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Climate Change
SciDev.net, 2015-03-27
World leaders must reduce the long-held target of limiting global warming to below two degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic impacts on the world’s poorest people, says a leading climate scientist.
Economic Times (India), 2015-03-27
NEW DELHI: Joining race of rich nations including Switzerland and European Union (EU) countries in submitting their respective 'climate action plans' well in time, Norway on Friday submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC promising to cut at least 40% of its greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 compared to 1990 level.
International Business Times, 2015-03-27
OLANCHITO, Honduras -- The farmlands hugging the Aguán River are an endless stretch of glossy green. Swaths of fronds cover the horizon, while neat green bunches of curling fruit peek out from under the shade. Banana plantations thrive in this valley, bringing year-round work to those who cut, clean and package the fruit for export to the United States.
Today (Singapore), 2015-03-27
Carbon absorption in basin has halved since 1990s; unclear whether other forests will follow
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
RTCC, 2015-03-27
Is climate change an uncertain science, ideological struggle or opportunity? The way it is framed affects public perception
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Guardian (UK), 2015-03-27
Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones
Science Daily, 2015-03-27
The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-03-27
ST. JOHN, Antigua, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Richard Huber is chief of the Sustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organisation of American States (OAS).
Guardian (UK), 2015-03-27
Annual switching off of lights in homes, businesses and landmarks on Saturday evening holds extra significance ahead of this year’s climate talks in Paris, says the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon
Nature World News, 2015-03-27
Lynx and other big cats belonging to the family Felidae are currently threatened with habitat loss and fragmentation, and yet these animals are largely understudied by scientists, hindering any possible conservation efforts, according to a new report.


Climate Change
Science Daily, 2015-03-26
As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel the disappearance of reef-building corals, a new study finds there may be some climate refuges where corals will survive in the future.
Guardian (UK), 2015-03-26
Leaders and representatives of 30 European cities will gather in Paris on Thursday to declare their commitment to “clean” policies to fight climate change.
Chemicals and Pollution
Guardian (UK), 2015-03-26
Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view
Cities and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2015-03-26
Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2015-03-26
In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.
Forest Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2015-03-26
Environmentalists have urged the Bangladeshi and Indian authorities to work out an urgent action plan to save the Sundarbans forests.
Inland Waters Biodiversity
BBC News, 2015-03-26
Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to Environment Agency figures.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Mongabay.com, 2015-03-26
Indonesia's biodiversity-focused protected areas are failing to slow deforestation, while other categories have achieved mixed results, according to a new study by National University of Singapore researchers.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-03-26
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.
Deutsche Welle, 2015-03-26
The Africa Elephant Summit involving 20 nations has opened in Botswana with renewed warnings that the giant creature's numbers are falling dramatically. Poachers supply ivory illegally to Asia, particularly China.


Climate Change
United Press International (UPI), 2015-03-25
CALI, Colombia, March 25 (UPI) -- Will beans be around in 50 years? Or will they be global warming's first agricultural casualty? A new study has identified several varieties of beans that are best suited to survive coming decades.
Science Daily, 2015-03-25
Researchers have made strides in the understanding of the mechanisms governing the persistence of dissolved organic carbon for hundreds or thousands of years in the deep ocean.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2015-03-25
France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.
Chemicals and Pollution
Reuters, 2015-03-25
(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.
Forest Biodiversity
United Press International (UPI), 2015-03-25
RALEIGH, N.C., March 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests the world's forests are more fragmented than ever before. Analysis by researchers at North Carolina State University showed that if one were to be dropped randomly into one of the world's many forests, there would be a 70 percent chance of being within a half-mile of the forest edge.
Nature, 2015-03-25
Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded.
Invasive Alien Species
United Press International (UPI), 2015-03-25
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- A pair of termite species -- two of the some of the most destructive pests in the world -- have joined forces in Florida, mating and forming hybrid colonies. Entomologists in the Sunshine State are worried the tag-team termite could make its way to elsewhere in the South.
Island Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-03-25
Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2015-03-25
Wildlife tourism generates billions of dollars in revenue every year - boosting local economies and creating employment. But what is the cost to the animals that become the star attractions?


Climate Change
Science Daily, 2015-03-24
A groundbreaking project to observe and analyse regular data about ocean circulation and how it impacts on Britain’s climate has reached a ten-year milestone, giving valuable new insights into how ocean currents can affect global warming.

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