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Climate Change
Science Daily, 2016-09-27
If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support, according to newly published research.
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-27
From tech solutions to crop diversification, our expert panel highlights how to support coffee farmers in the face of climate change
Science Daily, 2016-09-27
Soil is a major carbon pool, whose impact on climate change is still not fully understood. According to a recent study, however, soil carbon stocks and could be modeled more accurately by factoring in the impacts of both soil nutrient status and soil composition.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2016-09-27
Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2016-09-27
One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct.
Mongabay.com, 2016-09-27
What has a body like a shark’s, a saw protruding from its head and critically endangered status according to the IUCN?
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2016-09-27
Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America. The nation boasts over one-quarter of the region’s remaining forest cover, about 20 percent of which is old growth situated squarely in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2016-09-27
[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa should invest in research and development to promote blue economy — which includes marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, transport and tourism — for sustainable development, say African ministers.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2016-09-27
GAZI BAY, Kenya, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast, felling mangrove trees to make boats has long been a part of life.
UNESCO, 2016-09-27
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has named the three laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) from Cameroon; the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan; and the National Union of Students UK (NUS-UK) from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-27
Evidence obtained by the Guardian shows how treasury coffers swelled with 2% tax on trades worth up to $45m including tigers, rhinos and elephants
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-27
As the 17th world wildlife conference opens, South Africa’s environment minister Edna Bomo Molewa explains the country’s commitment to protecting wildlife
The Atlantic, 2016-09-27
Poaching has had a severe impact on savanna ecosystems, and the proof is in the mouths of Uganda’s hippos.


Climate Change
The Indian Express, 2016-09-26
India, which will ratify the landmark Paris climate deal next month, today said it will continue to play a leading role in combating climate change but asked developed nations to fulfill their responsibilities through more contribution to finance and technology transfer.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Japan Times, 2016-09-26
Japanese people are less interested in climate change now than nine years ago, a government survey has shown.
Forest Biodiversity
CIFOR, 2016-09-26
Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the plantation side tend to argue that planting is done on already deforested land.
Invasive Alien Species
United Press International (UPI), 2016-09-26
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Invasive species may not be all bad. New research suggests the introduction of non-native species can reduce the spread of disease.
Migratory Species
Jakarta Post, 2016-09-26
From places as far as Alaska in the US, they fly more than 10,000 kilometers to the southwest to reach Lake Limboto in Gorontalo, northern Sulawesi.
United Press International (UPI), 2016-09-26
MENONGUE, Angola, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Conservationists have revealed an impressive series of new images from one of the largest camera trap surveys in Africa.
BBC News, 2016-09-26
As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, the BBC's Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.
BBC News, 2016-09-26
Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study.
Mongabay.com, 2016-09-26
Much of field biology and resource conservation work includes monitoring biodiversity, whether it is plant growth, animal movement, population dynamics, or response to human activity.
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-26
A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country.
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-26
African elephant population has contracted by around 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, study finds
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-26
Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers
Guardian (UK), 2016-09-26
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species finds itself confronting powerful networks, but has no detectives, police powers or firearms
Japan Times, 2016-09-26
JOHANNESBURG – An international panel on wildlife products adopted a draft resolution Sunday to collect data on the eel trade as stocks dwindle.
CBC (Canada), 2016-09-26
A new report shows the results of the latest continental bird count are alarming, and birdwatchers say it's a dire situation even in the North
The Globe and Mail (Canada), 2016-09-26
Wildlife conservationist Peter Ewins remembers finding abandoned nests and broken eggs when he searched for peregrine falcons in the 1980s in places where they had nested for centuries.
BBC News, 2016-09-26
Delegates at the Cites meeting here in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

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