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#102694
2015-02-09

Peru's maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this region its name, marks the place of origin for maca; a small, pungent root whose famed aphrodisiac quality has driven demand beyond the wildes ...

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#102695
2015-02-09

Fighting Desertification With Termites — Insects Crucial To Stopping Spread Of Deserts, Research Finds

Desertification is a growing problem in many parts of the world, mostly owing to common human activities such as agriculture, animal husbandry (grazing), and groundwater use. It’s a common topic of discussion in some fields of scientific research (and elsewhere) how best to address this issue.

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#102676
2015-02-06

'Wild birds may spread flu virus'

Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

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#102677
2015-02-06

Aerial monitors shed light on reed die-back around Central Europe's largest lake

Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have discovered a way to map 'reed die-back' using satellites and aircraft.

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#102678
2015-02-06

Liberians need legal rights to forest, says report

[LONDON] Liberia’s government must do more to award land rights to forest dwellers to protect natural resources from exploitation and encroachment of palm oil plantations, warns a report published by a global coalition pushing for forest policy reform.

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#102679
2015-02-06

How termites hold back the desert

Some termite species erect massive mounds that look like great temples springing up from the world's savannas and drylands.

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#102680
2015-02-06

Local Pollutants Compound Threats to Coral Reefs

NEW YORK, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) - A recent study suggests that one of the multiple threats to coral reefs contains both the problem and solution.

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#102681
2015-02-06

The Soul of Buenos Aires Is Turning Grey

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 5 2015 (IPS) - If cities have souls, the Argentine capital’s is turning more and more grey. Real estate speculation, the fencing in and paving of parks, and the installation of private bars and restaurants in public squares have changed the face of the city.

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#102682
2015-02-06

Emotions, not science, rule U.S. climate change debate: study

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite a scientific consensus that human activity is causing the planet to warm up, ingrained attitudes among Americans mean policy changes on global warming are unlikely, academics said in a new study.

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#102683
2015-02-06

Living in a minefield: the wolves of northern Israel

Wolves are hunted, culled and poached across Israel’s north. But in the Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, a dangerous minefield provides an unlikely wildlife reserve where the animals are now thriving

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#102684
2015-02-06

Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough’s hawkweed, just days after a genus of endangered plants was also named after the naturalist.

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#102685
2015-02-06

'You can't use an ocean to decimation'

Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.

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#102686
2015-02-06

Marine heatwaves threaten the future of underwater forests

Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible wildlife, important fisheries, and tourism.

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#102687
2015-02-06

A new chicken breed brings winged hope to Africa

In Uganda – as in most African countries – more than 85 percent of families live in rural village conditions, where small-scale backyard poultry operations are ubiquitous.

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#102688
2015-02-06

UN Climate Conference: Issue of differentiated responsibilities should be resolved, says India

NEW DELHI: In a strong message to developed nations which are historically responsible for global warming, India today said the "very critical issue" of "differentiated responsibilities" should be resolved to reach an agreement on climate change.

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#102689
2015-02-06

Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

The cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

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#102624
2015-02-05

World Parks Congress talks the talk, but future depends on action

Last year, more than 6,000 people gathered for the World Parks Congress 2014, an event held around every ten years by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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#102625
2015-02-05

A New “Republic” to Save Chile’s Glaciers

SANTIAGO, Feb 4 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s more than 3,000 glaciers are one of the largest reserves of freshwater in South America. But they are under constant threat by the mining industry and major infrastructure projects, environmentalists and experts warn.

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#102626
2015-02-05

Venom library to store poison from Australia's deadliest creatures

Australia’s first comprehensive venom “library” is being created in Melbourne, with the country’s deadly snakes, octopus and spiders set to be drained of their venom and stored in containers.

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#102627
2015-02-05

State of emergency for Galapagos Islands after ship runs aground

A state of emergency has been put in place at the famous Galapagos Islands, a week after a cargo ship carrying hazardous materials became stranded. Fuel from the vessel has leaked into the pristine marine environment.

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#102628
2015-02-05

Brazil scientists fear invading golden mussel's threat to Amazon River's biodiversity

RIO DE JANEIRO — The world's mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, is threatened by the most diminutive of foes — a tiny mussel invading from China.

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#102629
2015-02-05

Scientists discover new frog species in Peru

HUAYTARá, Peru, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Scientists thought they had exhausted their search for new life among the coastal valleys of central Peru, a region comparatively poor in biodiversity.

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#102630
2015-02-05

Ethiopian Shade Coffee Is World's Most Bird Friendly

Shady coffee plantations in Ethiopia, where coffee has been grown for at least a thousand years, hold more bird species than any other coffee farms in the world, new research shows.

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#102631
2015-02-05

Encroachment of forests will ruin Western Ghats

The Western Ghat is called “a treasure trove of biodiversity” and “the water tower of Peninsular India”. It is one of the global ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity.

