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#115871
2018-02-02

#WorldWetlandsDay: Cities cannot be resilient without integrating healthy wetlands in infrastructure asset management, planning

Annually, on 2 February, the world over remembers the establishment of the Ramsar Convention which happened in 1971, (the same year that the Water Research Commission (WRC) was established), making it one of the oldest organisations to concern itself with the wellbeing of wetlands, society and t ...

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#114527
2017-09-20

'Addressing climate change means ensuring human rights'

Highlighting four important factors in combating climate change, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the climate change issue needs to be placed within the wider narrative of ensuring peace, stability, prosperity and addressing inequalities across societies.

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#115916
2018-02-07

'Beetlejuice'—it works for real beetles too

In Tim Burton's classic comedy "Beetlejuice", the toxic title character can escape from his inferno only if someone pronounces his name three times in a row.The real-world bombardier beetle escapes from its purgatory—the belly of a predator—by squirting the real thing: boiling-hot pulses of noxi ...

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#115409
2017-12-01

'Endangered' captures lives of threatened species around the world

From polar bears in the melting tundra to colorful coral reefs in the world's oceans, photographer Tim Flach documented where threatened and endangered animals are living in his new book "Endangered."

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#115970
2018-02-14

'Excess emissions' make significant contribution to air pollution

When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August, industrial facilities in the state shut down, then reopened a few days later. In doing so, they produced nearly 2,000 tons of "excess emissions"—air pollutants in addition to what was allowed as part of their normal operation.

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#114875
2017-10-17

'Hiding in plain sight'—Discovery raises questions over scale of overlooked biodiversity

Scientists have used cutting-edge DNA technology and museum samples collected over the past two centuries to reveal a new species of diving beetle living in streams around the Mediterranean.

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#116191
2018-03-06

'Plastic, plastic, plastic': British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali

A British diver has captured shocking images of himself swimming through a sea of plastic rubbish off the coast of the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali. A short video posted by diver Rich Horner on his social media account and on YouTube shows the water densely strewn with plastic waste and yel ...

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#114905
2017-10-19

'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital

Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday.

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#114808
2017-10-10

'Sooty birds' reveal hidden US air pollution

Soot trapped in the feathers of songbirds over the past 100 years is causing scientists to revise their records of air pollution. US researchers measured the black carbon found on 1,300 larks, woodpeckers and sparrows over the past century.

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#115411
2017-12-01

'Zero tolerance' plan eyed for plastic pollution

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

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#114876
2017-10-17

10 Keys To Slashing Deforestation In Just Two Years

Donuts, deodorant, buns and burgers. They’re killing us – and not just because of what they do to our bodies. No, the real problem is what the beef, soy, and palm oil that they’re made of – as well as the pulp & paper they’re packaged in – do to our forests and, by extension, our climate.

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#115831
2018-01-30

10 million acres added to Chile’s national park system

Yesterday, as a herd of guanacos grazed in the distance, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared, “With these beautiful lands, their forests, their rich ecosystems, [we] expand the network of parks to more than 10 million acres. Thus, national parklands in Chile will increase by 38.5% to ac ...

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#116061
2018-02-21

10,000 coffee seedlings

A hundred coffee farmers in the Windsor Forest and Richmond Gap communities in St Thomas who lost millions of dollars worth of crops to a bush fire in the summer of 2015, are slowly making a recovery.

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#115868
2018-02-01

10,000 trees to be planted alongside A38 and A30

Highways England is starting a major programme of tree and shrub planting along the A30 and A38 in a bid to connect a 105 mile corridor of wildlife habitat. The work is taking place at 21 sites and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woo ...

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#114533
2017-09-20

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonized lakes

DNA molecules in lake sediment are few and hard bound to particles. This resulted in challenging analyses and required development of new methods, both for extracting sufficiently clean DNA and for the statistical analysis of data. For this work, doctoral student Fredrik Olajos and researcher Fo ...

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#115911
2018-02-07

100-million-year-old spider with a tail longer than its body discovered

A brand new species of arachnid that looks like a spider with a tail has been discovered in Myanmar. The eight-legged creepy crawly is estimated to have scuttled along the forest floors as far back as 100 million years ago.

