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Climate Change
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-05-22
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-22
Exports drop 40% as world’s second-biggest coffee exporter suffers rising temperatures and drought, combined with effects of deforestation, land degradation and depleted water resources caused by decades of growth
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2015-05-22
The next time you order that "wake up" cup of Joe or reach for a sweet treat, you may want to consider whether those coffee or cocoa beans were grown in the shade or open sun.
Business and Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-22
Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris
Cities and Biodiversity
SciDev.net, 2015-05-22
Using technology to make a city more sustainable works best if its inhabitants participate in planning and implementation, according to a UN report.
International Day for Biological Diversity
Media Update (South Africa), 2015-05-22
Friday, 22 May, is International Day for Biological Diversity – a time for the City of Cape Town to reflect on its globally important and unique biodiversity, and acknowledge its partners and residents who work tirelessly with the City to ensure that this irreplaceable asset is managed and utilised in a responsible manner.
UN News Centre, 2015-05-22
22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.
Business Standard (India), 2015-05-22
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future for the present generation and the coming generations.
Dalje, 2015-05-22
Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Mihael Zmajlovic on Thursday presented the Bioportal, a web portal presenting information about biological diversity and nature protection in Croatia ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day in Croatia, observed on May 22.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
New York Times, 2015-05-22
Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.
United Press International (UPI), 2015-05-22
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.
Science Daily, 2015-05-22
Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.
Science Daily, 2015-05-22
A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.
Polar Biodiversity
BBC News, 2015-05-22
Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.
allAfrica.com, 2015-05-22
A study by the International Trade Centre (ITC) published today on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity Day highlights the role that trade can play in the conservation of flora and fauna whilst supporting local livelihoods.
Christian Science Monitor, 2015-05-22
Once down to just three small breeding groups in 1992, the Louisiana black bear has clambered back from the brink of extinction. From bald eagles to mountain lions, some of America's rarest beasts have once again found sure footing.
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-22
Megafauna like elephants and rhinos are ecological engineers, creating conditions that hundreds of other species have evolved to exploit. Losing their last remaining populations will radically alter life on Earth


Climate Change
New York Times, 2015-05-21
NEW LONDON, Conn. — President Obama used a commencement address on Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying that the warming of the planet poses an “immediate risk” to the United States.
Guardian (Nigeria), 2015-05-21
The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security.
Phys.org, 2015-05-21
Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and others.
Business and Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2015-05-21
PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.
Endangered Species
Yale Environment 360, 2015-05-21
The Cross River gorilla holds the lamentable distinction of being the world’s rarest ape. Inhabiting an arc of mountainous forest along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, this primate was thought by scientists to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1980s.
Forest Biodiversity
BBC News, 2015-05-21
A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry.
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-21
Top environmentalist says areas of rainforest the size of Switzerland are lost each year and point of no return will be reached if politicians keep ignoring problem
International Day for Biological Diversity
Deccan Herald, 2015-05-21
May 22 is observed as International Day for Biological Diversity in commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that day in 1992.
Guardian (UK), 2015-05-21
Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel like it did in 1972
SciDev.net, 2015-05-21
In their wild habitats in Asia, the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), and the Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) play an important role in keeping the ecosystem healthy, by doing things such as spreading seeds throughout the forest through their faeces.
Deutsche Welle, 2015-05-21
Two reports published this week paint a bleak picture for Europe's and Germany's biodiversity: More birds, plants and animals than ever are at risk of being wiped out by humans' ever-expanding reach.
National Geographic, 2015-05-21
On the morning of December 11, 2014, a Russian-built cargo plane touched down unannounced at Cabo Ledo, the military air base south of Angola’s coast-hugging Kissama National Park. Trucks were waiting on the runway.


Climate Change
Xinhua News Agency, 2015-05-20
BRASILIA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- As a result of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing visit to Brazil, China and Brazil Tuesday signed a joint statement on addressing the climate change issue together for a common vision of sustainable development.

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