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#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 ...

News Headlines
#101814
2014-11-07

Bug off: scientists devise family tree of world's insects

(Reuters) - They pollinate our flowers, vegetables and fruit. They spread deadly diseases. They flash in the summer night. They bore into the wood in our homes. And they serve as supper for birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - including people.

News Headlines
#101815
2014-11-07

Poland rejects IPCC target of zero emissions by 2100

IPCC recommendation to phase out fossil fuels by end of century to avoid dangerous global warming is categorically rejected by Poland and other eastern European countries

News Headlines
#101816
2014-11-07

Cape Verde group answers turtle SOS

The Cape Verde Islands are a key nesting area for loggerhead turtles. But the species is endangered as a result of hunting and mass tourism. On the island of Sal, SOS Tartarugas takes care of turtles - big and small.

News Headlines
#101817
2014-11-07

Brazil's environmental record hangs in the balance

Brazil: tropical rainforests, the Amazon, vast savannahs. The association between Latin America´s largest country and Nature at its most vital and exuberant is almost automatic for people around the world – the vast majority of whom will never visit the place that Charles Darwin described as a “ ...

News Headlines
#101795
2014-11-06

Invasive species threaten global biodiversity

Huilo Huilo - Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

News Headlines
#101797
2014-11-06

Amplifying women’s voices in climate change solutions focus of UN conference

5 November 2014 – Aiming to develop more gender-sensitive services, a United Nations-led conference kicking off in Geneva today is spearheading a drive to ensure that weather and climate services reduce women’s vulnerability to disasters and climate change, and help them realize their potential ...

News Headlines
#101798
2014-11-06

Rarest Kiwi Species Gets Breeding Boost

Fifty birds flew home last month. Now, 50 may not seem like much and flight might not sound all that unusual for birds, but we’re talking about the critically endangered rowi (Apteryx rowi), New Zealand’s scarcest kiwi species and one of the world’s rarest flightless birds.

News Headlines
#101799
2014-11-06

A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet's biodiversity, say experts: Only one in four protected areas is well managed

A fundamental step-change involving an increase in funding and political commitment is urgently needed to ensure that protected areas deliver their full conservation, social and economic potential, according to an new article.

News Headlines
#101800
2014-11-06

New coral species off California discovered

A research team has discovered a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates in the underwater canyons located close to the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries off the Sonoma coast.

News Headlines
#101801
2014-11-06

Q&A on science advice and the development goals

The Scientific Advisory Board, launched last year and hosted by UNESCO, is busy writing its first papers. SciDev.Net spoke to Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, one of the advisors, director-general of India’s Energy and Resources Institute, and chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a ...

News Headlines
#101802
2014-11-06

91% of Kenya’s protected areas shrank in 100 years

Only 5 percent of Kenya has major tree cover today, so it might be surprising to learn that it has some of the oldest national parks in the history of the conservation movement. In 1900, after the first landmark international conference of African wildlife in London, the Southern and Northern Ga ...

News Headlines
#101803
2014-11-06

El Salvador Restores Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change

BARRA DE SANTIAGO, El Salvador , Nov 5 2014 (IPS) - Carlos Menjívar has been ferrying people in his boat for 20 years in this fishing village in western El Salvador surrounded by ocean, mangroves and wetlands, which is suffering the effects of environmental degradation.

News Headlines
#101804
2014-11-06

Are aquaculture and fisheries a solution to food insecurity?

Women-led aquafarming projects in Bangladesh have led to a 500% increase in fish production

News Headlines
#101805
2014-11-06

Synthetic Biology: Treating Life as a Machine

On the eve of the largest annual gathering of synthetic biologists in the world, ETC Group and the Bioeconomies Media Project are launching a new animated explanation of the workings of this emerging “SynBio” industry, often dubbed extreme genetic engineering.

News Headlines
#101806
2014-11-06

Invasive species threaten biodiversity

Huilo Huilo - Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

News Headlines
#101783
2014-11-05

Arctic warming: Scientists identify new driver

A mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice has been identified by scientists.

News Headlines
#101784
2014-11-05

Rwanda farmer test may prove value of climate forecasts

An experiment is beginning in Rwanda to test whether farming communities are more likely to adapt their agricultural practices to cope with climate change if the government provides timely weather forecasts.

News Headlines
#101785
2014-11-05

Small fish in a big pond: the plight of the lemon damsel fish

Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean

News Headlines
#101786
2014-11-05

Of warming and warnings

“SCIENCE has spoken,” said Ban Ki-Moon, the UN’s secretary general. “Time is not on our side. Leaders must act.” He was reacting to the latest assessment of the state of the global climate by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists who advise governments.

