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#102266
2014-12-18

Long-term cliff swallow study uncovers effects of climate change

A 30-year study of cliff swallows, a long-distance migrant bird species, has revealed that global climate change is altering their breeding habits.

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#102267
2014-12-18

Big data and the science of the Christmas tree

Often called the "Cadillac of Christmas trees," the Fraser Fir has everything a good Christmas tree should have: an even triangular shape, a sweet piney fragrance, and soft needles that (mostly) stay attached and won't leave tiny stabs in your fingers.

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#102268
2014-12-18

Asia’s Fragile Caves Face Growing Development Risks

Botanist Li-Bing Zhang has spent years collecting ferns in the caves and limestone formations of southwestern China and neighboring Southeast Asia. When I met him recently in a Vietnamese national park, his research vehicle, a silver van, was bursting with fern specimens. Zhang and two colleague ...

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#102269
2014-12-18

Study on threatened taxonomy of Tamil Nadu forest nears completion

CHENNAI: A two-year study on the threatened taxonomy in the forest in Tamil Nadu is nearing completion, said RK Ojha, chief project director, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, on Thursday.

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#102270
2014-12-18

Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy

It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing a huge amount of good work we knew little about.

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#102272
2014-12-18

Antarctica: warming ocean trebles glacial melt

As temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean, warmer currents are eroding the Antarctic ice sheet from below, writes Tim Radford - causing the melting rate to treble in two decades to 83 billion tonnes a year.

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#102273
2014-12-18

Post-2015 agenda must include LDCs concerns: PM

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged the international community to incorporate the priorities and concerns of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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#102255
2014-12-17

The Real Outcome of Global Warming Talks in Lima: A Future for Coal

“There will be coal burning.” Negotiators from around the world produced a four-page climate-change accord (pdf) after some sleep-deprived haggling over the weekend in Lima, Peru, but the agreement could be summed up in those five words.

News Headlines
#102256
2014-12-17

Seeing the forest for the trees: Youngest trees in a forest tell the biggest story

The largest trees in a forest may command the most attention, but the smallest seedlings and youngest saplings are the ones that are most critical to the composition and diversity of the forest overall.

News Headlines
#102257
2014-12-17

Success of 'land sparing' will depend on global economics, regulations

Agriculture is the primary driver of tropical deforestation.

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#102258
2014-12-17

Forests could be a thrifty way to fight ozone pollution

Planting trees may be a cost-effective way to reduce ground-level ozone, a toxic component of smog that contributes to the deaths of about 152,000 people annually worldwide, according to new research.

News Headlines
#102259
2014-12-17

Aboriginal Knowledge Could Unlock Climate Solutions

CAIRNS, Queensland, Dec 17 2014 (IPS) - As a child growing up in Far North Queensland, William Clark Enoch would know the crabs were biting when certain trees blossomed, but now, at age 51, he is noticing visible changes in his environment such as frequent storms, soil erosion, salinity in fresh ...

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#102260
2014-12-17

The barbaric capture of baby elephants for zoos in China shocks the world

Are there no limits to the cruelty that humans are prepared to inflict on their fellow creatures in the natural world? When there is money to be made, apparently not

News Headlines
#102261
2014-12-17

New EU label calls palm oil what it is

Until recently, palm oil was labeled "vegetable oil" on ingredients lists. A new regulation is changing that: if products contain palm oil, they will be labeled as such.

News Headlines
#102262
2014-12-17

The Year of Sustainable Development

NEW YORK - The year 2015 will be our generation's greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development.

News Headlines
#102263
2014-12-17

South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change

JOHANNESBURG— Governments failed to come to a breakthrough agreement at last week's climate summit in Peru. But South African mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to the talks, and says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change.

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#102264
2014-12-17

How to talk climate change in Paris

There is absolutely no ground for India to agree to cut its emissions at the 2015 climate change summit.

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#102265
2014-12-17

Climate change: Biodiversity hotspots likely to ‘shift’

Hyderabad: Climate change will gradually force larger plant species, endemic to biodiversity hotspots in the country, to “shift” to other conducive environments, said researchers from University of Hyderabad and IIT-Kharagpur.

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#102237
2014-12-16

Peru: UN experts warn indigenous peoples’ rights at risk if polluted land re-licensed

15 December 2014 – Two United Nations human rights experts warned today against the proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru, saying the move would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human rights of indigenous peoples, including their ...

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#102239
2014-12-16

One of six remaining northern white rhinos dies in US

A northern white rhinoceros has died at the San Diego Zoo in California, leaving only five in the entire world.

