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#94285
2013-06-17

Climate change overseas likely to affect UK food supplies

Climate change abroad will have a more immediate effect on the UK than climate change at home, a report says.

News Headlines
#94286
2013-06-17

Why Dwindling Snow—Thanks Largely to Climate Change—Might Dry Out Los Angeles

While the national government remains slow to deal with climate change, many cities have been moving ahead.

News Headlines
#94287
2013-06-17

Ban Ki-moon mobilises global action on sustainable development

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mobilising global action around the great challenge of our time: sustainable development. It is a call that the world must heed.

News Headlines
#94288
2013-06-17

Meet Calestous Juma, Africa’s genetically modified crop ‘optimist’

When Calestous Juma was 9 years old, floods inundated his family’s village. Port Victoria sits on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria, just shy of the Ugandan border.

News Headlines
#94249
2013-06-14

Angola: Environment Ministry Presents Strategic Plan

Luanda — The Environment Ministry, through its Cross-border Committee, Thursday in Luanda, presented the Mayombe Forest Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan designed for the preservation of the ecosystems and forests.

News Headlines
#94250
2013-06-14

Drones, not just weapons of war

London - Unmanned drones, instead of being harbingers of death, should become a vital technological tool in the conservation fight and in delivering vital goods to remote areas, the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh heard.

News Headlines
#94251
2013-06-14

US forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

(Phys.org) —In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues, according to an article by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.

News Headlines
#94252
2013-06-14

Green Activists Sound Warning on Foreign Investments in Oil Palm Estates

Environmental activists have responded with alarm to new data showing Indonesia has the third-biggest area of land in the world given over to foreign control since 2000, warning of dire implications to the country’s rainforests, wildlife and indigenous communities.

News Headlines
#94254
2013-06-14

Do neonicotinoids harm organisms other than insects?

The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid insecticides ‘may be just the tip of the iceberg’, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Research conducted by the University of Sussex’s Professor Dave Goulson reveals that soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds ...

News Headlines
#94257
2013-06-14

Bat Health Critical To Human Health

NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve from videos that featured bats being butchered for food and defecating into a popular drink, and stories of how bats may spread lethal disease.

News Headlines
#94258
2013-06-14

Up to half of all birds threatened by climate change

Between a quarter and a half of all birds, along with around a third of amphibians and a quarter of corals, are highly vulnerable to climate change.

News Headlines
#94260
2013-06-14

Warm Ocean Drives Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Loss

June 13, 2013 — Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves, not icebergs calving into the sea, are responsible for most of the continent's ice loss, a study by UC Irvine and others has found.

News Headlines
#94261
2013-06-14

Let's put girls at the heart of every post-2015 goal

The High-Level Panel's goal for girls and women is a moment to celebrate, but there is still work to do to unleash girls' unique potential

News Headlines
#94262
2013-06-14

Peru opens deforestation data to the public, shows drop in Amazon forest clearing

Peru has made its comprehensive deforestation data available to the public. The data shows that while more than 100,000 hectares have been cleared in the Peruvian Amazon on annual basis since 2005, the rate of clearing has slowed in recent years

News Headlines
#94263
2013-06-14

China gives approval to GM soybeans

China's agricultural authorities issued biosafety certificates to three new overseas varieties of genetically modified soybeans on Thursday, allowing them to be imported as raw materials for domestic processing.

News Headlines
#94264
2013-06-14

Africa: Is the 2030 Goal for Hunger Eradication Realistic?

United Nations — With less than three years before a 2015 deadline, the developing world is largely expected to miss one of the U.N.'s key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger.

News Headlines
#94265
2013-06-14

The Chagos Islands are unique and worth protecting

The Chagos Islands marine protected area is the largest of its kind in the world, encircling the dozens of tiny islands of the Chagos archipelago that lie in thousands of miles of Indian Ocean between Madagasgar and Asia.

