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#115516
2017-12-08

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain.

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#115517
2017-12-08

Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

A budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new slopes and 113km of ski lifts through a Unesco world heritage site of “outstanding universal value”, according to documents obtained by WWF in a lawsuit.

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#115518
2017-12-08

Earth’s Hum: Scientists Record The Very Sound Of Earth—But Don't Know Why It Happens

Scientists have recorded the mysterious sound of the Earth deep underwater for the first time. The eerie hum is could be key to understanding the make-up of the planet itself—but no one knows what makes it.

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#115519
2017-12-08

Kenya Joins 40 Countries in Sea, Ocean Clean-Up Bid

Kenya has joined 40 other countries across the world in the fight against ocean and sea pollution as part of interventions to roll back the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet.

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#115520
2017-12-08

Why Antarctica Is So Important in a Warming World

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical lan ...

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#115521
2017-12-08

Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity

New research suggests an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after it was discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are actually genetically distinct from each other and can't simply repopulate if one group dies out.

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#115522
2017-12-08

Malaria cases rise as insecticide resistance spreads

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled.

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#115523
2017-12-08

Moving forward in Mexico

To meet the development and climate-change challenges of the future, the Mexican government is introducing important changes to institutions and policies. One main task is the coherent implementation of the sustainable-development and climate agendas.

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#115524
2017-12-08

These whales are stressed out. The proof is in their poop.

When a North Atlantic right whale swims into a submerged net or rope, it panics and rolls. This makes everything worse, tangling the fishing gear in the animal’s mouth or tightly wrapping it around the flippers or tail.

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#115525
2017-12-08

Flock tales from the coast

Birders identify rare species of migratory pelagic birds that have made a winter home on the hospitable shores of Arichal Munai and Dhanushkodi The onset of winter heralds the advent of migratory birds. It is the season when ornithologists flock the birding hotspots with cameras and binoculars, ...

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#115526
2017-12-08

Fire is raging in Ventura County – and climate change has its latest victims

An unbearable amount of Ventura county in southern California, where I was born and raised, is simply gone. And as I hear about site after site from my childhood simply disappearing into scorched earth, I am realizing that climate change is not only erasing the present, it is also destroying the ...

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#115527
2017-12-08

Advocates urge government to live up to climate change promises in 2018

One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got eight provinces and all three territories to agree to put a price on pollution as part of a national climate change plan.

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#115528
2017-12-08

The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

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#115529
2017-12-08

The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovat ...

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#115530
2017-12-08

Climate change from human activities is all around us

Climate, of course, is affected by many natural factors including the sun, El Niño/La Niña, and so on. We talk about such topics regularly in blogs and articles which your readers can readily find on the Observatory website. And yes, we also talk about climate change, the unequivocal influence c ...

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#115531
2017-12-08

Some 6.5 million people dying from global pollution – report

The State of the Environment Report has revealed that 6.5 million people die annually due to pollution, while 6,000 children suffer brain defects due to toxics in paints.

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#115532
2017-12-08

Tapping into the potential of the Sundarbans

We should feel compelled to protect its many riches, and allow it to nourish Bangladesh with its bounty.Every year, the Sundarbans contributes over Tk5,000 crore to Bangladesh.This is not surprising considering its unique ecosystem and biodiversity, which allows it to be one of Bangladesh’s most ...

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#115533
2017-12-08

Malawi: Women Control Over Land Improves Food Security in Karonga

Karonga — Women in Karonga have hailed Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for ensuring that women have access and control over land, a development they say has enhanced food security in their homes.

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#115534
2017-12-08

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

A leading research charity is inviting farmers to participate in a new project which is investigating how to maximise the performance of crop mixtures to improve yields while reducing the reliance on inputs.

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#115535
2017-12-08

Bear-human conflict prompts proposal for nature reserve

Increased conflict between the black bear population and villagers in a mountainous region of southwest China has prompted local authorities to create a proposal for a nature reserve to protect the species.

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#115536
2017-12-08

The future of crop engineering

Photosynthesis is the process underlying all plant growth. Scientists aim to boost photosynthesis to meet the increasing global demand for food by engineering its key enzyme Rubisco. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have succeeded in producing functional plant Rubisco ...

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#115537
2017-12-08

Road salt is bad for the environment, so why do we keep using it?

Marshes, streams and lakes lie alongside many of the roads and highways that zigzag across North America. Plants and animals inhabit these water bodies and can be exposed to many of the substances we put on those roads, including road salt.

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#115539
2017-12-08

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

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#115540
2017-12-08

Gaps in required curricula may explain differences in climate change acceptance among college graduates

The average American college student has just a 17 percent chance of learning about climate change before graduation through required core courses. The finding may help explain why having a bachelor's degree doesn't always lead to increased acceptance of human-caused global warming, according to ...

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#115485
2017-12-06

Biodiversity surprises at bubbly deep-sea cold seeps along Cascadia fault

A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) graduate student Sarah Seabrook that uses scientific data and samples from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) focuses on the extent, variability, and complexity of species—from microbes to tubeworms—found at deep-sea cold seep habitats along the Cascadia ...

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#115486
2017-12-06

GCU, Canadian varsity sign accord to document biodiversity

Government College University Lahore and the University of Guelph Ontario, Canada on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a reference library of DNA barcodes of animals, plants and fungi to research and document biodiversity in Pakistan.

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#115487
2017-12-06

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

PARIS, France – For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos that killed nearly half a million people last year, mostly in Africa.

