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#103117
2015-03-12

New species of tapaculo in South America

After being misidentified and sitting in a museum drawer for more than seventy years, a group of bird specimens collected in Colombia and Venezuela has been determined to represent a previously unknown species, now dubbed the Perijá Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus).

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#103118
2015-03-12

Dolphins, diatoms and sea dragons join census of all known marine life

Taxonomists undertaking the daunting task of compiling a list of every species in the sea say that there are 228,445 known marine organisms. The team from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has eliminated 190,400 previously listed species, because they were duplicate identities.

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#103119
2015-03-12

Greater GM protection urged for small-scale farmers

African governments must do more to control the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops that could affect smallholders, says a report by Friends of the Earth International.

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#103120
2015-03-12

Study finds soil releases carbon for decades after forests are felled

Soil plays a big role in the global carbon cycle, but how much or how quickly forest soil carbon pools decline after logging is poorly understood.

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#103121
2015-03-12

The Dilemma of Soy in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside and replacing other crops and cattle.

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#103122
2015-03-12

Forest sustainability certification gains ground

Forests are not only habitat for innumerable species of animals and plants - they are also the source of many products we humans rely on

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#103123
2015-03-12

Farming a threat to endangered Chinese giant salamander

Researchers from ZSL and the Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, surveyed 43 farms in China and worked with the Shaanxi Province Fisheries Office to investigate the Chinese giant salamander farming industry

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#103124
2015-03-12

Britain's Cranes Are Back From the Brink

This spring more cranes will be fledged in Britain than for 400 years. Not only that, it’s probable that, in a remarkable instance of nature healing itself, cranes will be breeding in more places in Britain than since the execution of King Charles I in 1649.

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#103125
2015-03-12

Breeding for dry climates: Some plants like it hot

Member states to the United Nations convention on desertification are meeting in Cancun to discuss what can be done to stop soil degradation. One possibility is crops bred to withstand drought.

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#103126
2015-03-12

'They come, they photograph, but don’t help': how ecotourism in the Amazon shortchanges the locals

The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest

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#103129
2015-03-12

Africa seed index raises bigger yield hopes for farmers

An initiative has been launched to help improve smallholder farmers' access to a wider array of modern, more productive food crop varieties.

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#103103
2015-03-11

Chameleon colours 'switched by crystals'

Swiss researchers have discovered how chameleons accomplish their vivid colour changes: they rearrange the crystals inside specialised skin cells.

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#103105
2015-03-11

Small eddies produce global effects on climate change

The increasing strength of winds over the Southern Ocean has extended its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, effectively delaying the impacts of global warming.

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#103106
2015-03-11

World’s whaling slaughter tallied

Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.

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#103107
2015-03-11

UN report warns of grave consequences if mangroves not protected

Protecting Mangrove Forests Good For Environment And Economy: UN Global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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#103108
2015-03-11

EU law on GM crops clears the ground for wave of approvals

(Reuters) - EU politicians on Wednesday will sign a new law on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for a wave of approvals after years of deadlock.

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#103109
2015-03-11

Losing paradise: the people displaced by atomic bombs, and now climate change

People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods. Karl Mathiesen reports from the frontline of climate crisis

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#103110
2015-03-11

Beavers on verge of living wild in England after being confirmed free of disease

First beaver colony to live free in England for centuries should be able to stay on Devon’s River Otter after being tested as clear of Echinococcus multilocularis

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#103111
2015-03-11

Gender equality and earth’s future

Inclusive sustainable development can be realised only when all human rights – including gender equality – are protected, respected, and fulfilled.

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#103112
2015-03-11

Modi pledges climate alliance with small island states

India’s prime minster will cooperate closely with small island states on work towards a global climate change pact, he said today.

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#103113
2015-03-11

If Apes Go Extinct, So Could Entire Forests

Bonobo poop matters. Well, maybe not the poop itself, but what’s in it.

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#103114
2015-03-11

Florida Isn't the Only State to 'Ban' Climate Change

Florida, one of the states most susceptible to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, verbally banned state environmental officials from using the term “climate change,” an investigation revealed. But the Sunshine State isn’t the only U.S. state that has attempted to “outlaw” climate ...

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#103115
2015-03-11

A sea change for ocean resource management

Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.

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#103116
2015-03-11

WoRMS catalogue downsizes ocean life

A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.

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#103080
2015-03-10

Catalina Island fox goes from endangered to abundant

AVALON, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- In 1999, the Catalina Island fox was nearly wiped out by a canine distemper epidemic.

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#103081
2015-03-10

Global Warming Could Hit Rates Unseen in 1,000 Years

We are standing on the edge of a new world where warming is poised to accelerate at rates unseen for at least 1,000 years.