News Headlines
#102240
2014-12-16

Climate change will leave Christmas trees in hot water

Our warming climate is bad news for Christmas trees. Norwegian spruces risk getting cold feet as the insulating blanket of snow that protects their roots from Scandinavian winters thins.

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#102241
2014-12-16

Climate policy pledges are an important step forward but fall short of 2°C

Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds.

News Headlines
#102242
2014-12-16

Climate change could leave cities more in the dark

Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a new analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms.

News Headlines
#102243
2014-12-16

Damming beavers are slowly changing the world: Growing beaver population affecting methane gas emissions

There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction.

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#102244
2014-12-16

NASA to study how African fires affect climate

Climate scientists have received a boost of up to US$150 million from US space agency NASA for a five year campaign to probe how air pollution, manmade fires across Africa and warming oceans may affect our climate

News Headlines
#102245
2014-12-16

Hunting is a greater threat than logging for most wildlife in Borneo

Persistence is the key factor in the two most common human stressors on tropical wildlife. In Malaysian Borneo, hunting continually diminishes wildlife populations, whereas the negative impacts from selective logging are more transient, according to a recent study in Conservation Biology.

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#102246
2014-12-16

Growth of forests may not be keeping pace with rising CO2 levels

Plants rely on three critical elements for growth: carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are therefore expected to increase rates of forest growth, in turn helping counter some of humanity's influence on global climate.

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#102247
2014-12-16

Dirty Energy Reliance Undercuts U.S., Canada Rhetoric at Climate Talks

LIMA, Dec 13 2014 (IPS) - While U.S. and Canadian officials delivered speeches about how the world needs to step up to their responsibilities at the U.N. climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, activists from North America demanded clear answers back home on their governments’ relationships with fos ...

News Headlines
#102248
2014-12-16

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

News Headlines
#102249
2014-12-16

EU under pressure to ban diclofenac to protect Europe's vultures

Veterinary drug for cattle that led to collapse of vulture populations of Asia is a risk to 55,000 birds, says European Medicines Agency

News Headlines
#102251
2014-12-16

The environment cannot be an afterthought to the economy

How do we communicate the need for fundamental change beyond this group of environmentalists, scientists and progressive businesses? asks Luc Bas.

News Headlines
#102252
2014-12-16

Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought.

News Headlines
#102224
2014-12-15

Central America drought turning into humanitarian crisis, UN warns

12 December 2014 – A prolonged drought in Central America is turning into a humanitarian crisis for nearly two and a half million people affected by food insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today.

News Headlines
#102225
2014-12-15

Lima talks set up climate deal for a 'bad outcome'

The timetable is in tatters. Hopes of a successful climate deal in Paris next December suffered a setback at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru, at the weekend as talks left the proposed timeline for a deal in pieces.

News Headlines
#102226
2014-12-15

A new trout species described from the Alakır Stream in Antalya, Turkey

A new fish species, Salmo kottelati, has been described from the Alak1r Stream draining to Mediterranean Sea in Anatolia.

News Headlines
#102227
2014-12-15

Lima talks map out path to climate treaty

Two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, have wrapped up with a road map for the establishment of an international climate treaty in Paris next year.

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#102228
2014-12-15

Lima Agrees Deal – but Leaves Major Issues for Paris

LIMA, Dec 14 2014 (IPS) - After a 25-hour extension, delegates from 195 countries reached agreement on a “bare minimum” of measures to combat climate change, and postponed big decisions on a new treaty until the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), to be held in a year’s time in Paris.

News Headlines
#102229
2014-12-15

Lima climate deal: what was agreed – and what wasn't

UN climate talks wrapped up in Peru with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed in Paris next year

News Headlines
#102230
2014-12-15

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts

News Headlines
#102231
2014-12-15

Lima: A disappointment, but no surprise

The procedure has become quite a routine. Every year, the December talks run into extra time as delegates haggle over a last-minute compromise, which usually satisfies no one. But it was clear from the start that this year's meeting in Lima, Peru, was not going to be the place for major announce ...

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#102232
2014-12-15

Sustainable development goals could be compromised by cuts, MPs warn UK

Britain will undermine the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) by trying to reduce their numbers and continuing to give tax breaks and susbsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a powerful group of MPs has warned.

News Headlines
#102234
2014-12-15

The year of sustainable development

Columbia University professor of sustainable development Jeffrey Sachs outlines three high-level negotiations in 2015 that can reshape the global sustainable development agenda.

News Headlines
#102210
2014-12-12

‘The more we delay, the more we will pay,’ says Ban, urginig action on climate

11 December 2014 – The more action that is taken today on climate change, the more likely countries will push for stronger agreements tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level meeting today at the UN Climate Change Conference, known also as the 20th session of the ...

