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#111493
2016-12-19

CBD COP13 closes in Cancun

“Delegates came to Cancun in the spotlight of recent international deals on climate change and sustainable development with the dual challenges of reversing dramatic decreases in biodiversity and delivering on their Aichi promises.

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#111495
2016-12-19

Mexico’s New Nature Reserves: Real Conservation Effort or Empty Political Gesture?

The government has decided to protect vast new expanses of land and sea. But bad planning and lax regulations are likely to limit, or even undermine, this conservation effort.

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#111496
2016-12-19

New Collaboration to Boost Green Growth through Sustainable Food Production in Central America

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a new collaboration with the Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security to implement climate smart agriculture and food security throughout Central America.

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#111497
2016-12-19

India Knows Its Invasive Species Problem But This Is Why Nobody Can Deal With it Properly

In 2001, economists pegged the costs of damages caused by invasive species to agriculture and forestry at about $91 billion a year in India alone.

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#111498
2016-12-19

Are reserves a real conservation effort?

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) earlier this month, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.

News Headlines
#111499
2016-12-19

Biodiversity project in Azores delivers detailed abundance data for 286 arthropod species

In 1999, a long-term biodiversity project started at the Azores Islands (Portugal, Atlantic Ocean), the Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (BALA) project (1999-2004). Its aim was to obtain detailed distributional and abundance data for a large fraction of arthropod faun ...

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#111461
2016-12-16

Mexico bid to save world's smallest vaquita porpoise

Mexican authorities and scientists are trying to save the world's smallest porpoise by capturing illegal "ghost" fishing nets.

News Headlines
#111462
2016-12-16

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected.

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#111463
2016-12-16

Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations

News Headlines
#111464
2016-12-16

New population of rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey discovered in China

Scientists have confirmed the presence of a new population of the rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey in China.

News Headlines
#111465
2016-12-16

Scientists have confirmed the presence of a new population of the rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey in China.

The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held in February 2014, was welcomed by environmentalists as a signal that world leaders were finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.

News Headlines
#111466
2016-12-16

Riding The Wave For Marine Conservation At UN Biodiversity Summit

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the pledge to establish three new marine Biosphere Reserves that will conserve important habitats in both the Pacific and Caribbean, including large parts of the Meso-American Barrier Reef and deep water zones in the Gulf of Mexico, at the 13th Conf ...

News Headlines
#111467
2016-12-16

New Mekong River initiative will highlight values of biodiversity, ecosystems

With 60 million people depending on its aquatic resources for food and livelihoods, the lower Mekong River Basin is threatened by rapid development that would adversely affect the people and wildlife within this region.

News Headlines
#111468
2016-12-16

Kenya awarded for providing biodiversity info

Kenya has won a bronze medal for its outstanding provision of information on biological diversity to the world. The country received the award during the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico.

News Headlines
#111469
2016-12-16

Urgent need for Tonga to protect 22 priority marine sites

Tonga is among Pacific Islands countries that have identified important marine areas that are ecologically or biologically significant, and Vava'u is one area that has sites that need protecting.

News Headlines
#111470
2016-12-16

Pre-cooked beans could turn down heat on Africa's dwindling forests

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a factory in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, workers steam-cook beans in big metal containers, before cooling and packaging them for sale.

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#111471
2016-12-16

Five Big Environmental Wins in 2016

Sure, it's been a tumultuous year for the planet. But here are some environmental achievements to celebrate: renewable energy, protected oceans, and deconstructed dams.

News Headlines
#111472
2016-12-16

Canadian Prairies vanishing faster than Amazon rainforest, Great Barrier Reef: conservation group

SASKATOON — A group of conservationists says it’s time to act to save the Canadian Prairies, which they say are disappearing off the face of the Earth faster than the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

News Headlines
#111473
2016-12-16

What’s Next for Climate Action?

Prominent scientists say researchers and policy makers need to focus more on adapting to warming and on controversial geoengineering techniques to limit it

News Headlines
#111474
2016-12-16

Regulating the Use of Genetic Sequence Data

Last month, researchers from the Universität Marburg reported mixing 12 enzymes from three spheres of life, including plants, humans and microbes, to create an artificial pathway that is more efficient at fixing CO2 than plants.

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#111475
2016-12-16

The rise of oil palm and silent forests

Over 50% of the products on supermarket shelves have palm oil as an ingredient. Its production has resulted in massive loss of virgin rainforests in South-East Asia. Now it’s threatening the forests of our North-East

News Headlines
#111476
2016-12-16

Native Communities Protest To UN, Seek Traditional Role In Protecting Biodiversity

Environmental activists across the world have demanded ‎increasing roles for indigenous people and local communities in the bid to conserve biodiversity and ecological heritage.

News Headlines
#111477
2016-12-16

Are Mexico’s new nature reserves a real conservation effort or empty political gesture?

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.

News Headlines
#111478
2016-12-16

Taking stock of the world's lakes

The most complete global database yet of the world's lakes promises to help scientists better understand the important role of lakes in the Earth's complex environmental systems.

News Headlines
#111449
2016-12-15

Light pollution dampens urban robins' song

The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution.

