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#101365
2014-10-10

Carbon Emissions Are Bringing Ocean Acidity To Catastrophic Levels

Most scientists whose heads aren't firmly wedged inside the Koch brothers' rear ends have ascertained that human-sourced carbon emissions are contributing to a dangerous warming of our planet, one that pretty much spells out the end of Earth as we know it unless world leaders do something about ...

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#101366
2014-10-10

World Biodiversity Plan Shows Progress, But Not Enough

It’s not just about the polar bears and the honeybees. Sustainable development, and increasingly the stabilization of climate, depend more on biodiversity than we realized even a decade ago. Extinction, deforestation, overfishing, and pollution all restrict human abilities to nourish the planet.

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#101367
2014-10-10

12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

PYEONCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – 84 companies operating recreational diving and ecotourism in 44 countries delivered a Declaration to the 12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, requesting protection from the continued devastation of the natural environments and ...

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#101368
2014-10-10

The world after Millennium Development Goals

India needs to urgently improve its policy mix if it wants to abolish poverty

News Headlines
#101370
2014-10-10

Proposed SDGs won't capture the imagination

Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, nongovernment organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disea ...

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#101371
2014-10-10

WB-IMF Report Gauges Progress on Development Goals, Including New Target of Promoting Shared Prosperity of Bottom 40 Percent

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 – Much more work needs to be done to end poverty and close the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40 percent and the top 60 percent of the population around the world, says the Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015, released today by the World Bank and I ...

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#101372
2014-10-10

Aligning the agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and the European Environment and Health Process

The world is entering a crucial phase in the global negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda—the framework following in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals concluding next year.

News Headlines
#101373
2014-10-10

Antarctic sea ice shows record growth, climate change likely cause

The growth of sea ice is not evidence against the effects of climate change, but rather the consequence of it.

News Headlines
#101374
2014-10-10

Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields

Scientists have examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat.

News Headlines
#101375
2014-10-10

Urine of tiny migrating marine animals affects ocean chemistry

Tiny animals migrating from the ocean's surface to the sunlit depths release ammonia, the equivalent of our urine, that plays a significant role in marine chemistry, particularly in low-oxygen zones.

News Headlines
#101376
2014-10-10

Climate change alters the ecological impacts of seasons

If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide.

News Headlines
#101377
2014-10-10

'A remarkable conservation achievement': Ecuador reserve expands as forest disappear

A strip of rainforest running along the northwestern Ecuadorian coast and up through Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

News Headlines
#101378
2014-10-10

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

ATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its ...

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#101379
2014-10-10

We can meet 2C climate target – and here's how, say energy experts

Sir Bob Watson and a team of climate experts lay out a step-by-step action plan on how to meet global warming limit, but say success depends on ‘immediate, urgent, action’

News Headlines
#101380
2014-10-10

Great Barrier Reef: 'a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong'

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral

News Headlines
#101381
2014-10-10

The Age of Extinction: Can Anything Be Done to Save Our Planet’s Biodiversity?

In a world of crises from Ebola to Syria, it’s easy to overlook slow-motion calamities.

News Headlines
#101382
2014-10-10

Framing Biodiversity and Health in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In the context of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), taking place this week and next in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), represented by Dr Pablo Eyzaguirre, participated thi ...

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#101383
2014-10-10

Measuring impact a challenge as China reclaims farmlands for forests

China does not usually come to mind when one thinks about reforestation or afforestation.

News Headlines
#101384
2014-10-10

Ocean acidification up 26% since pre-industrial era

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned overnight Wednesday.

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#101332
2014-10-09

Ocean acidification will cost global economy $1 trillion by 2100

Ocean acidification will cost the world economy more than $1 trillion annually by 2100, according to a U.N. report released this week. Changing the composition of the world's oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said.

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#101333
2014-10-09

Scientists Report Ocean Acidification Causes $1 Trillion Damage

Carbon dioxide emissions are dissolving in the ocean, making it more acidic and causing nearly $1 trillion worth of damage, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#101334
2014-10-09

Worsening ocean acidification threatens humans and marine life, UK scientists warn

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are altering the pH levels of the ocean, with dramatic consequences for the marine environment and the people who depend on it, a group of British scientists has said.

News Headlines
#101335
2014-10-09

Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars

Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.

News Headlines
#101336
2014-10-09

Invasive emerald ash borer expanding its range

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- In Pennsylvania, one power company is preparing to remove more than 1,500 dying ash trees, damaged by the invasion of emerald ash borers. But ash trees, rotted from the inside out by the invasive insect, aren't just found overhanging power lines. They're everywhere.

News Headlines
#101338
2014-10-09

Wild panda land threatened by China's forest reforms

China's 1600 wild pandas could suffer further losses thanks to legislation that would allow as much as 15 per cent of their habitat to be sold off for commercial uses.

