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Climate Change
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
At Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border, the water line has dropped to a historic low, taking a heavy toll on the local industry. Chaos erupted at Bill West’s business in Page, Arizona, last week when he was forced to tell dozens of paid clients their summer vacations were either canceled or on hold – effective immediately.
Dezeen, 2021-07-29
The shift to remote working from suburbs and the countryside due to the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a huge rise in carbon emissions, according to Taylor Francis of decarbonisation platform Watershed.
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
Seasonal changes linked to the climate crisis have reduced annual average farm profits by 23% - or about $29,000 per farm - over the past 20 years, according to the federal government’s agricultural research agency.
BBC News, 2021-07-29
The UK is already undergoing disruptive climate change with increased rainfall, sunshine and temperatures, according to scientists. The year 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record, scientists said in the latest UK State of the Climate report.
Deutsche Welle, 2021-07-29
In East Africa, the snows that normally blanket Mt Kilimanjaro throughout the year are rapidly disappearing. For people and wildlife living near Africa’s tallest mountain, that’s causing a host of unexpected and increasingly unlivable changes.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Slow Food, 2021-07-29
For centuries human beings have found in bees the representation of positive values. Symbol of industriousness, ingenuity and generosity, in recent years, bees have become increasingly alarming sentinels of a balance that human beings themselves are threatening.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2021-07-29
The global food system is the main driver of the ecological and climate crises pushing natural systems beyond the boundaries of a safe operating space for humanity
UN News, 2021-07-29
More than 500 delegates from 108 countries attended in-person, while thousands more joined virtually. Participants included government officials, smallholder farmers, producers, indigenous people, women and youth.
PresnaLatina, 2021-07-29
The preparatory meeting for the summit on Food Systems ended in Rome with a call to transform these systems and strengthen their role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. On its third and final day, the meeting promoted by Italy and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) addressed the last items on the main agenda and side events.
Chemicals and Pollution
trvst, 2021-07-29
This month is Plastic Free July which is celebrated across the globe. It encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to the single-use plastic waste problem at home, work, school, and even at restaurants. So, we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities., 2021-07-29
This year saw many people rediscovering an interest in gardening, digging in the dirt and maybe even harvesting vegetables from a garden plot. But around the Puget Sound, not all garden soils are created equal. Soil, particularly in urban areas, can hold contaminants that are unhealthy for people who handle it or eat things grown in the ground.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
RTE News (Ireland), 2021-07-29
Creative and artistic projects are being announced with the aim of engaging the public about the changes people will have to make to address climate change.
Cooperation and Partnerships
Daily Sabah, 2021-07-29
The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) has pledged to help protect biodiversity in Peru. TIKA supported the construction of a veterinary clinic in Iquitos to treat wildlife threatened with extinction and illegal trafficking.
Endangered Species
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
Citizen scientists have captured spectacular footage of southern right whales and their calves swimming off the south coast of New South Wales.
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
Over the past few weeks, we’ve received a flurry of emails from concerned people who’ve seen sick and dead frogs across eastern Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
BBC News, 2021-07-29
They're working to protect the Southern ground hornbill, and the bird's cultural significance, for future generations. It was a dusty afternoon at the end of a long dry season, and Zimbabwean subsistence farmer Sofaya Ndlovu was sitting in the sun outside his home. Fifty metres away,
Mongabay (India), 2021-07-29
The California condor has been teetering on the brink of extinction for decades. When the species was first assessed in 1994 for the IUCN Red List, the global authority on the conservation statuses of species, it was listed as “critically endangered.” Nearly 30 years later, its status has not changed. But this doesn’t tell the whole story.
Governance, Law and Policy
Mirage News, 2021-07-29
The 15th National Coast to Coast Conference delegates have called for the Australian Government to adopt a National Sustainable Oceans and Coasts Strategy.
Invasive Alien Species, 2021-07-29
The spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 26 counties in that state and at least six other eastern states. It's moving into southern New England, Ohio and Indiana.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
Fin-to-fin synchronised swimming, thought likely to be part of courtship, has been seen in groups of basking sharks for the first time. Video cameras attached temporarily to the sharks gave scientists an unprecedented view of their hitherto secret underwater world.
Research and Science
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-07-29
The caffeine in the morning coffee that primes many humans for the day appears to inject bumblebees with a similar dose of purpose, helping them pollinate more effectively, a study has found., 2021-07-29
There are huge differences in species numbers among the major branches of the tree of life. Some groups of organisms have many species, while others have few. For example, animals, plants and fungi each have over 100,000 known species, but most others—such as many algal and bacterial groups—have 10,000 or less., 2021-07-29
Counting feels utterly effortless to adults, who are unlikely to even remember when or how they picked up this useful, apparently automatic skill. Yet when you think about it, counting is a remarkable invention. It helped early humans to trade, apportion food and organize fledgling civilisations, laying the foundations for life as we know it today., 2021-07-29
Caecilians have arrived in Miami. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists captured one of the obscure legless amphibians in the Tamiami canal, the first example of an introduced caecilian in the U.S., 2021-07-29
A new study raises questions on whether current conservation science and policy for protected areas could be saving more biodiversity—with political and economic expediency often having taken precedence in the past., 2021-07-29
Deep-sea mining in international waters could begin in two years—but researchers say this is unnecessary and could cause irreversible damage to marine ecosystems., 2021-07-29
A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature., 2021-07-29
If the Earth's oceans were drained completely, they would reveal a massive chain of undersea volcanoes snaking around the planet. This sprawling ocean ridge system is a product of overturning material in the Earth's interior, where boiling temperatures can melt and loft rocks up through the crust, splitting the sea floor and reshaping the planet's surface over hundreds of millions of years.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
The Shillong Times, 2021-07-29
Chairperson of North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) and Coordinator of The Indigenous Partnership (TIP), Phrang Roy, on Wednesday, along with others, represented the indigenous people globally, defending and promoting their food systems, at the preparatory even (Pre-Summit) for the Food Systems Summit scheduled for September, organised by the UN from July 26-28 virtually.
United Nations, 2021-07-29
Gabon's Ivindo National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Wednesday in recognition of the nation's success in defending biodiversity and challenging climate change.