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#107153
2016-02-09

Agricultural policies in Africa could be harming the poorest

Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to new research.

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#107154
2016-02-09

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 2016 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

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#107155
2016-02-09

Australia to be 'isolated' from global research after CSIRO climate cuts: WMO

International criticism of the CSIRO's planned deep cuts to its climate monitoring programs has intensified with the World Meteorological Organisation blasting the move as a "backward" step that would see Australia isolated.

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#107156
2016-02-09

Seychelles: EU Funds Second Climate Change Project for Seychelles

Victoria — The successful implementation of a project in Seychelles under the Global Climate Change Alliance has resulted in a second round of funding - $3.3 million - from the European Union (EU), a government official said Tuesday.

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#107157
2016-02-09

Climate change is altering Siberian forests

Any changes in air temperature or soil characteristics that happen over hundreds of kilometres on flat ground appear across hundreds of metres in the mountains, making mountain forests more susceptible to small climatic changes.

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#107158
2016-02-09

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

The deformed wing virus is decimating bee populations worldwide, and it is spreading because of human trade and the transport of bees, a new study reports.

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#107159
2016-02-09

The ivory trade - still fueling poaching 25 years after a global ban

The international ivory trade was banned in 1989 - so why has poaching again reached crisis levels in recent years? European sales of elephant tusks could be putting this iconic species in danger.

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#107160
2016-02-09

Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal

The Midwest has an Asian carp problem. The invasive species has a tendency to jump out of the water, bludgeon fisherman and destroy boats, and they’ve been found throughout the region. Scientists worry that they’ll eventually decimate the local fishing industry, disrupt the ecosystem and destroy ...

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#107161
2016-02-09

This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief

8 February 2016 – Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretar ...

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#107162
2016-02-09

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions

Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.

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#107136
2016-02-08

Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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#107137
2016-02-08

Tweet and beat: bird beatbox helps conserve Indian birds

What happens when an American musician and an Indian ecologist team up to talk conservation? They spread the gospel of threatened birdsong by setting it to a beat that gets people moving.

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#107138
2016-02-08

Hoping to Lead Great Lakes Lampreys to Demise by the Nose

For all the havoc that zebra mussels, Asian carp, round gobies and dozens of other alien species have wrought on the Great Lakes, those waters have never known a foe like the sea lamprey.

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#107139
2016-02-08

Ocean acidification makes coralline algae less robust

Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found

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#107145
2016-02-08

Bird experts highlight deforestation rates in important wildlife sites worldwide

An area of forest almost the size of Scotland has been lost from important wildlife sites worldwide in just over a decade, research suggests.

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#107146
2016-02-08

‘Where Have All the Animals Gone?’ – a journey through Africa and Asia

In “Where Have All the Animals Gone?: My Travels with Karl Ammann,” author and natural historian Dale Peterson recounts his adventures with Karl Ammann, an eccentric award-winning wildlife photographer, as they travel across several countries in Africa and Asia.

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#107147
2016-02-08

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically.

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#107148
2016-02-08

Tanzania: Research - Forest Income Must Benefit Communities

A Research carried out by Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management and Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan, on Equity in Distr ...

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#107149
2016-02-08

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

BERKELEY, Calif. — Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level.

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#107150
2016-02-08

Experts urge extreme caution on 'rewilding' to save wild places

European bison imported from Poland now roam Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm in places where the animals haven't lived for thousands of years.

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#107151
2016-02-08

Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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#107110
2016-02-05

Plastic debris crossing the Pacific can transport more species with the help of barnacles

The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in.

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#107111
2016-02-05

Forests not equal when it comes to climate

Two studies show how different tree species affect both carbon storage and local temperatures.

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#107112
2016-02-05

Norway pledges $50m to fund Indonesia’s peat restoration

The government of Norway announced on Wednesday it would continue its environmental funding partnership with Indonesia, offering $50 million to support the archipelago’s newly created Peat Restoration Agency.

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#107114
2016-02-05

How climate change can affect our pets

Climate change doesn’t just affect habitats for wildlife. It’s also affecting cats and dogs.

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#107116
2016-02-05

European Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

The three GM soybeans are engineered to tolerate spraying with glyphosate or a combination of glyphosate and other herbicides.

