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#100449
2014-08-13

Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain

MALAGA, Spain, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - José María Gómez squats and pulls up a bunch of carrots from the soil as well as a few leeks. This farmer from southern Spain believes organic farming is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals – it’s a way of life, he says, which requires creat ...

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#100450
2014-08-13

Sharks Winning Shark Week: Obama Acting to Protect America's Oceans

President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no real threat of massive industrial development in the region, but forward-thinking conservationists foresaw ...

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#100452
2014-08-13

Tanzania: Zanzibar Islands to Get Protection

Mwanza — The Zanzibari government is mulling over a decision to elevate the status of two tourists attractions of Bawe and Changuu (Prison) Islands into protected reserves. The aim is to protect both marine and the biodiversity of the two islands including security in a multi-million dollar tour ...

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#100453
2014-08-13

Australia Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor and deteriorating'

The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

News Headlines
#100425
2014-08-12

Rising economies 'ahead on climate'

Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.

News Headlines
#100426
2014-08-12

China failing to take effective action against timber smugglers

Voluntary guidelines established by the Chinese government won't be enough to curb rampant timber smuggling by Chinese companies, putting 'responsible' actors at risk of having their reputations tarnished, argues a new campaign by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

News Headlines
#100427
2014-08-12

Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal

Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forestry official.

News Headlines
#100428
2014-08-12

Planting meadows in the ocean: technique may help restore disappearing seagrass beds

Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found eelgrass beds could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets.

News Headlines
#100429
2014-08-12

Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future

A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet, a stronghold for species like orangutan, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and clouded leopards among tens-of-thousands of other. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever.

News Headlines
#100430
2014-08-12

Extreme weather becoming more common, study says

Extreme weather like the drought currently scorching the western US and the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 is becoming much more common, according to new scientific research.

News Headlines
#100431
2014-08-12

Great Barrier Reef's greatest threat is climate change, says new report

Warmer ocean currents will have far-reaching consequences for decades to come, study says

News Headlines
#100432
2014-08-12

Quito summit is our chance to protect the polar bear by all means

This iconic species should be listed under the Convention on Migratory Species and specific protection measures agreed

News Headlines
#100433
2014-08-12

Chinese zoo unveils world's 'first' surviving panda triplets

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate.

News Headlines
#100434
2014-08-12

How to get the youth involved in agriculture

Ugandan population is mainly comprised of youth with about 78% of the population below the age of 30 years. An uncomfortably big majority of these youth find themselves entrenched in unemployment.

News Headlines
#100435
2014-08-12

Competitions for students on biodiversity themes

District-level competitions in schools highlighting the importance of conservation of biodiversity will be conducted as part of the ‘‘Biodiversity Congress for Children’’ being organised by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) with the objective of creating conservation awareness among sch ...

News Headlines
#100409
2014-08-11

Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime

Poaching, poisoning and the theft of animals may sound like activities from Britain's past, but modern gangs are muscling in on the act.

News Headlines
#100410
2014-08-11

The threat of traditional medicine: China's boom may mean doom for turtles

For thousands of years turtles have been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments and diseases. Originally published in the journal Radiata and recently republished HerpDigest David S. Lee and Liao Shi Kun write, “[In Chinese culture] turtles are symbolic of long ...

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#100411
2014-08-11

Aceh's largest peat swamp at risk from palm oil

Oil palm plantations and other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve—Aceh's largest peat swamp, and home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. The lack of clear boundaries, and construction of roads bisecting the area has fostered encroach ...

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#100412
2014-08-11

2010 Chilean earthquake causes icequakes in Antarctica

Seismic events aren't rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. But in March of 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated a bit more than usual because of ...

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#100413
2014-08-11

On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'

9 August 2014 – Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

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#100414
2014-08-11

India asks rich nations to 'walk the talk' on climate change issues

NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it was time for developed nations to "walk the talk" in addressing climate change with four BASIC nations jointly asking rich countries to take lead in dealing with the pollution induced global warming in accordance with their "historical responsibilities.''

News Headlines
#100415
2014-08-11

India Biodiversity Seriously Threatened

India has had a tremendous rate of industrial development and urbanization over the years. Although development is essential for the nation’s growth, it has often been at the cost of some environmental detriment without the consideration that development and environment can work hand in hand

News Headlines
#100416
2014-08-11

Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth

New evidence from liverworts and beetles shows how the rise of flowering plants 100 million years ago created ideal conditions for a boom in terrestrial life.

News Headlines
#100417
2014-08-11

Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science

Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region.

News Headlines
#100418
2014-08-11

Mercury pollution in upper ocean has tripled since Industrial revolution

The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame.

News Headlines
#100419
2014-08-11

The ethics of elephants in tourism, global guide released

Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants.

News Headlines
#100420
2014-08-11

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 longlist announced

The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people.

