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#101776
2014-11-04

Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way

Even during summer dry spells, some patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

News Headlines
#101777
2014-11-04

Deadly microbes a driver for the globe's biodiversity

Most of the globe's biodiversity is invisible to the bare eye. Yet, microbes were vital in bringing about today's diversity of plants and animals. Even the deadly Ebola virus has its place in the grand scheme of things.

News Headlines
#101778
2014-11-04

More than 40 percent of China's arable land degraded: Xinhua

(Reuters) - More than 40 percent of China's arable land is suffering from degradation, official news agency Xinhua said, reducing its capacity to produce food for the world's biggest population.

News Headlines
#101779
2014-11-04

Tanzania: Environmentalists Craft Strategic Actions to Promote African Mountain Regions

ENVIRONMENTAL experts have identified strategic actions to address key issues of conservation and development challenges of biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.

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#101758
2014-11-03

'Leaders must act', urges Ban, as new UN report warns climate change may soon be 'irreversible'

2 November 2014 – Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

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#101759
2014-11-03

India at risk, can't undermine sustainable development: UN climate change report authors

A crucial United Nations report on climate change released on Sunday telling governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 is "both an opportunity and a challenge for India", said an expert from India involved in preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Synthesis R ...

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#101760
2014-11-03

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

News Headlines
#101762
2014-11-03

Beautiful UN stamps use endangered fish to make point

The marine species featured on the latest stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration may be beautiful but they are also under threat.

News Headlines
#101763
2014-11-03

Startling decline in European birds: Majority of losses from most common species

Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, according to a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.

News Headlines
#101764
2014-11-03

Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

Planting trees and creating green space in cities is good for attracting species, but it may not be enough to ensure biodiversity in built environments, a University of Iowa study has found.

News Headlines
#101765
2014-11-03

Facing severe drought, 'war effort' needed to save the Amazon, says scientist

Severe droughts in southern Brazil may be linked to deforestation and degradation of Earth's largest rainforest, argues a new

News Headlines
#101766
2014-11-03

Uganda Still Grapples with Inadequate Funds to Tackle Climate Change

KAMPALA, Nov 3 2014 (IPS) - Until last month, Allen Nambozo’s only source of income was the cabbages, carrots and bananas she grew along the slopes of Uganda’s Mount Elgon in the eastern district of Bulambuli.

News Headlines
#101767
2014-11-03

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable

News Headlines
#101768
2014-11-03

Lessons for Africa from Small Island Developing States

Seychelles, Mauritius and Cape Verde offer solid lessons for mainland Africa. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Chief Economist for Africa, Dr Ayodele Odusola said this at the sidelines of the ninth African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

News Headlines
#101701
2014-10-31

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

News Headlines
#101702
2014-10-31

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

News Headlines
#101703
2014-10-31

Populations of rare songbird found in surprising new habitat

With only 90,000 breeding individuals sparsely distributed across 15 US states, the Swainson's warbler is a species of high conservation concern that, for decades, has left conservationists with little confidence that its populations would ever be fully secure.

News Headlines
#101704
2014-10-31

IPCC report: six graphs that show how we're changing the world's climate

We look at the data that underpins the forthcoming IPCC climate science report detailing humanity’s influence on the climate, global impacts and solutions

News Headlines
#101705
2014-10-31

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

In the soft light of the chandeliers at Château Ausone, Alain Vauthier veers away from the issue at hand, taking flight into distant centuries, reaching for safe anecdotes, digressing into tales of the Wars of the Roses and racehorses, broken tractors and the bold adventures of his ancestors in ...

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#101706
2014-10-31

Higher temperatures lead to 'substantially more violence'

As climate change takes hold, the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict. But we still need to understand why, says Stanford researcher Marshall Burke.

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#101707
2014-10-31

Leopards flourish in Bhadravati forests: Study

Bangalore: Here are some new insights into why leopards stray into human habitats regularly. A study taken up in the Bhadravati forest division of Shimoga district shows there are 44 leopards in the area: meaning as many as 11 leopards in a 100-sqkm area.

