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#114093
2017-08-15

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#114094
2017-08-15

Most countries are better off with intact forests

Atlantic Forest, Gulf of Guinea and Thailand will benefit from forest conversion. Latin America, South-East Asia and Madagascar won’t see gains from conversion. Losses from deforestation is three times more than the gains from farm conversion.

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#114095
2017-08-15

Accidental deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales threatening species’ survival

At least 12 whales have died since April — or about 2 per cent of the population — nearly all of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The right whales are among the most imperilled marine mammals on Earth.

News Headlines
#114096
2017-08-15

A 30-Year-Old Treaty Proves Humans Can Still Save Planet Earth

As the United States government goes out of its way to roll back clean Earth initiatives of the past, it’s easy to forget that sometimes good policies can lead to meaningful change — and it can stick. A new paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that a 30-year-old inte ...

News Headlines
#114097
2017-08-15

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?

It’s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer.

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#114098
2017-08-15

UNGA 72 Documents Reflect on Education, Environmental Conventions, Social Development

In preparation for the 72nd session of the UNGA, the UN has released several documents related to sustainable development and SDG implementation. Recent documents address progress on education for sustainable development, highlights from the UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD, and reflections on social deve ...

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#114099
2017-08-15

Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters

Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change.

News Headlines
#114100
2017-08-15

South Africa: Environmental Affairs On Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop

Young conservationists from 18 countries gather in Gauteng for the first Global Youth in Biodiversity Network in Africa workshop.

News Headlines
#114101
2017-08-15

Protecting a forest in the land of the Indonesian deer-pig

In a village in the northern part of Indonesia's giant Sulawesi island, hunters pursue rare animals that are protected by the law. A local affiliate of NGO BirdLife International is working with locals to preserve the Popayato-Paguat forest block — and the dozens of endemic species within. The ...

News Headlines
#114102
2017-08-15

Time-consuming consultations reason abs bill tabled late

Tabling of the Access to Biological Resources and Benefits Sharing Bill in the Parliament was delayed due to the time-consuming consultation process between the federal and state governments, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Notification
#2652
2017-08-14

Opportunities under the Green Climate Fund

Reference: SCBD/MCO/DC/AF/NP/ML/YX/86771 (2017-077)
To: National Focal Points of the Convention and the Protocols

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News Headlines
#114083
2017-08-14

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

By burning peatlands to make way for palm oil plantations and vegetable plots, therefore, locals risk destroying these swamps’ ecosystems while simultaneously releasing vast amounts of CO2 back into the atmosphere, thereby exacerbating the effects of climate change. To stop that from happening, ...

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#114084
2017-08-14

Sustainably managing our natural resources: Environmental Sustainability: Part 1

The Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), which was launched earlier this year by President Geingob, forms part of a series of a total of seven national development plans that are to implement and achieve the objectives and aspirations of Namibia’s long-term vision, Vision 2030.

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#114085
2017-08-14

Ecotourism to boost PH position as Asia’s freediving capital

Ecotourism and ocean preservation would be the centerpiece of the Department of Tourism in bolstering the country’s position as a freediving capital in the region.

News Headlines
#114086
2017-08-14

World Bank sanctions loan of USD 1 billion for cleaning river Ganga

World Bank has sanctioned a loan of USD 1 billion for funding Institutional Development and for the construction of priority infrastructure projects for municipal waste water treatment and solid waste treatment on the main stem of Ganga in five Ganga basin states.

News Headlines
#114087
2017-08-14

Creating the Next Generation of Urban Conservationists

There’s a few things kids can do to influence how adults view biodiversity, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#114088
2017-08-14

Climate change shifts timing of Europe’s floods, study finds

Implications for insurers and hydroelectric generation

News Headlines
#114089
2017-08-14

California Hopes ‘Healthy Soil’ Will Fight Climate Change

California lawmakers are enlisting farmers’ help in pulling carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it in their soil.

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#114090
2017-08-14

Humans massively increased odds of three consecutive hottest years

New research shows odds of record years and runs of record years have changed from tiny to probable because of greenhouse gases.

