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"Extinct" Toad Rediscovered in Ecuador

To biologists’ delight, the Azuay stubfoot toad (Atelopus bomolochos), believed to be extinct after its last sighting in 2002, has just leapt back to life.

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"The urban ecosystem": How should we design cities to make the most of green space?

Back in 1839, public health expert J F Murray published his article The Lungs of London, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

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$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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'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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'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

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'Bee soup' could help understand declines and test remedies

It may sound counter-intuitive, but crushing up bees into a 'DNA soup' could help conservationists understand and even reverse their decline - according to University of East Anglia scientists.

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'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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'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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'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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'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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'Business can be a global force for good,' Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN ...

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'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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'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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'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

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'Grave concern' for Maui's dolphin

The International Whaling Commission has voiced its "grave concern" for the tiny Maui's dolphin and urged the Government to take further steps to protect the critically-endangered sub-species.

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'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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'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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'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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'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms

To protect natural ecosystems in the long term, some conservationists advocate "land sparing," in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate "land sharing," in which farmers take over more lan ...

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'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.

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'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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'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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'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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'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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'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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'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

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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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'Radical transition' of economy needed to curb climate change: study

Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a "radical transition" to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

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'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

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'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.

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'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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'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

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'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.

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'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.

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'Targeted punishments' against countries could tackle climate change

Targeted punishments could provide a path to international climate change cooperation, new research in game theory has found.

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'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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'The future is grim for coral reefs'

Coral reefs are among the world's richest ecosystems - and they will disappear from the face of the Earth before this century is over if we don't make serious changes, ecologist Peter Sale told DW.

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'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

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'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. The discovery suggests that such births may be a natural response to dwindling numbers, rather than a freak occurrence largely seen in captivity.

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'We will succeed in these negotiations'

Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.

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'Wild birds may spread flu virus'

Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.

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'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C.

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'You can't use an ocean to decimation'

Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.

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'Zero Deforestation' not necessarily the answer, environmentalists warn

Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both public and private spheres, including forest commodit ...

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(Comment) Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded.

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10 Million at Risk of Hunger Due to Climate Change and El Niño, Oxfam Warns

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2015 (IPS) - At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño, Oxfam has reported.

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12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

PYEONCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – 84 companies operating recreational diving and ecotourism in 44 countries delivered a Declaration to the 12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, requesting protection from the continued devastation of the natural environments and ...

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