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#100561
2014-08-21

Penguins in urgent need of protection

All of them are definitely charismatic and collectively are one of people’s favourite animals – yet the world’s 18 penguin species are now at “considerable risk”, scientists warn. And unless effective conservation measures that should include the urgent establishment of more Marine Protected Are ...

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#100564
2014-08-21

Chile’s Largest Amphibian in Danger of Extinction

SANTIAGO – Chile’s helmeted water toad, a unique species in the world and the largest amphibian in that South American country, is in serious danger of extinction due to habitat loss and other factors, experts told Efe

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#100565
2014-08-21

White House could announce world's largest marine reserve soon

If the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument becomes a marine reserve, it would double the area globally subject to tight fishing restrictions. Other countries are also working to expand the area of such ocean havens.

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#100538
2014-08-20

Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment

An Australia-Africa initiative is sowing nearly $1m in training, mentoring and action plans to combat pests' threat to agriculture

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#100539
2014-08-20

20 percent of Africa's elephants killed in three years

Around 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory on the African continent in just three years, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Between 2010 and 2012 an average of 6.8 percent of the elephant population was killed annually, equaling ...

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#100540
2014-08-20

Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s largest cat, the Siberian tiger. Russia has more forests than any other country, representing about one-fifth of the world’s total forest cover and contains more tha ...

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#100541
2014-08-20

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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#100542
2014-08-20

Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s

A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year. Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth's two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually.

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#100543
2014-08-20

Tree-hugging snakes squeeze tight for safety

When a snake climbs a tree, it squeezes the trunk up to five times harder than necessary, according to a new study. For the first time, biologists have measured the force exerted by climbing snakes, using pressure sensors on a vertical pipe, wrapped in tennis grip.

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#100544
2014-08-20

In Saving a Forest, Kenyans Find a Better Quality of Life

KASIGAU, Kenya, Aug 20 2014 (IPS) - When Mercy Ngaruiya first settled in Kasigau in south eastern Kenya a decade ago, she found a depleted forest that was the result of years of tree felling and bush clearing.Back then, she says, poverty and unemployment levels were high, there was limited suppl ...

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#100545
2014-08-20

A Life Reserve for Sustainable Development in Chile’s Patagonia

COYHAIQUE, Chile, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - The people of Patagonia in southern Chile are working to make the Aysén region a “life reserve”. Neighbouring Argentina, across the border, is a historic ally in this remote wilderness area which is struggling to achieve sustainable development and boost gro ...

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#100546
2014-08-20

Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO — The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few. Another lesser-known issue may hit especially close to home for city dwellers. In the world’s already smoggy metropolises, pollution i ...

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#100547
2014-08-20

India’s lesser-known species threatened by wildlife poaching

India’s less iconic species, such as pangolins and tortoises, are being hunted or illegally traded, according to campaigners who say that more conservation efforts are needed to preserve less well-known wildlife.

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#100549
2014-08-20

UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development

19 August 2014 – The General Assembly formally received today an expert report setting out options that can be weighed by Member States on ways to finance the United Nations-driven sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.

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#100515
2014-08-19

Earth sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier, campaigners warn

World has already exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, Global Footprint Network says

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#100516
2014-08-19

Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation

Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). But how effective have those funds been ...

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#100517
2014-08-19

When forests aren't really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations

At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of ...

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#100518
2014-08-19

13 newly-discovered birds declared extinct

In a recent update of the IUCN Red List, scientists have identified 13 new bird species that have gone extinct since 1500. In total the list now finds that at least 140 bird species gone extinct in the past five hundred years, representing 1.3 percent of the world's total known birds.

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#100519
2014-08-19

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India’s eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country’s most ancient tribes, hav ...

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#100520
2014-08-19

Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.

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#100521
2014-08-19

Climate change to slash south Asian GDP, development bank warns

South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank.

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#100522
2014-08-19

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa

Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests.

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#100523
2014-08-19

Support our red-haired cousins, the orangutans, before it's too late

As orangutans are added to a list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates, we are discovering that these great apes are more like humans than we supposed

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#100524
2014-08-19

Scraping the Seafloor for Fish Harms Biodiversity

Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international water ...

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#100498
2014-08-18

New to nature: No 130 Anniella grinnelli

A legless lizard in California is the latest example of a 'cryptic species'

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#100499
2014-08-18

Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park

Scientists were opposed to dumping millions of tonnes of dredged sediment but they were overruled

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#100500
2014-08-18

Google Earth spurs discovery of a 'new' chameleon species

Google Earth has spurred the discovery of another new species. In this case, the creature is a pygmy chameleon, one of four previously unknown Rhampholeon chameleon species described from the remote ‘sky islands’ in Mozambique. The Mount Mabu pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon maspictus) was discover ...

