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#118597
2018-10-17

Second nature: an adventure into rewilding

Standing on the southern edge of our 3,500-acre rewilding project on a June day, on the brow of one of Knepp Estate’s few elevations, one would be forgiven for imagining oneself gazing on African savannah.

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#118598
2018-10-19

Declaration of Black River Morass, Pedro Cays as protected areas to be advanced

THE process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year.

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#118600
2018-10-19

Insects Are Rapidly Disappearing Around The World, Leaving Scientists Horrified

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations.

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#118601
2018-10-19

Landscapes that work for biodiversity and people

Biodiversity, the product of 3.8 billion years of evolution, is under siege. Not only are both marine and terrestrial species experiencing accelerated rates of local and global extinction (1–3), but even common species are declining (2, 4, 5).

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#118602
2018-10-19

How plants bind their green pigment chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the pigment used by all plants for photosynthesis. There are two versions, chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. These are structurally very similar to one another but have different colors, blue-green and yellowish green, respectively. Both pigments fulfill different jobs during photo ...

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#118603
2018-10-19

Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

Scientists studying a valuable, but vulnerable, species of poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species' inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease. Their finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to more successful ...

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#118604
2018-10-19

New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation

One of the balancing acts faced by conservation agencies is how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. In the U.S., conservation agencies are supported and guided by the Endangered Species Act, the seminal wildlife conservat ...

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#118605
2018-10-19

‘Largest living thing,’ an 80,000-year-old Utah forest, is dying, scientists warn

An ancient forest in Utah considered to be the largest single living thing in the world is dying, according to scientists. The Pando aspen, a gigantic expanse of 40,000 trees that are are all clones with identical compositions, has long been known as the “trembling giant” and covers over 106 acr ...

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#118606
2018-10-19

Jurassic-era piranha is world's earliest flesh-eating fish

Scientists have unearthed the fossilised remains of a piranha-like species that they say is the earliest known example of a flesh-eating fish. This bony creature, found in South Germany, lived about 150 million years ago and had the distinctive sharp teeth of modern-day piranhas.

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#118607
2018-10-19

What does a sustainable city mean to Singapore’s youth?

Preserving local heritage and being in touch with nature is essential to living in a sustainable city, said students at a recent youth event in Singapore.

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#118608
2018-10-22

Scientists gather in Dubai to save world's crucial wetlands

More than 1,000 scientists and policymakers are meeting in Dubai to map out the future of the world’s wetlands, after a sobering report showed more than a third of them have been destroyed since 1970. The 170 signatories to the Ramsar Convention meet every three years to assess the state of wetl ...

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#118609
2018-10-22

Nations pledge to meet Aichi targets by 2020

In a significant development, representatives of various nations discussed the Aichi targets for their respective countries. Aichi targets include reducing direct pressure on biodiversity and promotion of sustainable use; addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming bio ...

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#118610
2018-10-22

Stefano Boeri Fights Climate Change With Vertical Forest, Liuzhou Forest City In China

Italian architect Stefano Boeri aims to combat climate change by building forests in the city. From the first Vertical Forest in Asia in Nanjing, China, to another Forest City in Liuzhou, the designer is planning to turn the country from the world's biggest polluter to an eco-friendly place.

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#118611
2018-10-22

How A Regenerative Revolution Could Reverse Climate Change

Earlier this month the world’s leading climate scientists released the most urgent warning on climate change to date. It describes the implications of our current warming trajectory, including dire food shortages, large-scale human migration, and crises ranging from a mass die-off of coral reefs ...

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#118612
2018-10-22

Growing 'ecological grief' is the mental health cost of climate change

Monika Willner had only five minutes to pack her family's pets and precious items, before fleeing the wildfire that raged in their backyard. The fire still haunts her two months later.

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#118613
2018-10-22

We Are Polluting The Oceans So Much That 92 Percent Of All Salt Brands Contain Tiny Plastic

A new report jointly published by the Incheon National University in South Korea and Greenpeace East Asia says our plastic problem isn’t a distant worry at all. It focused on testing 39 table salt brands, including 28 sea salt brands, across the world. Among those, 36 of them contained traces of ...

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#118614
2018-10-22

Dubai environment summit told rapid regional growth has come at huge cost

Rapid economic growth in the UAE and across Asia has come at a huge environmental cost and degradation to biodiversity, experts have said at a UN conference in Dubai. The forum heard how biodiversity, the planet’s essential variety of life forms, is declining every day and endangering economies, ...

