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#94222
2013-06-12

GM crops: UK environment secretary to push for relaxation of EU rules

The UK environment secretary is to lobby the EU to relax strict restrictions on growing GM crops for human consumption for fears of being "left behind", it emerged on Wednesday.

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#94179
2013-06-11

Bridge Species Drive Tropical Engine of Biodiversity

Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear.

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#94180
2013-06-11

Sperm Banks For Bees Help Preserve Biodiversity And Create New Breeds

Beekeepers around the United States have been experiencing an unusually high level of colony die-off and a group of Washington State University (WSU) researchers has just announced a plan to preserve the survival and biodiversity of honey bee colonies by creating a sperm bank for the tiny insects.

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#94181
2013-06-11

Sea of miracles: industrial uses for ocean biodiversity

The seafloor is our planet’s most biodiverse realm. It is in the sea that life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago. It is in the sea where 34 of the 36 known phyla of animals remain to this day, 15 of which are exclusive to the world’s oceans. And it is in the sea where myriad opportunitie ...

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#94182
2013-06-11

Special: Hyderabad third greenest city in India

Hyderabad: It is estimated that the city has lost one-third of its green cover owing to encroachments, road widening and diverting forest lands for commercial purposes.

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#94183
2013-06-11

India losing 135 hectares forest daily: RTI

BANGALORE: Ever wondered why the country is fast losing its forest cover? The simple answer is that large tracts of forest land are being handed over to public and private agencies in the name of development projects.

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#94184
2013-06-11

De-extinction critics at Scientific American have missed the point

Resurrection biology could bring back extinct birds and even mammoths. Naysayers say it would take cash away from conserving existing species, but don't backup their claim

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#94185
2013-06-11

Supplying the Demand: Respectfully

Two neighbouring mosques mark the first October morning in rural north-east India. The united prayer calls of both Muslim and Hindu faiths capture the hope that surrounds the rice harvest.

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#94186
2013-06-11

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, Doug and Sandi Groves live in a rustic bush camp with three fully-grown African elephants.

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#94187
2013-06-11

What to Make of a Warming Plateau

As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.

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#94188
2013-06-11

Another Run At Ending Global Hunger – Analysis

Yet another high-level panel has designed yet another “roadmap” to universal prosperity and a hunger-free world – by 2030. A new set of goals is likely to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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#94190
2013-06-11

Global carbon emissions soared to record high in 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

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#94194
2013-06-11

Canine distemper virus said evolved as threat to Asian tigers

KEIGHLEY, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Asian tigers are facing a potentially deadly threat from a virus carried by domestic dogs, a wildlife expert with a British organization has warned.

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#94195
2013-06-11

Pollinators Easily Enhanced by Flowering Agri-Environment Schemes

June 10, 2013 — Agri-environment schemes aimed to promote biodiversity on farmland have positive effects on wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

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#94197
2013-06-11

Morocco: Princess Lalla Hasnaa Presides in Marrakech Over Signing of Three Partnership Agreements On Environmental Education

Marrakech — HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, presided, Monday morning in Marrakech, over the signing of three partnership agreements in the field of environmental education.

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#94198
2013-06-11

African Starlings: Dashing Darlings of the Bird World in More Ways Than One

June 10, 2013 — It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, according to researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University.

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#94199
2013-06-11

Report highlights development threats on Canadian watershed

Without better governance, a robust science program, and stronger regulations for extractive industries and hydroelectric developments, Canada’s massive Mackenzie River Basin could continue to face destroyed landscapes and massive bills for environmental clean-ups, an international panel of expe ...

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#94200
2013-06-11

Indigenous people 'excluded from development efforts'

[NEW YORK] Representatives of some of the world's indigenous people have raised concerns that the global development agenda — including the UN's Millennium Development Goals and their planned successors — is being implemented without their full consent and participation.

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#94201
2013-06-11

Behind the Climate Finance Headlines

In this column, Smita Nakhooda, a research fellow with the climate and environment programme of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), writes that although developed countries have on paper donated billions of dollars to Fast Start Finance (FSF), conflicting ways of counting have resulted in ...

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#94202
2013-06-11

The Future of the Pacific Ocean Hangs in the Balance

SYDNEY, Jun 8 2013 (IPS) - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean, at 165 million square kilometres, inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life. Without it, livelihoods and economies would collapse, hunge ...

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#94163
2013-06-10

Tanzania: Eamcef - Enabling Tanzania's Heart Continue Pumping

HADIJA Mtungakoa, a 38- year-old mother of three, wears a broad smile as she prepares food on her energysaving stove. She explains joyfully how it has helped reduce her reliance on firewood she gathers from the nearby Amani Natural Reserve in Tanzania's Muheza District.

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#94164
2013-06-10

Pacific Ocean's survival at tipping point

SYDNEY - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean at 165 million square kilometers inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life.

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#94165
2013-06-10

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

LONDON – Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events.

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#94166
2013-06-10

New study identifies the world’s most dangerous oceans

According to a newly published study carried out by scientists from Southampton Solent University for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet’s most perilous oceans with the most accidents between 1999 and 2011 are the South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and ...

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#94167
2013-06-10

Sustaining Our Oceans for Future Economic Growth

The oceans are some of the world’s most vital and productive natural resources, impacting our food supply, climate, biodiversity and global economy.

