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#107183
2016-02-11

UN agriculture agency warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

10 February 2016 – The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

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#107184
2016-02-11

Concerns raised over number of children not engaging with nature

Two-year study finds more than 10% of children in England have not been to a natural environment in the past 12 months

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#107185
2016-02-11

Bolivia's second-largest lake has disappeared

Once upon a time, it was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Today, it has all but vanished. New satellite images have confirmed this. The disappearance of Lake Poopó has dramatic consequences for wildlife - and people.

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#107186
2016-02-11

Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia

Funding and job cuts at Australia's climate change research body could undermine the country's goal of dominating the Asian premium food market by placing farmers at a disadvantage to U.S. and European competitors.

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#107187
2016-02-11

Climate change may have helped spread Zika virus according to WHO scientists

Warmer and wetter conditions facilitate transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, which may have added to spread, says lead climate change scientist

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#107188
2016-02-11

Climate change ‘forcing species to move’

SYDNEY – Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected.

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#107189
2016-02-11

Reclamation of Yellow Sea causing serious declines in migratory shorebirds

In-depth studies have indicated that rapid declines in three species of shorebird that migrate between Siberia and Australia is due to land reclamation along China's Yellow Sea coastline.

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#107190
2016-02-11

French institute agrees to share patent benefits after biopiracy accusations

Accusations of biopiracy have led a French government institute to pledge that it will share any proceeds from a potential new malaria drug with local authorities in French Guiana

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#107191
2016-02-11

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

Camp 41, Amazonas – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.

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#107194
2016-02-11

Requiem for a river

GUO, the driver, pulls his car to a merciful halt high above a crevasse: time for a cigarette, and after seven hours of shuddering along narrow, twisting roads, time for his passengers to check that their fillings remain in place.

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#107168
2016-02-10

Climate outlook ‘particularly concerning’ in Southern Africa due to El Niño - UN agency

10 February 2016 – El Niño conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reported in its latest report.

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#107169
2016-02-10

Kenya approves limited GM maize release

[NAIROBI] Kenya says more tests and safeguards are needed before genetically modified (GM) maize seeds can be grown commercially in the country.

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#107170
2016-02-10

Norwegian fish farms fight sea lice with 'Star Wars'

An Oslo firm have developed a laser gun which kills an out-of-control parasite threatening Norway's massive aquaculture industry.

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#107171
2016-02-10

Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

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#107172
2016-02-10

Restoring rangelands: A Namibian dream to come true

Namibia’s intention to restore its valuable rangelands at a whopping cost of some N$30 billion over the next 20 years is regarded by many observers as a groundbreaking project, which has earned the respect of role players at international podiums.

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#107173
2016-02-10

Plant Treaty In 2016: Sustainability Solutions, Farmers’ Rights, Global Information System

The International Plant Treaty, which established a global system to make available genetic materials for main agricultural crops for farmers, plant breeders and scientists, and in exchange provide a system of benefit sharing, has been struggling to find ways to be financially sustainable for so ...

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#107174
2016-02-10

Extinct? Endangered? A new assessment for a Seychelles’ cricket

(Seychelles News Agency) - Listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct for more than 100 years, a cricket in Seychelles could be looking at a new lease on life as a detailed assessment of its population is planned for this year.

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#107175
2016-02-10

Of parrots, paint and public awareness

Reputed to be home to the greatest range of biodiversity of any country in the world, Costa Rica is a natural paradise. Artist Manuel E Gonzalez aims to transport these riches onto canvas.

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#107176
2016-02-10

65-year-old Laysan albatross hatches 40th chick

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Late last year, the world's oldest tagged bird became pregnant and laid an egg. This month, Wisdom, the 65-year-old Laysan albatross, broke her own record for the oldest bird to birth a chick.

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#107153
2016-02-09

Agricultural policies in Africa could be harming the poorest

Agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa could be making things worse, according to new research.

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#107154
2016-02-09

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 2016 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

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#107155
2016-02-09

Australia to be 'isolated' from global research after CSIRO climate cuts: WMO

International criticism of the CSIRO's planned deep cuts to its climate monitoring programs has intensified with the World Meteorological Organisation blasting the move as a "backward" step that would see Australia isolated.

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#107156
2016-02-09

Seychelles: EU Funds Second Climate Change Project for Seychelles

Victoria — The successful implementation of a project in Seychelles under the Global Climate Change Alliance has resulted in a second round of funding - $3.3 million - from the European Union (EU), a government official said Tuesday.

