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#102542
2015-01-28

Satellite study identifies water bodies important for biodiversity conservation

Using satellite images to study changing patterns of surface water is a powerful tool for identifying conservationally important "stepping stone" water bodies that could help aquatic species survive in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.

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#102543
2015-01-28

Goverments Will Forge First Treaty Protecting Global Oceans

NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.

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#102544
2015-01-28

Climate change redistributes fish species at high latitudes

For millions of years, large parts of the marine biotas of the North Atlantic and North Pacific have been separated by harsh climate conditions in the Arctic.

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#102520
2015-01-27

Industrial contaminants are weakening the penises of polar bears

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Polar bears do more than just star in Coca-Cola commercials. Occasionally, they eat and mate (the two great joys of animals' lives). But according to a new study, mating has been getting a bit harder for polar bears in recent decades -- or more accurately, getti ...

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#102521
2015-01-27

Decline of England's natural environment 'hits economy'

England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group has told the government.

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#102522
2015-01-27

Nor’easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change

As Northeasterners hunker down to weather tonight’s potentially record-breaking winter storm, they may also want to brace themselves for even more severe nor’easters in the future

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#102523
2015-01-27

Climate models disagree on why temperature 'wiggles' occur

Most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms.

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#102524
2015-01-27

Four steps for effective science communication

Science can provide the best evidence on many questions: how likely is a disease to spread? How likely is a new seed to produce greater yields? How likely is a training programme to produce better jobs?

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#102525
2015-01-27

Financial pledges for REDD+ slow to be disbursed, finds report

Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries.

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#102526
2015-01-27

Africa’s Rural Women Must Count in Water Management

NAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.

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#102527
2015-01-27

Why is so little attention paid to Madagascar's incredible wildlife?

Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive more public attention and cash

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#102528
2015-01-27

Uganda Forests in Danger

Kampala — A parliamentary commission wants the management at the National Forestry Authority to take action against all encroachers in the central forests reserves in the country.

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#102529
2015-01-27

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

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#102530
2015-01-27

Women’s rights to land and property still a myth

In many parts of the world, Uganda inclusive, women’s rights to land and property are denied. The existing laws give women fewer or less secure rights than men, and inequitable and discriminatory attitudes and practices undermine them.

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#102497
2015-01-26

Warming seas decrease sea turtle basking

Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests.

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#102498
2015-01-26

Bad reputation of crows demystified

In literature, crows and ravens are a bad omen and are associated with witches

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#102499
2015-01-26

Ocean could hold key to predicting recurring extreme winters

New reserch may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years

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#102500
2015-01-26

Policy: Four gaps in China's new environmental law

On 1 January, a new environmental protection law (EPL) took effect in China. It is the nation's first attempt to harmonize economic and social development with environmental protection.

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#102501
2015-01-26

Brazil's soy moratorium dramatically reduced Amazon deforestation

The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the ...

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#102502
2015-01-26

Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia

MOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland.

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#102503
2015-01-26

Rare European duck doing twice as well in protected areas

Populations of smew drakes, which number less than 200 in the UK, are growing twice as fast in Special Protection Areas

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#102504
2015-01-26

Leaders link growth, climate protection

How to overcome weak global growth has been one the most hotly debated issues at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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#102506
2015-01-26

Africa: Insecticide Risk Map Exposes Threat to Aquatic Life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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#102507
2015-01-26

Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought

A new study is the first to incorporate empirical estimates of climate change impacts on economic growth in models

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#102508
2015-01-26

Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighborhood

'Cloudburst boulevards' and innovative bowl-shaped parks are designed to protect the city from rising sea levels

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#102509
2015-01-26

Globalizing sustainable development

The question of how the world can end extreme poverty and improve human wellbeing will take on new urgency in 2015, as the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire and a new set of goals—the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs)—are finalized.

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#102510
2015-01-26

Seoul seeks international support for DMZ park plan

Seoul will seek international support to create an ecological park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during a conference in Switzerland this week.

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#102511
2015-01-26

South Sudan finds hope in honey

Jan 26 (Reuters) - A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

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#102486
2015-01-23

Scientists find translucent fish living under Antarctic ice shelf

DEKALB, Ill., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- It shouldn't be all that surprising at this point -- living organisms defying the odds, that is.

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#102487
2015-01-23

Scientists puzzled, worried by rapid draining of Greenland lakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Two subglacial Greenland lakes thought to be stable -- pockets of icy water accumulated over many years -- are now gone, drained in a matter of weeks. And scientists aren't exactly sure why or what it means.

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#102488
2015-01-23

When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say

What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate.

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#102489
2015-01-23

Half of Borneo's mammals could lose a third of their habitat by 2080

Borneo consistently makes the list of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots” – areas full of a wide variety of forms of life found nowhere else, but which are also under threat.

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#102490
2015-01-23

A “Rosetta Stone” for Conducting Biodiversity Assessments

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 2015 (IPS) - This month saw an important milestone reached by the U.N.’s young Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Publication of its first public product.

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#102491
2015-01-23

Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis?

At the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.

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#102492
2015-01-23

Relocation of animals could drive some species towards extinction – study

Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations

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#102493
2015-01-23

Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflies

The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?

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#102494
2015-01-23

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.

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#102474
2015-01-22

'Safer GMOs' made by US scientists

US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.

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#102475
2015-01-22

Next-generation sequencing offers insight into how species adapt to climate change

Next-generation sequencing allows for the creation and analysis of vast amounts of data about populations and their responses to shifting environmental conditions, including climate change.

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#102476
2015-01-22

Climate change does not bode well for picky eaters

In a part of the world that is experiencing the most dramatic increase in temperature and climate change, two very similar species of animals are responding very differently.

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#102478
2015-01-22

Environmental wisdom: keeping indigenous stories alive

"Long ago, when animals were gente…" Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine.

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#102479
2015-01-22

Lake Tahoe's tiny creatures dying off at dramatic rate: scientist

(Reuters) - The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra

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#102480
2015-01-22

US Senate fails to accept humanity's role in climate change, again

Senators accept global warming is not a hoax but fail to recognise human activity is to blame, nearly 27 years after scientists laid out man’s role

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#102481
2015-01-22

Insecticide risk map exposes threat to aquatic life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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#102482
2015-01-22

Nigeria: Imperatives of REDD Mechanism for Mitigating Deforestation

Abuja — THE proximity of Nassarawa state to the nation's capital was to be an advantage when there was massive demolition in the Federal Capital Territory in the year 2004, as most of the displaced persons found solace in the state.

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#102483
2015-01-22

Ebola animal to human transmission linked to population density and habitat degradation

An apparent link has been established between human population density and vegetation cover and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans.

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#102484
2015-01-22

Filling politicians in on biodiversity

The world's top biodiversity body has initiated a number of assessments designed to help politics act on conservation.

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#102461
2015-01-21

California’s Forests: Where Have All the Big Trees Gone?

They’ve gone to logging and housing—but especially to climate change, says a new study.

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#102463
2015-01-21

Drugs in dirt: Scientists appeal for help

US scientists are asking the public to join them in their quest to mine the Earth's soil for compounds that could be turned into vital new drugs.

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#102464
2015-01-21

Warming climate likely will change the composition of northern forests, study shows

Visitors to northern forests in coming decades probably will see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a new study shows.

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