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#102364
2015-01-11

Endangered goat to be focus of conservation programme at Sir Bani Yas

ABU DHABI - Sir Bani Yas nature and wildlife reserve has welcomed a new addition – the endangered Arabian tahr, a medium-sized goat that usually inhabits mountainous areas.

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#102344
2015-01-09

Polar bear populations are slowly shifting northward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- As habitats to the east and south of the Arctic region become more unstable -- and as suitable habitat continues to erode -- polar bears are relocating to far-northern Canada, where sea ice is plentiful and reliable.

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#102345
2015-01-09

Climate change may halve giant panda's habitat by 2070

GIANT pandas, prepare to move out. Shifting these creatures to distant reserves may be essential if they are to survive the likely impacts of climate change.

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#102346
2015-01-09

Snowy owl increasingly casting its spell over North American skies

The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book, data from the National Audubon Society suggested on Wednesday.

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#102347
2015-01-09

Old whales - good genes

Bowhead whales get old - very old. They can roam the Arctic seas for up to 200 years. Now, researchers have found that the key to the whales' longevity might just lie in their genes.

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#102348
2015-01-09

Eight months until new development goals are agreed. Then what?

This is a big year for global gatherings on existential topics. There’s the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons planned for New York, then in September, still at the United Nations headquarters, a new set of global development goals will be ...

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#102349
2015-01-09

Governments Should Plan for Climate Change Migrants

OSLO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Governments need to plan better for rising migration driven by climate change, experts said on Thursday, citing evidence that extreme weather and natural disasters force far more people from their homes than wars.

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#102350
2015-01-09

Asian solutions to climate change

The plan agreed at the United Nations talks in Lima, Peru is a key first step toward a global climate change agreement due to be finalised this year. It would be none too soon. The Intergovernmental Panel...

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#102351
2015-01-09

US Bird Count Shows Climate Change Affecting Migration Patterns

MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA— Soon after daybreak just south of Washington in Virginia, a small group of bird watchers peers through binoculars, excited about seeing a variety of birds.

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#102352
2015-01-09

Climate change threatens India’s native plants

[NEW DELHI] If India is to save hundreds of endemic plant species from extinction as a result of climate change it may need to resort to interventions such as assisted migration and expansion of existing protected areas, says a new study.

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#102353
2015-01-09

Mary Robinson: international law is coming up short in its response to climate change

When it comes to human suffering, the IPCC doesn’t mince its words. According to its latest report – the culmination of seven years of research and intense negotiations – climate change is on its way to causing “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage on the world’s people, cultures, ecosyste ...

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#102355
2015-01-09

Characterizing baobab, the nutritious African 'Tree of Life'

A new publication, 'Descriptors for Baobab,' opens the way for accelerated and better-standardized research into this iconic tree. This highly nutritious African food tree is called the 'Tree of Life' because of its importance to local communities.

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#102359
2015-01-09

Unusual number of UK flowers bloom

Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.

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#102361
2015-01-09

'Major consequences' if olive disease spreads across EU

A virulent pathogen that starves olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts have warned.

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#102362
2015-01-09

Great Lakes struggling with invisible threat of plastic microfibre pollution

Tiny synthetic fibres from clothes, cleaning cloths and consumer products are getting stuck inside fish in ways that other microplastics are not.

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#102332
2015-01-08

Scientists remain puzzled by mass of dead birds along West Coast

TILLAMOOK, Ore., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Dead seabirds continue to litter the beaches of Norther California, Oregon and Washington state. The massive die-off has been ongoing for the last two months, and biologists are still stumped as to the exact cause.

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#102333
2015-01-08

How conservation drives villagers to kill animals

SURROUNDED by a wall of fire and angry Tanzanian villagers, the elephants were forced off a cliff some 50 metres high. When the dust settled, six of the herd lay dead. The now jubilant crowd took selfies among the carcasses (see a later photo of the scene).

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#102334
2015-01-08

Coral reefs threatened by a deadly combination of changing ocean conditions

The lowering of the ocean's pH is making it harder for corals to grow their skeletons and easier for bioeroding organisms to tear them down.