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#114091
2017-08-14

Allowing polluters to offset carbon emissions by paying forest owners effectively reduces greenhouse gases, Stanford study finds

A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

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#114092
2017-08-14

Pakistan’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ surpasses Bonn challenge commitment

Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has reached a new milestone by planting one billion trees in two years, exceeding a global commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.

Meeting
#5672

Internation Youth Day 2017: "Youth Building Peace"

12 August 2017, New York, United States of America

News Headlines
#114071
2017-08-11

Bleaching incident led to late coral spawning

Warming seas caused Singapore's corals to suffer from the longest-ever bleaching incident on record last year, and observations show that the incident has far-reaching effects.

News Headlines
#114072
2017-08-11

Loss of biodiversity greater threat than climate change

The threat to humanity posed by the loss of biodiversity is as great or even greater than that posed by climate change, a Mexican biologist said.

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#114073
2017-08-11

On World Elephant Day, troubling times for African elephants (commentary)

Every year on August 12, the world celebrates elephants, but so far, 2017 is not a great one for these iconic animals. This photo essay comes via Mongabay's partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Wild View blog.

News Headlines
#114074
2017-08-11

Canada curbs ship speeds to prevent right whale deaths

Canadian officials yesterday ordered boats including cargo and cruise ships to reduce their speed in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in a bid to protect endangered whales.

News Headlines
#114075
2017-08-11

Keep elephant corridors open and allow India’s national heritage animal to survive, it’ll help the whole ecosystem

India has for thousands of years revered and worshipped all natural resources, flora and fauna. And the elephant has a special place in Indian mythology. We now live in an India that has 17% of the world’s population while occupying 2.61% of the world’s landmass, which we also share with 60% of ...

News Headlines
#114076
2017-08-11

Study shows the cost of deforestation in Cambodia

For the first time, researchers have calculated the financial contribution the forest makes to Cambodia's economy - an estimated US$129.84 million per annum.

News Headlines
#114077
2017-08-11

Scientists are finally beginning to acknowledge how local communities aid them in their research

Ecologists admit that while communities living in the vicinity of an area, with their traditional knowledge of flora and fauna and sense of the landscape of the region, often form the backbone of their research, they are hardly acknowledged for their contributions. For some years now, this has b ...

News Headlines
#114078
2017-08-11

2016 surpasses 2015 as hottest year on record globally in 137 years

Loss of biodiversity, degrading ecosystem, ocean warming and the melting of ice sheets has the world's biggest nations pondering over effective ways to curb the phenomenon. In January 2017, independent analyses by American space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio ...

News Headlines
#114079
2017-08-11

Birds, Important Natural Wealth in Northern Cuban Keys

Birds are one of the main natural resources in the keys bordering the northern coast of the Cuban central province of Ciego de Avila, one of the island's prominent tourist destinations.

News Headlines
#114080
2017-08-11

Peru indigenous communities engage in rainforest conservation

Peruvian indigenous communities committed to the preservation of rainforests are granted financial incentives in recognition of their environmentally-friendly efforts, the Environment Ministry's Rainforest Program affirmed on Friday.

News Headlines
#114081
2017-08-11

How to Save the Bobcat – and Benefit Its Human Neighbors

It’s time to change the rules surrounding bobcat management across North America — for the sake of this beautiful wild cat, but also for the people who live amongst it. If hunting and trapping limits evolve to ensure bobcats are abundant enough to support not only sportsmen but ecotourism and ec ...

News Headlines
#114082
2017-08-11

DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS IN AFRICA WILL HELP BOOST ITS ECONOMY

umanity has long appreciated forests for the energy, food and medicine they provide, and as a source of wood products for construction and other purposes. But the role of forests in supporting agriculture, preserving biodiversity, protecting water supplies, creating jobs, increasing domestic GDP ...

News Headlines
#114051
2017-08-10

Artificial coastal defences could be used to enhance marine biodiversity, study shows

Future coastal defences, harbours and ports could enhance biodiversity within the marine environment through the use of cement substitutes. But the materials used need to be selected carefully in order that native and non-native species are not adversely affected, a study by the University of Pl ...

News Headlines
#114052
2017-08-10

What changes minds about climate change?