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#115148
2017-11-13

1000-year-old ocean water trapped in “shadow zone”

Deep in the middle of the deepest oceans of the world lies a shadow zone, where ancient sea water hangs, trapped in vast volume, stagnant. The water last floated to the surface some 1000 years ago.

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#116267
2018-03-15

13 European countries to protect great bustard

Delegates from 13 European countries on Thursday agreed on transboundary conservation measures for the great bustard - the heaviest flying bird in Europe.

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#114602
2017-09-26

15 New Smiley-Faced Spider Species Named After Leonardo DiCaprio, Bernie Sanders, Others

Long thought to be one species that was found across a large swath of territory — “from northern North America down to northern Brazil” — the “smiley-faced” spiders of the genus Spintharus actually have a lot more diversity than hitherto known. Researchers from the University of Vermont have ide ...

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#115275
2017-11-21

2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free

There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. But now the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open-access repository for some of the most stunning images collec ...

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#115943
2018-02-09

2 futures of health, 2 paradigms of science

Across the world, there is an intense contest emerging between two paradigms of health and two paradigms of science. The first is holistic and sees connections between the health of the planet and our health. It is based on the ecological science of inter-connectedness. The second one is reducti ...

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#115449
2017-12-04

20 years after Kyoto Protocol, where does world stand on climate?

On Dec. 11, 1997, representatives from over 150 nations gathered in Kyoto to hammer out what would become the world’s first international agreement to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide.

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#116034
2018-02-20

22 plants, 16 animals listed as threatened in Himachal

The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has identified and listed 22 plant and 16 animals species as “threatened”, an official said on Monday. Separate committees of experts were notified by the board in December 2016 to identify the plants and animal species facing extinction, the board’s ...

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#115638
2017-12-21

25-year Environment Plan: UK unveils long-term strategy for 'greener future'

The 151-page document focuses on how the Government aims to improve the UK’s resource efficiency, biodiversity, air and water quality, and deliver ecological restoration. But campaigners are frustrated that there is no legal weight behind the proposals.

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#115155
2017-11-13

260 million-year-old fossilised trees unveil Antarctica’s forested past before dinosaurs

Scientists have discovered fossil fragments of 260 million-year-old trees in Antarctica, a finding which shows that the frozen continent had a thriving forest before the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth. During Antarctica’s summer, scientists from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) in the ...

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#114988
2017-10-27

3 in 4 Reptile Pets Die in The First Year So Maybe Humans Don't Deserve Them

A heated discussion over how humans treat their reptilian companions has flared up in a series of articles published this week in the journal Veterinary Record.

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#115807
2018-01-25

3 rare migratory birds seen in southern Negros wetlands

THREE rare migratory birds were found in southern Negros during the 2018 Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) of Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area (NOCWCA) conducted on January 6 to 21.

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#115237
2017-11-17

3 things we learned at this week’s U.N. climate change meeting

I spent last week at the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Even before the delegates and observers go home, we can predict the outcome: not too much. For supporters of the Paris agreement, that is a best-case scenario but also dispiriting. Here are three things we’ve learned from the ...

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#114643
2017-09-28

4 projects in Seychelles to help coral reefs survive

The coral restoration project of this organisation began in 2010 with the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is the largest coral reef restoration program in the region, using more than 50,000 coral fragments which were grown in underwate ...

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#114727
2017-10-04

5 creative techniques being used to keep coral reefs alive

We’ve heard plenty about the rapid and dramatic loss of coral reefs over the last decades — estimates are that about 20 percent of coral worldwide is already gone. Parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lost more than 70 percent of their coral by 2016, and some scientists are calling coral loss ...

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#116045
2018-02-20

5 ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change

Agriculture is central to the Indian economy. It accounts for 50per cent of the country’s employment and 18per cent of its GDP.

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#116118
2018-02-27

5.5 million-year-old fossil turtle species sheds light on invasive modern relatives

A University of Pennsylvania paleontologist has described a 5.5 million-year-old fossil species of turtle from eastern Tennessee. It represents a new species of the genus Trachemys, commonly known as sliders, which are frequently kept as pets today.