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#115488
2017-12-06

Gene-drive technology needs thorough scrutiny

At a meeting in Montreal, Canada, this week, scientists and green campaigners will be among those discussing how a gene-editing technology could influence the environment. And although it might not always be obvious, both critics and advocates of the technique — called a gene drive — tend to agr ...

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#115489
2017-12-06

Could this geoengineering venture help save the ice caps?

With hundreds of cities and businesses pledging to bend the curve on carbon emissions by 2020, scientists and researchers are looking into how to buy time against climate change wherever they can find it. One way is by seeking opportunities to slow the rapid warming currently underway.

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#115490
2017-12-06

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

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#115491
2017-12-06

Climate change: who is tackling global warming?

Two years after a landmark deal to tackle climate change was struck in Paris, some countries appear to be taking their commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions more seriously than others.

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#115492
2017-12-06

Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Areas of the ECA Region: A contribution to the Umbrella Report on adaptation to climate change in ECA

Climate-related hazards are increasing in Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and geographical variations notwithstanding, most societies are faced with the need to adapt by trying to minimize negative impacts while seizing on the few positive effects.

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#115493
2017-12-06

How American cities and states are fighting climate change globally

Since the Trump administration announced last June its intended withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, attention—and hope—has turned to America's cities and states.

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#115494
2017-12-06

It's good to be rare, for some species

When most people think of rare species, they think of endangered ones that humans have caused to be rare through habitat loss, poaching, climate change and other disturbances. But some species have always been rare -- occurring in small densities throughout their range -- throughout their evolut ...

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#115495
2017-12-06

Earthquake reveals impact of sea-level rise

How is sea-level rise going to change coastal ecosystems? Will corals and seagrass drown? Will mangroves be swamped? Until significant sea-level rise takes place, these questions are hard to answer. But back in 2007 a large earthquake in the Solomon Islands gave scientists an unusual chance to m ...

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#115496
2017-12-06

COMMENT: GMO technology in Uganda

The recent article in The Independent magazine (October 31 2017) titled “Tears and Cheers over New GMO Law” left me, as a farmer and a science journalist, disappointed. It carried negative and misleading sentiments about agricultural biotechnology.

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#115497
2017-12-06

UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.

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#115498
2017-12-06

Extreme fieldwork, drones, climate modeling yield new insights about Greenland's melting ice sheet

A new UCLA-led study reinforces the importance of collaboration in assessing the effects of climate change.The research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insights about previously unknown factors affecting Greenland's melting ice sheet, a ...

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#115499
2017-12-06

Sea lions have unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish

Astounding footage of Galapagos sea lions hunting was perhaps the highlight of the latest Blue Planet II. For the first time ever, these marine mammals were filmed working as a pack to drive tuna fish in to shallow, rocky waters where they could be caught. Yellowfin tuna are typically able to ou ...

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#115500
2017-12-06

Cooling climate drove evolution of the Tasmanian devil and its relatives

A big drop in global temperatures 12-14 million years ago may explain the evolutionary success of Australia's unique marsupial carnivores, a new study has found.

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#115501
2017-12-06

New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey unprecedented in its comprehensive approach.

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#115502
2017-12-06

Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests

Researchers on an expedition that tracked endangered tigers through Sumatran jungles for one year have found that tigers are now clinging to survival in low-density populations. The team's findings have renewed fears about the potential for extinction of these elusive predators.

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#115503
2017-12-06

The largest land organism is … a fungus

The largest terrestrial organism on the planet is a fungus called Armillaria solidipes – or honey fungus. The largest honey fungus identified in North America is in Oregon. It measures 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) across! That’s considerably bigger than the biggest giant sequoia or African elephan ...

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#115504
2017-12-06

As sea levels rise, 'ghost forests' expand

In the marsh lands of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, you may stumble across a spooky sight: hundreds of dead Atlantic white cedars poking out of the water. Some people call these places “ghost forests”.

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#115505
2017-12-06

How Superstitions and Myths Affect Animal Conservation

When someone says “endangered species,” you probably think of rhinos, tigers, and maybe turtles, to name just a few. It’s alarming how our planet’s animals can disappear so quickly. What exactly is an endangered species? It is when a species of animal or plant is at very serious risk of extincti ...

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#115506
2017-12-06

Instagram Will Alert Users Of Possible Harmful Behavior To Animals Or The Environment

As a social networking website that focuses on photo sharing among members, Instagram has developed some very strict guidelines when it comes to images it deems offensive or inappropriate. Any form of nudity, whether real or digital is also prohibited to be posted.

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#115507
2017-12-06

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt and the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UNESCO Regional Bureau ...

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#115508
2017-12-06

Day Three of the Environment Assembly: highlights

World governments called for “rapid, large-scale and co-ordinated action against pollution” on Wednesday, capping the United Nations Environment Assembly with a strong commitment to protect human health and our common environment from an existential threat.

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#115509
2017-12-06

Oceans are under the greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's oceans are currently facing the greatest threat in history, Sir David Attenborough has warned. In the final episode of Blue Planet II, Sir David issues a warning to viewers over the state of our oceans which are being hugely damaged by climate change, plastic pollution and over fishing.

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#115510
2017-12-06

Algae and krill may be a tough sell for European consumers

People will need to be persuaded to eat new types of seafood if we are to extract more food from the oceans and feed growing human populations, according to fishing industry experts.

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