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#116004
2018-02-16

“We are not prepared” for climate change—scientists issue bleak warning

Researchers have determined that countries around the world are failing to fulfill their greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement, inevitably subjecting the world to unpredictable extreme weather. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, scientists conc ...

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#115814
2018-01-26

“Life, uh, finds a way”—Applying lessons from evolution to go to Mars

To phrase that more scientifically, evolution has had billions of years of trial and error to produce species that are well adapted chemically and physically. Many human researchers want to imitate that adaptation, turning lessons from the natural world into practice in engineering, technology, ...

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#116078
2018-02-22

‘Photo Ark’ a quest to document global biodiversity: Q&A with photographer Joel Sartore and director Chun-Wei Yi

At turns haunting, humorous or just downright bizarre, the studio portraits of the thousands of animal species that photographer Joel Sartore has collected are more than just a catalog of life on Earth. When someone sees one of his photographs for the National Geographic Photo Ark, Sartore wants ...

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#116036
2018-02-20

‘It’s our home’: Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film

The word “pygmy” conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms.

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#115725
2018-01-18

‘Empowering Indigenous Women’ll Help Fight against Hunger, Poverty’

Empowering indigenous women who have higher malnutrition rates than any other social group and typically earn far less than men is key to successfully fighting hunger and extreme poverty, the United Nations agriculture chief has said.

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#116106
2018-02-27

‘Cities aren’t going to wait’: Mayors drive action on climate change

With cities home to over half the world’s population and producing more than 80 per cent of global economic output, mayors are also driving climate action by adopting renewable energy and cleaner methods of transport.

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#115914
2018-02-07

‘$40bn at risk’ as climate change threatens tourism

Australia’s $40 billion tourism ­industry is in danger, with visitors likely to face more bad weather, deadly jellyfish and damaged beaches due to climate change, the Climate Council has warned.

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#116157
2018-03-01

Écologie : L'importance De La Préservation De La Microfaune Des Sols

Se reposer sur la biodiversité serait-il le secret de sols fertiles ? Si l’on en croit cette démonstration probante, la nature fait vraiment bien les choses : il n’y a qu’à patienter et la laisser faire son travail. Contre les pesticides, une vidéo qui vaut mieux qu’un long discours.

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#115590
2017-12-19

Zoological Survey of India compiles a list of 157 alien invasive species for the first time!

These invasive animal species pose a threat to the biodiversity of the area and human welfare and safety, also harming the agriculture and biodiversity.

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#115864
2018-02-01

Zero-deforestation pledges need help, support to meet targets, new study finds

It’s become a trend for big corporations to pledge that their products won’t cause any more deforestation. And while many experts believe in the potential of these “zero-deforestation” commitments to slow or stop deforestation, a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change fi ...

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#115612
2017-12-20

Yearender: Fiji plays leading role in fighting climate change

Fiji, a small developing island state in the South Pacific region, is now playing a leading role in fighting climate change widely considered to be one of the biggest threats facing mankind.

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#115890
2018-02-06

Worldwide Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Report: A Primer

Land, air and water are the cornerstones of life on Earth. To sustain the vitality of our global ecosystem, we must understand the health of our natural assets and how to halt and repair damage done to them.

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#116009
2018-02-16

World's tallest timber tower proposed for Tokyo

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has revealed plans for the world's tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper that would also be the country's highest.

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#116130
2018-02-28

World's first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled

he world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle has been unveiled in Amsterdam, prompting calls for retailers to roll them out in the UK. More than 700 products will be available without plastic packaging at Dutch chain Ekoplaza, including meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, fruit and ...

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#115838
2018-01-30

World oceans temperature hits record high

The world oceans temperature rose in 2017 to the highest point ever recorded, surpassing the previous record in 2015, according to a recent research published on Sunday by The Independent newspaper.

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#116185
2018-03-06

Women key to fight against climate change

Growing up in a South African township, Ndivile Mokoena realized early that women, children and society's poorest are hit hardest by environmental issues. Now she works for gender equality and climate justice globally.

