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#99319
2014-05-27

New biodiversity study throws out controversial scientific theory

Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the 'Neutral Theory of Biodiversity'. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.

News Headlines
#99320
2014-05-27

Islands urged to promote biodiversity

Caribbean islands, like T&T, need to protect their eco-sensitive natural resources against increasing threats such as climate change and overfishing to ensure sustainability.

News Headlines
#99321
2014-05-27

The world must do more to unleash Africa's full potential in agriculture

On Africa Day, 25 May 2014, Ban urged leveraging continent's potential for the good of all people. The world must do more to unleash Africa's full potential in agriculture, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said while also urging the continent's leaders and development partners ...

News Headlines
#99322
2014-05-27

Fiji lobbies for Pacific SIDS interests on Sustainable development

SUVA, Fiji--- There is a need for proper monitoring and accountability for all commitments and actions agreed to by the international community for the benefit of all Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

News Headlines
#99324
2014-05-27

'Time running out' to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new high, UN reports

26 May 2014 – Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation's weather agency today confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#99326
2014-05-27

Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo

The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat.

News Headlines
#99327
2014-05-27

Purple monsters may herald spike in jellyfish activity

Could Australia have had schools of mysterious, technicolour purple jellyfish swimming off its shores all along without anybody noticing?

News Headlines
#99328
2014-05-27

Wary of Climate Change, Indonesia Looks to Lawmakers for Solutions

JAKARTA, May 27 2014 (IPS) - Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world’s third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.

News Headlines
#99329
2014-05-27

Americans care deeply about 'global warming' – but not 'climate change'

Yale researchers have found that the two terms, often used interchangeably, generate very different responses

News Headlines
#99330
2014-05-27

Pacific Island Nations Appeal for Australia to Rethink Climate Change Policy

Australia's Parliament House welcomed islanders from Pacific nations likely to be threatened by rising sea levels. The group of islanders performed a cultural dance in traditional dress and spoke about their concerns regarding climate change action.

News Headlines
#99331
2014-05-27

Rwanda: Govt Commits to Protecting Country's Islands

The government has announced that it will increase the area of nationally-protected land in an effort to promote eco-tourism. The expansion will focus on islands in Rwanda.

News Headlines
#99336
2014-05-28

Light-colored butterflies and dragonflies thriving in warmer climate

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) --Global warming may not be so great for polar bears and ski bums, but the warming climate in Europe is lending a competitive advantage to light-colored butterflies and dragonflies.

News Headlines
#99338
2014-05-28

Burchell's zebras trek 300 miles, longest migration in Africa

CHOBE RIVER, Namibia, May 27 (UPI) --The Burchell's zebra, a southern subspecies of the plains zebra, travel a total of 300 miles every year from Namibia to Botswana and back.

News Headlines
#99339
2014-05-28

Vines choke a forest's ability to capture carbon

As tropical forests take over abandoned agricultural land, scientists expect these new forests to mop up industrial quantities of atmospheric carbon.

News Headlines
#99340
2014-05-28

Plan to shrink World Heritage forest in Tasmania 'clearly inappropriate,' says IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has roundly criticized Australia's proposal to remove 74,000 hectares of temperate rainforest from the World Heritage Committee.

News Headlines
#99341
2014-05-28

Offsets to Cushion South African Carbon Tax

CAPE TOWN, May 28 2014 (IPS) - To curb greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa wants to put a tax on carbon emissions from big polluters.

News Headlines
#99342
2014-05-28

Climate changes push native Montana trout toward extinction: study

(Reuters) - Climate changes that have made Montana streams much warmer over the last 30 years are helping invasive trout push their native cousins toward extinction, researchers said on Tuesday, saying study is an example of global warming reducing biodiversity.

News Headlines
#99343
2014-05-28

Fewer polar bear cubs are being born in the Arctic islands, survey finds

Rapid reduction of sea ice level due to climate change hitting population as hunting ground recedes

News Headlines
#99344
2014-05-28

Who's afraid of GMOs?

Opposition to genetically modified crops is fierce, but how much of the anti-GM stance is based on science?

News Headlines
#99345
2014-05-28

Australian brings reef fight to Deutsche Bank

A tourism operator from the Great Barrier Reef has come halfway around the world in a last-ditch attempt to save his business.

News Headlines
#99346
2014-05-28

African islands can and should lead in sustainable development, says Seychelles Foreign Affairs Minister

(Seychelles News Agency) - African islands are capable of setting an example in terms of sustainable development, especially in light of 2014 being designated the year of Small Island Developing States by the United Nations.

News Headlines
#99348
2014-05-28

UN’s ambitious new development goals could fall flat

United Nations bureaucrats work hard to ease the woes of the world. Apart from war, they also tackle poverty, climate change, inequality, joblessness, weak governance, discrimination, shabby schools and crumbling hospitals.

News Headlines
#99349
2014-05-28

Indigenous peoples hold sustainable solutions to environmental crises

I first met Victoria Tauli-Corpuz 11 years ago in Rome. An indigenous Filipina activist, Vicky was attending a meeting on indigenous peoples' rights at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations rural development agency where I work.

News Headlines
#99350
2014-05-28

Asian relative of cane toad threatens Madagascar havoc

A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar, scientists report.

News Headlines
#99363
2014-05-29

Ocean waves influence polar ice extent

Large ocean waves can travel through sea ice for hundreds of km before their oscillations are finally dampened, scientists have shown.

News Headlines
#99364
2014-05-29

Climate pact may depend on side deals by poor nations

The interests of rich countries can seem to dominate climate change negotiations, but a study that models such talks as a ‘bargaining game’ shows that side deals among poorer nations could boost chances of an international agreement.

