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#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.

News Headlines
#101041
2014-09-23

Superpowers have failed us, so small nations must unite for climate revolution

(CNN) -- No nation is immune to the impact of climate change but it is the world's poorest that will be hit the hardest. A fair and inclusive global agreement to combat climate change is a moral imperative. Time is of the essence for Africa.

News Headlines
#101042
2014-09-23

U.N. puts spotlight on climate change

(Reuters) - With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue.

News Headlines
#101043
2014-09-23

Apple CEO Tim Cook on climate change: No trade-off between economy and environment

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in New York to discuss sustainability, climate change and what his company is doing to make the world a greener place.

News Headlines
#101044
2014-09-23

Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

News Headlines
#101045
2014-09-23

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 2014 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear ...

News Headlines
#101049
2014-09-23

Africa: Empowering Indigenous Peoples Is a Must for Sustainable Rural Development, Says Ifad President

The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for greater support to indigenous peoples whose economic and social empowerment is a prerequisite for the kind of sustainable development that can transform struggling rural areas in developing countries.

News Headlines
#101015
2014-09-19

Ahead of UN climate summit, leading investors urge transition to low-carbon economy

18 September 2014 – Just days before United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes his much-anticipated climate summit, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets are calling on Governments to take action that supports, rather than limits, inves ...

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#101016
2014-09-19

Tropical rabbitfish a threat to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems

The tropical rabbitfish, which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns.

News Headlines
#101019
2014-09-19

Rare Zambian Tree Faces Exploitation Because of Legal Loophole

RUFUNSA, Zambia, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - Steven Nyambose used to sell charcoal for a living until he discovered that the trees could be more lucrative in another way – through cutting them down and selling the logs to international buyers.

News Headlines
#101020
2014-09-19

The deepest cuts

ON SEPTEMBER 23rd 120-odd presidents and prime ministers will gather in New York for a UN meeting on climate change

News Headlines
#101021
2014-09-19

Mass murder by botulism: invasive species drive bird-death surge

Non-native fish and mussels seem to be behind a toxic scourge in the Great Lakes

News Headlines
#101022
2014-09-19

For Trees Under Threat, Flight May Be Best Response

The whitebark pine grows in the high, cold reaches of the Rocky and Sierra Mountains, and some individuals, wind-bent and tenacious, manage to thrive for more than a thousand years.

News Headlines
#101023
2014-09-19

Whaling commission shifts toward conservation agenda

Portoroz, Slovenia - The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today with a landmark decision to impose better controls over any future whale hunts conducted for the purposes of so-called scientific research.

News Headlines
#101024
2014-09-19

Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind

As two African women and development leaders deeply involved in efforts to irreversibly end poverty and set the world on a more inclusive and sustainable path, we have reason to celebrate the great strides made in the 14 years since world leaders signed up to the Millennium Development Goals.

News Headlines
#100995
2014-09-18

Small islands must explore the value of the "oceans economy" and develop sustainable and resilient transport systems

Small island developing States must develop resilient transport systems and look towards opportunities offered by the ocean if they are to boost their economies, a high-level side event organized by the Pacific Island Forum and UNCTAD heard during the Third International Conference on Small Isla ...

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#100996
2014-09-18

REDD+ needs to protect forests and boost rural development -

If REDD+ is to succeed as part of the global response to climate change and if it is to work for countries and communities it needs to be tackled in the context of rural development.

News Headlines
#100997
2014-09-18

Investors call for climate change deal

More than 340 institutions managing £15tn of assets say governments must put a ‘meaningful’ price on carbon

News Headlines
#100998
2014-09-18

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march

The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to join a public march calling for action on climate change this weekend.

News Headlines
#100999
2014-09-18

Sweden backs new global fund to secure community land rights

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sweden plans to announce at the U.N. climate summit next week funding of around $14 million for a new body that will provide grants and expertise to help indigenous peoples and forest communities secure rights to their land.

News Headlines
#101000
2014-09-18

UNEP Calls for Expanding World Alliance against Environmental Damage

Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Strengthen international alliances to protect the environment and help the most vulnerable countries to be prepared for natural disasters, was a call echoed by the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, Ibrahim Thiaw, during his visit to Cuba.

News Headlines
#101001
2014-09-18

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

It is difficult to find fault with a process that can create food from sunlight, water and air, but for many plants, there is room for improvement.

News Headlines
#101002
2014-09-18

Latin America at a Climate Crossroads

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions to climate change.

News Headlines
#101003
2014-09-18

Figueres: "If we want to prevent conflicts, we have to address climate change now"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York on 23 September.

News Headlines
#101004
2014-09-18

Enhancing European biodiversity by connecting conservation areas

While conservation areas have helped European biodiversity to flourish, there needs to be more connection between protected areas, along with greater attention to the needs of individual species.

News Headlines
#101005
2014-09-18

We Can Save Coral Reefs

Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.

News Headlines
#101006
2014-09-18

Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.

News Headlines
#100972
2014-09-17

Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated—by as much as 70 percent.

News Headlines
#100974
2014-09-17

Science striving for larger role in charting policy agenda on forests, climate

BOGOR, Indonesia — Climate policy will require greater engagement from the scientific community — and an upcoming high-level forum can help to chart “where the science-policy interface needs to go on forestry issues,” said Louis Verchot, Director of Forests and Environment Research at the Center ...

News Headlines
#100975
2014-09-17

Biodiversity today for tomorrow

Bees, beans, biodiversity - Bonn. Germany's former capital showcases its role as the UN city and environment capital of Europe this week with an international conference on biodiversity.

News Headlines
#100976
2014-09-17

Economic growth possible even while tackling climate change, UN-backed report finds

16 September 2014 – Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released today by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and econ ...

News Headlines
#100978
2014-09-17

U.N.'s Climate Change Push Gains DiCaprio, but Loses India, China and Russia

Global turmoil and violence in Iraq and Syria will join climate change as key topics at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opened Tuesday.

News Headlines
#100979
2014-09-17

Environmental protection and development need to be integrated with informatics- Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi: The Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth.

News Headlines
#100980
2014-09-17

This Rare White Possum Could Soon Be a Ghostly Memory

A ghost lives in the Daintree Rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia.

News Headlines
#100981
2014-09-17

Each tree species has unique bacterial identity, microbiome research shows

Each tree species has its own bacterial identity. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied the genetic fingerprints of bacteria on 57 species of trees growing on a Panamanian island.

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