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#115825
2018-01-26

Without Insects We Are Absolutely Helpless

When you next make a cup of tea, I bet the last thing on your mind is how intimately linked it is to the insect world. Without our insect friends there would be no pollination of tea crops, no rich variety of blends to taste, and the end for our celebrated cream teas. A world without insects w ...

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#116187
2018-03-06

Without 46 million year-old bacteria, turtle ants would need more bite and less armor

You've probably heard about poop pills, the latest way for humans to get benevolent bacteria into their guts. But it seems that a group of ants may have been the original poop pill pioneers—46 million years ago.

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#115588
2017-12-19

With ferns, fish and roots, Ecuador brings its rainforest to restaurant tables

Ferns that taste like asparagus when sautéed in olive oil and salt. Leaves with the flavour of garlic. A black, spicy sauce derived from bitter manioc root to go with paiche, a giant Amazonian fish.

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#115744
2018-01-19

With Climate Change, This Island Is Swallowed by the Sea

KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.

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#116099
2018-02-26

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet

We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. We are losing plants and animals at an alarming rate and humans are to blame. One vof the most serious threats to biodiversity loss is wildlife trafficking, writes MEP Catherine Bearder.

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#115606
2017-12-20

Wildlife conservation should not be a Western import

The debate over fox hunting in Britain is a binary issue that has polarised opinion in the pub and parliament alike. Similarly, discussions on wildlife conservation in Kenya have historically been cast in black and white terms: Western wildlife conservancy is “good” and indigenous human activity ...

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#115580
2017-12-18

Why your smartphone is contributing to climate change

Everything that we do affects the world around us. Updates to a study show that within the coming years, the energy consumed globally by our smart devices could be seriously impeding our efforts against climate change.

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#116165
2018-03-05

Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question

Our food – from what we eat to how it is grown – accounts for more carbon emissions than transport and yet staple crops will be hit hard by global warming

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#115986
2018-02-15

Why the Jaws shark is not a 'man-eating monster'

"When you're on top of the water, and you just see the fin, I think it's more scary because it's the unknown. But when you are underwater and you see the shark it is much less scary. When I saw him for the first time, he was bigger than expected and so much more colourful."

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#116133
2018-02-28

Why scientists have modelled climate change right up to the year 2300

The seas will continue to rise for 300 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published in Nature Communications, which projects how much the sea level will rise under varying degrees of success in tackling climate change right up to the year 2300.

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#115821
2018-01-26

Why climate change is worsening public health problems

A round the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: “All roads lead to universal health coverage.” Discussions for how to translate this vision into a road map for action is central to ...

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#115836
2018-01-30

Why climate change is preferred to global warming

"They” changed the term global warming to climate change because the planet is not warming is an oft-repeated talking point of those, such as US President Donald Trump, who cast doubt on the reality of rising temperatures.

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#115983
2018-02-15

White nose syndrome is killing millions of bats via a contagious fungus – here's how to stop it

A dangerous fungus has been sweeping across North America with devastating consequences. In the past decade, between 5m and 7m bats in the US and Canada have been wiped out as a result of the fungal disease known as white nose syndrome, which alters their behaviour in potentially deadly ways. Bu ...

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#115933
2018-02-09

When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Researchers have discovered the first known molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens, a distinctive co-evolutionary relationship that could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist.

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#116021
2018-02-19

What’s going on with the Earth’s climate?

Many people may be wondering, “what the heck is going on in climate science,” and, for that matter, “what the heck is happening to our climate?” On the one hand, reports from U.S. government agencies indicate that 2017 was the 3rd warmest year on record, 1.5 degrees (Fahrenheit) above the averag ...

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#116274
2018-03-15

What’s Really ‘Green’? A Look Beef Finishing on Feedlots

In my last post, I used a science-based green purchasing framework to evaluate sustainability of cattle grazing operations. The first two steps were to identify (1) key impacts of poorly managed ranches, and (2) solutions to each impact. Here I repeat this exercise for beef feedlots. Given the d ...

