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#104469
2015-07-03

Analysis: Agri-food roadmap fails to assess environmental impact

The stand-out metric in the Government’s latest 10-year strategy for the agri-food sector is the 85 per cent increase in exports to €19 billion.

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#104470
2015-07-03

Rwanda: SDGs and What They Mean for the Country

This article is a sequel to the one published in the June 8 edition of The New Times on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focused more on the lessons that have been learnt from the processes leading up to the introduction o ...

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#104471
2015-07-03

Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change

Prince Charles has said that “profound changes” to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians.

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#104472
2015-07-03

Climate change to blame for so many Sask. wildfires, says expert

Why is Saskatchewan seeing so many wildfires this year? "In a short answer, climate change," Toddi Steelman told CBC Saskatchewan's Blue Sky. Steelman is the executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and is one of the leading experts in ...

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#104473
2015-07-03

Climate change will see parts of cities under water - Robinson

Many people living along the coast of cities could find their homes under water with even a moderate sea-level change, former president Mary Robinson has warned. The United Nations special envoy for climate change said it was predicted 200 million people could be climate displaced people by the ...

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#104474
2015-07-03

How much is clean water worth? New report guides payments for ecosystem services

The first-ever set of comprehensive guidelines for designing, implementing and managing mechanisms to facilitate payments for ecosystem services has been established by a group of experts and researchers.

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#104475
2015-07-03

Beyond Climate Change in the Caribbean

No, we are not talking about climate change and the disruptive effects of increased temperatures, sea level rise, coastal erosion, ocean pollution and acidification, nor the loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events.

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#104476
2015-07-03

The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.

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#104452
2015-07-02

Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these major infrastructure projects are far from environmentally friendly.

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#104453
2015-07-02

How women farmers in the Andes use their knowledge to conserve biodiversity

Women farmers across the world play an important role in the conservation and care of crop diversity.

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#104454
2015-07-02

INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

1 July 2015 – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week.

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#104455
2015-07-02

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.

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#104457
2015-07-02

Europe braces for more climate litigation

A group of Dutch citizens weary of ineffectual climate diplomacy are celebrating after forcing change through legal action.

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#104458
2015-07-02

Biofuel crops to boost world energy growth

[SAO PAULO] Converting grazing land into fields to grow crops for biofuels could provide up to 30 per cent of the world’s energy needs, according to a report.

News Headlines
#104459
2015-07-02

Scientists raise population estimate for world's most endangered sloth

There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy.

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#104460
2015-07-02

Great Barrier Reef: Australia says Unesco decision shows it is a 'world leader'

Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has said a UN decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger shows that Australia is a “role model to the world” in environmental protection.

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#104461
2015-07-02

William Reville: Fears about GM crops are not backed up by the facts

GM foods are widely misunderstood by the public. They offer advantages that we forgo at our peril

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#104462
2015-07-02

UNCTAD's proposal for a Post-2015 sustainable development review process

UNCTAD is proposing a framework that will help countries to deliver the post-2015 development agenda.

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#104464
2015-07-02

‘Two rice varieties first domesticated in India’

VARANASI: Amidst raging controversy whether rice originated in India or China, data generated by a DNA chip developed for fingerprinting of rice by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientists has indicated that the two most important groups of cultivated rice varieties were first d ...

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#104465
2015-07-02

UN Negotiators Review “Zero Draft” for Post-2015 Development Agenda

UN negotiators meeting in New York last week commented on a “zero draft” for a new global development agenda and engaged in substantive discussions on key sections, including a declaration, a planned set of sustainable development goals (SDGs), means of implementation, and how to monitor progres ...

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#104466
2015-07-02

We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind?

We are trapped in a vicious cycle: we will need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people but agriculture, which is paradoxically vulnerable to climate change, generates 25% of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change.

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#104433
2015-06-30

'Journey towards bold climate action is at a critical moment,' UN General Assembly told

29 June 2015 – Development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Member States today as he opened a High-Level Event on Climate Change convened in New York by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam K ...

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#104434
2015-06-30

The lion: A victim of its own power?

Lions have padded their way through history, their beauty and physical prowess inspiring fear and respect.

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#104435
2015-06-30

The hunt for the world’s missing carbon

Researchers are racing to determine whether forests will continue to act as a brake on climate change by soaking up more carbon.

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#104436
2015-06-30

Traditional medicine for modern times: Facts and figures

For millennia, people have healed with herbal or animal-derived remedies, using knowledge handed down through generations.

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#104437
2015-06-30

'Sea change' in clothing industry means more protections for forests

Sateri has become the latest major viscose producer to adopt a new wood- and pulp-sourcing policy aimed at removing deforestation from its supply chain.

