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#101300
2014-10-07

Can cities save our wild bees?

I love bees. Everyone I know loves bees. And everyone knows bees are on the decline. But could it be that cities will come to their rescue?

News Headlines
#101301
2014-10-07

[Editorial] Biological diversity

A United Nations convention on biodiversity is underway in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The event should encourage more countries to include mainstream biological diversity in their development agendas and commit themselves to protecting species and restoring the ecosystem.

News Headlines
#101250
2014-10-06

Global biodiversity is dwindling, says UN

A UN conference on preserving the earth's dwindling resources has opened with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species is outpacing efforts to protect them.

News Headlines
#101251
2014-10-06

Global biodiversity protection targets still unmet, UN warns

SEOUL - A UN conference on preserving the earth's dwindling resources opened Monday with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species was outpacing efforts to protect them.

News Headlines
#101252
2014-10-06

U.N. biodiversity convention opens in Pyeongch

A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world.

News Headlines
#101253
2014-10-06

Global Biodiversity Outlook looks bleak

Oslo - Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow climate change, a UN report showed on Monday.

News Headlines
#101254
2014-10-06

UN biodiversity report highlights failure to meet conservation targets

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts to meet a set of targets agreed in 2010

News Headlines
#101255
2014-10-06

UN alarm over shrinking biodiversity

Grim warnings on the earth's dwindling biodiversity have been given at the opening of a UN conference in South Korea. A UN report says governments are only on course to meet five of 53 goals by 2020.

News Headlines
#101256
2014-10-06

Different depths reveal ocean warming trends

The deeper half of the ocean did not get measurably warmer in the last decade, but surface layers have been warming faster than we thought since the 1970s, two new studies suggest.

News Headlines
#101257
2014-10-06

Down the drain: Do surfactants harm the environment? Not likely, report finds

What happens to soap and detergent surfactants when they run down the drain?

News Headlines
#101258
2014-10-06

More accurate model for greenhouse gases from peatlands

Scientists have created a new model to more accurately describe the greenhouse gases likely to be released from Arctic peatlands as they warm.

News Headlines
#101259
2014-10-06

Photos: Czech Republic publicly burns confiscated rhino horns

Late last month, armed guards escorted officials marching 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns to a pyre for burning. The event, at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, was the first public burning of rhino horns in Europe.

News Headlines
#101260
2014-10-06

Humanity Failing the Earth’s Ecosystems

COLOMBO, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - In pure numbers, the past few decades have been marked by destruction: over the last 40 years, Earth has lost 52 percent of its wild animals; nearly 17 percent of the world’s forests have been felled in the last half-century; freshwater ecosystems have witnessed a 75- ...

News Headlines
#101261
2014-10-06

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

News Headlines
#101262
2014-10-06

Think twice about wild animal tourism, visitors told

A leading animal charity is urging tourists to think more carefully about the impact their adventures are having on animals

News Headlines
#101263
2014-10-06

In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose?

Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the planet's loss of biodiversity. So should we try to preserve 'useful' bees before 'cuddly' tigers?

News Headlines
#101264
2014-10-06

Pop-up parks fight to bring green space to Brussels

Brussels boasts being one of Europe's greener cities, even though many of its parks are far from inner-city residents. In response, some people have created their own pop-up parks out of vacant lots.

News Headlines
#101265
2014-10-06

Reality check in race to curb extinction as only five of 56 targets are seeing progress

Attempts to slow down the dramatic loss of wild animals and their habitats are failing, a United Nations reported has warned.

News Headlines
#101266
2014-10-06

Biodiversity meet to implement genetic resources sharing pact

Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Moon-soon said Monday that a historic protocol on genetic resources would take effect during the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang.

News Headlines
#101267
2014-10-06

Major conference on biodiversity warns against 'business as usual' behaviour, consumption

6 October 2014 – The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting today as a new United Nations report on the status of biodiversity warned that much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials are needed to meet globally-agreed targets by 2020.

News Headlines
#101212
2014-10-03

Predicting impact of climate change on species that can't get out of the way

When scientists talk about the consequences of climate change, it can mean more than how we human beings will be impacted by higher temperatures, rising seas and serious storms.

News Headlines
#101213
2014-10-03

Herbivores play important role in protecting habitats from invasive species

Herbivores consume more non-native oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain.

News Headlines
#101214
2014-10-03

How giant clams harness the sun by growing algae as a source of food

Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

News Headlines
#101215
2014-10-03

Investing in female scientists to feed Africa

In this interview, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development fellowship programme in Kenya, talks about AWARD’s work supporting the careers of female agricultural scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa.

