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#100173
2014-07-25

Leaked World Bank lending policies 'environmentally disastrous'

New 'light touch' rules on bank's $50bn annual lending have been gutted to remove protections, watchdogs claim

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#100174
2014-07-25

True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming

For the report, issued jointly by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), its authors surveyed almost all relevant literature published within the last 10 years, and supplemented it with their own deforestation and emissions analyses.

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#100175
2014-07-25

It's not just extinction: meet defaunation

Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals—both in terms of species diversity and abundance—in a given area.

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#100176
2014-07-25

Desperate measures: researchers say radical approaches needed to beat extinctions

It suggests the time may have come to start widely applying intensive, controversial methods currently used only as “last resort” strategies to save the word’s most imperiled species.

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#100177
2014-07-25

Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests

Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide. Now, mongabay.com's new special series, Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation aims to highlight solutions to the crisis through short interviews with some of the world's leading conservat ...

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#100178
2014-07-25

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

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#100179
2014-07-25

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.

News Headlines
#100180
2014-07-25

Africa 'missing out on biotech green revolution'

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report.

News Headlines
#100181
2014-07-25

Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood

Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

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#100182
2014-07-25

Seychelles island of D’Arros becomes an official nature reserve -

A tiny emerald in a sea of sapphire blue, the island group of D’Arros, situated in the outer islands of the Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, has been announced as an officially protected nature reserve under the Nature Parks and Conservancy Act. - See more at:

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#100183
2014-07-25

Changing oceans affecting calcification of marine organisms

The ocean is home to many creatures, and all of them take their sustenance from this environment. One group of organisms use the ocean's calcium to create their shells and exoskeletons. These are the calcifiers, the mollusks, corals and starfish.

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#100184
2014-07-25

Good news for Spanish seabirds

The Spanish government has announced the establishment of 39 new marine protection areas which closely mirror the Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas identified by BirdLife International’s Spanish partner SEO/BirdLife after a decade of scientific research tracking seabirds and understan ...

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#100143
2014-07-24

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping to attend major Ban Ki-moon climate summit

US and Chinese heads of state on 'very long list' of leaders confirmed for New York meeting to build momentum for global emissions deal, RTCC reports

News Headlines
#100144
2014-07-24

Conservationists call for Canary Islands whale sanctuary instead of oil scheme

Months before oil exploration is slated to begin in the Canary Islands, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling on the Spanish government to abandon the search for oil and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins in the region.

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#100145
2014-07-24

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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#100146
2014-07-24

Peru slashes environmental protections to attract more mining and fossil fuel investment

In an effort to kickstart slowing investment in mining and fossil fuels, Peru has passed a controversial new law that overturns many of its environmental protections and essentially defangs its Ministry of Environment.

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#100157
2014-07-24

Targeted enforcement saved a Massachusetts-worth of Amazon rainforest in 3 years

Targeted law enforcement efforts via Brazil's green municipalities programs were responsible for reducing deforestation by 10,653 square kilometers — an area the size of Massachusetts — between 2009 and 2011, argues a paper published in the journal Land Use Policy.

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#100158
2014-07-24

New Indian government takes promising steps on agriculture, water and climate

Riding high on a populist mandate but facing growing concerns of a slowdown in the economy and a rising fiscal deficit, last week Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the new Indian government's first annual budget, attempting a delicate balancing act that reforms populist subsidies while pr ...

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#100159
2014-07-24

Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda

Women work closely with natural resources — and need to be closely involved in managing them, says Lakshmi Puri.

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#100161
2014-07-24

Why is Canada’s bee population in rapid decline?

A new report on the health of honey bees in Canada says 58 per cent of the colonies in Ontario did not survive the winter. Among the possible causes cited for the colony failures are starvation during a long winter, weak queens, viruses, and poisoning from pesticides, said the Canadian Associati ...

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#100162
2014-07-24

Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands

Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the edge of the Sahara Desert.

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#100165
2014-07-24

Science struggles to see its place in final drafting of SDGs

Political pragmatism threatens to sideline scientific advice in the final stages of UN negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts say.

News Headlines
#100166
2014-07-24

Ghana: Mahama Promises Sustainable Funding for Climate Change

PRESIDENT JOHN Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that government is exploring ways of carrying out sustainable surveillance on the emergence of climate change and environmental degradation

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#100131
2014-07-23

Land rights in Latin America: where are the voices of indigenous women?

Latin America NGO director Omaira Bolaños explains the barriers to getting women's voices heard in climate change talks

News Headlines
#100132
2014-07-23

'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good

Inches away from being passed, a new regulation on peatlands management in Indonesia is drawing protests from civil societies that claim it may increase land tenure conflicts among local people.

News Headlines
#100134
2014-07-23

Setting the stage: theater troupe revives tradition to promote conservation in DRC

Two years ago, environmental artist Roger Peet set off to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to support the new Lomami National Park with bandanas that he designed. This time, Peet is back in Congo to carry out a conservation theater project in remote villages near the proposed Lomami Nation ...

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#100135
2014-07-23

Indian Ocean Paradise under Threat - The Andaman Islands

The Andaman islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, are a popular tourist destination -- but they are also home to more than 300,000 people. Experts warn that rampant tourism is damaging the islands' natural environment.

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#100136
2014-07-23

Forests gain foothold in proposed new development goals

Forests got a boost this week after a U.N. advisory group proposed that global development targets should contain a provision for their protection, restoration and sustainable management.

News Headlines
#100137
2014-07-23

Nigeria: Livestock Feeds - an Investment Opportunity in Agriculture

The agricultural transformation agenda of the federal government is taking shape with many investors looking for ways of keying into it and benefit.

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#100138
2014-07-23

More from DavidDeep sea mining licences issued

Vast new areas of the ocean floor have been opened up in an accelerating search for valuable minerals including manganese, copper and gold.

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#100139
2014-07-23

Wildlife hospitals save 16,000 animals in four years

Birds are the most commonly rescued wildlife in Queensland, with the laughing kookaburra among our hardiest species, according to new research from The University of Queensland's Gatton Campus.

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#100140
2014-07-23

UN okays sustainable development goals

THE UN has agreed on 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to succeed the millennium development goals (MDGs) aimed at fostering economic growth, environmental protection and an end to poverty by 2030.

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#100141
2014-07-23

Axed: Australia backpedals on climate change

Working out a way to deal with climate change by cutting carbon emissions has long tied Australia in political knots.

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#100118
2014-07-22

Beef environment cost 10 times that of other livestock

A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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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