News Headlines
#111450
2016-12-15

Scientists studying dolphins find Bay of Bengal a realm of evolutionary change

Genetic research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback dolphins finds animals distinct from neighboring populations

News Headlines
#111451
2016-12-15

Plant's response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night

Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply

News Headlines
#111452
2016-12-15

Pledge against invasive species has ‘moral weigh

[SANTIAGO] A global commitment endorsed by 33 non-governmental and state organizations has called for action to prioritize the control and eradication of invasive alien species (IAS), a key factor in the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide.

News Headlines
#111453
2016-12-15

The lionfish invasion: A call to arms?

A battle is brewing in southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea: it’s the lionfish against all comers.

News Headlines
#111454
2016-12-15

New Technologies in Debate in Biodiversity Conference

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 14 2016 (IPS) - Synthetic biology, geoengineering and the recognition of ancestral knowledge are the issues that have generated the most heated debate in the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, which ends in this Mexican resort city on Friday Dec. 17.

News Headlines
#111455
2016-12-15

UN Biodiversity Conference: RCP Concludes with a Focus on Equality, Social Inclusion and Planetary Health

14 December 2016: On Wednesday, 14 December, during the UN Biodiversity Conference, Working Group I (WG I) addressed draft decisions under the Cartagena Protocol on the roster of experts, cooperation with other conventions, the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), socioeconomic considerations and thi ...

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#111456
2016-12-15

Biodiversity Convention and WWF champion biodiversity awareness

WWF signs MOU in support of Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 (ABT1) to ensure people understand the value of biodiversity and take the steps necessary for its sustainable use.

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#111457
2016-12-15

Group Finds Discrepancies In Implementation Of Nagoya Protocol Between EU, Providers

A new report by two civil society groups explores what they say are discrepancies between European Union and provider country laws implementing the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources, which they say could lead to legal uncertainties for users and providers.

News Headlines
#111458
2016-12-15

Reinvesting in Caribbean nature conservation

Assessing important sites for wildlife and identifying major threats is essential to prioritize conservation work.

News Headlines
#111459
2016-12-15

Rare wild turkey caught on video for first time

WAISAI, Indonesia, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Waigeo brush-turkey, a rare species endemic to the Indonesia, has been captured on video for the first time.

News Headlines
#111425
2016-12-14

Urban sprawl, mining and tourism are adding to the litter problem in mountains, but a new UN report shows way out

12 December 2016 - The expansion of cities, pollution from mining and tourism are exacerbating challenges for waste management in mountain regions - but a new report led by UN Environment shows how policymakers can prevent it.

News Headlines
#111426
2016-12-14

Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

Invasive species on Hawaii Island may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and after death, a nutrient resource for other invasive scavengers, say investigators.

News Headlines
#111427
2016-12-14

Mitigating the risk of geoengineering

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate and reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses alone is not enough to remove the risk.

News Headlines
#111428
2016-12-14

Warming global temperatures may not affect carbon stored deep in northern peatlands

Deep stores of carbon in northern peatlands may be safe from rising temperatures, according to a team of researchers from several U.S.-based institutions.

News Headlines
#111429
2016-12-14

This new spider looks like the sorting hat from Harry Potter

Scientists have discovered yet another “fantastic beast”. In a forest in central Western Ghats, India, researchers Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap and wildlife photographer Sumukha J.N. have found a new species of spider that looks like the magical sorting hat from the popular Harry Potter series.

News Headlines
#111430
2016-12-14

Researchers say natural regeneration an overlooked but low-cost option for forest restoration

Scientists and conservationists have long argued that, given the vast amount of degraded forestland in the tropics, large-scale and long-term restoration efforts are urgently needed, not just to help reverse historical trends of global deforestation but also to mitigate climate change and meet h ...

News Headlines
#111431
2016-12-14

For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible

NEW DELHI, Dec 13 2016 (IPS) - Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today.

News Headlines
#111432
2016-12-14

EU easing of fishing quotas raises fears over dwindling stocks

Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole

News Headlines
#111433
2016-12-14

Briton swims Antarctic in campaign for three marine sanctuaries

A British man will plunge into sub-zero waters in the Antarctic on Tuesday to campaign for the creation of three huge marine parks to stop overfishing.

News Headlines
#111434
2016-12-14

Hidden lakes in glaciers point to further Antarctic melting

Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.

News Headlines
#111435
2016-12-14

Timing of approval of biotech crops in different countries has big impact on innovation

Because of significant differences in the institutional arrangements, regulatory procedures, administrative capacity, and attitudes toward biotech crops, the amount of time required to complete the review of new biotech events varies significantly from one country to another.

News Headlines
#111436
2016-12-14

UN environment chief 'concerned' by climate change sceptics among Trump's Cabinet nominees

Some elite US politicians’ denial of the science backing up climate change is worrying, the United Nations environment chief has said, adding that the fight against global warming would continue, even without the United States.

News Headlines
#111437
2016-12-14

Climate change driving population shifts to urban areas

Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher.

News Headlines
#111438
2016-12-14

West Coast states to fight climate change even if Trump does not

Governors of California, Washington and Oregon say climate change is already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie

News Headlines
#111439
2016-12-14

Glory in the Azores as Europe's most threatened songbird rebounds

Think invasive species and images of chick-munching cats and rats immediately spring to mind. But many local extinctions have their roots in alien invaders of another kind: plants.

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