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#102336
2015-01-08

Canal could turn Lake Nicaragua into ‘dead zone’

[SANTIAGO] The Interoceanic Canal that will run through Lake Nicaragua could kill life in the vast lake and have other serious effects on the country’s environment and economy unless safeguards are put in place, an independent international panel of experts has warned.

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#102337
2015-01-08

New bat species has fangs you won't believe

What big teeth you have, my dear! The better to eat insects with—and make one's own ecological niche.

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#102338
2015-01-08

How black rhinos and local communities help each other in Namibia

Africa's rhinos are in a state of crisis. Poaching for their horn, on the rise since 2008, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of animals and pushed the continent's two species—the white and black rhino—against the wall.

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#102339
2015-01-08

Organic Farming in India Points the Way to Sustainable Agriculture

NAGAPATNAM, India, Jan 7 2015 (IPS) - Standing amidst his lush green paddy fields in Nagapatnam, a coastal district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a farmer named Ramajayam remembers how a single wave changed his entire life.

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#102340
2015-01-08

Organic farming not always best for environment, says government adviser

Organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, one of the government’s scientific advisers has said, because of the greater land use required and the methods used.

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#102342
2015-01-08

2015: The Year Biodiversity And Sustainable Development Finally Tie The Knot?

8 January 2015 | The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) didn’t grab the global headlines of the year-end climate talks in Lima (COP 20), and it didn’t even generate the excitement of the early CBD COP 10, where Parties agreed on the Aichi Targ ...

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#102343
2015-01-08

‘2015 can and must be time for global action,’ Ban declares, briefing UN Assembly on year’s priorities

8 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked forward to a “year of opportunity,” as he briefed the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on his priorities for 2015, and called for transformative global action that would ensure sustainable development and human dignity for all.

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#102298
2015-01-07

Exploit organic agriculture, Uganda advised

Uganda must capitalise on its potential in organic agriculture; improve product quality and packaging to capture a larger share of the American export market.

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#102299
2015-01-07

A lifeline for Morocco’s fishermen

A fish breeding center at a lake in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is meant to boost dwindling populations and help local communities secure their livelihoods through increased fishing and tourism.

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#102300
2015-01-07

What is the price of a tiger’s life?

The largest of the big cats, the tiger is a critically endangered species — its numbers having dropped from circa 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century to less than 4,000 wild individuals today.

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#102301
2015-01-07

TripAdvisor scheme helps travellers select a sustainable bed for the night

Hanging a ‘do not disturb’ sign on a hotel door almost always assures your privacy when away on holiday or business. But does hanging a used towel back on its rack assure your green preferences? Does this simple action mean you’ve played your part in being a sustainable hotel guest, or will hous ...

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#102302
2015-01-07

Cool deep-water protects coral reefs against heat stress

1991, 1995, 2003, 2010 - again and again, increased water temperatures lead to bleaching with fatal consequences for stony corals in the Andaman Sea.

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#102303
2015-01-07

To Save Our Ecosystems, Will We Have to Design Synthetic Creatures?

Imagine someday in the distant future, years after the “sixth extinction” went from theory to undeniable reality. Our ecosystems are failing, our biodiversity is dropping like flies (at least the ones that still exist).

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#102304
2015-01-07

A tree grows in Montreal? Most likely a maple

Montreal’s team of choice may be the Canadiens, but when it comes to trees, this is definitely a maple leaf city. An analysis of the tree inventories of Montreal’s boroughs shows the maple is the most common tree in the city: more than 113,000 of them, distributed across 60 species.

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#102305
2015-01-07

Researchers develop soil-derived antibiotic

BOSTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists claim to have created one of the most powerful antibiotic drugs in decades, capable of killing the microorganisms that cause pneumonia, staph, tuberculosis, blood infections and more. And they found it in a pile of dirt.

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#102290
2015-01-06

The answer to ever increasing global climate change

Climate change has been noted to negatively affect the ecosystems in the environment and altering the human life of living.