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#100501
2014-08-18

Indonesian govt reiterates plan to clear 14M ha of forest by 2020

The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Jakarta Post.

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#100502
2014-08-18

Nothing else left to log: are eco-certified timber companies stripping Russia of its last old growth forests?

Extensive logging (both legal and illegal), land conversions, road-building, wildfires, and poor forest management practices in Russia have degraded much of its forests. According to recent figures from Global Forest Watch, Russia lost almost 37 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2013.

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#100503
2014-08-18

Bali uprising: Plan to convert protected area into golf courses, mall spurs outrage

In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay. The plan would convert 700 acres of theoretically protected mangrove and ocean front into a tourist haven ...

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#100504
2014-08-18

Mathematics helps find food crops' climate-proof genes

Researchers are developing mathematical models to identify genetic material that could help improve food crops' resilience to climate change.

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#100505
2014-08-18

River turtle mothers 'talk' to their hatchlings

Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater "turtle talk". Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally - communicating with each other using at least six different sounds.

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#100506
2014-08-18

Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.

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#100507
2014-08-18

Protecting America’s Underwater Serengeti

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 2014 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the world’s no-fishing areas to protect what some call America’s underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays arou ...

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#100508
2014-08-18

Peruvian Deforestation- A Paradise Lost

In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” – an area with at least 0.5 percent or 1,500 endemic plants that has lost 70 percent of its primary vegetation – he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian And ...

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#100509
2014-08-18

Promoting access to Brazil's genetic heritage

As the largest country in Latin America and the fifth largest in the world, with a population of around 200 million, it is perhaps not surprising that Brazil has the largest pharmaceutical market in Latin America. The size of this market has also been buoyed during the twenty-first century by a ...

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#100480
2014-08-15

China's environmental woes inspire art

A dilapidated wooden fishing boat laden down with animals who are just skin and bone, a sort of dystopian Noah’s ark trying to escape the end of the earth and an empty city devoid of human life that has been overtaken by nature.

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#100481
2014-08-15

Humans now strongest driver of glaciers melting, study finds

During the last two decades two thirds of glacial mass loss was due to humans, up from a quarter previously

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#100482
2014-08-15

Elephant poaching soars as Sumatran forests turn into plantations

There has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes, according to the Indonesian Elephant Conservation Forum, or FKGI. The number of Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) poached in the province of Riau s ...

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#100483
2014-08-15

China and Europe's outsourcing of soy production impacts the Amazon

Soy consumption in China and Europe is having significant ecological impacts in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, finds a study published in Environmental Research Letters.

News Headlines
#100486
2014-08-15

Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 2014 (IPS) - Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle – this time against death th ...

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#100487
2014-08-15

40% of the Indian coast is subjected to coastal erosion

The ministry of environment and forests through the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding "assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, ...

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#100488
2014-08-15

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report

BEIJING: The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.

News Headlines
#100489
2014-08-15

In the Ocean, Clues to Change

A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

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#100492
2014-08-15

Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Aims to Wean China Off Ivory and Shark Fins

BEIJING – Former NBA all-star center Yao Ming is now dishing out assists to much wilder targets. After retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2011, Yao returned to China and set out to end his homeland's traditional appetite for endangered and threatened animal products.

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#100494
2014-08-15

Tanzanian schools urged to teach and practice sustainable development

Schools in Tanzania are being encouraged to become more self-supporting, with projects for better food, water supplies, sanitation and energy usage. There is the hope that the wider community will also benefit.

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#100460
2014-08-14

'Natural Reserves' no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas

For centuries the forest survived as the sole home of the Rama and Kriol communities, supporting a wealth of fauna, from the mighty jaguar to the shy agouti. Today, both the fauna and people face a real and ever-present risk of being evicted from the only land they know.

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#100461
2014-08-14

Adaptation Gaps Mean African Farmers Fork Out More Money for Reduced Harvests

“I spend more money today buying farm implements such as water tanks, watering pumps, fertilisers, insecticides and improved seeds. I think we must spend in farming today if we want to adapt to climate change,” Muma tells IPS.

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#100462
2014-08-14

Climate change adaptation can help promote sub-Saharan African livelihoods – UN report

13 August 2014 – Investing in ways to adapt to climate change will promote the livelihood of 65 per cent of Africans, the United Nations environmental agency reported, warning also that failing to address the phenomenon could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.

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#100463
2014-08-14

Antarctic melt could raise sea levels faster

Cold, white, forever icy - the Antarctic should be the last place to melt in a warming climate. But a new study shows the ice continent could become the major contributor to sea level rise before the end of the century.

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