagues.

News Headlines
#103528
2015-04-20

Africa: Accurate and Timely Data Vital to Post-2015 Agenda, Says UN Assembly President

At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.

News Headlines
#103537
2015-04-20

Limited soil nutrients may hamper plants ability to slow climate change

MISSOULA, Mont., April 20 (UPI) -- Some climate models suggest runaway global temperatures will be held in check -- at least a little bit -- by the uptick in green growth enabled by a warming planet. In other words, the plant life encouraged by global warming will pull excess carbon dioxide out ...

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#103516
2015-04-17

'Make global goals a global reality': UN chief urges climate action at Earth Day concert

19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”

News Headlines
#103512
2015-04-17

Feral cats prove a devil of a problem in Tasmania

Wildlife activists are calling for a cull of feral cats in Australia's island state, Tasmania, where they are breeding out of control - outnumbering humans two to one and threatening livestock and native species.

News Headlines
#103513
2015-04-17

Why Hong Kong's remarkably diverse marine ecosystem is in peril

People who have lived in Hong Kong for some time know it is full of surprises. For conservationists currently marking the city's inaugural Ocean Appreciation Month, the occasion for a stocktake shows how special our surrounding marine environment is. But these qualities are a cause for concern a ...

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#103514
2015-04-17

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism

EZEIZA, Argentina , Apr 16 2015 (IPS) - Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

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#103515
2015-04-17

Elders in Metro Vancouver schools help foster 'empathy and compassion

Holding up her eagle feather, Roberta Price opens the conversation at Manoah Steves Elementary School in Richmond, B.C., with the ceremony of introduction. This is what she does to mark the beginning of her cultural teachings.

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