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#104439
2015-06-30

Big reserve expansion gives tigers a boost in India

A hundred years ago, there were thirteen times as many tigers in the world as there are today,

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#104440
2015-06-30

U.N. Chief Seeks Equity in Paris Climate Change Pact

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 2015 (IPS) - When the 193-member General Assembly hosted a high level meeting on climate change Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any proposed agreement at an upcoming international conference in Paris in December must uphold the principle of equity.

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#104441
2015-06-30

China makes carbon pledge ahead of Paris climate change summit

China submits carbon-curbing plan to UN ahead of Paris climate change summit, saying it will ‘work hard’ to peak emissions earlier than 2030 target

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#104442
2015-06-30

Financing The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

As the sun begins to set on the United Nations’ 15-year Millennium Development Goals, the international development community is rallying around a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) to be decided at this year’s UN General Assembly, as well as a financial framework that will guide ...

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#104443
2015-06-30

Dark Region of Ocean May Shed Light on Climate Change and Other Issues

The tiny fish known as the bristlemouth is part of a detective story that bears on everything from feeding the planet and monitoring ocean health to learning how to better predict climate change.

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#104444
2015-06-30

India's Next Weapon Against Climate Change? This Dwarf Cow

Worsening heat, fodder shortages and the threat of drought are forcing many hard-hit dairy farmers in the Anantapur area of southern Kerala to reduce their herds, experts say.

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#104445
2015-06-30

Globalize geoscience

Developing countries lag far behind, in terms of scientific — including geoscience — output. Failing to spread the know-how means that the world is missing out on great intellectual potential.

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#104446
2015-06-30

Carbon or biodiversity conservation – you can’t have the best of both worlds

When trying to protect carbon stocks and biodiversity, the expression “to kill two birds with one stone” seems hardly appropriate.

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#104423
2015-06-29

Why are seabirds abandoning their ancestral nesting grounds in the Gulf of California?

Warming oceanographic conditions, fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in Mexico into California harbors

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#104424
2015-06-29

After two decades, Indonesia publishes plan for tackling invasive species

Twenty years after ratifying a legally binding UN convention which obligates parties to deal with invasive alien species, considered to be main direct drivers of biodiversity loss across the globe, Indonesia has drawn up a national strategic plan on the matter.

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#104425
2015-06-29

Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered'

Brazil, China, India and South Africa say they are disappointed in failure to make good on promise six years ago to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020

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#104426
2015-06-29

Barack Obama turns tables in David Attenborough climate change interview

US president has opportunity to put questions to naturalist but ends up admitting action on climate change must be global and quicker

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#104427
2015-06-29

2015 opportunity to tackle climate change may never come again

It’s been a landmark year for global leadership in the effort to address climate change.

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#104428
2015-06-29

WIPO: Databases To Protect GRs, TK, Useful But Some Controversy

In the quest to find solutions to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources from misappropriation, some countries have resorted to private databases to be used by patent examiners.

News Headlines
#104429
2015-06-29

Striking a balance between food and biofuels

ROME – Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in the fight against climate change.

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#104430
2015-06-29

Why haven’t Madagascar’s famed lemurs been saved yet?

Lemurs are cute – there is no denying it. Their big eyes and fluffy faces mean they really are the poster animals of Madagascar, an island known internationally for its unique flora and fauna.

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#104431
2015-06-29

An insight into future ocean carbon uptake under different climate change scenarios

Seas and oceans are a key contributor to the absorption of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere caused by human activities. But does this mean we can rely on this capacity to alter ongoing climate change?

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#104432
2015-06-29

À combien évalue-t-on la protection de la nature?

La grande région de Montréal ne manque pas de projets de conservation à réaliser. En particulier en milieu aquatique. Mais est-ce que ces projets ont l'appui de la population? Est-ce qu'elle leur accorde une valeur?

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#104410
2015-06-26

Some corals are already adapting to global warming

AUSTIN, Texas, June 25 (UPI) -- As ocean waters continue to warm, scientists have observed larger and more frequent coral bleaching events. Ecologists have worried global warming could precipitate coral extinctions -- die-offs that could threaten entire marine food chains.

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#104411
2015-06-26

Illegal not to act: Could courts save world from climate change?

All governments have a legal duty to protect their citizens from harm. They must therefore do their part to prevent dangerous global warming. And if they fail to act, their citizens can take them to court to compel them.

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#104412
2015-06-26

Some snowy forestlands cool climate better without trees

Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a new study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared landscape to reflect rather than absorb the sun's energy.

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#104413
2015-06-26

Blue and fin whale distribution in waters off Southern California

A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California.

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#104414
2015-06-26

Past water patterns drive present wading bird numbers

Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University.

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#104415
2015-06-26

Consumer Group Head Calls For Mandatory GMO Labeling

The head of a leading consumer group said Thursday that labels informing consumers about whether a product has genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a “good idea,” weighing in on a contentious issue that has divided industry and consumer groups.

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