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#94328
2013-06-20

B.C. First Nation sets fires to save bison

A First Nation band is reviving the age-old practice of controlled burning in order to improve the health of forests and restore the population of the wood bison in a corner of northeastern B.C.

News Headlines
#94330
2013-06-20

Want to save the planet? Ditch meat, says study

A shift to plant-based diets is one strategy to help the world meet its food demands by the year 2050, according to a new study that says crop yields are improving too slowly to satisfy meat-eaters' appetites.

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#94331
2013-06-20

Feeding the World in Harmony with Nature

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - The world needs a more sustainable food production system based on knowledge that prioritises the conservation of natural resources to boost agricultural yields over the heavy use of pesticides and other chemical inputs, say experts promoting the concept of agroecology.

News Headlines
#94332
2013-06-20

The alien animals and plants helping UK wildlife

"Alien" species - also known as "non-natives" - are plants and animals living in an area that they are not normally found in, having either been deliberately or accidentally introduced by man.

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#94333
2013-06-20

One in eight of world's bird species at threat of extinction: report

VANCOUVER - The world's birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine and their ongoing decline should serve as a warning signal of a global environment in peril, says an international report on the state of the world's birds.

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#94334
2013-06-20

Solar boat Türanor becomes a research vessel to study climate change

Sun-powered craft that went around the world will now gather data on how global warming is affecting the Gulf Stream

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#94335
2013-06-20

Anthropologists argue field must play a vital role in climate change studies

(Phys.org) —Anthropologists can and must play a vital role in climate change studies, a UC Santa Cruz professor and a former UCSC doctoral student argue in an influential scholarly journal. The role of anthropology in the study of climate change has long been overlooked, they write.

News Headlines
#94336
2013-06-20

The breathing ocean: Reducing the effects of climate change

Each year, between the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of old growth forests, humans put about 10 petagrams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. A petagram is one quadrillion grams. Ten petagrams is equivalent to the mass of Halley's comet, to put it in perspective.

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#94337
2013-06-20

UN, Azerbaijani gov't collaborate to determine sustainable development goals beyond 2015

Azerbaijan, along with 189 Member States, endorsed the Millennium Declaration at the UN Summit in September 2000 which embodied eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) defining a common framework for making a difference in people's lives by 2015.

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#94338
2013-06-20

Q&A: ‘Traditional forest knowledge is not folklore, but a resource for change’

Researchers and policymakers have a lot to learn in designing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies from smallholder farmers in the Amazon, says Miguel Pinedo-Vásquez, scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Director of International Programs at ...

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#94339
2013-06-20

U.N. puts area of Solomon Islands on list of endangered sites

UNITED NATIONS, June 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the East Rennell area of the Solomon Islands has been placed on a list of endangered sites due to logging's effect on the ecosystem.

News Headlines
#94341
2013-06-20

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.

News Headlines
#94343
2013-06-20

Conserving top predators results in less CO2 in the air

What does a wolf in Yellowstone National Park have in common with an ambush spider on a meadow in Connecticut?

News Headlines
#94344
2013-06-20

Seabirds face big problems as sea levels rise

Migratory shorebird populations are at great risk from rising sea levels due to global climate change, warns a recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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#94345
2013-06-20

Fishing Undercuts Kiribati President’s Marine Protection Claims

TARAWA, Kiribati, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - A growing chorus of politicians, scientists and environmentalists are urging President Anote Tong of Kiribati to actually do what he claims was already done in 2008: create the world’s most effective marine protected area in a remote archipelago in the Centr ...

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#94346
2013-06-20

Resurgence of Indigenous Identity in the Crossfire in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - The powerful tractors and other farm machinery that landowners recently used to block roads at a dozen points from north to south in Brazil illustrated the economic clout of big agriculture, which rose up against the demarcation of indigenous reserves.

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#94347
2013-06-20

UK should provide GM crop technology to poor countries, says Owen Paterson

Environment minister's call for growing GM crops to solve food crisis seen as 'propaganda for agribusiness'

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#94348
2013-06-20

Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?

Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven't. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this "puzzle" might force scientists to alter what could be "fundamentally wrong" models.

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#94310
2013-06-19

Biodiversity tax on industries surprising: Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Tuesday that Madhya Pradesh government did not consult it before levying the 2 % biodiversity tax on industries of the state.

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#94312
2013-06-19

The scam of growth

I am working with the government of Bhutan to help the country become the world’s first wholly organic country. I am also working to redefine the economic paradigm to focus on the happiness (gross national happiness) and well being of its people and the health of its environment, instead of narr ...

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#94313
2013-06-19

Agriculture's impact on malaria

Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming. But 90% of the estimated 660,000 global deaths caused by malaria in 2010 were also in Africa, and agricultural development can play a role in its trans ...

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#94314
2013-06-19

Is the future of clean energy a pond of algae in every backyard?

The green credentials of biofuel crops have been sullied in recent years. Rienk van Grondelle believes the answer to the world's clean energy needs will be super-efficient algae

News Headlines
#94316
2013-06-19

Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss in two new research papers.