News Headlines
#101216
2014-10-03

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

News Headlines
#101217
2014-10-03

Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say

World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a “troubling sign” and a “reality check”.

News Headlines
#101218
2014-10-03

Are walrus at risk from climate change?

A mass haul out of 35,000 animals on an Alaska beach doesn’t bode well for the future of wildlife dependent on the Arctic ice

News Headlines
#101219
2014-10-03

With wildlife populations cut in half, governments need to redouble efforts

A status report on biodiversity protection efforts shows that serious action is required to reduce pressures on natural systems and prevent continued decline of wildlife. The report was released on Monday at the opening meeting of the Convention of Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

News Headlines
#101195
2014-10-02

Global ocean health gets a D on latest report card

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- On their latest report card, the world's oceans were docked points for overfishing, pollution, climate change, and weak environmental protections, ultimately earning a D grade.

News Headlines
#101196
2014-10-02

UN meeting hears call for greater marine protections as plastic waste accrues in oceans

1 October 2014 – The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) heard today.

News Headlines
#101197
2014-10-02

On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows

Based on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, researchers have developed and tested the 'evolutionary imbalance hypothesis' to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems.

News Headlines
#101198
2014-10-02

Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise

Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future.

News Headlines
#101199
2014-10-02

Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official

Despite having a deforestation rate that now outpaces that of the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia is beginning to undertake critical reforms necessary to curb destruction of its carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands, says a top Norwegian official.

News Headlines
#101200
2014-10-02

OPINION: From Elephants to Blue Whales, Sri Lanka Leads the Way on Biodiversity

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2014 (IPS) - Sri Lanka will host the World Biodiversity Congress (WBC) Nov. 24-27. Given its long and active history of preserving biodiversity, it would be most appropriate for Sri Lanka to be the next host of this global event, which also marks the U.N.’s Decade on Biodiv ...

News Headlines
#101201
2014-10-02

Scientists speed up analysis of human link to wild weather

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate scientists hope to be able to tell the world almost in real-time whether global warming has a hand in extreme weather thanks to an initiative they plan to launch by the end of 2015.

News Headlines
#101202
2014-10-02

Röttger: 'There's a need to invest in conservation now'

Asian countries have agreed to strengthen the conservation of large mammal species that migrate across Central Asia. Christiane Röttger talks to DW about the initiative and its objectives.

News Headlines
#101203
2014-10-02

This could be the world's most endangered animal

NEWSER) – A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it:

News Headlines
#101204
2014-10-02

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done.

News Headlines
#101171
2014-10-01

Climate change at ground zero

Burkina Faso is located in the heart of the Sahel, which means that it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change.

News Headlines
#101172
2014-10-01

Panama opens Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum

Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by the world-renowned Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry - his first in Latin America.

News Headlines
#101173
2014-10-01

Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors

Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles

News Headlines
#101174
2014-10-01

Cities launch global alliance to lower carbon emissions

[NEW YORK] More than 2,000 cities have banded together in what the UN calls the largest effort by cities so far to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#101175
2014-10-01

OPINION: A Roadmap to Living – and Thriving – in Harmony with Nature

MONTREAL, Canada, Sep 30 2014 (IPS) - In Nagoya, Japan, in 2010, the international community made a commitment to future generations by adopting the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

News Headlines
#101176
2014-10-01

David Attenborough backs £1m project to save Bengal tiger

Indian village to be relocated to create the most densely packed population of tigers in the world and stop them eating people

News Headlines
#101177
2014-10-01

Study links heat waves in Asia to climate change

The report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, investigates the causes of a wide variety of extreme weather and climate events from around the world in 2013.

News Headlines
#101178
2014-10-01

Pyeongchang is hosting biodiversity convention

The city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon, host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will provide the backdrop for the 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) this October.

News Headlines
#101179
2014-10-01

Biodiversity in the Mediterranean is threatened by alien species

Millions of tourists visit the Mediterranean each year, but its deep-blue waters host the largest invasion currently underway on Earth.

News Headlines
#101180
2014-10-01

Q&A: 'My Country Will Not Go Down Without a Fight'

Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people.

News Headlines
#101181
2014-10-01

35,000 walruses haul out of ocean, crowd Alaskan shore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hauling out is a technique most typically employed by biker gangs, fleeing the scene on their hogs in the aftermath of a bar fight, but it's also a move occasionally made by walruses fed up with warming waters and the lack of sea ice.

News Headlines
#101149
2014-09-30

In Republic of Korea, UN meeting tackles safe use of living modified organisms

29 September 2014 – Representative from governments, civil society and industry around the world today kicked off a five-day United Nations meeting in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to ensure the safe use of modified living organisms.

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