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#101883
2014-11-14

Researchers 'appalled' as EU chief scientist role is axed

Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

News Headlines
#101884
2014-11-14

Record-breaking ocean temperatures wreak havoc

THE world's oceans are the hottest they've ever been in the modern record. An analysis shared exclusively with New Scientist suggests that the global slowdown in the rise of air temperatures is probably over, and we are entering another period of rapid warming.

News Headlines
#101885
2014-11-14

Conservation report reinforces fears over 'paper parks'

There's a sense of déjà vu at the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney this week, where it was announced that the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas.

News Headlines
#101886
2014-11-14

Surprising reasons to be optimistic about saving forests

In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects.

News Headlines
#101887
2014-11-14

Lightning strikes will increase due to climate change

For every 1C of global warming lightning strikes will increase by about 12%, new research shows, but scientists don’t yet know where increases will occur

News Headlines
#101888
2014-11-14

Extinction risk may be overrated but reefs still vulnerable

We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.

News Headlines
#101890
2014-11-14

Green List promotes best conservation areas

Conservation groups often highlight species or ecosystems at risk. An effort launched on 14 November turns that approach on its head, seeking for the first time to systematically recognize the world's best-managed protected areas, which offer the most favourable conditions for flora and fauna.

News Headlines
#101867
2014-11-13

Push for biodiversity to have deeper role in SDGs

Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

News Headlines
#101868
2014-11-13

Can't dump on Great Barrier Reef but you can next door

This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#101869
2014-11-13

China's old-growth forests vanishing despite government policies

China's anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world's most ecologically fragile places, according to studies.

News Headlines
#101870
2014-11-13

The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer

Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.

News Headlines
#101871
2014-11-13

Reducing deforestation is good for business, argues report

Some of the world's largest companies are making progress in disclosing and addressing deforestation risk within their commodity supply chains, but much work is left to be done to shift to more sustainable practices, argues a new report from the Climate Disclosure Project.

News Headlines
#101872
2014-11-13

World Parks Congress in Sydney to tackle weaknesses in conservation

INTERNATIONAL visitors to the World Parks Congress, which starts today in Sydney, may have taken their first close-up look at Australian conservation while they were still in the air.

News Headlines
#101873
2014-11-13

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

Sydney - Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warned on Thursday.

News Headlines
#101874
2014-11-13

Australia 'going backwards' on climate change targets

While China and the US have agreed on reduced emissions targets, Australia's commitment to tackling climate change is faltering.

News Headlines
#101875
2014-11-13

Bolivia's balancing act on food and forests

In Bolivia, Mother Earth has the right to life, biodiversity, clean water and air, equilibrium, restoration and pollution-free living. That law, passed in 2012, gives humans the duty to protect those rights.

News Headlines
#101876
2014-11-13

GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.

News Headlines
#101877
2014-11-13

Combatting illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University in Australia have found a way to predict illegal fishing activities to help authorities better protect marine reserves.

News Headlines
#101852
2014-11-12

Climate change could cause expansion of ocean dead zones

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Dead zones in the world's oceans are expected to warm and expand by the end of the century due to climate change, says a new study.

News Headlines
#101853
2014-11-12

Panama sets new raptor migration record

PANAMA CITY, Panama, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- More than two million raptors soared through skies above Panama City, circling and gliding as they made their way across the Central American capital as they complete the last leg of their 600-plus-mile journey from North to South America.

News Headlines
#101854
2014-11-12

Farmers, scientists divided over climate change

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study shows.

News Headlines
#101855
2014-11-12

Land management is ‘drowning in a sea of data’

Forests, deserts and other habitats are suffering while decision makers are busy sifting through the myriad of indicators for effective land management — and different methods for collecting this sea of data only dilute the impact that research has on policy, a meeting heard.

News Headlines
#101856
2014-11-12

How SADC is Fighting Wildlife Crime

LILONGWE, Nov 12 2014 (IPS) - “We are underpaid, have no guns and in most instances are outnumbered by the poachers,” says Stain Phiri, a ranger at Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve — a 986 km reserve said to have the most abundant and a variety of wildlife in Malawi — which also happens to be one o ...

News Headlines
#101857
2014-11-12

GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.

News Headlines
#101858
2014-11-12

Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Peru’s rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions

News Headlines
#101859
2014-11-12

US and China reach historic climate change deal, vow to cut emissions

Beijing (CNN) -- In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades.

News Headlines
#101860
2014-11-12

Business can save ecosystems and support economic development

Business has long been seen as a barrier to the sustainable use of natural resources but the example of Virunga National Park proves otherwise

News Headlines
#101861
2014-11-12

High ant diversity underfoot in urban environments

Cities have more species diversity than you'd expect. A study of ants in Manhattan found not only a wide range of species, but also significant differences in the levels of biodiversity in different urban areas.

