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Climate Change
Science Daily, 2017-01-20
One of Alaska’s most abundant freshwater fish species is altering its breeding patterns in response to climate change, which could impact the ecology of northern lakes that already acutely feel the effects of a changing climate, research suggests.
Guardian (UK), 2017-01-20
Kutubdia’s islanders don’t have much of a carbon footprint – most don’t have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk
Guardian (UK), 2017-01-20
Evidence that continental ice sheets are sensitive to slight increases in ocean temperature suggests ocean levels will continue to rise for centuries
Agriculture and Biodiversity
UN News Centre, 2017-01-20
19 January 2017 – With agricultural land thirsty and water increasingly scarce, the United Nations agricultural agency is today hosting an international event to discuss the use of municipal liquid waste for farming.
Forest Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2017-01-20
Why do some trees die in a drought and others don't? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists have examined those questions in a new study.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Huffington Post, 2017-01-20
Each year, 8 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean. At this rate, by 2050, we’ll have more plastic than fish in our big blue seas.
Polar Biodiversity
BBC News, 2017-01-20
The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread.
Business Insider, 2017-01-20
CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-01-20
Illegal wildlife trade is often addressed as a problem of developing countries - yet the European Union also has plenty to do with it. The EU is above all a hub for trade routes of illicit wildlife products.
Kathmandu Post, 2017-01-20
Jan 20, 2017- By the time you read this, officials from 12 countries meeting in Kathmandu will have been wrapping up a ministerial-level meet on conservation of snow leopards.
Eco-Business, 2017-01-20
What Works in Conservation 2017 is a blueprint that helps conservation workers navigate the sea of studies and strategies on conservation so they can focus on just that — what works.


Climate Change
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-01-19
CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 19 2017 (IPS) - The new political power of business magnate Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20 as the 45th President of the United States, will have ramifications for every global region, including the Pacific Islands.
Phys.org, 2017-01-19
Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures.
Yahoo!, 2017-01-19
CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.
United Press International (UPI), 2017-01-19
Scientists found for each additional day with temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit, maize and soybean yields are reduced by 5 percent.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Genetic Literacy Project, 2017-01-19
An article might make some nod to the fact that genetic engineering and traditional breeding both modify the genetics of plants and they lie on a continuum – and that humans have been modifying the genetics of crops for 12,000 years.
Endangered Species
BBC News, 2017-01-19
The world's primates face an "extinction crisis" with 60% of species now threatened with extinction, according to research.
International Business Times, 2017-01-19
Some of the last remaining vaquita porpoises are to be taken into protection in a last-ditch attempt by the Mexican government to save the species from extinction.
Forest Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2017-01-19
[SÃO PAULO] Trees in the northern part of the Amazon rainforest recover their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere more quickly after selective logging compared with trees in the south where the climate is less favourable, a study reports.
Invasive Alien Species
allAfrica.com, 2017-01-19
AN invasion by fall armyworm (FAW) into the country's seven farming provinces could devastate an otherwise promising maize crop, more so as it emerged this week that there are no proper chemicals to control the pest.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2017-01-19
Sea lion hunting by the Europeans at the Atlantic coasts of South America – it started in the 19th Century and continued up to the second half of the 20th century in Argentina and Uruguay – changed its nutrition guidelines of these pinnipeds as well as the structure of the coastal trophic network, according to new research.
New Zealand Herald, 2017-01-19
Cows and sheep eating seaweed cured of methane emissions contributing to greenhouse gases, snapper galore around floating islands of kelp submerged in deep water offshore which restore fish populations in empty oceans to feed an expanding world population far into the future.
National Geographic, 2017-01-19
Scientists hope the whale sharks that live around the East African island will help them better understand how to preserve the species.
Mongabay.com, 2017-01-19
Over the past decade, banks, fund managers, and others funneled more than $8 billion into investments aimed at delivering measurable environmental benefits as much as financial returns, according to a new report prepared by the NGO Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace initiative.
New Indian Express, 2017-01-19
DAVOS: Government of Norway has announced a fund that will raise USD 400 million by 2020 and protect 5 million hectares in countries that are working to reduce deforestation and forest and peat degradation.


Climate Change
BBC News, 2017-01-18
The US government has given half a billion dollars to the UN's Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office.
Phys.org, 2017-01-18
Coastal countries are highly prone to sea-level rise, which leads to salt-water intrusion and increased salinity levels in agricultural land.
CBC (Canada), 2017-01-18
Federal scientists are exploring connections between a warming Atlantic ocean and record lobster landings off southwestern Nova Scotia and in the Bay of Fundy.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2017-01-18
Farming doesn't always have to be harmful to bees: Even though farmers on the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan traditionally slash-and-burn forest to create small fields, this practice can be beneficial to sweat bees by creating attractive habitats.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-01-18
New trends in agriculture threaten to put farmers in developing countries out of work. This is not as bad as it sounds, believes Ishmael Sunga, the chief executive of the SACAU farmers' association.

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