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#109001
2016-06-27

Sea star death triggers damaging ecological domino effect

BURNABY, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Researchers are just now understanding the ecological consequences of the massive 2013 die-off of sea stars along North America's Pacific Coast, and the findings aren't good.

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#109006
2016-06-27

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future

UK science will have to fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.

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#109007
2016-06-27

For nature, gravel-bed rivers most important feature in mountainous western North America

First regional, interdisciplinary research to demonstrate importance of gravel-bed rivers to entire ecosystem

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#109008
2016-06-27

Make climate-change assessments more relevant

With the ink just dry on the Paris climate agreement, policymakers want to know how they can act most effectively.

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#109009
2016-06-27

Cambodia declares first-ever marine protected area

Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved the country’s first-ever marine protected area in the waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

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#109010
2016-06-27

Can Better Technology Lure Asia’s Youth Back to Farming?

MANILA, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agricu ...

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#109011
2016-06-27

How the dormouse is returning to England’s hedgerows after 100 years

Moves to save the tiny woodland mammal from extinction could herald the reintroduction of larger lost species such as the wolf and sea eagle

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#109013
2016-06-27

'Sweet business' of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe's forests

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme.

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#109014
2016-06-27

Sudan: Experts Discuss Mortality of Migratory Birds, Suggest Solutions

Khartoum — Zoologists are ringing the alarm bells over the growing mortality among migratory birds.

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#109015
2016-06-27

Who needs water? Dry volcanic vents more alive than wet soil

Microbes sampled from the Earth’s highest known geothermal vents suggest that when it comes to life in the universe, it’s not just water that counts.

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#109016
2016-06-27

Coral scientists urge Australia to conserve reefs, curb CO2 emissions

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.

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#109017
2016-06-27

Kenya: Players Begin Plans to Increase Kenya's Forest Cover

Stakeholders in forestry initiatives have endorsed a new plan that outlines specific measures to be undertaken across sectors to increase Kenya's forest cover to 10 per cent in the next 15 years.

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#109018
2016-06-27

Laos strives to conserve biodiversity

VIENTIANE, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Lao government has been persistent in delivering its commitment to the global community in biodiversity conservation, with a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) being prepared, officials have said.

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#109019
2016-06-27

UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans

27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.

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#109033
2016-06-28

African hunger policy silent on climate risks

A deal aimed to double agricultural production and end hunger in Africa has underestimated the impact climate change will have on the continent’s food production, a report has found.

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#109034
2016-06-28

New lizard found in Dominican Republic is already at risk

A chameleon-like lizard is one of the first new anole species found in the Dominican Republic in decades. The species could help solve a mystery that has long puzzled scientists — but it’s already at risk.

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#109035
2016-06-28

Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.

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#109036
2016-06-28

Cecil the lion's legacy: death brings new hope for his grandcubs

Cecil’s death could spark a global rethink on how to protect lions – ending Africa’s dependence on hunting revenues to sustain wildlife habitats and crucial conservation projects

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#109037
2016-06-28

New York's whales to be studied for the first time

The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population is to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.

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#109038
2016-06-28

Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says

Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit

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#109039
2016-06-28

Fudging the Numbers: Is UN Hunger and Poverty Data Reliable?

The UN is celebrating: Hunger and poverty around the world are in decline according to data from the global body. But that success is not nearly as great if you scrutinize the numbers.

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#109040
2016-06-28

Fighting Thailand's drought with biodiversity

Thailand has been hit by one of the worst droughts in decades - with devastating effects on farmers. However, some small organic farms demonstrate that the key to surviving future droughts could be to embrace diversity.

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#109041
2016-06-28

As peatlands dry out from climate change, wildfire risk increases

Peatlands are one of the staples of the boreal forest that sweeps across Canada. The 185 billion tonnes of mossy wetlands across the country can act as firebreaks, literally dampening the flames as they move across the landscape.

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#109042
2016-06-28

Can virtual reality emerge as a tool for conservation?

New advances in technology are sparking efforts to use virtual reality to help people gain a deeper appreciation of environmental challenges, reports Yale environment 360

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#109043
2016-06-28

Countries with most biodiversity spend least on conservation: study

Tropical countries that are richest in biodiversity spend the least on conservation, a new study has found.

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#109044
2016-06-29

UN agencies to meet on El Niño’s ‘devastating impact’ in Central America’s Dry Corridor

28 June 2016 – With the El Niño climate event devastating Central America’s so-called Dry Corridor, where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure, United Nations agencies will gather this week to discuss ways to improve the long-term response to the weather ...

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#109045
2016-06-29

Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to ratify the Paris climate agreement before leaving office.

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#109046
2016-06-29

'Rule-breaker' forests in Andes, Amazon revealed by remote spectral sensing

It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research.

