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Climate Change
CTV (Canada), 2019-11-20
Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday.
BBC News, 2019-11-20
Humans have favoured red apples for generations, but rising temperatures could spell the end of a rosy red treat.
Reuters, 2019-11-20
DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ismahane Elouafi was on her way to becoming a fighter pilot in the Moroccan army when the country decided to shelve plans for female captains. So she ended up at the agricultural university.
Reuters, 2019-11-20
LONDON (Reuters) - The world’s major fossil fuel producers are set to bust global environmental goals with excessive coal, oil and gas extraction in the next decade, the United Nations and research groups said on Wednesday in the latest warning over climate crisis.
Business and Biodiversity
Business Insurance, 2019-11-20
BERLIN — Climate change imposes significant economic costs, and risk managers should adapt their processes to improve their organizations’ resilience to climate-related risks, a panel of experts said.
UN News, 2019-11-20
As African countries gear up to implement an historic free trade agreement, the UN Secretary-General is urging leaders to pursue economic growth that benefits both people and the planet.
Chemicals and Pollution
SciDev.net, 2019-11-20
[CAPE TOWN] Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.
Science Daily, 2019-11-20
Metal copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses an emerging threat to soft coral sea fans in the waters around Puerto Rico.
Cities and Biodiversity
UN Environment Programme, 2019-11-20
The Mexican city of Xalapa is surrounded by ecosystems that not only harbor stunning flora and fauna, but also provide crucial services to the city and its 580,000 people.
Endangered Species
BBC News, 2019-11-20
Baby crocodiles found living in a remote region of Nepal give hope for the future of one of the rarest and strangest reptiles on earth.
Nature, 2019-11-20
Researchers are increasingly using traces of genetic material in the wild to track endangered species.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
National Post (Canada), 2019-11-20
Canada has made disappointingly little progress in preserving the variety of life in its oceans largely because of a contradiction in the federal department that’s supposed to protect it, says a group of senior scientists.
Eco-Business, 2019-11-20
Next month’s UN climate talks have moved from Chile to Spain but will retain the ‘blue COP’ theme.
Migratory Species
New Kerala (India), 2019-11-20
New Delhi, Nov 19 : The theme of a major UN wildlife conference dedicated to migratory species in India early next year will be 'Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home', it was announced in Bonn on Tuesday.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Tehran Times, 2019-11-20
TEHRAN – The precious national parks of northwestern Iran are the most diverse of any in the country, differing from rainforest to wide shrub lands which share a great biological diversity, this time we will take a quick look at three incredible national parks located in East Azarbaijan province.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
VICE, 2019-11-20
In the parts of the world where biodiversity is most at risk, words and phrases also face extinction.
Scientific American, 2019-11-20
The trend contradicts concerns of a “global stilling,” with implications for wind energy
TIME, 2019-11-20
(Bloomberg) –– Climate activists would be better off trying to save whales rather than planting trees if they had to choose between those options, according to a study published by the International Monetary Fund.


Climate Change
Inter Press News Agency, 2019-11-19
Mottled and reddish, the Lake Oku puddle frog has made its tragic debut on the Red List, a rapidly expanding roll call of threatened species. It was once abundant in the Kilum-Ijim rainforest of Cameroon but has not been seen since 2010 and is now listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct.
Egypt Today, 2019-11-19
“Egypt has been working on minimizing the impact of climate change for 10 years,'' said Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad on Tuesday at the Future of Electric Mobility Conference in Egypt.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Krishijagran.com, 2019-11-19
The Indian economy is largely agrarian, with around 55% of the population dependent for their livelihoods on agriculture and allied sectors that generate 15% Gross Value Added (GVA) (GoI, 2017a).
Science Codex, 2019-11-19
Margays (Leopardus wiedii), small wild cats living in forest areas fragmented by agriculture near Campinas and Botucatu in São Paulo State, Brazil, prey on animals inhabiting nearby sugarcane plantations, such as birds and small rodents.
Business and Biodiversity
Fast Company, 2019-11-19
If we want to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming—things like mass starvation, frequent natural disasters, and the drowning of coastal cities—we’ll need to radically transform the way we live. Last year, the United Nations convened a group of 91 scientists who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies to come up with guidelines that will help world leaders mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Dawn (Pakistan), 2019-11-19
“Of all the things what saddens me the most is the level of plastic I see in the sea and on our beaches,” the eight-year old climate activist Emaan Danish Khan told thethirdpole.net.
CITES, 2019-11-19
The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced today the theme of United Nations World Wildlife Day 2020: “Sustaining all life on Earth”.
Conference of the Parties
Eco-Business, 2019-11-19
The 2015 Paris climate agreement was made possible when countries realised it was in their own interest to commit to reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. But a similar understanding of the need for stronger conservation policies has yet to take hold, putting the world’s ecosystems increasingly at risk.
Ecosystem Restoration
CIFOR, 2019-11-19
Two weeks after Malagasy Forest Landscape Restoration experts came to Yaoundé, their Cameroonian counterparts visited Madagascar to intensify their South-South exchange on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa.
Endangered Species
Daily Beast, 2019-11-19
Everyone loves elephants.” We hear it a lot, but do we love them enough to want to ensure their survival on this planet? Not as zoo inmates or residents of elephant sanctuaries, but as free-roaming keystone species in savannas and forests living in family groups?
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Phys.org, 2019-11-19
Genetic analyses have revealed remarkably higher species diversity in common red seaweed than previously assumed. It was thought that there were only five related species of the Gloiopeltis genus (known as 'funori' in Japanese) worldwide. However, genetic analyses of historic and modern specimens have revealed that there are over ten in Japan alone.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Earth Negotiations Bulletin, 2019-11-19
On 13 November 2019, during the 2020 Ocean Pathways Week, participants convened for a joint session coordinated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Government of Sweden and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea. The session bridged two interrelated meetings: “Advancing Ocean Action Towards SDG 14: Leveraging Synergies for Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Mangroves and Coral Reefs” (11-13 November 2019); and a thematic workshop on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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