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#102676
2015-02-06

'Wild birds may spread flu virus'

Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

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#102677
2015-02-06

Aerial monitors shed light on reed die-back around Central Europe's largest lake

Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have discovered a way to map 'reed die-back' using satellites and aircraft.

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#102678
2015-02-06

Liberians need legal rights to forest, says report

[LONDON] Liberia’s government must do more to award land rights to forest dwellers to protect natural resources from exploitation and encroachment of palm oil plantations, warns a report published by a global coalition pushing for forest policy reform.

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#102679
2015-02-06

How termites hold back the desert

Some termite species erect massive mounds that look like great temples springing up from the world's savannas and drylands.

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#102680
2015-02-06

Local Pollutants Compound Threats to Coral Reefs

NEW YORK, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) - A recent study suggests that one of the multiple threats to coral reefs contains both the problem and solution.

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#102681
2015-02-06

The Soul of Buenos Aires Is Turning Grey

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 5 2015 (IPS) - If cities have souls, the Argentine capital’s is turning more and more grey. Real estate speculation, the fencing in and paving of parks, and the installation of private bars and restaurants in public squares have changed the face of the city.

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#102682
2015-02-06

Emotions, not science, rule U.S. climate change debate: study

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite a scientific consensus that human activity is causing the planet to warm up, ingrained attitudes among Americans mean policy changes on global warming are unlikely, academics said in a new study.

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#102683
2015-02-06

Living in a minefield: the wolves of northern Israel

Wolves are hunted, culled and poached across Israel’s north. But in the Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, a dangerous minefield provides an unlikely wildlife reserve where the animals are now thriving

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#102684
2015-02-06

Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough’s hawkweed, just days after a genus of endangered plants was also named after the naturalist.

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#102685
2015-02-06

'You can't use an ocean to decimation'

Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.

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#102686
2015-02-06

Marine heatwaves threaten the future of underwater forests

Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible wildlife, important fisheries, and tourism.

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#102687
2015-02-06

A new chicken breed brings winged hope to Africa

In Uganda – as in most African countries – more than 85 percent of families live in rural village conditions, where small-scale backyard poultry operations are ubiquitous.

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#102688
2015-02-06

UN Climate Conference: Issue of differentiated responsibilities should be resolved, says India

NEW DELHI: In a strong message to developed nations which are historically responsible for global warming, India today said the "very critical issue" of "differentiated responsibilities" should be resolved to reach an agreement on climate change.

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#102689
2015-02-06

Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

The cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

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#102690
2015-02-09

Pesticides may have killed birds in Sultanpur bird sanctuary

Bird flu may not have been the cause behind the deaths of 47 birds at Sultanpur sanctuary in Gurgaon recently. Officials now suspect something more lethal.

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#102691
2015-02-09

Would you buy a 'biodiversity-friendly' product?

The government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples

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#102692
2015-02-09

Amazon fear over mussels:Invasive species claiming territories in five countries at alarming speeds

The world’s mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, could be under threat from the most diminutive of foes − a tiny mussel invading from China.

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#102693
2015-02-09

Eradication success – Seychelles wins war against invasive red-whiskered bulbul.

Seychelles' efforts to rid itself of the invasive red-whiskered bulbul has been dubbed a success by conservationists who are now confident that the bird is no longer a threat to the Indian Ocean’s archipelago’s biodiversity.

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#102694
2015-02-09

Peru's maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this region its name, marks the place of origin for maca; a small, pungent root whose famed aphrodisiac quality has driven demand beyond the wildes ...

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#102695
2015-02-09

Fighting Desertification With Termites — Insects Crucial To Stopping Spread Of Deserts, Research Finds

Desertification is a growing problem in many parts of the world, mostly owing to common human activities such as agriculture, animal husbandry (grazing), and groundwater use. It’s a common topic of discussion in some fields of scientific research (and elsewhere) how best to address this issue.

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#102696
2015-02-09

The rise of sustainable Perth

Perth is not a big part of the national consciousness, although its growth has sparked some interest. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics projections are remarkable—the population will reach three million by the early 2020s, surpass Brisbane later that decade and hit five million by 2050, ...

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#102697
2015-02-10

Conservationists call for UK to create world's largest marine reserve

Pressure is mounting on the UK government and opposition parties to commit to creating at least one massive marine reserve in the Pacific or Atlantic to protect rare and threatened whales, sharks, fish and corals ahead of the general election.

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#102698
2015-02-10

San Diego: Special polar bear collar helps scientists understand the endangered species

Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo in California, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialised collar.

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#102699
2015-02-10

Critics predict traffic nightmares if Pierrefonds residential project is constructed

Critics say it will destroy one of the island’s few remaining untouched green spaces, block a natural green corridor used by dozens of species and bring 10,000 more cars to a region plagued by traffic congestion

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#102700
2015-02-10

Kenya’s Green Energy Boom Could Threaten National Parks

Kenya’s Rift Valley, a rich source of geothermal power, is now being touted as the answer to the country’s energy problems. But most of the drilling sites are in natural parks, the source of important tourism income. Kenya is facing trade-offs as the growing need for power comes into conflict wi ...

