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#108698
2016-05-30

Africa: At UN Environment Assembly Convening in Nairobi

The world's environment ministers, gathered at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi on late Friday, passed far reaching decisions on issues such as marine litter, the illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste, and sustainable consu ...

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#108711
2016-05-30

Galapagos project shows way forward for sustainable development

NEW YORK: The success of a global renewable energy project on Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago has given a major boost to the idea of sustainable development, according to a report.

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#108712
2016-05-30

Malaysia just established a one million hectare marine park

Malaysia has just established the biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as we ...

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#108713
2016-05-30

Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report

The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable due to climate change is kept hidden from those building and buying property along Australia’s coasts and in bushfire zones, a Climate Institute report says.

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#108714
2016-05-30

Zambia: AfDB Meet Tackles Climate Change Head-On

LAST week, Zambia played host to the 2016 annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting whose theme was 'Energy and Climate Change'.

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#108715
2016-05-30

Zimbabwe: Climate Change Eroding Value of Heritage Sites

WORLD Heritage Sites like the iconic Great Zimbabwe Monument and the splendid Victoria Falls are coming under severe pressure from climate change, threatening to erode the sites' outstanding universal value (OUV) -- their exceptional cultural or natural worth, one which when lost can never be re ...

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#108716
2016-05-30

Russia is trying to reintroduce Persian leopard species

SOCHI: The Russian resort of Sochi is best known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. But now it’s about to welcome a different kind of visitor - one that can break a goat’s neck with a twist of its jaws.

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#108717
2016-05-30

Rural women battered by climate change

THE effects of climate change have hit hard on rural women in developing countries. This transpired during a three-day conference on climate change effects, especially on rural women organised by UN Women Multi Country Office in Benoni, Johannesburg last week.

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#108718
2016-05-30

Rats evicted from two more Tongan islands

An eradication project in Tonga has proved successful with two islands off Tongatapu declared rat-free.

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#108719
2016-05-30

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Has Killed 35% Of Corals In Central, Northern Regions

Last month, researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that 93 percent of the 1,400 mile-long Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — had been affected by some level of bleaching. Scientists from the centre have now estimated that this ...

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#108720
2016-05-30

BioBanking 2.0 - The NSW Government’s Draft Biodiversity Conservation Laws

On 3 May 2016, the NSW Government published public consultation drafts of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016, and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 (together, the Draft Bills). If enacted, the Draft Bills would effect sweeping reform to the State’s biodiversity conservation laws, ...

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#108689
2016-05-24

'One needs to understand biodiversity to protect it'

The need for coming up with initiatives to control the loss of flora and fauna was highlighted by experts on Sunday-International Day for Biological Diversity at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB). Experts also encouraged the youth to understand biodiversity in order to p ...

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#108690
2016-05-24

Africa: Lives of 1.2 Billion Poor People Held Up By Status of Biodiversity - UNDP

United Nations Development Program says the biodiversity losses now being witnessed by the world is diminishing the potential for sustainable development and undermining the very foundations of life on Earth.

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#108691
2016-05-24

How lessons from past extinctions can help save Madagascar’s lemurs

It is common knowledge that the world faces an historic threat to biodiversity and natural species everywhere. This threat, caused by climate change, loss of habitats and over-exploitation - among other things - may be new. But it is not unprecedented.

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#108692
2016-05-24

Latin America, the Caribbean Have the World''s Greatest Biodiversity

Nairobi, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the greatest biological diversity on the planet, holding 60 to 70 percent of all known life on Earth, according to a report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today.

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#108693
2016-05-24

How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation

The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.

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#108695
2016-05-24

Climate Change May Be as Hard on Lizards as on Polar Bears

In deserts around the world, creatures and plants are struggling as their habitats warm.Desert ecologist Cameron Barrows is a sand country cowboy. His white-brown beard and wide cotton hat deflect the brutal sun as he leads volunteers—citizen scientists—through Joshua Tree National Park.

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#108697
2016-05-24

Colombia peace could reveal jungle species' secrets

Countless rare insects and flowers are said to inhabit the jungles of Colombia, but decades of war have stopped naturalists from discovering them—until now.

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#108696
2016-05-24

The rare primates of "Drill Ranch"

The drill is one of Africa's rarest primates. The monkeys have fascinated two American scientists for almost 30 years, and they have dedicated their lives to preserving them.

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#108694
2016-05-24

Designing cities to combat climate change

Urban planners can take steps to reduce the heat cities may experience from climate change, but there would be other consequences and tradeoffs to consider, according to a study at Purdue University.

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#108680
2016-05-23

‘Recall tradition to save our biodiversity’

Panaji: We have to recall traditional methods to protect our biodiversity and adopt them to save the Earth, said environment minister Rajendra Arlekar at the Goa state biodiversity board's International Day for Biological Diversity event at Kala Academy, Panaji, on Sunday.

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#108681
2016-05-23

PAU celebrates International Biodiversity Day 2016

The "International Biodiversity Day 2016" was celebrated at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the aegis of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), Government of India on Monday.

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#108682
2016-05-23

Down with guilt! There are much better ways to get people to act on climate change.

How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer to that has been: Get them to think about how it’s their fault. Because any human who happens to live in North America has taken advantage of central heating, combustion engines, mixmasters, monster truck rallies, etc.

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#108683
2016-05-23

ESF lists top 10 new species for 2016

A hominin in the same genus as humans and an ape nicknamed "Laia" that might provide clues to the origin of humans are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species of 2016.

