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Climate Change
Los Angeles Times, 2017-10-20
Scientists studying dolphins dining off the California coastline have found that the marine food web is starting to look a little threadbare. The length of food chains in that web appears to have gotten shorter in response to environmental changes — such as those caused by El Niño events.
CBS News, 2017-10-20
Nine thousand miles away from Trump Tower and Hillary Clinton's email server, Aboud Jumbe watched the 2016 presidential election closely. As policy director for Zanzibar's Ministry of Lands, Water, Energy and Environment, Jumbe's day-to-day concerns include rising and warming waters, an existential threat to this island nation, given its precarious geographic location and below sea-level terrain.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-10-20
"Cli-fi" movies are turning global warming into apocalyptic drama, but the genre's latest release – Geostorm – has been slammed as insensitive to climate-change victims. Can a good story motivate people to take action?
Chemicals and Pollution
ZME Science, 2017-10-20
An extensive study carried out by environmental experts found an alarmingly high percentage of all global premature deaths are linked to pollution, specifically airborne pollution. In 2015, nine million premature deaths or roughly 16 percent of all deaths can be attributed to pollution, according to the findings published in The Lancet. That’s one-and-a-half times more than the number of people killed by smoking, three times the number killed by AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, more than six times the number killed in road accidents, and 15 times the number killed in war or other forms of violence.
Cities and Biodiversity
Times of India, 2017-10-20
The lush green hills looking barren brown after every monsoon used to bother Abh ishek Kawit kar a lot. The inspiration to change this encouraged Kawitkar to form Tree Public, an NGO that focuses on afforestation in the city."
Forest Biodiversity
Gears of Biz, 2017-10-20
We are in the midst of an extinction crisis,” said Jayanth R. Banavar, provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon and previously at the University of Maryland in College Park. “We are losing species perhaps more rapidly than ever before. It is the biodiversity of the species that keeps our planet the way it is. These species have evolved over many, many millennia. A species once lost is gone forever.”
Science Codex, 2017-10-20
New study shows logged rainforests shouldn't be written off as they have long-term conservation value. Logged areas found to have the same temperature as pristine forests
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Canada Journal, 2017-10-20
A new species of monstrilloid copepod, Monstrillopsis planifrons sp. n., is described from an adult female that was collected beneath snow-covered sea ice during the 2014 Ice Covered Ecosystem – CAMbridge bay Process Study (ICE-CAMPS) in Dease Strait of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Science Codex, 2017-10-20
One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.
The Conversation, 2017-10-20
Rising ocean temperatures may result in worldwide change for shallow reef ecosystems, according to research published yesterday in Science Advances.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2017-10-20
New research suggests that the boundary between South American tropical rainforests and savannas is influenced by the depth to which plants can root. Shallow rooting depth promotes the establishment of savannas. Previous research has shown that precipitation and fire mediate tropical forest and savanna distributions.
Phys.org, 2017-10-20
Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving these lakes to death?


Climate Change
BBC News, 2017-10-19
Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.
Decoded Science, 2017-10-19
Public attention has been focused on global warming — more properly referred to as climate change — but the more general subject is man’s interaction with his environment. Often, this interaction has been beneficial to humanity: paths are cleared to allow easy travel; boats are built for access to sea and lake; warm enclosures are created for survival in cold weather; inconvenient animals are exterminated or confined. Sometimes, the interaction is barely noticed: the use of electromagnetic waves that makes wireless communication possible; the lift provided by the atmosphere that allows airplanes to fly.
Phys.org, 2017-10-19
Working from a small boat on the choppy lake waters in northern Canada, Sarah Crump, a paleoclimatologist, pulls up a 5-foot mud core sample from the undisturbed lakebed. Crump and her research team work with a sense of urgency. Even in summer, bad weather can move in quickly. And they must always be vigilant for polar bears.
Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing
Cosmetics Design-Europe, 2017-10-19
Provital Group, a cosmetics ingredients player, has become the ‘first in the industry’ to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Business Green, 2017-10-19
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote the importance of more sustainable approaches to palm oil production.
Endangered Species
New York Times, 2017-10-19
The African wild dog. The Asian elephant. The Eastern lowland gorilla. These are just three of the many vertebrate species facing possible extinction because of human activities. Is there anything we can do to protect endangered species, and slow overall extinction rates?
Reuters, 2017-10-19
Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday.
Forest Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2017-10-19
Before cutting down forest, land managers in drought prone areas might first consider the birds in the trees.According to a new study by biologists at Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the offspring of a certain songbird, the wood thrush, are more likely to survive drought in larger forest plots that offer plenty of shade and resources.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
UNESCO, 2017-10-19
During 28-29 September 2017, the Heads of eight bio-diversity-related Conventions known as the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) met at FAO Headquarters to discuss ways to join forces in support of global biodiversity and sustainable development agendas.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
News24, 2017-10-19
Cape Town - The bright red metal behemoth heaves slowly, but steadily, through the water. Around her, whales periodically pop up for a breath of air before disappearing into the warm waves off South Africa's east coast. The vessel is a stranger here. Built to weather freezing temperatures, she usually sticks to the southernmost reaches of the planet.
Daily Mail (UK), 2017-10-19
Lake Baikal, a major international tourist attraction, is undergoing a grave crisis, experts says. The lake, in Russia's Siberia, is a natural wonder of 'exceptional value to evolutionary science' meriting a listing as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It holds one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water and its high biodiversity includes over 3,600 plant and animal species, most of which are endemic to the lake.
Business Day (South Africa), 2017-10-19
Across SA, thousands of plant and animal specimens are languishing in poorly catalogued museum collections. Although an important part of scientific research, the collections have suffered from systemic underfunding and neglect.


Climate Change
Xinhua (China), 2017-10-18
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Austrialia's Minister for International and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti stressed on Wednesday the importance of the role played by women in addressing climate change problems.
Phys.org, 2017-10-18
Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world's population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.
Daily Commercial News, 2017-10-18
The key to dealing with climate change is to decarbonize the world economy by 2050 and that requires building differently, said a leading expert on climate change.
Guardian (UK), 2017-10-18
Cli-Fi refers to “climate fiction;” it is a term coined by journalist Dan Bloom. These are fictional books that somehow or someway bring real climate change science to the reader. What is really interesting is that Cli-Fi books often present real science in a credible way.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2017-10-18
Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.
Quartz, 2017-10-18
In 2012, in a key party leadership speech, China vowed to work with international society to “actively respond” to climate change. Five years on, president Xi Jinping just told China that it is in the “driving seat” when it comes to preserving the planet for future generations.

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