News Headlines
#101787
2014-11-05

Belief in climate change doesn't always lead to action

Americans are undergoing a significant shift in thinking about climate change, but rising public awareness of a warming climate has not translated into action, according to new survey research.

News Headlines
#101788
2014-11-05

Protecting Africa's bees for world food security

Scientists in a new, world-class laboratory in Kenya will work to protect Africa's bees and help farmers produce top-quality honey and wax for international markets.

News Headlines
#101789
2014-11-05

UN Climate Change Report 2014: The End Of The IPCC?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, has been a leading voice in discussions about global warming since the panel was formed 26 years ago, and it has devoted countless hours and resources to understanding the planet’s complex and ever-changing environment.

News Headlines
#101790
2014-11-05

Project ‘discovers’ uncharted forests—and charts new direction in land-use planning

BOGOR, Indonesia — Whereas magicians use mirrors to make huge objects seemingly disappear, researchers in Indonesia are developing maps to “find” forests that apparently weren’t there before.

News Headlines
#101791
2014-11-05

Preserving biodiversity of the Falkland Islands

Learning more about the biodiversity of the Falkland Islands and what can be done to preserve it is the focus of a planned trip for three University of Maine researchers.

News Headlines
#101770
2014-11-04

Plan bee: New measures to protect pollinators

The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

News Headlines
#101771
2014-11-04

UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales 'need legal protection'

The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such ‘marine megafauna’.

News Headlines
#101773
2014-11-04

New pasture varieties could 'soup up' weeds

New varieties of existing pastures designed to meet the world's growing demand for milk and meat could create major weed problems, say ecologists.

News Headlines
#101774
2014-11-04

Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries

African NGOs received just 4% of Bill Gates’s money for agriculture work, with 75% for US organisations, report says

News Headlines
#101775
2014-11-04

Fight to save endangered Indus dolphins, turtles

SUKKUR: Local legend has it that Pakistan's Indus River dolphin was once a woman, transformed by a curse from a holy man angry that she forgot to feed him one day.

News Headlines
#101776
2014-11-04

Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way

Even during summer dry spells, some patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

News Headlines
#101777
2014-11-04

Deadly microbes a driver for the globe's biodiversity

Most of the globe's biodiversity is invisible to the bare eye. Yet, microbes were vital in bringing about today's diversity of plants and animals. Even the deadly Ebola virus has its place in the grand scheme of things.

News Headlines
#101778
2014-11-04

More than 40 percent of China's arable land degraded: Xinhua

(Reuters) - More than 40 percent of China's arable land is suffering from degradation, official news agency Xinhua said, reducing its capacity to produce food for the world's biggest population.

News Headlines
#101779
2014-11-04

Tanzania: Environmentalists Craft Strategic Actions to Promote African Mountain Regions

ENVIRONMENTAL experts have identified strategic actions to address key issues of conservation and development challenges of biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.

News Headlines
#101758
2014-11-03

'Leaders must act', urges Ban, as new UN report warns climate change may soon be 'irreversible'

2 November 2014 – Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

News Headlines
#101759
2014-11-03

India at risk, can't undermine sustainable development: UN climate change report authors

A crucial United Nations report on climate change released on Sunday telling governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 is "both an opportunity and a challenge for India", said an expert from India involved in preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Synthesis R ...

News Headlines
#101760
2014-11-03

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

News Headlines
#101762
2014-11-03

Beautiful UN stamps use endangered fish to make point

The marine species featured on the latest stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration may be beautiful but they are also under threat.

News Headlines
#101763
2014-11-03

Startling decline in European birds: Majority of losses from most common species

Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, according to a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.

News Headlines
#101764
2014-11-03

Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

Planting trees and creating green space in cities is good for attracting species, but it may not be enough to ensure biodiversity in built environments, a University of Iowa study has found.

News Headlines
#101765
2014-11-03

Facing severe drought, 'war effort' needed to save the Amazon, says scientist

Severe droughts in southern Brazil may be linked to deforestation and degradation of Earth's largest rainforest, argues a new

News Headlines
#101766
2014-11-03

Uganda Still Grapples with Inadequate Funds to Tackle Climate Change

KAMPALA, Nov 3 2014 (IPS) - Until last month, Allen Nambozo’s only source of income was the cabbages, carrots and bananas she grew along the slopes of Uganda’s Mount Elgon in the eastern district of Bulambuli.

News Headlines
#101767
2014-11-03

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable

News Headlines
#101768
2014-11-03

Lessons for Africa from Small Island Developing States

Seychelles, Mauritius and Cape Verde offer solid lessons for mainland Africa. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Chief Economist for Africa, Dr Ayodele Odusola said this at the sidelines of the ninth African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

News Headlines
#101701
2014-10-31

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

News Headlines
#101702
2014-10-31

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

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