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#100760
2014-09-04

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...

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#100762
2014-09-04

Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N

(Reuters) - A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region's coffee crop has been largely unscathed.

News Headlines
#100715
2014-09-02

Drought hits São Paulo - what drought?

São Paulo, South America's biggest city, is suffering its worst drought in over a century, writes Jan Rocha, with rivers and reservoirs running dry. But the state's politicians are seeking re-election. And for them, it's as if nothing is happening - never mind that water and power cuts affecting ...

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#100716
2014-09-02

Awareness on biodiversity in schools

PANAJI: Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education has affiliated with Goa state biodiversity board to create awareness on biodiversity amongst students and teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools.

News Headlines
#100717
2014-09-02

Africa's farmers face 'failed seasons' risks

Many small-scale farmers across Africa face the threat from "failed seasons", a report has warned.

News Headlines
#100718
2014-09-02

How corals stir up their world

Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

News Headlines
#100719
2014-09-02

SAMOA: In Apia, Ban sets sail for sustainable development

2 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sailed with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew, whose mission is to spotlight the need for action on sustainable development by going around the world using only traditional navigation methods.

News Headlines
#100720
2014-09-02

New Economic Council speeds Arctic commerce

The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council is taking place in Canada (Sept. 2-3). Critics fear the new business body will speed up the exploitation of a fragile environment struggling with climate change.

News Headlines
#100721
2014-09-02

OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

NAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.

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#100722
2014-09-02

DENR to strengthen coastal, marine biodiversity-conservation program

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has vowed to strengthen the management regimes for the 32 Marine Protected Areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) law and Verde Island Passage, finally giving marine biodiversity conservation its much-deserved ...

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#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

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#100724
2014-09-02

'A global tragedy' in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site

Spanning 230 kilometers (143 miles) and comprising more than half a million hectares westward from the Cambodian border lies Dong-Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC), the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand.

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#100726
2014-09-02

Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma

Achieving large-scale agriculture is an imperative, yet political opposition is formidable.

News Headlines
#100727
2014-09-02

SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.

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#100728
2014-09-02

South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers

Experts warn that lucrative trade in endangered varieties of the world’s oldest seed plant could lead to extinction, after 24 rare cycads stolen from Cape Town botanical gardens

News Headlines
#100729
2014-09-02

SAMOA: Stopping climate change is 'about people, about survival,' says UN envoy

2 September 2014 – World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.

News Headlines
#100695
2014-08-29

Indonesia's national airline to start using palm oil biofuel

Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia, says it will start mixing palm oil-based biofuel with its jet fuel as part of an initiative to "reduce" carbon emissions, reports The Jakarta Post.

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#100697
2014-08-29

Saving the Atlantic Forest would cost less than 'Titanic'

Want to save the world's most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot, it's actually less than it cost to make the film, Titanic. A new study published today in Science finds that paying private landowners to protect the almos ...

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#100698
2014-08-29

Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring

Police in Langkat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Three suspects were detained during last week's operation, while their accomplices remain at large. Dozens more animals reportedly obtained from dealers in Medan are still una ...

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#100699
2014-08-29

Large Dams “Highly Correlated” with Poor Water Quality

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 2014 (IPS) - Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

News Headlines
#100700
2014-08-29

Number of Threatened Coral Species Jumps From 2 to 22

A ruling by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bumps the number of protected coral species to 22.

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#100701
2014-08-29

Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Mercury in the environment changes the way birds sing.

News Headlines
#100702
2014-08-29

Help small island states win their battle against climate change

Earth’s fate is inextricably linked to 52 nations threatened by rising sea levels – the rest of the world should not let them drown

News Headlines
#100703
2014-08-29

Mussels May Be the Chicken Feed of the Future

STOCKHOLM – Swedish farmers and scientists have realized that ground domestic mussels – ‘musselmeal’ – could replace other sources of protein in chicken feed. Today, Sweden imports GMO-free soy from Brazil, which is both expensive and contributes to deforestation. Fishmeal is another controversi ...

