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#100867
2014-09-11

Marine Reserves in All UK Overseas Territories?

On 10th September in Parliament, Zac Goldsmith MP, Stanley Johnson, the RSPB, the Blue Marine Foundation and the Pew Trusts presented a pamphlet calling on the Government to commit to creating Marine Protected Areas around three of its Overseas Territories: Pitcairn, Ascension, and South Georgia ...

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#100869
2014-09-11

Climate change and the SDGs: Where do we go from here?

In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emiss ...

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#100832
2014-09-10

Kerala to Prepare Databank of Marine Ecosystem

Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.

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#100833
2014-09-10

6th Mass Extinction? Humans Kill Species Faster than They're Created

Humans are killing off species thousands of times faster than nature creates them, new research finds.

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#100834
2014-09-10

As climate change debate heats up, UN experts warn ‘we are running out of time’

9 September 2014 – The United Nations weather agency today voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to.

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#100835
2014-09-10

Global biodiversity prize for Indian

R. Kamal Bawa, president, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India, and distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston, is among the three winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014.

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#100837
2014-09-10

Prioritising islands' invasive pest control

Scientists have developed a way to identify island habitats that face the greatest threat from invasive pests, such as rats and feral cats.

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#100838
2014-09-10

Wildlife energy: Survival of the fittest

Using a wildlife version of fitness trackers, biologists can finally measure how much energy animals need to stay alive.

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#100839
2014-09-10

Drug traffickers in Honduras displace indigenous people and destroy forests

Transnational drug trafficking organizations in Honduras – such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas – are displacing indigenous tribal groups and destroying critical forests and wildlife habitats.

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#100841
2014-09-10

David Suzuki: Fighting climate change offers many health benefits

What if we could reduce worldwide deaths from disease, starvation, and disaster while improving the health of people everywhere? According to the World Health Organization, we can.

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#100843
2014-09-10

NASA probe to study world’s forests and carbon cycle

NASA is developing a new probe that will create a unique 3D map of all the world’s forests, in an attempt to improve understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and the mitigation of climate change.

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#100847
2014-09-10

How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

Cambridge, Mass. — In France, children grow up hearing the story of the 100 times good cake: A cat and a dog preparing a cake start from the idea that if the cake has 100 delicious ingredients, it will be “100 times good.” So they make a cake with strawberries and cream, garlic and pepper (and t ...

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#100848
2014-09-10

The plan to save the rarest fish in the world – that happens to be named after puppies

The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the rarest fish in the world. Found only in a single, tiny limestone cavern in the Devils Hole geothermal pool about 100 km east of Nevada’s Death Valley National Park, these fish have the smallest known geographic range of any vertebrate in the wild.

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#100849
2014-09-10

Pacific walrus population declines

Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.

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#100850
2014-09-10

Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change

Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday.

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#100851
2014-09-10

Human Rights and Gender Equality Vague in Post-2015 Agenda

With the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion, civil society actors in Europe are calling for a firmer stance on human rights and gender equality, including control of assets by women.

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#100809
2014-09-09

Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.

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#100810
2014-09-09

Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear

EL MAYOR, Mexico , Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - In their language, Cocopah means “river people”. For over 500 years the members of this Amerindian group have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora and the U.S. state of Arizona.

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#100811
2014-09-09

Thought wiped out by climate change, 'extinct' snail rediscovered in Seychelles

Once plentiful on a tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) was declared extinct in 1997 as one of the world’s first recorded direct casualties of climate change. But last month, a monitoring team found a population on one of the atoll’s largest island ...

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#100812
2014-09-09

Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country's Tourism and Art's Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenu ...

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#100813
2014-09-09

'Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, ...

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#100814
2014-09-09

North America's key birds facing extinction, study finds

314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change

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#100815
2014-09-09

Now climate change is affecting jobs NGOs need to nurture 'green-skills'

A report shows extreme weather is affecting youth unemployment in south-east Asia. Is training the answer?

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#100816
2014-09-09

Awareness drive on marine bio-diversity

The conservation of marine diversity has a major role to play when it comes to ensuring livelihoods of coastal communities. In the wake of rising concerns, an awareness drive on marine eco systems was launched for students here on Saturday. Tree Foundation, a voluntary organisation, in associa ...

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#100784
2014-09-08

Food crop wild relatives endangered

Scientists have released the most complete database of the wild relatives of common food crops.

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#100785
2014-09-08

World’s Last Remaining Forest Wilderness at Risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 5 2014 (IPS) - The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost – and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

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#100786
2014-09-08

World's rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M

Mapping the world's tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission — and far less than field-based sampling — argues a new paper p ...

