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#109330
2016-07-27

On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks ...

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#109331
2016-07-27

Temperature in Kuwait hits 54 Celsius, sets possible record amid Middle East heatwave – UN

26 July 2016 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency, will set up a committee to examine whether a 54 degrees Celsius temperature recently recorded in Kuwait, has set the new highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere.

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#109332
2016-07-27

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning

A new study suggests that the increasing acidification of the oceans is likely to interfere with the ability of fish to reproduce.

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#109333
2016-07-27

Towards smarter crop plants to feed the world

Plant scientists have made an important advance in understanding the natural diversity of a key plant enzyme which could help us address the looming threat of global food security.

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#109334
2016-07-27

Migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses, evidence suggests

The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not persist in wild birds.

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#109335
2016-07-27

Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ...

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#109336
2016-07-27

Diplomats told to study science and health

[MANCHESTER] Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared problems and increase the scientific capacity of developing countries, a UK summit has heard.

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#109337
2016-07-27

Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province

A wildlife reserve and surrounding areas on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra were declared the country’s newest national park on Friday, part of the festivities for World Environment Day.

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#109338
2016-07-27

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

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#109339
2016-07-27

Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40%, study shows

Discovery provides possible explanation for increasing deaths of honeybees in recent years, according to scientists

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#109340
2016-07-27

Children spend only half as much time playing outside as their parents did

National Trust survey also found that nine out of 10 parents would prefer offspring to spend childhood connecting with nature

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#109341
2016-07-27

The Emerging Role of Asia in Wildlife Conservation Practice

The practice of solving conservation problems for wildlife has presented more and varied challenges for researchers and practitioners in Asia, especially over the last quarter century. While human populations have grown, lands available for wildlife have steadily decreased and habitats have been ...

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#109342
2016-07-27

How Hong Kong can build on its trawling ban to become a champion of sustainable seafood

Hong Kong’s love of seafood shows no signs of abating. Fortunately, as an article in the Post reported, an increasing number of restaurateurs are insisting that the seafood they serve is not only of the finest quality, but caught sustainably.

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#109283
2016-07-26

Mexico bans gillnets to protect rare vaquita porpoise

To protect the world’s rarest and most threatened marine mammal, Mexico will permanently ban the use of gillnets throughout the range of vaquita porpoise from September, and phase out night fishing by the end of this year.

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#109284
2016-07-26

Why helping civil society investigate illegal timber is about much more than protecting forests and forest peoples

Sam Lawson is the founder of Earthsight, a London-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote the use of in-depth investigations to expose environmental and social crime, injustice and the links to global consumption. The views expressed here are his own.

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#109285
2016-07-26

Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance

LOUIS TRICHARDT, South Africa, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi’s agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.

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#109286
2016-07-26

Space tech could spur biodiversity management in Africa

[NAIROBI] Adopting space technology systems such as the satellite could help Sub-Saharan Africa boost measures to combat poaching and improve biodiversity management, a workshop has heard.

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#109287
2016-07-26

Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict

Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters

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#109288
2016-07-26

Contamination of water pushes up costs, makes safe water scarcer - study

Nearly 90 percent of world's urban watersheds face some level of degradation, making water treatment more expensive

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#109289
2016-07-26

Province warns of dangers of invasive species

Manitoba Sustainable Development is advising people of the risks that the emerald ash borer poses if introduced to the province’s trees.

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#109290
2016-07-26

Peru Bolsters Efforts To Use Innovative Conservation Finance

25 July 2016 | Just prior to Peru’s Independence Day and a political shakeup, the outgoing administration issued a flurry of environmental policies that appear to have big implications for the ecosystem services world.

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#109291
2016-07-26

Korea seeks to share reforestation skills at WFC in 2021

The Olympics is to sports what the World Forestry Congress is to the forestry sector. At the 14th WFC in South Africa, the Korea Forest Service expressed its willingness to bid for the upcoming WFC, which will take place in 2021.

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#109292
2016-07-26

Pika-boo: Climate change threatens remote habitat of tiny rabbit relative

A little-known mammal found only on the mountain tops of Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories has been added to Canada's species at risk list as a species of special concern.

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#109293
2016-07-26

To Protect History, A National Park Preps For Climate Change

Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado may be known for its iconic cliff dwellings, but archaeological artifacts left by the Ancestral Pueblo are all over. Rocky remnants of homes and farming sites are scattered throughout the dense pinyon juniper forest.

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#109294
2016-07-26

FAA to Arctic pilots: Do not disturb the walruses

It doesn't take much to scare a walrus. The scent of a polar bear, the footsteps of a hunter or the drone of a bush plane are more than enough to send the blubbery pinnipeds into panic mode.

