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#102218
2014-12-12

Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

LIMA, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital.

News Headlines
#102219
2014-12-12

Lima climate talks agree on just one paragraph of deal with 24 hours left

As crucial UN climate summit in Peru enters final hours, negotiators have made little progress on draft text

News Headlines
#102220
2014-12-12

Cooling interest in a warming Arctic?

Ottawa in Canada is hosting a conference on “Arctic Change”. With climate change making access to the Arctic easier, interest has increased. But the forecast boom in economic activity appears to have been put "on ice".

News Headlines
#102221
2014-12-12

South African breeders buck the system

The sale of wildlife to Angolan parks has sparked a row over the spread of species to areas in which they do not occur naturally.

News Headlines
#102222
2014-12-12

Nepal raises mountain issue at Peru meet

KATHMANDU, DEC 12 - Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains.

News Headlines
#102223
2014-12-12

COP20: Ban Ki-moon hails delegates for paving way to 'meaningful' climate agreement

14 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference recently concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015, a spokesperson for the Organization today a ...

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#102188
2014-12-11

Migration stripping Pacific Islands of climate change know-how

SYDNEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.

News Headlines
#102189
2014-12-11

Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report

Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.

News Headlines
#102190
2014-12-11

When COPs Converge: The Biodiversity And Climate Link

10 December 2014 | LIMA | Peru | A key theme of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place two months ago was integrating biodiversity targets into other parts of the United Nations development process.

News Headlines
#102191
2014-12-11

Endangered porpoises four years from extinction

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Biologists say that for the vaquita of the Gulf of California, a small species of porpoise and the rarest cetacean in the world, extinction is just four years away.

News Headlines
#102192
2014-12-11

Fungus-growing ants have been cultivating crops for 50 million years

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Humans think they're so smart, with their fancy farms. But while humans have been cultivating crops for a little more than 10,000 years, ants have been growing their own food for 50 million years.

News Headlines
#102193
2014-12-11

‘Only by acting together’ will world transform climate challenge into opportunity – Ban

10 December 2014 – Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

News Headlines
#102195
2014-12-11

At Lima climate talks, UN launches new coalition to promote renewable energy

10 December 2014 – The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Per ...

News Headlines
#102196
2014-12-11

What's at stake at this week's climate summit in Lima

THE world is set to warm by more than 2 °C by 2100, which puts us on track to dangerous climate change. But UN climate negotiators meeting in Peru's capital Lima this week are optimistic that they can reach an agreement on planet-warming gases.

News Headlines
#102197
2014-12-11

How pace of climate change will challenge ectotherms

Scientists have analyzed 40 years of data to outline climate change challenge for ectotherms (animals who rely on external sources of heat to control body temperature).

News Headlines
#102198
2014-12-11

Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands

The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands.

News Headlines
#102199
2014-12-11

Climate action stands at a crossroads in Lima

Halfway through the second week of COP 20, negotiation battles are in full swing.

News Headlines
#102200
2014-12-11

Local governments key actors in fight against climate change

Heads of state and government will be leading the COP20 discussions, but cities and regions have an important role to play in the process, writes Michel Lebrun.

News Headlines
#102201
2014-12-11

New pit viper discovered in Sumatra

A new pit viper was discovered by researchers working in Sumatra, Indonesia, and described in a new study in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

News Headlines
#102202
2014-12-11

Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

News Headlines
#102203
2014-12-11

Africa Sets Demands for Post-2015 Climate Agreement

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - The post-2015 global climate change agreement should be flexible and fully resourced or else condemn Africa to another cycle of poverty resulting from the adverse effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#102204
2014-12-11

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

(Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

News Headlines
#102177
2014-12-09

Study: Melting glaciers threaten rare insect that feeds trout

BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population in Montana. But trout are.

News Headlines
#102178
2014-12-09

Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

8 December 2014 – Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustaina ...

News Headlines
#102179
2014-12-09

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.