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#100787
2014-09-08

£20m salt marsh to create wildlife habitat and fight erosion from sea

An ambitious and controversial coastal realignment scheme – billed as the largest in the UK in modern times – has been completed, with sea water pouring on to the Steart peninsula in Somerset for the first time in centuries.

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#100788
2014-09-08

How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'

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#100790
2014-09-08

New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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#100791
2014-09-08

Four New Species Discovered in India, in Five Years

Hyderabad, a city known more today for its Silicon Valley connection has revealed its nature connection too with researchers discovering not one but four new species in the city in the past five years. This includes two spider species, a plant species, a lizard and even the re-discovery of a sna ...

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#100792
2014-09-08

Africa: Small Islands States' Big Development Challenge

The ocean is a crucial component of the Earth system, essential for supporting ecosystem and human health by regulating the weather and climate, producing freshwater and soaking up carbon. It also provides food and other resources, trade and migration routes. Global fisheries support over 170 mi ...

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#100793
2014-09-08

To be counted during Paris summit, India must cut its carbon footprint

Former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh set a cat among the pigeons, in his inimitable style, at a recent national conference on climate and sustainable development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. He asserted that India would be “the last man standing at Paris” ...

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#100794
2014-09-08

Why zero deforestation is compatible with a reduction in poverty

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist, last week attacked fellow Greens who back the ambition of “zero deforestation”’. He accused colleagues of “absolutism”, holding back development, perpetuating poverty and even colonialism. He suggested that the aim of stopping deforestation is simplistic a ...

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#100768
2014-09-05

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels

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#100769
2014-09-05

A path to becoming a conservation scientist

The path to finding a career often involves twists and turns. Serendipity is important — one rarely anticipates what small events, chance occurrences, and seeds of inspiration will spur decisions that lead to pursuing one job or another.

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#100770
2014-09-05

Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country.

News Headlines
#100771
2014-09-05

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

From his front door to the banks of the Cantareira reservoir, José Christiano da Silva used to stroll only a hundred metres when he first moved to the area in 2009. Today, amid the worst drought in São Paulo's history, he must now trek a kilometre across the dried-up bed before he reaches what's ...

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#100772
2014-09-05

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal family tree.

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#100773
2014-09-05

Aerial Census of Africa's Elephants Aims to Help Conservation, Anti-Poaching Efforts

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana—"Fifteen elephants right!" ecologist Mike Chase shouts above the roar of the single-engine Cessna. The plane swoops low over the herd of gray bodies as they wade single-file across the floodplain below.

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#100774
2014-09-05

Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

Streetlights and the light from shopping centers, stadiums, and houses turn night into day, a "loss of night" that is shifting the internal clocks of birds worldwide. Now, scientists are trying to understand how artificial lights are affecting birds' songs, mating, and reproduction.

News Headlines
#100775
2014-09-05

Indonesia to Verify Forest Ownership Issues

The Indonesian government has declared it will verify ownership of 66.3 million hectares of disputed forest land by the end of the year. Through the development of a Recognition and Verification of Rights scheme (PPH), the Forestry Department will inventory and evaluate the status of all governm ...

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#100776
2014-09-05

Ethiopia Keen to Share Best Practices in Agriculture

Ethiopia says it is ready to share its best practices in improving agricultural production and productivity with fellow African countries. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held talks on Tuesday with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, who is in Addis Ababa for the 4th Africa ...

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#100777
2014-09-05

Blue-Green Economy' Needed for Island Nations Threatened by Rising Sea, Says UN

Small island nations have been facing increasing difficulties as the state of the world continues to change. Now the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is recommending that small island developing states (SIDS) adapt a new strategy for socioeconomic purposes to weather the storm of clim ...

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#100748
2014-09-04

Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

The huge stores of carbon locked in the world's soils are more vulnerable to rising temperatures than previously thought.

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#100749
2014-09-04

Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 4 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

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#100751
2014-09-04

REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests

There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within fore ...

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#100755
2014-09-04

Australia cancels plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef

A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...

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#100756
2014-09-04

Will banning high-powered kettles and hairdryers help climate change efforts?

Euro and climate sceptics have attacked EU rules controlling the energy use of appliances, saying they will not reduce emissions. With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.

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#100758
2014-09-04

New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks

UN is trying to convince countries to make new pledges before they meet in Paris to finalise a new deal on cutting emissions, reports Climate News Network

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