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#100704
2014-08-29

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

SAO PAULO – Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

News Headlines
#100705
2014-08-29

Elephants smell better

A new Japanese study suggests that elephants have a better sense of smell than any other animals on earth, even dogs. A researcher from the University of Tokyo found that African elephants have the most olfactory receptor genes ever found in one species. The animal with the second most smell det ...

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#100706
2014-08-29

Tiny Beads Found In Shampoo And Exfoliants Are A Threat to the Sydney Harbour

Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.

News Headlines
#100679
2014-08-28

From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

The challenges may seem daunting, but to preserve the environment and provide decent livelihoods, island states need to take a greener, more inclusive approach

News Headlines
#100683
2014-08-28

Where should the roads go? New map offers a solution to the 'Pandora's Box of environmental problems'

Roads make it possible to bring goods to market, to get to the office, to log a forest, to hunt its wildlife. Without roads, human society as we know it could not exist. However, to build roads, trees must be cleared and swamps drained, shrinking valuable wildlife habitat and fragmenting populat ...

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#100684
2014-08-28

Invasion of the lionfish: new research finds the situation may be worse than we thought

You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish research involving Dr. Zack Jud of Florida International University and a young girl named Lauren Arrington. While the issue of attribution in scientific research is crucial to the discipline, much of the media focus so far ...

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#100685
2014-08-28

The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua's big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin?

A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography, allowing ships for the first time to bypass the long and perilous journey around Cape Horn by simply cutting through a continent. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to compete with the infamous ...

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#100686
2014-08-28

Climate change's health toll: 'We can save millions of lives, even now'

While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there's a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO's Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be adressed.

News Headlines
#100687
2014-08-28

WildLeaks: a whistlebower platform for poaching and wildlife crimes

Many witnesses of poaching or other wildlife crimes remain silent, fearing retribution. An anonymous whistlebower platform aims to change that. The WildLeaks project is turning information into action the ground.

News Headlines
#100688
2014-08-28

Modern conservation shaped by early Amazon explorers

Many of our ideas about the natural world and environmentalism can be traced back to two trailblazing 19th century explorers who continue to inspire scientists heading to the Amazon rainforest to identify new species

News Headlines
#100689
2014-08-28

Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management.

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#100690
2014-08-28

For Caribbean, no Climate Policy without Water Policy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Amidst growing concern over the impact of climate change on water resources worldwide, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region’s plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

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#100691
2014-08-28

How Do We Save Vanishing Old-Growth Forests?

There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found no- ...

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#100692
2014-08-28

Kishanganga dam to affect ecosystem: official

MUZAFFARABAD: Apart from adverse impact to be caused by India’s Kishanganga dam project on Pakistan’s irrigation system and energy sector schemes, conservationists are worried about its devastating effects on biodiversity and ecosystem in Neelum Valley

News Headlines
#100693
2014-08-28

Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity

Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, researchers say.

News Headlines
#100659
2014-08-27

Mobile apps for California's drought, UK floods and India's drinking water

Drought, leaks, poor sanitation and reporting the neighbours for wasting water - new apps aim to tackle persistent water problems

News Headlines
#100660
2014-08-27

How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?

Scientists say both rich and developing countries must recognize primary forests as a conservation priority.

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#100661
2014-08-27

What lies within, we may never know: deforestation threatening Sulawesi’s unique wildlife

For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite a growing population and limited space -- more than 17 million people reside on the island as of 2010 -- Sulawesi has managed to provid ...

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#100663
2014-08-27

Access to open data ‘key to sustainable development’

[NAIROBI] Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in De ...

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#100664
2014-08-27

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON: Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous, and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

News Headlines
#100665
2014-08-27

Dams versus rivers - the global battle

A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health.

News Headlines
#100666
2014-08-27

Gambia: Decline in Biological Diversity Worries Environment Minister

The minister of Climate Change, Environment, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife has expressed concern over the decline in biological diversity in natural resources within the country due to various factors, calling for action against the trend. He pointed out those factors such as climate varia ...

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#100667
2014-08-27

Africa: UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe.

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#100668
2014-08-27

Ecotourism rise hits whales

Desire to observe whales and dolphins up close is affecting animals’ behaviour.

News Headlines
#100669
2014-08-27

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns

News Headlines
#100671
2014-08-27

DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends

August 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable ...

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