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Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2017-07-26
A Himalayan fungus used in Chinese medicine, which underpins the livelihoods of communities of harvesters in Nepal, is under the threat due to climate change.
Eco-Business, 2017-07-26
Asia Pacific is the most vulnerable region to climate change, Bangladesh is the country most at risk, and poor people are to be hit the hardest, prompting migration on a massive scale, a sobering report by Asian Development Bank has found.
Quartz, 2017-07-26
As a region, Asia pours an estimated $881 billion each year into infrastructure. Some recent notable works include the roughly 6,000-kilometer (3,700-mile) four-lane highway that connects New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai, which was completed in 2012; and the approved plan for a metro through Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, home to more than 8 million people.
Chemicals and Pollution
Deutsche Welle, 2017-07-26
Plastic is useful - for packaging, tires, clothing, and much else. But 2 percent of plastics produced end up in the ocean. It enters the food chain - even reaching us. A new analysis highlights the scale of the problem.
Cities and Biodiversity
CNN, 2017-07-26
hreatened by loss of habitat, industrial agriculture and climate change, butterfly populations have been dwindling in recent years in the UK. Butterfly Conservation, a British charity devoted to saving butterflies and moths, says that 76 percent of species have declined over the past four decades.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Manila Bulletin, 2017-07-26
More than 30 new species of sea slugs, sea urchins and soft corals have been discovered in the Verde Island Passage, between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, proving the area’s significance as “the center of the center” of marine biodiversity in the world.
Phys.org, 2017-07-26
Like finding a needle in a haystack, a team of scientists has discovered a new species of shark measuring less than a foot long and weighing under 2 pounds full-grown. This miniature, "glow-in-the-dark" shark is a member of the Lanternshark family (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), which was serendipitously found 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It has taken more than 17 years to identify this new species (Etmopterus lailae ) since it was first discovered but was well worth the wait as this elusive creature is yet to be seen in the wild.
CBC (Canada), 2017-07-26
A toothy, 300-kilogram tourist is taking in the underwater sights and culinary delights of Nova Scotia's Minas Basin. Pumpkin, a 2.7-metre-long great white shark, was detected on Saturday near where the Avon River empties into the Minas Basin off Avonport, Bramber and Cheverie.
Express, 2017-07-26
Potting methods similar to those used by green-fingered gardeners the world over can help bring back reefs stripped of their vibrant colours and myriad marine creatures. Ocean experts warned last week how 29 of the World Heritage List coral reefs – including the Great Barrier Reef and those around the Galapagos archipelago – face oblivion because of bleaching by the end of the century.
International Business Times, 2017-07-26
It has always struck me as odd how terrified many people are of sharks. It's one thing if you're a surfer or fisherman, but why would people living thousands of miles from the coast list the marine predators among their greatest fears, when statistically you are more likely to be killed by a toaster?
Migratory Species
Phys.org, 2017-07-26
Researchers at the University of São Paulo's Biomedical Science Institute (ICB-USP) in Brazil have discovered a new virus in a migratory bird species. This is such a rare find that it can be considered a stroke of luck, especially because the virus in question is avian paramyxovirus 15, which belongs to the same family as avian paramyxovirus, the pathogen that causes Newcastle disease. This disease is not a health hazard for humans, but can be lethal to wildfowl and domestic poultry.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2017-07-26
Hydrogen at elevated temperature creates high electrical conductivity in the Earth's mantle.New work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists shows the dispersal of water (incorporated as hydrogen in olivine, the most abundant mineral in the upper mantle), could account for high electrical conductivity seen in the asthenosphere (part of the upper mantle just below the lithosphere that is involved in plate tectonic movement). The research appears in Scientific Reports .
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Huffington Post, 2017-07-26
Imagine a policy agenda in Canada that truly left no one behind. What kind of social programs would be in place? What would the distribution of wealth look like? Which programs and services would be made obsolete?
