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#107812
2016-03-29

Rising atmospheric nitrogen leads to loss of plant diversity

Nitrogen emissions have tripled over the last 100 years as a result of industrial and agricultural growth.

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#107813
2016-03-29

Arctic winter sees sluggish sea-ice growth

Although the extent of winter Arctic sea-ice has been the smallest on record this year, it is unclear yet whether its volume will also mark a new low.

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#107814
2016-03-29

Australia's Great Barrier Reef hit by 'worst' bleaching

Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".

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#107815
2016-03-29

Desert mangroves are major source of carbon storage, study shows

Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found.

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#107817
2016-03-29

Better grassland care needed to satisfy meat demand

Overgrazing and poor soil management are depriving grasslands of essential nutrients such as phosphorus, a study warns.

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#107818
2016-03-29

UN Begins Negotiations on Treaty to Protect Marine Resources

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations has begun negotiations for a new legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdiction.

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#107819
2016-03-29

Bison to return to Montana after 140 years in the Canadian wilderness

Herd ‘coming home’ under treaty between North American tribes that seeks to return bison from Canada to Montana

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#107820
2016-03-29

Preserving the Quito rocket frog from volcanic destruction

The Quito rocket frog, once thought to be extinct, hangs on to survival in a patch of forest beneath an active volcano. As Cotopaxi threatens to erupt, three scientists set out to rescue the tiny amphibian from oblivion.

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#107821
2016-03-29

Climate Change Is Coming For Your Maple Syrup

On a brisk late February day, some bulge with maple sap while others sport little sap icicles.

News Headlines
#107822
2016-03-29

Tonga policy aims to build climate change resilience by 2035

An ambitious National Climate Change Policy to build a Resilient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in February.

News Headlines
#107823
2016-03-29

Seven projects around the world that protect soil

Farmers and scientists are finding ways to improve soils and increase food security. Here are seven influential projects and programs helping to restore the world’s soil.

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#107824
2016-03-29

Good News: A Clear-Cut Rain Forest Can Have a Second Life

Conservationists who work to save rain forests typically focus on pristine stands—the dwindling number of patches where the buzz of chainsaws has yet to echo.

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#107825
2016-03-29

New Research Offers Much-Needed Hope For Our Oceans

Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.

News Headlines
#107826
2016-03-29

World's most endangered sea turtle species in even more trouble than we thought

Newly examined video of Kemp's ridley sea turtles, which are found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, shows that the species' recovery from endangerment has stalled at less than one-tenth of historic nesting levels.

News Headlines
#107827
2016-03-29

Beach replenishment may have long-term ecological consequences

SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- A beach isn't really a beach without sand. Unfortunately, over time, beaches lose their sand to the wind and waves.

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#107832
2016-03-30

Groups reject planned introduction of genetically modified maize, cotton in Nigeria

No fewer than 100 rights groups and faith-based organisations have opposed attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.

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#107833
2016-03-30

Common UK migrating birds are arriving earlier or leaving later

SOME common migrating birds – including the blackcap, (pictured above) – are staying in the UK for two weeks or more longer than half a century ago.

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#107834
2016-03-30

UK’s wildlife gets far more attention than tropical hotspots

Pity the Javan warty pig. Highly endangered in its native Indonesia, the ungulate could do with some research support. But in 2014, it garnered just one academic paper, not nearly as many as were published on the wild boar, a global species in no danger of extinction.

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#107835
2016-03-30

Tests find trees tolerant to olive tree killer pathogen

Tests suggests some varieties of olive trees appear to be resistant to an invasive pathogen posing a serious risk to Europe's olive industry.

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#107836
2016-03-30

Top scientists back federal plan to protect Alaska predators

A group of scientists has backed a federal plan to restrict the trapping and gunning down of bears and wolves in Alaska’s wildlife refuges, in the face of bitter opposition from the state government.

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#107837
2016-03-30

Climate change could put eucalypts at risk of death from air bubbles

Extreme droughts could lead to widespread death of eucalypts from embolisms, researchers say.

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#107838
2016-03-30

Is tourism putting Antarctic ecosystems at risk?

Antarctica is the last landmass on Earth that remains almost entirely undisturbed by human presence, except for a few scientific research stations. Is its wildlife at risk from a growing influx of cruise-ship tourists?

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#107839
2016-03-30

Vancouver Island’s old-growth forest an ‘ecological emergency’: Sierra Club

Looking down from an elevation of 400 kilometres or so, Vancouver Island appears to be covered by a mostly intact jade-green forest from one end to the other.

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#107840
2016-03-30

Mostafa K. Tolba, U.N. environmental official, dies at 93

Mostafa K. Tolba, a U.N. official who was considered the father of the Montreal Protocol, the agreement intended to save the ozone layer that is widely known as part of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, died March 28 in Geneva. He was 93.

News Headlines
#107841
2016-03-30

UN calls for political will to overcome inequality hindering sustainable development for all

30 March 2016 – Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.

News Headlines
#107871
2016-03-31

No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north

If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare.