News Headlines
#94268
2013-06-14

Hope for Endangered Butterfly Species

Newly collected eggs give the Schaus butterfly a chance

News Headlines
#94269
2013-06-14

New report identifies 'regret-free' approaches for adapting agriculture to climate change

Whether it's swapping coffee for cocoa in Central America or bracing for drought in Sri Lanka with a return to ancient water storage systems, findings from a new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) chart a path for farmers to adapt to c ...

News Headlines
#94271
2013-06-14

World leaders warned on risks of climate change

With time running short to agree a post-2020 international deal to tackle climate change, a new report warns that inaction puts the world at risk of greater climate volatility.

News Headlines
#94272
2013-06-14

Weird weather might just wake feeble politicians up to climate change

On Monday, Amory Lovins, physicist, environmentalist, and unassuming colossus of the green movement, appeared in London to talk about energy use.

News Headlines
#94227
2013-06-13

Tanzania: Minister Calls for Unity in Mitigating Climate Change

Dodoma — THE government has called upon all Tanzanians to rally behind its efforts in planting trees and preserving water sources and wetlands to mitigate the effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#94229
2013-06-13

Cod comeback as North Sea stocks start to recover

Call it a cod comeback, or at least the beginnings of one. The fish has been so over-exploited that eco-conscious consumers avoid it, but North Sea stocks are now rising.

News Headlines
#94230
2013-06-13

Spread of toxic invasive plant alarms U.S. forest authorities

Named after the Roman hero Hercules, Heracleum mantegazzianum captures attention with its impressive foliage: huge, sharply lobed leaves; hollow, hairy, purple-splotched stems, four inches in diameter; and towering umbrella-shaped white flowers that bloom in late spring.

News Headlines
#94231
2013-06-13

Stringent steps required to preserve wildlife

Devastating reports of wildlife poaching have once again surfaced in the media. Poaching is seen as a perennial problem as the report also illustrates that environmental crimes are among the most serious and profitable forms of transnational organised crime in Asia.

News Headlines
#94232
2013-06-13

Assessing Barbuda’s Ecosystems – What’s under the water?

Before making changes to ocean management, it helps to know something about the status of living creatures and ecosystems you’re trying to use sustainably.

News Headlines
#94233
2013-06-13

Climate Change versus Groundhogs: Even Common Species Will Suffer

A warming world will present Punxsutawney Phil and his cousins with a host of new challenges, possibly enough to put some species at risk of extinction.

News Headlines
#94234
2013-06-13

Rapid Adaptation Is Purple Sea Urchins' Weapon Against Ocean Acidification

June 12, 2013 — In the race against climate change and ocean acidification, some sea urchins may still have a few tricks up their spiny sleeves, suggesting that adaptation will likely play a large role for the sea creatures as the carbon content of the ocean increases.

News Headlines
#94235
2013-06-13

Depletion of natural capital a cost to all

Putting a value on ecosystems and the environment is essential to bolster conventional economic measures.

News Headlines
#94236
2013-06-13

A Critically Endangered Beauty: The Passion Flower Passiflora Kwangtungensis

June 12, 2013 — Passiflora is a genus of beautiful plants commonly known as the passion flowers or passion vines.

News Headlines
#94237
2013-06-13

Africa holds key to tackling global food crisis

ON SATURDAY, the UK government hosted the Group of Eight Nutrition for Growth Conference in London. The event committed to a bold vision of saving 20-million children from chronic malnutrition by 2020.

News Headlines
#94238
2013-06-13

Panama expects benefits from world's first GM salmon

Panama's researchers have played a key role in creating a rapidly growing salmon that may soon become the world's first commercially sold genetically modified (GM) animal.

News Headlines
#94239
2013-06-13

Bird extravaganza: scientists discover 15 new species of birds in the Amazon

From 2000-2009, scientists described on average seven new bird species worldwide every year.

News Headlines
#94240
2013-06-13

Norwegian Parliament calls for stronger implementation of no-deforestation policy for investments

The Norwegian Parliament has called for the country's pension fund to strengthen its commitment to avoid investing in companies linked to rainforest destruction.

