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#106601
2015-12-14

Africa Closer to a Cure for Banana Disease

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - In one Ugandan dialect, ‘kiwotoka’, describes the steamed look of banana plants affected by the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) – a virulent disease that is pushing African farmers out of business and into poverty.

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#106602
2015-12-14

Caribou still under threat despite changing political climate, report says

A report to be released later today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society shows the woodland caribou are still under threat across the country.

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#106604
2015-12-14

Naciones Unidas premia al Perú por conservación con proyecto REDD+

Destacando el éxito peruano de conservación de los bosques con desarrollo local, el Convenio Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático otorgó al proyecto REDD+ del Parque Nacional Bahuaja Sonene y la Reserva Nacional Tambopata el premio Actividad Faro 2015 en la categoría “Financiam ...

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#106606
2015-12-14

Ban hails Paris climate accord as ‘health insurance policy for the planet’

14 December 2015 – Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to cu ...

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#106560
2015-12-11

COP21: 'Conditions never better' for climate change deal

Negotiators in Paris are again expected to work through the night in an effort to secure a new global climate deal.

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#106561
2015-12-11

Global climate talks face last hurdles, deal seen in reach

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that an ambitious global climate deal was within reach, though political concessions were still required to get over some last hurdles.

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#106562
2015-12-11

Working from 'streamlined text,' officials race to finish global climate change deal

(CNN)—The United Nations' leader said Friday that a "cleaner, streamlined text" of a global climate change agreement has emerged, expressing hope that negotiators in Paris will resolve "several outstanding issues" and finalize a deal soon.

News Headlines
#106563
2015-12-11

Paris climate change deal: new draft cuts through key sticking points

French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday

News Headlines
#106564
2015-12-11

Paris climate talks: Obama calls Xi Jinping in final push for a deal

US reaches out to China to smooth divisions and negotiations are taken behind closed doors as countries try to secure an agreement by Saturday

News Headlines
#106565
2015-12-11

COP21: encouraged by climate talks, Ban urges negotiators to ‘make final decisions for humanity’

11 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by progress of the talks at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, where the negotiations under way are perhaps the most significant and complex ever attempted.

News Headlines
#106566
2015-12-11

Tropical groundwater resources resilient to climate change

Tropical groundwater may prove to be a climate-resilient source of freshwater in the tropics as intense rainfall favors the replenishment of these resources, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#106567
2015-12-11

Paris climate talks, day 12: What we’re reading

A “high-ambition coalition” makes a final push, Fabius’s unusual responsibility, and a campaign to save ugly food.

News Headlines
#106568
2015-12-11

China promises boost to African bamboo expertise

[PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit.

News Headlines
#106569
2015-12-11

Farmers to COP 21: Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You!

PARIS, France, Dec 10 2015 (IPS) - When Dr. Evelyn Nguleka says that the world’s people shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them, she explains that she’s not only referring to protecting farmers, but also to safeguarding the environment.

News Headlines
#106570
2015-12-11

Climate talks: anger over removal of human rights reference from final draft

US, UK and others accused of ‘cynical’ ploy in response to developing countries’ firm stance on holding rich nations accountable for climate change damage

News Headlines
#106571
2015-12-11

Ban Ki-moon calls Paris climate talks 'most complicated and difficult' ever

As summit enters closing stages, UN secretary general urges negotiators to set aside national interests to reach a strong global deal for all

News Headlines
#106572
2015-12-11

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

An agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday.

News Headlines
#106573
2015-12-11

COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as 'monumental triumph'

12 December 2015 – Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.

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#106534
2015-12-10

New UN Report Details Link between Climate Change and Human Rights

Paris, 10 December 2015 - Recognizing the link between climate change and human rights is an important step towards protecting the fundamental rights of communities across the planet, according to a new United Nations report presented at the Paris climate meeting today.

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#106536
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks, day 11: What we’re reading

With two days of negotiations left, the Paris climate talks “are running suspiciously on time”. But big issues — such as agreeing on an actual warming target — still remain.

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#106537
2015-12-10

Ocean data gap puts Pacific islands in peril

[PARIS] Pacific islands need to ensure that a goal to strengthen ocean data collection remains in the final UN climate deal now being negotiated so they can plan their survival, a meeting has heard.

News Headlines
#106538
2015-12-10

COP21: in Paris, Ban calls on civil society to keep their governments accountable

10 December 2015 – Meeting with civil society groups today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on these groups to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words.

News Headlines
#106539
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks: delegates warn of flaws in ambitious proposals for deal

Nearly 200 governments honing in on a deal to fight climate change have set lofty aspirations for protecting vulnerable countries from rising seas, but delegates said there were still gaps in the latest draft of an agreement.

News Headlines
#106540
2015-12-10

One quarter of Alaska permafrost could melt by 2100 – US Geological Survey

Study raises concerns over accelerating climate change as the icy mass under state’s surface releases carbon into atmosphere

News Headlines
#106541
2015-12-10

Gina McCarthy: US climate plan will stand test of time

The Obama administration’s climate centrepiece is bulletproof, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told Climate Home on Thursday.

News Headlines
#106542
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks ready to exorcise the ghosts of Copenhagen's failure

Key observers say the chances of failure at the Paris climate talks are diminishing, but red lines still remain between rich and poor countries

News Headlines
#106543
2015-12-10

Tuvalu Prime Minister on Global Warming: A Cry for Help from 'the Edge of the Cliff'

The Pacific atoll of Tuvalu is one of the countries most threatened by global warming. Already, people have begun leaving as sea levels rise. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga fears that the world still doesn't care about the world's most threatened populations.

