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#100095
2014-07-17

Bird-based tourism a sustainable development tool for The Bahamas

A select Bahamas National Trust (BNT) team recently participated in a project kick-off meeting hosted by National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), aimed to educate all parties involved about bird-based tourism as a sustainable development tool.

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#100063
2014-07-16

Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina

Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's Península Valdés a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program (MBA).

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#100064
2014-07-16

'Stop using the bloody things': pesticides linked to bee collapse now blamed for bird declines

In recent years the evidence has piled up that neonicotinoids—a hugely popular group of pesticide—may be at least partly responsible for ongoing bee and pollinator collapse. But new research in the journal Nature find that these pesticides could also be taking a heavy toll on other species, in t ...

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#100065
2014-07-16

On track to 'go beyond the critical point': Sri Lanka still losing forests at rapid clip

During the latter half of the war, between 1990 and 2005, Sri Lanka suffered one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world as government soldiers burned vast tracts to flush rebels out of their forest strongholds.As a result, the country lost about 35 percent of its old growth forest an ...

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#100066
2014-07-16

Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says

Rising demand for luxury pets in the Gulf states taking gruesome toll as two-thirds of snatched cubs are dying en route

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#100068
2014-07-16

It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

People who spend more time outdoors as kids are the ones who have a stronger interest in protecting the planet

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#100069
2014-07-16

With 51 Ratifications, Nagoya Protocol To Enter Into Force In October

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force on 12 October, following the ratification of 12 more countries last week.

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#100070
2014-07-16

Examples, Dialogue And Clearer Policy Needed In Biodiversity Offsetting

Highlights including video footage from last month's conference on 'no net loss' of biodiversity, which brought together a multitude of sectors to discuss avoiding, minimizing, restoring and offsetting biodiversity loss, are now available. The event, held at the London Zoo and hosted by BBOP, wa ...

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#100071
2014-07-16

Kenya: UN Applauds Kenya's Role in Joint Anti-Ivory Smuggling Operation

Some conservationists could neither believe their ears nor eyes when news from Geneva, Switzerland, started trickling in at the weekend that Kenya's law enforcement against wildlife crime had won recognition at a United Nations meeting.

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#100073
2014-07-16

White House Outlines Climate Change Initiatives To Protect States, Cities And Tribes From Effects Of Global Warming

President Obama is set to unveil a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at helping communities across the country prepare for rising sea levels, enduring droughts, more frequent flooding and other warming-related issues.

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#100074
2014-07-16

Governments Fulfil their Commitment: Access and Benefit-Sharing Treaty Receives Required Number of Ratifications to Enter into Force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#100075
2014-07-16

Nagoya Protocol reaches threshold

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection adopted at a meeting in Nagoya in 2010 will come into effect on Oct. 12 this year, the protocol’s secretariat in Montreal said Monday.

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#100076
2014-07-16

Nagoya Protocol to take effect in October, but Japan has yet to ratify it

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will take effect in October, but without the participation of Japan--even though it spearheaded the initiative

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#100077
2014-07-16

U.N.’s New Development Goals Must Also Be Measurable for Rich

The United Nations is on the verge of releasing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – perhaps 17 or more – to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the end of 2015.

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#100049
2014-07-15

UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn

The coalition’s flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.

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#100050
2014-07-15

Concerns for apes as palm oil industry expands into Africa

Concerns for the future of chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos mounts as the palm oil industry expansion plans in Africa overlap with ape habitat.

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#100051
2014-07-15

Green under siege: world's biodiversity hotspots 85 percent impacted

The world's 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet's endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots.

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#100052
2014-07-15

Ban appoints former Irish President Mary Robinson as special envoy for climate change

14 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.

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#100054
2014-07-15

Too much of a good thing: fertilizer 'one of the three major drivers of biodiversity loss this century'

The world’s grasslands are being destabilized by fertilization, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. In a study of 41 grassland communities on five continents, researchers found that the presence of fertilizer weakened grassland species diversity.

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#100055
2014-07-15

Attack of the killer vines: lianas taking over forests in Panama

A worrying trend has emerged in tropical forests: lianas, woody long-stemmed vines, are increasingly displacing trees, thereby reducing forests’ overall ability to store carbon.

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#100056
2014-07-15

Ten things you didn't know about climate

Environment ministers are meeting in Berlin for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, discussing ways to avoid an extreme climate future for our planet. Here's a look at 10unique climate facts.

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#100057
2014-07-15

Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops

Bean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is promoting.

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#100058
2014-07-15

Access and benefit-sharing treaty receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#100059
2014-07-15

DA eyes Fisheries Law amendments to fulfill European Union standards

Facing a possible sanction from the European Union (EU) to its marine and aquatic products, the government is eyeing an amendment to the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. The European Commission recently announced the possibility of an import ban against the Philippines, notably on tuna, if it ...

