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#100982
2014-09-17

Conquering the world at a snail's pace: Expansion of invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug

The expansion of the invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug has been the focus of recent research.

News Headlines
#100983
2014-09-17

Climate summit previews push for new global treaty

When the United Nations Climate Summit begins on 23 September in New York City, US President Barack Obama will be there.

News Headlines
#100984
2014-09-17

REDD+ progress is possible — just look at Indonesia

In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge.

News Headlines
#100985
2014-09-17

Will the Upcoming Climate Summit Be Another Talkathon?

PENANG, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit Sep. 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.

News Headlines
#100986
2014-09-17

Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth.

News Headlines
#100987
2014-09-17

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

Antarctica poised for record high as figures show Arctic sea ice was millions of square kilometres below long-term average

News Headlines
#100988
2014-09-17

UN: 'Time to take the heat off turtles'

At a UN-organized meeting in Bonn, experts are discussing the plight of endangered sea turtles. Expert Colin Limpus told DW climate change is just the latest human-made factor making life tough for turtles.

News Headlines
#100950
2014-09-16

Climate change remedies 'affordable', says global body

Politicians will put the world economy at risk if they fail to tackle climate change, a global commission has warned.

News Headlines
#100951
2014-09-16

Ghanaian Wins Top Biodiversity Award

Dr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chairman of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee, has been named as one of the three individuals to be awarded the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014.

News Headlines
#100952
2014-09-16

Biodiversity informatics vital for sustainable growth: Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi, Sep. 16 (ANI): Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today said that 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
#100953
2014-09-16

Samoa works to save its forests

The Samoan government is working with villages to protect their forests from increasing threats of climate change, unsustainable land use and invasive species.

News Headlines
#100954
2014-09-16

U.N. Climate Summit: Staged Parade or Reality Show?

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 2014 (IPS) - The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations this year.

News Headlines
#100955
2014-09-16

Marrying conservation with comedy to save ugly animals

Heard of the the blobfish or the Canadian blue-grey tail dropper slug? They aren’t exactly the world’s cutest species.

News Headlines
#100956
2014-09-16

Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

KARNAL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.

News Headlines
#100957
2014-09-16

Baobab holds out promise for Malawi’s farmers and forests

Demand for powder from the ‘superfruit’ could boost farmers’ incomes, slow deforestation and protect biodiversity

News Headlines
#100926
2014-09-15

Pyeongchang to host biodiversity conference

About 20,000 participants are expected to gather at the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, slated for Sept. 29-Oct. 17 in an eco-friendly district in South Korea, the local unit of the organizing committee said Monday.

News Headlines
#100927
2014-09-15

Brazil building Amazon observation tower to monitor climate change impact

Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper has reported.

News Headlines
#100928
2014-09-15

Has the great climate change migration already begun?

As rising sea levels, drought and disasters scrub some of Earth’s most picturesque places off the map, the first climate refugees apply for asylum. But the UN doesn’t grant refugee status for victims of climate change. Where will they go?

News Headlines
#100929
2014-09-15

Indian city of Surat anticipates worst effects of climate change

Gujarat city on India’s west coast is preparing to cope with twin disasters brought on by rapid growth and global warming

News Headlines
#100930
2014-09-15

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

(Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

News Headlines
#100931
2014-09-15

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

News Headlines
#100932
2014-09-15

Ancient sturgeon in China's Yangtze 'nearly extinct'

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media.

News Headlines
#100933
2014-09-15

Increased access to nature trails could decrease youth obesity rates, study finds

Local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation, researchers say.

News Headlines
#100934
2014-09-15

Glaciers in northern Antarctic Peninsula melting faster than ever despite increased snowfall

Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research.

News Headlines
#100935
2014-09-15

Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down: Wet and dry regions recalculated

With a new analysis of land regions, climate researchers are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.

News Headlines
#100936
2014-09-15

Invasive-species control: Bounty hunters

Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.

News Headlines
#100937
2014-09-15

Protected areas do work, concludes study

Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife.

