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#104115
2015-06-01

Bonn U.N. talks seek to trim unwieldy climate change plan

Governments will try on Monday to streamline an 89-page draft text of a U.N. deal to fight climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December, hoping to avoid the acrimony of the last failed attempt.

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#104117
2015-06-01

Marsupial mating habits to die for

Queensland scientists have discovered two more species of suicidally-sexed carnivorous marsupials and one is already destined for the threatened list.

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#104118
2015-06-01

Use bamboo in sustainable development

Governments should pay more attention to the role that bamboo and rattan can play in building more sustainable and greener economies, a pressure group has told a UN meeting.

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#104119
2015-06-01

Humans Are The Cause Of The Sixth Extinction. But Will We Also Be The Victims?

“Homo sapiens is poised to become the greatest catastrophic agent since a giant asteroid collided with the Earth 65,000,000 years ago, wiping out half the world’s species in a geological instant.” So wrote anthropologist Richard Leakey in his 1995 book, “The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life an ...

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#104120
2015-06-01

Valuing biodiversity

In order to safeguard typical Maltese natural environments that can host rich biodiversity, everyone must be more conscious about the important roles played by the diversity of plants and animals found anywhere on these islands. Appreciation brings with it care and respect, which in turn change ...

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#104121
2015-06-01

Researchers urge protection for reefs in turbid environments

When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the sp ...

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#104122
2015-06-01

New partnership for marine KBAs

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodi ...

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#104124
2015-06-01

Climate change: The bumpy road to the Paris talks

In little more than six months' time representatives of almost 200 countries will sit down in Paris to thrash out a deal on climate change.The momentum is building, with environmentalists, politicians and scientists all keen to avoid what one called a "Copenhagen 2 scenario".

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#104116
2015-06-02

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Plant breeders have been studying genetic variation and plant diversity since time immemorial. They breed plants for improved performance and adaptation to a natural environment. Today, as we consider ways to mitigate climate change, incorporating genetic diversity is absolutely necessary. Advan ...

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#104123
2015-06-02

Policies on marine protection areas woefully inadequate: CPAWS report

A new report on marine conservation efforts says Canada is severely lacking in the quantity and quality of its protection for ocean ecosystems.

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#104135
2015-06-02

Organic farming isn’t just environmentally friendly – it’s very good business for farmers

With a growing body of evidence pointing to the environmental damage inflicted by large-scale agriculture — from rainforest clearing and other forms of habitat destruction, to high carbon outputs and the ecological impacts of pesticides — exploring more eco-friendly farming systems is a high pri ...

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#104136
2015-06-02

Coffee snobs: This brew may get pricey, thanks to climate change

fortune.com - Unless a solution is found soon, two of the world’s favorite, most popular beans, could become in short supply, due to climate change.

News Headlines
#104137
2015-06-02

Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway

The Monarch butterfly population has been in decline, but the North American insects are getting some unlikely help with their migration. This month, a Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama's request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish ...

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#104138
2015-06-02

How many tree species are found in the world's rainforests?

The world's tropical rainforests are likely home to 40,000 to 53,000 tree species, argues a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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#104139
2015-06-02

Comparing Cousins To Unravel The Secrets Of Silk

A transcriptomic analysis comparing domesticated and non-domesticated silkworm species has identified genes controlling silk color and structure.

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#104140
2015-06-02

Why It Might Actually Pay To Be an Organic Farmer

Organic farmers earn 22% to 35% more than their non-organic counterparts. Growing organic food can be significantly more profitable than traditional farming, netting organic farmers 22% to 35% more than their conventional counterparts, according to new research published in the journal PNAS.

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#104141
2015-06-02

The importance of community involvement for sustainable tourism

Researchers in Southeast Asia are studying how tourism policy and local community involvement impact the tourism industry.

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#104142
2015-06-02

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. The discovery suggests that such births may be a natural response to dwindling numbers, rather than a freak occurrence largely seen in captivity.

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#104143
2015-06-02

With climate change, species are increasingly interbreeding to survive

Some scientists and conservationists see the coywolf as a nightmare of the Anthropocene — a poster child of mongrelization as plants and animals reshuffle in response to habitat loss, climate change and invasive species. Golden-winged warblers increasingly cross with blue-winged warblers in the ...

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#104144
2015-06-02

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) - India's earth sciences minister has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after the government said on Tuesday the country was headed for its first drought in six years.

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#104145
2015-06-02

From Indonesia's elephant to Philippine eagle, wildlife matters

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the Philippines’ destroying its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks. The June 21, 2013 incident “marked not only the first time an ivory-consuming nation took such a public action but also the first time a country took steps to guarantee that ...

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#104146
2015-06-02

Study: Global warming risks changes to ocean life unprecedented in the last 3 million years

Continued warming of the Earth’s oceans over the next century could trigger disruptions to marine life on a scale not seen in the last 3 million years, scientists warn in a study released Monday.

