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"Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration" announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2022

According to figures by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while close to 30,000 more are understood to be endangered or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested t ...

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#BiodiversityDay: How the IAEA Contributes to Bend the Curve of Biodiversity Loss

The topic of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “building a shared future for all life”. It celebrates all the efforts to bend the curve of biodiversity loss at a time when biodiversity is declining faster than ever in human history.

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#WorldWildlifeDay: How police are protecting biodiversity for a greener future

The illegal acquisition and consumption of wildlife are among the top global drivers of the decimation of some of the world’s most endangered species and a severe threat to the delicate balance between ecosystems and biodiversity.

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$1.8 billion; that's how much govt subsidies contribute every year to human extinction & climate change

Researchers are warning that people are funding their own extinction with at least $1.8 billion spent every year on subsidies that cause wildlife to be wiped out and climate change to rise, according to a new study.

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$65 Million Set Aside For Soil Fertility Mapping Project

The Government has allocated $65 million for the Soil Fertility Mapping Project, which aims to increase the productivity and quality of agricultural produce.

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'A drop in the bucket': China's biodiversity fund launch gets lukewarm response

China's launch of a biodiversity fund is a "good start" but falls short of what is needed to help developing countries meet the goals in a global nature pact, environmentalists warned, urging all rich nations to step up ambition and funding.

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'Baby boot camp' exercises critically endangered orangutan

The 2-month-old critically endangered orangutan, still so tiny that infant-sized diapers hung loosely in front of his belly, clung tightly to a caretaker's fingers as she lifted him gently from her lap.

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'Banned' bee-harming pesticide approved for use, despite expert advice

Emergency use of a product containing the chemical thiamethoxam has been authorised in England because of a virus which affects sugar beets.

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'Big John', largest-ever triceratops, goes under hammer

"Big John", 66 million years old and the largest triceratops skeleton ever unearthed at eight metres long, goes up for auction in Paris on Thursday.

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'Biodiversity loss is humanity's greatest threat'

Talks are currently underway in Kenya on a new international treaty to tackle dramatic species loss. What exactly is at stake? Here's what you need to know.

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'Blue blob' near Iceland could slow glacial melting

A region of cooling water in the North Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, nicknamed the "Blue blob," has likely slowed the melting of the island's glaciers since 2011 and may continue to stymie ice loss until about 2050, according to new research.

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'Build a shared future for all life', urges UN chief on Biodiversity Day

Three-quarters of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the UN Secretary-General urged to end the ‘senseless and destructive war against nature’.

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'Climate change in Tibetan Plateau impacts livelihoods'

In the run up to the Glasgow climate talks (COP26) and the ongoing UN biodiversity summit, a new report on Tuesday blamed China, the world's biggest maker and user of coal, cement and steel, for climate change across the Tibetan Plateau, the world's 'third pole'.

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'Climate change will catch up with us', Taoiseach warns

The Taoiseach has said Ireland has an opportunity to work with the farming sector to make sure there is a sustainable future for young farmers, but said that everyone must also deal with the realities of climate change and "how much the land can take".

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'Developing countries want something to show from COP26'

We've been concentrating on the speech from Barack Obama for the past hour but, away from the former US president, meetings on today's theme continue. It's "Adaptation, Loss and Damage", a confusing term that boils down to how countries will adapt to climate change and who will pay for it.

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'Ecological civilization leads to multilateralism'

Ecological civilization is really about multilateralism and a global convention, which requires the global community to work together, said a Chinese top official of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International recently.

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'Elephant runners' recount epic trek of mammoth stars in S.W China

China to set up multinational co-managed national parks to further protect species. A video on the activities of a herd of wild Asian elephants that went astray in Southwest China's Yunnan Province in September is shown on a big screen at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ...

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'Everything is at stake' as world gathers for climate talks

More than one world leader says humanity's future, even survival, hangs in the balance when international officials meet in Scotland to try to accelerate efforts to curb climate change. Temperatures, tempers and hyperbole have all ratcheted up ahead of the United Nations summit.

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'Extinct' orchid discovered hiding in plain sight

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, together with a team of scientists, have released a new scientific paper showing that the previously presumed extinct species called Prasophyllum morganii, commonly known as mignonette leek orchid, has in fact been hiding in plain sight.

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'Find a solution,' say residents as smog blankets Pakistan's Lahore

The Pakistani city of Lahore was declared the most polluted city in the world by an air quality monitor on Wednesday, as residents choking in acrid smog pleaded with officials to take action.

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'Five times the size of London each year': BNP Paribas tots up the biodiversity footprint of its investments

Banking giant takes a stab at caclulating biodiversity impacts of its financing activities for first time, as it looks to meet requirements of new French nature reporting law

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'Freeze or flee' reactions run in fish families

University of Exeter scientists examined how Trinidadian guppies reacted to stress—did they freeze or flee?—and also measured their hormonal responses.

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'Heartbreaking' loss: Climate crisis spurs push for compensation

Throughout 2021, a slew of hurricanes, floods and forest fires brought one fact into sharp focus: The climate crisis isn't a problem for the future, it's a problem for right now.

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'I've seen irreversible change but hope too for planet'

His face was flushed and his voice was loud. You're making it all up about global warming, a man shouted as he approached me. We were in the Royal Society, the UK's leading scientific academy, and a panel discussion about climate change had just finished. It's nothing to do with carbon dioxide, ...

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'Insect apocalypse' looming under current conservation rules

Current UK conservation policies fail to protect important insect species such as bees which "are vital for our everyday lives and future existence," according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.

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'It's killing us': Delhi's smog-choked roads take their toll

Stinging eyes, an unrelenting cough and chronic lung disease have taken their toll on Bhajan Lal, an auto rickshaw driver navigating the Indian capital's chaotic roads and poisonous air.