News Headlines
#100391
2014-08-08

Sales of shark fin in China drop by up to 70%

Traditionally a symbol of wealth and luxury, public attitidues towards shark fin are changing in China, according to a new report

News Headlines
#100392
2014-08-08

From tigers to toilets: the rise of corporate cause marketing in India

Social and environmental awareness among Indian consumers has led to more cause marketing, but are companies ignoring one of the most pressing social issues - poverty?

News Headlines
#100393
2014-08-08

New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia

A giant and extremely venomous jellyfish found off Western Australia’s north-west coast has researchers stumped because it appears to have no tentacles.

News Headlines
#100394
2014-08-08

Want to save Africa's elephants? Close all ivory markets

The only way to save the long-suffering elephants of Africa is to close every ivory market on the planet and destroy all ivory stockpiles, according to a bold new essay in Conservation Biology.

News Headlines
#100395
2014-08-08

The 90 Percent Diet: reducing our environmental impact by eating less meat

Not many students in their final year of a PhD program are running press events in Europe for an ice cream-making machine. When I caught up with Brian Machovina he was still jet-lagged from the latest product launch of “Yonanas” in Germany, and girding himself for a return to his desk and his du ...

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#100396
2014-08-08

NASA: Forest loss leaps in Bolivia, Mekong region

New satellite data from NASA suggests that deforestation is sharply increasing in Bolivia and Mekong countries during the second quarter of 2014.

News Headlines
#100397
2014-08-08

Lake materializes in Tunisian desert

A lake has miraculously appeared in a desert region in southern Tunisia. Scientists are at a loss to explain how the water got there, and, as journalist Naveena Kottoor explains, they're warning locals to keep away.

News Headlines
#100398
2014-08-08

Farmers use social media to stop food waste

After seeing stocks of unsold food, a farm manager in Northern California has started a social media venture that connects farmers with local consumers to stop food waste.

News Headlines
#100399
2014-08-08

Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection into Their Own Hands

"The forest is the life of my people, the trees are like the pores in our skin, the water is like the blood that flows through us…the forest is the mother of my tribe,” Aleta told IPS.The winner of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, she represents an expanding international movement against e ...

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#100400
2014-08-08

Climate warming may have unexpected impact on invasive species, study finds

Rising temperatures may be seen as universally beneficial for non-native species expanding northward, but a Dartmouth College study suggests a warmer world may help some invaders but hurt others depending on how they and native enemies and competitors respond.

News Headlines
#100401
2014-08-08

Study measures steep coastal costs of China's GDP growth

Economic activity, as in this floating mariculture installation at Sanya, is having a dramatic effect on the health of China's seas.

News Headlines
#100402
2014-08-08

Coca-Cola to Invest $5B in Sustainable Development Across Africa

Africa is the last frontier for global investment, and beverage companies in particular are moving in quickly. One of them is Coca-Cola, which has long used its distribution network to help deliver medical supplies in countries such as Ghana and Tanzania. Now the company promises to invest and a ...

News Headlines
#100403
2014-08-08

GMO cultivation in Europe: A decade of legal battles

The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negoti ...

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#100375
2014-08-07

Rwanda: Activists Take Environment Awareness Drive to Schools

More than 300 secondary school students in Rwanda were trained in environment protection and sustainable development during the previous term.

News Headlines
#100376
2014-08-07

Efforts on to increase India's forest cover: Govt

NEW DELHI: Efforts are on to increase India's forest cover to one-third of the land area, environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

News Headlines
#100377
2014-08-07

African negotiators urge U.S. leadership for U.N. climate deal

(Reuters) - African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years of deadlock.

News Headlines
#100378
2014-08-07

Japanese red cedars to replace Britain's traditional oaks in fight against climate change

Trees from America, Japan and southern Europe will be planted in Britain's forests to avoid them shrinking by 40 per cent by 2080 because of climate change

News Headlines
#100379
2014-08-07

Marine noise impacts eels too!

Marine noise has been studied for it's impact on whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Might it also impact smaller creatures too? Eels, for example.

News Headlines
#100380
2014-08-07

Man bitten three times by adder left in serious but stable condition

Doncaster man, 44, was visiting Dalby forest when he was bitten by the adder, Britain's only venomous snake

News Headlines
#100381
2014-08-07

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds

Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity

News Headlines
#100382
2014-08-07

Russia sanctions: Vladimir Putin retaliates, sanctions Canada

Canada announced new economic and travel sanctions against Russian banks and high-ranking officials Wednesday, just ahead of Russia issuing its own ban on Canadian agricultural products.

News Headlines
#100383
2014-08-07

Russia Hits Back on Sanctions; Bans Food From West

Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

News Headlines
#100384
2014-08-07

Russia bans agricultural imports from west in tit-for-tat sanctions move

Kremlin decree restricts EU and American products for up to one year, while acknowledging move may lead to food price rises

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