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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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#102465
2015-01-21

Wolf cull will not save threatened Canadian caribou

Study suggests Canadian government strategy is not enough to preserve caribou population in the boreal forest.

News Headlines
#102466
2015-01-21

S&T investment needed to hit water SDG targets

[ZARAGOZA] Dedicated investment in science and technology will be needed to have any chance of reaching the proposed water and sanitation-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, delegates at the UN-Water conference in Zaragoza, Spain, heard last week

News Headlines
#102467
2015-01-21

Water crises seen as a top threat in next decade

Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World ...

News Headlines
#102468
2015-01-21

Final Push to Launch U.N. Negotiations on High Seas Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.

News Headlines
#102469
2015-01-21

Despite Threat, Few CEOs Say Climate Change Should Be Government Focus

Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.

News Headlines
#102470
2015-01-21

Climate change threatens endangered chimp populations

Dramatic habitat loss by 2020 due to climate change threatens the population of the planet's most endangered chimp subspecies, according to new research.

News Headlines
#102471
2015-01-21

Tiger increase in India 'proof of the benefits of tourism'

"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

News Headlines
#102472
2015-01-21

SA rhino poaching record set in 2014

A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, a 21% increase on the previous year, officials have said.

News Headlines
#102444
2015-01-20

India's tiger population sees 30% increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.

News Headlines
#102446
2015-01-20

Soviet Union collapse 'affected region's wildlife'

The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, researchers have suggested.

News Headlines
#102447
2015-01-20

Melting glaciers have big carbon impact

As Earth warms, scientists have been focused on how glaciers melting will affect sea level rise. But, another lurking impact is the amount of carbon that will be released when glaciers melt.

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#102448
2015-01-20

Putting a price on nature can benefit the poor if done right

You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species.

News Headlines
#102449
2015-01-20

Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target

When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.

News Headlines
#102450
2015-01-20

EU to launch diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate talks

Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December

News Headlines
#102451
2015-01-20

Treading a fine line between trade and conservation to fight biopiracy

How can species-rich nations protect their natural wealth and local knowledge when commercial companies come knocking for biological resources to develop crops, cures and cosmetics? A global treaty may have the answer.

News Headlines
#102452
2015-01-20

Marking international year, UN chief celebrates role of light in boosting sustainable growth

19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort sho ...

News Headlines
#102453
2015-01-20

Farming Goes To Town

Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.

News Headlines
#102454
2015-01-20

Australian government seeks to opt out of protection of five shark species

The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.

News Headlines
#102456
2015-01-20

Mystery goo killing San Francisco birds

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.

News Headlines
#102430
2015-01-19

The Guardian view on sustainable development: Davos can set the tone

We need a global effort to end extreme inequality. The gap between rich and poor isn’t just a moral question, it damages the economy

News Headlines
#102431
2015-01-19

Ban appoints climate change official ahead of December UN climate conference

16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.

News Headlines
#102432
2015-01-19

Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.

News Headlines
#102433
2015-01-19

Rising meat consumption pushes farming past deforestation as global warming driver

Agriculture has surpassed deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in Global Change Biology.

News Headlines
#102434
2015-01-19

GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe's biotech battle

Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.

News Headlines
#102435
2015-01-19

Higher water mark

The rise in sea levels may be accelerating

News Headlines
#102436
2015-01-19

Marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.

News Headlines
#102437
2015-01-19

Protecting Wetland

Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action

News Headlines
#102438
2015-01-19

Finance - the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris.

News Headlines
#102439
2015-01-19

Rural farmers coping with climate change

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.

News Headlines
#102440
2015-01-19

UN agency stresses need for genetic diversity in agriculture to combat climate change

19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

News Headlines
#102414
2015-01-16

Bar-headed geese enjoy roller-coaster ride over Himalayas

Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.

News Headlines
#102415
2015-01-16

Wildlife loss in the global ocean not as dire as on land

Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. In the ocean, where scientists count only 15 or so such losses, the numbers currently aren't nearly as dire.

News Headlines
#102416
2015-01-16

Empty seas? Scientists warn of an industrialized ocean

This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.

News Headlines
#102417
2015-01-16

Africa Must Prioritise Water in Its Development Agenda

ZARAGOZA, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their deve ...

News Headlines
#102418
2015-01-16

Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study

Jan 15 (Reuters) - - Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#102419
2015-01-16

Unlocking secrets of the polar night

Winter is the dark season and colder than cold in the Arctic north. But climate warming is giving scientists the chance to find out what goes on in the Arctic ocean during the Polar night.

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