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#102291
2015-01-06

Ottawa, Ontario at odds over Rouge Park

Dave Pearce stands atop a steeply eroding slope in farthest-east Toronto. Dozens of metres below, the Rouge River sweeps west through the sedimentary hills before continuing south to Lake Ontario.

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#102292
2015-01-06

How to protect biodiversity for the cost of a cup of coffee

Targeting conservation efforts to safeguard biodiversity, rather than focusing on charismatic species, could make current spending on threatened birds four times more effective, a new study has shown.

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#102293
2015-01-06

Squandering Our Inheritance

Revolutionary inventions have taken human civilization from nomadic tribes to mega-cities. Our current behavior, however, is leaving the survival of our species to the generation just now learning the alphabet. Complacency is our death warrant; we are driving head-on into a train while sitting o ...

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#102294
2015-01-06

Five reasons why local government should influence climate change plans

Unless we, as an international community, significantly reduce our carbon emissions by the year 2100, temperatures could soar by 4.8°C. The impact is unimaginable.

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#102295
2015-01-06

Big accounting firms taking the lead on sustainable development

Accountants around the world are currently considering how the organisations they work for can meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. As experts in measurement and data controls, analysis, reporting and monitoring, it makes sense for them to take the lead.

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#102296
2015-01-06

How the Arab Spring spawned a ‘green revolution’

The Arab Spring sparked a series of protests across the Mideast not just for political change but also for more environment protection. In countries like Tunisia, citizens are taking action to conserve biodiversity.

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#102297
2015-01-06

Calculating economic value of forests often overlooks biodiversity, study finds

BOGOR, Indonesia—If you are a land-use planner in a tropical country, how do you decide whether an area should be used to grow food, conserved for its biological diversity or protected for its ecosystem services (such as erosion control or pollination)?

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#102276
2014-12-19

Nuclear power and biodiversity - don't forget WMD proliferation!

Nuclear energy is essential to preserve the world's biodiversity, according to 69 conservation scientists. But there's a mysterious omission in their analysis, writes Jim Green: nuclear weapons proliferation. And after a major exchange of nuclear bombs, and the 'nuclear winter' that would follow ...

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#102277
2014-12-19

Farmers in New South Wales give measured response to biodiversity policy review recommendations

Farmers have been anxiously awaiting the results of the review after having awaited a change in policy for the full term of the current New South Wales Government

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#102278
2014-12-19

Two-year study to identify threatened forest species

A two-year study to identify threatened species in the State’s forests is nearing completion, R.K. Ojha, chief project director, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, said here on Thursday.

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#102279
2014-12-19

We can't let climate change turn droughts, flash floods and mudslides into the new normal

Between power outages, deluging rains, flash floods, mudslides and record droughts, California is quickly becoming unrecognizable – all the bellwethers of an ecosystem out of whack.

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#102280
2014-12-19

Coral Reefs Could Soon Fall Silent As Ocean Acidification Ravages Ecosystems

Doug E. Fresh may have some competition in the beatboxing arena from unlikely source. It’s not from some underground phenom but rather an underwater rising star, or well, fish.

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#102281
2014-12-19

Development forges on, but at what cost?

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday used his executive authority to impose an indefinite ban on oil and gas exploration in Alaska's picturesque Bristol Bay, home to beluga and killer whales and the endangered...

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#102282
2014-12-19

5 ways to 'set sail' toward democratic natural resources management

Democracy is key for inclusive natural resources management,” says Yves Leterme, secretary-general of Stockholm-based intergovernmental organization International IDEA. “Look at the examples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Botswana. Both rank among the most natural resources-rich cou ...

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#102283
2014-12-19

SA on track for millennium goals - Zuma

Johannesburg - South Africa is on track to achieve most of the United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

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#102284
2014-12-19

Sustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition

Next year, governments will agree a new global development framework of breathtaking ambition. We already know the likely shape of the sustainable development goals (SDGS) , which will include targets ranging from ending poverty to reducing inequality both within and between countries; from bett ...

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