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#104690
2015-07-29

Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey reveals

Himalayan country’s first nationwide survey finds 103 tigers, but WWF warns big cat was facing a crisis elsewhere south-east Asia

News Headlines
#104691
2015-07-29

Tick populations booming due to climate change

Ticks are spreading further north in the US and Canada with the potential to transmit diseases to dogs and humans, reports Earth Island Journal

News Headlines
#104692
2015-07-29

Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say.

News Headlines
#104693
2015-07-29

Just growing more food won't help to feed the world

The World Bank’s view that we need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people, while finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture at the same time, ignores one very simple fact – we already grow enough food for 10 billion people.

News Headlines
#104694
2015-07-29

Killing of Cecil the Lion Sparks Debate Over Trophy Hunts

The killing of one of Zimbabwe's best known and most-studied lions, Cecil the Lion, has stoked a debate around a growing trend in trophy hunting of endangered species.

News Headlines
#104695
2015-07-29

Policy: Define biomass sustainability

The bioeconomy is rising up the political agenda. More than 30 countries have announced that they will boost production of renewable resources from biological materials and convert them into products such as food, animal feed and bioenergy.

News Headlines
#104696
2015-07-29

Saving coffee with birds

FOR the Jamaican coffee farmer, birds can be more than colourful feathers and cheerful tweets; They can be the saviours of an industry which, though internationally acclaimed for the quality of its product, has been in decline for more years than some people care to admit.

News Headlines
#104697
2015-07-29

Charismatic lion's death highlights struggles of conservation scientists

David Macdonald, director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, UK, found his research thrust into the limelight this week, after the killing of one of his team's lions made global headlines.

News Headlines
#104698
2015-07-30

African river study fills gap in carbon emissions tally

[NAIROBI] African rivers emit a vast amount of greenhouse gases, a major paper on this understudied topic reveals.

News Headlines
#104699
2015-07-30

Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable’ – UN

29 July 2015 – The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different clima ...

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#104700
2015-07-30

Tropical protection

After years of talk, the palm-oil industry is looking into adopting environmental standards. Such rules must be strong, and need to be implemented.

News Headlines
#104701
2015-07-30

Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests

Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#104702
2015-07-30

Monitoring wildlife may shed light on spread of antibiotic resistance in humans

Researchers tested for resistance to 10 antibiotics among cattle and 18 wildlife species to explore key attributes and behaviors that may increase exposure and allow resistance to move among humans, animals, and ecosystems.

News Headlines
#104703
2015-07-30

U.N.’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Under Fire

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 2015 (IPS) - The U.N.’s highly ambitious post-2015 development agenda, which is expected to be finalised shortly, has come fire even before it could get off the ground.

News Headlines
#104704
2015-07-30

GMO Labeling Debate: Controversy Over Genetically Modified Organisms Driven By Politics And Emotions, Not Science, Sociologist Says

The growing clamor in the United States over whether and how to label foods that have been genetically modified is fueled by emotions and politics, not science, a sociologist said Wednesday, less than one week after Congress passed a bill that banned states from mandating labels on genetically m ...

News Headlines
#104705
2015-07-30

How can we prevent the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from failing?

In September, the United Nations' General Assembly is set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a highly anticipated event in global development. The Open Working Group has been crafting a comprehensive package of goals and targets that can drive global efforts towards a sustainable ...

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#104706
2015-07-30

Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the farther they are found from the tropics.

News Headlines
#104709
2015-07-31

Aquariums 'deliver significant health benefits'

People who spend time in aquariums could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study has suggested.

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#104710
2015-07-31

Scientists call for U.S. ban on salamander imports

BERKELEY, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Scientists in California have called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately halt salamander imports until there's a concrete plan to detect and isolate the fungus that's decimated amphibians in Europe.

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#104711
2015-07-31

Amid ‘steady rise’ in rhino poaching and elephant killings, UN urges action to tackle illegal wildlife trade

30 July 2015 – Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly today urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply an ...

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#104713
2015-07-31

Bering Sea hotspot for corals and sponges

North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive "green belt" that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals.

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#104714
2015-07-31

New study exposes negative effects of climate change on Antarctic fish

Scientists at University of California Davis and San Francisco State University have discovered that the combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acutic ...

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#104715
2015-07-31

Mangroves Could Protect Coastlines from Storms, Sea Level Rise

LONDON, Jul 31 2015 (IPS) - The importance of mangroves in protecting coastal areas under threat due to sea level rise caused by climate change may have been underestimated, according to new research.

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#104716
2015-07-31

Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change, address ‘unique vulnerabilities,’ says Ban

30 July 2015 – The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, today stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.

News Headlines
#104717
2015-07-31

Opinion: Hungry for Change, Achieving Food Security and Nutrition for All

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - With the enthusiasm of the recent Financing for Development conference behind us, the central issues and many layers of what is at stake are now firmly in sight. In fact, a complex issue like hunger, which is a long standing development priority, remains an ev ...