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#114545
2017-09-21

6th Global Mass Extinction Is Coming All Too Soon, According to This Mathematician

It doesn't come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions – and the next curtain could fall before the century is up.

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#115195
2017-11-15

7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

s it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to megatrends changing the way humans live on a global scale. The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, ene ...

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#114519
2017-09-20

8 community-based organisations granted $350,000 for environmental projects

AMMAN — Eight community-based organisations (CBOs) on Tuesday received grants worth $350,000 to implement pilot projects enhancing the role of local communities and users of natural resources in addressing environmental issues.

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#115893
2018-02-06

9 Companies Fighting Climate Change Through Biomimicry

We know that carbon emissions, particularly carbon dioxide and methane, are a major contributor to global climate change trends, and that the challenge of mitigating and even reversing this trend is highly complex. We also know that — like so many other sustainability challenges we face — managi ...

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#115147
2017-11-13

A Big Change in How a Small Fish Is Protected Could Help Save Whales

The menhaden is a tiny fish key to the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem that has supported a thriving fishery since the 19th century. Now regulators are considering a novel approach to ensure there’s enough fish to feed the fishery and other marine animals.

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#115467
2017-12-05

A Conversation About Climate Change, Cop23, And The Future Of The Pacific Islands

This past November, Fiji presided over the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which met for its 23rd annual Conference of the Parties. However, on account of the country's capital city, Suva, being too small to host the conference, the UNFCCC moved COP23 to Bonn, Germany, the ...

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#115332
2017-11-27

A New Model Yields a Better Picture of Methane Fluxes

Scientists update an old model with recent findings, allowing for a more accurate understanding of methane dynamics in wetlands.Peat-forming wetlands, including bogs and fens, can switch between acting as sources and sinks of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.

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#115622
2017-12-21

A Quest To Save The Kaveri Catchment’s Biodiversity

As our population increases every day, our natural resources are falling short. There is an insatiable need to accommodate more and more people at the known risk of endangering our planet even more. Take the western ghats, one of eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world and ...

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#115034
2017-11-01

A Veteran Explorer of Disappearing Forests Shares 5 Reasons All Is Not Lost.

Farming, logging, and even diseases like Ebola join a long list of forces currently erasing forests and animals from the planet. The trends can seem desperately bleak—a recent analysis shows global tree cover loss rose 51 percent last year.

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#114894
2017-10-19

A brief history of the Earth's CO2

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

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#116171
2018-03-05

A bullfrog invasion in the Andamans is threatening biodiversity

In December 2004, an unexpected wall of water swept across the Indian Ocean, leading to death and devastation across several countries, including the slender sliver of land in Bay of Bengal – the Andaman archipelago. The 2004 tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history, it ...

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#114917
2017-10-20

A fresh look at fresh water—researchers create a 50,000-lake database

Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving these lakes to death?

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#116222
2018-03-08

A global conflict: Agricultural production vs. biodiversity

Smart land-use planning could ease the conflict between agricultural production and nature conservation. A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the UFZ and the University of Münster integrated global datasets on the ...

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#116071
2018-02-21

A global view of species diversity in high elevations, via mountain birds

A new look at mountain birds is helping Yale University researchers test long-held assumptions about species richness in high elevations.

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#115766
2018-01-22

A natural remedy for the Danube's destructive floods

Over the past few decades, the Danube basin has been swept by increasingly devastating floods, causing widespread damage and even casualties in the countries crossed by the river.

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#115816
2018-01-26

A new type of virus found in our oceans

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have reported a new tailless virus prevalent in the world’s oceans. These viruses remained undiscovered till now as they cannot be detected using standard tests. The new find was made possible by ...

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#115805
2018-01-25

A new year’s resolution for the environment? Reduce activity

So come on, who out there has made new year resolutions for self-improvement? Going to the gym, eating more veg, drinking less, less stress at work? Sound familiar? And who out there made these same resolutions last year? And did you keep them? Are you fitter, healthier, less stressed? I know I ...

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#115625
2017-12-21

A novel approach to ocean acidification

Pteropods may look otherworldly, but they are a real and threatened species of minuscule marine snail whose appearance in Homer author Nancy Lord’s new novel “pH” makes the book not science fiction, but an example of science in fiction.

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