News Headlines
#101339
2014-10-09

Les océans s'acidifient à la vitesse grand V: «une catastrophe en cours»

Les océans du monde seront trop acides pour une grande partie de la vie marine d'ici la fin du siècle et les eaux canadiennes seront particulièrement touchées par le phénomène.

News Headlines
#101340
2014-10-09

Rivers recover natural conditions quickly following dam removal

A study of the removal of two dams in Oregon suggests that rivers can return surprisingly fast to a condition close to their natural state, both physically and biologically, and that the biological recovery might outpace the physical recovery. In the end, the large pulse of sediment from dam rem ...

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#101341
2014-10-09

Invasive plant wins competition against its native cousin

Because of its aggressive behavior and its harmful effects, the invasive prairie plant Lespedeza cuneata has been added to several noxious weed lists.

News Headlines
#101342
2014-10-09

INTERPOL launches African environmental crime unit

To help fight illegal poaching and trafficking, INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, has launched an environmental crimes unit in Africa.

News Headlines
#101346
2014-10-09

Brazil unlikely to sustain gains in reducing deforestation without new incentives for ranchers, says study

Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.

News Headlines
#101347
2014-10-09

Forest fragmentation's carbon bomb: 736 million tonnes C02 annually

Scientists have long known that forest fragments are not the same ecologically as intact forest landscapes.

News Headlines
#101348
2014-10-09

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

News Headlines
#101349
2014-10-09

Li Bingbing fights to protect endangered animals

Li Bingbing is one of the most popular superstars in China, but the actress in the latest Transformers film likes to speak humbly of her roots - which, she says, have given her a strong awareness about nature and the environment.

News Headlines
#101351
2014-10-09

Climate change threatens Arctic food security and culture

It’s increasingly difficult to find food using traditional hunting methods in the Arctic, and at the same time, provisions sold at stores are “unaffordable” for many, jeopardizing food security and cultural life in the region, Arctic experts and residents said, responding to a United Nations rep ...

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#101352
2014-10-09

UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi hails the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

I congratulate the Parties and the Executive Secretary of the CBD on this historic achievement in the annals of multilateral environmental agreements.

News Headlines
#101353
2014-10-09

Nagoya Protocol Enters Into Force, Will Be Tested In Months To Come

The Nagoya Protocol, a treaty expected to ensure greater access to genetic resources and a mandatory fair benefit-sharing of the benefits that could be derived from those resources, will enter into force on 12 October, almost four years after it was agreed.

News Headlines
#101354
2014-10-09

Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101356
2014-10-09

Tonga invites partners in biodiversity

Nuku’alofa-October 9: 9.32am (TDN): Tonga has made an invitation to stakeholders, development partners and governments who want to partner the Kingdom in tackling global biodiversity issues.

News Headlines
#101357
2014-10-09

Khalifa issues decrees on joining biological diversity protocols

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued three federal decrees on the UAE’s accession to the three protocols of the Biological Diversity Convention.

News Headlines
#101307
2014-10-08

Benefits of investing in protection of biodiversity outweigh financial costs, says UN-backed report

7 October 2014 – Implementing measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity is a worthwhile investment that will bring multiple economic and environmental benefits to countries, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

News Headlines
#101308
2014-10-08

Ocean acidification causes US$1trn of damage a year – study -

As well as warming the atmosphere, carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and cars dissolve in the ocean, making it more acidic. - See more at:

News Headlines
#101309
2014-10-08

World Leaders Way Behind Schedule in Protecting the Earth

Earth’s global leaders’ report card is in and they really need to work harder according to the United Nations.

News Headlines
#101310
2014-10-08

Synthetic Biology Could Open a Whole New Can of Worms

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is the world’s leading producer of vetiver. In the southwest of the country, vetiver production is hard to ignore

News Headlines
#101311
2014-10-08

Zooniverse: Floating Forests

Most algae and animals that live on the seafloor can be sampled only by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep.

News Headlines
#101313
2014-10-08

An impossible balancing act? Forests benefit from isolation, but at cost to local communities

The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species.

News Headlines
#101314
2014-10-08

Garlic injection could tackle tree diseases

Injecting trees with a concentrated form of garlic might help save trees in the UK from deadly diseases.

News Headlines
#101316
2014-10-08

Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress

MORIGAON, India, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods.

News Headlines
#101317
2014-10-08

US east coast cities face frequent flooding due to climate change

From Miami to Washington DC, towns and cities on America’s east coast could see triple the number of tidal floods by 2030 as sea levels rise, say researchers

News Headlines
#101318
2014-10-08

Mystery of Ocean Heat Deepens as Climate Changes

When British Capt. James Cook undertook his second voyage in the Southern Ocean in 1772, scientists on board measured the temperature 183 meters below the surface. It was colder than at the surface.

News Headlines
#101319
2014-10-08

What type of climate-change funding for developing countries do Americans and Germans support?

Many policymakers and scientists argue that North-South financial transfers in the order of $100 billion per year will be required to obtain commitments for greenhouse-gas reductions from developing countries and emerging economies, and to help protect poor countries from climate-related risks.

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