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#100335
2014-08-01

House approves changes to Endangered Species Act despite veto threat

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require the government to disclose all data it relies upon when determining whether a species is endangered.

News Headlines
#100336
2014-08-01

IMF urges higher energy taxes to fight climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Energy taxes in much of the world are far below what they should be to reflect the harmful environmental and health impact of fossil fuels use, the International Monetary Fund said in a new book on Thursday

News Headlines
#100337
2014-08-01

UK slashes climate change diplomacy budget

Foreign office cut climate diplomacy budget by 39%, ahead of crucial summit for climate deal in Paris, RTCC reports

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#100288
2014-07-31

The future of tropical biology research and conservation

Last week, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world's largest organization devoted to the study and conservation of tropical systems, held its 51st annual meeting in Cairns, Australia.

News Headlines
#100289
2014-07-31

Cargill to cut off suppliers who don't provide deforestation-free palm oil

Agricultural giant Cargill, America's largest palm oil importer, will no longer buy palm oil from sources associated with deforestation, conversion of peatlands, and social conflict.

News Headlines
#100315
2014-07-31

'Octomom' sets gestation record

A deep-sea octopus has set a record for endurance, brooding her eggs for 53 months — longer than any other known species, researchers reported on 30 July in PLoS ONE1.

News Headlines
#100317
2014-07-31

India, US hold joint panel meet on climate issues

NEW DELHI: Nearly ten months after setting up a joint working group on combating climate change, India and the US on Wednesday held its first meeting where both countries agreed to closely coordinate on many issues including the contentious matter of phasing out climate damaging refrigerant hydr ...

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#100318
2014-07-31

On first official visit, Ban hails Costa Rica as ‘model’ for development, peace

30 July 2014 – On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.

News Headlines
#100319
2014-07-31

Beef sustainability defended by farmers

Canadian cattle producers are working to make beef a more sustainable food source, say farmers in the wake of a study that shows beef production is far more environmentally damaging than other food production.

News Headlines
#100320
2014-07-31

The blockbuster documentaries putting sustainability on the map

From Food Inc to Blue Gold - a look at some of the documentaries that have put sustainability in the public eye

News Headlines
#100321
2014-07-31

Indigenous people in Brazil contacted for the first time — with bananas

Indigenous affaires department with grabs from a video showing a group of isolated Amazonian indians getting in contact for the first time with Ashaninka natives on the banks of the Envira River, Acre state, Brazil, in the border with Peru

News Headlines
#100322
2014-07-31

Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice

Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns.

News Headlines
#100323
2014-07-31

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will ...

News Headlines
#100263
2014-07-30

Smarter urban water: how Spain's Zaragoza learned to use less

Facing severe crop failure and forest fires, pioneering citizens transformed habits in a decade and reduced water use by 27%

News Headlines
#100264
2014-07-30

Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing'

Prolonged dry spells push pastoralists to the brink of starvation as food prices soar and cattle raids spiral out of control

News Headlines
#100265
2014-07-30

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful

News Headlines
#100266
2014-07-30

Angola: Luanda Hosts Conference On Post2015 Sustainable Development

Luanda — The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the UNDP and Agostinho Neto University (UAN), will hold on 22 August 2014 a conference under the motto "Sustainable Development - Angola post 2015", in view to exchanging experience between Angolan and foreign technicians on the matter.

News Headlines
#100267
2014-07-30

France extends €1b for sustainable development projects in India

France plans to extend a €1-billion credit line to India for funding sustainable infrastructure and urban development. This was announced by Laurent Fabius, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#100268
2014-07-30

Ban lauds Nicaragua's 'forward-looking' energy policy during day-long visit

29 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Nicaragua's “forward-looking” energy policy as he arrived on an official visit to discuss how the United Nations and the Central American nation can work together in promoting peace and sustainable development.

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#100269
2014-07-30

Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation

Dubbed the reef elephant by researchers, bumphead parrotfish are highly endangered

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#100270
2014-07-30

Environment group gives 3 million USD to Pacific island nations

SYDNEY, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Environment group Conservation International (CI) has given a total of 3 million U.S. dollars to Pacific island leaders on the sidelines of the Pacific Island Forum in Palau on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#100271
2014-07-30

Pacific Islands Forum opens in Palau with plea to protect world's oceans

The 45th annual meeting of Pacific Island leaders has officially begun in Palau with a message about protecting the world's oceans.

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#100272
2014-07-30

Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests

Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country's forests that could help it unlock the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity.

News Headlines
#100274
2014-07-30

87 new bird species considered threatened with extinction

Scientists have added 361 new bird species to the IUCN Red List following a major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds, i.e. non-perching or non-songbirds.

