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Climate Change
Nature, 2017-04-28
The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, shows a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-04-28
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 28 2017 (IPS) - The bamboo plant can be found in abundance in several Caribbean countries, but the director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Dr. Hans Friederich, says its importance in dealing with climate change has been missed by many of these countries.
Huffington Post, 2017-04-28
“You don’t actually have to go a hundred years or a thousand years into the future before things can get quite disrupted relative to today.”
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
allAfrica.com, 2017-04-28
SINGITA Grumeti's commitment to conservation, development and community outreach come together in perfect harmony in the establishment of the Singita Grumeti Environmental Educational Center in Tanzania.
Endangered Species
International Business Times, 2017-04-28
US President Donald Trump has long promised to build a 20ft high wall along America's southern border with Mexico - a promise that has led to international ridicule, and diplomatic spats between the two countries.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2017-04-28
Farmers in the Terai region of Nepal face jumbo threats on a day-to-day basis, resulting in damage to crop yields, destruction of their homes, and, in some cases, even a death in the family.
Invasive Alien Species
CTV (Canada), 2017-04-28
WASHINGTON -- A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
UN News Centre, 2017-04-28
27 April 2017 – There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.
Polar Biodiversity
PBS, 2017-04-28
Winter ice deposits that form on top of Arctic rivers and provide crucial water for ecosystems in the summer are melting far earlier with each successive year.
European Commission (EC), 2017-04-28
The European Commission has adopted a new Action Plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-04-28
Wells, streams and ponds are drying in Nepal, forcing families to travel ever further for water - or consider leaving home permanently
Straits Times, 2017-04-28
Over the past decade, Singapore has progressed by leaps and bounds in preserving its natural heritage despite the ever-present pressure of urban development.


Climate Change
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-04-27
PORT OF SPAIN, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) - As two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago powered by young volunteers prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism, they are also contemplating their own sustainability and how they can become viable over the long-term.
Reuters, 2017-04-27
ROME, April 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water scarcity half a world away caused by climate change could push up prices for meat and diary products in Europe by disrupting supplies of soybean, which is widely used as feed for livestock, researchers said Wednesday.
National Geographic, 2017-04-27
As climate change displaces everything from moose to microbes, it’s affecting human foods, businesses, and diseases.
Endangered Species
United Press International (UPI), 2017-04-27
April 28 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new population of bay cats, an elusive cat species endemic to Borneo.
Ex-Situ Conservation
National Post (Canada), 2017-04-27
MONTREAL — For environmentalists who have fought for decades to protect a shrinking caribou herd outside Val d’Or, Que., it is the final indignity.
Invasive Alien Species
Haaretz.com, 2017-04-27
Eilat is home to Israel’s one and only coral reef, which is quite the tourism magnet
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Huffington Post, 2017-04-27
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
allAfrica.com, 2017-04-27
Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu's documentary looking at ways in which indigenous knowledge and technological advancement can provide opportunities for women living in rural Rwanda.
Mongabay.com, 2017-04-27
Wildlife crime plagues nearly half of the world’s natural UNESCO World Heritage sites, according to a new WWF report.
Mongabay.com, 2017-04-27
Beef has never been a favored meat in most of Asia. Cows are harder to raise than chickens and pigs, which take up less space and can be fed scraps.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-04-27
Penguins are cute to watch, which makes them ideal candidates for animal attractions. But are the sensitive animals really cut out for life in zoos, spas and entertainment parks?
EurActiv.com, 2017-04-27
At the beginning of April, the European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on palm oil and rainforest destruction that includes setting up a single certification scheme for palm oil imports by 2020 to guarantee that only sustainably produced palm oil enters the European Union market and to require that information on food packaging or accessible through technological features indicates that any palm oil content is produced sustainably.


Climate Change
Reuters, 2017-04-26
Climate change has put nearly 12 million Colombians at risk from natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage, the environment minister said on Tuesday.
Gender and Biodiversity
UNDP, 2017-04-26
Discussions on risk reduction will be centre stage over the coming months, and gender will undoubtedly enter the conversation.
Invasive Alien Species
Christian Science Monitor, 2017-04-26
Yes, say chefs and conservationists. But only if traps or robots can bring in more lionfish from depths divers can't reach.
Migratory Species
Science Daily, 2017-04-26
Wind and precipitation play a crucial role in advancing or delaying the breeding cycles of North American tree swallows, according to the results of a new study.
Polar Biodiversity
Scientific American, 2017-04-26
The changes in the region are so significant they will have implications across the globe
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Andina, 2017-04-26
Lima, Apr. 25. Peru will strengthen conservation of various marine and coastal protected areas thanks to a €10-million contribution by the German Government, Environment Minister Elsa Galarza announced on Tuesday.

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