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Climate Change
Science Daily, 2016-12-09
Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studied.
Christian Science Monitor, 2016-12-09
Hemlock woolly adelgids aren't native to North America, but droves of them have settled into American forests where they threaten entire ecosystems.
TIME, 2016-12-09
Scientists have published a number of studies observing how plants and animals shift their range slightly toward cooler temperatures in response to global warming.
Mongabay.com, 2016-12-09
Brazil will restore 22 million hectares of land in what’s being called “the largest restoration commitment ever made by a single nation.”
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2016-12-09
The Great Barrier Reef will not survive coral bleaching if current sea temperature trends continue, according to a new report charting increases over the past three decades which blames manmade climate change for the problem.
Christian Science Monitor, 2016-12-09
About a fifth of the diet of Caribbean spiny lobsters is derived from a process distinct from the traditional model of the food chain, according to new research.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Jakarta Post, 2016-12-09
Coordinated efforts by stakeholders to protect Indonesia’s Leuser ecosystem are becoming more crucial to help save the heritage site and its endangered species, a United States-based environmental organization has suggested.
IISD, 2016-12-09
4 December 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released ‘Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) and Monitoring in the Context of Risk Assessment,’ for Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the CBD.
United Press International (UPI), 2016-12-09
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists already knew soil in wet climes is generally acidic, while soil in dry climes is generally alkaline. But in the process of creating a global soil pH map, scientists realized the distinction was surprisingly stark.
UN News Centre, 2016-12-09
8 December 2016 – Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity today.
Guardian (UK), 2016-12-09
Without their traditional land managers, conservation reserves in Central America are left vulnerable to corporate interests, report finds. Climate Home reports
Matangi (Tonga Online), 2016-12-09
Biodiversity conservation in Tonga and Fiji is vital for the development of its tourism sectors and must be managed properly to sustain the natural habitat, while providing a livelihood to communities.
Fiji Times, 2016-12-09
Update: 1:28PM THERE was no firm statement connecting traditional indigenous knowledge to being an effective tool for marine management.
The Hindu, 2016-12-09
Biodiversity integration into developmental plans is crucial for sustainable development
Climate Home, 2016-12-09
UN biodiversity chief tells Climate Home protecting and restoring ecosystems is the best way to protect the world from dangerous levels of global warming
Jakarta Globe, 2016-12-09
Jakarta. With world leaders gathering in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss global biodiversity conservation,World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has urged the Indonesian government to buck up on handling the dramatic biodiversity loss taking place across the archipelago.
Science Daily, 2016-12-09
Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction
Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), 2016-12-09
The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this eek and next in Cancun, Mexico.


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.

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