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#102701
2015-02-10

Dhobab: Yemen’s bird sanctuary

The coastlines and islands of Bab Al-Mandeb (“Gateway of Anguish”)—a strait separating southwest Yemen from Djibouti and Eritrea, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden—provides refuge for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year.

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#102702
2015-02-10

Australia's Great Barrier Reef At Risk Of Becoming 'Dumping Ground': WWF

The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change, and could be “severely damaged” unless the Australian government bans the dumping of waste from dredging, according to a report released on Monday by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

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#102703
2015-02-10

Killer Shrimp Could Invade the Great Lakes

Killer shrimp, creatures that indiscriminately slay other animals without eating them, may soon join the list of invasive species living in the Great Lakes, a new study finds.

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#102704
2015-02-10

MoU signed to preserve Ghana's natural, historical sites

Ghana Museums and Monuments Board has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust aimed at forging closer collaboration to strengthen their managerial roles in preserving the country's historical sites and cultural heritage.

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#102714
2015-02-11

Swedish wildlife extinction threat as loggers clear-cut 'old growth' forests

Sweden's biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss - and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, ...

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#102715
2015-02-11

Trapped between growth and conservation

Brazil's east coast, the Mata Atlantica, is home to the unique Pau-Brasil tree. A creative approach, well coordinated programs and the help of the local population are essential in the fight to save it from extinction.

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#102716
2015-02-11

Which organism has had the biggest impact on the planet?

We humans tend to assume we rule the Earth. With our advanced tool making, language, problem solving and social skills, and our top predator status, we like to think of ourselves as the dominant life form on the planet.

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#102717
2015-02-11

The challenge for 2015: Ensuring global development within planetary guard rails

2015 is a key year for global cooperation, with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the replacement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the global climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, write Clara Brandi and Dirk Messner from the German Deve ...

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#102718
2015-02-11

A Bold Vision to Protect our Oceans Permanently

The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today.

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#102720
2015-02-11

Is climate change fuelling war?

For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest.Storms, droughts, floods, and spells of extreme heat or exceptional cold: all can destroy wealth, ravage harvests, force people off land, exacerbate ancient rivalries and unl ...

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#102721
2015-02-11

Mideast climate change: Hotter, drier and more dangerous

Climate change deniers received a stunning blow this year from none other than Pope Francis, who announced a papal encyclical calling for action on global warming in 2015.

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#102722
2015-02-11

'By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change'

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says climate change is making disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.

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#102742
2015-02-12

8 'biodiversity-friendly' products from PH forests

Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...

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#102743
2015-02-12

Sustainability and the bottom line: the issues most likely to pay – or cost – companies big money

In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...

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#102744
2015-02-12

Researchers imagine killer shrimp invasion of Great Lakes

MONTREAL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A new study predicts future invaders of the Great Lakes basin -- should stronger environmental protections not be enacted -- and one of them is the killer shrimp. It's not quite as frightening as a killer bee or killer shark, but it could be much more ecologically deva ...

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#102745
2015-02-12

Unhealthy hives force young bees to forage too early

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A range of stressors, including disease, parasites and pesticide exposure, have been implicated in the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder.

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#102746
2015-02-12

Early results from farm bird count

Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.

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#102747
2015-02-12

Genome reveals three more species of Darwin's finches

There's more to Darwin's finches than meets the eye. Famously, the 14 species found on the Galapagos islands are distinguished from one another largely by differences in beak shape.

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#102748
2015-02-12

Bamboo water catcher project misses crowdfunding target

A crowdfunding campaign for a project to pluck water out of thin air for use in African villages has failed to reach its US$100,000 goal.

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#102749
2015-02-12

OPINION: Four hurdles to getting data and science into the SDGs

Sustainable development is an elusive concept, one that is open to interpretation and difficult to define, let alone measure. UN negotiators therefore have a challenging task: how to specify a clear set of indicators to track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before they are finalised in ...

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#102750
2015-02-12

Women Pick Up the Slack as Fishing Declines on India’s Southern Coasts

NAGAPATTINAM, India, Feb 12 2015 (IPS) - Geeta Selvaraj and a few other women take turns to prepare meals with just one large gas cooker in a tiny shop.

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#102751
2015-02-12

U.N. Touts 2015 as Milestone Year for World Body

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations, in a sustained political hype, is touting 2015 as a likely breakthrough year for several key issues on its agenda – primarily development financing, climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk-reduction and nuclear non-proliferation.

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#102752
2015-02-12

Hounding down poachers in the DR Congo

How do you catch a poacher? In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo - which is famous for its elephants and mountain gorillas - a special dog unit is tracking and capturing illegal hunters.

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#102754
2015-02-12

National Academy of Sciences Says Geoengineering Is Not the Answer to Climate Change

Geoengineering, the deliberate, large-scale technological manipulation of the Earth’s systems, has been proposed for years as a panacea to dealing with climate change.

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#102755
2015-02-12

Don’t Fence the Jaguar Out

BOZEMAN, Mont. — IT was near the United States-Mexico border that we attracted the attention of the Mexican military. My scientific colleagues and I — American and Mexican — were there to conduct research on large carnivores when we were stopped by several officers with rifles slung over their s ...

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