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Climate Change
Times of Malta, 2018-10-15
Malta must take ambitious measures to stave off the effects of climate change, a local climatologist has urged, in the wake of a landmark UN report calling for rapid, unprecedented efforts to prevent disaster.
CBC (Canada), 2018-10-15
The world's leading climate scientists are urging action on climate change at an international panel this week and calling on governments to do more, leading some to ask how this might play out at the local level.
Guardian (International Edition), 2018-10-15
The Bank of England has stopped short of forcing financial companies to disclose the potential risks they face from climate change, despite growing calls from campaigners for such action.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
allAfrica.com, 2018-10-15
World Food Day on 16 October reminds us that 821 million people in the world are undernourished and that sustainable agriculture requires mainstreaming of biodiversity.
allAfrica.com, 2018-10-15
Seed as a primary input to agriculture plays a pivotal role in linking agriculture and biodiversity to food sovereignty. Civil society must contest the credibility of corporate consolidation in the South African seed system on the basis that it is inappropriate, given the country's challenges around biodiversity loss, climate change adaptation and food insecurity.
Cities and Biodiversity
Globe and Mail (Canada), 2018-10-15
Tree planting is one of those quintessentially Canadian jobs that evokes visions of bug-ridden summers in lonely mountain valleys battling dehydration and madness. But here it is in mid-October, on a day for woolly socks and pumpkin spice, and Eric Davies takes an occasional sip of craft beer as he and two volunteers sow around 1,500 acorns in the front yard of his Toronto apartment. It’s an activity so foreign in this leafy pocket of Little Italy that locals stop and stare. Some ask questions. Some continue walking in utter befuddlement.
Financial Resources and Mechanism
Mongabay (India), 2018-10-15
Money, it’s said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent.
Forest Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2018-10-15
Deforestation in the core zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico decreased by 57.6 per cent, from 15.8 hectares lost during the 2016-2017 period to to 6.7.
Gender and Biodiversity
Jagran Josh, 2018-10-15
The International Day of Rural Women was observed globally on October 15, 2018 with the theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.
BBC News, 2018-10-15
The story first came to light in a box of archives held by the Royal Horticultural Society. The mysterious Miss Harrisson had come top in exams on the principles of horticulture - but wasn't allowed to claim her prize of a scholarship at the RHS because she was a woman.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
NOLA, 2018-10-15
Justin Mann dreams about fish. In one particularly terrifying dream he sees row after row of metallic shelving, stacked with glass jars filled with fish specimens, topple over like mammoth dominoes. The nightmare strikes a little close to reality for Mann, who has for the past five years been in charge of organizing, cataloguing and upkeeping 7 million fish specimens.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Viet Nam News, 2018-10-15
A large area of sea grass on the Chàm Islands, off the coast of Hội An, have been damaged due to the rapid increase in speed boats over the past several decades—another sign that mass tourism and unsustainable development threaten the rich ecosystem on the islands, said Director of the Chàm Islands-Hội An Marine Protected Area (MPA) Centre Trần Thị Hồng Thúy.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Third Pole, 2018-10-15
Local communities in the remote region rely on the river and its biodiversity for their food, fuel and livelihoods, resources that are increasingly under threat
Reuters, 2018-10-15
Once forbidden by colonialists from cultivating coffee, indigenous people in southern India have won a prestigious award for their bean, which they farm while fighting deforestation.
BBC News, 2018-10-15
New Zealand has voted for its bird of the year 2018 and it's one known for being "drunk, clumsy and a bit of a clown", organisers say. The kereru has a liking for fermented fruits, which contain alcohol. And that means the birds can get quite tipsy at times, displaying clumsy antics and falling off trees.


Climate Change
Guardian (International Edition), 2018-10-12
From low-emission cows to robotic soil management, the farming industry will have to explore new approaches in the wake of a UN warning that the world needs to cut meat consumption or face worsening climate chaos.
Discovery, 2018-10-12
Climate change may be on everyone’s lips since the recent UN report, but don’t let that fool you. The shifts in climate we’re beginning to see are nothing new, as far as Earth — or our ancestors — are concerned.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
BBC News, 2018-10-12
Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world's largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding.
Business and Biodiversity
CleanTechnica.com, 2018-10-12
Is biodiversity protection really a major goal of nearly 1/3 of the world’s biggest companies? That’s what they’d like their shareholders to believe. But is merely mentioning biodiversity accountability in a company’s annual reports enough? A recent study indicates that only 5 Fortune 500 Global companies made biodiversity commitments that can be considered specific, measurable, and time-bound.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 2018-10-12
Moldovan entrepreneur Liza Mamaliga started her Dulce Plai honey company out of frustration.The daughter and granddaughter of beekeepers, she had other plans for her life, studying finance and banking at university. But Liza couldn’t sit back and watch a tragedy unfold.
Chemicals and Pollution
Devdiscourse, 2018-10-12
Ahead of the IMF/World Bank Group meetings, KfW Group on behalf of the German Federal Government, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to support the development and implementation of sustainable projects that will reduce pollution in the world's oceans over the next five years.
Health and Biodiversity
Xinhua (China), 2018-10-12
An international alliance to promote biodiversity and health big data sharing was established in Beijing, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Monday.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
CBC (Canada), 2018-10-12
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has signed an agreement with Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian to officially protect the ​Edehzhie area, creating the first Indigenous-protected national wildlife area in Canada.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2018-10-12
An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of York, have published a set of guidelines for how to assess which species are most vulnerable.
Phys.org, 2018-10-12
Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality.The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Phys.org, 2018-10-12
Century-scale climate variability was enhanced when the Earth was warmer during the Last Interglacial period (129-116 thousand years ago) compared to the current interglacial (the last 11,700 years), according to a new UCL-led study.
Phys.org, 2018-10-12
You're about to make a sandwich with canned albacore tuna today, and thinking that it's all a good thing—nutritionists talk about the health benefits of eating more seafood, after all. One thing you probably didn't think about is where exactly that tuna come from.
Phys.org, 2018-10-12
They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Daily Guide Africa, 2018-10-12
It must excite you to know that Ghana is a nature lover’s delight. Its sunny equatorial climate and fertile well-watered soils sustain an enchanting selection of wildlife, ranging from elephants to monkeys and marine turtles to crocodiles, as well as hundreds of colourful birds and butterfly species.
United Nations
Reuters, 2018-10-12
The United Nation’s Young Champions of the Earth Award seeks out environmental entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 who are leading the way with ambitious projects.

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