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Climate Change
New York Times, 2016-10-26
SYDNEY, Australia — Australia will have more extremely hot days and a longer and fiercer fire season, and parts of the continent will spend more time in drought as rainfall decreases, according to a report by top government scientists released on Thursday.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2016-10-26
Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 per cent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most important source of calories.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Telegraph (UK), 2016-10-26
Genetically modified crops will be grown across England after Britain pulls out of the European Union, under plans being drawn up by ministers.
Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2016-10-26
NAIROBI, Oct 25 2016 (IPS) - Faced with growing degradation that is swallowing large swathes of land in arid and semiarid areas, Kenya is heavily investing in rehabilitation efforts to stave off the threat of desertification.
Endangered Species
Christian Science Monitor, 2016-10-26
A federal appeals court ruled that a certain population of bearded seals can be granted endangered species status even if it is not currently facing extinction.
CTV (Canada), 2016-10-26
KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia -- Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2016-10-26
Ecologists have struggled to peg a value to logged forests for the plants and animals that call them home.
CIFOR, 2016-10-26
Congo Basin - Evidence of Pygmy culture in sub-Saharan Africa dates back more than 20,000 years. With forests playing an integral role in Pygmy lives, a traditional diet staple and source of protein is wild meat – also known as bushmeat.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2016-10-26
Countries including US, Europe, Australia vehemently oppose small hunts by coastal communities but Japan says are unjustly barred from a traditional food source
Migratory Species
Phys.org, 2016-10-26
Populations of many birds that migrate between Eurasia and Africa are in decline, and species that depend on wetlands are especially in trouble.
BBC News, 2016-10-26
The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French government initiative to improve the condition of global soils.
Mongabay.com, 2016-10-26
Bangladesh is planning its biggest power plant yet — a 1320 megawatt coal-fired power plant, slated to be built very close to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a World Heritage Site.
Spiegel (Germany), 2016-10-26
There are 1.6 billion songbirds in Europe and half of them fly south for the winter. Scientists would like to follow them -- using sensors attached to the International Space Station. But keeping up isn't easy.


Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2016-10-25
Hailed as a significant call for action, the pope’s encyclical has not had the anticipated rallying effect on public opinion, researchers have found
Ex-Situ Conservation
Australian Geographic, 2016-10-25
BELLINGER RIVER SNAPPING turtles have been seen mating in their new home at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, giving hope to researchers working to save the critically endangered species.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
United Press International (UPI), 2016-10-25
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Every once in a while, oyster-eaters, clam-eaters and consumers of other bivalves may happen upon a tiny, nearly transparent crab. While these parasitic stowaways may all look the same, there are a variety of species.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2016-10-25
Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Conversation, 2016-10-25
Earth is distinguished from all other known planets by the presence of a warm, salty ocean that covers over 70% of its surface.
Migratory Species
Phys.org, 2016-10-25
Animal migrations are among the world's most awe-inspiring natural phenomena.
Polar Biodiversity
National Geographic, 2016-10-25
Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.
United Press International (UPI), 2016-10-25
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking and retreating at record rates, threatening to further accelerate sea level rise.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Guardian (UK), 2016-10-25
Conservation groups dismayed as Japan and other pro-whaling nations vote against plans for a protected area for whales, dolphins and porpoises


Climate Change
BBC News, 2016-10-24
Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".
The Telegraph, 2016-10-24
Fears that climate change is triggering a coffee killing fungus which could wipe out plantations are unfounded, a new study suggests.
Phys.org, 2016-10-24
Studying the response of living organisms to climate change is essential in the face of what increasingly looks like an irreversible trend.
Forest Biodiversity
Iran News Update, 2016-10-24
INU - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article about the critical condition of the forests in Iran.
Gender and Biodiversity
CIFOR, 2016-10-24
How Adaptive Collaborative Management is breaking cultural taboos in Uganda and empowering women
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2016-10-24
Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.
Mongabay.com, 2016-10-24
It’s no secret that many mammals face a dire future, as we humans hunt them to satisfy our desire for protein, medicines and animal parts.
Mongabay.com, 2016-10-24
Seismic surveys for offshore oil exploration began a day earlier than scheduled in the Atlantic-Caribbean waters, very close to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site, angering environmentalists, tourism groups, and other stakeholders.

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