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#112053
2017-02-23

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

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#112054
2017-02-23

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.

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#112055
2017-02-23

How cathedral termites got to Australia to build their 'sky-scrapers'

They build among the tallest non-human structures (proportionately speaking) in the world and now a pioneering study has found the termites that live in Australia's remote Top End originated from overseas -- rafting vast distances and migrating from tree-tops to the ground, as humans later did.

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#112057
2017-02-23

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for th ...

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#112058
2017-02-23

Renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson calls for preserving half of Earth to save biodiversity

The current issue of Sierra, a magazine published by the Sierra Club, contains a bold — perhaps unrealistic — “manifesto” by the eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson calling for preservation of half the planet in an undisturbed, natural condition in order to save beleaguered nonhuman life on Earth.

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#112059
2017-02-23

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures

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#112060
2017-02-23

Climate change doubles size of northern lakes, pushes bison off habitat

New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes in a northern protected area to nearly double in size, forcing a herd of at-risk bison off some of their best habitat.

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#112062
2017-02-23

Gene Catalogues Aim to Help Crops Survive Climate Change

Scientists want to give the farming community better information about which crop strains are better suited to changing weather and soil conditions

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#112063
2017-02-23

Can Australia's wicked heat wave convince climate change deniers?

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?

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#112064
2017-02-23

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency

22 February 2017 – Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to m ...

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#112065
2017-02-23

Manatee population rebounds: time to take it off the endangered species list?

A recent survey found a record 6,620 manatees in Florida, but opinion remains divided as to whether the species has truly made a comeback.

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#112066
2017-02-23

Japan consumption habits harming 700 rare, endangered species

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese consumption habits are detrimental to more than 790 endangered and rare species of plants and animals, according to a university economist.

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#112067
2017-02-23

Oceans and small island states: First think opportunity, then think blue

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.

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#112068
2017-02-23

Red squirrels: 5,000 volunteers sought to save species – and help kill invasive greys

Wildlife Trusts’ biggest-ever recruitment drive will see volunteers monitor populations, educate children – and bludgeon grey squirrels to death

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#112072
2017-02-24

Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

ROME, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) - The Netherlands announced that it will work with Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and ...

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#112073
2017-02-24

Scientists plan to save 50 key coral reefs from climate disaster

Coral reefs are dying and there is no global plan to save them…until now. Scientists want to focus on saving 50 of the most important reefs to help them survive climate change.

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#112074
2017-02-24

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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#112075
2017-02-24

Deep Oceans Face Starvation by End of Century

The deep ocean floor, Earth’s largest habitat, will be starved of food by the end of this century, scientists have warned.

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#112076
2017-02-24

African Countries Mobilize to Battle Invasive Caterpillars

The fall armyworm has rapidly spread across the continent and is wreaking destruction on staple crops

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#112077
2017-02-24

There's a giant crack in an Antarctic ice shelf. Should we be worried?

An accelerating crack in the ice shelf known as Larsen C, the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, has grown by 17 miles since the beginning of December, according to multiple news reports, including a recent article in the New York Times.

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#112078
2017-02-24

Sustainable Tourism Can Make World Cleaner and Greener

MADRID | NAIROBI | BONN (IDN-INPS) - Whether it is a chic, zero-emission hotel in Milan where toiletries are 99 per cent biodegradable, or Gaansbai in South Africa, where conservation of native flora and fauna is a community-wide priority, sustainable tourism is growing fast across the globe.

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#112079
2017-02-24

Sharks guardians of biodiversity: WA study

Over-hunting sharks is detrimental for fish at every level of the food chain, West Australian scientists have found.

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#112080
2017-02-24

Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

New information on the migration patterns of the Great Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran, will help to protect this endangered species, scientists suggest.

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#112087
2017-02-27

New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'

The UN’s new climate chief says she’s worried about President Donald Trump - but confident that action to curb climate change is unstoppable.

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#112088
2017-02-27

Feral cats now dominate the Australian landscape

Feral cats now inhabit virtually the entire Australian landscape, and have been implicated in multiple recent mammal extinctions by conservationists.

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#112089
2017-02-27

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’

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#112090
2017-02-27

The Great Green Wall of the Sahel

Environmental degradation and climate change are threatening the livelihoods of local communities living near the Sahara. An ambitious greening plan aims to prevent the spread of desertification in the region.

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#112091
2017-02-27

Why do forest products become less available?

