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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.

News Headlines
#102435
2015-01-19

Higher water mark

The rise in sea levels may be accelerating

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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).

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#102376
2015-01-14

Fingerprints 'breakthrough' for wildlife crime investigators

Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime

News Headlines
#102377
2015-01-14

EU changes rules on GM crop cultivation

The EU has given governments more power to decide whether to plant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

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#102378
2015-01-14

Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates

An analysis of 727 studies reveals that there have been more instances of rapid, catastrophic animal die-offs over the past 75 years.

News Headlines
#102379
2015-01-14

Crops can do their own weed control

Weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns, experts say.

News Headlines
#102380
2015-01-14

Sustainable approach for the world's fish supply

China’s booming aquaculture industry is increasingly dependent on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, a practice that depletes wild fish stocks.

News Headlines
#102381
2015-01-14

Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil

A charcoal-rich product called biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting the trendy substance to the test.

News Headlines
#102382
2015-01-14

Single SDG targets are impractical and unrealistic

Numbers should be used to engage stakeholders, not benchmark nations’ progress

News Headlines
#102383
2015-01-14

Asia-Pacific Analysis: Asia’s invisible women farmers

Women hold up half the sky, so goes the Chinese saying. Yet in the developing countries of Asia, they do not get half the credit for it.

News Headlines
#102384
2015-01-14

Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon

Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon.

News Headlines
#102385
2015-01-14

Island States Throw Off the Heavy Yoke of Fossil Fuels

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs.

News Headlines
#102386
2015-01-14

More Than Half of Africa’s Arable Land ‘Too Damaged’ for Food Production

NTUNGAMO DISTRICT, Uganda, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - A report published last month by the Montpellier Panel – an eminent group of agriculture, ecology and trade experts from Africa and Europe – says about 65 percent of Africa’s arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production.

News Headlines
#102366
2015-01-13

Vanishing big trees put Australia's urban wildlife in peril

Across Australia - and the world - the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le Roux, a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University.

News Headlines
#102367
2015-01-13

Boosting the immune systems of city dwellers

A new project attempts to find solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders using methods from medicine and urban design.

News Headlines
#102368
2015-01-13

Arctic's 'Penguins of the North' Find Workaround to Climate Change

What's New: The latest research on little auks, sometimes called "penguins of the north," reveals a surprising response to a rapidly warming Arctic: The birds make up for food lost to the effects of climate change by catching prey that were stunned by the cold water running off melting glaciers— ...

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#102369
2015-01-13

Protecting the Maldives' coral reefs

Global warming threatens coral reefs around the world. Matthias Hammer, director of Biosphere Expeditions, talks to DW about involving local communities in reef conservation in the Maldives.

News Headlines
#102370
2015-01-13

Environment ministry may bar new roads in protected areas

Building new roads and widening existing ones in India’s 619 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries may be barred, with the government accepting most of the recommendations of a panel report.

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#102371
2015-01-13

U.S. enlarges area in Southwest where rare wolves can roam

(Reuters) - Rare wolves in the American Southwest will be allowed more room to roam but some could be marked for death if they prey too heavily on elk and deer prized by hunters, under a rule issued by federal officials on Monday.

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#102372
2015-01-13

Tanzania: Armed Illegal Loggers Devastate Coastal Forest

Dar es Salaam — A surge in illegal logging is devastating native forests in coastal Tanzania's Rufiji district, despite efforts by authorities to curb forest losses, officials said.

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