News Headlines
#102211
2014-12-12

Lima climate talks: Old divisions surface between rich and poor

Climate talks in Lima have entered their final day with long-running issues still dividing the parties, despite an impassioned appeal from US Secretary of State John Kerry.

News Headlines
#102212
2014-12-12

Great wall of trees keeps China's deserts at bay

CHINA is holding back the desert, for now. The Great Green Wall – a massive belt of trees being planted across China's arid north in what might be the largest ecological engineering project on the planet – seems to work, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#102213
2014-12-12

Willow trees are cost-efficient cleaners of contaminated soil

Using broad-leaved trees such as willow trees in the phytoremediation of contaminated soils constitutes a cost-efficient method for restoring mining areas and landfills, according to new research.

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#102214
2014-12-12

The need for smarter, better targeted climate finance

[LIMA] The need for funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change is growing as global temperatures continue to rise. But the cost of this adaptation also appears higher than before: a study published last week says that it may be up to three times higher than previously thought.

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#102215
2014-12-12

UN’s Technology Mechanism launches first project in Chile

[LIMA] The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off.

News Headlines
#102216
2014-12-12

Bamboo could help fight global warming

Restoring degraded land and forests with the world’s fastest growing plant, bamboo, can contribute to major carbon emission reductions.

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#102217
2014-12-12

An app to save 400 million animals

Brazilian biologist Alex Bager has been leading a crusade to raise awareness of a major but neglected threat to biodiversity in his country.

News Headlines
#102218
2014-12-12

Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

LIMA, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital.

News Headlines
#102219
2014-12-12

Lima climate talks agree on just one paragraph of deal with 24 hours left

As crucial UN climate summit in Peru enters final hours, negotiators have made little progress on draft text

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#102220
2014-12-12

Cooling interest in a warming Arctic?

Ottawa in Canada is hosting a conference on “Arctic Change”. With climate change making access to the Arctic easier, interest has increased. But the forecast boom in economic activity appears to have been put "on ice".

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#102221
2014-12-12

South African breeders buck the system

The sale of wildlife to Angolan parks has sparked a row over the spread of species to areas in which they do not occur naturally.

News Headlines
#102222
2014-12-12

Nepal raises mountain issue at Peru meet

KATHMANDU, DEC 12 - Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains.

News Headlines
#102223
2014-12-12

COP20: Ban Ki-moon hails delegates for paving way to 'meaningful' climate agreement

14 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference recently concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015, a spokesperson for the Organization today a ...

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#102188
2014-12-11

Migration stripping Pacific Islands of climate change know-how

SYDNEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.

News Headlines
#102189
2014-12-11

Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report

Species are disappearing quickly — but researchers are struggling to assess how bad the problem is.

News Headlines
#102190
2014-12-11

When COPs Converge: The Biodiversity And Climate Link

10 December 2014 | LIMA | Peru | A key theme of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place two months ago was integrating biodiversity targets into other parts of the United Nations development process.

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#102191
2014-12-11

Endangered porpoises four years from extinction

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Biologists say that for the vaquita of the Gulf of California, a small species of porpoise and the rarest cetacean in the world, extinction is just four years away.

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#102192
2014-12-11

Fungus-growing ants have been cultivating crops for 50 million years

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Humans think they're so smart, with their fancy farms. But while humans have been cultivating crops for a little more than 10,000 years, ants have been growing their own food for 50 million years.

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#102193
2014-12-11

‘Only by acting together’ will world transform climate challenge into opportunity – Ban

10 December 2014 – Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

News Headlines
#102195
2014-12-11

At Lima climate talks, UN launches new coalition to promote renewable energy

10 December 2014 – The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Per ...

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#102196
2014-12-11

What's at stake at this week's climate summit in Lima

THE world is set to warm by more than 2 °C by 2100, which puts us on track to dangerous climate change. But UN climate negotiators meeting in Peru's capital Lima this week are optimistic that they can reach an agreement on planet-warming gases.

News Headlines
#102197
2014-12-11

How pace of climate change will challenge ectotherms

Scientists have analyzed 40 years of data to outline climate change challenge for ectotherms (animals who rely on external sources of heat to control body temperature).

News Headlines
#102198
2014-12-11

Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands

The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands.

News Headlines
#102199
2014-12-11

Climate action stands at a crossroads in Lima

Halfway through the second week of COP 20, negotiation battles are in full swing.

News Headlines
#102200
2014-12-11

Local governments key actors in fight against climate change

Heads of state and government will be leading the COP20 discussions, but cities and regions have an important role to play in the process, writes Michel Lebrun.

