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The purpose of this knowledge base is to facilitate access to key CBD resources. This initial version has been created thanks to the support of Spain and is undergoing further development.
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#114555
2017-09-22

Long-lost Congo notebooks may shed light on how trees react to climate change

A cache of decaying notebooks found in a crumbling Congo research station has provided unexpected evidence with which to help solve a crucial puzzle – predicting how vegetation will respond to climate change.

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#114556
2017-09-22

IIT study finds states with less forest cover reported most damage by floods

More forest cover can reduce the damage that floods cause in India, a new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITK) has reported.

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#114557
2017-09-22

Marine snails know how to budget their housing costs

For nearly 50 years, researchers have been stumped as to why sea shells from warm tropical waters are comparatively larger than their cold water relatives. New research, led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University in Australia with researchers ...

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#114558
2017-09-22

Multinationals polluting oceans with plastic in Philippines

Plastic washed up on Manila's beaches can be traced back to Western brands in cashing on Asia's "sachet economies," activists say.

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#114559
2017-09-22

In a Race Against the Clock, Scientists in Hawaii Hope “Super Coral” Can Survive Climate Change

Coral reefs offer a bevy of economic benefits. They are the foundation of many fisheries, and in regions from Florida to Australia, coral reefs help support local tourism. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has estimated that coral reefs contribute goods and services ...

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#114560
2017-09-22

Project uses drones to monitor the health of the Amazon

The Amazon basin, home to the largest rainforest in the world, plays a crucial role in maintaining the planet's carbon budget, absorbing and storing billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. But a tipping point looms on the horizon—one that may turn one this vital carbon sink into one of the ...

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#114561
2017-09-22

Urgent need to preserve wetlands

There was a time when the wetland diversity in North Bengal attracted a steady stream of winged migratory birds. It’s been quite a while that human interference, encroaching and indifferent attitude of the state government has not only plummeted the arrival of migratory avian species but has cau ...

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#114562
2017-09-22

Mountain women bear the brunt of climate change

Women, who do the majority of drudge work, in the economically and environmentally fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas region are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.

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#114563
2017-09-22

These astounding puffin pictures are telling scientists something very important about the effect of climate change

A puffin photograph is great addition to any wildlife photographer’s portfolio. The temperature of the sea is rising and the sand eels that the puffins feed on don’t like the warmer sea temperatures.

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#114564
2017-09-22

Climate deniers want to protect the status quo that made them rich

From my vantage point outside the glass doors, the sea of grey hair and balding pates had the appearance of a golf society event or an active retirement group. Instead, it was the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s first climate denial group, the self-styled Irish Climate Science Forum (ICSF) in Dub ...

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#114565
2017-09-22

Youths must prepare for climate change

YOUNG people should learn more about conserving and managing their natural resources and therefore adopt a culture of preparedness.

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#114566
2017-09-22

Hurricanes: A perfect storm of chance and climate change?

The succession of intense and deadly tropical cyclones that have barrelled across the Atlantic in recent weeks have left many people wondering if a threshold of some sort has been crossed. Is this chain of hurricanes evidence of some significant new frontier in our changing climate?

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#114567
2017-09-22

Can the Javan rhino be saved before disaster strikes?

As the old saying warns, it’s bad enough to put all your eggs in one basket. If you have to, though, at least try not to leave that basket sitting on the beach under an active volcano.

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#114568
2017-09-22

Want Resilient Cities? Try A National Policy On Green Infrastructure

Outside the world of environmental and/or municipal infrastructure and urban design policy, you could be forgiven for not knowing what green infrastructure is. You may not have given more than a passing thought to the form and function of your urban green spaces, how urban water flows, or how bi ...

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#114569
2017-09-22

This Hotel Wants to Save the Rainforest

A sanctuary for native species, Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu hotel is at the forefront of sustainable tourism.

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#114570
2017-09-22

Africa called on to embrace plant genetic varieties to boost food security

African economies should take the lead in embracing crop genetic varieties in a bid to enhance food security and sustainable agriculture, experts said Wednesday. They made the call during the African Union regional forum on the Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource ...

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#114537
2017-09-21

An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the ...

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#114538
2017-09-21

Amazing diversity of species reported on Solent oyster restoration project

A surprising diversity of species including seahorses and critically endangered eels have been reported in the Solent.They have been found inhabiting oyster cage systems, which are part of a major conservation project to restore the native oyster to local waters.

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#114539
2017-09-21

Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the globe

Climate change will force many amphibians, mammals and birds to move to cooler areas outside their normal ranges, provided they can find space and a clear trajectory among urban developments and growing cities.

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#114540
2017-09-21

Did we just buy decades more time to hit climate goals?

When the Paris climate accord was signed, environmentalists were relieved that finally the world had come together and agreed to work on mitigating climate change. At the same time, many experts were worried about achieving the goals that were set: to keep global warming well below 2°C of pre-in ...

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#114541
2017-09-21

Climate change: Melting Arctic sea ice at eighth-lowest level on record

The ice could melt more before the summer ends because of a change in winds or late-season melt, researchers said.

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#114542
2017-09-21

Prepping for Alien Oceans, NASA Goes Deep

In late 2012 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted what appeared to be plumes of water vapor spewing from the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Another observation last year provided more evidence this was not a fluke. It is likely that below that distant world’s ice is an ocean larger th ...

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#114543
2017-09-21

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy.

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#114544
2017-09-21

DEEP TROUBLE Uncertain future of the North Atlantic right whale linked to its tiny prey

The fate of one of the world's largest living animals depends on one of the smallest. Scientists are studying a northward shift of the North Atlantic right whales and their speck-sized prey that could push one of the rarest whales on the planet closer to extinction.

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#114545
2017-09-21

6th Global Mass Extinction Is Coming All Too Soon, According to This Mathematician

It doesn't come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions – and the next curtain could fall before the century is up.

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