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#116281
2018-03-20

Global biodiversity 'crisis' to be assessed at major summit

Paris – Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say – the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.

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#116282
2018-03-20

Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies in Kenya

The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said. Sudan, 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.

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#116283
2018-03-20

RIP fish and chips? Climate change threatens to wipe out some of the UK’s favourite dishes

ritish staples such as fish and chips and chicken tikka masala could be under threat due to climate change, new research suggests. In a report published by the WWF ahead of its Earth Hour campaign this weekend, experts examined how changing weather and temperature rhythms could impact the types ...

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#116284
2018-03-20

How to survive climate change: A lesson from Hurricane Maria

On 20 September 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Maria cut like a buzz-saw across the island of Puerto Rico. The storm ditched two to three feet of rain, flooding houses and hospitals, while raging winds tore roofs off houses and electrical transmission towers from the ground, plunging the island into ...

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#116285
2018-03-20

Climate change may leave more than 140 million people displaced, warns World Bank report

The study said people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America will become ‘climate migrants’ by 2050. Climate change will force more than 140 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America to become internal “climate migrants” within their countries’ boundaries by ...

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#116286
2018-03-20

Can climate litigation save the world?

Global moves to tackle climate change through lawsuits are poised to break new ground this week, as groups and individuals seek to hold governments and companies accountable for the damage they are causing.

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#116287
2018-03-20

Climate change threatens world's largest seagrass carbon stores

In the summer of 2010-2011 Western Australia experienced an unprecedented marine heat wave that elevated water temperatures 2-4°C above average for more than 2 months. The heat wave resulted in defoliation of the dominant Amphibolis antarctica seagrass species across the iconic Shark Bay World H ...

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#116288
2018-03-20

Protecting Mexico's island paradise

The popularity of the Mexican island of Cozumel as a cruise destination is great for the economy — but not necessarily for nature. The country is now trying to protect its blue waters and fragile coral reefs.

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#116289
2018-03-20

Sandals Guests Take On Fight Against Invasive Lionfish

Since the threats presented by the invasive lionfish were brought to national attention, the Sandals Foundation has introduced and participated in a number of programmes to help bring awareness to and control the lionfish population in the Caribbean.

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#116290
2018-03-20

Puerto Morelos gets ready for sea turtle season

The government of Puerto Morelos says they are ready for the upcoming sea turtle season, which they note was a record-breaker last year.

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#116291
2018-03-20

Ocean acidification: Herring could benefit from an altered food chain

Juvenile fish must immediately learn to catch prey and to escape enemies. Additionally, at this stage of their lives, they are highly sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, oxygen and the pH of the water. These factors are currently changing on a global scale—temperature is risi ...

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#116292
2018-03-20

Five new species of frogs identified in museum collections

Researchers from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of museum specimens that had long been considered to only contain two species. This research by lead author Yale-NUS College Assistant Profes ...

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#116259
2018-03-15

Caribbean Fish Stocks Dwindling as Illegal Fishing Intensifies

Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain.

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#116260
2018-03-15

Global 'Green Finance' Index Launch Boosts Sustainable Investing Drive

The new Global Green Finance Index (‘GGFI’), which has been launched by Finance Watch and commercial think tank Z/Yen today in Brussels, ranks the world’s financial centres according to “perceptions of the quality” and depth of their green finance offerings. And, in its inaugural edition - GGFI ...

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#116261
2018-03-15

European Parliament calls for doubling for LIFE funding in next EU budget

The European Parliament voted to double the funding of the LIFE Programme, the EU’s only funding instrument on nature conservation and climate, in the next EU budget post-2020. WWF has long called for LIFE financing to be more than trebled to reach 1% of the next budget, up from 0.3% currently.

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#116262
2018-03-15

Marine ecologists study the effects of giant kelp on groups of organisms in the underwater forest ecosystem

New analysis by UC Santa Barbara researchers has found that the kelp’s structure may be more important than the food it provides. Using over a decade’s worth of data from the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project, supported by the National Science Foundation, the investigat ...

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#116263
2018-03-15

Decreased oxygen levels could present hidden threat to marine species

Species living in coastal regions could face a significant future threat from reduced levels of oxygen in the marine environment, according to research published in Scientific Reports.

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#116264
2018-03-15

Scientists issue dire warning about future

Five Portsmouth scientists, including a leading ecologist, have added their names to the 20,000 scientists worldwide warning of catastrophe for humankind if we don't change our behavior.

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#116265
2018-03-15

Mountains become islands: Ecological dangers of increasing land use in East Africa

The mountains of East Africa are a treasure trove of biodiversity. However, their ecosystems may be at a higher risk than previously realized. Scientists have discovered that Mount Kilimanjaro is turning into an "ecological island". Agriculture and housing construction have eliminated the natura ...

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#116266
2018-03-15

Small mammal thought to be extinct rediscovered in Nepal's national park

The hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus) is in the list of critically endangered small mammals. It was thought to be extinct from Chitwan National Park as it had not been spotted again after its first spotting in 1984.

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#116267
2018-03-15

13 European countries to protect great bustard

Delegates from 13 European countries on Thursday agreed on transboundary conservation measures for the great bustard - the heaviest flying bird in Europe.

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#116268
2018-03-15

Dramatic Photos Show How Sand Mining Threatens a Way of Life in Southeast Asia

Vietnam is a prime example of a little-known global threat: the mining of river sand to build the world’s booming cities.

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#116269
2018-03-15

Activists eye bigger roles for local officials, businesses in Indonesia’s orangutan protection plan

The Indonesian government is drafting another 10-year guideline for orangutan conservation that aims to staunch the decline in the population of the critically endangered great ape.