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Nunatsiaq News (Canada), 2017-07-26
How about some reindeer eye soup? The traditional Dolgan peoples of northern Russia believed eating reindeer eyes preserved their visual acuity and ensured their eyesight remained sharp into old age.
Xinhua (China), 2017-07-26
China is home to one tenth of world's plant species, according to statistics released at the ongoing 19th International Botanical Congress(IBC). China has more than 34,000 species of higher plants, ranking third in the world. It is also top in the world with over 2,200 species of ferns.
Mongabay (India), 2017-07-26
A 2014 study done in Sumava National Park, Czech Republic, revealed that the red deer did not dare cross the places where people had once built electric fences during the Cold War. Their offspring behave the same way – deer live about 15 years on average, so no living deer would have experienced the physical barriers that have now become invisible ones.
Eco-Business, 2017-07-26
Nature gives us a lot: water, timber, minerals, biodiversity, food, clean air. But the perception that natural capital is endless and free leads to overuse and under-investment – and we constantly hear that there’s not enough money to invest in the environment. A recent conference asked how we can shake the piggy bank to give something back to nature.
allAfrica.com, 2017-07-26
Have you ever heard of experts talking about dried out of water bodies due to human activities? This may seem difficult to accept for the people who have no connection with lakes. However, those people who rely on lakes for their livelihoods could witness this scenario unfolding.


Climate Change
Ecologist (UK), 2017-07-24
As economic growth in Pakistan surges forward, and its emissions are set to soar, are the implications for climate change being forgotten, asks ANAM ZEB.When it comes to climate change, Pakistan’s stance has unequivocally been that of a country which is suffering the impacts but has not been responsible for the causes.
Relief Web, 2017-07-24
Scientists are compiling a crop structure map for the Mekong Delta to counter growing climate change impact in the region known as the country’s food granary. The plan will determine which crops would be cultivated and on what scale based on annual weather and natural disaster predictions, said Nguyễn Hồng Sơn head of the Department of Cultivation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Hollywood Reporter, 2017-07-24
Edward Norton said Friday that citizen activism had the power to neutralize Donald Trump's opposition to global climate change accords.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
allAfrica.com, 2017-07-24
Dar es Salaam — The historical background of organic agriculture in Tanzania goes back to the world history of agriculture, when people were farming more traditionally.
New Straits Times (Malaysia), 2017-07-24
It's the start of the fruit season in Sabah and soon you will see people from all over the state coming out with their produce in markets, shops and even supermarkets. These are people who, for generations, have grown fruit trees at the back of their homes and have passed down this tradition, so to speak, to their children. I have to admit I am one of them.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
allAfrica.com, 2017-07-24
he First Lady, Janet Museveni, last week mediated efforts between those for and against the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, which has divided MPs, scientists and civil society actors.
Epoch Times, 2017-07-24
A precedent-setting release of genetically engineered insects could soon take place in Geneva, New York. On July 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the release of a moth designed to self-destruct.
Endangered Species
Euro News, 2017-07-24
Doñana National Park, in southern Spain, is considered one of the most important wetlands in Europe. This natural area of more than a hundred thousand hectares is a key stopover for 6 million migratory birds flying each year between Europe and Africa. It’s also home to several rare and endangered species.
Forest Biodiversity
The Conversation, 2017-07-24
Land plants are absorbing 17% more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere now than 30 years ago, our research published today shows. Equally extraordinarily, our study also shows that the vegetation is hardly using any extra water to do it, suggesting that global change is causing the world’s plants to grow in a more water-efficient way.
Huffington Post, 2017-07-24
Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the size of Austria every year. It is not demand from the forestry sector that is doing this. It is demand for commodities like beef, soy and palm oil. Most of our forests are being felled because of what’s in our refrigerators.
Xinhua (China), 2017-07-24
A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Globe and Mail (Canada), 2017-07-24
Annual study looking at the UN Convention on Biodiversity obligations shows country has done far less than other nations in preserving areas from development, leaving it in last place among G7 members

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme