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Climate Change
Science Daily, 2016-12-08
A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.
Mail&Guardian Africa, 2016-12-08
It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise by between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods. Agriculture will be severely affected.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Jamaica Gleaner, 2016-12-08
Raising Public awareness is invaluable if local communities are to be engaged in the effort to meet the challenge of climate change.
New York Magazine, 2016-12-08
It’s important not to fall into the many lazy story lines about millennials being coddled or oversensitive or anti-free-speech or wildly promiscuous or whatever else.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2016-12-08
In 2015, Malaysian officials publicly confirmed there were no wild rhinos left in Malaysia.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2016-12-08
When a forest falls prey to disease, pests, drought or clearing by humans, the impacts ripple well beyond that local ecosystem, according to a new study.
Health and Biodiversity
Washington Post, 2016-12-08
In a new study, scientists have demonstrated — yet again — the alarming effects of environmental change on the spread of infectious disease.
Invasive Alien Species
BBC News, 2016-12-08
Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report.
CBS News, 2016-12-08
PETERSHAM, Mass. —| In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Radio New Zealand, 2016-12-08
Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.
Migratory Species
United Press International (UPI), 2016-12-08
CLEVELAND, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Birds have a strong preference for nighttime migration, so much so that migratory birds caught over water at daybreak turn around for shore. Researchers discovered the phenomenon using radar normally reserved for tracking weather systems.
CTV (Canada), 2016-12-08
Researchers at the Insectarium are worried about the fate of the Monarch butterfly.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Nikkei Asian Review, 2016-12-08
CHIANG MAI, Thailand Deep in the jungle of Mae Wang, two hours' drive southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, five women from the Karen ethnic group banded together to do something unprecedented in their community: They started a company run entirely by women.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
ICTSD, 2016-12-08
Members of the UN’s intellectual property agency reportedly made some headway last week in updating a draft text relating to the protection of traditional knowledge, though many items remain unresolved.
BBC News, 2016-12-08
A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction.
Guardian (UK), 2016-12-08
EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign
Food Ingredients 1st, 2016-12-08
08 Dec 2016 --- Firmenich has signed the Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge, alongside several of its strategic clients at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico.
The Copenhagen Post, 2016-12-08
Denmark is not likely to meet the majority of the 20 UN targets that the international community adopted in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan to protect biodiversity in the world
Telegraph (UK), 2016-12-08
The world's natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.
Pasifik, 2016-12-08
INDIGENOUS peoples’ generational knowledge and experiences of resource management and their attempts to protect local biodiversity has not featured at all at government level discussions on strategies for marine conservation management at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, says a Fiji participant.
European Environmental Agency, 2016-12-08
Land degradation and taking land for urban development threaten critical ecosystem services, including provision of food and water, climate regulation and recreation.
The Ecologist, 2016-12-08
160 global groups have called for a moratorium on new 'genetic extinction' technology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
Genetic Literacy Project, 2016-12-08
Editor’s Note: This is a letter written to the governing body overseeing the biosafey treaty–the Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagenta Protocol on Biosafety–from scientists who support gene drive research.
The Nature Conservancy (USA), 2016-12-08
Cancun, Mexico | December 07, 2016 At the Convention on Biological Diversity today, global conservation NGOs released a report revealing that just 5 percent of countries who have reported progress on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are on track to reach their global biodiversity goals by 2020.
New Scientist, 2016-12-08
Almost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious plan in 2010 to save the world’s dwindling biodiversity.
The Yucatan Times, 2016-12-08
CANCUN — The state governments of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche have pledged to make the Yucatan Peninsula a GMO-free region through the signing of a cooperative pact during the COP13 Global Biodiversity Summit, taking place in Cancun this week.
The Yucatan Times, 2016-12-08
Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.


Climate Change
Phys.org, 2016-12-07
When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes.
Radio Canada International, 2016-12-07
A just released report has cast even more concern about the future of the polar bear survival as a species.
CNN, 2016-12-07
(CNN) — Sudan's ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating.

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