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#102633
2015-02-05

The Unspeakable Connection: Soaring Human Population & Climate Change

These days, we rarely hear about the need to stabilize soaring human population growth, but clearly this is at the root of many of our problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

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#102634
2015-02-05

Now endangered, captive Florida orca clears a hurdle to freedom

(Reuters) - A push to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for 44 years, inched forward on Wednesday when federal officials agreed to add her to the endangered species list.

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#102635
2015-02-05

Policy: Start research on climate engineering

Climate engineering — cooling Earth intentionally by modifying its radiation balance — worries many people.

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#102612
2015-02-04

Australian study says fences could halt cane toad menace

Special fences built around dams in arid parts of Australia could help eradicate the menace of cane toads, according to new research.

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#102613
2015-02-04

Urban rabbits downsize to smaller, 'studio' warrens

European rabbits are in decline in rural areas, yet holding strong in cities. But urban living also comes with a changed lifestyle: instead of being packed into complex burrows, city rabbits seem to live a more solitary life in smaller burrows.

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#102614
2015-02-04

Splash down: High-speed images capture patterns by which raindrops spread pathogens among plants

Farmers have long noted a correlation between rainstorms and disease outbreaks among plants

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#102615
2015-02-04

How will ocean acidification impact marine life?

A new analysis provides a holistic assessment of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms including coral, shellfish, sea urchins, and other calcifying species.

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#102616
2015-02-04

Russia may ban genetically modified animals and plants

Russia may ban the cultivation and growth of genetically modified plants and animals. An adequate bill has already been submitted to the State Duma.

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#102617
2015-02-04

Mary Robinson: Developing countries must act on climate change

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson says developing nations need to join the rest of the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stem the rise of global warming.

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#102618
2015-02-04

Central America’s food security threatened by drought

Farmers in the Trifinio region – the border area shared by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – are all too familiar with drought, crop loss and the very real threat to food security.

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#102619
2015-02-04

Climate cranks up extinction threat to Borneo mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater danger as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

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#102620
2015-02-04

Farming Now Worse for Climate than Clearing Forests

Efforts to restrain deforestation are working, which means pollution from farming has increased in importance

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#102621
2015-02-04

Evidence from warm past confirms recent IPCC estimates of climate sensitivity

New evidence showing the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide millions of years ago supports recent climate change predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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#102597
2015-02-03

Mercury levels in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

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#102598
2015-02-03

Turning up heat on plants could help grow crops of the future

Crops that can thrive in warming climates are a step closer, thanks to new insights into how temperature and light affect plant development.

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#102599
2015-02-03

Rivers might constitute just 20 percent of continental water flowing into oceans

The Amazon, Nile and Mississippi are mighty rivers, but they and all their worldwide brethren might be a relative trickle compared with an unseen torrent below the surface.

News Headlines
#102600
2015-02-03

Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross

Seabirds, aerial ocean predators, are known to amass harmful contaminants over their lifespan.

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#102601
2015-02-03

Row Erupts over Jamaica’s Bid to Slow Beach Erosion

KINGSTON, Feb 2 2015 (IPS) - A plan that government says will slow the rate of erosion on Jamaica’s world-famous Negril beach is being opposed by the people whose livelihoods it is meant to protect.

News Headlines
#102602
2015-02-03

'Sitting on the cliff of a species extinction'

A report published in the journal Science this month analyzed the health of global marine populations and the impact humans are having on it. DW talked to the study's lead author Douglas McCauley

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#102603
2015-02-03

Environment ministry proposes India’s first tree census

Move aimed at taking stock of nation’s biodiversity and ensuring protection of green areas

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#102604
2015-02-03

World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC’s Rajendra Pachauri

Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists warned on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#102605
2015-02-03

Barrier Reef coral genetically altered in hope of surviving climate change

Coral species from different climes being mixed as a form of ‘assisted evolution’ to see if it will help them adapt more quickly to rising sea temperatures

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#102606
2015-02-03

China underlines cautious approach to biotech crops

BEIJING: China will continue to promote research into genetically modified crops while maintaining strict controls on safety of the technology, a top agriculture official said on Tuesday, underscoring Beijing's cautious approach towards biotechnology.

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#102607
2015-02-03

Climate change pushing American pikas higher into mountains

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The American pika is a small rodent-like mountain-dwelling species of the American West, characterized by short, stout bodies and big round ears. Though they look more like a gerbil or a small groundhog, they are in fact a relative of rabbits and hares.

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#102582
2015-02-02

Invasive species in the Great Lakes by 2063

The vulnerability of the basin to future invaders has been demonstrated by a new study that calls for regulations to mitigate this threat.

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#102583
2015-02-02

Blue mussels not yet the bellwether of NE coastal environment

Mussels could be the perfect 'sentinel' species to signal the health of coastal ecosystems.

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