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#107157
2016-02-09

Climate change is altering Siberian forests

Any changes in air temperature or soil characteristics that happen over hundreds of kilometres on flat ground appear across hundreds of metres in the mountains, making mountain forests more susceptible to small climatic changes.

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#107158
2016-02-09

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

The deformed wing virus is decimating bee populations worldwide, and it is spreading because of human trade and the transport of bees, a new study reports.

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#107159
2016-02-09

The ivory trade - still fueling poaching 25 years after a global ban

The international ivory trade was banned in 1989 - so why has poaching again reached crisis levels in recent years? European sales of elephant tusks could be putting this iconic species in danger.

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#107160
2016-02-09

Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal

The Midwest has an Asian carp problem. The invasive species has a tendency to jump out of the water, bludgeon fisherman and destroy boats, and they’ve been found throughout the region. Scientists worry that they’ll eventually decimate the local fishing industry, disrupt the ecosystem and destroy ...

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#107161
2016-02-09

This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief

8 February 2016 – Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretar ...

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#107162
2016-02-09

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions

Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.

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#107163
2016-02-09

Rare bumblebee rebounds in Pacific Northwest

LOGAN, Utah, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The western bumblebee, Bombus occidentalis, is one of 30 species of bumblebees living in western North America. Until the 1990s, it was the most common variety in the Pacific Northwest.

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#107136
2016-02-08

Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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#107137
2016-02-08

Tweet and beat: bird beatbox helps conserve Indian birds

What happens when an American musician and an Indian ecologist team up to talk conservation? They spread the gospel of threatened birdsong by setting it to a beat that gets people moving.

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#107138
2016-02-08

Hoping to Lead Great Lakes Lampreys to Demise by the Nose

For all the havoc that zebra mussels, Asian carp, round gobies and dozens of other alien species have wrought on the Great Lakes, those waters have never known a foe like the sea lamprey.

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#107139
2016-02-08

Ocean acidification makes coralline algae less robust

Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found

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#107145
2016-02-08

Bird experts highlight deforestation rates in important wildlife sites worldwide

An area of forest almost the size of Scotland has been lost from important wildlife sites worldwide in just over a decade, research suggests.

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#107146
2016-02-08

‘Where Have All the Animals Gone?’ – a journey through Africa and Asia

In “Where Have All the Animals Gone?: My Travels with Karl Ammann,” author and natural historian Dale Peterson recounts his adventures with Karl Ammann, an eccentric award-winning wildlife photographer, as they travel across several countries in Africa and Asia.

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#107147
2016-02-08

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically.

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#107148
2016-02-08

Tanzania: Research - Forest Income Must Benefit Communities

A Research carried out by Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management and Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan, on Equity in Distr ...

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#107149
2016-02-08

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

BERKELEY, Calif. — Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level.

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#107150
2016-02-08

Experts urge extreme caution on 'rewilding' to save wild places

European bison imported from Poland now roam Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm in places where the animals haven't lived for thousands of years.

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#107151
2016-02-08

Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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#107110
2016-02-05

Plastic debris crossing the Pacific can transport more species with the help of barnacles

The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in.

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#107111
2016-02-05

Forests not equal when it comes to climate

Two studies show how different tree species affect both carbon storage and local temperatures.

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#107112
2016-02-05

Norway pledges $50m to fund Indonesia’s peat restoration

The government of Norway announced on Wednesday it would continue its environmental funding partnership with Indonesia, offering $50 million to support the archipelago’s newly created Peat Restoration Agency.

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#107114
2016-02-05

How climate change can affect our pets

Climate change doesn’t just affect habitats for wildlife. It’s also affecting cats and dogs.

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#107116
2016-02-05

European Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

The three GM soybeans are engineered to tolerate spraying with glyphosate or a combination of glyphosate and other herbicides.

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#107117
2016-02-05

Diverse migration helps birds cope with environmental change

Migratory birds that are ‘set in their ways’ could be more vulnerable to environmental impacts – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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#107118
2016-02-05

Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming: study

OSLO – An expansion of Europe’s forests toward dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

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#107122
2016-02-05

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Germany

On 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Nagoya Protocol”) entered into force.

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#107123
2016-02-05

Why climate change is really, really unfair

With his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Frances went further than perhaps anyone has before to reframe the entire debate around climate change by focusing on the world’s poor and the duty to protect them from environmental harms that they did not cause themselves.

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