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#107311
2016-02-22

From asthma to Zika, UN tackles links between environment and health

19 February 2016 – The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is long and growing, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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#107314
2016-02-22

Plants have evolved forgetfulness to wipe out memory of stress

Plants can teach us a thing or two about dealing with the ups and downs of life. They may have evolved the ability to forget stressful situations, as a way of dealing with highly unpredictable environments.

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#107315
2016-02-22

Countries Agree on Actions to Protect Sharks

San José, Costa Rica, 22 February 2016– Close to 40 governments agreed this week to enhance protection for additional migratory shark and ray species and to a set of new conservation priorities.

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#107316
2016-02-22

Climate change will lead to deformed and virus-hit coral reefs

Bleaching events triggered by CO2 emissions will make oceans acidic and hostile for coral growth, new studies say

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#107318
2016-02-22

Africa: Crossroads for UN Environmental Body That Helped Put Climate Change on Global Agenda

With little over 1000 employees, an annual budget equivalent to that of a medium-sized corporation and headquarters in a developing country (Kenya), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) punched above its weight when, at the height of the economic crisis in 2008, it boldly announced a ...

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#107319
2016-02-22

Congo’s giraffes being hunted into extinction — for their meat

Add yet another animal to the list of those being poached ruthlessly in Africa: the majestic giraffe.

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#107320
2016-02-22

Discovery of new plant species sparks hopes of more finds on southern isle

YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A biologist out walking with a friend discovered a new variety of plant that is a close member of an odd-looking endangered species of flora.

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#107321
2016-02-22

In Uganda, Finding Ways to Keep People and Elephants at Peace

A gazetted national park doesn’t always stop wildlife from crossing into human territory. This is especially true of African elephant herds that follow historic migration routes.

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#107322
2016-02-22

PM launches revised National Policy on Biological Diversity

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the revised National Policy on Biological Diversity, which he hailed as an important guide to the nation’s biodiversity management over the next decade.

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#107323
2016-02-22

Drought threatens nearly all U.S. forests

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- While the California drought has been a topic of discussion nationally for some time, researchers are now saying the effects of climate change -- and specifically, drought -- could put forests across the United States in danger.

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#107326
2016-02-23

Climate stirring change beneath the waves

Human-induced climate change is triggering changes beneath the waves that could have a long-term effect on marine food webs, a study suggests.

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#107327
2016-02-23

Species groups follow patterns reacting to climate change on US Northeast Shelf

Researchers studying marine fishery species grouped by similar depth and temperature distribution have found that those groups have similar responses to the effects of climate change.

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#107328
2016-02-23

Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity, or lack thereof, study finds

The types of beneficial fungi that associate with tree roots can alter the fate of a patch of tropical forest, boosting plant diversity or, conversely, giving one tree species a distinct advantage over many others, researchers report.

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#107329
2016-02-23

Don’t wait for crises to reach public with science

A wide range of players, from policymakers to the media, often consult scientists at times of crisis or social controversy. At such times, how the public perceives the credibility and relevance of scientists to society is vital to how their views might be received

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#107330
2016-02-23

Eight newly discovered species of whip spiders could soon become extinct

Amid collections of museum specimens, biologists have discovered eight new species of “whip spiders” from the genus Charinus — arachnids with thin, long, whip-like legs.

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#107331
2016-02-23

Groundwater Crisis Worsens Food Insecurity

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 23 2016 (IPS) - Sijabuliso Nleya has been kept busy in the past few weeks digging up sand. He is not a sand poacher like scores of people who local district councils across the country say are digging along dry river beds for sand used in the construction of houses.

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#107332
2016-02-23

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region

Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities

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#107333
2016-02-23

Stakeholders validate liability, redress regime for Biosafety Act

Stakeholders meet this morning at Sibane Hotel to validate last year’s report on a study on liability and redress regime for biosafety issues in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Act, 2012 and the existing country regimes.

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#107334
2016-02-23

Africa’s forests 'threatened by palm oil rush'

Africa’s tropical forests are threatened by a palm oil bonanza that has already razed millions of old-growth hectares in south-east Asia, Greenpeace France warned on Tuesday.

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#107335
2016-02-23

Drug-driven environmental devastation

Drug trafficking is one of the biggest problems facing Central America. It is having a devastating impact on the people, but it's also a huge threat to the rainforest and coastal ecosystems.

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#107336
2016-02-23

UN agency puts fast-growing fish trade on the ‘sustainability’ menu

22 February 2016 – Top fishery officials are gathering in Morocco this week to discuss sustainable trade practices in a $144 billion industry that provides developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined.

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#107337
2016-02-23

New research suggests humans are speeding up evolution

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- New research suggests human impact may encourage the disappearance of younger species, speeding up the process of evolution.

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#107342
2016-02-24

Just the fear of big predators can alter an entire ecosystem

Try telling raccoons that barking dogs don’t bite. The fear of large carnivores, such as dogs, can have knock-on effects throughout an ecosystem.

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#107343
2016-02-24

Longest-ever period of coral bleaching to extend well into 2017

The world’s corals are in hot water… literally. Prolonged increases in ocean temperatures caused by this year’s severe El Niño are intensifying the loss of corals around the planet.

