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#100119
2014-07-22

Monkeys use field scientists as human shields against predators

If you're monkey—say a samango monkey in South Africa—probably the last thing you want is to be torn apart and eaten by a leopard or a caracal. In fact, you probably spend a lot of time and energy working to avoid such a grisly fate. Well, now there's a simpler way: just stick close to human res ...

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#100120
2014-07-22

Surprising habitat: camera traps reveal high levels of mammal diversity in oil palm plantations

After more than four and a half years of camera trap footage, the results are encouraging: 36 mammal species, of which more than half are legally protected, are prospering in this most surprising of spots: an oil palm plantation in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.

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#100121
2014-07-22

Scientists blast Australian government's moves to dismantle environmental protections

On Tuesday a prominent group of conservation scientists condemned the Australian government's recent moves to eliminate protections for native ecosystems, cut research funding, backtrack on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and step up persecution of individuals and organizations t ...

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#100122
2014-07-22

An Australian scientist is amongst the team who were handed a rat they later discovered was not documented in any scientific books.

IT WAS NOT until their final morning in camp, after weeks of searching for mammals within the isolated rainforests of West Sulawesi, Indonesia, that Museum Victoria's Dr Kevin Rowe and his team were handed a new species, completely unknown to science.

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#100123
2014-07-22

Montenegro's sustainable tourism development crucial for economic prosperity-Source

Montenegro's Minister of Tourism and Sustainable Development Branimir Gvozdenović visited the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWITO) based in Madrid, where he met with Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWITO.

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#100124
2014-07-22

Worldwide rhino horn trade continues unabated

More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine.

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#100125
2014-07-22

Climate phenomenon El Nino: six questions and answers

After the hottest global temperatures ever were recorded in June, the El Nino climate phenomenon could be set to make a return this European summer. DW has a closer look at this unique climate event.

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#100127
2014-07-22

Is Antarctic sea ice cover really setting record highs? Processing errors may be confusing the matter

Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as fast as previously thought, new research suggests. A team of scientists say much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data

News Headlines
#100109
2014-07-21

Whales under threat as US approves seismic oil prospecting in Atlantic

The Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

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#100110
2014-07-21

Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles

A new study shows that when synchronized with El Niño/La Niña cycles, climate models accurately predict global surface warming

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#100111
2014-07-21

Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'

he Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

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#100112
2014-07-21

What is peat swamp, and why should I care?

Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction.

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#100113
2014-07-21

Caribbean Grapples with Intense New Cycles of Flooding and Drought

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

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#100114
2014-07-21

New hope for Antarctic Ocean?

A new report calls for protection measures in the Antarctic Weddell Sea, one of the world’s last, intact ecosystems. Cooperation between Germany and Russia could help achieve a better situation.

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#100115
2014-07-21

BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies

The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve.

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#100116
2014-07-21

Tanzania: Central Banks in Africa Urged to Finance Agriculture

Nairobi — THE conference on revolutionising finance for agriculture value chains held recently in Nairobi has come to an end. Providing finance in agriculture was described as "putting the flesh on the skeleton."

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#100098
2014-07-18

Farm bodies need the young

Getting young people into an industry in which most sectors have an average age well into the fifties.

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#100099
2014-07-18

BRICS group announce plan for $100bn sustainable development bank

The world's most powerful emerging economies have this week underlined their commitment to tackling climate change and revealed plans for a new $100bn international bank to help mobilise investment in sustainable development and infrastructure projects.

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#100100
2014-07-18

Poaching, fires, farming pervade: protecting bonobos 'an enormous challenge' (Part II)

The bonobo (Pan paniscus) is a species of great ape found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It has declined precipitously in response to habitat destruction and poaching, much of which is due the civil unrest that has plagued the country for decades.

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#100101
2014-07-18

Op-Ed: Sustainable Development and Agriculture in the Caribbean

THE ISSUES of food production, agricultural development policies and food security have generally ranked high on the Region’s “Priorities List.”

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#100102
2014-07-18

More than half of India's forest cover increase is only an accounting error

Country's forest cover has increased by only about 2,000 sq km over 2010-2012 (a 0.29% increase) and not by 5,871 sq km, as the recently released "Indian State of Forest Report 2013" claims

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#100103
2014-07-18

UN labour agency declares world of work essential to greening the economy

The world does not have to choose between job creation and preserving the environment, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) declared today at the first-ever joint meeting of European Union ministers of the environment and labour.

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#100104
2014-07-18

Andrew Neather: The heat is on — and we must act to keep our cool

On blazing days like this the capital becomes an ‘urban heat island’. We need a new kind of city for summer

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#100105
2014-07-18

'Will use bio-diversity Act to enforce Nagoya Protocol in Ind'

The Nagoya Protocol, which is a crucial feature of global attempts at conserving biodiversity, will be implemented in India through the Biological Diversity Act, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha today.

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#100106
2014-07-18

Scientists watch tagged turtles from space

Unique research by Deakin University scientists using satellite tracking to monitor tagged green turtles has found the turtles move in and out of enormous protected marine conservation zones, exposing them to danger as they migrate from their breeding grounds to forage for food.

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#100107
2014-07-18

Monkey island, giant lily pads and bicycle boats: welcome to Colombia’s Amazon

Colombia’s southernmost state, Amazonas, boasts four national parks and is home to some of richest biodiversity on the planet. From canoeing down one of the many tributaries of the Amazon River, to sleeping in floating houses, to dolphin spotting, and volunteering with endangered species, Colomb ...