News Headlines
#94241
2013-06-13

Africa is on course for 2015 development targets

Even though Africa will most likely not meet all eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the continent has shown remarkable progress. But Africa still lags when it comes to targets like eradicating poverty.

News Headlines
#94242
2013-06-13

Climate: 'It's my generation's responsibility to fight climate change'

The latest round of UN climate talks have stalled following a protest from the Russian delegation, which says it is unfair that some of their carbon credits are no longer being recognized. But the director of the Climate Action Network Wael Hmaidan says the infighting shouldn't be seen as a sign ...

News Headlines
#94207
2013-06-12

Researchers look into the future to weed out problem plants

Researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Canberra have developed an assessment scheme that allows them to look into the future to see which exotic plants might become tomorrow's problematic invaders.

News Headlines
#94208
2013-06-12

Good coffee threatened by disease outbreak

A disease called coffee rust has reached epidemic proportions in Central America, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and the morning pick-me-up of millions of coffee drinkers.

News Headlines
#94209
2013-06-12

Beneficial use of science key to post-2015 development

Rapid technological progress has made the elimination of worldwide poverty by 2030 a realistic goal for the post-2015 development agenda, but the challenge now is how best to use these advances, which can also harm sustainable development, says a report by a UN-backed science network.

News Headlines
#94210
2013-06-12

How stable is the Earth system?

Life on Earth affects environmental conditions as well as being affected by them, resulting in a planet-wide, self-stabilising control system, say University of Southampton researchers…

News Headlines
#94211
2013-06-12

Good for Business and Good for the Ocean

On June 8, people from around the world take a moment to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the oceans on World Oceans Day. It tends to be a day crowded with announcements from every ocean advocacy organization, which is both exciting and a bit dizzying – it’s easy for important individual mess ...

News Headlines
#94212
2013-06-12

The World’s Next Development Framework: Empowering Girls and Women is Necessary for Peace, Prosperity and Equality

This month, we witnessed a major milestone on the journey toward the world’s next set of development goals: the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons released its much-anticipated report outlining key elements they propose to succeed the Millennium Development Goals when tha ...

News Headlines
#94213
2013-06-12

Chimpanzees May Finally Gain Full Protection under the Endangered Species Act

A long-in-place loophole that exempted captive-bred chimpanzees from the full protections of the Endangered Species Act may finally be closed, Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announced on June 11.

News Headlines
#94214
2013-06-12

Is a Sleeping Climate Giant Stirring in the Arctic?

June 11, 2013 — Flying low and slow above the wild, pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope in a specially instrumented NASA plane, research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., surveys the endless whiteness of tundra and frozen permafrost below.

News Headlines
#94215
2013-06-12

Syrian bald ibis may be down to a single bird

The eastern population of northern bald ibises (Geronticus eremita) has likely fallen to a single breeding bird, reports conservationists monitoring the dwindling flock.

News Headlines
#94216
2013-06-12

Ocean acidification pushing young oysters into 'death race'

Scientists have long known that ocean acidification is leading to a decline in Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest region, but a new study in the American Geophysical Union shows exactly how the change is undercutting populations of these economically-important mol ...

News Headlines
#94217
2013-06-12

Poisonous jellyfish on the rise in the Mediterranean

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.

News Headlines
#94218
2013-06-12

Flying rainbows: the scarlet macaw returns to Mexico

On April 21, 2013, the first flock of scarlet macaws (of many more to come) was released into the jungles of Aluxes Ecopark, nearby classified World Heritage Site Palenque National Park, as a part of a massive reintroduction project to restore the popular and culturally-significant bird to the w ...

News Headlines
#94219
2013-06-12

Zanzibar’s Encroaching Ocean Means Less Water

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Jun 12 2013 (IPS) - Khadija Komboani’s nearest well is filled with salt water thanks to the rising sea around Tanzania’s Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar.

News Headlines
#94220
2013-06-12

Q&A: U.N. Looks to High Seas to Alleviate Food Crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 11 2013 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is convinced there is sufficient global capacity to produce enough food to adequately feed the world’s seven billion people.

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