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#102198
2014-12-11

Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands

The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands.

News Headlines
#102199
2014-12-11

Climate action stands at a crossroads in Lima

Halfway through the second week of COP 20, negotiation battles are in full swing.

News Headlines
#102200
2014-12-11

Local governments key actors in fight against climate change

Heads of state and government will be leading the COP20 discussions, but cities and regions have an important role to play in the process, writes Michel Lebrun.

News Headlines
#102201
2014-12-11

New pit viper discovered in Sumatra

A new pit viper was discovered by researchers working in Sumatra, Indonesia, and described in a new study in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

News Headlines
#102202
2014-12-11

Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

News Headlines
#102203
2014-12-11

Africa Sets Demands for Post-2015 Climate Agreement

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - The post-2015 global climate change agreement should be flexible and fully resourced or else condemn Africa to another cycle of poverty resulting from the adverse effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#102204
2014-12-11

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

(Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

News Headlines
#102177
2014-12-09

Study: Melting glaciers threaten rare insect that feeds trout

BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population in Montana. But trout are.

News Headlines
#102178
2014-12-09

Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

8 December 2014 – Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustaina ...

News Headlines
#102179
2014-12-09

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.

News Headlines
#102180
2014-12-09

Two dimensions of knowledge mingle at COP 20

One of the issues that has kept coming up in the corridors, conferences and meetings during the first days of the COP 20 climate summit has to do with the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and the need to incorporate it into climate change procedures and negotiations.

News Headlines
#102181
2014-12-09

A magic wand for nutrition and incomes in Mozambique?

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato.

News Headlines
#102182
2014-12-09

OPINION: Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season.

News Headlines
#102183
2014-12-09

Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.

News Headlines
#102184
2014-12-09

New Doubts About Whether Elephants Can Survive South Sudan's Civil War

Before war broke out in December 2013, things were getting better for South Sudan's elephants, conservationist says.

News Headlines
#102185
2014-12-09

Paula Caballero: See Sustainable Development Goals through landscapes prism

LIMA, Peru—Paula Caballero, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, says the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are currently under development should be seen through the prism of landscapes.

News Headlines
#102186
2014-12-09

Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology

The demand for nutritious food continues to rise. By 2050 the global demand for food could nearly double as the population grows and the developing world becomes more affluent, demanding more calories in their daily diet.

News Headlines
#102187
2014-12-09

EU Provides $6.4m Sustainable Development Grant for Seychelles

VENTURES AFRICA – Two new grant agreements have been signed between Seychelles and the executive body of the European Union providing as much as $6.4 million to foster sustainable development and combat climate change in the small island state of about 90,000 inhabitants.

News Headlines
#102164
2014-12-08

UN secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals

In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

News Headlines
#102165
2014-12-08

Stern warning: Legally-binding climate deal 'not necessary'

Leading economist Lord Nicholas Stern said that a commitment to sustainable development was more important than a binding deal that "lacked credibility".

News Headlines
#102166
2014-12-08

Biodiversity protection is key to REDD+ success, study shows

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say

News Headlines
#102167
2014-12-08

Cities and Markets Can Fight Climate Change

Representatives from every national government are meeting this week to work toward a global climate agreement, and the location of the conference -- Lima, Peru -- offers critically important lessons for negotiators.

News Headlines
#102168
2014-12-08

Giraffe population down 40 percent in past 15 years, could face extinction

According to a new report from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the overall giraffe population has declined by over 40 percent in the past 15 years.

News Headlines
#102170
2014-12-08

Africa likely to see more rain as greenhouse emissions continue

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- For Africa and its climate, history seems to be repeating itself.

News Headlines
#102171
2014-12-08

UN report urges more funds for climate change adaptation, warns on temperature rise

5 December 2014 – Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.

News Headlines
#102172
2014-12-08

Early warning signals of abrupt climate change

A new study has found early warning signals of a reorganization of the Atlantic oceans' circulation which could have a profound impact on the global climate system.

News Headlines
#102173
2014-12-08

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

News Headlines
#102174
2014-12-08

Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production.

News Headlines
#102175
2014-12-08

OPINION: Addressing Climate Change Requires Real Solutions, Not Blind Faith in the Magic of Markets

BRISBANE, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.

