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#111349
2016-12-09

CBD Releases Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms

4 December 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released ‘Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) and Monitoring in the Context of Risk Assessment,’ for Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the CBD.

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#111350
2016-12-09

New global map reveals effects of wet and dry climates on soil pH

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists already knew soil in wet climes is generally acidic, while soil in dry climes is generally alkaline. But in the process of creating a global soil pH map, scientists realized the distinction was surprisingly stark.

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#111353
2016-12-09

UN rights expert calls on countries to comply with laws that protect environment defenders

8 December 2016 – Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity today.

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#111354
2016-12-09

Climate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species

Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studied.

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#111356
2016-12-09

Great Barrier Reef not likely to survive if warming trend continues, says report

The Great Barrier Reef will not survive coral bleaching if current sea temperature trends continue, according to a new report charting increases over the past three decades which blames manmade climate change for the problem.

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#111357
2016-12-09

Spiny lobsters tap into a strange food source, scientists say

About a fifth of the diet of Caribbean spiny lobsters is derived from a process distinct from the traditional model of the food chain, according to new research.

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#111358
2016-12-09

Climate change strengthens an army of forest-eating insects

Hemlock woolly adelgids aren't native to North America, but droves of them have settled into American forests where they threaten entire ecosystems.

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#111359
2016-12-09

How Climate Change Is Leading to an ‘Ecological Recession’

Scientists have published a number of studies observing how plants and animals shift their range slightly toward cooler temperatures in response to global warming.

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#111360
2016-12-09

Protection sought for Leuser ecosystem, Sumatran orangutans

Coordinated efforts by stakeholders to protect Indonesia’s Leuser ecosystem are becoming more crucial to help save the heritage site and its endangered species, a United States-based environmental organization has suggested.

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#111361
2016-12-09

Indigenous land rights key to stopping deforestation in Central America

Without their traditional land managers, conservation reserves in Central America are left vulnerable to corporate interests, report finds. Climate Home reports

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#111362
2016-12-09

Protecting natural habitats essential for Tonga tourism development

Biodiversity conservation in Tonga and Fiji is vital for the development of its tourism sectors and must be managed properly to sustain the natural habitat, while providing a livelihood to communities.

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#111363
2016-12-09

Missing link: Indigenous knowledge

Update: 1:28PM THERE was no firm statement connecting traditional indigenous knowledge to being an effective tool for marine management.

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#111355
2016-12-09

Brazil pledges ‘largest restoration commitment ever made’

Brazil will restore 22 million hectares of land in what’s being called “the largest restoration commitment ever made by a single nation.”

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#111364
2016-12-09

Accounting for natural capital

Biodiversity integration into developmental plans is crucial for sustainable development

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#111367
2016-12-09

There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

UN biodiversity chief tells Climate Home protecting and restoring ecosystems is the best way to protect the world from dangerous levels of global warming

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#111368
2016-12-09

WWF Indonesia Urges Govt to Support Biodiversity Conservation Efforts

Jakarta. With world leaders gathering in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss global biodiversity conservation,World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has urged the Indonesian government to buck up on handling the dramatic biodiversity loss taking place across the archipelago.

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#111369
2016-12-09

Devastating decline for the giraffe

Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction

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#111370
2016-12-09

Agrobiodiversity Perspectives in the Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for well-being

The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this eek and next in Cancun, Mexico.

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#111320
2016-12-08

Radar reveals bird pile up on shores of the Great Lakes

CLEVELAND, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Birds have a strong preference for nighttime migration, so much so that migratory birds caught over water at daybreak turn around for shore. Researchers discovered the phenomenon using radar normally reserved for tracking weather systems.

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#111321
2016-12-08

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction.

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#111323
2016-12-08

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report.

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#111324
2016-12-08

Longest-living animal gives up ocean climate secrets

A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.

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#111325
2016-12-08

Reports that wild Sumatran rhinos may survive in Malaysia prompt hope, skepticism

In 2015, Malaysian officials publicly confirmed there were no wild rhinos left in Malaysia.

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#111326
2016-12-08

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign

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#111327
2016-12-08

Firmenich Makes Global Pledge to Biodiversity

08 Dec 2016 --- Firmenich has signed the Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge, alongside several of its strategic clients at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico.

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#111328
2016-12-08

Denmark far from achieving UN biodiversity goals

Denmark is not likely to meet the majority of the 20 UN targets that the international community adopted in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan to protect biodiversity in the world

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#111329
2016-12-08

Natural world faces its biggest ever threat, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.

