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#103211
2015-03-19

Toward better agricultural fertilization management

Ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could reduce up to 82% with a minimum impact on agricultural production, a new study concludes.

News Headlines
#103212
2015-03-19

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions.

News Headlines
#103213
2015-03-19

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.

News Headlines
#103214
2015-03-19

No love for endangered sea cucumbers

A delicacy in China, the sea cucumber is endangered due to overfishing. But there appears to be little will to save the unglamorous creature.

News Headlines
#103215
2015-03-19

India could do more to secure snow leopard habitat

As the first international meeting for the conservation of snow leopards gets underway in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, India could do a lot more to promote conservation of snow leopards and habitats

News Headlines
#103216
2015-03-19

Long-lost hummingbird species rediscovered in Colombia

BOGOTA, March 19 (UPI) -- An odd-looking hummingbird called the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) was thought to be extinct. It hadn't been seen in some 69 years.

News Headlines
#103186
2015-03-18

New report connects human health to biodiversity protection

During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new "ground-breaking" report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth's biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103187
2015-03-18

Budget 2015: Pitcairn Islands get huge marine reserve

The UK is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

News Headlines
#103188
2015-03-18

Mercury pollution threat to Arctic bird

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a breed of Arctic bird over the past 130 years, say scientists.

News Headlines
#103189
2015-03-18

New lake surface temperature database will help to study climate change

Eighty two researchers from more than 20 countries collected data from major lakes in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Oceanic region.

News Headlines
#103190
2015-03-18

Bushmeat guide ‘unrealistic about commercial hunting’

Conservation biologists studying the effects of bushmeat hunting in Africa have criticised a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report for making unrealistic claims about the chances of protecting wildlife from commercial hunters.

News Headlines
#103191
2015-03-18

Women Turn Drought into a Lesson on Sustainability

KARACHI, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.

News Headlines
#103192
2015-03-18

Caribbean Community Climate-Smarting Fisheries, But Slowly

KINGSTON, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies.

News Headlines
#103193
2015-03-18

Iran’s leaders react to the nation’s massive environmental challenge

Dramatic change is required in both public perceptions and the way in which government manages the environment

News Headlines
#103194
2015-03-18

Protecting forests for biodiversity won't stop its destruction: NUS

Setting aside protected forests isn't enough to stop deforestation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new study by scientists at the National University of Singapore.

News Headlines
#103195
2015-03-18

'Biodegrabale' plastics not so biodegradable

LANSING, Mich., March 18 (UPI) -- A new study suggests common additives in plastics advertised as biodegradable don't actually help products break down any faster than their non-biodegradable counterparts.

News Headlines
#103174
2015-03-17

Study reveals value of zoos and aquariums in boosting biodiversity understanding

Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research from the University of Warwick, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Chester Zoo has found.

News Headlines
#103175
2015-03-17

To save an entire species, all you need is $1. 3 million a year

How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, a 1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.

News Headlines
#103176
2015-03-17

Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs

With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs.

News Headlines
#103177
2015-03-17

King of the jungle returns to Gabon after nearly 20 year absence

There's a new cat in town. For the first time since 1996, conservationists have proof of a lion roaming the wilds of the Central African country of Gabon.

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#103178
2015-03-17

Socioenvironmental Catastrophe Emerges from the Ashes of Patagonia’s Forests

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - In the wake of the fire that destroyed more than 34,000 hectares of forests, some of them ancient, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region, the authorities will have to put out flames that are no less serious: the new socio-environmental catastrophe that will e ...

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#103179
2015-03-17

UK's first hedgehog conservation area planned

Reserve in Solihull, West Midlands aims to reverse population decline in the prickly animal due to habitat loss

News Headlines
#103180
2015-03-17

Seychelles issues ‘wake up’ call on climate change after Vanuatu cyclone

The president of the Seychelles on Monday called on the international community to "wake up" to climate change after a massive tropical cyclone devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

News Headlines
#103181
2015-03-17

UNEP Launches Children's Painting Competition under Theme of Sustainable Energy

Targeting young people between the ages of 9 and 14, the competition aims to raise awareness on energy consumption and energy savings.

News Headlines
#103182
2015-03-17

What’s in your soup? It could be manta ray

In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.

News Headlines
#103183
2015-03-17

Community based innovation promotes sustainable development in Madagascar

Talata Volonondry is a small village with big aspirations. Located just 26 kilometers from Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, the small community is being transformed into an eco village.