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'Light of a million suns' key to unlocking secrets of healthier and safer rice

Swinburne scientists are using a football field-sized synchrotron light facility to examine individual grains of rice to help enhance global food security, nutritional value and the food safety of cereal grains.

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'Make sustainable farming, biodiversity election issue'

With climate, ecology and agricultural sustainability not being poll plank of any party till the 2022 election, NGO Kheti Virasat Mission has come up with its own people’s agenda and a 21-page green manifesto to pressurise political parties into acknowledging environment protection and sustainab ...

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'Nature is not a commodity': Can the world learn from indigenous food systems, before they are lost?

Fabian Jimbijti sometimes walks three days to find food for his community. He treks across mountains to collect salt from a sacred spring deep in the jungle, wades into rivers to catch eels, and forages the forest floor for herbs and wild edibles.

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'Never seen anything like it': astronaut on 2021 climate disasters

From his perch 400 kilometres above Earth, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has had a unique perspective on the climate-fuelled natural disasters that have swept the planet over the past six months.

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'No man wanted to do it': The woman fighting to save Brazil's Amazon from illegal loggers – video

Marli Yontep Krikati became the first woman in her Amazon village to lead the forest guardians after the men declared the job too dangerous. The forest guardians are groups of indigenous Brazilians who patrol their territories to guard against illegal logging, farming and mining in the face of l ...

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'No nature, no us': Environment Agency boss raises alarm over biodiversity crisis

Sir James Bevan expected to warn later today that England faces a ‘silent spring’ without action on nature loss. The boss of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan, is to deliver a speech later today warning how the biodiversity crisis poses an existential threat to the human race if left unadd ...

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'One of the botanical wonders of the world': Giant waterlily grown at Kew Gardens named new to science

A new paper, published today in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, outlines a new botanical discovery in the genus Victoria, the famous giant waterlily genus named after Britain's Queen Victoria in 1852.

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'Path to recovery': Part one of COP15 closes with hopes high for new global biodiversity accord

UN declares virtual talks have set the stage for the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework next year. The first phase of the COP15 Biodiversity Summit in Kunming, China closed today with the UN expressing confidence the week long talks had helped set the stage for the ...

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'Protective cloak' prevents plants from self-harming in very bright conditions

New work led by Carnegie's Petra Redekop, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, and Arthur Grossman probes the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which plants protect themselves from self-harm. Their findings, published by Science Advances, improve our understanding of one of the most-important biochemical proc ...

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'Serious risk of extinction': Macadamias prove a tough nut to crack

Australian Institute of Botanical Science researchers are working with the University of Queensland to figure out world-first ways to store wild and cultivated macadamia genetic material and ultimately ensure the long-term survival of the species.

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'Smart' greenhouses could slash electricity costs

A new, internet-connected lighting system for greenhouses could sharply reduce a farmer's electrical bill, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers.

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'The Fragile Paradise': Planet Earth's turbulent times

As the COP26 climate summit comes to an end, a unique photography exhibition in the refurbished Oberhausen Gasometer in Germany depicts the beauty of planet Earth — and the threat posed to it by humans.

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'The sad reality is many don't survive': How floods affect wildlife, and how you can help them

For over two decades, bull sharks have called a Brisbane golf course home after, it's believed, a flood washed them into the course's lake in 1996.

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'The smell of death'. Peruvians race to rescue animals as oil spill spreads

Peruvians are racing to save animals caught up in a devastating oil spill that has been blamed on a volcanic explosion near Tonga. Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez has said that some 6,000 barrels of oil were spilled in the incident, which has left oil on 21 beaches.

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'There's a shift happening': McCain and food's old guard look to the future as climate change threatens crops

Among the flurry of futuristic investments that Canadian French fry empire McCain Foods Ltd. has been making, probably the most interesting has been an indoor lettuce farm.

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'Uneven' climate change adaptation measures impacting 3.6b people: UN

The world's leading climate scientists have warned that inadequate adaptation efforts in regions facing the serious impact of climate change along with over exploitation of natural resources, rapid urbanization and social inequalities will have a devastating effect on 3.6 billion people and nature.

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'Watered-down hope': Experts wanted more from climate pact

While world leaders and negotiators are hailing the Glasgow climate pact as a good compromise that keeps a key temperature limit alive, many scientists are wondering what planet these leaders are looking at.

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'We are not equal' - what they said at U.N. climate talks

COP 26, a U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change, is running for the first two weeks of November.

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'We beg God for water': Chilean lake turns to desert, sounding climate change alarm

The Penuelas reservoir in central Chile was until twenty years ago the main source of water for the city of Valparaiso, holding enough water for 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Water for only two pools now remains.

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'We cannot afford to wait': UN confirms COP15 Biodiversity Summit to relocate to Canada

Decision to move crucial talks to Montreal later this year spark renewed hopes crucial treaty to combat nature loss can be finalised

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'We need to act immediately' on climate change, IOM chief warns world leaders

In an interview with FRANCE 24 from Geneva, the director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) urged world leaders to "act now" to tackle the challenges of climate change during the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow.

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'Wee Forests': Plans unveiled for COP26 urban tree planting programme

Eight new green spaces to be planted across Glasgow to help city celebrate upcoming Climate Summit, as ITV announces plans for major ramp up of climate coverage

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(COP15) Explainer: What to expect from first UN global conference on ecological civilization

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, known as COP15, kicked off on Monday in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

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(PHOTOS): Ministry of Environment plants trees to mark World Wetlands Day

A certificates award ceremony crowned the day with participants, including children scooping top prices in their contribution towards environmental conservation.

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