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#103780
2015-05-11

England's water voles in desperate decline

English waterways could lose one of their most charismatic and once widespread residents as water voles succumb to the invasive American mink, records released by the Canal and River Trust show.

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#103781
2015-05-11

Clear-Cutting Romania: Logging Threatens One of Europe's Last Virgin Forests

It's not easy to fight for your cause with pepper spray in your mouth and eyes, but Gabriel Paun tried it anyway in front of the gate of a huge sawmill in the Romanian town of Sebes.

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#103782
2015-05-11

What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

In April 2015, over a quarter of a million people flocked to the National Mall in Washington for the Global Citizen Earth Day concert. They urged leaders to take action to protect our planet and its people from the devastating effects of climate change.

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#103783
2015-05-11

Regulators urged to promote trust in Europe's food chain

The EU's agri-food sector is increasingly becoming industrialised. With the global population expected to reach nine billion in 2050, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that production will have to increase by 70% to feed the planet.

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#103784
2015-05-11

Seychelles: Making Space for Seychelles Endemic Flora - Massive Number of Introduced and Invasive Plants Being Removed

Port Glaud — The incredible greenery of the Seychelles archipelago strikes many first time visitors to the Indian Ocean islands.

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#103785
2015-05-11

Apple Working With WWF China to Manage Sustainable Forests

Apple Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives.

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#103786
2015-05-11

Cities central to climate and sustainable development – World Urban Campaign

Over half of the world’s population live in cities. They generate nearly 80% of global GDP, and use 70% of energy, according to the New Climate Economy report.

News Headlines
#103787
2015-05-11

Global sea level rise is accelerating, says new study

HOBART, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- The rate of global sea level rise is increasing, according to a new study.

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#103763
2015-05-08

How climate science denial affects the scientific community

Climate change denial in public discourse may encourage climate scientists to over-emphasise scientific uncertainty and is also affecting how they themselves speak -- and perhaps even think -- about their own research, a new study from the University of Bristol, UK argues.

News Headlines
#103764
2015-05-08

Link forests into food security efforts, UN told

International efforts to address food insecurity must pay more attention to the role forests play in food production, say a panel of scientists.

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#103765
2015-05-08

Indian fabric giant adopts forest policy

One of the world's largest fabric makers for the fashion industry today announced a policy to exclude fiber produced at the expense of endangered forests, reports Canopy, an environmental group that helped broker the commitment.

News Headlines
#103766
2015-05-08

Opinion: South-South Cooperation Vital for Sustainable Development

COLOMBO, May 8 2015 (IPS) - Sustainable development is central to a range of key discussions at the United Nations and elsewhere at the moment.

News Headlines
#103767
2015-05-08

Living the Indigenous Way, from the Jungles to the Mountains

UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 8 2015 (IPS) - In the course of human history many tens of thousands of communities have survived and thrived for hundreds, even thousands, of years.

News Headlines
#103768
2015-05-08

Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth

Residents of a village where dolphin teeth are used for currency killed 1,600 of the animals in 2013 alone, and researchers are calling for urgent monitoring

News Headlines
#103769
2015-05-08

Protecting Indonesia's forests is a key issue for Paris climate talks

Deforestation of Indonesia’s vast jungles releases enough greenhouse gas to push the country into the top five global emitters. Strengthening its forest protection moratorium should be part of a climate agreement at Paris this year

News Headlines
#103770
2015-05-08

Scientists urge Kenya to rescind GMO ban

NAIROBI, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Scientists meeting in Nairobi on Thursday urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012.

News Headlines
#103771
2015-05-08

Rare 'good news' for corals as supplements may boost climate change survival

Like a jock beefing up for a big game, some corals could do far better at withstanding the heavy blows of climate change when pumped with supplements, according to a new University of Miami study.

News Headlines
#103772
2015-05-08

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres praises ACT efforts

The ACT government's efforts to combat the impact of climate change were endorsed by lead United Nations negotiator Christiana Figueres on Friday, as she moved to dismiss criticism from a senior adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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#103773
2015-05-08

Link forests into food security efforts, UN told

International efforts to address food insecurity must pay more attention to the role forests play in food production, say a panel of scientists.

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#103734
2015-05-07

New UN-backed report emphasizes possible contribution of forests to ending hunger

6 May 2015 – A new United Nations-backed report on the link between forests and food production and nutrition says that woodlands could be the key to ending hunger and will be intimately linked to the global fight against climate change.

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#103735
2015-05-07

Newly found microbe is close relative of complex life

A newly discovered life form could help resolve one of the most contentious conundrums in modern biology.

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#103736
2015-05-07

Vulnerable grassland birds abandon mating sites near wind turbines

Shifting to renewable energy sources has been widely touted as one of the best ways to fight climate change, but even renewable energy can have a downside, as in the case of wind turbines' effects on bird populations.

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#103737
2015-05-07

How social media can make sharks seem less scary

Great white shark Mary Lee, tracked off the coast of Maryland Wednesday morning, is one of at least 40 sharks that nonprofit research group OCEARCH tracks.

News Headlines
#103738
2015-05-07

Poor nations urged to push rich nations to pay for environmental damages

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan expressed his resentment over non-serious attitude and response of the rich polluting countries in tackling global warming and extending financial and technical support to the poor countries boost their climate-resilience ...

News Headlines
#103739
2015-05-07

Fertile but fragile Bangladesh at climate risk

The Sendai Framework is a UN recognized and accepted Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with worldwide coverage. It signals the start of a post development agenda after the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for this year.

