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Climate Change
Chronicle Herald (Canada), 2018-09-21
Climate change is causing the deeper waters of Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Scotian Shelf to become warmer and lose oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans, according to a new study. The research, led by the University of Washington’s Mariona Claret, looked at the area south of Newfoundland where the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current interact.
Slow Food, 2018-09-21
The theme of climate change has been important for Slow Food for a long time, it is linked to all that we do, and its effects are felt throughout our network. The first discussion about climate change at this Salone del Gusto was a sobering talk about the terrible effects of climate change that we are witnessing around the world right now, tempered somewhat by examples of positive efforts to counter it, and a rallying call to action.
CBC (Canada), 2018-09-21
One of the oldest styles of Belgian beer could soon change due to rising temperatures caused by climate change.Lambic is a type of beer fermented through exposure to wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Zenne valley in Belgium, rather than using the traditional brewer's yeast often used in beers. This method gives it a distinctive flavor with a mouth-puckering sour aftertaste.
Euro News, 2018-09-21
When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he travelled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change.
Devex, 2018-09-21
Cross River State is home to more than half of Nigeria’s forests, and as commissioner for climate change and forestry, Alice Ekwu’s job is to protect them.
Sofia Globe, 2018-09-21
Climate change is already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, economic sectors and human health and well-being in Europe, according to a report released by the European Environment Agency.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
Barely heard of a couple of years ago, quinoa today is common on European supermarket shelves. The hardy plant thrives even in saline soils. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now determined how the plant gets rid of the excess salt.
Chemicals and Pollution
BBC News, 2018-09-21
Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic - but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused.
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
A new study of house sparrows' genes has found the first evidence of animals adapting to lead contamination in heavily polluted areas of Australia.
CTV (Canada), 2018-09-21
Canada has joined a global alliance trying to rid the world's oceans of millions of tonnes of old fishing nets. Canada is the 13th nation to join World Animal Protection's Global Ghost Gear Initiative, an international alliance of nations, companies, and environment groups started in 2015 to go after one of the most significant contributors to the earth's plastic problem.
Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
The National (Dubai), 2018-09-21
The unpaved desert road to Gabal Elba mountain is marked by small sand hills that stretch for miles and miles. Subtle signs of life — scattered wooden huts and water tanks — gradually appear as the road goes deeper into the protectorate. The desert becomes greener, hinting at the mountain’s closeness. There are more huts and more people. Wide spaces are left between each hut, so as to give each family a degree of privacy. A few men from the semi-nomadic Bishara tribe can be seen walking through the valleys with grazing herds of goats wandering around them.
Forest Biodiversity
Yale Climate Connections, 2018-09-21
Forests are among nature’s best defenders against climate change – if we could just leave them alone long enough that they can fulfill their destiny as avid carbon consumers.
Physics World, 2018-09-21
Simple solutions are often the best, and British and European climate scientists have identified one: forests cut warming better than the technological solutions now being widely canvassed.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
Land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world—raising the risk of global extinction—due to the loss of suitable habitat, according to a report led by UCL.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
Land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world—raising the risk of global extinction—due to the loss of suitable habitat, according to a report led by UCL.
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
In recent years, the demand for cobalt, a crucial component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars, has been on the increase. Around 60 percent of the world's cobalt supply comes from the mineral-rich Katanga copper belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
Species are going extinct all over the world: Scientists believe that Earth is losing between 200 and 2,000 species every year. That number is squishy, partly because there are so many species for which they lack good data—particularly those living in the oceans, which are difficult to track but still critically important to ecosystems and livelihoods. Even the most comprehensive evaluation of extinction risk—the international Red List of Threatened Species—has only spotty data for many species around the globe.
Phys.org, 2018-09-21
It's an invasion of rats! Some remote islands are crawling with these rodents, and even the coral reefs are suffering from it.Rats eat pretty much anything, and that's a problem for coral reefs.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Deccan Herald, 2018-09-21
Do not change the sheets every day. Do not send the towel to the laundry. Please, please do not switch on all the lights after you are done with the turndown. If the tap water is good enough, do not leave plastic water bottles on the table. Do not print the bill, email it to me.”
United Nations
Namibia Economist (Windhoek), 2018-09-21
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with MTN Namibia hosted a two-day simulation of the General Assembly for high school youth at the Safari Court Hotel this week. A total of 15 high schools stemming from the Khomas, Erongo, Otjikoto and Hardap region participated in the 7th Model United Nations Namibia Conference.
Irish Tech News, 2018-09-21
Hugh Weldon, Irish mechanical engineer and co-founder of Evocco is receiving the UN’s highest environmental honor. The 25 year-old from Dublin will be recognized for his smartphone app which calculates a user’s ecologic footprint based on scanned shopping receipts.


Climate Change
EurekAlert, 2018-09-18
The remains of a buried pine forest at the foot of Mont Saint Genis in Southern France yield insightful information on a drastic climate change event. The pine tree stand initiated around 12,900 years ago during the relatively warm "Allerød" period, and continued growing into the cold snap of the "Younger Dryas" period. Researchers at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, together with international colleagues, have for the first time combined classic tree-ring width measurements with chemical (stable isotope) analyses of carbon and oxygen in tree-rings to reconstruct climate variables.
Independent (UK), 2018-09-18
The world is on course to exceed global warming limits set out in the Paris climate agreement much earlier than previously thought, scientists have warned, following the first comprehensive study of the impact of melting permafrost.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Devdiscourse, 2018-09-18
“As populations rise, urbanization increases and incomes grow, the agricultural sector will be under mounting pressure to meet the demand for safe and nutritious food,” Mr. da Silva explained.There will be “no sustainable future without eradicating poverty and hunger,” the United Nations agriculture agency chief spelled out on Monday, launching the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) latest flagship publication, on the world’s Agricultural Commodity Markets.
Slow Food, 2018-09-18
“Plant flowers in your soil”, the forum from the Bees and Insects area, introduced the Bee The Future campaign to the public: 100 hectares for the future of bees, a project by Eataly, Slow Food Foundation, Arcoiris, and the University of Palermo.
Endangered Species
Independent Online (South Africa), 2018-09-18
While the number of rhinos poached in KwaZulu-Natal has decreased from last year, all hopes are pinned on the largest biobank for rhino genetics, currently being built to help save the endangered species.
Devdiscourse, 2018-09-18
Two hundred captive-bred endangered Pickersgill’s Reed frogs have been released in Mount Moreland and Prospecton in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal.
Gender and Biodiversity
Asia Times, 2018-09-18
A tea estate in India has become the first in the world to produce “Certified Elephant Friendly Tea” after research by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and the University of Montana in the United States.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Science Nordic, 2018-09-18
Kelp forests and seagrass meadows soak up carbon dioxide and help protect our coasts against rising seas. Just two reasons why we should learn to love our marine forests.
Sky News, 2018-09-18
A soft robot jellyfish that can swim through openings narrower than its body could be used to monitor delicate delicate environments in the ocean, scientists have said.

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