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#116270
2018-03-15

Swapping Debt for Ocean Conservation

A new initiative is exchanging the alleviation of national debt for government initiatives aimed at preserving marine ecosystems.

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#116271
2018-03-15

Report: Unchecked Climate Change Will Lead to Widespread Biodiversity Loss

The world will see enormous losses of biodiversity across all species groups on every continent by the end of this century if we do not make deep cuts to global greenhouse emissions, according to groundbreaking research from the WWF and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of ...

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#116272
2018-03-15

How Can Municipalities Protect Biodiversity And Engage In Conservation?

Municipalities often find themselves struggling to reconcile numerous conflicting interests when it comes to the balancing conservation and urban growth. As the world's biodiversity increasingly comes under threat, including from urban expansion into natural areas, municipalities are recognizing ...

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#116273
2018-03-15

If business leaders want to regain our trust, they must act on climate risk

Empty rhetoric from corporates is not enough as climate change is accelerating far faster than expected.

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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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#116275
2018-03-15

High hopes for the critically endangered regent honeyeater following Gippsland discovery

Conservationists say the discovery of critically endangered regent honeyeaters in south-east Victoria is a promising sign of the bird species' recovery.

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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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#116242
2018-03-14

Climate change risk for half of plant and animal species in biodiversity hotspots

Up to half of plant and animal species in the world’s most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked.

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#116243
2018-03-14

Marine ecologists study the effects of giant kelp on groups of organisms in the underwater forest ecosystem

When British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he took notice of the giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of species would be lost. These underwater ecosystems, Darwin believed, could be ...

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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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#116245
2018-03-14

Putting women at the heart of national biodiversity action plans

In developing countries, women make up nearly half of the labour force in agriculture and account for a large portion of the world’s food crops. They work as farmers, informal sector workers, entrepreneurs, in forestry and fisheries and are involved in all sectors of agriculture. Yet their role ...

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#116246
2018-03-14

In the Galápagos, fighting the rising tide of plastic pollution

When the clean-up volunteers in the Galápagos Islands came across a soda can with a brand from Indonesia, they were hardly surprised. For months, they had been cleaning the remote beaches of these iconic islands 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and removing tonnes of plastic waste, much of it ...

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#116247
2018-03-14

Interface and Levi's on what the fabric of sustainability feels like in 2030

Modular carpet manufacturer Interface and apparel company Levi Strauss & Co. long have been at the forefront of sustainable innovation. SustainAbility’s Aiste Brackley sat down with Erin Meezan, chief sustainability officer at Interface, and Michael Kobori, VP of sustainability at Levi Strauss & ...

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#116248
2018-03-14

Scientists not afraid to speak of the devil

Devil rays (Mobula mobular) are a majestic presence in the oceans, and encounters in the wild are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many divers. Soon, however, even these brief encounters may fade.

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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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#116250
2018-03-14

Nunavut not prepared for climate change impacts, auditor general says

Nunavut is not prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change and doesn't have a plan to deal with them, according to latest report by Canada's auditor general.

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#116251
2018-03-14

Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax

Facing the reality of human-caused warming, we now look for ways to reduce the problem so that future generations will not inherit a disaster. So, what can we do now to help the future?

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#116252
2018-03-14

One plant has the ability to help us understand climate change

The humble sunflower appears not quite of this earth. Its yellow crowned head sits atop its stalk like a green broomstick. Its seeds, arranged in a logarithmic spiral, are produced by tiny flowers called disc florets that emerge from the center of its head and radiate outward. But aside from bei ...

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#116253
2018-03-14

The rise of cities in the battle against climate change

Cities, home to over half of the global population and responsible for more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The undeniable imperative to consider climate change in urban planning and policy has inspired a small but ...

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#116254
2018-03-14

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America

Prehistoric humans helped spread edible fruit species across Central and South America, even as they wiped out the megafauna that had done so previously. In the process, we maintained and even expanded the plants’ habitats, increased biodiversity, and engineered ecosystems on two continents. Tod ...

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#116255
2018-03-14

Climate change is shrinking mountain hares' habitat in the Alps

A warming climate will shrink and fragment mountain hare habitat in the Swiss Alps. Populations are likely to decline as a result, concludes an international study led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and the University of Bern.

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#116256
2018-03-14

How cash can promote tropical forest conservation

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they're discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study involving 1,200 tropical forest users in five developing countries.

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#116257
2018-03-14

Crammed cities go green

Cities are increasingly looking for ways to provide more greenery, as migration to urban areas rises and a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that being close to nature is good for people.

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#116222
2018-03-08

A global conflict: Agricultural production vs. biodiversity

Smart land-use planning could ease the conflict between agricultural production and nature conservation. A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the UFZ and the University of Münster integrated global datasets on the ...

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#116223
2018-03-08

Tackling Ireland’s alien invaders

The Japanese knotweed, rhododendron and giant hogweed are fast becoming household names as these pests continue to invade Irish landscapes. These ill-famed plants are just some of many invasive species causing destruction to Ireland’s ecosystems.

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#116224
2018-03-08

Climate change 'impacts women more than men'

Women are more likely than men to be affected by climate change, studies show. UN figures indicate that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. Roles as primary caregivers and providers of food and fuel make them more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur.

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#116225
2018-03-08

Let Us Take A Moment To Remember The 15 Species That Went Down With The Azure Window

One year ago today, the iconic Azure Window came crashing down, making the news worldwide. A 28-metre-tall natural arch on the island of Gozo, the Window was also the home of a unique ecosystem that is now extinct.

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