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#116128
2018-02-28

What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk away, so you can go to the park, another 10 minutes’ walk. The problem is, there’s a big, dangerous road between you and your friend, and another between them and the park. You as ...

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#115910
2018-02-07

What do the SDGs mean for business now?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) hold great possibilities for businesses. While perhaps the largest audience for the SDGs are government entities, businesses can contribute in three important ways: as engines of employment; through technological innovation; and as sources of finance.

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#115667
2018-01-15

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change?

A record-shattering cold gripped the Northeastern United States during late December and early January. Meanwhile, a so-called bomb-cyclone brought in Winter Storm Grayson with its blizzard winds and heavy snowfall. Is all of this extreme weather normal, a product of global warming, or perhaps b ...

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#115880
2018-02-02

Wetlands for humanity: We must preserve them for future

Wetlands are beneficial for life because they provide ecosystem services. Wetlands provide humanity, ranging from freshwater supply, food and building materials and biodiversity, to flood control, groundwater recharge and climate change mitigation

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#115690
2018-01-16

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Temperatures this high ...

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#116088
2018-02-22

We should protect our forests

Forests are the lungs of the earth. The air we breath, the stability of our climate and the rich variety of life all depend on forests. Forests are home to nearly two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land and millions of people depend on them for survival.

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#115780
2018-01-23

We must fix the broken water cycle before it dooms civilization—again

Managing water—making sure there’s enough while keeping inundation at bay—is a central function of civilization. History is littered with impressive cultures that didn’t get it right, sealing their doom—from the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia to the Hohokam of the American Southwest.

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#115835
2018-01-30

We can still win the fight against climate change

As 2017 drew to an end, becoming one of the three hottest years on record, my native United States conversely experienced dangerously frigid, Arctic weather, leading to intense debate about how climate change could also be the cause of extreme cold.

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#116230
2018-03-08

We Can’t Fix Climate Change Without Fixing Gender Equality

2018 marks 100 years since most British women were granted the right to vote. Right now, a global movement is growing to expose the horrific scale of sexual assault around the world. #MeToo has become a shout of shared experience and a call to arms. The crescendo of women’s voices clamouring for ...

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#115737
2018-01-19

Water management is health management

Improving human health and protecting water resources go hand in hand; it is time for policymakers to realise this, says The Nature Conservancy’s Giulio Boccaletti.

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#115687
2018-01-16

Warming Signs: How Diminished Snow Cover Puts Species in Peril

The wolverine is highly adapted to life in a snowy world. It has thick fur and snowshoe-like feet, and it dens high in the mountains as a way to avoid predators that aren’t as nimble in deep snow and to provide its kits with insulation from the bitter high-elevation cold.

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#116249
2018-03-14

War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank

A green think tank has warned of the risk of unintended consequences from the wave of concern about plastics. The Green Alliance, a parliamentary group, said plastics played a valuable role and couldn't be simply abolished.

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#116111
2018-02-27

Walking among the world’s tallest trees

“When I look around this forest,” said ranger Jim Wheeler, “it has a tendency to give me perspective in life, to help me realise I’m just a very small part of a much bigger world.”

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#115947
2018-02-09

WWF-Philippines launches Earth Hour 2018 with campaign #Connect2Earth

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to engage individuals, business and organizations in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories during the hour and b ...

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#116244
2018-03-14

WWF, World Scouting forge global partnership for a healthy planet

WWF and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) are deepening their collaboration to drive global awareness and action on nature and the environment, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing our planet and the important role of young people in creating a more sustainable world.

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#115936
2018-02-09

WWF to pilot use of drones in wildlife monitoring in Zambia

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will soon pilot a project on the use of drones for wildlife monitoring in Zambia. The project is aimed at enabling wildlife authorities in the southern African nation to better detect and respond to poaching and other threats in its protected areas.

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#116276
2018-03-15

WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water

Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water

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#115696
2018-01-16

WEF survey: 80% think risks associated with war involving major powers will increase in future

The World Economic Forum has released Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS) on most pressing risks that the world is facing, including persistent inequality and unfairness, domestic and international political tensions, environmental dangers and cyber vulnerabilities.

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