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Climate Change
Phys.org, 2017-11-21
From Trump to Heinz, some of America's most famous family names and brands trace their origins back to Germans who emigrated to the country in the 19th century. Researchers from the University of Freiburg have now found that climate was a major factor in driving migration from Southwest Germany to North America during the 19th century. The results are published today in Climate of the Past, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.
Times of Malta, 2017-11-21
Just before the delegates for the annual Conference of the Parties on climate change started meeting in Bonn this month, the Lancet, the leading British medical journal, published yet another major study showing that climate change is a growing health hazard.
Pacific Standard, 2017-11-21
When Alifereti Tawake was a boy growing up on Fiji's Kadavu Island, his grandfather would go out fishing in the morning and return before Tawake left for school. "That would be my lunch," Tawake says. "Fresh fish." Over time, his grandfather would stay out for longer and longer stretches of time, until one day in 1988 when he didn't come back at all; his family believes that he died at sea. By then, it was clear to many Fijian fishermen that the marine resources they harvested for food and livelihoods were dwindling.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Gears of Biz, 2017-11-21
Every gardener knows that native weeds can be harder to kill than that one precious, exotic flower that seems ready to droop at the slightest affront. Yet few seem aware that the same principles apply to the foods we eat. Deep in the Himalayan foothills, farmers are putting this simple fact to good use by preserving indigenous varieties of wheat, corn and rice.
Business and Biodiversity
Premium Beauty News, 2017-11-21
Spurred on by CEO Laurent Boillot, Guerlain included sustainable development to the company’s strategy as soon as 2007. Although they had remained discreet about their approach since then, the brand has just published a third report celebrating “10 years of sustainable commitment, In the Name of Beauty”, highlighting both their achievements and ambitions for 2020.
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Gulf News, 2017-11-21
Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund (EWS-WWF) recently discovered the Arabian Eagle Owl, a previously unsighted owl species in the UAE, the society said on Tuesday. The bird is currently inhabiting the Hajar Mountains in the Eastern Region.
Caribbean 360, 2017-11-21
More than 30 species of fish, plants and other creatures that may have been undiscovered until recently, have been found in Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2017-11-21
A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals.
Gears of Biz, 2017-11-21
A team of researchers, including a faculty member and postdoctoral fellow from Washington University in St. Louis, found that oxygen levels appear to increase at about the same time as a three-fold increase in biodiversity during the Ordovician Period, between 445 and 485 million years ago, according to a study published Nov. 20 in Nature Geoscience.
Phys.org, 2017-11-21
Feeding animals is altering the behaviour and eating habits of the green turtle in the Canary Islands (Spain). This is the conclusion of a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment carried out by a team from the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio).
Phys.org, 2017-11-21
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have captured a rare sexual display: evidence of male humpback dolphins presenting females with large marine sponges in an apparent effort to mate.
Straits Times, 2017-11-21
SINGAPORE - In little plastic cups, he "raised" the young of an endangered tree, and cared for the seeds like they were his children. This was in 2002 when Dr Shawn Lum, then vice-president of the Nature Society (Singapore), learnt of the illegal felling of the endangered giant - Hopea Sangal - in Changi Village.
Slate, 2017-11-21
There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. But now the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open-access repository for some of the most stunning images collected of life on Earth, is helping to make these ecological wonders all the more real: It’s made more than 2 million images of our planet’s biodiversity available online for free. Anyone can explore the expansive collections, study the digitized materials, and even download the images for whatever scientific—or artistic—project you have in mind.
BBC News, 2017-11-21
A Canadian deer who has warmed the hearts of locals is still on the loose. Nicknamed "Hammy" after he got stuck in a purple hammock, the buck has become a bit of a celebrity in his hometown of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.


Climate Change
Deutsche Welle, 2017-11-20
Women are often the most affected by global warming - but they are also key actors for change. The role of women in fighting climate change has been one of the main side issues at this year's UN climate summit.
Guardian (UK), 2017-11-20
The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only 54% understand that it’s mostly human-caused, while 33% incorrectly believe global warming is due mainly to natural factors.
Devex, 2017-11-20
BONN, Germany — Negotiators at the COP23 climate discussions in Bonn, Germany, have approved a plan to more directly include women in all climate activities and to enhance gender-related mandates that have already been adopted, in a move many participants said is long overdue.
Independent Online (South Africa), 2017-11-20
COP23, the international climate negotiations, drew to a close on Saturday in Bonn, Germany. Hosted by Fiji, the first “island COP” shone a spotlight on the impacts of climate change on island states and particularly vulnerable countries.
EurActiv.com, 2017-11-20
Climate activists and indigenous leaders gathered last week (16 November) to raise awareness about the human rights aspect of climate action. They lamented the lack of substance in climate talks, while people are already dying due to the direct effects of climate change.
Phys.org, 2017-11-20
A new discovery is providing scientists a better understanding of how rainfall is shared beneficially by the plant community and the human population, in addition to the effects of climate change.
India Climate Dialogue, 2017-11-20
Trillions of dollars. That is what India said it needed to deal with climate change in 2015, and it is only one of – though one of the biggest – the developing countries. Where will this come from? Aid, grants, and public finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation, are not enough to even scratch the surface.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
MacauHub, 2017-11-20
São Tomé and Príncipe plans to become world agricultural heritage, and a commission is preparing a “plan of action” to submit to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Saturday in São Tomé an official responsible for the application.
Arctic Biodiversity
BBC News, 2017-11-20
The melting Antarctic ice stream that is currently adding most to sea-level rise may be more resilient to change than previously recognised. New radar images reveal the mighty Pine Island Glacier (PIG) to be sitting on a rugged rock bed populated by big hills, tall cliffs and deep scour marks.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
allAfrica.com, 2017-11-20
Researchers at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda have said they are ready to go for open- field trial of the genetically -modified banana, before it is released to the public in 2021.
Chemicals and Pollution
Business Green, 2017-11-20
The new call for evidence on tackling plastic packaging is both welcome and a stark warning for businesses about the pace at which green issues can climb the political agenda The first thing to say about the government's imminent proposals for a new levy on plastic packaging is it is much too early to celebrate.
Forest Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2017-11-20
How do trees adjust to the effects of global warming? EPFL researchers have studied how beech and spruce trees – two of the most common plant species in Europe – react to changing temperatures. And they discovered that the amount of moisture in the air plays a decisive role.
Phys.org, 2017-11-20
Paleobotanist Menno Booi discovered that 250 previously described fossil tree species are objectively not distinguishable and belong to only one single species.
First Post, 2017-11-20
Kochi: Biodiversity in India's iconic Western Ghats is facing a threat from forest loss, encroachment and conversion, says a global environment agency in its report.
Phys.org, 2017-11-20
Scientists are disputing the possibility that a significant portion of the world's forests have been missed in an earlier accounting of ecological diversity.
Invasive Alien Species
Times Live, 2017-11-20
For thirty years‚ they lie there beneath the soil‚ waiting for the aliens to leave. But if it takes any longer than that for the aliens to disappear‚ they will soon die and be lost forever. It may sound like the premise for a Stephen King novel‚ but it's actually about one of the Western Cape's most prized natural possessions - the fynbos.

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