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#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.

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#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 ...

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#101097
2014-09-26

Africa adds climate change bonds to global warming arsenal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global warming in Africa may soon move bond markets.

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#101098
2014-09-26

Peru's President says development must align with core UN Charter principles

25 September 2014 - Among several speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean region addressing the General Assembly today, Peru"s President, Ollanta Humala Tasso, outlined in his address several ways his country was making strides in sustainable development without straying away from the fun ...

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#101101
2014-09-26

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.

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#101102
2014-09-26

Firms pledge commitment to forests

A coalition of NGOs criticized on Tuesday the involvement of large companies — which, according to the NGOs, are the cause of deforestation — at the UN 2014 Climate Summit in New York, saying the companies would only hinder efforts to save the forests.

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#101103
2014-09-26

Brazilian zoologists discovered the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm in South America

Typical cave-dwelling organisms, unpigmented and eyeless, were discovered in a karst area located in northeastern Brazil.

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#101104
2014-09-26

Hitchhiking Caribbean lizard upends island biogeography theory

The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics.

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#101105
2014-09-26

'Ambition, transformation' needed in climate talks

The one-day United Nations Climate Summit wrapped up in New York. They were held to lead up to meetings in Lima and Paris.

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#101106
2014-09-26

EU Adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation

On Monday, the European Union adopted a legislation that will tackle the rapidly growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species.

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#101081
2014-09-25

Africa Rising: leaders meet to discuss sustainable development that leaves no one behind

How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York.

News Headlines
#101082
2014-09-25

Migrating monarch butterflies spotted on weather radar

After an extremely small migration last year, some scientists worried the 3,000-mile monarch migration (though not the species itself) might be coming to an end.

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#101083
2014-09-25

'Unprecedented' climate summit leads to bold pledges

After 11 gruelling hours of announcements, pledges and promises, there was a clear sense in the New York headquarters of the United Nations that the wheels on the climate change bus had been set in motion.

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#101084
2014-09-25

UN climate summit scores high on passion

It was always meant to be more about marshalling enthusiasm for a cause than making firm pledges. And, on that front, the United Nations-convened climate summit on 23 September delivered

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#101085
2014-09-25

Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement

Norway pledges $300 million if Peru tackles deforestation crisis by 2021

News Headlines
#101086
2014-09-25

Barack Obama to create world's largest ocean reserve in the Pacific

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which bans commercial fishing, to be expanded to six times its current size

News Headlines
#101087
2014-09-25

Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's breadbasket

Using machines to sow rice directly, devices to inform when to irrigate, and phone messages warning of infestations, farmers are learning to adapt to climate change.

News Headlines
#101088
2014-09-25

Why we need the UN’s sustainable development goals

Jeffrey Sachs outlines how the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals can and should address the intersecting issues of sustainability, poverty, and the need for good governance.

News Headlines
#101089
2014-09-25

Amore Pacific beefs up research on biodiversity

Amore Pacific, Korea's biggest cosmetics maker, has provided strong support to an area that is unfamiliar to many ㅡ biodiversity.

News Headlines
#101090
2014-09-25

Agricultural science is the backbone of sustainable development

In order to fulfil the sustainable development objectives of food security and resource efficiency, it is essential to support research in agricultural science, says CGIAR chief executive Frank Rijsberman.

News Headlines
#101058
2014-09-24

How Sustainable Tourism Is Becoming a New 'Mega-Goal' at the 65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference

The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference titled "Beyond 2015: An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations" at U.N. Headquarters in New York.

News Headlines
#101059
2014-09-24

Cities Will Solve Climate Change, Not Nations

As world leaders gathered at the U.N. to talk about global warming, mayors set about actually doing something about climate change

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#101060
2014-09-24

Climate change summit: world leaders told to 'step up ambition'

Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel says leaders failed to rise to challenge after day of impassioned speeches at UN

News Headlines
#101061
2014-09-24

The Benefits of Easing Climate Change

On Tuesday, more than 100 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to open a climate summit meeting that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes will provide momentum to a new round of negotiations toward a global environmental agreement to be signed in Paris next year.

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#101062
2014-09-24

World risks spending $250 bln just to monitor U.N. development goals

OSLO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101063
2014-09-24

Climate Change summit: Brazil refuses to sign UN's pledge to slow deforestation

Brazil has refused to sign an anti-deforestation pledge, dealing a blow to the Climate Change summit in New York.

News Headlines
#101064
2014-09-24

Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming

UNITED NATIONS — President Obama, emboldened by his use of executive powers to fight climate change at home, challenged China on Tuesday to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming.

News Headlines
#101065
2014-09-24

Ban hails ‘bold’ announcements on tackling climate change as historic UN summit closes

23 September 2014 – Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “ ...

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#101066
2014-09-24

Impact of temperature on belowground soil decomposition

Earth's soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.

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#101067
2014-09-24

Cargill commits to zero deforestation across entire global supply chain: all commodities

Cargill, one of the world's largest agricultural companies, has extended its zero deforestation commitment for palm oil to all commodities it produces.

News Headlines
#101068
2014-09-24

Climate Summit: Much Talk, A Bit of Walk

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2014 (IPS) - Speaking to more than 120 heads of state at the U.N. Climate Summit, actor and newly appointed U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio made clear the long-ranging impact of the attendees’ decisions.

News Headlines
#101069
2014-09-24

Climate change summit: world leaders told to 'step up ambition'

The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.

News Headlines
#101070
2014-09-24

Leaders under fire for failure to attend post-UN climate summit meetings

Greg Barker, David Cameron’s former top climate change aide, criticises heads of state for no-show at New York dinner

News Headlines
#101071
2014-09-24

Opinion: All-star gala puts climate back on the agenda

Leonardo Di Caprio, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out to energize the weary UN climate talks and turn world attention to the dangers facing the planet. And he succeeded.

News Headlines
#101072
2014-09-24

How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity

The global economy hasn’t just opened up new markets for humans, it’s been a catalyst for bringing species to into habitats where they don’t belong.

News Headlines
#101034
2014-09-23

EU cannot afford climate change 'oblivion'

Two major international agreements will be signed in 2015, making it an important year for climate change: a new legally binding global treaty on climate change and a new sustainable development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals.

News Headlines
#101035
2014-09-23

Africa: Q&A: Making Equality Central to the Development Agenda

Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), tells SciDev.Net that the future development agenda and its SDGs must be universal and apply not just to developing countries.

News Headlines
#101037
2014-09-23

Concerns in agricultural biotechnology up in Nigeria

The last few weeks have seen several write-ups on the pages of newspapers in Nigeria about genetically modified crops (GMCs), food (GMF) and other products (GMPs).

News Headlines
#101038
2014-09-23

Indigenous people and the crisis over land and resources

Do indigenous groups need saving from poverty? And why do they come into conflict with conservationists seeking to protect their land?

News Headlines
#101039
2014-09-23

Saving Europe's Last Virgin Forests: The Primeval Nature of Russia's Far North

In the beginning, Europe was forest country. Most of it is long gone, but a touch of the old world still survives in the Russian north.

News Headlines
#101040
2014-09-23

Climate change takes front and center at United Nations summit

(CNN) -- The first item on the long list of issues to be addressed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week: Climate change.

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