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#109047
2016-06-29

Leaving EU will make it harder for UK to tackle climate change, says minister

Climate and energy secretary says while decision to leave will make UK’s role harder, the government’s commitment remains the same

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#109048
2016-06-29

Surviving Climate Change in Southeast Asia Will Require New and Ancient Technologies

Keo Yeun nods at the two metal rods, then at a small hole nearby, full of brown water. “It’s not magic,” he says, shrugging. “I’m experimenting with water, to survive.”

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#109049
2016-06-29

Benefits of Community Forest Management in Madagascar not evenly distributed: report

Community Forest Management (CFM) is an increasingly popular approach to conserving forests worldwide, due to the fact that involving the local community that uses and lives within the forests helps avoid the negative impacts of forest protection on forest-dependent communities and even often im ...

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#109050
2016-06-29

How Brexit will impact the future of farming, GMOs and gene editing in Britain and Europe

Now that the unimaginable has happened, scientists in Britain and across Europe–as well as trade partners in the United States and elsewhere–are trying to assess the impact of Brexit on agricultural biotechnology.

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#109051
2016-06-29

EU position on GMOs a blow to SADC’s food security

SADC countries still show the least level of biotechnology development owing largely to the precautionary approach of governments in guiding the use of biotechnology in agriculture and the negative perceptions emanating from the European Union’s stand on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), re ...

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#109052
2016-06-29

What is the Value of a Species?

Let’s be honest, these are challenging times to be a conservationist, animal lover, nature fan, outdoorsman…a human. No matter the label, one thing that we all share in common is a desire to feel wonder: a wonder that often arises from experiences in the natural world.

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#109053
2016-06-29

Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversity

Forest loss in the Amazon continues, but over the last decade, it has largely been slowing down in Brazil.

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#109056
2016-06-30

Penguin population may be halved by end of century

NEWARK, Del., June 29 (UPI) -- There will be far fewer penguins in Antarctica by the end of the century as a result of rising temperatures, according to a recent study.

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#109057
2016-06-30

Man-made structures affecting coastal wetlands in Louisiana, study says

MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- Disruptions to the tidal inundation process along coastal Louisiana are having a tangible effect on wetlands, but scientists think they have identified the biggest causes and hope to find ways to mitigate their effects.

News Headlines
#109058
2016-06-30

Climate change: UK backs world-leading climate target

The UK government has set a world-leading climate change target up to the early 2030s.

News Headlines
#109059
2016-06-30

Watching a forest breathe

For the first time, scientists traced carbon dioxide flows through a forest during photosynthesis and respiration, correcting long-standing assumptions about how plants exchange the greenhouse gas with the atmosphere on an ecosystem-wide level. The results could help make climate prediction mode ...

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#109060
2016-06-30

Cement company may have caused extinction of 3 snail species

Snails are being blown to extinction. And cement companies are to blame.

News Headlines
#109061
2016-06-30

Drink beer, help the ocean?

Beer may have a bad rep among carb-fearing ab-chiseling fitness fans, but it could now be better for the environment than it was before. Well, at least the new kind packaged using edible six-pack rings from south Florida’s Saltwater Brewery.

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#109062
2016-06-30

Climate change is disrupting seasonal behaviour of Britain's wildlife

Global warming is causing breeding and migration cycles of related plants and animals to fall out of sync with potential impacts on entire ecosystems, research shows

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#109063
2016-06-30

Nobel winners slam Greenpeace for anti GM campaign

About a third of living Nobel laureates sign an open letter saying Greenpeace has misrepresented the risks and benefits of genetically modified crops

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#109064
2016-06-30

How social media can distort and misinform when communicating science

When news breaks – whether the story of a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or a natural disaster – people increasingly turn to the internet and social media. Individuals use Twitter and Facebook as primary sources for news and information.

News Headlines
#109065
2016-06-30

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas announced

Good news for endangered Maltese seabirds! The national government has given Malta its first eight marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) specifically for birds.

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#109067
2016-06-30

Convention on Biological Diversity extended to the Falkland Islands

The United Kingdom ratification to the Convention on Biological Diversity was formally extended to the Falkland Islands on Wednesday (June 29).

News Headlines
#109068
2016-06-30

Overstressed seaweed more likely to get sick

"We believe these kinds of opportunistic pathogens are more common in marine environment than had been realized before," researcher Suhelen Egan said.

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#109069
2016-07-04

Frigate birds: In the air for months at a time

Frigate birds were already known for their ability to fly continuously for weeks without landing. A telemetric study of their trajectory and flight strategy has just revealed that they can remain airborne for over two months during their transoceanic migrations.

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#109070
2016-07-04

Dry countries team up in El Niño resistance

The government of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have teamed up to provide farmers with better technologies to prepare for future El Niño cycles in dry areas.

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#109071
2016-07-04

New tarantula named after Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez

Scientists have discovered a new species of tarantula in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria mountain range in Colombia. And it is badass.

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