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#107117
2016-02-05

Diverse migration helps birds cope with environmental change

Migratory birds that are ‘set in their ways’ could be more vulnerable to environmental impacts – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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#107118
2016-02-05

Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming: study

OSLO – An expansion of Europe’s forests toward dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

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#107122
2016-02-05

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Germany

On 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Nagoya Protocol”) entered into force.

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#107123
2016-02-05

Why climate change is really, really unfair

With his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Frances went further than perhaps anyone has before to reframe the entire debate around climate change by focusing on the world’s poor and the duty to protect them from environmental harms that they did not cause themselves.

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#107124
2016-02-05

Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe

Fears that some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists.

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#107125
2016-02-05

Invasive raccoon dogs harbour parasites that can infect people

Pictures of a cute pet raccoon dog called Tanu went viral on Twitter last week. Meanwhile, its wild relatives have been “going viral” in a more destructive way among Europe’s wildlife. And worryingly, they harbour high levels of parasites that can infect people, some lethally.

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#107095
2016-02-04

Paris climate deal could 'displace millions of forest dwellers'

The Paris climate agreement could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

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#107097
2016-02-04

Mystery of deep-sea 'purple sock' solved

The mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists report.

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#107098
2016-02-04

Two new jewel-eyed tree frog species discovered in Taiwan, display strange reproductive behavior

In the island country of Taiwan, researchers have identified two new species of tree frogs with jewel-colored eyes.

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#107099
2016-02-04

Small-scale Fishing Is About Much More than Just Subsistence in Chile

ALGARROBO, Chile, Feb 3 2016 (IPS) - “Fishing isn’t just for making a living, it’s also enjoyable,” said Pedro Pascual, a 70-year-old fisherman who has been taking his small boat out to sea off Chile’s Pacific coast in the early hours of the morning almost every day for the past 50 years, to sup ...

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#107100
2016-02-04

Report: Climate Change Threatens Food Fish in Northeast

Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said.

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#107101
2016-02-04

Gender sensitivity could aid climate change projects

[NAIROBI] Men and women living in slums face different climate change impacts which, if overlooked, could further widen gender gaps in participatory development, says the preliminary findings of a continuing study.

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#107102
2016-02-04

Will climate change make the koalas' diet inedible?

The koala could soon be even more endangered than at present, if it turns out that climate change alters the nutritional value of the only food it can eat—Eucalypt leaves

News Headlines
#107103
2016-02-04

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Birds in Europe will continue to be put at risk from lead poisoning, as the European Commission today announces it will continue allowing the chemical's use in ammunition.

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#107104
2016-02-04

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

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#107105
2016-02-04

Black tarantula named after Johnny Cash

A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, has been named after Johnny Cash.

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#107079
2016-02-03

Four new algae species discovered in Hawaii's deep waters

Scientists have announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, depths not typically known for marine algae.

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#107080
2016-02-03

Conservation plans that sacrifice people could fail

The UN climate agreement signed off in Paris, France, in December 2015 intensified the global push to protect forests as ‘carbon sinks’ that can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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#107081
2016-02-03

Primate-Watching: In the Year of the Monkey, let’s build a Conservation Movement

Russ Mittermeier, long-time Chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and Executive Vice-Chair of Conservation International is using the "Year of the Monkey" to highlight the concept of primate-watching based on a bird-watching model.

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#107082
2016-02-03

New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity

The lower Las Piedras River, in the far west Amazon rainforest of the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru, is an incredibly biodiverse area — but it’s also the site of an increasing amount of deforestation.

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#107083
2016-02-03

Scientists warn of last chance to rid Madagascar of invasive toxic toad

New report says there is a ‘diminishing window of opportunity’ to completely eradicate the Asian toad, which poses a threat to biodiversity, human health and the economy

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#107084
2016-02-03

'Range of Zika vector will increase with climate change'

DW asks emerging pathogens expert Amy Vittor about the connection between Zika and climate change. Researchers are using dengue as a reference point, as little is known about the new virus linked to a birth defect.

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#107085
2016-02-03

Vancouver wildlife biodiversity strategy approved by park board

The Vancouver Park Board has voted unanimously in favour of a biodiversity strategy that will see 25 hectares of "natural area" in the city restored or enhanced by 2020.

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#107086
2016-02-03

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

The alarming spread of the Zika virus — caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus — is looking more and more like a public health catastrophe.

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