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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

News Headlines
#101150
2014-09-30

New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

News Headlines
#101151
2014-09-30

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index.

News Headlines
#101152
2014-09-30

U.N. on Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - A five day meeting in the Republic of Korea, beginning Monday, will provide an opportunity for the global biodiversity community to make progress on the safe transboundary movement of Living modified organisms (LMOs) in the direction of lessening trade distort ...

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#101153
2014-09-30

Causes of California drought linked to climate change

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today's global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, scientists say.

News Headlines
#101154
2014-09-30

Climate change appears a mixed bag for common frog

After warmer winters, wood frogs breed earlier and produce fewer eggs, a researcher has found. The same study also found that frogs produce more eggs during winters with more rain and snow.

News Headlines
#101155
2014-09-30

Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought

The resistance of forests to drought has been studied, with a focus on the diversity of tree species.

News Headlines
#101156
2014-09-30

Biopiracy ban stirs red-tape fears

A major international agreement is coming into force to combat ‘biopiracy’ — profiting from biological products while failing to compensate the community from which they originate. The Nagoya Protocol aims to ensure that developing nations benefit when their plants, animals or microbes are used ...

News Headlines
#101157
2014-09-30

A weed by any other name: remnant shrubs and trees play vital role in regenerating forests

Tropical forest restoration projects are exciting research sites for scientists studying factors that affect ecosystem recovery.

News Headlines
#101158
2014-09-30

Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks

YAOUNDE, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks.

News Headlines
#101161
2014-09-30

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

(Reuters) - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

News Headlines
#101162
2014-09-30

Oak processionary moth population exploding in London

Toxic caterpillars now spreading beyond their infestation zone, afflicting trees in parks and gardens in new areas

News Headlines
#101164
2014-09-30

WWF: 40 years later, half the wildlife

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Humans are one of the few animal species thriving in the 21st century, and the proliferation of Homo sapiens has come at the expense of most other living creatures.

News Headlines
#101120
2014-09-29

Biodiversity convention kicks off

The 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity opened at a resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, on Monday for 19 days of discussion sessions on sustainable development, under the auspices of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development.

News Headlines
#101121
2014-09-29

Turkmenistan prepares action plan within Convention on Biological Diversity

The conference on the development of activities as part of the framework convention on biological diversity started in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said.

News Headlines
#101122
2014-09-29

A Group Shout on Climate Change

The marchers and mayors, the ministers and presidents, have come and gone. So what is the verdict on Climate Week, the summit meeting on global warming convened by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, in New York?

News Headlines
#101123
2014-09-29

Beyond politics: how finance can influence climate change in Australia

With political action on climate change stuck in reverse gear, investor responses and public action is where the power lies

News Headlines
#101124
2014-09-29

New study claims ice sheets may be melting for centuries

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A team of researchers recently studied 120 ice sheets collapses and other factors to put together the history of sea level rise for the past 500,000 years.

News Headlines
#101125
2014-09-29

Faced with existential climate threat, small island nations sound climate alarm at UN

27 September 2014 – In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou IV of Tonga, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama, and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, all reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change and for sustainable dev ...

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#101126
2014-09-29

While the Arctic is melting, the Gulf Stream remains

The melting Arctic is not the source for less saline Nordic Seas. It is the Gulf Stream that has provided less salt. A new study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience documents that the source of fresher Nordic Seas since 1950 is rooted in the saline Atlantic as opposed to Arctic freshwater that ...

News Headlines
#101127
2014-09-29

Forensic chemistry could stop African plant thieves

Isotope analysis could help in the rush to save South Africa's cycads from extinction.

News Headlines
#101128
2014-09-29

Diverse, deceptive, declining: orchids threatened by deforestation in South America

High in a humid tropical forest in the Sierra de Cayey, Puerto Rico, Benjamin Crain and his field assistant were carefully picking their way through the dense growth of moss-clad trees.

News Headlines
#101129
2014-09-29

Dogs may be responsible for declining mammals in Brazil’s agroforests

With an estimated population of 700 million individuals, domestic dogs are the most abundant carnivore in the world and are present everywhere that man has settled.

News Headlines
#101130
2014-09-29

Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

COLOMBO, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

News Headlines
#101131
2014-09-29

World Bank accuses itself of failing to protect Kenya forest dwellers

Leaked document says World Bank violated its own safeguards in dealings with Sengwer people evicted from their lands

News Headlines
#101132
2014-09-29

Climate change affects Vietnam's rice bowl

Ever more farmers in Vietnam's Mekong Delta are facing tough decisions as a result of saltwater intrusion in their rice fields. But some argue it's just nature undoing human changes to the land.

News Headlines
#101133
2014-09-29

U.N. biodiversity convention opens in S. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- Some 20,000 government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world gathered in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday for a U.N. environmental convention on biodiversity, the environment ministry said.

News Headlines
#101134
2014-09-29

U.N. on Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - A five day meeting in the Republic of Korea, beginning Monday, will provide an opportunity for the global biodiversity community to make progress on the safe transboundary movement of Living modified organisms (LMOs) in the direction of lessening trade distort ...

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