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#101631
2014-10-24

$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries

A step change is needed in the amount of private finance available for sustainable development. The bad news is the financial sector is still headed in the wrong direction

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#100724
2014-09-02

'A global tragedy' in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site

Spanning 230 kilometers (143 miles) and comprising more than half a million hectares westward from the Cambodian border lies Dong-Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC), the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand.

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#100132
2014-07-23

'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good

Inches away from being passed, a new regulation on peatlands management in Indonesia is drawing protests from civil societies that claim it may increase land tenure conflicts among local people.

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#101377
2014-10-10

'A remarkable conservation achievement': Ecuador reserve expands as forest disappear

A strip of rainforest running along the northwestern Ecuadorian coast and up through Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

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#99495
2014-06-05

'Alternate vision' sought on climate

Four hundred legislators from 66 countries are taking part in a summit billed as offering a "new vision for an international climate agreement".

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#101105
2014-09-26

'Ambition, transformation' needed in climate talks

The one-day United Nations Climate Summit wrapped up in New York. They were held to lead up to meetings in Lima and Paris.

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#103195
2015-03-18

'Biodegrabale' plastics not so biodegradable

LANSING, Mich., March 18 (UPI) -- A new study suggests common additives in plastics advertised as biodegradable don't actually help products break down any faster than their non-biodegradable counterparts.

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#103934
2015-05-22

'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' Environment Minister's Message on International Day for Biological Diversity

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future for the present generation and the coming generations.

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#103168
2015-03-16

'Bird nursery' at risk unless half of Canada's boreal forest preserved

Nature groups urge birders to join campaign to ensure untouched forest stays that way

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#103311
2015-03-30

'Black Mambas' on South African rhino patrol

Poachers are depleting the elephant, tiger and rhino population. In a nature reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, unarmed women are fighting the illicit wildlife trade - and male skepticism.

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#102722
2015-02-11

'By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change'

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says climate change is making disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.

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#100813
2014-09-09

'Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, ...

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#103702
2015-05-04

'Conservationists are not playing God'

Species extinctions are imminent globally. But where to take action first? Global Ideas asked Benjamin Skolnik, who works for the American Bird Conservancy and coordinates the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE).

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#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

News Headlines
#99655
2014-06-13

'Fossil fuel industry should pay for climate damage'

Big fossil fuel companies should compensate poor countries for loss and damage caused by climate change, according to the NGO Climate Justice.

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#99537
2014-06-06

'Glass is half full' for sustainable development in Asia: Experts

Environment ministers and experts at the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore agreed that despite the daunting prospect of explosive urban growth in Asia over the next few decades, there are many opportunities to chart a sustainable path ahead.

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#99837
2014-06-25

'Hope springs eternal': the anniversary of the death of Lonesome George

Conservation efforts succeed with Galapagos tortoise, half of all turtle species worldwide remain threatened

News Headlines
#100541
2014-08-20

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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#99867
2014-06-26

'Immediate protection' needed for Pitcairn's marine bounty

Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, home to one of the world's rarest and most valuable collections of marine species.

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#99417
2014-06-02

'Incredible population' of crayfish near roundabout

A major roadworks scheme is being further delayed because of the discovery of an "incredible population" of rare native crayfish.

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#100583
2014-08-25

'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists

A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland.

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#101417
2014-10-14

'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change

Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.

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#102994
2015-03-03

'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime' UN proclaims on World Wildlife Day

3 March 2015 – Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked World Wildlife Day.

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#101758
2014-11-03

'Leaders must act', urges Ban, as new UN report warns climate change may soon be 'irreversible'

2 November 2014 – Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

News Headlines
#103133
2015-03-13

'Long struggle' warning on climate

America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#103142
2015-03-13

'Long struggle' warning on climate

America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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#104027
2015-05-26

'Loud wakeup call' over critically endangered dolphin

The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, new research suggests.

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#102361
2015-01-09

'Major consequences' if olive disease spreads across EU

A virulent pathogen that starves olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts have warned.

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#103516
2015-04-17

'Make global goals a global reality': UN chief urges climate action at Earth Day concert

19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”

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#100087
2014-07-17

'Merkel might come back as a climate leader'

This week, Germany hosted the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Peru at the end of this year. Christoph Bals from Germanwatch gives his verdict on how the talks went.

