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Climate Change
CNN, 2019-06-18
(CNN)The British research submarine Boaty McBoatface has made an impressive debut in the scientific arena, discovering a significant link between Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures on its maiden outing.
Science Daily, 2019-06-18
Researchers found that the yields from grains such as millet, sorghum, and maize are more resilient to extreme weather in India; their yields vary significantly less due to year-to-year changes in climate and generally experience smaller declines during droughts.
Science Daily, 2019-06-18
Most fishing communities from North Carolina to Maine are projected to face declining fishing options unless they adapt to climate change by catching different species or fishing in different areas, according to a new study.
Mongabay.com, 2019-06-18
As the impacts of climate change become more apparent worldwide, members of the public are connecting more weather events to the phenomenon.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2019-06-18
The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time, leading a million youth around the globe to pour onto the streets, demanding political leaders wake up to this destruction of our planet. And it comes not a moment too soon.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
CBC (Canada), 2019-06-18
CBC News poll finds about half of Canadians unwilling to pay more to help the cause
Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2019-06-18
ANKARA, Jun 18 2019 (IPS) - Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands.
Forest Biodiversity
CIFOR, 2019-06-18
South Korea - After the Korean War in the mid-1950s, the Korean peninsula was divided, its economy and society in shambles and its forests devastated.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
UN News, 2019-06-18
The oceans are not only under “unprecedented pressure” due to climate change, but “half of all living coral has been lost in the past 150 years”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, addressing the latest gathering of nations which are party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
BBC News, 2019-06-18
A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2019-06-18
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 2019 (IPS) - The United Nations, in a new report to be released next month, has warned “there is no escaping the fact that the global landscape for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generally deteriorated since 2015, hindering the efforts of governments and other partners”
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Mongabay.com, 2019-06-18
Over the past decade, First Nations have created a robust conservation economy in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old-growth temperate rainforests left in the world, through investments in sustainable development and environmental stewardship projects that link the health of nature to the wellbeing of indigenous communities, according to a new report.


Climate Change
Independent (UK), 2019-06-17
Larger sea creatures such as haddock and cod more vulnerable to rising sea temperatures
BBC News, 2019-06-17
Tackling climate change is among the key challenges for EU leaders, meeting on Thursday to set the bloc's priorities for the next five years.
ABC News (USA), 2019-06-17
Experts are meeting in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing pressure for governments to act faster against global warming.
Guardian (UK), 2019-06-17
Action to curb greenhouse gases and move towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Business and Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2019-06-17
The global trade of products that come at the expense of tropical forest is driving many primate species closer to extinction, a new study suggests.
Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2019-06-17
ANKARA, Jun 17 2019 (IPS) - The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).
UN News, 2019-06-17
“Desertification, land degradation and drought are major threats affecting millions of people worldwide,” said the UN chief, “particularly women and children.”
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2019-06-17
Thank you for joining us for the World Day to Combat Desertification.
Deutsche Welle, 2019-06-17
A third of the earth’s landmass is covered by deserts. But the exploitation and deforestation of our land is destroying vast stretches of fertile soil, leading to further desertification.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2019-06-17
Areas cleared of forests bleed heat to neighboring forests, and this fuels increases in temperatures there, new research has found.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
BBC News, 2019-06-17
Swimming off Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean, Ilena Zanella had her first close encounter with hammerhead sharks.
Phys.org, 2019-06-17
Repeat coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures has resulted in lasting changes to fish communities, according to a new long-term study in the Seychelles.
Polar Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2019-06-17
Oxygen concentrations in both the open ocean and coastal waters have declined by 2-5% since at least the middle of the 20th century.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
BirdLife International, 2019-06-17
Djebel Babor forest in Northern Algeria was a National Park for 60 years before being stripped of its status.
New Scientist, 2019-06-17
Pop stars like Lil Dicky and Grimes are using their music and their huge followings to gain vital coverage of climate change.
UN Environment, 2019-06-17
There is something in the air. I am not talking about pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. I am talking about the change humanity needs to address these and other environmental challenges, which have placed our planet and societies in imminent peril.


Cities and Biodiversity
Montreal Gazette, 2019-06-14
Montreal’s parks are a source of pride for this dense, urban metropolis.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
UN Environment, 2019-06-14
13 June 2019, Mogadishu - A network of environmental journalists in Somalia – the first of its kind in the Horn of Africa nation - was today launched in the capital, Mogadishu.

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