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Climate Change
Devex, 2018-12-14
CANBERRA — The global food system needs to be transformed to respond to the health and nutrition needs of the future. To achieve this, however, there needs to be a strong global program to prevent greater threats from climate change.
CBC (Canada), 2018-12-14
When the leaders of the world's two biggest economies — and its two biggest polluters — finally saw eye to eye on climate change, they paved the way for a historic global agreement to fight it.
The Guardian, 2018-12-14
China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same.
TIME, 2018-12-14
The ongoing negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement aren’t going well.
Euro News, 2018-12-14
As the COP24 climate conference in Poland comes to a close, parts of Europe are facing up to the effects of climate change.
Chemicals and Pollution
SciDev.net, 2018-12-14
[SÃO PAULO] Scientific databases contain little information on pollution in marine conservation areas, according to a broad review of research on chemical pollution and its biological effects on the ocean.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2018-12-14
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Every other hour, Sonja Krüger logs onto her website and checks the birds’ status. Pharoah is taking a mud bath in the mountains, Jeremia is on a roost site viewing the Maloti mountain range, and Mollie is scouring the grasslands for a fresh carcass.
The Guardian, 2018-12-14
Australia’s Mary River turtle went viral after it was named on an endangered species list – and Cate Blanchett even voiced a puppet of it. But was that enough to save it?
Forest Biodiversity
Qrius, 2018-12-14
Sweden is a land of trees. More than 70% of its landscape is covered by forest and in less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled.
Invasive Alien Species
Science Daily, 2018-12-14
Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to biodiversity and ecosystems in the region.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Physorg, 2018-12-14
Many scientists around the world are studying marine biodiversity—the variety of life forms in the ocean.
Migratory Species
Mongabay (India), 2018-12-14
Of the thousands of migratory birds that have landed this winter at Loktak Lake, in Manipur in northeast India, the rare sighting of a once-abundant songbird with distinctive bright yellow underparts holds a different meaning for birders.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Mongabay.com, 2018-12-14
On November 29, 2018, the 196 Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a decision that represents a high-water mark for the governance of protected areas and marks a new era of “protected and conserved areas.”
National Geographic, 2018-12-14
Argentina's government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
EurAsia Review, 2018-12-14
Indigenous and tribal peoples of Asia, are facing complex threats to their survival as distinct peoples.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2018-12-14
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) - Wildlife is being wiped out in an unprecedented rate, and it’s our fault. But a new deal could provide a new pathway forward.
Phys.org, 2018-12-14
Scientists from the United States and Brazil warn that the current global progress toward United Nations (UN) sustainability goals is not fast enough to avert the biodiversity crisis.


Climate Change
The South African, 2018-12-13
South Africa is scaling-up its current ambitious efforts to address climate change, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.
Deutsche Welle, 2018-12-13
Rapid urbanization and infrastructure development has led to serious environmental challenges in Pakistan. A young man wants to tackle these problems by motivating his fellow citizens to plant trees.
CTV (Canada), 2018-12-13
His canvases are painted from first-hand observation by a brush wielded in the outdoors and glow with the colours of the Canadian wilderness. But British Columbia artist Dominik Modlinski doesn't take his paints into the woods much anymore.
Forbes, 2018-12-13
In what many describe as the biggest international climate change negotiations since the 2015 Paris Agreement, COP24 convened this month in the city of Katowice, Poland. The recent landmark IPCC SR15 report on 1.5 °C global warming makes it abundantly clear that urgent and aggressive measures are required to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
Luxembourg Times, 2018-12-13
The tradition ice wine, or eiswein in Luxembourg, produced right at the end of the season, could soon disappear due to climate change.
BBC News, 2018-12-13
The UN secretary-general has warned negotiators at a major meeting that failing to increase efforts on climate change would be "not only immoral but suicidal" for the planet.
The Weather Channel, 2018-12-13
El Niños are characterized by warmer-than-average ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific. That can greatly impact global weather patterns. Researchers say the natural weather phenomenon will become more frequent in the decades to come due to global temperature rise.
Guardian (International Edition), 2018-12-13
“Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes taking place to the world’s climate, according to a key scientist at the UK Met Office.
Irish Times, 2018-12-13
The UN climate talks have received a much-needed injection as they enter their final hours, with an alliance of 27 countries promising to step up efforts to tackle climate change under the Paris agreement.
Axios, 2018-12-13
Rapid climate change is transforming the Arctic, from the bottom of the sea floor to the top of windswept glaciers. Sea ice is disappearing, land-based ice is melting, and a domino effect of ecosystem changes have been set into motion, with unknown results.
CBC (Canada), 2018-12-13
The Canadian government is under intense pressure to fill a leadership void as countries try to hammer out how they will hold themselves accountable for implementing the Paris climate-change accord.
Business and Biodiversity
Cosmetics Business, 2018-12-13
The first hotel bathroom beauty range made from recycled plastic has hit the market. Envision Plastics and Nurture Hospitality Group (NHG) are responsible for developing the packaging, which are created from discarded plastic in Haiti, Caribbean.
Cities and Biodiversity
New York Times, 2018-12-13
The Vertical Forest buildings of the architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri make the most of the often overlooked and profound contributions of a single tree.

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