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#93942
2013-05-27

Sri Lanka shows mixed results in Millennium Development Goals

Colombo, May 27 (IANS): Sri Lanka is facing a mixed score card with regard to its progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the latest Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released here.

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#93943
2013-05-27

Azerbaijan makes significant progress to achieve Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) and World Bank (WB) agree that Azerbaijan has made a significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN member countries and all leading development organizations in the world.

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#93944
2013-05-27

UN Warns Of Decline In Farm Biodiversity

Conservationists have been warning about the loss of biodiversity in the wild for years, but according to Zakri Abdul Hamid, head of the United Nations’ new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), diversity loss is also occurring under the watchf ...

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#93899
2013-05-24

Namibia: Biodiversity in Action

Last week, Namibia was one of two countries that celebrated Biodiversity Action Day. This year, the celebrations which included tours in the Namib Desert, were held at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre situated in the Namib Naukluft Park. The theme for this year's National Biodiversity Ac ...

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#93900
2013-05-24

Dog Bacteria Bring Potentially Beneficial Biodiversity To Owners' Homes, Study Shows

Your loyal pooch may be bringing a whole world of bacteria into your home — but don't panic. Research suggests that exposure to a wide variety of microbes may be good for us.

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#93901
2013-05-24

Soon small plots will be evergreen forests

The state Biodiversity Board’s initiative, Shanthi Sthal, involving creation of man-made forests in private lands, is catching up.

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#93902
2013-05-24

Can banks make a profit by investing in the Great Barrier Reef?

Earlier this month, Australia’s Big Four banks copped a serve over their support of the coal and gas extraction industries, focusing attention on the ways large banks' investment decisions can put the future of the Great Barrier Reef at risk.

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#93903
2013-05-24

Linking Environmental Agreements to National Development

Officials of the Department of the Environment are participating in a workshop in attempt to establish the linkages between international environmental agreements and Belize’s national development agenda.

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#93904
2013-05-24

The ecosystem approach: what it is and why we need it

Late in 2011, a team of 14 scientists published a groundbreaking paper in the prestigious journal Science. The paper, entitled Global Seabird Response to Forage Fish Depletion – One-Third for the Birds provided convincing evidence that seabirds begin to suffer when the food available in the ocea ...

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#93906
2013-05-24

Marine forecasting on the horizon for Indian Ocean Rim.

Nearly all of the member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) will attend the week-long workshop to further cooperation and understanding on international ocean forecasting capabilities and needs in the Indian Ocean.

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#93907
2013-05-24

Royal family squeeze out climate change in US media coverage

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, made one of his strongest speeches yet on the dangers of a warming planet when he warned this month that climate change is "the greatest risk we have ever faced". Action must be taken now, the Prince said, because the risk of doing nothing is "too great."

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#93908
2013-05-24

Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come?

In early 2012 once-in-a-century floods submerged swaths of Great Britain and Ireland, causing some $1.52 billion in damages. Then in June record-high temperatures in Russia sparked wildfires that consumed 74 million acres of pristine Siberian taiga.

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#93909
2013-05-24

Rwanda: Joint Efforts Needed to Mitigate Climate Change

Combating climate change effects should be integrated into every ministerial agenda and not left to the Ministry of Natural Resources (Minirena) alone, the Natural Resources minister has said.

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#93910
2013-05-24

Media Fails to Report Big Oil Funding Ties to Climate Change Contrarians

Label this one under the category of the news that’s not too surprising, but somewhat depressing nonetheless. In an effort to provide “fair and balanced” coverage on climate change, the mainstream press and media “routinely cites climate contrarian think tanks without reporting their ties to the ...

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#93911
2013-05-24

Climate change in the Congo Basin will be different from the rest of Africa, forecasts show

New climate projections for the Congo Basin have renewed the call for informed and collaborative responses to climate change in Central Africa

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#93912
2013-05-24

Disaster risk must be part of new development goals - global forum

GENEVA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Work on reducing the risk of disasters cannot be separated from efforts to tackle climate change and to move towards more sustainable development, an international conference on disaster risk reduction agreed this week.

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#93913
2013-05-24

Money for people or animals?

Does giving to animal causes take funds away from humans in desperate need?

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#93914
2013-05-24

Determining How Nature’s Benefits Link To Human Well-being

What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.

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#93915
2013-05-24

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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#93916
2013-05-24

Save water today for future generation: Hamal

Rajouri/Jammu,May 23 (Scoop News) –Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University’s Centre for Biodiversity Studies (CBS) celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity which has been declared by the United Nations and celebrated all over the world for the promotion of biodiversity issues.

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#93920
2013-05-24

Is Global Warming Cooler than Expected?

LONDON – Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected.

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#93922
2013-05-24

White tiger's coat down to one change in a gene

Chinese scientists have acquired new insights into how white tigers get their colouration.

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#93923
2013-05-24

China reports rise in humans encountering wild Siberian tigers

Villagers in rural Hunchun have mixed feelings about initiative's initial success in boosting population of endangered big cat

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#93869
2013-05-23

Ignore biodiversity management at your own peril

The United Nations designated May 22 as the “International Day for Biological Diversity,” to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. “Water and Biodiversity” is this year’s theme.

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#93870
2013-05-23

Japan funds for biodiversity project

KOLKATA: Electronic fence and mobile squad to keep elephants and gaurs off train tracks and forest villages in North Bengal, drive elephants away from human settlements in forest areas of Rupnarayan, Kharagpur, Bankura and Purulia, rescue and transport leopards from North Bengal, install nylon n ...

