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#103042
2015-03-05

Intergenerational report: climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for the economy, water availability and Australia’s unique environment will be severe.”

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#103043
2015-03-05

Biotechnology not panacea for food security – Report

With 65 percent of Africa’s labour workforce employed by agriculture coupled with aging farmers, climate change, drought and famine and the youth shunning agriculture, biotechnology may not be a panacea for food security in Africa but essential.

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#103011
2015-03-04

Colombia proposes protected corridor across South America

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains.

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#103012
2015-03-04

Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It’s a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message.

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#103013
2015-03-04

Koalas could be culled in overpopulated areas to prevent starvation, says expert

Australia needs to consider allowing healthy koalas to be euthanised in order to control numbers in overpopulated areas, where the animals risk dying painfully from starvation, a koala expert says.

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#103014
2015-03-04

Human-Induced Factors Continue to Cause Biodiversity Decline in Africa, According to Preview of UNEP Report

The ongoing loss of biodiversity in Africa is driven by a combination of human-induced factors, including a rising demand for and consumption of natural resources and pollution created by urbanization and industrialization.

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#103015
2015-03-04

New Atlas Shows Africa's Mountains Underpin the Continent's Development

The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa.

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#103016
2015-03-04

EU uncertain over role of forests in UN climate target

European Union member states have changed a European Commission proposal for climate action to 2030, highlighting uncertainty over the role of forests.

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#103017
2015-03-04

Wildlife partnership launches bushmeat sourcebook

3 March 2015, Rome - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day.

News Headlines
#103018
2015-03-04

Ecuador's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol presented to Parliamentarian and other stakeholders

The implications of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol for trade, development and intellectual property was discussed with Ecuadorian parliamentarians, government officials and other users and providers of biological resources and related traditional knowledge.

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#103019
2015-03-04

Delivering Unwelcome Species to the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is among the world’s great environmental jewels. The sea is highly saline, almost entirely enclosed by land and contains immense biodiversity.

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#103020
2015-03-04

Why many similar species coexist within complex ecosystems

Scientists from the universities of Granada and Warwick have published an article in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), in which they suggest one possible answer for the enigma of stability in complex ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest or coral reefs.

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#103021
2015-03-04

Climate change response... Swapping coffee for chocolate

Coffee is the biggest cash crop propping up the hard-pressed economy of Central America and provides the only livelihood for millions of growers on tiny land holdings. But rising temperatures and extreme weather events have been taking their toll.

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#103022
2015-03-04

Africa: Keynote Address By UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner At the Opening of the 15th Session of the African Ministerial Conference On the Environment (amcen)

The only insurance against climate change impacts is ambitious global mitigation action in the long-run combined with large-scale, rapidly increasing and predictable funding for adaptation.

News Headlines
#102993
2015-03-03

California drought caused by climate change, according to a new study

STANFORD, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- According to a new study, California's historic drought was caused primarily by climate change.

News Headlines
#102994
2015-03-03

'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime' UN proclaims on World Wildlife Day

3 March 2015 – Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked World Wildlife Day.

News Headlines
#102995
2015-03-03

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity

Munching insects may halve the anticipated increase in forest land's ability to act as a carbon sink.

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#102996
2015-03-03

Europe sounds alarm over freshwater pollution

Around half of Europe’s rivers and lakes are still polluted, a major environmental review has found, despite a 15-year-old target to restore all the continent’s waters to good ecological health by 2015.

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#102997
2015-03-03

Climate change implicated in current Syrian conflict

Drought linked to rising greenhouse-gas emissions helped to drive unrest in 2011, study finds.

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#102998
2015-03-03

Opinion: War on Wildlife Crime – Time to Enlist the Ordinary Citizen

BONN, Mar 1 2015 (IPS) - It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a “wildlife crisis”, and it is a crisis exacerbated by human activities, not least criminal ones.

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#102999
2015-03-03

World Wildlife Day: taking wildlife crime seriously

World Wildlife Day aims to draw international attention to the problem of wildlife crime. Despite increased efforts to protect wildlife, poaching and illegal hunting are on the rise. Conservation expert Bradnee Chambers tells DW why wildlife crime needs to be taken more seriously.

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#103000
2015-03-03

Opinion: Plastic bag bans won't save the environment

The EU has declared war on plastic bags. But it will take more than symbolic gestures to save the environment.

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#103001
2015-03-03

Biologists hunt for traces of DNA in rivers to help track elusive or invasive species

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

News Headlines
#103002
2015-03-03

Seychelles set to be first in the world to develop countrywide ocean conservation plan

(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, has announced that Seychelles is all set to become the first country in the world that has implemented a comprehensive spatial plan for its entire ocean territory.

