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#102468
2015-01-21

Final Push to Launch U.N. Negotiations on High Seas Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.

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#102469
2015-01-21

Despite Threat, Few CEOs Say Climate Change Should Be Government Focus

Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.

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#102470
2015-01-21

Climate change threatens endangered chimp populations

Dramatic habitat loss by 2020 due to climate change threatens the population of the planet's most endangered chimp subspecies, according to new research.

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#102471
2015-01-21

Tiger increase in India 'proof of the benefits of tourism'

"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

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#102472
2015-01-21

SA rhino poaching record set in 2014

A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, a 21% increase on the previous year, officials have said.

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#102444
2015-01-20

India's tiger population sees 30% increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.

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#102446
2015-01-20

Soviet Union collapse 'affected region's wildlife'

The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, researchers have suggested.

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#102447
2015-01-20

Melting glaciers have big carbon impact

As Earth warms, scientists have been focused on how glaciers melting will affect sea level rise. But, another lurking impact is the amount of carbon that will be released when glaciers melt.

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#102448
2015-01-20

Putting a price on nature can benefit the poor if done right

You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species.

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#102449
2015-01-20

Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target

When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.

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#102450
2015-01-20

EU to launch diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate talks

Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December

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#102451
2015-01-20

Treading a fine line between trade and conservation to fight biopiracy

How can species-rich nations protect their natural wealth and local knowledge when commercial companies come knocking for biological resources to develop crops, cures and cosmetics? A global treaty may have the answer.

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#102452
2015-01-20

Marking international year, UN chief celebrates role of light in boosting sustainable growth

19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort sho ...

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#102453
2015-01-20

Farming Goes To Town

Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.

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#102454
2015-01-20

Australian government seeks to opt out of protection of five shark species

The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.

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#102456
2015-01-20

Mystery goo killing San Francisco birds

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.

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#102430
2015-01-19

The Guardian view on sustainable development: Davos can set the tone

We need a global effort to end extreme inequality. The gap between rich and poor isn’t just a moral question, it damages the economy

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#102431
2015-01-19

Ban appoints climate change official ahead of December UN climate conference

16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.

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#102432
2015-01-19

Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.

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#102433
2015-01-19

Rising meat consumption pushes farming past deforestation as global warming driver

Agriculture has surpassed deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in Global Change Biology.

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#102434
2015-01-19

GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe's biotech battle

Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.

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#102435
2015-01-19

Higher water mark

The rise in sea levels may be accelerating

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#102436
2015-01-19

Marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.

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#102437
2015-01-19

Protecting Wetland

Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action

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#102438
2015-01-19

Finance - the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris.

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#102439
2015-01-19

Rural farmers coping with climate change

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.

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#102440
2015-01-19

UN agency stresses need for genetic diversity in agriculture to combat climate change

19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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#102414
2015-01-16

Bar-headed geese enjoy roller-coaster ride over Himalayas

Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.

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#102415
2015-01-16

Wildlife loss in the global ocean not as dire as on land

Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. In the ocean, where scientists count only 15 or so such losses, the numbers currently aren't nearly as dire.

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#102416
2015-01-16

Empty seas? Scientists warn of an industrialized ocean

This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.

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#102417
2015-01-16

Africa Must Prioritise Water in Its Development Agenda

ZARAGOZA, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their deve ...

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#102418
2015-01-16

Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study

Jan 15 (Reuters) - - Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.

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#102419
2015-01-16

Unlocking secrets of the polar night

Winter is the dark season and colder than cold in the Arctic north. But climate warming is giving scientists the chance to find out what goes on in the Arctic ocean during the Polar night.

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#102420
2015-01-16

Sixth Extinction Proves Slower at Sea

When we consider the state of wildlife on the planet, the general consensus is that humanity hasn't had the best track record with species extinctions.

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#102421
2015-01-16

Paradise gained – how tourism could help Tasmania’s wilderness

The recent leaking of a new draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has prompted vigorous debate over the merits of tourism development in protected areas.

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#102423
2015-01-16

Indigenous People Explore Many Shades Of REDD

15 January 2015 | On a daily basis, logging trucks rumble up an offshoot of Brazil's Highway 364, laden with muddy trunks illegally harvested from the Zoró Indigenous Territory, at the southern edge of the Amazon Rainforest, along the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.

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#102391
2015-01-15

Rate of sea-level rise 'steeper'

The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.

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#102392
2015-01-15

Giant Squid and Whale Sharks Not as Big as People Think

When it comes to determining the size of giant squid and other large sea animals, humans have a tendency to exaggerate, a new study suggests.

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#102393
2015-01-15

Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status

North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost.

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#102394
2015-01-15

Climate, friends influence young corals choice of real estate

Researchers in Queensland have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.

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#102395
2015-01-15

New restoration focus for western dry forests

The most significant current threat to western dry forests is from insect outbreaks and droughts, not wildfires, research shows

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#102396
2015-01-15

Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers

The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper.

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#102397
2015-01-15

In the Shadow of Glacial Lakes, Pakistan’s Mountain Communities Look to Climate Adaptation

BINDO GOL, Pakistan, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster.

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#102398
2015-01-15

Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

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#102399
2015-01-15

A thousand aid groups launch ‘action/2015’

More than a thousand global development aid and philantropic organisations around the world launched a campaign today (15 January) named action/2015, which is likely to be one of the largest ever launched.

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#102400
2015-01-15

Russia's forests overlooked in climate change fight

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.

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#102401
2015-01-15

People Erode Soil 100 Times Faster Than Nature

Cutting down or burning native forests and starting intensive agriculture -- that is, industrial-scale farming, designed to produce high yields of crops and/or animals -- can accelerate erosion dramatically, reports a newly-published study from researchers at the University of Vermont.

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#102402
2015-01-15

Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests

Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas

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#102403
2015-01-15

How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them

People love the monarch butterfly, with its beautiful orange and black wings and its endlessly intriguing migratory journey. But some may be loving it to death.

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#102375
2015-01-14

Paul Nurse accuses politicians of 'cowardice' over scientific evidence

Politicians are "cowardly" in their repeated ignorance of scientific evidence that may be unpopular with the public, Sir Paul Nurse has said.

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