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#94567
2013-07-12

Nature valued from space

Satellites show how we can promote economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner by putting a price on nature's resources.

News Headlines
#94568
2013-07-12

New Consortium Takes on the Chai Challenge

A nice cup of tea is the usual prescription for everything from severe shock to a tiring day. But the industry behind the restorative cuppa is facing some challenges of its own, which, if not addressed, could have a dramatic impact on the supply chain behind the world’s favorite drink.

News Headlines
#94569
2013-07-12

Green School Programme launched to spread awareness among children

Environmental issues, waste management, transportation, civic issues. How many children today are aware of these? Confined within the strict schedules of classes, structured activities and tuitions, children today are far away from these realities that affect their day-to-day life. To address th ...

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#94570
2013-07-12

Study finds seagrass beds in Palk Bay

The 130-km-long stretch between Pamban and Athiramapattinam in the Palk Bay coast has a treasure of luxuriant seagrass beds, according to Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI).

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#94571
2013-07-12

Recessions make climate change costlier, Hope family research finds

The father-son duo of Chris and Mat Hope have published a study in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Climate Change with the counter-intuitive finding that the relative costs of climate change are higher in a world with slower economic growth.

News Headlines
#94572
2013-07-12

Arctic exploration provides window on future climate change

Climate model projections show that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free by the summer by 2060. However, the record lows in sea ice extent of 2007 and 2012 demonstrated that these projections were too optimistic and some scientists think that we might see and ice free Arctic within this ...

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#94573
2013-07-12

Social media to help farmers deal with climate change

Whether farmers believe in climate change or not – 66 percent do – their actions show that they are adapting to global warming, according to panelists at a July 8 discussion on campus.

News Headlines
#94574
2013-07-12

Climate Change Has Resulted In More Predation On Mosquito-Eating Birds

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 286 people were killed in the US in 2012 by West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. Many bird species eat these mosquitoes and other insects that can be agricultural pests. Rising temperatures are threatening these wild ...

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#94575
2013-07-12

Guns will not win the war against elephant poachers

Despite best efforts we are not winning the war on poaching. A massive seizure of 1.5 tons of ivory in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on 3 July flies in the face of threats against poachers and dealers by the Kenya government, and yet ivory traffickers continue unabated. In the first six months of ...

News Headlines
#94547
2013-07-11

Are insects the food of the future?

Locusts and grasshoppers are healthy, environmentally-friendly alternatives to beef. As the world population booms, edible insects may be the best solution for fighting hunger. But can Europeans stomach the thought?

News Headlines
#94548
2013-07-11

Green economy would highlight full value of forests

As more developing countries plan to make the transition to a green economy—defined as “low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive”—the spotlight is turning on the “true” value of forests.

News Headlines
#94549
2013-07-11

Investing in adolescent girls is key to development

The world’s latest development report card, the Millennium Development Report 2013, says the world is still short of meeting targets in reducing child and maternal mortality.

News Headlines
#94550
2013-07-11

Some Trees Use Less Water Amid Rising Carbon Dioxide, Paper Says

The fate of the world’s forests on a warming planet has long been one of the great unanswered questions about climate change.

News Headlines
#94551
2013-07-11

Are Aquariums Ruining Coral Reef Biodiversity? (Op-Ed)

When people think of fisheries, they generally think of seafood. But there is another, surprisingly large fishery that has not made it into the headlines.

News Headlines
#94552
2013-07-11

Research demonstrates the influence of temporal niches in maintaining biodiversity

By studying rapidly evolving bacteria as they diversify and compete under varying environmental conditions, researchers have shown that temporal niches are important to maintaining biodiversity in natural systems.

News Headlines
#94553
2013-07-11

Philippines declares all-out war on poaching, possession of wildlife

MANILA, July 10 (UPI) -- The Philippine government says it is declaring all-out war against poachers of wildlife species, especially those endemic to the country.

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#94554
2013-07-11

Climate change could present species with choice: evolve or die

TUCSON, July 10 (UPI) -- Many species would have to speed up their evolution by 10,000 times to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a U.S. ecologist says.

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#94555
2013-07-11

Rare Primate Species Needs Habitat Help to Survive

July 10, 2013 — The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation R ...

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#94534
2013-07-10

Korogwe women earn living from beekeeping

Rehema Mbaruku (45) is one of the happiest women in Foroforo village located 48 kilometres from Korogwe district headquarters in Tanga region.

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#94536
2013-07-10

Brightening the clouds touted as a way to save corals

The world's corals are in dire straits, so it will take an ambitious plan to save them. But will cooling the climate locally by making clouds brighter, the latest proposal on the table, help?

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#94538
2013-07-10

Evolution Too Slow to Keep Up With Climate Change

July 9, 2013 — Many vertebrate species would have to evolve about 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a study led by a University of Arizona ecologist has found.

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#94539
2013-07-10

Tiny New Catfish Species Found in Rio Paraíba Do Sul Basin, Brazil

July 9, 2013 — Scientists discovered a tiny new species of catfish in the waters of Rio Rio Paraíba do Sul basin, Brazil.

News Headlines
#94540
2013-07-10

Rising temperatures are triggering rainforest trees to produce more flowers

Slight rises in temperatures are triggering rainforest trees to produce more flowers, reports a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

News Headlines
#94541
2013-07-10

Antarctica May Get World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas After Meetings This Week

Members of 24 nations and the European Union will meet in the German seaport of Bremerhaven this week to discuss the fate of two marine protected areas, or MPAs.