News Headlines
#103003
2015-03-03

How lax legislation is killing the wildlife in Europe

Reports of elephants and rhino being massacred for their tusks or horns due to demand in Asia often make the headlines.

News Headlines
#103004
2015-03-03

Environment report shows benefits of EU action

A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years.

News Headlines
#103005
2015-03-03

New threats to wild bees identified

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

News Headlines
#102973
2015-03-02

Algal species helps corals survive in Earth's hottest reefs

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The warming ocean has researchers worried large swaths of corals could suffer bleaching events, jeopardizing their health and the rich biodiversity that depends on them. But not all corals in warm water reefs are affected equally.

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#102974
2015-03-02

American birders anxious to explore, protect Cuban species

HAVANA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- With travel and communication beginning to open up between Cuba and United States, biologists and birders -- both amateur and formally accredited -- are eager to get to the island nation to see the wildlife.

News Headlines
#102975
2015-03-02

Signs of spring 'shifting' in trees

Scientists say signs of spring are appearing earlier in woodlands because of temperature rises in past decades.

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#102976
2015-03-02

Forest tree seeds arrive at Svalbard's 'Doomsday vault'

The Svalbard "doomsday" vault - widely known for protecting global food crop seeds - has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds.

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#102977
2015-03-02

Norwegian mammals and birds have many different methods of surviving long, intense winter nights

Norwegian mammals and birds have many different methods of surviving long, intense winter nights. A biologist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University Museum reveals their secrets for survival.

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#102978
2015-03-02

Experts question China's panda survey

Wild panda populations might be rising, but there are concerns over increasingly fragmented habitats.

News Headlines
#102979
2015-03-02

UN climate panel charts next steps

IPCC prepares for new leadership and plans another assessment of climate science.

News Headlines
#102980
2015-03-02

Focus on Gender: SDG targets are no such thing

A report published by two science organisations earlier this month criticised the current framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as being largely ill-defined, not based on the latest science, lacking in synergy and with no narrative of development.

News Headlines
#102981
2015-03-02

UK’s Kew Gardens steps up global science efforts

[LONDON] The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is planning to work harder on disseminating its research to international scientists to fulfil its goal of targeting global challenges such as climate change.

News Headlines
#102982
2015-03-02

Biofuels are bad news for forests, climate, food security, says report

A new report from the World Resources Institute finds that dedicating land to the production of biofuels, a form of renewable energy made from plants, may undermine efforts to achieve a sustainable food future, combat climate change, and protect forests.

News Headlines
#102983
2015-03-02

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?

HARARE, Feb 28 2015 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands.

News Headlines
#102984
2015-03-02

Saving Kenya's anti-cancer tree

The Prunus Africana tree contains ingredients that help fight illnesses like prostate cancer. But the tree is now under threat. Two Kenyan women have taken up the fight to protect this valuable tree.

News Headlines
#102985
2015-03-02

Satellites give scientists unprecedented views of insect outbreaks in forests

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm – an advance that could lead to more effective management policies.

News Headlines
#102986
2015-03-02

Study of ancient emperor penguin populations creates concern for future of species

The first study of ancient populations of the world's largest penguin, the emperor penguin, has raised serious concerns about the future prospects of the species.

News Headlines
#102955
2015-02-27

Two new peacock spiders discovered in Australia

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered two new species of peacock spiders, a brightly colored group of spiders belonging to the jumping spider family (Salticidae) -- the largest family in the order Araneae.

News Headlines
#102956
2015-02-27

Killer frog disease: Chytrid fungus hits Madagascar

A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

News Headlines
#102958
2015-02-27

Tropical forest losses outpace UN estimates

Satellite data suggest that forest loss accelerated in the past 20 years, contradicting the United Nations' reports that it decreased.

News Headlines
#102959
2015-02-27

Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas

In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas.

News Headlines
#102960
2015-02-27

World should not rush to judge Paris climate deal, says top US negotiator

Todd Stern says failure to produce a significant deal at UN climate change summit would be damaging but ‘I don’t think that’s going to happen’

News Headlines
#102961
2015-02-27

Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly

The recent global warming 'pause' is partly due to a naturally-occurring cyclical cooling of the Pacific Ocean, say a team of scientists, who add that the pause is unlikely to last much longer.

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#102962
2015-02-27

Drop in Kenyan tourism could harm sea turtles

What do Ebola and terrorism have to do with turtles? Along the Kenyan coast, quite a bit. Both are causing numbers of tourists to drop - and the impacts on wildlife conservation could be severe.

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#102963
2015-02-27

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.

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#102940
2015-02-26

Businesses Must Step Up to Support Biodiversity — And It’s Simple

In addition to Valentine’s Day, the month of February also commemorates the birthday of an important biology researcher of the modern era: Charles Darwin.

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