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#118615
2018-10-22

'Super-sized' mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

Super-sized mice are killing millions of seabird chicks on a remote island in the South Atlantic, threatening some rare species with extinction. According to a study from the RSPB, the mice have learned to eat the eggs and chicks of the many millions of birds that make Gough Island their home.

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#118616
2018-10-22

Rising temperatures and human activity are increasing storm runoff and flash floods

Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the U.S. and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines have shown the widespread and harmful impact of weather extremes on both ecosystems and built communities, with flash floods causing more deaths, as well as property and agriculture losses than from any oth ...

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#118617
2018-10-22

Climate change: Nauru's life on the frontlines

International perceptions of the Pacific Island nation of Nauru are dominated by two interrelated stories. Until the turn of the century, it was the dramatic boom and bust of Nauru's phosphate mine, and the mismanagement of its considerable wealth, that captured global attention.

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#118618
2018-10-22

Ridding waters of plastic waste with jellyfish filters

What do microplastic filters, fertilisers and fish feed have in common? They can all be produced using jellyfish. At least, that's what one research team has set out to prove as they look into reducing the plastic waste in our oceans.

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#118620
2018-10-22

California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean’

Early on a gray summer Saturday, an unusual assemblage — commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, neoprene-clad divers — gathered for a mission at Albion Cove, a three-hour drive north of San Francisco.

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#118621
2018-10-22

EPAA, EMEG, Emirates Nature-WWF Join Forces To Conserve Sir Bu Nair Island

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, the Emirates Marine Environmental Group, EMEG, and Emirates Nature, in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (Emirates Nature-WWF) will work together to support the conservation management of Sharjah’s Sir Bu Nair Island.

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#118622
2018-10-23

Changes in snow coverage threaten biodiversity of Arctic nature

Many of the plants inhabiting northern mountains depend on the snow cover lingering until late spring or summer. Snow provides shelter for plants from winter-time extreme events but at the same time it shortens the length of growing season, which prevents the establishment of more southern plant ...

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#118623
2018-10-23

Studying the hotbed of horizontal gene transfers

For over 200,000 years, humans and their gut microbiomes have coevolved into some of the most complex collections of living organisms on the planet. But as human lifestyles vary from the urban to rural, so do the bacterial diversities of gut microbiomes.

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#118624
2018-10-23

First-ever atlas of big-game migrations

The first-ever atlas of ungulate migration was released this week, detailing the ecology and conservation of migratory big-game species including mule deer, elk and pronghorn in Wyoming, the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and adjacent Western states.

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#118625
2018-10-23

Revolutionising the Nile tilapia breeding program using DNA

Tilapia, a tropical fish, is an important aquaculture species farmed in more than 100 countries, and after carp is the second most important aquaculture species in the world accounting for 7.4 percent of global production in 2015.

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#118626
2018-10-23

A nutty idea—a little stress could be good for walnuts

When it comes to watering walnuts, most California growers believe you need to start early to keep trees healthy and productive throughout the long, hot summer. But according to striking results from a long-term experiment in a walnut orchard in Red Bluff, California, growers can improve crop pr ...

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#118627
2018-10-23

New survey to define protection measures for Seychelles’ Grand Police area

A new survey is being undertaken at the Grand Police beach to assess the biodiversity of fauna and flora as well as define protection and conservation measures for the area.

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#118628
2018-10-23

Habitat of endangered Malayan tigers vanishing

The Hulu Sempam area which has been cleared for durian plantation is vital to the survival of the Malayan tiger, which is now considered critically endangered. The area, said WWF’s Siti Zuraidah Abidin, had also been identified as an Expected Tiger Habitat under the National Tiger Action Plan fo ...

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#118629
2018-10-23

Zooming in on Mexico's landscape

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

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#118630
2018-10-23

Study suggests over $1 billion needed annually to save Africa's lion parks

A team of researchers with members from several African countries, the U.S., Indonesia, the U.K and Australia has found that many areas in Africa meant to protect lions are failing due to lack of funds. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group de ...

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#118631
2018-10-23

A sea change: how one small island showed us how to save our oceans

In just 10 years, the Isle of Man has rid its beaches of plastic and earned Unesco status as a world leader in ocean protection. So how did it do it?

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#118632
2018-10-23

A global ban on fishing on the high seas? The time is now

In recent decades, few scientists have sounded the alarm about the runaway fishing of the world’s oceans as loudly as marine biologist Daniel Pauly. Now Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator at the fisheries research group, the Sea Around Us, has bec ...