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#107873
2016-03-31

Leuser’s Legacy: how rescued orangutans help assure species survival

The adolescent orangutan was captured in the forests of Sumatra by a soldier at the height of the Aceh province civil war for independence.

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#107875
2016-03-31

Butterfly species decline 'dramatically' in Germany

Climate change and pollution behind major decline in German butterfly species, says new study.

News Headlines
#107876
2016-03-31

Melting Antarctica could push sea levels twice as high as we thought

Researchers say the new projection isn't set in stone but urge communities to consider the worst case scenario in developing adaptation plans.

News Headlines
#107877
2016-03-31

U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval

U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

News Headlines
#107878
2016-03-31

Experts slam proposed eco-tourism rules

The proposed guidelines for regulating eco-tourism close to eco-sensitive zones of national parks have sparked a controversy with stakeholders cautioning that it will spell doom to wildlife in the State.

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#107879
2016-03-31

Nepali farmers fight to save indigenous seeds

When the indigenous ‘Jumli Marsi’ variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection farmers had little choice but to substitute it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 hybrids that originate in China.

News Headlines
#107880
2016-03-31

India supports UN instrument on conservation of biodiversity

India has supported the process to develop an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and stressed that the rights of nations, including freedom of the high seas, are important and should not be restricted.

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#107881
2016-03-31

Leonardo DiCaprio Hangs With Elephant Posse To Help Save Endangered Species

Leonardo DiCaprio is using his star power and big social media following to help spread the word of a critically endangered species.

News Headlines
#107882
2016-03-31

In Stockholm, UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues

30 March 2016 – Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.

News Headlines
#107883
2016-03-31

See What Could Be the Atlantic's First Marine Monument

A coalition of scientists and environmental groups has asked the Obama administration to designate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

News Headlines
#107884
2016-03-31

Can imams drive action on climate change in Pakistan?

ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say

News Headlines
#107885
2016-03-31

How Ocean Noise Pollution Wreaks Havoc on Marine Life

Bowing to public and fishing industry pressure, the Obama administration recently reversed an earlier decision to allow oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast.

News Headlines
#107886
2016-03-31

Harlequin ladybirds are taking over the world

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- Most farmers and gardeners welcome the arrival of ladybirds -- or ladybugs, as they're known in the United States. But the beetles are actually invasive, and one species, the harlequin ladybird, is taking over fast.

News Headlines
#107892
2016-04-01

Climate predicts bird populations

Populations of the most common bird species in Europe and the US are being altered by climate change, according to an international study.

News Headlines
#107893
2016-04-01

Agriculture expansion could reduce rainfall in Brazil's Cerrado

Agricultural expansion is quickly chewing up native vegetation in the vast wooded savannas of Brazil's Cerrado biome, and a new study shows that those changes in land use are altering the region's water cycle.

News Headlines
#107894
2016-04-01

New tumbleweed species rapidly expanding range

Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that University of California, Riverside researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a decade.

News Headlines
#107895
2016-04-01

Project promises hardy maize for Africa

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched

News Headlines
#107896
2016-04-01

Biodiversity safeguards mooted in Sri Lanka building contracts

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private sector is considering ways to introduce safeguards in construction contracts to protect the island’s rich biodiversity, which is threatened as economic growth gathers pace amid a building boom.

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#107897
2016-04-01

Cloud Cover Key to Finding Threatened Species

It's no secret that global biodiversity is not evenly spaced over the planet’s surface. Much of it is concentrated in hotspots, many of which are in places that are relatively remote, making it difficult for scientists to gather detailed information on species’ habitats and distribution.

News Headlines
#107898
2016-04-01

Asia may face a severe stress on water by 2050

Economic and population growth on top of climate change could lead to serious water shortages across a broad swath of Asia by the year 2050, a newly published study by MIT scientists has found.

News Headlines
#107899
2016-04-01

Seed Bank In China To Secure Endangered Plants Species

The Southwest China Germplasm Bank of Wild Species under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Yunnan Province is a research and preservation institution for rare and endangered plants.

News Headlines
#107900
2016-04-01

Why managing ocean acidification is crucial for South Africa

The southern tip of Africa is washed by two oceans: the Indian and Atlantic oceans. This should allow South Africa to benefit economically from various activities through developing the ocean economy. Fisheries, tourism and maritime activities are some of the sectors that can underpin the economy.

News Headlines
#107901
2016-04-01

Nine ways to support the rights of indigenous people

What are the practical steps to push for recognising the rights of indigenous people around the world? Our expert panel shares their thoughts

News Headlines
#107902
2016-04-01

The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary: A Win for New Zealand and Our Planet

Dramatic, diverse, and spectacular are just some of the words visitors use to describe New Zealand’s Kermadec region, which has borne witness to Polynesian voyagers, European migrants, whalers, and now, many of the world’s leading marine scientists.

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