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#100809
2014-09-09

Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.

News Headlines
#100810
2014-09-09

Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear

EL MAYOR, Mexico , Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - In their language, Cocopah means “river people”. For over 500 years the members of this Amerindian group have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora and the U.S. state of Arizona.

News Headlines
#100811
2014-09-09

Thought wiped out by climate change, 'extinct' snail rediscovered in Seychelles

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 largest island ...

News Headlines
#100812
2014-09-09

Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country's Tourism and Art's Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenu ...

News Headlines
#100813
2014-09-09

'Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, ...

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#100814
2014-09-09

North America's key birds facing extinction, study finds

314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change

News Headlines
#100815
2014-09-09

Now climate change is affecting jobs NGOs need to nurture 'green-skills'

A report shows extreme weather is affecting youth unemployment in south-east Asia. Is training the answer?

News Headlines
#100816
2014-09-09

Awareness drive on marine bio-diversity

The conservation of marine diversity has a major role to play when it comes to ensuring livelihoods of coastal communities. In the wake of rising concerns, an awareness drive on marine eco systems was launched for students here on Saturday. Tree Foundation, a voluntary organisation, in associa ...

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#100784
2014-09-08

Food crop wild relatives endangered

Scientists have released the most complete database of the wild relatives of common food crops.

News Headlines
#100785
2014-09-08

World’s Last Remaining Forest Wilderness at Risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 5 2014 (IPS) - The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost – and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

News Headlines
#100786
2014-09-08

World's rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M

Mapping the world's tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission — and far less than field-based sampling — argues a new paper p ...

News Headlines
#100787
2014-09-08

£20m salt marsh to create wildlife habitat and fight erosion from sea

An ambitious and controversial coastal realignment scheme – billed as the largest in the UK in modern times – has been completed, with sea water pouring on to the Steart peninsula in Somerset for the first time in centuries.

News Headlines
#100788
2014-09-08

How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'

News Headlines
#100790
2014-09-08

New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#100791
2014-09-08

Four New Species Discovered in India, in Five Years

Hyderabad, a city known more today for its Silicon Valley connection has revealed its nature connection too with researchers discovering not one but four new species in the city in the past five years. This includes two spider species, a plant species, a lizard and even the re-discovery of a sna ...

News Headlines
#100792
2014-09-08

Africa: Small Islands States' Big Development Challenge

The ocean is a crucial component of the Earth system, essential for supporting ecosystem and human health by regulating the weather and climate, producing freshwater and soaking up carbon. It also provides food and other resources, trade and migration routes. Global fisheries support over 170 mi ...

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#100793
2014-09-08

To be counted during Paris summit, India must cut its carbon footprint

Former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh set a cat among the pigeons, in his inimitable style, at a recent national conference on climate and sustainable development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. He asserted that India would be “the last man standing at Paris” ...

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#100794
2014-09-08

Why zero deforestation is compatible with a reduction in poverty

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist, last week attacked fellow Greens who back the ambition of “zero deforestation”’. He accused colleagues of “absolutism”, holding back development, perpetuating poverty and even colonialism. He suggested that the aim of stopping deforestation is simplistic a ...

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#100768
2014-09-05

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels

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#100769
2014-09-05

A path to becoming a conservation scientist

The path to finding a career often involves twists and turns. Serendipity is important — one rarely anticipates what small events, chance occurrences, and seeds of inspiration will spur decisions that lead to pursuing one job or another.

News Headlines
#100770
2014-09-05

Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country.

News Headlines
#100771
2014-09-05

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

From his front door to the banks of the Cantareira reservoir, José Christiano da Silva used to stroll only a hundred metres when he first moved to the area in 2009. Today, amid the worst drought in São Paulo's history, he must now trek a kilometre across the dried-up bed before he reaches what's ...

News Headlines
#100772
2014-09-05

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal family tree.

News Headlines
#100773
2014-09-05

Aerial Census of Africa's Elephants Aims to Help Conservation, Anti-Poaching Efforts

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana—"Fifteen elephants right!" ecologist Mike Chase shouts above the roar of the single-engine Cessna. The plane swoops low over the herd of gray bodies as they wade single-file across the floodplain below.