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#100460
2014-08-14

'Natural Reserves' no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas

For centuries the forest survived as the sole home of the Rama and Kriol communities, supporting a wealth of fauna, from the mighty jaguar to the shy agouti. Today, both the fauna and people face a real and ever-present risk of being evicted from the only land they know.

News Headlines
#99829
2014-06-25

'New mammal species' found in PNG by Australian scientists on crowd-funded expedition

One of Australia's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions may have uncovered several new species of mammal in Papua New Guinea.

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#102798
2015-02-16

'Next Pinatubo' a test of geoengineering

Scientists who study ideas to engineer the climate to mitigate global warming say we should be ready to deploy an armada of instrumentation when Earth has its next major volcanic eruption

News Headlines
#100315
2014-07-31

'Octomom' sets gestation record

A deep-sea octopus has set a record for endurance, brooding her eggs for 53 months — longer than any other known species, researchers reported on 30 July in PLoS ONE1.

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#102540
2015-01-28

'One in five fish linked to illegal activity'

The EU has imposed sanctions on imports from Sri Lanka's fisheries after the country failed to curb illegal fishing.

News Headlines
#102101
2014-12-03

'Only a C02 price can halt climate change'

Global temperature will continue to rise to dangerous levels, unless emissions are reduced. Germany economist Ottmar Edenhofer says a price on carbon is the answer.

News Headlines
#101954
2014-11-21

'Out-of-control tourism' hurting wild Ibiza

Rampant tourism is threatening the coastline of the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza while other major wilderness areas are also being seriously neglected by Spanish authorities, a new study shows.

News Headlines
#101457
2014-10-16

'Private sector's role crucial for biodiversity'

The private sector should increase its role in protecting and restoring biodiversity, the environment minister of Malta said Thursday during an environmental conference held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province.

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#99493
2014-06-05

'Raise your voice, not the sea level,' urges UN on World Environment Day

5 June 2014 – Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will be hosting this year's World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world's small islands potentially in peril of being lost to sea- ...

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#99528
2014-06-06

'Raise your voice, not the sea level,' urges UN on World Environment Day

5 June 2014 – Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will be hosting this year's World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world's small islands potentially in peril of being lost to sea- ...

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#102817
2015-02-17

'Rewilding' dingoes could help reverse decline of Australia's native wildlife

Scientists say altering dingo-proof fencing to allow the predators into a NSW national park to prey upon pests could help restore balance to the ecosystem

News Headlines
#102474
2015-01-22

'Safer GMOs' made by US scientists

US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.

News Headlines
#102602
2015-02-03

'Sitting on the cliff of a species extinction'

A report published in the journal Science this month analyzed the health of global marine populations and the impact humans are having on it. DW talked to the study's lead author Douglas McCauley

News Headlines
#101948
2014-11-21

'Star-gazing' shrimp discovered in South Africa

(Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.

News Headlines
#100064
2014-07-16

'Stop using the bloody things': pesticides linked to bee collapse now blamed for bird declines

In recent years the evidence has piled up that neonicotinoids—a hugely popular group of pesticide—may be at least partly responsible for ongoing bee and pollinator collapse. But new research in the journal Nature find that these pesticides could also be taking a heavy toll on other species, in t ...

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#103314
2015-03-30

'Supergoats' help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change

Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of "supergoat" is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.

News Headlines
#103947
2015-05-22

'Teddy bear' no longer endangered: What's behind the 'rewilding' of America?

Once down to just three small breeding groups in 1992, the Louisiana black bear has clambered back from the brink of extinction. From bald eagles to mountain lions, some of America's rarest beasts have once again found sure footing.

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#103126
2015-03-12

'They come, they photograph, but don’t help': how ecotourism in the Amazon shortchanges the locals

The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest

News Headlines
#99324
2014-05-27

'Time running out' to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new high, UN reports

26 May 2014 – Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation's weather agency today confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.

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#101083
2014-09-25

'Unprecedented' climate summit leads to bold pledges

After 11 gruelling hours of announcements, pledges and promises, there was a clear sense in the New York headquarters of the United Nations that the wheels on the climate change bus had been set in motion.

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