News Headlines
#103156
2015-03-16

Invasive species use landmarking to find love in a hopeless place

Tiny populations of invasive species such as Asian carp start their domination of new ecosystems by hanging out at local landmarks, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#103157
2015-03-16

Climate-adaptation effort cuts hunger in African villages

Shift in farming techniques reduces number of households eating one or no meals each day.

News Headlines
#103158
2015-03-16

Brazil confirms rising deforestation in the Amazon

The Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago.

News Headlines
#103159
2015-03-16

Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists

We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds

News Headlines
#103160
2015-03-16

Natural disasters cost the world over $300 billion per year on average

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has endorsed early warning and risk reduction systems for the world's vulnerable nations. At a UN conference in Japan, he said two thirds of disasters stemmed from climate change.

News Headlines
#103161
2015-03-16

Biodiversity protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation

Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103162
2015-03-16

Deforestation in Myanmar threatens biodiversity and communities

As Myanmar opens for business, a new report has found forest conversion for commercial agriculture is spreading at an alarming rate with devastating results for the country’s ethnic minorities and biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103163
2015-03-16

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu's president blames climate change for extreme weather

Baldwin Lonsdale describes category five cyclone Pam as ‘a monster that has hit Vanuatu’, wiping out development

News Headlines
#103164
2015-03-16

Vietnam Promotes Fight Against Trafficking of Endangered Species

Hanoi, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Protective authorities of wild animals in danger of extinction focused today to eliminate false beliefs that the horns of rhinos and elephants possess extraordinary medicinal powers.

News Headlines
#103165
2015-03-16

Explorers set out to discover ‘overlooked’ biodiversity in French Guiana’s rainforests

Naturalists decamp to remote Amazonian region to try to classify some of the many thousands of unidentified Guianan species

News Headlines
#103166
2015-03-16

Australia Bans Dumping Along Barrier Reef

Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there

News Headlines
#103168
2015-03-16

'Bird nursery' at risk unless half of Canada's boreal forest preserved

Nature groups urge birders to join campaign to ensure untouched forest stays that way

News Headlines
#103169
2015-03-16

The world's largest freshwater lake is shrinking

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Russia’s Siberian south, near the border of Mongolia, the world’s largest freshwater lake is shrinking.

News Headlines
#103170
2015-03-16

Vanuatu disaster prompts calls for climate change action

Thought to be the worst natural disaster in living memory to hit Vanuatu, Cyclone Pam has killed at least eight people and dozens more are feared dead with the most remote of the country's 65 south Pacific islands not yet reached by emergency crews.

News Headlines
#103133
2015-03-13

'Long struggle' warning on climate

America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#103134
2015-03-13

Government corruption in South Africa contributes to overfishing, study finds

Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.

News Headlines
#103135
2015-03-13

Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals

In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird.

News Headlines
#103136
2015-03-13

Conservationists announce program to protect East Africa's largest elephant population

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Tanzanian government have launched an ambitious new initiative to protect East Africa's largest population of elephants (Loxodonta Africana).

News Headlines
#103137
2015-03-13

Safeguarding Africa’s Wetlands a Daunting Task

HARARE, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - African wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the continent, covering more than 131 million hectares, according to the Senegalese-based Wetlands International Africa (WIA).

News Headlines
#103138
2015-03-13

Rembrandt's monkey: good news for Africa's newest primate

Camera traps in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveal that Africa’s lesula monkey is ‘one of the few good news stories in primatology’

News Headlines
#103139
2015-03-13

Red Sea water may not save drying Dead Sea

The Dead Sea could dry up by 2050. Israel and Jordan are planning to develop a pipeline from the neighboring Red Sea to solve the problem - but could this make the situation for the Dead Sea worse?

News Headlines
#103140
2015-03-13

The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests Worldwide

By the end of the century, the woodlands of the Southwest will likely be reduced to weeds and shrubs. And scientists worry that the rest of the planet may see similar effects.

News Headlines
#103141
2015-03-13

Scientists question tropical protected areas' role under climate change

New research led by University of York scientists highlights how poor connectivity of protected area (PA) networks in Southeast Asia may prevent lowland species from responding to climate change.

News Headlines
#103142
2015-03-13

'Long struggle' warning on climate

America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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