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#108684
2016-05-23

Biodiversity loss speeding up wildlife, plants extinction at alarming level

ISLAMABAD: The Climate Change secretary has pledged to stem biodiversity loss in the country in collaboration with all provincial forest and wildlife departments and non-governmental organisations.

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#108685
2016-05-23

Mainstream issues of biodiversity into national plans – Ayariga

Mr Mahama Ayariga, the Minister of Environment, Science,Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has said issues of biodiversity must be mainstreamed into the national development plans to impact on every aspect of individual, corporate and communal activities.

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#108686
2016-05-23

Rubber Plantations Contribute To Reduced Ant Biodiversity

Researchers in Japan have found a sharp decline in the overall biodiversity of ants in a rubber plantation in China, shedding light on the impact of these developments on forest environments. Their findings were published in Ecological Monographs.

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#108687
2016-05-23

Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem

UN’s top environmental scientist warns bottles and bags do not break down easily and sink, as report highlights the ubiquity of plastic debris in oceans

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#108688
2016-05-23

Biodiversity conservation policies in tropical forests threaten the livelihood of indigenous peoples

A new study of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) led by Dr Victoria Reyes-García recommends implementing biocultural conservation policies which take into account indigenous societies, their cultures and the changes they are ...

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#108666
2016-05-20

Biodiversity Week activities draw 17,000

Nature thrives in Singapore, and more people are interested in getting acquainted with the flora and fauna here.Slots at almost all nature activities launched by the National Parks Board (NParks) to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity this Sunday - including a guided tour at Fort ...

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#108667
2016-05-20

Meet the Bee Expert who Helped Invent the BioBlitz

Sam Droege is known for his stunning close-up photography of bees, published in National Geographic (magazine and online), and featured also in the video on this post. He’ll be participating in the National Parks BioBlitz in Washington, D.C. this weekend, looking for bees, of course.

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#108668
2016-05-20

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report

It said that changes in settlement patterns, urbanisation and socio-economic status in Asia have increased exposure to climate extremes.

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#108669
2016-05-20

Rich coral communities discovered in Palamos Submarine Canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea

A scientific team has found a deep-water coral ecosystem that is very vulnerable to human activity in La Fonera canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea. The findings are explained in an article published in PLOS ONE.

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#108670
2016-05-20

Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years

SYDNEY: Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years without "now or never" funding to improve water quality as climate change ravages the World Heritage-listed site, scientists warned Thursday.

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#108671
2016-05-20

Mighty mountain wilds

On International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) we celebrate the extensive and ecologically profuse Western Ghats. Dense mist floats about every now and then, its ethereal, amorphous form as if pulled on all sides by some magical force, to reveal a sparkling clarity to the wet air. What a ...

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#108672
2016-05-20

Unique salmon population in eastern P.E.I. being studied

A group of researchers is tagging salmon in Eastern P.E.I., hoping to determine the health of the ecosystem, and learn more about a particular population thriving in local waters.

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#108673
2016-05-20

On International Day, UN highlights biodiversity's role in underpinning development

22 May 2016 – Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he urged the internationa ...

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#108648
2016-05-19

McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up'

A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.

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#108649
2016-05-19

Ocean acidification puts NW Dungeness crab at risk

Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.

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#108652
2016-05-19

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 were forced to replace it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 hybrids that originate in China.

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#108653
2016-05-19

Gabon moves to share forestry profits with local forest communities

Fifteen years after making it the law of the land, Central African country Gabon has formally adopted a new guidance document produced by local communities and civil society groups that aims to help communities receive a share of profits from commercial timber harvesting.

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#108654
2016-05-19

Conservation’s people problem

The field of conservation has faced down an internal crisis over is its treatment of indigenous peoples and local communities living in ecosystems targeted for protection.

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#108655
2016-05-19

A Precarious Fate for Climate Migrants in India

NEW DELHI, May 19 2016 (IPS) - After the sea swallowed up her home and family in the Bangladeshi coastal district of Bhola along the Bay of Bengal, farmer Sanjeela Sheikh was heartbroken. Stripped of all her belongings, her fields swamped and her loved ones dead, she contemplated suicide.

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#108656
2016-05-19

Over a third of North American bird species in danger: scientists

More than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, scientists who are part of a tri-nation initiative said on Wednesday, adding that ocean and tropical birds were in particular danger.

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#108657
2016-05-19

Climate change could trigger 'tipping point' for East Antarctic Totten Glacier

The Totten Glacier in East Antarctica has an unstable area that could collapse and contribute to more than two metres of sea level rise beyond what is generally predicted if climate change remains unchecked, researchers say.

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#108658
2016-05-19

Glyphosate: Will Europe ban controversial weed killer?

The EU is about to vote on whether to relicense the world's most used pesticide, as debate continues to rage over whether it poses a risk of cancer.

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#108659
2016-05-19

New study confirms EU nature laws’ effectiveness

A new research paper, just published in the journal Conservation Letters by scientists at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) Centre for Conservation Science, is the latest in a line of scientific evidence that proves the EU Nature Directives – the Union’s core nature laws – are vital to the EU’s abil ...

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#108660
2016-05-19

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change

The National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed GMO safety and pointed to the potential for future improvements

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#108661
2016-05-19

Celebrate The International Day For Biological Diversity With Micro Conservation

There's nothing like the potential loss of Earth's rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage.

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#108662
2016-05-19

Seeds of suicide

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the UN. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity from IPR monopolies.

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