News Headlines
#102176
2014-12-08

Bringing back lost biodiversity

Over millions of years animals have gone extinct, species have been driven out of their habitats and forests have disappeared. But how are conservationists and geneticists trying to re-establish what has been lost?

News Headlines
#102150
2014-12-05

Isolated for 70,000 years, Arabian Sea humpbacks genetically distinct

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.

News Headlines
#102151
2014-12-05

Spotlighting humanity's 'silent ally', UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

5 December 2014 – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.

News Headlines
#102152
2014-12-05

U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.’s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030.

News Headlines
#102153
2014-12-05

COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognising rights of its best protectors

News Headlines
#102154
2014-12-05

Cameroon conservation quandary over wildlife rampage

As activists mark Wildlife Conservation Day, elephants and hippopotamuses are trampling over farms and crops in northern Cameroon. Authorities face a difficult balancing act - conserve wildlife or protect property?

News Headlines
#102155
2014-12-05

Madagascar impresses global conservation congress with community-controlled marine protection plans

(Seychelles News Agency) - The president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, has pledged to triple his country’s marine protected areas and set up a legal framework to defend local communities’ rights to manage their own fishing grounds.

News Headlines
#102156
2014-12-05

Africa: To Conserve Arctic Species, Take Action in Africa

Bonn — So great are the contrasts between the frozen empty expanses of the far north and Africa's baking deserts, steamy rain forests and savannahs that any direct connections between the two seem far-fetched - if they indeed exist at all.

News Headlines
#102157
2014-12-05

UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda

4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of ...

News Headlines
#102158
2014-12-05

Ban Ki-Moon says Canada must do more on climate change

Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, says Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary."

News Headlines
#102159
2014-12-05

Dirty deeds: Soil degradation costs African farmers $68 billion yearly

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soil degradation holds back African farmers, costing them $68 billion annually and threatening to stall vital food production, a leading agriculture expert said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#102107
2014-12-04

Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Are Losing Their Genetic Identity

One of the world’s most endangered crocodilians, the Cuban crocodile, is facing a genomic identity crisis.

News Headlines
#102110
2014-12-04

Koalas selective about eucalyptus leaves at mealtime: Koalas selected leaves with more nitrogen, fewer toxins

Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options.

News Headlines
#102111
2014-12-04

Comment - Climate change: Protect the world's deltas

More than a century after Mark Twain argued that the Mississippi River could never be tamed by engineers, dams and dikes constrain the great waterway.

News Headlines
#102112
2014-12-04

Funding to ease climate change falls as the earth warms

As the UN’s key Climate Change Conference, COP 20, gets under way this week in Lima, Peru, new figures show a significant drop in global investment in climate mitigation and adaptation.

News Headlines
#102113
2014-12-04

Climate and Post-2015 Development Agenda Talks Share the Same Path

LIMA, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - The international community’s post-2015 development agenda will depend, in key aspects, on whether the delegates of 195 countries meeting now at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital reach an agreement to reduce global warming, since climate change affects all human ...

News Headlines
#102114
2014-12-04

Africa Laments as Kyoto Protocol Hangs in Limbo

LIMA, Dec 3 2014 (IPS) - African countries fought hard for the Kyoto Protocol not to die on African soil at the 2011 Climate Change Conference in South Africa, but they say it is now languishing in limbo because developed countries are taking what they called “baby steps” towards ratification of ...

News Headlines
#102115
2014-12-04

EU deal gives countries opt-out on growing approved GM crops

(Reuters) - The European Union agreed a compromise on growing genetically modified crops on Thursday that gives nations the option to ban them, even if EU authorities have approved them for cultivation.

News Headlines
#102122
2014-12-04

Cameroon conservation quandary over wildlife rampage

As activists mark Wildlife Conservation Day, elephants and hippopotamuses are trampling over farms and crops in northern Cameroon. Authorities face a difficult balancing act - conserve wildlife or protect property?

News Headlines
#102148
2014-12-04

A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.

News Headlines
#102149
2014-12-04

Characterising the biodiversity and functioning of European soils

World Soil Day (Dec 5, 2014) concludes a week-long series of events in Dijon bringing together international scientists.

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