News Headlines
#101862
2014-11-12

Kiwi could be 'lost' within 50 years

Kiwi are likely to be lost from mainland New Zealand "within our grandchildren's lifetimes" and without continuing intervention could die out altogether within 50 years.

News Headlines
#101863
2014-11-12

Largest international study into safety of GM food launched by Russian NGO

Thousands of rats will be fed Monsanto maize diets in a $23m, three-year ‘Factor GMO’ study into long-term health effects of GM food and associated pesticides

News Headlines
#101830
2014-11-11

Saving Kenya’s anti-cancer tree

The bark of the Prunus Africana tree contains ingredients that fight illnesses like prostate cancer. Green groups and local residents are working together to stop illegal deforestation and promote sustainable harvesting.

News Headlines
#101831
2014-11-11

Life-saving medicinal plants under threat from biodiversity erosion

As global efforts to prevent biodiversity depletion focus more on fauna than flora, experts call for guidelines to protect against the threatened loss of life-saving plants.

News Headlines
#101832
2014-11-11

Kell: 'Climate change is bad for business'

One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.

News Headlines
#101833
2014-11-11

A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Experts warn of the jellification of the oceans.

News Headlines
#101835
2014-11-11

UN offers wider protections to 31 species of anim

QUITO, Ecuador, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The conservation body of the United Nations has offered wider, stronger protection to 31 species of animals, including a variety of vulnerable birds, sharks and whales.

News Headlines
#101836
2014-11-11

Stink bug pest 'could get to UK'

An agricultural pest dubbed the stink bug could establish itself within the UK, according to a scientist.

News Headlines
#101837
2014-11-11

A Fair Climate Treaty or None at All, Jamaica Warns

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 10 2014 (IPS) - As the clock counts down to the last major climate change meeting of the year, before countries must agree on a definitive new treaty in 2015, a senior United Nations official says members of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) “need to b ...

News Headlines
#101838
2014-11-11

Trapped Populations – Hostages of Climate Change

LONDON, Nov 10 2014 (IPS) - Climate change is projected by many scientists to bring with it a range of calamities – from widespread floods, to prolonged heatwaves and slowly but relentlessly rising seas – taking the heaviest toll on those already most vulnerable.

News Headlines
#101839
2014-11-11

MEPs vote to firm up national bans on GM crops in Europe

European Commission proposal to prevent national bans on environmental or health grounds is defeated

News Headlines
#101840
2014-11-11

Big game poachers

ACROSS Africa the illegal slaughter of elephants is accelerating at such a pace—recent estimates put the number killed at 100,000 in just three years—that it threatens to exterminate whole populations. The worst of this butchery takes place in Tanzania, the biggest source of illegal ivory.

News Headlines
#101841
2014-11-11

Protected Areas Get Short Shrift

Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them, as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions.

News Headlines
#101844
2014-11-11

South Africa: Strong Biosafety Framework Needed - Minister Pandor

Pretoria — Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says a strong biosafety framework is needed in the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

News Headlines
#101845
2014-11-11

Wildlife Conservation: Scat Used to Identify Tigers and Leopards in Genetic Breakthrough

Indian scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Centre for Wildlife Studies and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have developed novel genetic approaches to identify species, sex and individuals from carnivore scats.

News Headlines
#101846
2014-11-11

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation.

News Headlines
#101847
2014-11-11

Protecting native forests more valuable than logging

New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged.

News Headlines
#101809
2014-11-07

Are changes to EU environmental legislation better for biodiversity or for business?

Policy Exchange's Katherine Drayson reveals how a little noticed change to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment regime could deliver significant green benefits without hampering businesses

News Headlines
#101810
2014-11-07

Congo-Brazzaville: To Protect Congo Basin Forest, Ask Local People How to Use It

Yaounde — Central African governments must include local people when planning how to use land if they want to resolve problems caused by resource-hungry agribusiness and mining companies that have put the Congo Basin rainforest under pressure in recent years, experts say.

News Headlines
#101811
2014-11-07

Climate change: no confusion in India’s stand on China, says Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there was no confusion in India’s position vis-à-vis China on climate change.

News Headlines
#101812
2014-11-07

Iconic US Tree May Be Saved by Genetic Engineering

The iconic American chestnut tree was practically wiped out from the eastern United States 100 years ago by a deadly fungus, but now, thanks to a tweaked gene, researchers are growing trees that appear to be resistant to the fungus.

News Headlines
#101813
2014-11-07

Study: Global warming will increase pollen and allergen exposure

AMHERST, Mass., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The icebergs are melting and the sea levels are rising. Studies show droughts could become longer and more frequent, coastal storms more damaging, and forest fires more expansive. Now, researchers say climate change is also likely to bring about more pollen-induce ...

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