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#107344
2016-02-24

Antarctica could be headed for major meltdown

In the early Miocene Epoch, temperatures were 10 degrees warmer and ocean levels were 50 feet higher -- well above the ground level of modern-day New York, Tokyo and Berlin.

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#107345
2016-02-24

Longer-distance migratory birds may be smarter

Birds that migrate the greatest distances have more new neurons in the regions of the brain responsible for navigation and spatial orientation, suggests a new paper published in Scientific Reports.

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#107346
2016-02-24

Global warming ‘hiatus’ debate flares up again

The latest salvo in an ongoing row over global-warming trends claims that warming has indeed slowed down this century.

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#107347
2016-02-24

Lack of pollinators cuts small farm harvests

Boosting the number of pollinators could increase crop yields on small farms in developing countries, a study says.

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#107348
2016-02-24

Indonesia’s peat peninsula being drained into oblivion, study finds

Nothing about the 292,000 hectares of acacia plantations established on the Kampar Peninsula – one of Southeast Asia’s largest peat domes – can be considered sustainable, says a recent report commissioned by the NGO Wetlands International.

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#107349
2016-02-24

Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds

Bushfires in Tasmania are happening more frequently now than in the past 1,000 years, and human impacts on climate are likely to blame, researchers say.

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#107350
2016-02-24

Belated win for coastal protection in Spain

Environmentalists have won a decade-long battle to halt construction of a mega-hotel in one of Spain's largest coastal protected areas. However, the conflict between tourism and conservation is far from over.

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#107351
2016-02-24

Philippines expects to finalize GMO rules in next few days, misses Weds target

The Philippines expects to finalize a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms over the next few days, after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations in the nation that has been seen as a trailblazer for GMO in Asia.

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#107352
2016-02-24

In South Africa, drones used to battle rhino poaching

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE, South Africa -- In hills where Zulu royalty once hunted wildlife, South African conservationists now scan live video from a thermal-imaging camera attached to a drone, looking for heat signatures of poachers stalking through the bush to kill rhinos.

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#107353
2016-02-24

The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

Last year, a team of researchers made a surprising discovery: Aedis aegypti mosquitoes—the species that spreads West Nile Virus, dengue, chickungunya and, most recently, Zika—were living year-round in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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#107354
2016-02-24

Scientists draw first European earthworm map

VIGO, Spain, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Earthworms are tremendously abundant, but they are too often absent from scientific journals.

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#107355
2016-02-24

Conservation group hails success of its Nunavut bear patrol

By warding off polar bears with pyrotechnics instead of bullets, the World Wildlife Fund has claimed victory in improving relations between the people of Arviat, NU and their polar bear neighbours.

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#107356
2016-02-24

Thai forest’s survival story a model for world conservation

To keep Sakaerat forest’s world-class reputation, Thai agencies recently implemented a remote sensing system employing aerial and satellite photographs to help study and protect this one-million-rai jungle which spans Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Thong Chai and Wang Nam Khieo districts.

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#107357
2016-02-24

Malaysia: Najib launches National Policy on Biological Diversity 2016-2025

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday launched the revised National Policy on Biological Diversity to guide biodiversity management over the next 10 years from 2016.

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#107358
2016-02-24

Soil carbon could be key to protecting global biodiversity and climate at same time

New research shows how soil carbon could be the key to protecting endangered species and reining in global emissions of greenhouse gases at the same time.

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#107361
2016-02-25

Bee hive size may explain colony collapse disorder

MOSCOW, Idaho, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- New research suggests bee hives require a certain number of bees to be successful, a threshold or "critical bee size."

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#107362
2016-02-25

Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

The first computer simulation that grows realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees has been developed by scientists.

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#107363
2016-02-25

Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

Global seed companies are failing to meet the specific needs of female farmers and provide them with the plants they need, according to a study launched today.

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#107364
2016-02-25

The Mesoamerican bean decoded

Sequencing of the bean genome will be key not only for improving beans production but also for a better conservation of Ibero-American genetic varieties

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#107365
2016-02-25

Salt marshes will persist despite rising seas, study predicts

Traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don't fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase, a new analysis suggests.

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#107366
2016-02-25

Landmark experiment confirms ocean acidification’s toll on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have provided the first experimental evidence1 that rising carbon dioxide emissions are harming coral reefs in the wild.

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#107367
2016-02-25

Economics: Current climate models are grossly misleading

Nicholas Stern calls on scientists, engineers and economists to help policymakers by better modelling the immense risks to future generations, and the potential for action.

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#107368
2016-02-25

Study says climate change pushes fish toward poles, threatening food source for poor

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.

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#107369
2016-02-25

Drought adds fuel to fire as Zambia loses battle to save forests

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone.

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#107370
2016-02-25

How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.

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#107371
2016-02-25

What Happens When a Tiny Island Becomes a Tourist Destination

In 1969, about 900 tourists visited the tiny Caribbean island of Roatán, off the coast of Honduras. In 2000, about 100,000 visited. In 2011, more than 1,000,000 people came.

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