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#100679
2014-08-28

From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

The challenges may seem daunting, but to preserve the environment and provide decent livelihoods, island states need to take a greener, more inclusive approach

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#100683
2014-08-28

Where should the roads go? New map offers a solution to the 'Pandora's Box of environmental problems'

Roads make it possible to bring goods to market, to get to the office, to log a forest, to hunt its wildlife. Without roads, human society as we know it could not exist. However, to build roads, trees must be cleared and swamps drained, shrinking valuable wildlife habitat and fragmenting populat ...

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#100684
2014-08-28

Invasion of the lionfish: new research finds the situation may be worse than we thought

You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish research involving Dr. Zack Jud of Florida International University and a young girl named Lauren Arrington. While the issue of attribution in scientific research is crucial to the discipline, much of the media focus so far ...

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#100685
2014-08-28

The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua's big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin?

A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography, allowing ships for the first time to bypass the long and perilous journey around Cape Horn by simply cutting through a continent. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to compete with the infamous ...

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#100686
2014-08-28

Climate change's health toll: 'We can save millions of lives, even now'

While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there's a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO's Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be adressed.

News Headlines
#100687
2014-08-28

WildLeaks: a whistlebower platform for poaching and wildlife crimes

Many witnesses of poaching or other wildlife crimes remain silent, fearing retribution. An anonymous whistlebower platform aims to change that. The WildLeaks project is turning information into action the ground.

News Headlines
#100688
2014-08-28

Modern conservation shaped by early Amazon explorers

Many of our ideas about the natural world and environmentalism can be traced back to two trailblazing 19th century explorers who continue to inspire scientists heading to the Amazon rainforest to identify new species

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#100689
2014-08-28

Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management.

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#100690
2014-08-28

For Caribbean, no Climate Policy without Water Policy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Amidst growing concern over the impact of climate change on water resources worldwide, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region’s plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

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#100691
2014-08-28

How Do We Save Vanishing Old-Growth Forests?

There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found no- ...

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#100692
2014-08-28

Kishanganga dam to affect ecosystem: official

MUZAFFARABAD: Apart from adverse impact to be caused by India’s Kishanganga dam project on Pakistan’s irrigation system and energy sector schemes, conservationists are worried about its devastating effects on biodiversity and ecosystem in Neelum Valley

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#100693
2014-08-28

Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity

Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, researchers say.

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#100659
2014-08-27

Mobile apps for California's drought, UK floods and India's drinking water

Drought, leaks, poor sanitation and reporting the neighbours for wasting water - new apps aim to tackle persistent water problems

News Headlines
#100660
2014-08-27

How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?

Scientists say both rich and developing countries must recognize primary forests as a conservation priority.

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#100661
2014-08-27

What lies within, we may never know: deforestation threatening Sulawesi’s unique wildlife

For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite a growing population and limited space -- more than 17 million people reside on the island as of 2010 -- Sulawesi has managed to provid ...

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#100663
2014-08-27

Access to open data ‘key to sustainable development’

[NAIROBI] Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in De ...

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#100664
2014-08-27

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON: Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous, and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

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#100665
2014-08-27

Dams versus rivers - the global battle

A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health.

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#100666
2014-08-27

Gambia: Decline in Biological Diversity Worries Environment Minister

The minister of Climate Change, Environment, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife has expressed concern over the decline in biological diversity in natural resources within the country due to various factors, calling for action against the trend. He pointed out those factors such as climate varia ...

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#100667
2014-08-27

Africa: UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe.

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#100668
2014-08-27

Ecotourism rise hits whales

Desire to observe whales and dolphins up close is affecting animals’ behaviour.

News Headlines
#100669
2014-08-27

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns

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#100671
2014-08-27

DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends

August 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable ...

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#100672
2014-08-27

Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab

JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday.

News Headlines
#100644
2014-08-26

Can it be stopped? Ghana's forests 'could completely disappear in less than 25 years'

Ghana contains forests that are biologically unique and important both for the wildlife they contain and the human communities that depend on them. However, the country is experiencing one of the greatest rates of deforestation in West Africa. At its current rate of forest loss, a study estimate ...

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#100645
2014-08-26

Featured video: new Netflix documentary highlights the work of Sylvia Earle to save the oceans

Sylvia Earle is one of the ocean's staunchest defenders. A National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence and former chief scientist with NOAA, Earle has spent a lifetime documenting the rapid decline of the world's oceans and calling for more action to defend the body of water that cradles t ...

