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2019-09-20

Climate Change
BBC News, 2019-09-20
Thousands of young people are taking part in school strikes across Scotland and around the world to demand urgent action on climate change.
Reuters, 2019-09-20
The researchers, all in their 20s, pursue an invisible threat to the planet: methane. Although not as famous as another global-warming gas, carbon dioxide, methane’s levels have surged, and scientists aren’t sure why. Finding answers is an urgent mission in a place where some of the most dramatic climate changes are starkly visible, and the biggest dangers may await.
Business Insider, 2019-09-20
The Global Climate Strike, which could be the largest climate change demonstration in history, is expected to put thousands of people on the streets around the world on Friday to protest inaction against climate change.
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-20
Human-induced climate change is a moral wrong. It involves one group of humans harming others. People of this generation harming those in future generations. People in the developed world harming those in the developing world.
Live Mint, 2019-09-20
Whenever climate change mitigation tactics are discussed, one plan that inevitably comes up is that of carbon capture. An easier method to curb carbon emissions is to keep the carbon in the ground.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2019-09-20
As a growing population and climate change threaten food security, researchers around the world are working to overcome the challenges that threaten the dietary needs of humans and livestock. A pair of scientists is now making the case that the knowledge and tools exist to facilitate the next agricultural revolution we so desperately need.
Cities and Biodiversity
National Observer (Canada), 2019-09-20
In Montreal, red-backed salamanders sequestered in parks possess different genetic traits than those outside of the parks. In Tucson, house finches are developing longer and wider beaks to eat sunflower seeds from bird feeders, which are larger and harder to break than those found in nature.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay (India), 2019-09-20
The onset of rains in Goa not only mean change in the weather but also eating habits. As monsoon winds and a two-month fishing ban make fishing in the sea difficult, river fish find pride of place in daily meals. Meanwhile, for vegetarians, it’s the season for Olmi or edible wild mushrooms, widely sold all along the highways in cities from the month of July till September.
Phys.org, 2019-09-20
You've seen it all over the news: Fires in the Amazon and throughout South America have been raging for weeks, sparking dire predictions about climate change, criticism of the Brazilian government over increased deforestation, and a viral moment of social media grief coalescing around the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2019-09-20
While history has played an important role in the distribution and diversity of fish species in the Amazon basin, climate change, deforestation and building of power dams could alter such dynamics even more, biodiversity specialists have warned.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2019-09-20
The sense of smell is one of the most poorly understood of the five major senses. But now an international team of scientists led by Laurel Yohe of Stony Brook University suggests a new method to quantify olfactory receptors by sequencing them in vampire bats may hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of smell. Their findings are published this week in Molecular Ecology Resources.

2019-09-19

Climate Change
BBC News, 2019-09-19
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, a report from Christian Aid highlights what they term the "climate injustice" endured by Pacific island participants.
Eco-Business, 2019-09-19
Small island states such as Fiji and Jamaica are using innovative approaches to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change. Developed countries must do more to help them and other islands—including by leading the global effort to mobilise climate finance.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2019-09-19
With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90% by 2050, producing close to $24 trillion in returns, a coalition of 50 organisations said on Thursday.
Montreal Gazette, 2019-09-19
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante will address the United Nations on Sept. 23 at the opening of the UN’s climate summit, the mayor’s office announced on Thursday.
World Economic Forum, 2019-09-19
Prompted by extreme weather, calls for corporate climate action have been growing in volume and intensity – from regulators, governments, investors and youth.
The Economist, 2019-09-19
From one year to the next, you cannot feel the difference. As the decades stack up, though, the story becomes clear. The stripes on our cover represent the world’s average temperature in every year since the mid-19th century.
Scientific American, 2019-09-19
If environmental reports published this year were connected to an alarm system, the sound inside the United Nation's Manhattan headquarters would be deafening—we are facing a five-alarm fire. Myriad reports warned us we must take immediate action to ensure a sustainable supply of clean food, water and air to a human population projected to rapidly grow to 10 billion, all while stemming a globally catastrophic loss of biodiversity and averting the worst economic impacts of a changing climate.
Republic World, 2019-09-19
In a position paper published on Wednesday, China has stated that it will try and convince other countries to come forward and support “nature-based solutions” to fight the cause of climate change. The statement came ahead of the United Nations Summit that is to be held in New York. This initiative by China is to gain attention at the UN Climate Action Summit which will commence on Monday.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-19
The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.
Governance, Law and Policy
Clean Energy Wire, 2019-09-19
In its 2019 environmental report, the German environment ministry identifies climate change and biodiversity conservation as two of the "most pressing challenges of our time." The report also focuses on sustainable mobility, stressing that transport accounts for almost a third of Germany's final energy consumption and almost a fifth of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, and that the sector is far from living up to the national climate targets.
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish populations are native to lakes in national parks.
Research and Science
Xinhua (China), 2019-09-19
An international team of scientists found that a collision in the asteroid belt 470 million years ago diversified life on Earth. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances showed that the breakup of a major asteroid between Jupiter and Mars filled the entire inner solar system with enormous amounts of dust.
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
The deep, cold waters off the rocky coast of Point Sur, California, are home to an unexpected community of organisms that most people associate with tropical settings—corals. Scientist Charlie Boch and his colleagues recently compared different methods to restore deep-sea coral by transplanting live coral fragments and measuring their survival rates. The experiment was conducted on Sur Ridge, 60 kilometers (37 miles) offshore and 800 to 1,300 meters (2,624 to 4,265 feet) below the ocean's surface.
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
Ancient, distinct, continent-sized regions of rocks, isolated since before the collision that created the Moon 4.5 billion years ago, exist hundreds of miles below the Earth's crust, offering a window into the building blocks of our planet, according to new research.
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
For the first-time ever, scientists have deployed animal-borne cameras on pangolins—the world's most trafficked wild mammal.They look like an armored anteater (they're not, though they do eat ants), curl up in a ball like an armadillo, but are more closely related to dogs.
Tribune India, 2019-09-19
Since the 1990s, our planet has lost nearly three million square kilometres of wilderness areas—parts of the world where human impact has been absent or minimal, according to a study which found that conserving such regions can cut the Earth's extinction risk by half.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Phys.org, 2019-09-19
On a sunny Monday afternoon in August, the Shinnecock Indian Reservation's beach in Long Island, New York, resembled one of the postcard-perfect beaches in the nearby Hamptons. Except, there weren't any sunbathing tourists around. The coastline was quiet and serene with several inlets flowing into a nearby pond, surrounded by lush greenery and a thick forest. Amidst this sprawled a cemetery where tribal members have been buried for centuries.

2019-09-18

Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-18
Greenland’s ice melt has been adopted by the world as a bellwether for climate crisis, but the impact on biodiversity has been overlooked. At an ice station on a remote Arctic glacier, scientists are looking to the smallest of life forms to predict the pace of species extinction

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