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#103221
2015-03-20

Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to US scientists.

News Headlines
#103222
2015-03-20

Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom

Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes.

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#103223
2015-03-20

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

Ensuring that the world's food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies.

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#103224
2015-03-20

Bottom trawling reduces size of commercially important flatfish

Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.

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#103225
2015-03-20

Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn’t know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn’t know when or what amount would be required to cover them.

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#103226
2015-03-20

Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement

MANILA, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - When Tinay Alterado’s team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk for ...

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#103227
2015-03-20

Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’

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#103228
2015-03-20

Namibia: Cheetah Conservation Fund Celebrates 25 Years

CHEETAH Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest running cheetah conservation programme in existence, marks its 25th anniversary in July.

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#103229
2015-03-20

It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics

BOGOR, Indonesia—A tropical forest: A habitat for wildlife, untouched by humans? Or trees ripe to be cleared for profit?

News Headlines
#103230
2015-03-20

Africa: International Day of Forests 2015 - Research Uptake By Policy Makers a Pressing Priority

Global campaigns to protect the world's forests have raised awareness of the devastating consequences of illegal logging of tropical hardwoods and the clearing of Amazonian and Indonesian rainforests for the cultivation of agricultural crops. In Africa, too, tropical forests face a range of threats.

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#103231
2015-03-20

AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015

Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percen ...

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#103232
2015-03-20

Are there too many sustainable development goals?

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets

News Headlines
#103233
2015-03-20

Is Tourism Endangering Florida's Manatees?

Florida manatees have been in the news a lot recently as a result of abnormally low temperatures in the Southeast U.S. this winter leading to rescue operations.

News Headlines
#103234
2015-03-20

New Report Connects Human Health to Biodiversity Protection

During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new “ground-breaking” report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth’s biodiversity

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#103235
2015-03-20

Czechs Deploy Wild Horses From Britain to Save Biodiversity

Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species.

News Headlines
#103209
2015-03-19

One in ten wild bees face extinction in Europe

Almost one in 10 of Europe's native wild bees face extinction, according to the most comprehensive expert assessment so far.

News Headlines
#103210
2015-03-19

Where are the hotspots of plant diversity along boreal streams?

The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub-surface water.

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#103211
2015-03-19

Toward better agricultural fertilization management

Ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could reduce up to 82% with a minimum impact on agricultural production, a new study concludes.

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#103212
2015-03-19

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions.

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#103213
2015-03-19

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.

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#103214
2015-03-19

No love for endangered sea cucumbers

A delicacy in China, the sea cucumber is endangered due to overfishing. But there appears to be little will to save the unglamorous creature.

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#103215
2015-03-19

India could do more to secure snow leopard habitat

As the first international meeting for the conservation of snow leopards gets underway in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, India could do a lot more to promote conservation of snow leopards and habitats

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#103216
2015-03-19

Long-lost hummingbird species rediscovered in Colombia

BOGOTA, March 19 (UPI) -- An odd-looking hummingbird called the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) was thought to be extinct. It hadn't been seen in some 69 years.

News Headlines
#103186
2015-03-18

New report connects human health to biodiversity protection

During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new "ground-breaking" report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth's biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103187
2015-03-18

Budget 2015: Pitcairn Islands get huge marine reserve

The UK is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

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#103188
2015-03-18

Mercury pollution threat to Arctic bird

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a breed of Arctic bird over the past 130 years, say scientists.

News Headlines
#103189
2015-03-18

New lake surface temperature database will help to study climate change

Eighty two researchers from more than 20 countries collected data from major lakes in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Oceanic region.

News Headlines
#103190
2015-03-18

Bushmeat guide ‘unrealistic about commercial hunting’

Conservation biologists studying the effects of bushmeat hunting in Africa have criticised a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report for making unrealistic claims about the chances of protecting wildlife from commercial hunters.

News Headlines
#103191
2015-03-18

Women Turn Drought into a Lesson on Sustainability

KARACHI, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.

News Headlines
#103192
2015-03-18

Caribbean Community Climate-Smarting Fisheries, But Slowly

KINGSTON, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies.

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#103193
2015-03-18

Iran’s leaders react to the nation’s massive environmental challenge

Dramatic change is required in both public perceptions and the way in which government manages the environment

News Headlines
#103194
2015-03-18

Protecting forests for biodiversity won't stop its destruction: NUS

Setting aside protected forests isn't enough to stop deforestation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new study by scientists at the National University of Singapore.

News Headlines
#103195
2015-03-18

'Biodegrabale' plastics not so biodegradable

LANSING, Mich., March 18 (UPI) -- A new study suggests common additives in plastics advertised as biodegradable don't actually help products break down any faster than their non-biodegradable counterparts.

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#103174
2015-03-17

Study reveals value of zoos and aquariums in boosting biodiversity understanding

Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research from the University of Warwick, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Chester Zoo has found.

News Headlines
#103175
2015-03-17

To save an entire species, all you need is $1. 3 million a year

How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, a 1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.

News Headlines
#103176
2015-03-17

Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs

With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs.

News Headlines
#103177
2015-03-17

King of the jungle returns to Gabon after nearly 20 year absence

There's a new cat in town. For the first time since 1996, conservationists have proof of a lion roaming the wilds of the Central African country of Gabon.

News Headlines
#103178
2015-03-17

Socioenvironmental Catastrophe Emerges from the Ashes of Patagonia’s Forests

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - In the wake of the fire that destroyed more than 34,000 hectares of forests, some of them ancient, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region, the authorities will have to put out flames that are no less serious: the new socio-environmental catastrophe that will e ...

News Headlines
#103179
2015-03-17

UK's first hedgehog conservation area planned

Reserve in Solihull, West Midlands aims to reverse population decline in the prickly animal due to habitat loss

News Headlines
#103180
2015-03-17

Seychelles issues ‘wake up’ call on climate change after Vanuatu cyclone

The president of the Seychelles on Monday called on the international community to "wake up" to climate change after a massive tropical cyclone devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

News Headlines
#103181
2015-03-17

UNEP Launches Children's Painting Competition under Theme of Sustainable Energy

Targeting young people between the ages of 9 and 14, the competition aims to raise awareness on energy consumption and energy savings.

News Headlines
#103182
2015-03-17

What’s in your soup? It could be manta ray

In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.

News Headlines
#103183
2015-03-17

Community based innovation promotes sustainable development in Madagascar

Talata Volonondry is a small village with big aspirations. Located just 26 kilometers from Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, the small community is being transformed into an eco village.

News Headlines
#103156
2015-03-16

Invasive species use landmarking to find love in a hopeless place

Tiny populations of invasive species such as Asian carp start their domination of new ecosystems by hanging out at local landmarks, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#103157
2015-03-16

Climate-adaptation effort cuts hunger in African villages

Shift in farming techniques reduces number of households eating one or no meals each day.

News Headlines
#103158
2015-03-16

Brazil confirms rising deforestation in the Amazon

The Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago.

News Headlines
#103159
2015-03-16

Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists

We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds

News Headlines
#103160
2015-03-16

Natural disasters cost the world over $300 billion per year on average

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has endorsed early warning and risk reduction systems for the world's vulnerable nations. At a UN conference in Japan, he said two thirds of disasters stemmed from climate change.

News Headlines
#103161
2015-03-16

Biodiversity protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation

Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103162
2015-03-16

Deforestation in Myanmar threatens biodiversity and communities

As Myanmar opens for business, a new report has found forest conversion for commercial agriculture is spreading at an alarming rate with devastating results for the country’s ethnic minorities and biodiversity.

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