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Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2018-07-16
Government’s top climate adviser warns policymakers will be judged harshly by future generations if they don’t act now
PRI, 2018-07-16
As immigration issues along the US southern border continue to roil the country, one driving force of migration from troubled Central American countries has received relatively little notice: climate change.
EuroScientist, 2018-07-16
Archaeological heritage sites provide us with information about past climates and adaptive strategies of Homo sapiens.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Scientific American, 2018-07-16
A reconceived farming system can rapidly improve fertility without chemical fertilizers, and without sacrificing crop yields
Business and Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2018-07-16
This month, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), one of the world’s largest commodity traders, became the first major soy company to announce a well-articulated policy to eliminate the destruction of native ecosystems and endangered wildlife from its soy supply chain.
Forest Biodiversity
United Press International (UPI), 2018-07-16
July 13 (UPI) -- A team of researchers have determined that the ability of North American forests to sequester, or soak up, carbon over the next 60 years is 22 percent -- in the best case scenario.
EurekAlert, 2018-07-16
Investments designed to prevent massive carbon losses from the world's tropical forests are likely to be least effective for biodiversity in the most ecologically valuable forests, according to research
Scientific and Technical Cooperation
UN Environment, 2018-07-16
New York, 16 July 2018 – UN Environment and Google announced today a global partnership that promises to change the way we see our planet.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Channel NewsAsia, 2018-07-16
Sustainability must be an integral part of corporate strategies and anchored in corporate cultures, says one observer.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2018-07-16
Close your eyes and picture a tree: perhaps a sweet-smelling fir, a mighty oak, or a towering kapok tree. Maybe you remember a childhood tree fort, a favourite tree swing, or a fruit tree with a sweet windfall of apples or figs each year.
UN Environment, 2018-07-16
Young entrepreneur Badr Idrissi never waited to be told what to do. Instead, he looked for innovative solutions to problems. He would often take the family TV or video recorder to pieces. “My parents would always tell me to put it back together!” he says. “But that’s how I learned to fix things.”


Climate Change
Science Daily, 2018-07-13
Sea-level rise will endanger valuable salt marshes across the United Kingdom by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to an international study.
Phys.org, 2018-07-13
Climate change has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colombia's mountaintop glacier cover in just seven years, the government said Thursday.
The Guardian, 2018-07-13
We’ll need to mitigate and adapt to global warming to avoid massive costs from sea level rise
Agriculture and Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2018-07-13
[NAIROBI] Agricultural intensification rarely leads to simultaneous benefits for ecosystem services such as biodiversity and human wellbeing, researchers say.
Endangered Species
The Guardian, 2018-07-13
Relocation of endangered animals carries risks but loss of half of them is highly unusual
United Press International (UPI), 2018-07-13
July 13 (UPI) -- Scientists estimate there are only 84 Amur leopards left in the wild in China and Russia. The leopards live along the southernmost border of the Primorskii Province in Russia and the Jilin Province of China, and they're highly endangered.
Invasive Alien Species
Standard Media, 2018-07-13
Alien plants are threatening animals in one of the Kenya's major wildlife reserves, a study has shown.
Mongabay.com, 2018-07-13
Madagascar is facing an invasion. Not military, but amphibian.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
BBC News, 2018-07-13
Whalers in Iceland have killed what appears to be a blue whale, one of the largest creatures left on the planet.
National Geographic, 2018-07-13
Among other things, the new order erases requirements to include indigenous voices in decision making.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Eco-Business, 2018-07-13
Countries in Asia Pacific are now starting to integrate environmental sustainability into their development goals, but this needs to scale up.
SciDev.net, 2018-07-13
Bamboo covers more than 30 million hectares of land and is a common sight for rural communities across tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Intellectual Property Watch, 2018-07-13
A recent study has revisited the meaning of “public domain” in line with its usage in discussions on protection of traditional knowledge (TK).
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2018-07-13
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 13 2018 (IPS) - Land degradation caused by human activities is occurring at an alarming rate across the world, and the cost will be steep if no action is taken.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2018-07-13
ROME, Jul 12 2018 (IPS) - Deforestation and unsustainable farming are depriving the planet of forests, while destructive practices in fishing are limiting the chance to sustainably manage our oceans.


Climate Change
UN News Centre, 2018-07-12
Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility.
Science Daily, 2018-07-12
The southern Appalachian Mountains are home to 10 percent of global salamander diversity.
National Post (Canada), 2018-07-12
CAMEROON, Cameroon — An African woman whose people are nomads constantly searching for food and water told Security Council members Wednesday they must consider climate change as a security risk that is fueling extremism, conflict and migration.
Science alert, 2018-07-12
The climate breakdown we're experiencing is clearly already having a massive impact on the life around us.

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  • United Nations Environment Programme