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Climate Change
CNBC, 2019-08-21
Climate change will exact a toll on global economic output as higher temperatures hamstring industries from farming to manufacturing, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
BBC News, 2019-08-21
More ancient monuments and historic ruins will be uncovered as extreme weather caused by climate change gets more frequent, an expert has said.
UNDP, 2019-08-21
Uruguay is vulnerable to climate change. Its coastline is more than 680 kilometres long and around 70 percent of the population lives near it. And most of the country—93 percent—is urban.
Phys.org, 2019-08-21
The climate crisis will reshape our relationships to land around the world
Business and Biodiversity
France24, 2019-08-21
British supermarkets are starting to go "nude".
Endangered Species
Science Daily, 2019-08-21
Connected areas of high-quality forest running through oil palm plantations could help support increased levels of biodiversity, new research suggests.
El País (Spain), 2019-08-21
Thirteen autonomous regions are ignoring Brussels and allowing this symbol of eternal love to be hunted, despite the country’s implication in the species’ dwindling numbers
Invasive Alien Species
Phys.org, 2019-08-21
Environmental DNA (eDNA) has successfully proven the presence of invasive crayfish in almost all the small streams around Lake Akan in Japan, suggesting that eDNA analysis is an efficient and highly sensitive method to assess the distribution of aquatic organisms.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
UN News, 2019-08-21
On Monday, the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument kicked off its third of four rounds of UN meetings toward achieving a global treaty for the oceans under the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea, known as UNCLOS.
Phys.org, 2019-08-21
The world will have an additional 2 billion people to feed over the next 30 years—and doing that without decimating the planet's resources will require exploring as many options as possible.
Phys.org, 2019-08-21
University of Rhode Island oceanographer Steven D"Hondt and his collaborators have studied the microbial life that lives deep beneath the seafloor—including the rate at which it breathes and how much food it consumes—for more than 20 years, and they have made some significant discoveries.
National Geographic, 2019-08-21
Jaguars roam throughout a massive territory, as far south as Argentina and north all the way to Mexico—and wandering males have recently been sighted in Arizona.
UN News, 2019-08-21
Deteriorating water quality worldwide is slashing the economic potential of heavily polluted areas, according to a new World Bank report, released on Tuesday.


Climate Change
New Scientist, 2019-08-20
Summer extremes of heat and rain are likely to last longer in Europe, North America and Asia if the world warms by more than 2°C, with serious effects for agriculture and human health.
The Conversation, 2019-08-20
The rise in sea levels is not the only way climate change will affect the coasts. Our research, published today in Nature Climate Change, found a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world’s coastlines.
World Economic Forum, 2019-08-20
Germany’s forests are in a bad way.
Science Daily, 2019-08-20
Some impacts -- like sea temperature rise -- are already in progress; others expected to occur within next century
Euro News, 2019-08-20
Nordic leaders are gathering in Iceland today to unite against a common threat: climate change.
Independent (UK), 2019-08-20
Research suggests elephant poaching is accelerating global warming
Deutsche Welle, 2019-08-20
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Iceland for talks with leaders of Nordic countries.
CIFOR, 2019-08-20
Climate change will worsen agricultural pests and diseases, but are institutions ready for it?
UN News, 2019-08-20
An ambitious plan has got underway to plant a band of trees across the Sahel region of Africa, to hold back desertification and combat climate change, thanks to the support of the United Nations.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2019-08-20
Throughout my ten years working in international development and climate policy, I’ve mostly heard colleagues talk about the private sector as if it was this intangible, multifaceted medusa with its own business lingo that is impossible for us policy experts to tackle: “the ‘private sector’ needs a return on investment in order to act on climate” or “the ‘private sector’ does not have the right incentives, but we need ‘private’ capital to solve this crisis”
Guardian (UK), 2019-08-20
From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge – but many are already innovating to adapt
EcoWatch, 2019-08-20
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University studied the evolved reproductive strategies of three groups of diverse South American lizards: the live-bearing (viviparous) iguanian Phymaturus, the egg-laying (oviparous) Liolaemus, and Stenocercus, a lizard that evolved both strategies of reproduction.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
CBC (Canada), 2019-08-20
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says trying to inspire people is more effective
Deutsche Welle, 2019-08-20
Despite the fact that Africa bears the brunt when it comes to erratic global weather patterns, many people are still unfamiliar with the climate change phenomenon, a new survey reveals.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2019-08-20
Long-term rural extraction of biomass in oak-dominated Himalayan forests disturbs the forest structure.
Governance, Law and Policy
Mongabay.com, 2019-08-20
MANILA — Who speaks up in court for a dolphin or a turtle when its habitat gets polluted? Does an animal even have the right to legal redress in such a case?
UN Environment, 2019-08-20
Many of us remember shocking images of environmental destruction from conflicts across the globe; from the spraying of the poisonous chemical Agent Orange over the forests in Viet Nam in the 1970s, to the burning oil wells in Kuwait in the 1990s.

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