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#104718
2015-07-31

Enhancing resilience to climate change in southeast Asia

Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance.

News Headlines
#104719
2015-07-31

Drought's lasting impact on forests

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought.

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#104720
2015-07-31

No such thing as a free lunch, we should invest in the land

We all know that if you are spending more than you earn, there is a tipping point from which you can never recover. It is the point of bankruptcy. The same is true of productive natural resources like land.

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#104721
2015-07-31

Environmentalists Issue Warning on Mekong Biodiversity

BANGKOK— Scientists say the Southeast Asia’s rapid development is driving deforestation in the vital Mekong Subregion, and threatening scores of species in one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.

News Headlines
#104728
2015-08-03

UN aims to 'end poverty' with 2030 agenda for sustainable development

The United Nations member states have endorsed an agenda on sustainable development up to the year 2030. The ambitious, wide-ranging plan is to be ratified next month at a meeting of heads of government.

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#104730
2015-08-03

Nemo seems to thrive in waters warmed by climate change

Some fish seem to be capable of adapting rapidly to climate change. In fact, they might even thrive in the warmer oceans of the future, growing bigger and healthier than they can at present-day temperatures.

News Headlines
#104731
2015-08-03

Drought's lasting impact on forests

Forests across the planet take years to rebound from drought, storing far less carbon dioxide than widely assumed in climate models

News Headlines
#104734
2015-08-03

Lack of education hampers climate awareness

People in Africa and Asia are more likely to consider global warming a personal threat if they notice changes in the local temperature, according to an analysis based on a survey of 195,000 people from 119 countries.

News Headlines
#104735
2015-08-03

Companies Pledge $140 Billion Toward Resolving Climate Change

The White House has organized an initiative to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to combating climate change. The result: a total of $140 billion in new funds from more than a dozen leading U.S. companies. The effort was the latest in a series of actions taken by the White House on cli ...

News Headlines
#104736
2015-08-03

The jackal that turned into a wolf: new species discovered in Africa

There’s another wolf in the world, according to results published yesterday in Current Biology. The discovery of the species, called the African golden wolf (Canis anthus), effectively increases the number of living canid species from 35 to 36.

News Headlines
#104737
2015-08-03

Zimbabwe’s Climate Change Ambitions May be Too Tall

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe , Aug 2 2015 (IPS) - With the U.N. Climate Change conference later this year in Paris fast approaching, Zimbabwe’s climate change commitments face the slow progress on an issue that continues to stalk other developing countries – climate finance.

News Headlines
#104738
2015-08-03

Obama's clean power plan hailed as US's strongest ever climate action

Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and encourage a switch away from coal to renewable energy

News Headlines
#104739
2015-08-03

Cecil the lion among animals honored in Empire State Building lights

(CNN)—Cecil the lion was among a group of endangered species honored on a canvas 1,250 feet tall on the Empire State Building.

News Headlines
#104740
2015-08-03

U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September.

News Headlines
#104741
2015-08-03

'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

News Headlines
#104742
2015-08-03

Cameroon: 'Permaculture the African Way' in Cameroon's Only Eco-Village

Yaounde — Marking a shift away from the growing trend of abandoning sustainable life styles and drifting from traditional customs and routines, Joshua Konkankoh is a Cameroonian farmer with a vision - that the answer to food insecurity lies in sustainable and organic methods of farming.

News Headlines
#104743
2015-08-03

Africa: Large Number of Africa's Natural, Cultural Sites in Danger of Being Destroyed

Natural and cultural sites in Africa are under threat from poaching, uncontrolled human development, invasive species and civil unrest.

News Headlines
#104744
2015-08-03

Ethiopia: Environment and Development Finance - Capturing Synergies for Sustainable Dev't

The land beneath our feet holds huge, largely untapped potential for rapid gains in both the fight against climate change and efforts to achieve the SDGs.

News Headlines
#104750
2015-08-04

Ban Ki-moon: sustainable development goals 'leave no one behind'

UN secretary general hails ‘people’s agenda’ as member states finally assent to targets lauded for poverty pledge despite scepticism about implementation

News Headlines
#104751
2015-08-04

Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity and survival

The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.

News Headlines
#104752
2015-08-04

As biodiversity declines on corn farms, pest problems grow

Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.

News Headlines
#104753
2015-08-04

Scientists name lizard species after Sir David Attenborough

ACTON, Australia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A new brightly colored flat lizard species has been discovered in South Africa. The scientists describing the newly identified creature have decided to name it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

News Headlines
#104754
2015-08-04

UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by President Obama

3 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy.

News Headlines
#104755
2015-08-04

Obama plan gives 'hope' for Paris deal

The UK government has welcomed President Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gases and boost clean power.

News Headlines
#104756
2015-08-04

UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking

A new agreement between 193 countries is set to clamp down on wildlife crime. Last week’s UN resolution upgraded the seriousness of such crime, putting it on a par with trafficking people and arms – a development that campaigners hope will take the issue out of its environmental niche and make i ...

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