News Headlines
#99366
2014-05-29

Next big idea in forest conservation? Making community protection economically viable

Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide.

News Headlines
#99367
2014-05-29

We need to talk about Nagoya

On 14 April 2014, the Council of the EU adopted a regulation that will affect researchers throughout Europe, by enabling ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

News Headlines
#99369
2014-05-29

New Health Threats Come with Ice Melt in the Arctic

Strong winds fractured a sheet of melting ice near Barrow, Alaska, one April afternoon, cutting a three-man whaling crew adrift in the Arctic Ocean.

News Headlines
#99370
2014-05-29

Kenya: First UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi Heralds New Era in Global Efforts to Address Environmental Sustainability

Nairobi — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other High-Level Representatives from 160 UN Member and Observer States, UN Heads of Agencies, Business and Civil Society Set to participate.

News Headlines
#99375
2014-05-30

Nigerian CEOs pledge joint action on sustainable development

SOME 31 leaders of major Nigerian businesses have agreed on the establishment of a common platform that will enable them jointly promote sustainable development initiatives and programmes across the country.

News Headlines
#99376
2014-05-30

Safeguarding sites for sustainable development in Ethiopia

UNESCO Sites are symbols of our work in support of sustainable development.

News Headlines
#99377
2014-05-30

Mayors on frontline of battle against climate change – UN

29 May 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency on human settlements today said he hoped thousands of cities around the world will join forces to sign a compact to strengthen cooperation in tackling climate challenges when the UN convenes a summit on the issue four months from now.

News Headlines
#99378
2014-05-30

The forgotten majority? Peruvian smallholders at the farm-forest interface

In recent decades, Peru has experimented with policy reforms to promote more sustainable forest management. At the same time, donors and NGOs have introduced community forestry initiatives that have tried to encourage rural people to participate legally in the forestry sector.

News Headlines
#99379
2014-05-30

Canada lags in protecting oceans: report

Canada has been “dragging its heels” on commitments to create marine protected areas and ranks last on the list of countries with the longest coastlines in terms of the amount of ocean where human activity has been restricted to preserve biodiversity.

News Headlines
#99406
2014-06-02

Row over protection for World Cup mascot armadillo

Conservationists in Brazil are challenging football's governing body Fifa to do more to protect the animal that inspired this summer's World Cup mascot.

News Headlines
#99407
2014-06-02

Global warming may quintuple summer downpours in UK

By 2100 southern England will be drenched by five times as many sudden summer deluges as it is today, probably causing more flash floods, according to an advanced climate model. Other parts of the world are likely to experience similar increases in downpours, and global warming will be to blame.

News Headlines
#99408
2014-06-02

Parasitic vines may serve as lightning rods

Field campaign in Panama will study whether lianas help trees to survive lightning strikes.

News Headlines
#99409
2014-06-02

GM crops: No gain for small farmers

In May 2014, a Pakistani court directed the national bio-safety committee to suspend issuance of new licences for growing GM crops until there was a proper legislative framework and adequate facilities for testing and screening.[1]

News Headlines
#99410
2014-06-02

U.S. govt puts financial muscle behind REDD+ forest carbon conservation projects

The U.S. government will put financial support behind an initiative that offers finance for emissions-reducing forest conservation projects.

News Headlines
#99411
2014-06-02

Mexico Underlines Transformation in Global Climate Change Debate

Jun 2 2014 (IPS) - It is now two years since Mexico passed the General Law on Climate Change, a landmark piece of national environmental legislation.

News Headlines
#99412
2014-06-02

Legislation Alone Will Not Address Africa’s Climate Challenges

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 2 2014 (IPS) - Despite a raft of legislation dealing with the environment, African countries are still falling short when it comes to enforcing the legal instruments that respond to challenges posed by climate change, researchers say.

News Headlines
#99413
2014-06-02

UAE hosts the Regional Workshop of Capacity Building for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

The Ministry of Environment and Water hosted today (1 June, 2014) "The Regional Workshop of Capacity Building for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing" in collaboration with the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in City Seasons Suites Dubai.

News Headlines
#99414
2014-06-02

Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change

At the end of his first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible.

News Headlines
#99417
2014-06-02

'Incredible population' of crayfish near roundabout

A major roadworks scheme is being further delayed because of the discovery of an "incredible population" of rare native crayfish.

News Headlines
#99461
2014-06-03

UN officials hail ‘significant’ move by US to curb power plant emissions

2 June 2014 – United Nations officials today welcomed the initiative announced by President Barack Obama to limit emissions from power plants in the United States, voicing their hope that it will spur other countries to take concrete action to combat climate change.

News Headlines
#99462
2014-06-03

Urgent action needed to safeguard genetic diversity of world’s forests, UN study says

3 June 2014 – Urgent action to better manage the genetic diversity of forests – under pressure from climate change, exploitation and conversion for other uses – is needed to ensure that the benefits they provide will survive, the United Nations said in a first-of-its-kind report released today.

News Headlines
#99463
2014-06-03

Uncivil War Breaks Out Over Fluke as Habitat Shifts North

The summer flounder – one of the most sought-after catches on the U.S. East Coast – is stirring up a climate change battle as it glides through the sand and grasses at the bottom of a warming North Atlantic.

News Headlines
#99464
2014-06-03

Britain's urban rivers cleanest in 20 years

Scientists have found that Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been in over two decades.

News Headlines
#99465
2014-06-03

Debate: What's wrong with GM?

The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops.

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