News Headlines
#102180
2014-12-09

Two dimensions of knowledge mingle at COP 20

One of the issues that has kept coming up in the corridors, conferences and meetings during the first days of the COP 20 climate summit has to do with the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and the need to incorporate it into climate change procedures and negotiations.

News Headlines
#102181
2014-12-09

A magic wand for nutrition and incomes in Mozambique?

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato.

News Headlines
#102182
2014-12-09

OPINION: Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season.

News Headlines
#102183
2014-12-09

Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.

News Headlines
#102184
2014-12-09

New Doubts About Whether Elephants Can Survive South Sudan's Civil War

Before war broke out in December 2013, things were getting better for South Sudan's elephants, conservationist says.

News Headlines
#102185
2014-12-09

Paula Caballero: See Sustainable Development Goals through landscapes prism

LIMA, Peru—Paula Caballero, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, says the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are currently under development should be seen through the prism of landscapes.

News Headlines
#102186
2014-12-09

Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology

The demand for nutritious food continues to rise. By 2050 the global demand for food could nearly double as the population grows and the developing world becomes more affluent, demanding more calories in their daily diet.

News Headlines
#102187
2014-12-09

EU Provides $6.4m Sustainable Development Grant for Seychelles

VENTURES AFRICA – Two new grant agreements have been signed between Seychelles and the executive body of the European Union providing as much as $6.4 million to foster sustainable development and combat climate change in the small island state of about 90,000 inhabitants.

News Headlines
#102164
2014-12-08

UN secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals

In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

News Headlines
#102165
2014-12-08

Stern warning: Legally-binding climate deal 'not necessary'

Leading economist Lord Nicholas Stern said that a commitment to sustainable development was more important than a binding deal that "lacked credibility".

News Headlines
#102166
2014-12-08

Biodiversity protection is key to REDD+ success, study shows

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say

News Headlines
#102167
2014-12-08

Cities and Markets Can Fight Climate Change

Representatives from every national government are meeting this week to work toward a global climate agreement, and the location of the conference -- Lima, Peru -- offers critically important lessons for negotiators.

News Headlines
#102168
2014-12-08

Giraffe population down 40 percent in past 15 years, could face extinction

According to a new report from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the overall giraffe population has declined by over 40 percent in the past 15 years.

News Headlines
#102170
2014-12-08

Africa likely to see more rain as greenhouse emissions continue

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- For Africa and its climate, history seems to be repeating itself.

News Headlines
#102171
2014-12-08

UN report urges more funds for climate change adaptation, warns on temperature rise

5 December 2014 – Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.

News Headlines
#102172
2014-12-08

Early warning signals of abrupt climate change

A new study has found early warning signals of a reorganization of the Atlantic oceans' circulation which could have a profound impact on the global climate system.

News Headlines
#102173
2014-12-08

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

News Headlines
#102174
2014-12-08

Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production.

News Headlines
#102175
2014-12-08

OPINION: Addressing Climate Change Requires Real Solutions, Not Blind Faith in the Magic of Markets

BRISBANE, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.

News Headlines
#102176
2014-12-08

Bringing back lost biodiversity

Over millions of years animals have gone extinct, species have been driven out of their habitats and forests have disappeared. But how are conservationists and geneticists trying to re-establish what has been lost?

News Headlines
#102150
2014-12-05

Isolated for 70,000 years, Arabian Sea humpbacks genetically distinct

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.

News Headlines
#102151
2014-12-05

Spotlighting humanity's 'silent ally', UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

5 December 2014 – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.

News Headlines
#102152
2014-12-05

U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.’s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030.

News Headlines
#102153
2014-12-05

COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognising rights of its best protectors

News Headlines
#102154
2014-12-05

Cameroon conservation quandary over wildlife rampage

As activists mark Wildlife Conservation Day, elephants and hippopotamuses are trampling over farms and crops in northern Cameroon. Authorities face a difficult balancing act - conserve wildlife or protect property?

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