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#94618
2013-07-17

New Software Tells Who's in the Forest and Who Isn't

Researchers have developed software that can listen to recordings of a rainforest and tell us what animals are there, and importantly, what animals are not. The new technology is free online for anyone to use and conservationists are taking advantage of it.

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#94619
2013-07-17

Nigeria: 'Biotechnology, Must for Food Security in Nigeria'

Although President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to vet the long awaited biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria's dream of achievin ...

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#94623
2013-07-17

The Costs of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Are Passing the High-Water Mark

Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. some $70 billion in direct damages and lost economic output. This is, obviously, a lot of money — Sandy was the second most expensive hurricane in U.S.

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#94624
2013-07-17

West Coast Krill Die-Off Has Researchers Concerned

In recent weeks, millions of North Pacific krill, a species of tiny crustacean that makes up a crucial part of the ocean's food chain, have washed up along the shores of Northern California and Oregon--the largest die-off that's ever been recorded in the region.

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#94625
2013-07-17

Our natural wealth – the way ahead

Biodiversity brings benefits worth at least 40 million a year to the Isle of Man according to a recent study, but this is the tip of the iceberg as this only includes habitats on land, based on limited statistics.

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#94627
2013-07-17

Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.

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#94628
2013-07-17

Le Président Boni Yayi lance l'initiative "10 millions d'âmes, 10 millions d'arbres "

A chaque béninois son arbre tel est le mot d'ordre et l'implication pratique des engagements pris par le Chef de l'Etat lors la dernière Conféérence des Parties Rio + 20 tenue à Rio de Janeiro au Brésil en 2012.

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#94629
2013-07-17

Endangered California condors' social structure is survival tool

SAN DIEGO, July 16 (UPI) -- California condors, an endangered species, have a complex system of interactions based on dominance to help them survive, wildlife scientists say.

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#94630
2013-07-17

European Union bans insecticide said harmful to bees

BRUSSELS, July 16 (UPI) -- The European Union says farmers will be legally banned from applying a widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population to their crops.

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#94631
2013-07-17

U.S. Farmers View Climate Change as Just Another Weather Challenge

If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather and, perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change.

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#94632
2013-07-17

Trade-Offs Between Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation Explored

July 16, 2013 — Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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#94633
2013-07-17

Damaging Non-Native Forest Pests at Home in Northeastern U.S.

July 16, 2013 — Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent's first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pe ...

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#94634
2013-07-17

Billions lost to corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector, says report

Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.

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#94635
2013-07-17

Brazil Develops “Superfoods” to Fight Hidden Hunger

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 17 2013 (IPS) - In less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A pilot initiative is currently underway in 15 municipalities.

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#94622
2013-07-17

New study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland's inland ice

Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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#94620
2013-07-17

EU targets another insecticide linked to decline in bee population

The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations.EU governments banned the use of agricultural insecticide fipronil to treat maize and sunflower seeds, the European Commission said on Tu ...

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#94621
2013-07-17

Angry birders: Farm bill in flux imperils feathered friends

With the farm bill in flux, it’s looking more and more likely that the environment will take a hit. The Conservation Reserve Program, which recently accounted for 7 percent of farm bill funding, essentially pays farmers to produce wildlife, instead of producing crops. Since there’s no market tha ...

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#94605
2013-07-16

Biodiversity suffering from widespread agriculture

Biodiversity in Denmark is suffering because of the large and intensive agriculture industry, biologists and environmental organisations say.

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#94607
2013-07-16

Shark numbers increasing in protected Fiji reserve, scientists say

SUVA, Fiji, July 15 (UPI) -- Fiji's largest marine reserve has more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, evidence protected areas are good for sharks, conservationists say.

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#94608
2013-07-16

No deal on huge Antarctic marine reserves

International talks on establishing huge marine reserves in Antarctica have failed to reach a consensus.

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#94609
2013-07-16

Scientists Outline Long-Term Sea-Level Rise in Response to Warming of Planet

July 15, 2013 — A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms.

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#94610
2013-07-16

Science is key to locally adapting the post-2015 agenda

The recent UN high-level panel report on the post-2015 development agenda alludes to the potential of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) in development.

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#94611
2013-07-16

Madagascar's rate of speciation slowing down

While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.

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#94612
2013-07-16

Losing our monarchs: iconic monarch butterfly down to lowest numbers in 20 years

In the next few months, the beating of fragile fiery orange and black wings will transport the monarch butterfly south.

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#94613
2013-07-16

Measuring CO2 in Green Ecosystems of the Mexican Caribbean

MEXICO CITY, Jul 16 2013 (IPS) - Jungles, forests, mangroves, swamps and lagoons are natural carbon storehouses or “sinks” in the Caribbean regions of Mexico. But now studies are being conducted to measure their capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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