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#109261
2016-07-25

On eve of Olympics, Amazon deforestation surges in Brazil

Preliminary data suggests deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be on the rise after years of remaining at historic lows.

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#109262
2016-07-25

Indian Climate Activist Ponders the ‘Unthinkable’

TAIPEI, Jul 25 2016 (IPS) - For acclaimed Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh, the future of humankind as global warming impact events spread worldwide looks grim. So grim that the 60-year-old pamphleteer has titled his new book of three climate-related essays “The Great Derangement.”

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#109263
2016-07-25

Campaigners seek to reintroduce Eurasian lynx to parts of Britain

Charity begins local consultation on plan to introduce 10 Eurasian lynxes back into wild in north of England and southern Scotland

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#109264
2016-07-25

Pests and drought hit Nigeria's tomato farms

Tomatoes are a staple food in Nigeria. From farmers in the northern states to traders across the country, many depend on the fruit for a living. But climate change and the tomato moth have hit the industry hard.

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#109265
2016-07-25

Tun Mustapha Park, 12 times the size of S'pore, will play key role in ecotourism, conservation

KUDAT (Sabah) • Malaysia has launched its biggest marine protected area off Sabah, known for its teeming biodiversity and home to endangered dugongs and green turtles.

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#109266
2016-07-25

Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change

ROME, Jul 25 2016 (IPS) - No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.

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#109267
2016-07-25

SDGs could boost citizen science in Africa

[MANCHESTER] The Sustainable Development Goals are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it, a UK conference has heard.

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#109268
2016-07-25

Can't see the wood for the climbers: Vines threatening tropical forests

Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning.

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#109269
2016-07-25

UN finds that greenhouse gases are increasing from agriculture

Among the findings of a new report is that 60 percent of human-induced nitrous oxide emissions—which have a global warming potential that is 300 times higher than CO2—come from agriculture.

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#109275
2016-07-25

Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat

Sri Lanka's prime minister has said mangroves' ability to swiftly absorb carbon make the forests vital in the fight against climate change.

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#109242
2016-07-22

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.

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#109243
2016-07-22

New research gleans climate change insight from lizard genome

Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. The findings improve ways of modeling the distribution of biodiversity in the past and future.

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#109244
2016-07-22

The history and future of protecting the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under considerable strain, with coral bleaching the latest in a number of environmental pressures having an impact. So does the reef's status as a World Heritage site actually help to protect it?

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#109245
2016-07-22

Sponge City: Berlin plans for a hotter climate

Heat waves and rainstorms will become common in northern Germany as climate change deepens. Experts envision heat- and flood-proofing the city of Berlin by making it into an "urban sponge," with green roofs and wetlands.

News Headlines
#109246
2016-07-22

This wild bird will guide you to a beehive, if you know the password

Cooperation is easier with communication, and an African bird species and the humans that it works with know that.

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#109247
2016-07-22

Danes helping capture the scope of Danish biodiversity

The Danes are not using their smartphones only to catch virtual Pokemon creatures, but also to help Danish scientists capture the scope of biodiversity in the country.

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#109249
2016-07-22

Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk

MOSCOW – Russia’s practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

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#109250
2016-07-22

China tried to drive a furry mammal to extinction. Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

YUSHU COUNTY, CHINA — As he gazes out across the rolling grasslands of the Tibetan plateau, where hundreds of his yaks are grazing, 70-year-old Awang Chumpey is less than happy. The land he shares with his neighbors is dotted with thousands of tiny burrows, home to a colony of plateau pika that ...

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#109251
2016-07-22

Global warming may affect Bhutan’s biodiversity, impact India

Slow-melting of glaciers due to global warming may cause huge floods in Bhutan in the future and result in loss of keystone species which may encourage probable animal poachers to hunt in this country, Indian researchers say.

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#109252
2016-07-22

Bakery venture feeds German appetite for pesticide-free food

There's a booming demand in Germany for produce that is both locally sourced and free from chemicals. The KraichgauKorn cooperative combines the two trends, linking farmers with local millers and artisanal bakers.

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#109253
2016-07-22

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.

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#109228
2016-07-21

Sloth's arboreal niche explains its slow-paced lifestyle

MADISON, Wis., July 20 (UPI) -- Sloths are one of only a few mammal types to carve out an exclusively arboreal niche. And new research suggests it's the sloth's tree-based lifestyle that explains its sluggish disposition.

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#109229
2016-07-21

First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.

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#109230
2016-07-21

Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

20 July 2016 – Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

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#109231
2016-07-21

UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

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