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Climate Change
Alphr, 2018-03-20
ritish staples such as fish and chips and chicken tikka masala could be under threat due to climate change, new research suggests. In a report published by the WWF ahead of its Earth Hour campaign this weekend, experts examined how changing weather and temperature rhythms could impact the types of food we eat by 2050.
CNN, 2018-03-20
On 20 September 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Maria cut like a buzz-saw across the island of Puerto Rico. The storm ditched two to three feet of rain, flooding houses and hospitals, while raging winds tore roofs off houses and electrical transmission towers from the ground, plunging the island into darkness.
Scroll.in, 2018-03-20
The study said people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America will become ‘climate migrants’ by 2050. Climate change will force more than 140 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America to become internal “climate migrants” within their countries’ boundaries by 2050, a new World Bank report said on Monday.
Guardian (UK), 2018-03-20
Global moves to tackle climate change through lawsuits are poised to break new ground this week, as groups and individuals seek to hold governments and companies accountable for the damage they are causing.
Science Daily, 2018-03-20
In the summer of 2010-2011 Western Australia experienced an unprecedented marine heat wave that elevated water temperatures 2-4°C above average for more than 2 months. The heat wave resulted in defoliation of the dominant Amphibolis antarctica seagrass species across the iconic Shark Bay World Heritage Site. Researchers alert us of the major carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from this loss of seagrass meadows at Shark Bay -- one of the largest remaining seagrass ecosystems on Earth.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Jamaica Gleaner, 2018-03-20
Since the threats presented by the invasive lionfish were brought to national attention, the Sandals Foundation has introduced and participated in a number of programmes to help bring awareness to and control the lionfish population in the Caribbean.
Endangered Species
BBC News, 2018-03-20
The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said. Sudan, 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Phys.org, 2018-03-20
Researchers from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of museum specimens that had long been considered to only contain two species. This research by lead author Yale-NUS College Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Jennifer Sheridan and her co-author Dr Bryan Stuart, Research Curator of Herpetology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, was recently published in the peer-reviewed open access journal PLOS ONE.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
News 24, 2018-03-20
Paris – Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say – the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.
Island Biodiversity
Riviera Maya News, 2018-03-20
The government of Puerto Morelos says they are ready for the upcoming sea turtle season, which they note was a record-breaker last year.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2018-03-20
Juvenile fish must immediately learn to catch prey and to escape enemies. Additionally, at this stage of their lives, they are highly sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, oxygen and the pH of the water. These factors are currently changing on a global scale—temperature is rising, the oxygen content of the ocean is decreasing and more carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere is dissolving in the seawater, where it forms carbonic acid and lowers the pH level. But indirectly elevated CO2 also affects the survival of fish larvae, because it can change their food supply.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2018-03-20
The popularity of the Mexican island of Cozumel as a cruise destination is great for the economy — but not necessarily for nature. The country is now trying to protect its blue waters and fragile coral reefs.


Climate Change
EcoWatch, 2018-03-15
The world will see enormous losses of biodiversity across all species groups on every continent by the end of this century if we do not make deep cuts to global greenhouse emissions, according to groundbreaking research from the WWF and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of East Anglia.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
TriplePundit, 2018-03-15
In my last post, I used a science-based green purchasing framework to evaluate sustainability of cattle grazing operations. The first two steps were to identify (1) key impacts of poorly managed ranches, and (2) solutions to each impact. Here I repeat this exercise for beef feedlots. Given the destructive consequences of industrial crop production, evaluating feedlot sustainability encompasses impacts and solutions related to feed supply chains.
Business and Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2018-03-15
Empty rhetoric from corporates is not enough as climate change is accelerating far faster than expected.
Cities and Biodiversity
National Geographic, 2018-03-15
Vietnam is a prime example of a little-known global threat: the mining of river sand to build the world’s booming cities.
Mondaq, 2018-03-15
Municipalities often find themselves struggling to reconcile numerous conflicting interests when it comes to the balancing conservation and urban growth. As the world's biodiversity increasingly comes under threat, including from urban expansion into natural areas, municipalities are recognizing that they have an important role to play in conserving and preserving threatened species and the habitat in which they exist. Municipal responses can be particularly important when other provincial or federal responses are inadequate.
Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures
Forbes, 2018-03-15
The new Global Green Finance Index (‘GGFI’), which has been launched by Finance Watch and commercial think tank Z/Yen today in Brussels, ranks the world’s financial centres according to “perceptions of the quality” and depth of their green finance offerings. And, in its inaugural edition - GGFI 1 - western European financial centres outperformed those in other regions.
Pacific Standard, 2018-03-15
A new initiative is exchanging the alleviation of national debt for government initiatives aimed at preserving marine ecosystems.
Endangered Species
Science Daily, 2018-03-15
The hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus) is in the list of critically endangered small mammals. It was thought to be extinct from Chitwan National Park as it had not been spotted again after its first spotting in 1984.
Business Standard (India), 2018-03-15
Delegates from 13 European countries on Thursday agreed on transboundary conservation measures for the great bustard - the heaviest flying bird in Europe.
Mongabay.com, 2018-03-15
The Indonesian government is drafting another 10-year guideline for orangutan conservation that aims to staunch the decline in the population of the critically endangered great ape.
.abc.net.au, 2018-03-15
Conservationists say the discovery of critically endangered regent honeyeaters in south-east Victoria is a promising sign of the bird species' recovery.
Financial Resources and Mechanism
EUbusiness, 2018-03-15
The European Parliament voted to double the funding of the LIFE Programme, the EU’s only funding instrument on nature conservation and climate, in the next EU budget post-2020. WWF has long called for LIFE financing to be more than trebled to reach 1% of the next budget, up from 0.3% currently.
Health and Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2018-03-15
Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Caribbean 360, 2018-03-15
Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain.
Brinkwire, 2018-03-15
New analysis by UC Santa Barbara researchers has found that the kelp’s structure may be more important than the food it provides. Using over a decade’s worth of data from the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project, supported by the National Science Foundation, the investigators examined the effects of kelp on groups of organisms in the kelp forest ecosystem.
Science Codex, 2018-03-15
Species living in coastal regions could face a significant future threat from reduced levels of oxygen in the marine environment, according to research published in Scientific Reports.
Mountain Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2018-03-15
The mountains of East Africa are a treasure trove of biodiversity. However, their ecosystems may be at a higher risk than previously realized. Scientists have discovered that Mount Kilimanjaro is turning into an "ecological island". Agriculture and housing construction have eliminated the natural vegetation that used to serve as a bridge to the surrounding area, enabling the diversity of species to develop to its current levels. Neighboring mountain regions are presumably also being isolated from their surrounding areas.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Phys.org, 2018-03-15
Five Portsmouth scientists, including a leading ecologist, have added their names to the 20,000 scientists worldwide warning of catastrophe for humankind if we don't change our behavior.

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  • United Nations Environment Programme