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2019-02-20

Climate Change
CNN, 2019-02-20
(CNN)A small brown rat which lived on a tiny island off northern Australia is the world's first mammal known to have become extinct due to "human-induced climate change," the government says.
US News & World Report, 2019-02-20
NICOSIA, CYPRUS (AP) — A prominent American economist says there are "very few" individuals left who still doubt climate change because the evidence of its impact is clear.
Financial Times, 2019-02-20
Might the US move from being a laggard to a leader in tackling global climate change?
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2019-02-20
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) - In 1992, the idea of replanting her father’s ruined coffee farm seemed foolhardy at the time. But in retrospect it was the best business decision that Dorienne Rowan-Campbell, an international development consultant and broadcast journalist, could have made.
The Guardian, 2019-02-20
Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat
Relief Web, 2019-02-20
It is important to make “global commitments local realities,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told the meeting and UN Headquarters, discussing common challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as climate change and food security.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Gulf News, 2019-02-20
Combating the life-threatening disease by modifying mosquitoes could save lives
Endangered Species
El País (Spain), 2019-02-20
The population of the species, which is native to the Iberian peninsula, suffered a great deal due to hunting. But numbers have bounced back, having tripled in the region since 2000
Forest Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2019-02-20
SÃO PAULO] A remote monitoring system rolled out in Brazil is taking over the exhausting and risky task of keeping an eye on commercial forests.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Mongabay.com, 2019-02-20
When an international team of scientists published their description of a new ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), in the journal Current Biology in November 2017, it marked the culmination of years of painstaking research.
Invasive Alien Species
Xinhuanet, 2019-02-20
CANBERRA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Biodiversity in Australia's iconic Kakadu National Park has been "decimated" by invasive cane toads, a leading expert has warned.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2019-02-20
The people of the Mexican state of Oaxaca earn their living making pulque, a traditional drink made with Agave.
UN Environment, 2019-02-20
A staggering number of young Gambians have lost their lives trying to escape to Europe. UN Environment is implementing the largest natural resource development project in the history of the country to make their lives better back home.
BBC News, 2019-02-20
Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them, nature charities have warned.
Science Trends, 2019-02-20
Biodiversity conservation is a vital task for humanity as IPBES (1, see section 3.2, pp. 196) recently stated once again

2019-02-19

Climate Change
Guardian (International Edition), 2019-02-19
The scientist Wallace Smith Broecker, who raised early alarms about climate change and popularised the term “global warming”, has died was 87.
Nature, 2019-02-19
Every few years, a cyclone hits Mozambique’s Sofala province. The Pungwe River floods and severs road connections between Zimbabwe and coastal ports, sometimes for months. After a few weeks, the standing water starts to bubble as flooded vegetation decays. This ‘marsh gas’ is methane, a greenhouse gas that is some 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Phys.org, 2019-02-19
Global climate change targets are unlikely to be met because of delays in changes to land use, Edinburgh researchers say.Efforts to make land management less damaging to the climate need to be stepped up if high levels of climate change are to be avoided, scientists say.
United Press International (UPI), 2019-02-19
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Global warming will bring milder winter weather to much of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe and North America. But some climate scientists predict those balmy winter days will be more frequently interrupted by extreme cold.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
UN Environment, 2019-02-19
Unsustainable food systems are threatening human health and environmental sustainability. We need to change the way we farm—and our diets. There are more of us, we’re getting wealthier, and we’re demanding more protein-rich foods, such as meat. In the long run, this is simply not sustainable.
Guardian (International Edition), 2019-02-19
Last week, Bavarians forced their state legislature to change farming policies with the most successful petition in the state’s history. And while the law proposed by the petition covers a range of measures, it’s no surprise that campaigners’ rallying cry quickly became “save the bees”.
Business and Biodiversity
Guardian (International Edition), 2019-02-19
A growing movement eschews fast fashion in favour of secondhand clothing. Is this the biggest personal change that can be made for the environment?
Cooperation and Partnerships
Mongabay (India), 2019-02-19
India and Nepal are all set to sign an agreement to cooperate on biodiversity conservation, including the transboundary conservation of species like the Indian rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) and Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). The memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed before India’s upcoming parliamentary elections in April.
Ecosystem Restoration
Yale Environment 360, 2019-02-19
Long before an aspen tree fell on a power line in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains in June 2011, triggering the biggest wildfire in the state’s history, fire managers knew that New Mexico’s forests were vulnerable. Climate change-induced drought and higher temperatures had dried out the trees and soil.
Endangered Species
Times of India, 2019-02-19
GURUGRAM: It’s listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) but this species of bird was spotted in Dighal wetlands last week. It was the second confirmed sighting in Delhi-NCR of the lesser white- fronted goose (Ansererythropus), which was first seen in India in 2013, in the wetlands of Gujarat.
Irish Times, 2019-02-19
One in four species in Ireland is under threat of extinction – radical action must be taken. The Living Planet Report 2018 reported that there has been an astonishingly steep fall of 60 per cent in biodiversity across the globe over the last 40 years. More than 50 experts from academia, policy, international development and conservation organisation have contributed to the report, so it has credibility.
Forest Biodiversity
BBC News, 2019-02-19
A mysterious disease that is killing beech trees is spreading across parts of the United States. Scientists say the disease, known as Beech Leaf Disease, has been recorded in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and parts of Ontario in Canada.
Guardian (International Edition), 2019-02-19
It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit?
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Daily Mail (UK), 2019-02-19
A marine biologist had the 'most amazing day' when he captured rare footage of hundreds of the world's most sensitive sharks. Dr Simon Pierce, 39, filmed the herd of hammerheads in the Galapagos National Park with a remote camera so he did not disturb the shy creatures.
Hakai magazine, 2019-02-19
A team of seven scuba divers crawled along the seafloor in a shallow bay off Tasmania, Australia, parting tufts of seaweed and peering under small rock ledges as they hunted for a rosy-hued fish scarcely bigger than a mouse with a pouty face, hand-like pectoral fins, and a posture reminiscent of a frog’s.

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