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#105019
2015-08-28

Earth's Resources for 2015 Have Already Been Used Up

Humanity is placing inordinate demands on nature, and it just keeps getting worse. In 2000, humanity had exceeded its "ecological budget" by October. This year, "Earth Overshoot Day" was August 13, according to the Global Footprint Network, a California-based environmental think tank. Earth Over ...

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#105020
2015-08-28

USAID launches US$12.5 million Caribbean marine biodiversity programme

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a US$12.5 million Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Programme (CMBP), in an effort to protect critical marine ecosystems and reduce threats to the region’s fisheries and tourism sectors.

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#105021
2015-08-28

Climate change in everyday life

Photographer James Whitlow Delano runs Everyday Climate Change, a successful Instagram feed. It's the best way to reach people, he says. Today, the feed features the work of photographers from all over the world.

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#105022
2015-08-28

Caution on classifying traditional knowledge under IPR

As the government has initiated the process of vetting a draft Bill on the protection and management of traditional knowledge (TK), experts caution against creating monopoly rights on TK and classifying it under intellectual property rights.

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#105023
2015-08-28

Ecuador: Comprehensive Strategy For Sustainable Development And Economic Growth – Analysis

Since January 2007, the government of Ecuador, under the leadership of President Rafael Correa, has pursued economic reforms that have alleviated poverty, built sustainable cities, reduced pollution, reduced unemployment and brought transparency and the war against corruption at the forefront.

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#105024
2015-08-28

Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway’s Arctic seed vault for future generations – UN

As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, today witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposi ...

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#105025
2015-08-28

Namibia: Need for Benefit Sharing On Genetic Resources - Shifeta

Indigenous products extracted from tissues of naturally terrestrial plants or micro-organisms were worth around N$100 million in 2005 with current estimates in medium term growth of approximately N$400 million per annum.

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#105026
2015-08-28

Gabon: protecting vital forests, and communities

The west African nation is working to balance competing demands of retaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change with the immediate needs of its people.

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#105027
2015-08-28

Forests in the city

Delhi can justifiably be proud of being among the greenest cities in India. According to the latest (2013) estimates of the Forest Survey of India, about 12.12 per cent of Delhi is under tree cover. This is still less than half of the national average of 21.23 per cent but significant nonetheles ...

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#105028
2015-08-28

Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry

California Democrats’ push to curb emissions and promote clean energy would alter how the state does business and change the way residents live.

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#105030
2015-08-28

Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video

Josh Willis of Nasa explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change. He says the findings that sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992 could indicate how strongly imp ...

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#105031
2015-08-28

Eco-tourism reports show true figures on cost of travel

Travelling light can have heavy costs. A tourist flying economy class from Britain to Kenya and back generates around a tonne of carbon emissions, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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#104999
2015-08-27

As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris, Ban looks ahead to ‘bold’ outcome

26 August 2015 – Commending France’s “exemplary leadership” on efforts to tackle climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed that the international community is now at a stage where the final elements of the new climate agreement are being negotiated.

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#105000
2015-08-27

Invasive caterpillar 'could spread in UK'

An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK, experts warn.

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#105001
2015-08-27

Darwin’s fast-evolving finches use a natural insect repellent

Mosquitoes and parasitic flies can be as deadly for birds as they can for humans. Stowaway mosquitoes brought on tourist planes pose a deadly threat to the iconic birds on the Galapagos Islands. But the innovative birds – Darwin’s finches – have worked out a way to fight them.

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#105002
2015-08-27

'Targeted punishments' against countries could tackle climate change

Targeted punishments could provide a path to international climate change cooperation, new research in game theory has found.

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#105003
2015-08-27

Land concessions responsible for large-scale deforestation in Cambodia

Land concessions for large-scale agricultural plantations are stripping off Cambodia’s forest cover, according to a new report by Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental protection group.

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#105004
2015-08-27

The battle to protect Alaska’s great wildlife sanctuary

At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks.

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#105005
2015-08-27

Golden Rice: a shining solution, or an impending danger?

Beta-carotene enriched Golden Rice is a much touted humanitarian solution to widespread Vitamin A deficiency in poor countries. But many argue the golden grains are only meant to improve the image of big biotechs.

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#105006
2015-08-27

Farmers on four continents tell their climate change stories

From Cuzco to Andhra Pradesh, crop growers and livestock owners are feeling the impacts of shifting weather patterns

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#105007
2015-08-27

Only 45% of Scottish people believe climate change is an 'immediate and urgent' issue

Less than half of the people in Scotland believe that climate change is an urgent issue, according to an annual survey of the country’s attitudes.

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#105008
2015-08-27

Interview With UN Climate Change Report Author: "Avarice Has Overcome Fear"

"In September, a few decades from now, our rich, colorful planet will display to a traveler in space only one white polar ice cap instead of two. There could hardly be a more portent symbol of what human beings are doing to our climate than the destruction of one of the Earth's ice caps."

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#105009
2015-08-27

Minerals are Essential to address Climate Change and meet Sustainable Development Goals

In 2013, the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) launched the Resourcing Future Generations (RFG) initiative to bring world attention to the challenges of sustaining resource supplies.

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#105010
2015-08-27

Top scientists call for more no-fishing marine reserves

Two of New Zealand's most renowned marine scientists have argued for more "no-take" marine reserves, where fishing of any kind is banned.