News Headlines
#103752
2015-05-07

Invasive ants are extreme excavators

Researchers in the US have revealed a secret of the success of invasive fire ants - they can excavate any type of soil.

News Headlines
#103720
2015-05-06

Call for climate sensors to gauge mountain warming risk

Developing countries with mountainous areas need to improve their monitoring of local climate change and its impact on drinking water sources, a report warns.

News Headlines
#103721
2015-05-06

Facing Future Storms: Poor Honduran Communities Unite to Protect Watersheds and Nature

There hasn't been much good news out of Honduras recently. One of the poorest Latin American nations, it has been afflicted by a series of natural and political calamities.

News Headlines
#103722
2015-05-06

Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests

in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.”. Instead of the typical deep green color, large swaths of pine trees now don hues of death, their dehydrated needles turning brown and burnt-red because of the state’s worsening drought.

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#103724
2015-05-06

Scientists identify frog through DNA without leaving forest

Yesterday, a team of Italian scientists caught a frog in a montane forest in Tanzania. And then they made history: using a small blood sample the team were able to extract, purify, and amplify the amphibian's DNA—all in the forest—through a new, battery-powered device called the Expedition Genom ...

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#103725
2015-05-06

Catastrophe sneaks upon us! Shocking statistics reveal African nations that should be on a 'soil watchlist'

34 of Africa's 54 countries reported over 20% in either the amount of land degraded or the amount of population affected by land degradation.

News Headlines
#103726
2015-05-06

Zimbabwe vows to export elephants despite criticism, seeks cash for conservation

The country is home to 80,000 elephants but says can cope with only 42,000.

News Headlines
#103727
2015-05-06

For Africa’s Elephants, Bearing Witness Bears Fruit

For the past week Chelsea Clinton and her father President Clinton have been touring Clinton Foundation projects across Africa.

News Headlines
#103729
2015-05-06

Study: Pollen particles can influence climate

Pollen can trigger more than sneezing, researchers say. It may be able to encourage rain.

News Headlines
#103704
2015-05-05

New study details Atlantic Ocean 'dead zones'

Most dead zones are found along the coast. The newly identified dead zones are the first to be found in the waters of the open ocean.

News Headlines
#103705
2015-05-05

Root-enhancing fungi could serve as future fertilizer

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 4 (UPI) -- Scientists have found that an interaction between a common soil fungi and crop roots spurs root growth, enabling plants to absorb additional nutrients. The discovery could help researchers develop new bio-fertilizers.

News Headlines
#103706
2015-05-05

UN deputy chief calls for ‘meaningful decision’ on strengthened international arrangement on forests

4 May 2015 – Opening the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today called on delegates to work on agreeing a strengthened International Arrangement on Forests, which balanced ambition and practicality.

News Headlines
#103707
2015-05-05

Big whales have stretchy nerves to help them gulp

Scientists have stumbled upon one of the secrets behind the big gulps of the world's biggest whales: the nerves in their jaws are stretchy.

News Headlines
#103708
2015-05-05

Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags

Researchers are looking at how the biomechanics of clingfish could be helpful in designing devices and instruments to be used in surgery and even to tag and track whales in the ocean. Clingfish are considered one of the world's best suction cups, scientists say.

News Headlines
#103709
2015-05-05

Fjords soak up a surprising amount of carbon

Inlets at high latitudes store carbon faster than do other marine ecosystems.

News Headlines
#103710
2015-05-05

Nigeria: How Important Is Biosafety Law to Nigeria's Economy?

THE need for strategies and products to protect public health and agriculture in the event of a natural emergency or man-made biological incident cannot be over emphasized.

News Headlines
#103713
2015-05-05

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: b ...

News Headlines
#103714
2015-05-05

Three ways to strengthen IPCC reports

Regional hubs, truly global science and a smoother process would improve climate reports, says Purnamita Dasgupta.

News Headlines
#103694
2015-05-04

Wildlife decline may lead to 'empty landscape'

Populations of some of the world's largest wild animals are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape", say scientists.

News Headlines
#103695
2015-05-04

The Blue Amazon, Brazil’s New Natural Resources Frontier

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 2 2015 (IPS) - The Atlantic ocean is Brazil’s last frontier to the east. But the full extent of its biodiversity is still unknown, and scientific research and conservation measures are lagging compared to the pace of exploitation of resources such as oil.

News Headlines
#103696
2015-05-04

Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies

The primatologist says change is happening too fast for evolutionary adaptation to save some species

News Headlines
#103697
2015-05-04

We need to protect Congo’s forests against shifting cultivation… or do we?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the second-largest single block of forest in the world, and its forests make up two-thirds of the Congo Basin forest area

News Headlines
#103698
2015-05-04

EU development finance needs 'completely new approach', report says

The European Union needs to adopt a “completely new approach” to development finance and switch its focus from merely providing funding to devising and supporting policies that have a long-term, transformative impact, a new report argues.

News Headlines
#103699
2015-05-04

Synthetic biology could impact on biodiversity, new report

A report released last month by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other stakeholders, shows that synthetic biology has both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and requires improvement in the of existing risk assessment and regulatory regimes.

News Headlines
#103700
2015-05-04

Algeria: UN Post-2015 Development Agenda - Algeria Urges African Countries to Support Common Position, Adopted in 2014

Algiers — Algeria on Sunday called on African countries to support the common position on the UN post-2015 development agenda, adopted in January 2014 in Addis Ababa, so to play an "active and constructive" role in defining this future program.

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