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#112659
2017-04-27

Illegal trade threatens nearly half the world’s natural heritage sites: WWF

Wildlife crime plagues nearly half of the world’s natural UNESCO World Heritage sites, according to a new WWF report.

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#112660
2017-04-27

The meat hook: satiating Asia’s demand for beef

Beef has never been a favored meat in most of Asia. Cows are harder to raise than chickens and pigs, which take up less space and can be fed scraps.

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#112661
2017-04-27

New Generation Rallies to Climate Cause in Trinidad

PORT OF SPAIN, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) - As two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago powered by young volunteers prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism, they are also contemplating their own sustainability and how they can become viable over the long-term.

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#112662
2017-04-27

Should penguins be an animal attraction

Penguins are cute to watch, which makes them ideal candidates for animal attractions. But are the sensitive animals really cut out for life in zoos, spas and entertainment parks?

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#112663
2017-04-27

Europe's meat and dairy farming vulnerable as climate change worsens water scarcity - study

ROME, April 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water scarcity half a world away caused by climate change could push up prices for meat and diary products in Europe by disrupting supplies of soybean, which is widely used as feed for livestock, researchers said Wednesday.

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#112664
2017-04-27

Driven to brink of extinction, wild Quebec caribou herd being moved to a zoo

MONTREAL — For environmentalists who have fought for decades to protect a shrinking caribou herd outside Val d’Or, Que., it is the final indignity.

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#112665
2017-04-27

Palm oil production, development and the environment

At the beginning of April, the European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on palm oil and rainforest destruction that includes setting up a single certification scheme for palm oil imports by 2020 to guarantee that only sustainably produced palm oil enters the European Union market and ...

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#112667
2017-04-27

Red Sea Resort Town Eilat Invaded by Notorious Sea Squirts That Could Harm Coral

Eilat is home to Israel’s one and only coral reef, which is quite the tourism magnet

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#112668
2017-04-27

Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It

As climate change displaces everything from moose to microbes, it’s affecting human foods, businesses, and diseases.

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#112669
2017-04-27

Africa's Indigenous Technology for Rural Women Economic Empowerment

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu's documentary looking at ways in which indigenous knowledge and technological advancement can provide opportunities for women living in rural Rwanda.

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#112670
2017-04-27

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic

Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see.

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#112671
2017-04-27

Scientists find new population of endangered cats in Borneo

April 28 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new population of bay cats, an elusive cat species endemic to Borneo.

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#112672
2017-04-28

FEATURE: UN’s mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

27 April 2017 – There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.

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#112673
2017-04-28

Huge Arctic report ups estimates of sea-level rise

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, shows a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise.

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#112674
2017-04-28

FEATURED VIDEO: Harnessing the Eco Superpowers of Bamboo

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 28 2017 (IPS) - The bamboo plant can be found in abundance in several Caribbean countries, but the director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Dr. Hans Friederich, says its importance in dealing with climate change has been missed by many of these ...

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#112675
2017-04-28

New Action Plan to help regions defend biodiversity and reap the economic benefits of nature protection

The European Commission has adopted a new Action Plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.

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#112676
2017-04-28

Trump's Mexican border wall could be death knell for endangered species

US President Donald Trump has long promised to build a 20ft high wall along America's southern border with Mexico - a promise that has led to international ridicule, and diplomatic spats between the two countries.

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#112677
2017-04-28

Can Arctic ecosystems survive without river icings?

Winter ice deposits that form on top of Arctic rivers and provide crucial water for ecosystems in the summer are melting far earlier with each successive year.

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#112678
2017-04-28

As forests disappear, human-elephant conflict escalates in Nepal

Farmers in the Terai region of Nepal face jumbo threats on a day-to-day basis, resulting in damage to crop yields, destruction of their homes, and, in some cases, even a death in the family.

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#112679
2017-04-28

Drying waterways leave a parched Nepal struggling for water

Wells, streams and ponds are drying in Nepal, forcing families to travel ever further for water - or consider leaving home permanently

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#112680
2017-04-28

Climate Change: What Do The Scientists Really Say?

“You don’t actually have to go a hundred years or a thousand years into the future before things can get quite disrupted relative to today.”

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#112681
2017-04-28

Tanzania: Learning By Practice - Students Exposed to Conservation

SINGITA Grumeti's commitment to conservation, development and community outreach come together in perfect harmony in the establishment of the Singita Grumeti Environmental Educational Center in Tanzania.

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#112682
2017-04-28

Scientists turn to robots to battle invasive species

WASHINGTON -- A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.

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#112683
2017-04-28

Conservationist Lena Chan: Singapore’s very own ‘mother nature’ at work

Over the past decade, Singapore has progressed by leaps and bounds in preserving its natural heritage despite the ever-present pressure of urban development.

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#112684
2017-04-28

Palestine launches new museum to promote biodiversity

The Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University opened its doors to the public on April 12. The museum, located in the southern West Bank, is one of the first museums of its kind in Palestine and the Arab world. The museum’s officials aim to turn it into a major center for resear ...

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#112686
2017-05-01

Now, take a biodiversity boat ride in the mangroves

“We have mangroves and extraordinary marine life along our coast. But it is necessary to bring in awareness among students and general public about [this] marine biodiversity,” said N. Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mangroves Cell. He added that unless there is awa ...

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#112687
2017-05-01

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

MUANDA, Democratic Republic of the Congo—Two elephant tusks are wedged behind a photocopier. A stuffed antelope stands by the door, and a large framed photograph of President Joseph Kabila hangs on the back wall. Cosma Wilungula sits behind his desk in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Co ...