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#100033
2014-07-14

8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous

Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds

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#100034
2014-07-14

New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats and rats

The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for the poisoning of "a plague" of rats and stoats which it says threatens the country's native wildlife.

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#100035
2014-07-14

Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change

The positive message from a scientific report for the UN Climate Summit is that the tough task of cutting greenhosue gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees is definitely achievable by following a set of bold, practical steps.

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#100036
2014-07-14

Shade Grown Coffee Helps Forests and Natives

Shade-grown coffee is regarded as a form of permaculture, in which coffee is grown under a canopy of native trees in full to moderate shade cover. This allows native vegetation to persist, thereby reducing the impact of agriculture on the natural landscape.

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#100037
2014-07-14

Tropical Fish Migration Destroying Kelp & Seagrass

Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries

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#100038
2014-07-14

New data sends wake-up call on Caribbean reefs

Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.”

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#100039
2014-07-14

Rising tide: long-term ramifications of global warming on the country’s coastline

In the wake of recent reports pointing to a likely depletion of sea ice in Antarctica, we examine the long-term ramifications of global warming on the country's coastline.

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#100040
2014-07-14

Australia drying caused by greenhouse gases and ozone

NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience.

News Headlines
#100041
2014-07-14

Political indifference exacerbates Indonesia's deforestation

Fast economic expansion coupled with political indifference has led to rapid deforestation in Indonesia, threatening biodiversity. Activists say the government should not place GDP growth over environment protection.

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#100042
2014-07-14

Call for strong measures to save Pacific bluefin tuna fishery after 96 per cent decline in breeding stock

The Worldwide Fund for Nature is urging Pacific fisheries to immediately halve their catch limits to preserve bluefin tuna stocks for the long-term.

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#100045
2014-07-14

India logged 248 new species in 2013

The Zoological Survey of India has discovered 248 new animal species in different parts of the country in 2013. Of them, 162 are insects, 19 are arachnids, 36 are fish, five are amphibians and two are reptiles.

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#100020
2014-07-11

Organic food has more antioxidants and less toxic metals, study finds

Study suggests switching to organic fruit and veg equivalent to adding one or two portions a day – but findings are controversial

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#100021
2014-07-11

Great Barrier Reef impact from dredging could cost ‘as much as $1bn’

The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn – which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested.

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#100022
2014-07-11

Good intentions, collateral damage: forest conservation may be hurting grasslands

Trees absorb CO2 and trap carbon molecules, and countless are lost as forests are felled around the world. So why not plant as many as we can?

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#100023
2014-07-11

DRC deforestation escalates despite resource shortages, protests, rape, homicide

Road construction, the promise of employment, and the conversion of forest to farmland – the effects of logging tropical forests are often not confined to the boundaries of the concessions, where, in the best case, a timber company has gained legal access to harvest trees. Along the Congo River ...

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#100024
2014-07-11

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.

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#100025
2014-07-11

Africa: USAID Invests Over U.S.$210 Million to End Wildlife Trafficking and Support Conservation With First Biodiversity Policy

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced more than $210 million to conserve nature in more than 50 countries, including an anticipated $40 million to combat wildlife trafficking, as a first measure in the Agency's first-ever Biodiversity Policy.

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#100026
2014-07-11

How $50 billion can be found in fishing -- if the world does it better

Oceans around the globe could inject an extra $50 billion into the world's economy -- if fisheries were sustainably managed, a new report backed by Prince Charles shows.

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#100027
2014-07-11

Reducing fertilizer use with a more accurate soil test

Farmers face a balancing act when deciding how much fertilizer to apply. Applying too much wastes money and adds to nutrient runoff problems. Applying too little reduces yields.

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#100028
2014-07-11

Local communities ‘sidelined’ in development research

Development research remains far too academic and disconnected, with a “minuscule fraction” ever reaching local communities in a useable form, experts say.

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#100029
2014-07-11

Nigeria: Presidency, Environment Ministry Unite to End Desertification

The office of the Special Assistant to the President on School Agricultural Programme and the Federal Ministry of Environment have pledged to work together to curb threats posed by desertification in the country.

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#100003
2014-07-10

Poland a challenge to EU 2030 climate goals, warns Ed Davey

Poland is “the real challenge” to a European agreement on carbon cutting targets for 2030, the UK energy secretary has warned.

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#100004
2014-07-10

Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects

The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe, a report says.

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#100005
2014-07-10

Dispersal 'key to reptile survival'

Reptiles whose gender depends on temperature must become more widespread to survive the effects of climate change, according to new research.

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#100006
2014-07-10

Farming from the phone: New technology lets farmers monitor their land from a smartphone

An invention which allows farmers to monitor the quality of their farm from a smartphone app will undergo its first full-scale test across Tasmania.

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#100007
2014-07-10

Sold into extinction: great apes betrayed by protectors

In what appears to be corruption in high places, the international body charged with protecting endangered species has turned a blind eye to massive illegal trade of endangered Great Apes.

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