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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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