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2015-06-01

Climate Change
Reuters, 2015-06-01
Governments will try on Monday to streamline an 89-page draft text of a U.N. deal to fight climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December, hoping to avoid the acrimony of the last failed attempt.
BBC News, 2015-06-01
In little more than six months' time representatives of almost 200 countries will sit down in Paris to thrash out a deal on climate change.The momentum is building, with environmentalists, politicians and scientists all keen to avoid what one called a "Copenhagen 2 scenario".
Arctic Biodiversity
Physorg, 2015-06-01
Queensland scientists have discovered two more species of suicidally-sexed carnivorous marsupials and one is already destined for the threatened list.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2015-06-01
When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the spectre of climate change.
Manila Times, 2015-06-01
To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodiversity areas (KBAs) in the Philippines.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
SciDev.net, 2015-06-01
Governments should pay more attention to the role that bamboo and rattan can play in building more sustainable and greener economies, a pressure group has told a UN meeting.
Think Progress, 2015-06-01
“Homo sapiens is poised to become the greatest catastrophic agent since a giant asteroid collided with the Earth 65,000,000 years ago, wiping out half the world’s species in a geological instant.” So wrote anthropologist Richard Leakey in his 1995 book, “The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind.”
Times of Malta, 2015-06-01
In order to safeguard typical Maltese natural environments that can host rich biodiversity, everyone must be more conscious about the important roles played by the diversity of plants and animals found anywhere on these islands. Appreciation brings with it care and respect, which in turn change bad habits into positive actions for biodiversity conservation.

2015-05-29

Climate Change
CIFOR, 2015-05-29
As we approach the second half of 2015 – and the Bonn climate change conference – with high expectations for a new climate agreement to be reached at COP21 in Paris, it’s useful to take a step back and consider some of the important issues concerning land use and forests currently under negotiation.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Physorg, 2015-05-29
Human interventions increasingly threaten the habitat of many plant and animal species. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF now aims to provide fundamental insights for countering the loss of biodiversity and preserving ecosystems in agrarian regions.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Phys.org, 2015-05-29
One of the key elements of organic agriculture, as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering.
Business and Biodiversity
Forbes, 2015-05-29
With the Paris Climate summit beginning in December, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a campaign to raise awareness for climate change and promote transitions to clean energy.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-29
Community conservation projects — initiatives that actively involve local people in conservation efforts — have gained increasing attention in recent years. Yet few studies have examined their success in protecting natural resources.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 2015-05-29
Two iconic Australian shorebirds have been added to the critically endangered list. The extraordinary sickle-billed Eastern curlew, and its smaller cousin, the curlew sandpiper, are the first shorebirds on the list.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-29
On the border of Colombia and Venezuela lies a mountain range called Serranía de Perijá in which a small brown songbird is going about its day entirely unaware of what a stir it has just created in the world of ornithology.
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Washington Post, 2015-05-29
ALONG THE SALTON SEA, CALIF. — The bone-dry lake bed burned crystalline and white in the midday sun. Ecologist Bruce Wilcox hopped out of his truck and bent down to scoop up a handful of the gleaming, crusty soil.
Research and Science
SciDev.net, 2015-05-29
Scientists in developing countries should look for inspiration in their unique environments instead of trying to replicate European and US methods, a meeting at the United Kingdom’s Royal Society has heard.
Reuters, 2015-05-29
Scientists battling a bee-killing disease are about to start testing a new weapon -- a sun-heated hive designed by a Czech high school teacher.
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-29
Conservationists hail China’s first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa’s elephants

2015-05-28

Climate Change
Nature, 2015-05-28
Complex ecological and evolutionary controls of forest dynamics make projecting the future difficult.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Huffington Post, 2015-05-28
MUMBAI -- Almost 70 years after India's independence, over 100 million acres of land falls under the definition of "common lands": territory occupied jointly by rural communities in the hinterland. But deforestation, waste of natural resources and over-irrigation risks turning it all into wasteland.
Forest Biodiversity
Reuters, 2015-05-28
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Madagascar has 7 million hectares of rainforest under protection as of this month, but stopping the poor people who live near those areas from illegally cutting down rosewood trees remains a challenge.
Gender and Biodiversity
CIFOR, 2015-05-28
LIMA, Peru: REDD+ – with its emphasis on the sustainable management of forests, is so often pitched to communities and what they can do to help ensure their futures.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
United Press International (UPI), 2015-05-28
BANGKOK, May 27 (UPI) -- Ampulex dementor, also known as the dementor wasp, is only one of 139 new species discovered last year in the Greater Mekong region, but it is most certainly the scariest.
International Day for Biological Diversity
IISD, 2015-05-28
22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2015-05-28
The number of known plankton species floating in our oceans has increased ten-fold thanks to an international study aiming to understand the impact of climate change.
BBC News, 2015-05-28
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-28
In the 1980s, Uganda's elephants looked like they were on their way to extinction.
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-28
People need to support the conservation charities working to stop the killing of Africa’s last elephants and rhinos by joining them, says naturalist
National Geographic, 2015-05-28
Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight.

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