Seventy percent of Americans now believe global warming is occurring, and more than half understand that it is mainly caused by human activity, a new report reveals. This is an improvement over 2013, said Edward Maibach, a principal investigator on the report, which came out of the Yale Program ...

News Headlines
#114053
2017-08-10

Federal Science Report Finds Human Activity Does Influence Climate Change

“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse [heat trapping] gases, are primarily responsible for the observed climate changes,” notes the Climate Science Special Report, which was available on request during a public comment period earlier this y ...

News Headlines
#114054
2017-08-10

Europe's taste of a hotter planet

With 2017 set to be among the hottest years on record, Europe's extreme-weather summer may be a taste of the new normal.

News Headlines
#114055
2017-08-10

BEHIND THE RESTORATIVE EFFECTS OF CORAL GARDENING

New research finds that "coral gardening," which involves planting fragments of nursery-raised coral on reefs in the wild to replenish depleted coral colonies, is playing a key role in the restoration of staghorn coral reef systems in the Caribbean—and might just help inform strategies to ensure ...

News Headlines
#114056
2017-08-10

Prague zoo visitors can newly help save endangered animal species

Visitors to the Prague Zoo can contribute to the protection of four critically endangered animal species in the wild, or the Przewalski's horse, the western gorilla, the gharial and the Laotian rock rat via a new system as from today. The garden has helped protect these and other species right ...

News Headlines
#114057
2017-08-10

Scientists hope to breed Asian ‘unicorns’ – if they can find them

Conservationists see only one hope for the saola: a risky captive breeding programme.

News Headlines
#114058
2017-08-10

Photographer Vincent Munier captures the endangered snow leopard

Wildlife photographer Vincent Munier has completed an ambitious project to document Tibet’s most endangered wildlife. In a bid to photograph this relatively unknown and unexplored region, Vincent travelled across high altitudes, freezing temperatures and rough terrains, equipped with a tent, war ...

News Headlines
#114059
2017-08-10

WATCH: The race is on to photograph endangered animals before they vanish

“RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark” is a new PBS documentary that chronicles renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore on his journey to archive portraits of some of the rarest animals on this planet.

News Headlines
#114060
2017-08-10

Who Governs the High Seas?

The earth’s surface is more than 70% ocean, more water than land, a mass of blue connecting disconnected green. Nation states claim up to 200 miles from their coasts as areas of “national jurisdiction” over which they have the power to exploit, consume, and regulate. But the vast majority of the ...

News Headlines
#114061
2017-08-10

Father and son butt heads in decades-long battle over bird tourism site

Five years ago, Sergio Basantes and his wife Doris made history when they decided to turn their lush finca just outside of Quito into a hotspot for bird watching. It’s the first bird tourism site of its kind in the Ecuadoran province called Pacto, which rests at the southernmost tip of 65,000 sq ...

News Headlines
#114062
2017-08-10

Sea urchins—from pest to plate

It is one of the most valued seafood products and destroys kelp forests worth millions of NOK. Can sea urchin harvest be profitable? This is the subject of a project led by the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA). The project is part of a research program at The Fram Centre in Tromsø.

News Headlines
#114063
2017-08-10

Stakeholders validate National Biodiversity Committee

The Gambia - The Department of Parks and Wildlife Management with the support of the PRCM Regional partnership for Marine Conservation in West Africa as well as stakeholders from various units on Wednesday converged at the Baobab Holiday Resort to validate the National Biodiversity committee to ...

News Headlines
#114064
2017-08-10

See What It Takes to Move 500 Elephants

In late July, wildlife managers in Malawi finished a two-year project that involved moving 520 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to their new home in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The hope is that the transplanted pachyderms will help solve conservation problems in ...

News Headlines
#114065
2017-08-10

Yoda bat gets happy: New species officially recognized

An unusual breed of fruit bat -- previously nicknamed 'Yoda' due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master -- has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.

News Headlines
#114066
2017-08-10

The benefits -- and potential pitfalls -- of urban green spaces

With the rapid expansion of the urban landscape, successfully managing ecosystems in built areas has never been more important. However, our understanding of urban ecology is far from complete, and the data at hand are often patchy, leaving stakeholders without the tools they need to successfull ...

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