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#100082
2014-07-17

Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show

Traces found in two in every three loaves as experts call for more research into impact on health

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#100083
2014-07-17

Scientists can now accurately count polar bears...from space

Polar bears are big animals. As the world's largest land predators, a single male can weigh over a staggering 700 kilograms (about 1,500 pounds). But as impressive as they are, it's difficult to imagine counting polar bears from space. Still, this is exactly what scientists have done according t ...

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#100084
2014-07-17

Will the last ape found be the first to go? Bonobos' biggest refuge under threat (Part I)

The bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus), is a species of great ape that has experienced a steep drop in population over the past two decades due to habitat loss and bushmeat hunting stemming from wars. Found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), estimates place the number of ...

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#100085
2014-07-17

30% of Borneo's rainforests destroyed since 1973

More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest cover to date.

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#100086
2014-07-17

Dredging can more than double coral disease in reefs: study

A world-first study has found that dredging can more than double the level of coral disease in reefs.

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#100087
2014-07-17

'Merkel might come back as a climate leader'

This week, Germany hosted the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Peru at the end of this year. Christoph Bals from Germanwatch gives his verdict on how the talks went.

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#100088
2014-07-17

Duck migration study reveals importance of conserving wetlands, researchers find

During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back

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#100090
2014-07-17

Climate inaction could cost Europe 200,000 lives a year

A failure to act to reduce the impacts of climate change could cost Europe almost €200 billion and 200,000 lives a year, writes Tim Radford. These 'conservative estimates' are published in a new European Commission study.

News Headlines
#100091
2014-07-17

Green bonds market grows by 60% in a year

Bonds to raise capital for low carbon projects could attract up £23bn in 2014, as niche sector becomes mainstream

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#100092
2014-07-17

Nagoya Protocol to help conserve biodiversity: Javadekar

New Delhi: The Nagoya Protocol, which will create incentives to conserve biodiversity, has received the required 50th instrument of ratification on July 14, India today said.

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#100093
2014-07-17

Peru Ratifies Nagoya Protocol On Genetic Resources

Peru has recently ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Andean country's Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday.

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#100094
2014-07-17

Namibia: Bio-Cultural Protocol for Khoe Community On Cards

EFFORTS are underway to introduce a bio-cultural protocol for one of Namibia's indigenous people -the Khoe community- who reside in Bwabwata National Park in Namibia's West and in the Kavango and Zambezi regions.

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#100095
2014-07-17

Bird-based tourism a sustainable development tool for The Bahamas

A select Bahamas National Trust (BNT) team recently participated in a project kick-off meeting hosted by National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), aimed to educate all parties involved about bird-based tourism as a sustainable development tool.

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#100063
2014-07-16

Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina

Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's Península Valdés a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program (MBA).

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#100064
2014-07-16

'Stop using the bloody things': pesticides linked to bee collapse now blamed for bird declines

In recent years the evidence has piled up that neonicotinoids—a hugely popular group of pesticide—may be at least partly responsible for ongoing bee and pollinator collapse. But new research in the journal Nature find that these pesticides could also be taking a heavy toll on other species, in t ...

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#100065
2014-07-16

On track to 'go beyond the critical point': Sri Lanka still losing forests at rapid clip

During the latter half of the war, between 1990 and 2005, Sri Lanka suffered one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world as government soldiers burned vast tracts to flush rebels out of their forest strongholds.As a result, the country lost about 35 percent of its old growth forest an ...

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#100066
2014-07-16

Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says

Rising demand for luxury pets in the Gulf states taking gruesome toll as two-thirds of snatched cubs are dying en route

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#100068
2014-07-16

It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

People who spend more time outdoors as kids are the ones who have a stronger interest in protecting the planet

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#100069
2014-07-16

With 51 Ratifications, Nagoya Protocol To Enter Into Force In October

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force on 12 October, following the ratification of 12 more countries last week.

News Headlines
#100070
2014-07-16

Examples, Dialogue And Clearer Policy Needed In Biodiversity Offsetting

Highlights including video footage from last month's conference on 'no net loss' of biodiversity, which brought together a multitude of sectors to discuss avoiding, minimizing, restoring and offsetting biodiversity loss, are now available. The event, held at the London Zoo and hosted by BBOP, wa ...

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#100071
2014-07-16

Kenya: UN Applauds Kenya's Role in Joint Anti-Ivory Smuggling Operation

Some conservationists could neither believe their ears nor eyes when news from Geneva, Switzerland, started trickling in at the weekend that Kenya's law enforcement against wildlife crime had won recognition at a United Nations meeting.

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#100073
2014-07-16

White House Outlines Climate Change Initiatives To Protect States, Cities And Tribes From Effects Of Global Warming

President Obama is set to unveil a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at helping communities across the country prepare for rising sea levels, enduring droughts, more frequent flooding and other warming-related issues.

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#100074
2014-07-16

Governments Fulfil their Commitment: Access and Benefit-Sharing Treaty Receives Required Number of Ratifications to Enter into Force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#100075
2014-07-16

Nagoya Protocol reaches threshold

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection adopted at a meeting in Nagoya in 2010 will come into effect on Oct. 12 this year, the protocol’s secretariat in Montreal said Monday.

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