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#103082
2015-03-10

Tapping into local resources to curb malnutrition

When I was a child, my mother used to tell me over and over: “Eat a carrot, it’s good for your sight.”

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#103091
2015-03-10

Human impacts are 'decoupling' coral reef ecosystems

There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.

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#103092
2015-03-10

Consensus and geoengineering - how to convince people about global warming

Social scientists are debating how best to shift public opinion on global warming

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#103093
2015-03-10

Saving biodiversity with binoculars and field guides

Birdwatchers the world over can be found hiking through fields and forests, binoculars and guidebooks in hand. Three passionate 'birders' talk about their fascination with our feathered friends.

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#103094
2015-03-10

Ecological corridor to preserve Ecuadorian Andes bears

Ecuador's mountain forests are a hotspot of rich biodiversity, but many species are threatened by increased deforestation and fragmentation.

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#103095
2015-03-10

‘By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy’ Jeffrey Sachs

Recent news brings yet another example of hubris followed by crisis followed by tragedy.

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#103097
2015-03-10

Gender Equality and Earth’s Future

Twenty years ago, the adoption by 189 governments of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action marked a turning point in the history of women’s rights. This progressive blueprint remains a powerful source of inspiration in the effort to realize equal opportunities for women and girls.

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#103098
2015-03-10

Conservation gets low share of tourist income

Global revenue from tourist visits to protected areas is high enough to allow more of this money to be spent on conservation, a study has found.

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#103099
2015-03-10

Hidden greenhouse emissions revealed in new Board of Agriculture report

Restoration of wetlands can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is shown in a report that has been written in part by researchers from the University of Gothenburg.

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#103100
2015-03-10

Eastern, High Arctic regain sea ice during cold winter

The good news is tempered by the fact that satellite data show ice levels in the rest of the Arctic -- and overall -- are at their lowest levels this winter.

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#103059
2015-03-09

Palm oil firms in Peru plan to clear 23,000 hectares of primary forest

Four oil palm plantations connected to the same company are proposed for Peru’s northern Amazon. Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm, according to NGOs.

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#103060
2015-03-09

Urban wildlife: when animals go wild in the city

Perching on the side of an old power station chimney with St Paul’s Cathedral to the north and the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, to the east is not where you might expect to glimpse the world’s fastest bird. Yet Tate Modern, and London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Hous ...

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#103061
2015-03-09

Climate change likely to be responsible for eucalypt dieback in south-east NSW: ANU PhD candidate Catherine Ross

For more than a decade it has been a mystery as to what is causing eucalypt trees to die on the Monaro in south-east, New South Wales.

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#103062
2015-03-09

Gender equality: World leaders have “failed”

As the world marked International Women's Day on 8 March, a new report by the United Nations says that world leaders have failed women and girls in achieving gender equality, and that climate change is one key factor that undermines these efforts.

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#103063
2015-03-09

March 8 also for women in conservation

Do we still need to celebrate Women’s International Day? The answer is probably in episodes of violence, everyday situations, words and deeds in many places of the world that indicate the contempt for women’s rights or disrespect of women as human beings.

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#103064
2015-03-09

Wild lynx to return to Britain after 1,300 years

In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be introduced to three unfenced estates later this year.In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be intro ...

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#103067
2015-03-09

How will everything change under climate change?

The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time - yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us?

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#103068
2015-03-09

Robots help solve mysteries of the oceans

THE Southern Ocean is one of the least studied aspects of the planet, but thanks to a shoal of bright yellow sea robots, local scientists are beginning to learn more about its complex interplay with the world’s climate.

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#103069
2015-03-09

From ancient village to world class garden.

Incessant tribal warfare reduced the village to smouldering ruins.Yet like the metaphorical phoenix, it would rise from the ashes, albeit almost 200 hundred years later, to reclaim its place in Suva history.

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#103071
2015-03-09

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.

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#103072
2015-03-09

A bird's eye view of Montreal

It is Montreal and the year is 1896. The city, with its half a million citizens, is alive and vibrant and enjoying one of its greatest periods of growth.

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#103046
2015-03-06

Mass fish deaths off Singapore coast spark concern

Last Sunday morning, Bryan Ang woke up onboard his floating fish farm on the Johor Strait between Malaysia and Singapore to find nearly all his stock had died.

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#103047
2015-03-06

Science 'squeezed out of primary schools'

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

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#103048
2015-03-06

With new policy, 3M drops controversial forestry certification label

3M has announced a new sustainability policy that will reduce the impact of its fiber-sourcing practices on forests and wildlife.

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