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#105029
2015-08-27

Why Climate Change Could Make Hurricane Impact Worse

Hurricane Katrina surprised disaster preparedness authorities when it made landfall 10 years ago, leveling entire communities and killing more than 1,800 people. The storm caused more than $100 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. But for all the damage th ...

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#104986
2015-08-26

In France, Ban and President Hollande discuss global issues including upcoming Paris climate talks

25 August 2015 – In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the President of France, François Hollande, with whom he discussed a range of issues, including the climate change conference, which is due to start in December (COP-21) in the French capital, as well as the n ...

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#104987
2015-08-26

Vegetation essential for limiting city warming effects

According to a new study that makes the first assessment of urbanization impacts for the entire continental United States, the presence of vegetation is an essential factor in limiting urban heating.

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#104988
2015-08-26

Climate change to kill off many of Australia’s cloud forest species

For over 40 million years, pockets of ancient rainforest have survived on the eastern coast of Australia, sheltering a bewildering array of plants and animal found nowhere else – many believed to be relicts of a bygone era.

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#104989
2015-08-26

India poised to drive a shift towards sustainable palm oil

India's 1.2 billion citizens use around 15 percent of the world’s supply of palm oil every year.

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#104990
2015-08-26

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

Glued, poisoned, trapped, shot – a shocking report reveals enforcement failure at a colossal scale as hunters across southern Europe and the Middle East kill birds with impunity

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#104991
2015-08-26

White sky at night not a city bird's delight

Free-living songbirds show increased stress hormone levels when nesting under white street lights.

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#104992
2015-08-26

Soya monocultures overshadow small-scale farmers

While the rise of soya monocultures is changing the face of rural Paraguay, small-scale farmers are fighting back with traditional and environmentally friendly agriculture.

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#104993
2015-08-26

Ethiopia: Indigenous Knowledge and Institutions Indispensable for Sustainable Development

Though the indigenous knowledge is an integral part of the development process of local communities, it is an underutilized resource in development process of developing countries.

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#104994
2015-08-26

David Suzuki: A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It’s no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet.

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#104995
2015-08-26

Why restoring degraded land is crucial to the climate

A new UN fund is aiming to cut emissions from bad land management and improve food, energy and water security

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#104996
2015-08-26

Germany follows Scotland's example with move to ban all GM crops and opt out of EU approvals

Germany has reportedly begun taking steps towards banning the use of all genetically modified crops.

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#104997
2015-08-26

Newly discovered crustacean species named for Sir Elton John

RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A team of researchers, from Florida and the Netherlands, recently located a tiny creature living inside another creature.

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#105018
2015-08-26

Citizen Science Effort Highlights How Little We Know About Invisible Life in Our Own Homes

In a new paper, scientists are announcing the discovery of thousands of unidentified species living in and around homes in the United States. The work relied on advanced technologies and scientific expertise from multiple disciplines, but none of it would have been possible without one critical ...

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#104975
2015-08-25

Tropical forests totalling size of India at risk of being cleared, study warns

Washington-based Center for Global Development predicts 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests will be felled by 2050 based on current trends.

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#104976
2015-08-25

Carbon credits undercut climate change actions says report

The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

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#104977
2015-08-25

Climate profound impact on marine biodiversity

New research into the impact of climate change has found that warming oceans will cause profound changes in the global distribution of marine biodiversity.

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#104978
2015-08-25

Chimpanzees found to survive in degraded and human-dominated habitats

A chimpanzee population in Uganda has been found to be 3 times larger than previously estimated

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#104979
2015-08-25

Minnesota bog study turns up the heat on peat

Ten octagonal enclosures — each 12 metres across, 8 metres high and open to the sky — dot the US Forest Service’s Marcell Experimental Forest. Boardwalks wend their way around them, allowing scientists to walk above a pristine 8.1-hectare peat bog and get a close-up peek at Earth’s greenhouse fate.

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#104980
2015-08-25

Ecologists embrace their urban side

Climate change and the rise of cities have broadened what it means to study ecosystems.

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#104981
2015-08-25

The Big Melt: Why 2015 could be another low-ice year in the Arctic

Based on observations from satellites, 2015 is on track to be another low year for ice cover in Arctic summer seas, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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#104982
2015-08-25

The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/#QjtV3pok54AHF0YD.99

As a young naturalist growing up in the Deep South, I feared kudzu. I’d walk an extra mile to avoid patches of it and the writhing knots of snakes that everyone said were breeding within.

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#104983
2015-08-25

Brown widow spider reported for the first time in Tahiti

Tahiti is a popular tourist destination, but one unwanted visitor has decided to make its home there: the brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). A paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology has reported the discovery of the spider for the first time on Tahiti and also on four of ...

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#104984
2015-08-25

World Water Week: Water is a right, water is life

As we celebrate World Water Week (23 – 28 August 2015), we remember that millions of people worldwide still do not have access to clean drinking water. Yoka Brandt, Unicef Deputy Executive Director, writes about the right for every child to have access to clean water.

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#104985
2015-08-25

Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference

25 August 2015 – The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December “has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris,” according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations offici ...

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#104964
2015-08-24

Green light of hope to overcome Striga-triggered food insecurity in Africa

A molecular approach has been used to identify the protein responsible for germination of Striga seeds through visualization by green fluorescence.

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