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#112688
2017-05-01

Overfishing: Harmful Ecosystem Effects Leading Fishing Industry's Collapse

Overfishing is a threat to the marine ecosystem and should be on the watch list of Ecological authorities in the Gulf of California. Gross neglect of fishing regulations could result in chaotic disturbance of the food chain that the ocean is providing to the inhabitants of coastal communities.

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#112689
2017-05-01

Trans-Atlantic research aims to unlock climate change mysteries

Scientists from six countries have teamed up on a slow boat from Newfoundland to Ireland to take a hard look at the possible effects of climate change on the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

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#112690
2017-05-01

Lakes worldwide feel the heat from climate change

About 40 kilometers off Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in the waters of Lake Superior, rises the stone lighthouse of Stannard Rock. Since 1882, it has warned sailors in Great Lakes shipping lanes away from a dangerous shoal. But today, Stannard Rock also helps scientists monitor another danger: ...

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#112691
2017-05-01

How architects can take action on climate change

Architects have a big responsibility for the role the built environment plays in climate change. Globally, buildings consume 35 percent of all energy and 60 percent of all generated electricity — much of which is produced by fossil fuels. As the largest end-use energy sector, buildings account f ...

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#112692
2017-05-01

How pollution is depleting the quality of life

Besides impacting our health, pollution is triggering major environmental changes. Global warming and variation in weather conditions are just a few examples that show how pollution is interfering with the function of 'Mother Nature'. The source of pollution may vary but each pollution type is c ...

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#112693
2017-05-01

Keep plastics out of oceans

The UN Environment Programme, UNEP, has cautioned that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, commented a UAE daily.

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#112694
2017-05-01

How linguistic diversity affects our environment

The correlation between biodiversity and cultural and linguistic diversity has been much highlighted. Research has revealed that earth’s 36 biodiversity hotspots (threatened biologically rich locations, including the Horn of Africa, Mesoamerica, Indo-Burma) and five high-biodiversity wilderness ...

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#112695
2017-05-01

Light pollution has serious impact on coastal wildlife, research shows

Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution from buildings, vehicles and streetlights is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals including migrating birds, hunting bats and the moths they try to capture.

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#112696
2017-05-01

SA-based co Dimension Data wants to bring connected conservation project to India

BENGALURU: Johannesburg-based IT services firm Dimension Data, which helped save the white rhinoceroses in South Africa from extinction because of poaching, now wants to help protect endangered species in India, such as Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers, through its connected conservation project.

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#112697
2017-05-01

Drylands face a 4 °C warming under Paris Agreement’s goal

The Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average global warming to less than two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect the world’s drylands, a new study says.

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#112698
2017-05-01

Mexico announces 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) led the installation of the National Council for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will make it possible, “To define the route to incorporate different visions in favor of a common cause: laying the foundations of the future to which we ...

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#112699
2017-05-01

How Companies Can Support Sustainable Development

Going green and sustainability are becoming industry buzzwords in a world where people are still arguing about climate change. But other than recycling paper waste and going digital, many companies don’t even know where to start when it comes to sustainability.

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#112700
2017-05-01

Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

Healthy ecosystems and vibrant biodiversity are crucial elements to life on this planet. Ecosystems are delicately balanced and even slight shifts in temperature can have considerable knock-on effects. Substantial losses to biodiversity and a range of ecosystem functions are projected if we cont ...

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#112701
2017-05-02

Nominations open for biosecurity and biodiversity volunteer awards

Nominations are now open for the second annual Auckland Council Biosecurity and Biodiversity Volunteer Awards.Waitākere Ward Councillor Penny Hulse, who chairs the council’s Environment and Community Committee, is a big supporter of the awards.

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#112702
2017-05-02

Museum Musings: Whistler Nature 101

or the second year the Whistler Museum will be offering our Whistler Nature 101 program. This three hour training seminar was developed to help elevate the knowledge of Whistler’s natural environment throughout the community.In short, the goal is to help Whistlerites better understand their home ...

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#112703
2017-05-02

Tropical forests may be hiding mass extinctions

A mass extinction of tropical species ranging from bats to butterflies may have already happened without anyone noticing, suggests research from Australia’s Macquarie University. In a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, biologist John Alroy has used lo ...

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#112704
2017-05-02

Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened today at United Nations Headquarters.

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#112705
2017-05-02

Researchers sniff out five new truffle species in forests of New England

They aren’t the type you’d shave over pasta. But University of New Hampshire researchers have found five new truffle species. While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student Ryan Stephens found in t ...

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#112706
2017-05-02

More albino orangutans believed to be living in Kalimantan forests

A conservation group in Central Kalimantan believes there are a number of albino orangutans living in the wild in Borneo after the discovery of the first of its kind last week .

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#112707
2017-05-02

Saving the Isabe and Salanga forest reserves in central Tanzania

A spirited effort by the Tanzanian government and other stakeholders has started bearing fruits after the restoration of the once desolate Isabe and Salanga forest reserves in the central part of the east African nation.

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#112708
2017-05-02

Recent Study Finds The Effects Of Climate Changes To Tropical Forests Is Not As Critical As Previously Assumed

Tropical rainforests are useful to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen in an exchange. Climate changes are feared to affect its function greatly, but a recent study shows that the effects of climate change are not as dire as assumed.

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#112709
2017-05-02

How ancient crops could counteract climate change effects

Farmers who grow single crops are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but now researchers are resurrecting ancient crop varieties to encourage diversity and offset the risks of extreme weather.

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#112710
2017-05-02

The bark side: domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

Humans and their canine companions share many close bonds. Wolves (Canis lupus) were the first animal domesticated by people, some time between 15,000 and 50,000 years ago. There are now an estimated 1 billion domestic dogs across their near-global distribution.

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