News Headlines
#100774
2014-09-05

Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

Streetlights and the light from shopping centers, stadiums, and houses turn night into day, a "loss of night" that is shifting the internal clocks of birds worldwide. Now, scientists are trying to understand how artificial lights are affecting birds' songs, mating, and reproduction.

News Headlines
#100775
2014-09-05

Indonesia to Verify Forest Ownership Issues

The Indonesian government has declared it will verify ownership of 66.3 million hectares of disputed forest land by the end of the year. Through the development of a Recognition and Verification of Rights scheme (PPH), the Forestry Department will inventory and evaluate the status of all governm ...

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#100776
2014-09-05

Ethiopia Keen to Share Best Practices in Agriculture

Ethiopia says it is ready to share its best practices in improving agricultural production and productivity with fellow African countries. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held talks on Tuesday with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, who is in Addis Ababa for the 4th Africa ...

News Headlines
#100777
2014-09-05

Blue-Green Economy' Needed for Island Nations Threatened by Rising Sea, Says UN

Small island nations have been facing increasing difficulties as the state of the world continues to change. Now the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is recommending that small island developing states (SIDS) adapt a new strategy for socioeconomic purposes to weather the storm of clim ...

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#100748
2014-09-04

Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

The huge stores of carbon locked in the world's soils are more vulnerable to rising temperatures than previously thought.

News Headlines
#100749
2014-09-04

Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 4 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

News Headlines
#100751
2014-09-04

REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests

There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within fore ...

News Headlines
#100755
2014-09-04

Australia cancels plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef

A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...

News Headlines
#100756
2014-09-04

Will banning high-powered kettles and hairdryers help climate change efforts?

Euro and climate sceptics have attacked EU rules controlling the energy use of appliances, saying they will not reduce emissions. With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.

News Headlines
#100758
2014-09-04

New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks

UN is trying to convince countries to make new pledges before they meet in Paris to finalise a new deal on cutting emissions, reports Climate News Network

News Headlines
#100760
2014-09-04

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...

News Headlines
#100762
2014-09-04

Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N

(Reuters) - A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region's coffee crop has been largely unscathed.

News Headlines
#100715
2014-09-02

Drought hits São Paulo - what drought?

São Paulo, South America's biggest city, is suffering its worst drought in over a century, writes Jan Rocha, with rivers and reservoirs running dry. But the state's politicians are seeking re-election. And for them, it's as if nothing is happening - never mind that water and power cuts affecting ...

News Headlines
#100716
2014-09-02

Awareness on biodiversity in schools

PANAJI: Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education has affiliated with Goa state biodiversity board to create awareness on biodiversity amongst students and teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools.

News Headlines
#100717
2014-09-02

Africa's farmers face 'failed seasons' risks

Many small-scale farmers across Africa face the threat from "failed seasons", a report has warned.

News Headlines
#100718
2014-09-02

How corals stir up their world

Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

News Headlines
#100719
2014-09-02

SAMOA: In Apia, Ban sets sail for sustainable development

2 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sailed with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew, whose mission is to spotlight the need for action on sustainable development by going around the world using only traditional navigation methods.

News Headlines
#100720
2014-09-02

New Economic Council speeds Arctic commerce

The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council is taking place in Canada (Sept. 2-3). Critics fear the new business body will speed up the exploitation of a fragile environment struggling with climate change.

News Headlines
#100721
2014-09-02

OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

NAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.

News Headlines
#100722
2014-09-02

DENR to strengthen coastal, marine biodiversity-conservation program

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has vowed to strengthen the management regimes for the 32 Marine Protected Areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) law and Verde Island Passage, finally giving marine biodiversity conservation its much-deserved ...

News Headlines
#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

News Headlines
#100724
2014-09-02

'A global tragedy' in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site

Spanning 230 kilometers (143 miles) and comprising more than half a million hectares westward from the Cambodian border lies Dong-Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC), the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand.

News Headlines
#100726
2014-09-02

Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma

Achieving large-scale agriculture is an imperative, yet political opposition is formidable.

News Headlines
#100727
2014-09-02

SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.

News Headlines
#100728
2014-09-02

South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers

Experts warn that lucrative trade in endangered varieties of the world’s oldest seed plant could lead to extinction, after 24 rare cycads stolen from Cape Town botanical gardens

News Headlines
#100729
2014-09-02

SAMOA: Stopping climate change is 'about people, about survival,' says UN envoy

2 September 2014 – World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.

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