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#103331
2015-04-01

US makes climate pledge to UN

The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

News Headlines
#103332
2015-04-01

La faune du Québec de plus en plus en danger

Alors que la faune du Québec est plus que jamais menacée, de nombreux spécialistes estiment que les efforts accordés à leur protection diminuent. Portrait de la biodiversité québécoise.

News Headlines
#103333
2015-04-01

UN gets first pledges on road to Paris climate talks

US, Europe and others file plans, with most expected to reveal greenhouse gas-reduction commitments by July.

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#103334
2015-04-01

Archer Daniels Midland to demand suppliers stop chopping down forests

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm.

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#103335
2015-04-01

U.N. Water Report Not “Doom And Gloom”, Says Author

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 31 2015 (IPS) - The lead author of a United Nations water report has spoken out about media depictions of his findings, denying the report lays out a “doom and gloom” scenario.

News Headlines
#103336
2015-04-01

Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it

Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research

News Headlines
#103337
2015-04-01

A dammed future for Danube's giant fish?

The huchen - or Danube salmon - was once widespread throughout the Danube basin. But its natural habitat is shrinking as rivers are channeled for shipping and dammed for hydroelectricity.

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#103338
2015-04-01

Celebrating biodiversity

Rabbits, butterflies, cherry blossoms or potatoes - around the world, people celebrate festivals in which plants and animals play a central role.

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#103339
2015-04-01

Genetically modified crops are Western Australia's future: WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston

Agriculture Minister Ken Baston says he fully supports genetically modified crops and believes the technology is the future for Western Australia.

News Headlines
#103340
2015-04-01

Endangered bighorn sheep relocated to ancestral range in Yosemite, Sequoia national parks

FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

News Headlines
#103318
2015-03-31

Antarctica just had its warmest day on record

ESPERANZA BASE, Argentina, March 30 (UPI) -- Global warming continues to have its most pronounced effects on Earth's polar regions. Last week in Antarctica, those effects set a new record.

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#103319
2015-03-31

New England's plant species in decline

BOSTON, March 30 (UPI) -- According to a new report from the New England Wildflower Society, nearly a quarter of New England's native plant species are struggling or gone.

News Headlines
#103321
2015-03-31

Direct evidence for a positive feedback in climate change: Global warming itself will likely accelerate warming

A new study has confirmed the existence of a positive feedback operating in climate change whereby warming itself may amplify a rise in greenhouse gases resulting in additional warming.

News Headlines
#103322
2015-03-31

Diverse sources of methane in shallow Arctic lakes discovered

New research into the changing ecology of thousands of shallow lakes on the North Slope of Alaska suggests that in scenarios of increasing global temperatures, methane-generating microbes, found in thawing lake sediments, may ramp up production of the potent greenhouse gas -- which has a global ...

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#103323
2015-03-31

Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment

NEW YORK/NAIROBI, Mar 30 2015 (IPS) - Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.

News Headlines
#103324
2015-03-31

Climate change could disturb marine life for millennia

Climate change may lead to disturbances in marine life that will take thousands of years to recover from, not hundreds of years as previously thought, say researchers.

News Headlines
#103325
2015-03-31

Climate Change Threatens to Kill Off More Aspen Forests by 2050s, Scientists Say

The beloved aspen forests that shimmer across mountainsides of the American West could be doomed if emissions of greenhouse gases continue at a high level, scientists warned on Monday.

News Headlines
#103326
2015-03-31

Climate change making droughts in Australia worse as rain patterns shift

Climate change is making drought conditions in south-west and south-east Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned.

News Headlines
#103327
2015-03-31

Sustainable development goals matter

Following the progress made under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which guided global development efforts in the years 2000-2015, the world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030.

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#103328
2015-03-31

UN post-2015 talks focus on draft sustainable development goals

Divisions on how best to finalise a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) moved to the fore last week during a New York meeting of delegates charged with hammering out a post-2015 development agenda.

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#103329
2015-03-31

Safe food, from the farm to the plate

Food safety is critical for public health as food-borne diseases affect people’s well-being,strain health-care systems, and adversely impact national economies, tourism and trade

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#103330
2015-03-31

Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic, scientists confirm

A diminutive songbird weighing the equivalent of just three teaspoons of sugar can fly over the north Atlantic, scientists have said, resolving a 50-year mystery.

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#103306
2015-03-30

Global-warming limit of 2 °C hangs in the balance

In preparation for international climate talks in Paris this December, a scientific panel has completed a technical evaluation of the meeting’s official goal — to keep the global average temperature within 2 °C of pre-industrial levels.

News Headlines
#103307
2015-03-30

Statement calls for action on climate-resilient farming

Research on climate-resilient agriculture must be turned urgently into initiatives to help farmers adapt to deteriorating land conditions, a conference has heard.