News Headlines
#102201
2014-12-11

New pit viper discovered in Sumatra

A new pit viper was discovered by researchers working in Sumatra, Indonesia, and described in a new study in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

News Headlines
#102202
2014-12-11

Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

News Headlines
#102203
2014-12-11

Africa Sets Demands for Post-2015 Climate Agreement

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - The post-2015 global climate change agreement should be flexible and fully resourced or else condemn Africa to another cycle of poverty resulting from the adverse effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#102204
2014-12-11

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

(Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

News Headlines
#102177
2014-12-09

Study: Melting glaciers threaten rare insect that feeds trout

BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population in Montana. But trout are.

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#102178
2014-12-09

Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

8 December 2014 – Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustaina ...

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#102179
2014-12-09

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.

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#102180
2014-12-09

Two dimensions of knowledge mingle at COP 20

One of the issues that has kept coming up in the corridors, conferences and meetings during the first days of the COP 20 climate summit has to do with the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and the need to incorporate it into climate change procedures and negotiations.

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#102181
2014-12-09

A magic wand for nutrition and incomes in Mozambique?

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato.

News Headlines
#102182
2014-12-09

OPINION: Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season.

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#102183
2014-12-09

Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.

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#102184
2014-12-09

New Doubts About Whether Elephants Can Survive South Sudan's Civil War

Before war broke out in December 2013, things were getting better for South Sudan's elephants, conservationist says.

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#102185
2014-12-09

Paula Caballero: See Sustainable Development Goals through landscapes prism

LIMA, Peru—Paula Caballero, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, says the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are currently under development should be seen through the prism of landscapes.

News Headlines
#102186
2014-12-09

Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology

The demand for nutritious food continues to rise. By 2050 the global demand for food could nearly double as the population grows and the developing world becomes more affluent, demanding more calories in their daily diet.

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#102187
2014-12-09

EU Provides $6.4m Sustainable Development Grant for Seychelles

VENTURES AFRICA – Two new grant agreements have been signed between Seychelles and the executive body of the European Union providing as much as $6.4 million to foster sustainable development and combat climate change in the small island state of about 90,000 inhabitants.

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#102164
2014-12-08

UN secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals

In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

News Headlines
#102165
2014-12-08

Stern warning: Legally-binding climate deal 'not necessary'

Leading economist Lord Nicholas Stern said that a commitment to sustainable development was more important than a binding deal that "lacked credibility".

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#102166
2014-12-08

Biodiversity protection is key to REDD+ success, study shows

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say

News Headlines
#102167
2014-12-08

Cities and Markets Can Fight Climate Change

Representatives from every national government are meeting this week to work toward a global climate agreement, and the location of the conference -- Lima, Peru -- offers critically important lessons for negotiators.

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#102168
2014-12-08

Giraffe population down 40 percent in past 15 years, could face extinction

According to a new report from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the overall giraffe population has declined by over 40 percent in the past 15 years.

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#102170
2014-12-08

Africa likely to see more rain as greenhouse emissions continue

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- For Africa and its climate, history seems to be repeating itself.

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#102171
2014-12-08

UN report urges more funds for climate change adaptation, warns on temperature rise

5 December 2014 – Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.

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#102172
2014-12-08

Early warning signals of abrupt climate change

A new study has found early warning signals of a reorganization of the Atlantic oceans' circulation which could have a profound impact on the global climate system.

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#102173
2014-12-08

Compromise blooms in European GM crop debate

Agreement to permit country-level bans of genetically modified plants should ease deadlocks in EU approval process.

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#102174
2014-12-08

Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production.

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#102175
2014-12-08

OPINION: Addressing Climate Change Requires Real Solutions, Not Blind Faith in the Magic of Markets

BRISBANE, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.

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#102176
2014-12-08

Bringing back lost biodiversity

Over millions of years animals have gone extinct, species have been driven out of their habitats and forests have disappeared. But how are conservationists and geneticists trying to re-establish what has been lost?

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#102150
2014-12-05

Isolated for 70,000 years, Arabian Sea humpbacks genetically distinct

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.

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#102151
2014-12-05

Spotlighting humanity's 'silent ally', UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

5 December 2014 – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.

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#102152
2014-12-05

U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.’s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030.

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#102153
2014-12-05

COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognising rights of its best protectors

News Headlines
#102154
2014-12-05

Cameroon conservation quandary over wildlife rampage

As activists mark Wildlife Conservation Day, elephants and hippopotamuses are trampling over farms and crops in northern Cameroon. Authorities face a difficult balancing act - conserve wildlife or protect property?

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