News Headlines
#106544
2015-12-10

What Is Driving The Loss Of Protected Areas?

The larger the protected area, the more likely it is to experience downgrading, downsizing and degazettement.

News Headlines
#106545
2015-12-10

Delegates at Climate Talks Focus on Saving the World’s Forests

LE BOURGET, France — The climate deal being negotiated here is meant to begin a transformation of the world’s energy systems, but it has another goal that has received far less attention: a sweeping effort to save the world’s forests.

News Headlines
#106546
2015-12-10

Indigenous people keep carbon locked in forests

[PARIS] Indigenous people prevent carbon emissions through their stewardship of forests and pristine environments, a side event at the COP 21 summit heard.

News Headlines
#106547
2015-12-10

A plea from small islands: more insurance for climate change

Rising sea levels and tidal waves are washing away coastlines on many of the 196 inhabited islands of the Maldives, and there is no insurance policy to cover the costs.

News Headlines
#106548
2015-12-10

Many nations blind to climate mitigation options

Technical approaches to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change remain poorly understood by many developing countries, a report launched at the COP 21 summit warns.

News Headlines
#106549
2015-12-10

Invasive lizard takes up residence in Bermuda

A non-native species of lizard has been discovered in Bermuda, a potential problem for the island's critically endangered Bermuda skink. The observation was made by Florida International University biology student James Stroud.

News Headlines
#106550
2015-12-10

Oceans May Be Left Out of Climate Plan, But Here’s What’s at Stake

Troubles in the Mediterranean and potential fixes in the Seychelles show why the world’s seas need more attention during the climate negotiations.

News Headlines
#106551
2015-12-10

Nepal’s endangered river dolphins return

[KATHMANDU] The first study in two decades of the Ganges river dolphins in Nepal estimates that the numbers of the endangered species have increased to about 50 individuals. This is an improvement over the two dozen sightings recorded in the 1990s.

News Headlines
#106552
2015-12-10

Galapagos expedition reveals unknown seamounts, new species

The Galápagos Islands have long offered researchers a natural laboratory in which to study unique volcanic features and a diverse population of native plants and animals

News Headlines
#106553
2015-12-10

Paris Climate Change Negotiators Need More Time

With a historic, planetwide pact on the line, hundreds of diplomats in Paris are preparing to extend the U.N. climate change conference into Saturday

News Headlines
#106512
2015-12-09

COP21: grassroots organizations spotlight women's voices at UN climate conference

8 December 2015 – Dozens of non-governmental organizations rallying outside the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris today voiced the importance of bringing more women to the forefront of discussions, both in terms of who is negotiating the new climate agreement and what wil ...

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#106513
2015-12-09

Optimism grows for a climate deal at UN’s Paris summit

The mood extended to the science on Monday, with news of a probable fall in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in 2015 – for the first time in the absence of economic recession. This is thanks to one-time climate bad-boy China shutting so many coal plants that its emissions fell a ...

News Headlines
#106514
2015-12-09

Coral reefs could be more vulnerable to coastal development than predicted

For years, many scientists thought we had a secret weapon to protect coral reefs from nutrients flushed into the seas by human activity.

News Headlines
#106515
2015-12-09

Paris climate talks, day 10: What we’re reading

Christiana Figueres on what’s next after Paris, a backstage look at Bill Gates’ climate initiative, and the blame game revs up as negotiations reach the final stage.

News Headlines
#106516
2015-12-09

UN climate chief on her plans to save the world

Christiana Figueres sits down with Nature as the Paris talks enter their final days.

News Headlines
#106517
2015-12-09

IPCC ramps up efforts to hear Southern voices

I like to think of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a kindly but stern group of schoolteachers warning countries about their contribution to climate change like the parents of a wayward child.

News Headlines
#106518
2015-12-09

‘Forgotten forests’ of South Sudan: Camera traps capture first-ever pictures of forest elephants, giant pangolins in the country

War-ravaged South Sudan is home to a rich assortment of wildlife, researchers from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, U.S., and South Sudan’s Wildlife Service have found.

News Headlines
#106519
2015-12-09

Paris talks: US pledges to double aid to climate-hit countries

The US has promised to double to $861m aid to countries on the frontline of climate change in the final push to reach an agreement to avoid dangerous global warming at crucial UN talks in Paris.

News Headlines
#106520
2015-12-09

Climate coalition breaks cover in Paris to push for binding and ambitious deal

A coalition representing more than 100 countries, formed in secrecy six months ago, has emerged at key UN talks in Paris to push for a legally binding global and ambitious deal on climate change.

News Headlines
#106521
2015-12-09

French negotiators furiously work the backrooms to secure a climate deal

French diplomacy is fighting 23 years of entrenched positions in international climate talks as backroom negotiations continue with the aim of pushing through a draft agreement by Wednesday.

News Headlines
#106522
2015-12-09

Big-fruited Australian rainforest trees may need help to spread and survive

Australian rainforest trees with large fleshy fruits are rare because few animals are capable of dispersing them, a new study suggests.

News Headlines
#106523
2015-12-09

New draft accord pushes Paris climate conference into decisive phase

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has presented a draft for a global climate agreement. But consensus is still a long way off, with many questions likely to be unsolved until the Paris conference's final moments.

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#106524
2015-12-09

U.S. Proposes Raising Spending on Climate-Change Adaptation

LE BOURGET, France — In an effort to help smooth the passage of a sweeping new climate accord here this week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday a proposal to double its grant-based public finance for climate-change adaptation by 2020 to $860 million, from $430 million.

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