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#101708
2014-10-31

AfDB strongly committed to preserving ecosystems and wildlife in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) participated to the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place from October 6-17, 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. -

News Headlines
#101709
2014-10-31

China and Russia Said to Block Creation of Antarctic Marine Rese

SYDNEY, Australia — International talks in Australia on establishing two marine reserve areas, each larger than Texas, in the waters around Antarctica ended in failure on Friday, with some delegates to the negotiations saying that China and Russia had resisted the proposals.

News Headlines
#101686
2014-10-30

Koala chlamydia vaccine trial raises hope

Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.

News Headlines
#101687
2014-10-30

Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal.

News Headlines
#101688
2014-10-30

Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study

Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

News Headlines
#101689
2014-10-30

By killing off older fish, overfishing may lead to lost migratory patterns

Catching older fish may impact a school's ability to migrate from spawning grounds to feeding areas, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

News Headlines
#101690
2014-10-30

St. Vincent Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

News Headlines
#101691
2014-10-30

Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight

News Headlines
#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

News Headlines
#101693
2014-10-30

GM food: saving lives, or lining corporate pockets?

The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

News Headlines
#101694
2014-10-30

For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan's East Side, it is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-20 ...

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#101695
2014-10-30

A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for World’s Rainforests

After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from B ...

News Headlines
#101696
2014-10-30

Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland.

News Headlines
#101697
2014-10-30

IPCC preparing 'most important' document on climate change

Scientists and officials are meeting in Denmark to edit what's been termed the "most important document" on climate change.

News Headlines
#101698
2014-10-30

Africa: Synthetic Biology - Artificial Life Threatens Nature and Society

Synthetic food has long been the subject of speculative fiction, from Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" where poor quality artificial food spawned dissent, to Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" where food was manufactured from coal and petroleum because fossil fuels had trashed global ...

News Headlines
#101699
2014-10-30

Asian fungus threatens Western salamanders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Invasive species don't just come from the animal kingdom; plants and fungi can also arrive from abroad, wreaking havoc on native ecosystems. That is what's happening in Europe, where a new type of chytrid fungus, original to Southeast Asia, is threatening

News Headlines
#101675
2014-10-29

Will a U.S. endangered species listing help save lions in Africa?

"The African lion -- a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times -- faces serious and continuing threats to its survival," said U.S Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.

News Headlines
#101676
2014-10-29

Giant tortoises making a comeback on Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island were on the brink of extinction just a half-century ago, but 40 years after several specimens of the endangered species were bred in captivity and released back onto the island of Española, the massive land- ...

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#101677
2014-10-29

UN urges salt-damage solution to reduce threat to crops

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

News Headlines
#101678
2014-10-29

Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction

Continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will trigger "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," concludes a landmark draft U.N. science report expected to be approved this week.

News Headlines
#101679
2014-10-29

The secret life of the sea trout

Sea trout, also known as brown trout, live complicated lives. Like salmon, they begin their lives in a river, hatched from eggs that were laid in small nests, called redds.

News Headlines
#101680
2014-10-29

Variation in antibiotic bacteria in tropical forest soils may play a role in diversity

Variation in antibiotic-producing microbes in tropical forest soils has been discovered by scientists, who not that this research represents a step toward better understanding of the role they play in diversity.

News Headlines
#101681
2014-10-29

Bunge commits to zero deforestation palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge has joined the growing ranks of companies that have established zero deforestation policies for their palm oil supply chains.

News Headlines
#101682
2014-10-29

The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis

Daily, we read or hear of more rhino being poached to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand from Asia for rhino horn.

News Headlines
#101683
2014-10-29

Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon

for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

News Headlines
#101684
2014-10-29

27 new species found in Tanzanian forests

A recent study revealed that 27 new vertebrate species have been found in the forests of Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains.

News Headlines
#101685
2014-10-29

Frogs' chorus leads to discovery of new species in US

Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

News Headlines
#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

News Headlines
#101658
2014-10-28

First Direct Observations of How Roots Grow

As scientists look at crops to find ways to help them deal with climate change stress and growing populations, a tool has emerged to give them a new perspective: the view from underground.

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