In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.

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#112092
2017-02-27

Urbanisation can be good for the environment

Urbanisation has never resonated stronger among countries – developed and developing alike – than now.

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#112093
2017-02-27

Are We the Last Generation to See Polar Bears in the Wild?

Is the extraordinary polar bear going the same way as the dodo? A large flightless bird, the dodo was last seen in the 1600s, when it was most likely clubbed on its island home by protein-starved sailors looking for some meat for their cooking pot.

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#112094
2017-02-27

Bacterium protects sponge host from arsenic poisoning: Study

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a bacterium that plays the role of arsenic detoxifier in the sponge it calls home. The bacterium is Entotheonella and its common host is Theonella swinhoei.

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#112098
2017-02-28

The Republic of Congo: on the cusp of forest conservation

On the surface, the Republic of Congo appears to be making strides toward both conservation and economic development. But the process of becoming an emerging economy is not without its growing pains, especially

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#112099
2017-02-28

Environmental costs, benefits and possibilities: Q&A with anthropologist Eben Kirksey

The emerging field of the environmental humanities provides researchers with the tools and frameworks to understand the interplay of environmental change, justice and power. Mongabay spoke with one of its leading practitioners.

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#112100
2017-02-28

Big tourism must demand action to save the reef – its business depends on it

According to a blog post on the home page of the tourism giant Mantra Group, a “family holiday in Queensland would be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world”.

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#112101
2017-02-28

Study finds secret to diverse forests' super success

We've long known that diverse stands of trees tend to be more productive than monocultures. What we haven't known is why. In a paper published today in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Université du Québec à Montréal show the tal ...

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#112102
2017-02-28

Kenya: Farmers Near Forests Reap Big Gains From Conservation Plan

While many Kenyans are grappling with an acute food insecurity occasioned by the prolonged dry spell, a move by Uasin Gishu County residents to engage in shamba system is paying off with millions of shilling generated from the initiative.

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#112103
2017-02-28

Invasive, native marsh grasses may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands

An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses.

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#112104
2017-02-28

The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears

Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questions

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#112105
2017-02-28

Belgium and France join war on plastics

UN Environment launched their global campaign #CleanSeas last Thursday, (23 February), with a goal to rid oceans of microplastics by 2022.

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#112112
2017-03-02

Diverse forests tend to be healthier, more resilient: Study

Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Previous studies showed more diverse tree stands to be healthier and more productive than monoculture forests, but scientists didn't know why. New research suggests tree diversity lends a forest adaptability, allowing it to maximize the sun's energy.

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#112113
2017-03-02

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.

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#112114
2017-03-02

Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction: study

More than 700 of the 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii are believed to be inching toward extinction due to increased pesticide use leading to habitat loss, a scientific study showed on Wednesday.

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#112115
2017-03-02

David Attenborough attacks plan for Borneo bridge

Endangered pygmy elephants and orangutans threatened by scheme for Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

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#112116
2017-03-02

Global warming is increasing forest fire risk in the Alps

New regional and global studies link heatwaves, drought and insect outbreaks with a surge in wildfires, and the Alps are unlikely to be spared.

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#112117
2017-03-02

Forests provide a nutritional boon to some communities, research shows

Until recently, scientists hadn’t systematically compared the levels to which different groups of people across the tropics depend on nearby forests for food.

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#112118
2017-03-02

Improving the biodiversity of green roofs

Using living organisms such as bacteria or fungi, as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, can improve the soil biodiversity of green roofs, according to new research.

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#112119
2017-03-02

Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change

The updated Yale Climate Opinion maps suggest Americans' opinions on climate change differ sharply from that of the president

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#112120
2017-03-02

From Indonesian forests to French plates - the unsustainable trade in frogs' legs

Sautéed with garlic and lemon juice or breaded and fried in cracker crumbs - frogs' legs are a delicacy in many countries, most famously France and Belgium.

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#112121
2017-03-02

Research shows nature can beat back scientific tinkering with genes of entire species

Rest easy, folks. Armies of genetically modified super-species are unlikely to conquer Earth anytime soon.

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#112122
2017-03-02

Sustainability is the forgotten half of globalisation, says Achim Steiner

The prevailing notion of globalisation is that it is based on trade, but globalisation is about sustainability too, and the SDGs provide a guiding framework for the private sector, ex-UNEP boss Achim Steiner tells Eco-Business.

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