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#111330
2016-12-08

Lack of recognition for indigenous knowledge at COP 13, says participant

INDIGENOUS peoples’ generational knowledge and experiences of resource management and their attempts to protect local biodiversity has not featured at all at government level discussions on strategies for marine conservation management at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, say ...

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#111331
2016-12-08

Study points to El Niño-like global connections between forests

When a forest falls prey to disease, pests, drought or clearing by humans, the impacts ripple well beyond that local ecosystem, according to a new study.

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#111332
2016-12-08

'Climate-change education essential for local communities'

Raising Public awareness is invaluable if local communities are to be engaged in the effort to meet the challenge of climate change.

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#111333
2016-12-08

Drought in southern Africa points to urgent need for climate change plans

It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise by between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods. Agriculture will be severely affected.

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#111334
2016-12-08

Land recycling helps Europe to maintain its land resource 

Land degradation and taking land for urban development threaten critical ecosystem services, including provision of food and water, climate regulation and recreation.

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#111335
2016-12-08

Science just gave us more proof that destroying the environment can spread diseases to humans

In a new study, scientists have demonstrated — yet again — the alarming effects of environmental change on the spread of infectious disease.

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#111336
2016-12-08

Researchers worried about the fate of Monarch butterflies

Researchers at the Insectarium are worried about the fate of the Monarch butterfly.

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#111337
2016-12-08

Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation

Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.

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#111338
2016-12-08

Millennials Have Bad Views on GMOs

It’s important not to fall into the many lazy story lines about millennials being coddled or oversensitive or anti-free-speech or wildly promiscuous or whatever else.

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#111339
2016-12-08

Biodiversity Convention call to block new 'genetic extinction' GMOs

160 global groups have called for a moratorium on new 'genetic extinction' technology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

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#111340
2016-12-08

‘Gene drive’ scientists ask UN Biodiversity Conference to not block new technology

Editor’s Note: This is a letter written to the governing body overseeing the biosafey treaty–the Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagenta Protocol on Biosafety–from scientists who support gene drive research.

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#111341
2016-12-08

Thailand's Karen women find a future in ecotourism

CHIANG MAI, Thailand Deep in the jungle of Mae Wang, two hours' drive southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, five women from the Karen ethnic group banded together to do something unprecedented in their community: They started a company run entirely by women.

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#111342
2016-12-08

Only a Handful of Countries on Track to Meet Their Biodiversity Goals, Assessment Shows

Cancun, Mexico | December 07, 2016 At the Convention on Biological Diversity today, global conservation NGOs released a report revealing that just 5 percent of countries who have reported progress on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are on track to reach their global biodiversity goals by 2020.

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#111343
2016-12-08

Biodiversity betrayal as nations fail miserably on conservation

Almost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious plan in 2010 to save the world’s dwindling biodiversity.

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#111344
2016-12-08

GMO-free: Yucatan, Campeche and QR to sign pact this week at COP13 in Cancun

CANCUN — The state governments of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche have pledged to make the Yucatan Peninsula a GMO-free region through the signing of a cooperative pact during the COP13 Global Biodiversity Summit, taking place in Cancun this week.

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#111345
2016-12-08

Isla Mujeres signs natural-resources preservation pact

Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.

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#111346
2016-12-08

Invasive insect eating away at America's forests

PETERSHAM, Mass. —| In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.

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#111347
2016-12-08

WIPO Members Update Draft Text on Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Members of the UN’s intellectual property agency reportedly made some headway last week in updating a draft text relating to the protection of traditional knowledge, though many items remain unresolved.

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#111298
2016-12-07

Agave genes could inspire new drought-resistant plants

NEWCASTLE, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified genes key to the ability of the agave plant -- the plant used to make tequila -- to survive hot, dry conditions. The discovery could inspire the engineering of drought-resistant plants.

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#111299
2016-12-07

Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN biodiversity conference

6 December 2016 – Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biologi ...

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#111300
2016-12-07

Sea ice extent tumbles around both poles in November

Water and air temperatures and shifts in wind patterns conspired to hold down sea ice extent, setting record lows for the month of November in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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#111301
2016-12-07

From loathed to loved: Villagers rally to save Greater Adjutant stork

You know a bird has a PR problem when an ornithologist refers to it as “a prodigy of ugliness.”

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#111302
2016-12-07

Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions

CALI, Colombia, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.

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