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#94501
2013-07-05

Australian naturalist catches night parrot on film

An Australian naturalist has photographed a rare, nocturnal parrot that has not been caught alive for more than 100 years.

News Headlines
#94502
2013-07-05

Climate Change Deniers Using Dirty Tricks from 'Tobacco Wars'

July 4, 2013 — Fossil fuel companies have been funding smear campaigns that raise doubts about climate change, writes John Sauven in the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine.

News Headlines
#94503
2013-07-05

Bioenergy and food security need linked policy, says UN

Biofuels' impact on global food security can be lessened by linked food and energy policies, says a panel of independent experts that is also calling for more research and development.

News Headlines
#94504
2013-07-05

Biodiversity conservation funding can be better targeted, scientists find

Researchers identified the most underfunded countries globally for nature conservation in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week.

News Headlines
#94505
2013-07-05

Living Laboratory for Coping with Drought in Brazil

RIACHÃO DO JACUIPE, Brazil, Jul 4 2013 (IPS) - The first surprise on arriving at Abel Manto’s farm is how green it is, in contrast with the dry brown surroundings. His beans and fruit trees seem oblivious to the persistent drought in the semi-arid hinterland of northeast Brazil, the worst in 50 ...

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#94488
2013-07-04

Report says recent extremes of climate, temperatures unprecedented

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report.

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#94489
2013-07-04

New long-horned beetle discovered in China

Recent expeditions by the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Zoology to the Yunnan Province of China have uncovered the existence of a new species of long-horned beetle.

News Headlines
#94490
2013-07-04

Making movies to save Uganda's great apes

A new series of films aims to protect Uganda's great ape species (mountain gorillas and chimpanzees) by bringing entertaining and educational movies to a rural audience living on the edges of Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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#94491
2013-07-04

Green Economy Not Taking Off in Latin America

MEXICO CITY, Jul 3 2013 (IPS) - A year after endorsing the principles of the green economy at the Río +20 summit, Latin America is making little progress towards sustainable development models, according to experts.

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#94492
2013-07-04

Shocking footage of hunters killing young seals fails to stop Namibia's cull

Government claims the cull is to protect fish stocks, but campaigners say seals are clubbed to death for their fat and fur

News Headlines
#94493
2013-07-04

Workshop to Introduce Vietnam's Circular for GM Crop Biosafety Regulation

(DA NANG Vietnam) - The Department of Biodiversity Conservation of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a seminar to introduce Circular No.08/2013/TT-BTNMT dated May, 2013 on June 21, 2013 in Hanoi.

News Headlines
#94462
2013-07-03

Blue and beaked whales affected by simulated navy sonar

Blue and beaked whales' behaviour is disturbed by simulated navy sonar, according to two published studies.

News Headlines
#94463
2013-07-03

Wired Forest May Reveal How New England Forests Respond to Climate Change

Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming

News Headlines
#94464
2013-07-03

Greenhouse Gas Likely Altering Ocean Foodchain: Atmospheric CO2 Has Big Consequences for Tiny Bacteria

July 2, 2013 — Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#94465
2013-07-03

Identifying Climate Impact Hotspots Across Sectors

July 1, 2013 — One out of 10 people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.

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#94466
2013-07-03

Over 700 species added to the threatened categories on the IUCN Red List (photos)

In another sign of the global biodiversity crisis, the IUCN Red List has added 715 species to its threatened categories of Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered in this year's update.

News Headlines
#94467
2013-07-03

U.S. Weighing Increase in Herbicide Levels in Food Supply

WASHINGTON, Jul 2 2013 (IPS) - Environmental safety groups are stepping up efforts to prevent a reportedly dangerous yet widely used herbicide from being sold in the United States, even as the country’s primary environmental regulator is considering increasing the amount of the herbicide allowed ...

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#94468
2013-07-03

Questions Arise Over EU Draft Regulation To Implement Nagoya Protocol

The European Commission has prepared a draft regulation to implement an international protocol to prevent biopiracy, leading two nongovernmental organisations to publish an opinion piece voicing concerns about it.

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#94469
2013-07-03

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.

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#94450
2013-07-02

Carbon from nuclear tests could help fight poachers

The atmospheric carbon left over from nuclear bomb testing could help scientists track poached ivory, new research has found.

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#94451
2013-07-02

World's only freshwater porpoise on brink of extinction

There's now only one cetacean species to be found in the Yangtze river, and it is in serious danger of extinction. The conservation status of the Yangtze finless porpoise – the world's only freshwater porpoise – has been upgraded to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red L ...

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#94452
2013-07-02

Last Chance for Sawfish?

All species of sawfish around the world could soon gain full protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, a move that comes just in time for the iconic but critically endangered creatures.

News Headlines
#94453
2013-07-02

EU debates U-turn on biofuels policy

The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such as soya beans and sugar cane in the hope of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.

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#94454
2013-07-02

Nigeria: Ministers, Experts Hail Jonathan On Biosafety Bill

Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey Ewa; her Environment counterpart, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, and stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology applications have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his effort in fast-tracking the progress made in the expeditious passage of ...

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#94455
2013-07-02

San Francisco seafood restaurants go sustainable

The Seafood Watch, first created by Monterey Bay Aquarium in the late 1990s, is arguably the best-known guide to sustainably-caught seafood in the U.S. Listing seafood choices in three categories—green (best choices), yellow (good alternatives), and red (avoid)—the guide informs consumers of the ...