News Headlines
#94317
2013-06-19

'Hoff' yeti crab hitched ride on ocean super-highway

A hairy crab named after David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic millions of years ago.

News Headlines
#94318
2013-06-19

Should zoos educate the public about climate change?

Zoos are usually thought of as entertainment destinations. As a place to take the kids on a nice afternoon, they are sometimes perceived to lack the educational heft of an art museum or a theatre.

News Headlines
#94319
2013-06-19

Iceland resumes fin whale hunting after two-year break

Undercover pictures taken by Greenpeace show a harpooned whale being cut up for meat likely to be exported to Japan

News Headlines
#94320
2013-06-19

EU votes on crucial cap on biofuels made from food crops

Campaigners fear lobbying by industry and farmers' unions will weaken plans to limit role of food crops in biofuels production

News Headlines
#94291
2013-06-18

Pesticides Significantly Reduce Biodiversity in Aquatic Environments

The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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#94292
2013-06-18

Pesticides Significantly Reduce Biodiversity in Aquatic Environments

June 17, 2013 — The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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#94293
2013-06-18

Liberia: Internal Affairs Minister Proposes "Green Tourism" - to Protect Liberia's Rainforest

Highlighting global warming and climate change as real challenges and threats resulting from undue human and industrial misuse and abuse of the ever diminishing forest resource, Minister of Internal Affairs Morris Dukuly has proposed a national program to protect the forests of Liberia.

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#94294
2013-06-18

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas - We Name Them Because They Are Important

While gorillas are on the brink of being extinct in other African countries, Rwanda has given great importance to preserving Mountain Gorillas, and this comes along with a series of celebrations rooted in the African culture- the naming ceremonies- locally known as 'Kwita Izina'

News Headlines
#94295
2013-06-18

Bringing Home the Bacon the Green Way

The world can satisfy its growing appetite for meat and animal-based products without upsetting livelihoods, especially of developing country farmers, or worsening climate change.

News Headlines
#94296
2013-06-18

Arctic research station design incorporates Inuit knowledge

Inuit knowledge and culture have played major roles in the design and function of the $142 million High Arctic Research Station planned for Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

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#94297
2013-06-18

Biodiversity report fails climate change test: ACF

The final report of a cross-party inquiry into Australia's biodiversity and climate change produced only “weak and ineffective” recommendations and was a missed opportunity to act, the Australian Conservation Foundation said.

News Headlines
#94298
2013-06-18

Biodiversity Index of Hyderabad improves

Hyderabad city improved its points in City Biodiversity Index (CBI) from 39 points in October 2012 to 59 points this month.

News Headlines
#94299
2013-06-18

Adapting to — not just fighting — climate change is taking the heat out of global warming talk

WASHINGTON – Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.

News Headlines
#94300
2013-06-18

United Nations urges global efforts to respond to drought

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say global action is needed to improve responses to the threat of drought around the world.

News Headlines
#94301
2013-06-18

Diamond Mining Could Push Angola’s Antelope to Extinction

DUBAI, Jun 18 2013 (IPS) - Environmental campaigners are urging the Angolan government to halt plans to mine diamonds inside a national reserve that is home to the world’s last wild population of a rare antelope, the Giant Sable.

News Headlines
#94302
2013-06-18

Cuba Wakes Up to Costs of Climate Change Effects

HAVANA, Jun 17 2013 (IPS) - “How much is a species worth? What is the price tag on the services provided by a river or a forest?” These are the questions biologist María Elena Perdomo is asking to encourage Cubans to take account of environmental costs, which may apparently be incorporated in th ...

News Headlines
#94303
2013-06-18

UN challenges Australia to protect Great Barrier Reef

World Heritage Committee says reef will be listed as threatened ecosystem unless government takes steps to protect it

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#94304
2013-06-18

Underwater Springs Reveal How Coral Reefs Respond to Ocean Acidification

June 17, 2013 — Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.

News Headlines
#94305
2013-06-18

A walk in the clouds

Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.

News Headlines
#94306
2013-06-18

Scrap biotech regulatory bill, says farmers’ body

Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella organisation of farmers, NGOs and intellectuals working on farm-related issues, has debunked the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2013, demanding that it be scrapped in its present form.

News Headlines
#94307
2013-06-18

Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico - the Actam Chuleb Example

As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems.

News Headlines
#94279
2013-06-17

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought today

ISLAMABAD: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be celebrated today (Monday) to promote public awareness and the implementation of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa.

News Headlines
#94280
2013-06-17

Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world's post-MDG future

The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.

News Headlines
#94281
2013-06-17

Logging may destabilize carbon in forest soils

Logging in temperate zones may release more greenhouse gases than previously thought by destabilizing carbon stored in forest soils, argues a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.

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#94282
2013-06-17

Caribbean Looks at Financial Approach to Combat Climate Change

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 15 2013 (IPS) - The Caribbean has the unenviable reputation as one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, a situation exacerbated by climate change and vulnerability that experts warn could have significant economic consequences if unaddressed.

News Headlines
#94283
2013-06-17

Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker

Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status

News Headlines
#94284
2013-06-17

Oyster farmers in Brazil embrace sustainability

Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.

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