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#118633
2018-10-23

Mysterious ‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Ocean Near Antarctica

This is the first time this strange creature was spotted outside the Gulf of Mexico. A group of researchers have filmed a type of sea creature known as a “headless chicken monster” swimming in waters near Antarctica for the first time. The discovery was made as part of an effort to discover new ...

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#118634
2018-10-23

When the rain comes: fighting climate change with forecasting in the Comoros

How improved weather forecasting and observation is helping the Comoros face a changing climate. The children playing in the school grounds in Diboini, a hilly central area of the Comoros’ main island, pay no attention to the gated area housing unremarkable-looking metal structures.

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#118635
2018-10-23

Do mussels reveal the fate of the oceans?

More than 10 million tons of plastic debris enter the oceans every year and are found in nearly every oceanic layer. They start out as large floating items and eventually break down into much smaller pieces called microplastics. T

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#118636
2018-10-23

Even our own bodies now contain plastic waste. It’s time to get drastic

We are what we eat, and what we eat reveals something about what we are in return. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that humans are now apparently eating plastic, given what we mostly are is thoughtless enough to have littered the planet with the stuff.

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#118637
2018-10-23

This video of a forest “breathing” has Twitter freaking out

With Halloween just around the corner, things that seem even a little mysterious or out of the ordinary are getting people all excited. That’s probably why Twitter is collectively freaking out about a video which appears to show a forest “breathing”.

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#118638
2018-10-23

As Global Temperatures Rise, Terrestrial Plant Numbers Will Fall

Scientists have discovered that global changes such as rising temperatures and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing a drop in the availability of a vital nutrient for terrestrial plants.

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#118639
2018-10-23

More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing

There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed that fishing affects 55% of the world’s oceans. Given that many people in the developing world rely on fish as their main source of protein, and the increasing preference for luxury fish ...

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#118641
2018-10-23

Biodiversité: «Le modèle de développement durable a montré sa faillite ces quinze dernière années»

Alors que les études alarmantes sur le déclin rapide de certaines espèces exotiques et communes se multiplient, Vincent Devictor, chercheur à l'Institut des sciences de l'évolution à Montpellier, explique comment ce sont les politiques, et non la recherche scientifique, qui sont défaillants pour ...

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#118642
2018-10-23

VIDEO. Sauver les abeilles grâce à votre entreprise ? C’est possible.

"Redonner aux abeilles et aux ruches un nouveau territoire pour combler le manque de ruches en France et en Europe." Tel est l’objectif d’Apiterra, une entreprise française spécialisée dans l’agriculture urbaine qui propose aux entreprises et aux collectivités d’installer des ruches aux abords d ...

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#118643
2018-10-23

Biodiversité et Climat : développer la connaissance pour accompagner la résilience

A 1,5°C par rapport à l’ère pré-industrielle, la biodiversité est déjà menacée. Il y a quelques jours, le GIEC (Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat) lançait une nouvelle alerte sur l’urgence d’agir pour réduire drastiquement nos émissions globales de gaz à effets de se ...

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#118644
2018-10-24

Biodiversity for the birds

Researchers studied the impact of non-native plants on the Carolina chickadee, an ideal representative for bird species in the eastern and southeastern US.

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#118645
2018-10-24

We must look past short-term drought solutions and improve the land itself

With drought ravaging Australia's eastern states, much attention has been given to the need to provide short-term solutions through drought relief. But long-term resilience is a vital issue, particularly as climate change adds further pressure to farmers and farmland.

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#118646
2018-10-24

Here’s how to design cities where people and nature can both flourish

Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside fro ...

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#118647
2018-10-24

Wetlands, our life support systems, need more than drip-by-drip assistance, warns new report

With wetlands continuing to disappear at an alarming rate, a new WWF report calls for countries to urgently expand efforts to protect and restore one of the world's most valuable ecosystems, which underpin a sustainable future for people and nature.

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#118648
2018-10-24

‘Greener and richer’ P4G: Denmark rocks the boat for UN goals

On Saturday October 20, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen celebrated the launch of his Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) with heads of state from South Korea, Ethiopia, Vietnam and the Netherlands. In co-operation with the World Economic Forum (WEF), P4G is mobilising proj ...

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#118649
2018-10-24

BRICS nations' pact on environmental cooperation gets Cabinet nod

The Centre Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval to a pact signed among BRICS nations on environmental cooperation, a move which is expected to bring in latest technologies and best practices for better environmental protection.

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