News Headlines
#100938
2014-09-15

Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador , Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador’s most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

News Headlines
#100939
2014-09-15

Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities

News Headlines
#100940
2014-09-15

Central Asia's intensifying water dispute

Water management in Central Asia has long been a controversial issue. It is a region where major rivers cross international borders and water and energy production are closely intertwined.

News Headlines
#100941
2014-09-15

Experimental Ecosystem Accounts for Mauritius Show Benefits

Experimental ecosystem accounts constructed in Mauritius bring together a broad range of data, and can help assess sustainable development policies with respect to ecosystem capital resilience, and adaptability to climate change—a critical issue for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) facing t ...

News Headlines
#100943
2014-09-15

To End Poverty, Act on Climate

Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations' progress in both of its critical missions -- peacekeeping and development: Hardship often leads to conflict, and the worsening impacts of climate change are causing hardship. That is what makes the UN Climate Summit on September 23 so imp ...

News Headlines
#100885
2014-09-12

Brazil confirms last year's rise in Amazon deforestation

Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation.

News Headlines
#100886
2014-09-12

Illegal tropical deforestation driven globally by “agro-conversion”

Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”

News Headlines
#100887
2014-09-12

FSC meeting weighs old-growth forest protection, smallholder participation

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certi ...

News Headlines
#100888
2014-09-12

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation

At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets. Over the past decade, a majority of the illegal clearing of forests has been in response to foreign demand for ...

News Headlines
#100889
2014-09-12

Central Asia's intensifying water dispute

A new report finds political rivalries, economic competition and nationalism are hampering efforts to solve Central Asia's growing water and energy needs; a situation that may lead to conflict says analyst Deirdre Tynan.

News Headlines
#100890
2014-09-12

Wildlife activists say new U.S. lynx protections fall short

(Reuters) - The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.

News Headlines
#100892
2014-09-12

Ozone layer showing signs of recovery: UN

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, the latest assessment by scientists across the world has said.

News Headlines
#100893
2014-09-12

Senior UN officials urge Member States to craft ‘bold, pragmatic’ post-2015 agenda

With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and ne ...

News Headlines
#100894
2014-09-12

Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans

The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.

News Headlines
#100895
2014-09-12

Developing nations should do more to tackle climate change: European Union

NEW DELHI: The European Union today sought flexibity in a key principle in the climate change talks which says that the developed nations are more responsible in tackling the global warming as they are historical carbon emitters.

News Headlines
#100859
2014-09-11

Demand for agricultural products drives 'shock' tree loss in tropical forests

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

News Headlines
#100860
2014-09-11

'We are running out of time': CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere surprise scientists

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made the biggest jump last year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, raising alarm bells about society's inaction on curbing global warming.

News Headlines
#100861
2014-09-11

Bolivian vice president proposes unprecedented agricultural expansion

On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments - first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 milli ...

News Headlines
#100862
2014-09-11

Elephants pay the price for palm oil in Malaysian Borneo, impact may reach far beyond reported kills

Best estimates put the number of pygmy elephants in Malaysian Borneo at approximately 2,200, but no one can be sure how many have lost their lives in recent years as palm plantations encroach further and further into the rainforest. What is clear is that if the loss of their forest habitat conti ...

News Headlines
#100863
2014-09-11

Amazon deforestation jumps 29%

Satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso

News Headlines
#100864
2014-09-11

Wild bear Daniza dies after attempt to capture her fails in Italy

Animal succumbs to effects of anaesthetic after her attack on a man reignited debate over woodland repopulation programme

News Headlines
#100865
2014-09-11

Extinct Snail Found on Island in Indian Ocean

Once plentiful on a tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) was declared extinct in 1997 as one of the world’s first recorded direct casualties of climate change. But last month, a monitoring team found a population on one of the atoll’s islands, surpr ...

News Headlines
#100866
2014-09-11

Ozone layer recovering but remains threatened – UN reports

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, the United Nations today reported, urging unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.

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