News Headlines
#100275
2014-07-30

Deforestation ramping up in Yasuni as Ecuador sets to open up national park to drilling

Yasuni National park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening the forests and wildlife of this biodiversity hotspot. Recently, disturbance in the park may have ramped up, with satellite data showing a significant increase in deforestation alerts withi ...

News Headlines
#100206
2014-07-29

Delaying climate action will carry heavy economic cost, White House warns

President's council of economic advisers sounds warning over delaying EPA power plant rules in face of industry lobbying

News Headlines
#100207
2014-07-29

New Zealand’s 'dramatic' ice loss could lead to severe decline of glaciers

Study says Southern Alps mountain range has lost 34% of permanent snow and ice since 1977.

News Headlines
#100208
2014-07-29

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn

Pangolins are being "eaten to extinction" due to a demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine, conservationists have warned.

News Headlines
#100209
2014-07-29

Palm oil company clears rainforest in New Guinea

An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia's board has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia.

News Headlines
#100210
2014-07-29

115 whales killed as Japan wraps up Pacific hunt

Japan has concluded a two-and-a-half month whale hunt in the Pacific, killing 115 whales. It is the second campaign since the United Nations' top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate hunt in the Antarctic.

News Headlines
#100211
2014-07-29

African biodiversity under threat

Researchers meeting in Cameroon have warned that Africa could lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth and unregulated development.

News Headlines
#100212
2014-07-29

At UN-backed meeting, world’s least developed countries urge partnerships to boost productive capacity

28 July 2014 – With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to produc ...

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#100213
2014-07-29

Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says

Minorities and people of color have not managed to break the "green ceiling" inside environmental organizations, and remain underrepresented on their staffs, according to a report released Monday.

News Headlines
#100214
2014-07-29

Agriculture takes a beating in Henan province

In central China's Henan province, the drought is one of the most severe in history seen in the province.

News Headlines
#100215
2014-07-29

Science Express to chug 17,000 km, create awareness on biodiversity

NEW DELHI: The Science Express Biodiversity Special train, an innovative exhibition on wheels that will cover 57 locations across the country in the next 194 days, showcasing India's biodiversity, was flagged off from Delhi on Monday.

News Headlines
#100216
2014-07-29

Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.

News Headlines
#100218
2014-07-29

Study finds Europe's habitat and wildlife is vulnerable to climate change

New research has identified areas of the Earth that are high priorities for conservation in the face of climate change.

News Headlines
#100219
2014-07-29

Algae under threat from invasive fish

Tropical fish invading temperate waters warmed as a result of climate change are overgrazing algae, posing a threat to biodiversity and some marine-based industries.

News Headlines
#100190
2014-07-28

UN scores Australia high for quality of life but low on climate change progress

Human Development ranking suggests we lead the world in many criteria, but our emissions efforts are an embarrassment

News Headlines
#100191
2014-07-28

Can 'agroecology' bring food security to Latin America?

A home-grown, alternative approach to farming is bad news for pesticides, monoculture and food poverty in Brazil

News Headlines
#100192
2014-07-28

How Rwanda's gorillas are helping to sustain entire communities

A tourism revenue-sharing scheme has helped finance hundreds of community projects and benefitted thousands of people

News Headlines
#100193
2014-07-28

Deep-sea cameras reveal commercial fisheries having little impact on seafloor biodiversity

The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity.

News Headlines
#100194
2014-07-28

Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

This morning, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) received the welcome news that the Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.

News Headlines
#100195
2014-07-28

Germany unlikely to meet carbon reduction targets for 2020

Germany’s environment ministry believes it’s unlikely Germany will meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goals. They say the country will come up seven percent short, but critics say it could be even worse.

News Headlines
#100196
2014-07-28

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

Less than four percent of Egypt’s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation’s population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and ...

News Headlines
#100197
2014-07-28

Nigeria: 'Only 100 Gorillas Left in Nigeria'

The Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn, has made a shocking revelation that there are only 100 gorillas left in the whole of Nigeria.

News Headlines
#100198
2014-07-28

Tanzania: As Floods Threaten, Tanzania Aims to Build a Megacity That Works

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania's largest commercial city - one of the fastest-growing in Africa - has redrawn its master plan to try to become a megacity prepared for climate change, and not a city of worsening urban sprawl and flooding.

News Headlines
#100199
2014-07-28

To cut carbon emissions, give communities rights to forest land - report

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giving forest communities secure rights to their land is an effective but underused way to limit carbon emissions from deforestation, a report showed on Thursday.

News Headlines
#100171
2014-07-25

UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.

News Headlines
#100172
2014-07-25

Community control of forests could help combat climate change

Deforestation rates significantly lower in areas formally managed by local communities, data shows

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