News Headlines
#94542
2013-07-10

General Assembly sets up new UN forum to boost sustainable development efforts

9 July 2013 – The General Assembly today established a new High-level Political Forum, which will replace the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, to boost efforts to tackle global economic, social and environmental challenges.

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#94520
2013-07-09

Sweden Joins International Coalition to Conserve Migratory Birds of Prey

Bonn, 4 July 2013 – Sweden has signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), which was concluded in 2008 under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

News Headlines
#94521
2013-07-09

How Would Nature Create A ‘Generous City’?

At the end of June, over 350 bio-inspired teachers, designers, architects, biologists, industrialists, and policy-makers gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Boston to ask, “How can humans create conditions conducive to Life?”

News Headlines
#94522
2013-07-09

Climate Change Could Make Hurricanes Stronger—and More Frequent

Maybe Mayor Michael Bloomberg would have gone through the troubling of putting together a 430-page report outlining a $19.5 billion plan to save New York from the threat of climate change had Hurricane Sandy not hit last year and inflicted some $20 billion in New York City alone.

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#94523
2013-07-09

Politics of Climate Change: A Well-Oiled Machine

The politics of climate change are a lot like the politics of gun control, at least in the sense that President Obama meant when he asked in April 2013 how Congress could fail to deliver gun control legislation when 90 percent of the American public wants it.

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#94524
2013-07-09

Nadi catchment project shows benefits of integrating disaster risk and climate change management

NADI, Fiji ---Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, says Fiji’s work to address flooding in Nadi provides an example for developing countries on integrating management of disaster and climate related risks.

News Headlines
#94525
2013-07-09

Research demonstrates the influence of temporal niches in maintaining biodiversity

By studying rapidly evolving bacteria as they diversify and compete under varying environmental conditions, researchers have shown that temporal niches are important to maintaining biodiversity in natural systems.

News Headlines
#94526
2013-07-09

U.S. Has “Largely Failed” to Protect Marine Species

WASHINGTON, Jul 9 2013 (IPS) - Environmentalists on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. government requesting regulatory safeguards for 81 particularly vulnerable marine wildlife species, from corals to sharks.

News Headlines
#94528
2013-07-09

Sydney's Urban Areas to Be Hit Hardest by Global Warming

July 8, 2013 — Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney's suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney's urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

News Headlines
#94529
2013-07-09

Even Slight Temperature Increases Causing Tropical Forests to Blossom

July 8, 2013 — A new study led by Florida State University researcher Stephanie Pau shows that tropical forests are producing more flowers in response to only slight increases in temperature.

News Headlines
#94530
2013-07-09

Young scientists are missing out on vital skills

Technologies and knowledge-based approaches that address many pressing global sustainability issues already exist — but their adoption is often blocked by a lack of public trust, which is not helped by poor communication.

News Headlines
#94531
2013-07-09

New shrew discovered in Vietnam forest

Researchers have described a previously unknown species of white-toothed shrew in the forests of Vietnam. The study was published July 2 in the open access journal ZooKeys.

News Headlines
#94532
2013-07-09

Bolivia's indigenous people join fight to save Gran Chaco wilderness

Second largest wilderness in South America threatened by farming, ranching and drugs trade

News Headlines
#94507
2013-07-08

Hyderabad biodiversity index improves

Buoyed with the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), Hyderabad has taken up a lot of measures to increase the City Biodiversity Index (CBI).

News Headlines
#94508
2013-07-08

Landscape approach boosts global socio-economic benefits – experts

World leaders must take a unified view of forestry, fisheries and agricultural management to boost food and nutrition security as the global population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050, said experts meeting at a policy seminar hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and ...

News Headlines
#94509
2013-07-08

Zimbabwe: Agriculture Under Threat

THERE is greater need today than ever before to radically revolutionise Zimbabwe's food production systems to align with the unprecedented present and future changes in climate.

News Headlines
#94510
2013-07-08

Africa: Countering Africa's Green Revolution

Nairobi — Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.

News Headlines
#94511
2013-07-08

Zoologist leads world’s largest rat extermination to save biodiversity of Antarctic island

Tony Martin doesn’t look like someone capable of killing millions of rats and mice. The mild-mannered zoologist normally spends his time teaching animal conservation at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

News Headlines
#94513
2013-07-08

Antarctic Lake Vostok 'might have fish'

There could be some complex animals living in Lake Vostok, which lies close to 4km below Antarctica's ice sheet.

News Headlines
#94514
2013-07-08

Going to Seed: Climate Change Could Spark Small Mammal Invasion

Invasive animals are a scourge the world over, and on many islands they have decimated local plants and animals.

News Headlines
#94515
2013-07-08

Bid to protect Antarctic waters gets second chance

Antarctic researchers are hoping that proposals to create two huge protected areas off the frozen continent’s coast will be successful at the second time of asking next week.

News Headlines
#94516
2013-07-08

Yangtze finless porpoise drops to Critically Endangered

The newest update to the IUCN Red List has downgraded the status of the Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) from Endangered to Critically Endangered, reflecting the deteriorating state of arguably the world's most degraded river system.

News Headlines
#94517
2013-07-08

European capacity to grow food is plateauing, scientist warns

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits

News Headlines
#94496
2013-07-05

China's largest algal bloom turns the Yellow Sea green

The algae, which can suffocate marine life, is thought to be caused by pollution from agriculture and industry

News Headlines
#94499
2013-07-05

Study: Climate change could have impact on ocean food chain

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate change may affect the evolution of bacteria at the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, a U.S. study indicates

News Headlines
#94500
2013-07-05

Guillemot eggs are self-cleaning

Guillemot eggs have special structures on their shells that make them self-cleaning, according to new research.

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