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#94168
2013-06-10

Tanzania: Small-Scale Farmers Fault London 'Hunger Summit'

AS world leaders gather at the high profile "Hunger Summit" in London this week to endorse the spate of on-going initiatives to "modernise" African agriculture, farmers from 37 countries across the continent have slammed these efforts as "a new wave of colonialism".

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#94169
2013-06-10

Zimbabwe: Climate Change Threatens Food Security

FOOD security in Zimbabwe is under threat from multiple factors, but these are not insurmountable with sufficient attention and careful planning. Pricing is the biggest factor crippling the production of maize - the country's staple - and the focus crop in this piece.

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#94170
2013-06-10

Obama, Xi agree to fight climate change

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on Saturday to cooperate in fighting climate change by cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the White House said a statement.

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#94171
2013-06-10

New Diseases Harm Polar Bears as Climate Changes

The decrease in Arctic ice as a result of global warming has already taken it’s toll on polar bears, leaving them with fewer habitats and increased difficulty in finding food. But scientists have now discovered a larger, and potentially more lethal, threat to the Arctic mammal.

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#94172
2013-06-10

Salvation in sight for rivers, ponds

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is planning a project for the eco-restoration of the heavily polluted Pampa river and Karamana river.

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#94174
2013-06-10

In Southern Tunisia, Pollution No Longer Swept Under the Rug

GABÈS. Tunisia, Jun 7 2013 (IPS) - The story of Gabès and the local phosphate industry follows a plot that is all too familiar: an underdeveloped town located in an industrial region boasts one major lucrative industry with high output and export values, but the local population and surroundings ...

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#94151
2013-06-07

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health

Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. New analysis by ecologists at UC Santa Cruz demonstrates that even higher levels of biological diversity are necessary to maintain ecosystem health in larger landscapes over long peri ...

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#94152
2013-06-07

Better late than never: CDA pledges to preserve capital’s biodiversity

While all and sundry were busy celebrating World Environment Day 2013 on Wednesday, June 5, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) decided to join in on the party a day late.

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#94153
2013-06-07

Q&A: Dr. Vandana Shiva, social activist, on the importance of saving seeds

With a PhD in the foundations of quantum theory, Dr. Vandana Shiva has led an unusual life for a physicist in the 21st century.Thirty years ago, Dr. Shiva dedicated her life “to the seed.” She founded Navdanya, the movement for seed saving in India. And the movement has since gone global.

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#94154
2013-06-07

Environment and development re-centered

The environmental and development agendas need to be brought together and integrated for our future. Sharing resources more equitably and abating unequal levels of consumption is the only way we can keep within the Earth’s means.

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#94155
2013-06-07

Change the climate for India’s poor

If the great Scott Fitzgerald were to have walked into the grand plenary hall of the Durban climate conference in 2011 to announce once again, “show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy,” all fingers would have pointed to the tiny Indian contingent in the room.

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#94156
2013-06-07

Divers volunteer on coral restoration in Florida Keys

Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs.

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#94157
2013-06-07

NGOs unhappy with new UN development plan

UN experts recently issued suggestions for a new development agenda for after 2015. Aid organizations say the new plan is too focused on economic growth, rather than looking at the reasons for current problems.

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#94101
2013-06-05

To save corals, save the forests

Paris - Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combating local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday.

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#94102
2013-06-05

Gov’t targets 30K hectares for reforestation in Central Visayas

To promote biodiversity and ecological stability, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging the public to get involved in planting trees.

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#94103
2013-06-05

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

"At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state..." says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke

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#94104
2013-06-05

Food security and sustainable farming are two sides of the same coin

Food security is a complex socio-economic issue, intricately linked to human health and sustainable economic development. Historically, large sections of the world’s population continued to experience hunger, exacerbated by human activities or natural phenomenon or a combination of both.

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#94105
2013-06-05

Peak water, peak oil... Now, peak soil?

Soil is becoming endangered.This reality needs to be part of our collective awareness in order to feed nine billion people by 2050, say experts meeting here in Reykjavík.

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#94106
2013-06-05

Climate change threat looms over Kailash-Mansarovar, says new report

The threat of climate change is looming over Mount Kailash and Mansarovar, considered holy by four religions.

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#94107
2013-06-05

Art Confronts Maldives’ Climate Change Controversy

VENICE, Jun 5 2013 (IPS) - On the quay leading to the Arsenale exhibition complex, a block of ice melts in a rare blast of spring warmth. Elsewhere in the city, coconuts were bob on the choppy waters of the canals during the opening week of the 55th Venice Biennale.

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#94108
2013-06-05

Uganda: Activists Want Climate Change Budget Increased

The Government should increase the budgetary allocation to climate change-related activities if Uganda is to achieve Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan 2010-15.

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#94109
2013-06-05

Human Deforestation Outweighs Climate Change for Coral Reefs

Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a study published this week in the online science journal Nature Communications.

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#94110
2013-06-05

Giant lizard named for Jim Morrison tells tale of climate change

To get through the long, tedious hours sitting in the fossil archives at the University of California-Berkeley, Jason Head would listen to the hypnotic sounds of The Doors.

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#94111
2013-06-05

Let’s make business greener

Water and biodiversity play a significant role in sustaining human life and ensuring welfare. They are essential for securing food, medicines, energy and building materials.

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#94112
2013-06-05

World Environment Day 2013: 'Eat with ecology in mind'

ALLAHABAD: The theme of the World Environment Day, on June 5, this year has been decided as 'Think, Eat and Save'.

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