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#93871
2013-05-23

Environmental sustainability: Harnessing water resources to protect biodiversity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to improve its floodplain management, consider water conservation and focus on harnessing the power of excessive rains to solve its water crisis, said experts at a ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday.

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#93873
2013-05-23

Press Conference to Commemorate International Day of Biological Diversity.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services have an important role to play in attaining the sustainable development goals relating to food security, water, energy and poverty eradication, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity said at Headquarters today.

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#93874
2013-05-23

Fiji marks World Biodiversity Day

FIJI joined billions of people around the world in marking World Biodiversity Day yesterday in Colo-i-Suva.

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#93875
2013-05-23

Biodiversity galore

A publication on water management, Watering Biodiversity, Ecosystem released by the National Biodiversity Authority, calls on the government to take up ecologically viable water management strategies to help bring down the cost of water.

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#93878
2013-05-23

South Africa: Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa Launches the Mining and Biodiversity Guideline and Receives Life - State of South Africa's Biodiversity Report

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa today, 22 May 2013 on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), launched the Mining and Biodiversity Guideline: Mainstreaming biodiversity into the mining sector, in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.

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#93879
2013-05-23

Environmental initiative: International Day for Biodiversity observed

SWAT: The University of Swat marked International Day for Biodiversity on Wednesday with a call to conserve medicinal plants from northern Pakistan.

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#93880
2013-05-23

Caribbean talks conservation on Branson's island

NECKER ISLAND, British Virgin Islands (AP) — Surrounded by a turquoise sea and a menagerie of exotic animals on a billionaire's private island, political and business leaders gathered Friday to back an initiative aimed at expanding protection for the Caribbean's imperiled coasts and waters.

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#93881
2013-05-23

Merkel protégé struggles with Germany's green revolution

(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed him for his charm and political skill as marshal of her vision of a 'green revolution' in Europe's biggest power market. A year on, Peter Altmaier finds himself spurned by many environmentalists, disdained by industry and viewed coolly by a public w ...

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#93882
2013-05-23

Tornadoes and Global Warming: Is There a Connection?

It sounds intuitive: Of course global warming should lead to more—and more powerful—tornadoes.

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#93883
2013-05-23

South Africa: Countries Must Promote Indigenous Rights

With one indigenous language dying out every two weeks, with indigenous livelihoods under threat and with indigenous children being routinely excluded from school, the Africa Caucus of indigenous peoples has appealed to UN member states to take concrete steps to promote and protect the rights of ...

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#93884
2013-05-23

Indonesia Water Policies ‘Among World’s Worst’: Scientist

A leading scientist has rated Indonesia’s water management policies as among the worst in the world, and called for greater use of research and technology improve access to the precious resource for drinking and irrigation

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#93886
2013-05-23

Political participation by indigenous peoples in Latin America still low – UN report

Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today.

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#93887
2013-05-23

Connecting Indigenous People All Around the World

On each expedition on The Healing Journey, Jon Waterhouse uses canoes to travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. This summer, he’s working with indigenous leaders in So ...

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#93888
2013-05-23

World's largest undersea methane seep harbors variety of life

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered what may be the world's largest methane seep on the ocean floor, where life thrives under extreme conditions.

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#93890
2013-05-23

Thinking 'Big' May Not Be Best Approach to Saving Large-River Fish

May 22, 2013 — Large-river specialist fishes -- from giant species like paddlefish and blue catfish, to tiny crystal darters and silver chub -- are in danger, but researchers say there is greater hope to save them if major tributaries identified in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study become ...

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#93891
2013-05-23

Two Miniature Spider Species Discovered in Giant Panda Sanctuaries of China

May 22, 2013 — Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China.

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#93892
2013-05-23

Rich and poorest nations face off over TRIPS extension

The world's poorest countries are in a dispute with developed nations, including the United States and European Union members, over their special rights to bypass intellectual property rights when accessing key technologies — a provision that is about to expire.

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#93893
2013-05-23

Insects, from Delicacy to Tool against Hunger

MEXICO CITY, May 22 2013 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s recommendation to consider using edible insects as a food source to combat hunger may have particular repercussions in Colombia and Mexico, two Latin American countries that have a tradition of eating insects and a high deg ...

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#93791
2013-05-22

Celebrating biodiversity

JAMAICA has been ranked fifth among islands of the world in terms of endemic plants. The country also enjoys a high level of endemism for animal species. It has:* 98.2 per cent of the 514 indigenous species of land snails and 100 per cent of the 22 indigenous species of amphibians.

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#93792
2013-05-22

World Biodiversity Day: It's time for celebration

"If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us" - David Suzuki.

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#93794
2013-05-22

Ministry calls for more protection to biodiversity

Luanda – The Ministry of Environment Tuesday in Luanda appealed to all Angolans to contribute with a patriotic feeling and national citizen spirit to the protection and preservation of the large biological diversity, with a view to the country’s sustainable development.

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#93795
2013-05-22

TN observes Int’l biodiversity day today

Chennai: Despite Tamil Nadu being endowed with biodiversity including rich flora and fauna, the growing commercialisation has exerted severe pressure on these resources putting some of these in danger of extinction.

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#93796
2013-05-22

Namibia: Biodiversity Action Day Marked

Gobabeb — Namibia's environment has started turning into an enemy that conspires with nature, while poor farming practices, excessive mining and deforestation have contributed to environmental degradation, according to the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga.

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#93797
2013-05-22

Dishes of olive oil to be banned from restaurants? The EU's gone mad

It is independent producers who have the most to lose from this latest bizarre EU directive, so let's hope it is never enforced

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#93798
2013-05-22

PMNH to organise speech contest today

Speech competition, nature photography and painting competitions among students from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will be held here at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) today (Wednesday).

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