News Headlines
#103308
2015-03-30

Wolf advocates fight prejudice as predators return

As wolves return to Germany and Europe, the top predators continue to get a bad rap. Although efforts are underway to improve their image, these come up against deeply ingrained prejudices.

News Headlines
#103309
2015-03-30

Saving India’s iconic river Ganga

The Ganga is India's most important and iconic river. It flows down from its glacial source in the high Himalayas to course through five states in the northern plains before draining into the swirling waters of the Bay of Bengal through the Sunderbans delta, the largest mangrove system in the world

News Headlines
#103310
2015-03-30

Climate change likely to reduce China’s food supplies, warns official

Zheng Guogang, head of the China Meteorological Administration, says future variations in climate are likely to reduce crop yields and damage the environment.

News Headlines
#103311
2015-03-30

'Black Mambas' on South African rhino patrol

Poachers are depleting the elephant, tiger and rhino population. In a nature reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, unarmed women are fighting the illicit wildlife trade - and male skepticism.

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#103312
2015-03-30

Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious.

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#103313
2015-03-30

Is Australia meeting the UN recommendations for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released jointly by the federal and Queensland governments last weekend, claims that both governments “have responded to all recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and indeed have gone further”.

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#103314
2015-03-30

'Supergoats' help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change

Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of "supergoat" is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.

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#103315
2015-03-30

Climate mitigation overshadows adaptation in the Congo Basin

NAIROBI, Kenya — Spend any time reading about climate change, and you’ll notice that the words “mitigation” and “adaptation” are never far from each other.

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#103316
2015-03-30

How can we stop European consumption destroying forests?

When we think of deforestation, we mostly think of chainsaws cutting timber and trucks carrying it out of rainforests – or of desperate peasant farmers chopping and burning trees to clear land so they can grow crops to feed their families.

News Headlines
#103317
2015-03-30

Fat-tailed dwarf lemur offer clues to aging

DURHAM, N.C., March 30 (UPI) -- The surprisingly long-living fat-tailed dwarf lemur reveals the secret of delayed aging -- hibernate, a lot.

News Headlines
#103294
2015-03-27

Tasmania's swift parrot set to follow the dodo

The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.

News Headlines
#103295
2015-03-27

Climate change cap must be lowered, warns expert

World leaders must reduce the long-held target of limiting global warming to below two degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic impacts on the world’s poorest people, says a leading climate scientist.

News Headlines
#103297
2015-03-27

Q&A: “Protect Your Biodiversity”

ST. JOHN, Antigua, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Richard Huber is chief of the Sustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

News Headlines
#103298
2015-03-27

Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones

News Headlines
#103299
2015-03-27

Earth hour: millions will switch off lights around the world for climate action

Annual switching off of lights in homes, businesses and landmarks on Saturday evening holds extra significance ahead of this year’s climate talks in Paris, says the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon

News Headlines
#103300
2015-03-27

Threatened Lynx Are Understudied by Scientists: Report

Lynx and other big cats belonging to the family Felidae are currently threatened with habitat loss and fragmentation, and yet these animals are largely understudied by scientists, hindering any possible conservation efforts, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#103301
2015-03-27

Norway joins race of rich nations to submit their action plans for a global climate deal

NEW DELHI: Joining race of rich nations including Switzerland and European Union (EU) countries in submitting their respective 'climate action plans' well in time, Norway on Friday submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC promising to cut at least 40% of its ...

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#103302
2015-03-27

Climate Change And Food Security: Global Banana Market Is Feeling The Strain Of Hotter Weather, Longer Droughts

OLANCHITO, Honduras -- The farmlands hugging the Aguán River are an endless stretch of glossy green. Swaths of fronds cover the horizon, while neat green bunches of curling fruit peek out from under the shade. Banana plantations thrive in this valley, bringing year-round work to those who cut, c ...

News Headlines
#103303
2015-03-27

Media coverage of UN climate science reports: why it matters

Is climate change an uncertain science, ideological struggle or opportunity? The way it is framed affects public perception

News Headlines
#103304
2015-03-27

Amazon becoming less of a safety net against climate change

Carbon absorption in basin has halved since 1990s; unclear whether other forests will follow

News Headlines
#103305
2015-03-27

Earth Hour 2015: UN dims lights to focus attention on climate action, sustainability

28 March 2015 – The United Nations will go dark later this evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action o ...

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#103284
2015-03-26

30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey

Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.

News Headlines
#103285
2015-03-26

Climate refuges found where corals survive, grow

As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel the disappearance of reef-building corals, a new study finds there may be some climate refuges where corals will survive in the future.

News Headlines
#103286
2015-03-26

Mexico’s club mosses at risk of extinction

In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.

News Headlines
#103287
2015-03-26

Indonesia's biodiversity-protected areas no match for encroachers, finds study

Indonesia's biodiversity-focused protected areas are failing to slow deforestation, while other categories have achieved mixed results, according to a new study by National University of Singapore researchers.

News Headlines
#103288
2015-03-26

Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

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