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#94456
2013-07-02

Climate change is a 'big business opportunity for the UK'

UK's first national adaption plan sets out economic opportunities of increasingly more extreme weather, as well as the risks

News Headlines
#94457
2013-07-02

Biodiversity spending study finds 40 countries most underfunded to properly protect species

It is a bedrock principle of the conservation community that the world spends only a fraction of the money necessary to properly protect global biodiversity, the panoply of species on the planet dwindling in the midst of what many describe as an “extinction crisis.”

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#94458
2013-07-02

UNDP gives $US12m for biodiversity

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- THE United Nations Development Program-Global Environment Fund (UNDP-GEF) will aid Papua New Guinea (PNG) with U$D12 million to protect its biodiversity.

News Headlines
#94459
2013-07-02

Climate extremes are 'unprecedented'

The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

News Headlines
#94434
2013-06-28

'Back off Manatee Bay' - Govt, UDC take flak over integrated resort-development plan

PLAYERS FROM Jamaica's conservation sector have come out against the inclusion of Manatee Bay in St Catherine among the likely areas for development, as Government opens applications for integrated resort developments (IRDs), which are intended to grow the hotel sector.

News Headlines
#94435
2013-06-28

Diana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futures

Reaching forest sustainability is a challenge that could benefit from recently developed modelling tools designed to assist policy makers in their decisions

News Headlines
#94436
2013-06-28

Are environmental valuation techniques fair? “– Exploration to bring in equity, justice in environmental valuation techniques

The latest released report titled “Green National Accounting Framework for India” by a committee chaired by Sir Prof. Partha Dasgupta has brought the need for measuring national wealth as a part of the national income accounting framework of countries.

News Headlines
#94437
2013-06-28

Agro-Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

A public lecture on “The conservation of agro-biodiversity as a response to climate change” was held last Friday at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan City.

News Headlines
#94439
2013-06-28

Recent Brazilian Federal Court Decision Involving Genetic Heritage and Traditional Knowledge

On May 22, 2013, the Federal Court from the State of Acre in Brazil (which is North of Brazil) handed down an important decision involving alleged access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

News Headlines
#94440
2013-06-28

Humans Play Role in Australia's 'Angry' Hot Summer

June 27, 2013 — Human influences through global warming are likely to have played a role in Australia's recent "angry" hot summer, the hottest in Australia's observational record, new research has found.

News Headlines
#94441
2013-06-28

Scientists Discover Thriving Colonies of Microbes in Ocean 'Plastisphere'

June 27, 2013 — Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans -- a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."

News Headlines
#94442
2013-06-28

Global Warming May Affect Soil Microbe Survival, With Unknown Consequences On Soil Fertility and Erosion

June 27, 2013 — Arizona State University researchers have discovered for the first time that temperature determines where key soil microbes can thrive -- microbes that are critical to forming topsoil crusts in arid lands.

News Headlines
#94443
2013-06-28

Bee crisis: UK government launches 'urgent' review

Defra pledges to introduce a national pollinator strategy after huge pressure for a bee action plan from scientists and public

News Headlines
#94444
2013-06-28

Africa: Ten More Countries Join Japan-UNDP Biodiversity Partnership

The Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launched the second phase of a major biodiversity and sustainable development partnership, and announced new projects in ten countries.

News Headlines
#94415
2013-06-27

Without Action, Warming to Decimate Species Diversity

On Tuesday, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to address the enormous and growing costs of climate change.

News Headlines
#94416
2013-06-27

Wolf Lake Ancient Forest Is Endangered Ecosystem

New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada.

News Headlines
#94417
2013-06-27

More companies are finding sustainability makes sense

BUSINESS and environmental activists are worlds apart — ideologically opposed, distrustful and antagonistic over each other’s motives, right? Those of us who have followed the high-profile daredevil actions of the anti-whaling, anti-palm oil or anti-nuclear campaigners may agree. But the acrimon ...

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#94418
2013-06-27

World’s tropical forests declining

The world’s primary forests have declined by almost four per cent in the past ten years with the vast majority of these losses in the tropics.However, in it’s latest interim report, the State of the Tropics grouping of 12 leading research institutions in 11 countries says the rate of loss in the ...

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#94419
2013-06-27

Living Oceans Foundation concludes month-long scientific study in Fiji

SUVA, Fiji – The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has wrapped up a month-long coral reef research expedition in Fiji.

News Headlines
#94420
2013-06-27

Traditional medicine suffers from lack of funding

Despite its rich natural biodiversity, the country is failing to tap the true potential of traditional and herbal medicine, experts have said.Studies have shown 9,600 out of 30,000 species of indigenous plants had medicinal properties.

News Headlines
#94421
2013-06-27

Australia-Japan whaling case in international court

Public hearings are under way in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

News Headlines
#94423
2013-06-27

Call for re-think on wildlife funds

Budget cuts to the UK environment department Defra have prompted one of the country's biggest conservation charities to call for a fresh way of funding wildlife protection.

News Headlines
#94424
2013-06-27

Sea Level Along Maryland's Shorelines Could Rise Two Feet by 2050

June 26, 2013 — A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Gover ...

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#94426
2013-06-27

Focus on Gender: Working to raise the productivity of women farmers

Amid the current debates around hunger, food security and nutrition, some international development experts are calling for the 'gender gap' to be closed. [1] What does this mean and how can it be done? The World Bank may have the answer.

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#94427
2013-06-27

Crop yields no longer keeping up with population growth

If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60%, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields.

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