News Headlines
#104148
2015-06-03

New marsupial species fights ferociously for sex, then dies

BRISBANE, Australia, June 2 (UPI) -- The males of two new species of dusky antechinus discovered in Australia spend their annual mating season coupling with as many females as possible and then die within weeks -- yet that isn't what threatens the species' existence.

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#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

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#104150
2015-06-03

Paris climate pledges 'will only delay dangerous warming by two years'

Pledges made by countries to cut their carbon emissions ahead of a crunch climate summit in Paris later this year will delay the world passing the threshold for dangerous global warming by just two years, according to a new analysis.

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#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

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#104152
2015-06-03

'Radical transition' of economy needed to curb climate change: study

Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a "radical transition" to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

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#104153
2015-06-03

Low funding hampers Africa’s climate change adaptation

NAIROBI] Inadequate funding for adaptation programmes is one of the acute challenges preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa from effectively addressing the impacts of climate change, experts say.

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#104154
2015-06-03

REDD Dawn: The Birth Of Forest Carbon

3 June 2015 | By all accounts, REDD was born in 1988 – not so much to save the planet as to help poor farmers in Guatemala manage their land more sustainably.

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#104155
2015-06-03

Saving the Iberian lynx from extinction, one cat at a time

SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline at greatest risk of extinction.

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#104156
2015-06-03

Is opposition to genetically modified food irrational?

On Saturday 23 May 2015, thousands of activists gathered across the world to demonstrate against genetically-modified (GM) seeds and foods. There were protests in cities including Los Angeles, Paris, Santiago and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

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#104157
2015-06-03

Antarctic Portal links scientists and decision-makers

A major new initiative to bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers has been launched during the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting, ATCM XXXVIII - CEP XVIII, in Bulgaria.

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#104158
2015-06-03

EU needs serious action to secure sustainable global future

This week's European development days (EDD) in Brussels are taking place at a crucial time for development policy. It is the European year for development and 2015 will also see key decisions being taken in a series of global conferences which affect development policy.

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#104159
2015-06-03

One of world's largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.

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#104160
2015-06-03

UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.

News Headlines
#104162
2015-06-04

Seven tiny frog species found on seven mountains

Seven new species of tiny frog have been discovered on seven different mountains in south-eastern Brazil.

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#104165
2015-06-04

Journalism is critical to farming innovation take-up

Makida Mohammed is a farmer near Assela in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, where grains such as wheat, barley and tef dominate the landscape.

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#104166
2015-06-04

Student becomes first researcher to hold an Annamite striped rabbit

Almost nothing is known about the Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi). First described by scientists in 1999, this beautifully-colored rabbit is found in Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos, but—rarely seen and little-studied—it's life history is a complete mystery.

News Headlines
#104167
2015-06-04

Climate Fund Rolls Out Amid Hopes It Stays “Green”

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2015 (IPS) - After a difficult infancy, the Green Climate Fund is finally getting some legs. The big question now is what direction it will toddle off in.

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#104168
2015-06-04

Zimbabwean Women Weave Their Own Beautiful Future

LUPANE, Zimbabwe, Jun 3 2015 (IPS) - Seventy-seven-year-old Grace Ngwenya has an eye for detail. You will never catch her squinting as she effortlessly weaves ilala palm fronds into beautiful baskets.

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#104169
2015-06-04

U.S. researchers uncover secret of Greenland's vanishing lakes

Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland's ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.

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#104170
2015-06-04

40% of Europe's sharks and rays face extinction, says IUCN

New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent’s oceanic biodiversity

News Headlines
#104171
2015-06-04

On the way to a historic agreement on climate change

UN talks in Bonn this week are paving the way for COP21 in December. We asked Jennifer Morgan of the World Resources Institute how things are shaping up for a historic international agreement on climate change.

News Headlines
#104172
2015-06-04

Protecting Wetlands, Protecting Lives

Well over 600 million people around the world depend on wetlands for their livelihoods, such as fishing or farming.

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#104173
2015-06-04

First draft of sustainable development goals exposes gaps, warn NGOs

Three months before the SDGs are adopted, experts praise ambition of vision but fear methods are too weak to measure progress in areas such as women’s rights

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#104174
2015-06-04

Pushing for Post-2015 Strategic Sustainable Devt Goals

In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a few, highly effective targets for the world, e.g. halve the proportion of poor and hungry and reduce childhood mortality by two-thirds. The goals have had varying levels of success. Now, the UN and the world are to decide whic ...

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#104175
2015-06-04

Unlikely 'champion' in battle for Indonesia's forests

The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...

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#104176
2015-06-04

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

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#104178
2015-06-04

Moving towards a more sustainable production and consumption pattern

World Environment Day is an opportunity to identify solutions for re-engineering our consumer culture

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#104179
2015-06-04

Report: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

The main driver of a healthy community is a well-functioning ecosystem according to a new state of knowledge review by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization released at a panel on health and nature in Brussels at Green Week 2015 Europe's biggest annual conference o ...

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