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#105043
2015-08-31

"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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#106329
2015-11-30

"The Eyes of the World are on Paris"

Paris, 30 November 2015 -The nations of the world gathered on Monday in Paris to reach a new and universal climate change agreement, in the knowledge that they have already delivered an almost universal set of national responses to meet the long-term climate challenge before the conference even ...

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#105294
2015-09-16

"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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#106040
2015-11-09

'A one-off in human history': Stern's warning on climate change battle

Europe has to step up its effort to combat climate change and wake up to the urgency of the situation, the climate change expert Lord Stern has said before crunch UN talks in Paris later this month.

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#104944
2015-08-20

'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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#104483
2015-07-06

'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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#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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#104419
2015-06-26

'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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#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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#104741
2015-08-03

'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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#106183
2015-11-20

'Good' and 'bad' bacteria in the fight against citrus greening disease

New research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the University of Washington finds that helpful bacteria living inside the insect that transmits the bacterial pathogen associated with citrus greening disease -- -an outbreak that is devastating Flo ...

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#104366
2015-06-22

'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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#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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#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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#104491
2015-07-06

'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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#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.

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#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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#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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#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

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#104152
2015-06-03

'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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#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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#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

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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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#106666
2015-12-18

'Spirit of Paris': Cities take climate action to local level

Cities have massive carbon footprints, and how they develop is crucial for addressing climate change. The Paris climate summit allowed cities to unify - and post-Paris, cities' collective action is breeding green hopes.

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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.

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#105002
2015-08-27

'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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#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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#104938
2015-08-20

'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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#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

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#104142
2015-06-02

'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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#106084
2015-11-12

'We’re reinvigorating traditional knowledge’: Indigenous rangers in remote Australia

A new report hails the best Indigenous initiatives run by government and recommends their expansion

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#106679
2015-12-21

'Worthless words' or 'diplomatic triumph'? Climate scientists weigh in on Paris agreement

The general view of the Paris agreement reached last week among climate scientists seems to be that while it won't halt global warming, it is an important step in that direction.

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#103617
2015-04-27

'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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#103277
2015-03-25

(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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#105541
2015-10-05

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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#106712
2015-12-30

10 moments in 2015 that changed our environment

It was an outstanding year for the environment - in good and in bad terms. These were the most important moments of 2015.

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#106939
2016-01-21

2015 declared the hottest year on record

It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year on record. Global data show that a powerful El Niño, marked by warmer waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean, helped to drive atmospheric temperatures well past 2014's record highs. Some researchers suggest that broader Pacific trends could spell even more ...

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#106961
2016-01-22

2015 is hottest year on record

Geneva 25 January 2016 (WMO) - The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, at 0.76±0.1° Celsius above the 1961-1990 average.

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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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#102907
2015-02-24

2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States

23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.

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#106707
2015-12-29

2015: Biodiversity’s Year Of Integration

Biodiversity and endangered habitat have always been difficult to finance, because their economic value isn’t as readily-apparent as that of water, air, and food. In 2015, proponents managed to embed biodiversity protection in major climate-change and development packages, but there’s still a lo ...

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#102782
2015-02-13

2015: The Cornerstone for Financing for Development

Once again, 2014 demonstrated the fact that underdevelopment and poverty in large swathes of the world produce a range of intensifying crises that know no borders.

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#104953
2015-08-21

25m birds illegally killed in Mediterranean each year, says report

About 25 million birds are being unlawfully shot, trapped and glued in a Mediterranean crime wave that is even affecting birds vulnerable to extinction, according to the first report of its kind.

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#103284
2015-03-26

30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey

Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.

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#104170
2015-06-04

40% of Europe's sharks and rays face extinction, says IUCN

New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent’s oceanic biodiversity

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#106700
2015-12-29

5 Ways Animals Are Working for Cities

oyotes in New York City. Flying squirrels in Philadelphia. Bobcats in Los Angeles. We share our cities with a veritable menagerie. In an increasingly urbanized world, as animals lose habitat elsewhere, they’re likely to move in with us more and more. Some are pesky: termites in the walls, rats i ...

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