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#100646
2014-08-26

Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96% of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old. Conservationists say that human activity has driven the birds to one remaining wetland, but t ...

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#100647
2014-08-26

U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened ...

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#100649
2014-08-26

Atop Food Chain, Ospreys Ingest Many Poisons, Revealing Environmental Dangers

Ospreys tell a story, and Elliott, Lee, and the other scientists who track the raptors are trying to decipher their message. For more than two decades in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, ospreys have revealed disturbing tales about DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pulp ...

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#100650
2014-08-26

Wild Weather: U.S. Hit by 'Most Unusual Year' for Temperatures

If you haven't seen anything like this year's weather, well, neither has anyone else. This year is on track to set a temperature record that climate researchers say is unique since the first time stats were taken in 1900. A typical year in the U.S. would see near-average temperatures or a spike ...

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#100652
2014-08-26

Incognito caterpillar threatens US borders

One of the worst insect pests in the world is coming to the United States — and it’s coming in disguise.

News Headlines
#100654
2014-08-26

Venezuela needs low-carbon action - not greenwash

The Venezuelan government is being praised for organising an event last July with over 100 organisations dedicated to promoting civil society participation at the United Nations climate change negotiations. The event was a preparatory meeting for a conference this November called the ‘Social Pre ...

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#100655
2014-08-26

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

OSLO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything fron solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

News Headlines
#100656
2014-08-26

A transformative global agenda for development

A beacon of hope shines from the East River: Following a year and a half on a journey replete with bumps in the road and many twists and turns, member states of the United Nations completed a proposal for sustainable development goals, the set of global priorities to steer the international deve ...

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#100583
2014-08-25

'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists

A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland.

News Headlines
#100584
2014-08-25

Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes

Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Com ...

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#100585
2014-08-25

Scientists name new endangered species after the company that will decide its fate

Scientists have discovered a new snail species on a limestone hill near a cement quarry in Malaysia, which as far as they know lives nowhere else in the world. The animal's shell is only one tenth of an inch in size.

News Headlines
#100586
2014-08-25

Mass bird fatalities at solar park cause concern

Reports have emerged about high numbers of birds burned to death at a solar energy facility in the southwestern US. What's behind this, is it happening elsewhere, and what can be done? DW takes a closer look.

News Headlines
#100587
2014-08-25

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researc ...

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#100588
2014-08-25

When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication

SANGAREDDY, India, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora’, which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India’s Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, “This is a curse that destroyed my land.”

News Headlines
#100589
2014-08-25

Heat wave offers glimpse into climate change

(Phys.org) —An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change

News Headlines
#100590
2014-08-25

Efforts to curb invasive species spark battle in the countryside

Wildlife experts warn that government attempts to draw up new controls on invading non-native species could threaten familiar birds such as barn owls, and damage British biodiversity

News Headlines
#100591
2014-08-25

Hundreds of sea-floor methane plumes spotted by sonar

Bubble streams off the US East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas.

News Headlines
#100592
2014-08-25

Gambia: Environment - Wildlife Conservation Trust Launches Gambia's First Biological Records Centre

Experts and stakeholders from the natural resources sector recently launched the Gambia's first Biological Records Centre at a ceremony held at TANGO conference Hall in Fajara with support from the UNDP/GEF-SGP support.

News Headlines
#100570
2014-08-22

A sprinkler won’t solve a drought: thinking big on water supply

The head of Water for People says the trickle down approach to water isn’t working and it’s time to turn up the pressure

News Headlines
#100571
2014-08-22

Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?

Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate—known as tarsiers—in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access ...

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#100572
2014-08-22

Running to reforest: communities, NGOs work to save Ugandan reserve in the midst of massive deforestation

Stung by massive loss of forest cover in Bugoma central forest reserve, part of a vast chimpanzee habitat in the western part of Uganda, seven private local and international organizations in the east African country have joined hands to raise awareness of forest issues and money for reforestati ...

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#100573
2014-08-22

Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees to stem illegal logging

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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#100574
2014-08-22

Greenland ice melting at record speed

Satellite data shows ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are declining at record speed. The annual loss of ice has doubled in the case of Greenland and tripled in the West Antarctic compared to figures from 2009.

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#100575
2014-08-22

Jamaican coral reefs get a helping hand

Jamaica may be known for its sun and sea, but under the waves the country is batting to rebuild its coral reefs. Manmade reefs have begun to see success after the island's corals were decimated by disease and pollution.

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