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#112053
2017-02-23

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

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#112054
2017-02-23

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.

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#112055
2017-02-23

How cathedral termites got to Australia to build their 'sky-scrapers'

They build among the tallest non-human structures (proportionately speaking) in the world and now a pioneering study has found the termites that live in Australia's remote Top End originated from overseas -- rafting vast distances and migrating from tree-tops to the ground, as humans later did.

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#112057
2017-02-23

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for th ...

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#112058
2017-02-23

Renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson calls for preserving half of Earth to save biodiversity

The current issue of Sierra, a magazine published by the Sierra Club, contains a bold — perhaps unrealistic — “manifesto” by the eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson calling for preservation of half the planet in an undisturbed, natural condition in order to save beleaguered nonhuman life on Earth.

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#112059
2017-02-23

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures

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#112060
2017-02-23

Climate change doubles size of northern lakes, pushes bison off habitat

New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes in a northern protected area to nearly double in size, forcing a herd of at-risk bison off some of their best habitat.

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#112062
2017-02-23

Gene Catalogues Aim to Help Crops Survive Climate Change

Scientists want to give the farming community better information about which crop strains are better suited to changing weather and soil conditions

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#112063
2017-02-23

Can Australia's wicked heat wave convince climate change deniers?

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?

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#112064
2017-02-23

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency

22 February 2017 – Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to m ...

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#112065
2017-02-23

Manatee population rebounds: time to take it off the endangered species list?

A recent survey found a record 6,620 manatees in Florida, but opinion remains divided as to whether the species has truly made a comeback.

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#112066
2017-02-23

Japan consumption habits harming 700 rare, endangered species

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese consumption habits are detrimental to more than 790 endangered and rare species of plants and animals, according to a university economist.

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#112067
2017-02-23

Oceans and small island states: First think opportunity, then think blue

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.

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#112068
2017-02-23

Red squirrels: 5,000 volunteers sought to save species – and help kill invasive greys

Wildlife Trusts’ biggest-ever recruitment drive will see volunteers monitor populations, educate children – and bludgeon grey squirrels to death

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#112036
2017-02-22

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.

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#112038
2017-02-22

Seven new species of night frogs from India including four miniature forms

Scientists were surprised by the relative abundance of the 4 new miniature species and believe that these frogs were overlooked because of their insect-like calls and secretive habitats

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#112039
2017-02-22

How acoustic monitoring gave us a last chance to save the vaquita

With only 30 animals left, the vaquita is the world’s most endangered cetacean and one of the most endangered mammals.

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#112040
2017-02-22

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) - Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report.

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#112041
2017-02-22

Shrinking and Darkening, the Plight of Kashmir’s Dying Lakes

SRINAGAR, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) - Mudasir Ahmad says that two decades ago, his father made a prophecy that the lake would vanish after the fish in its waters started dying. Three years ago, he found dead fish floating on the surface, making him worried about its fate.

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#112042
2017-02-22

'Alarming' superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday.

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#112043
2017-02-22

Laws crucial to preserve biodiversity threatened

The mounting threats posed to the global environment by harmful human activities cannot be averted without effective legislation controlling those activities.

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#112044
2017-02-22

New species of bushbaby found in disappearing forests of Angola

It’s a dwarf with big eyes, big ears and a big voice. The newly discovered Angolan dwarf galago belongs to the bushbaby family, members of which are found all over sub-Saharan Africa.

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#112045
2017-02-22

A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname

Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles Darwin

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#112046
2017-02-22

Maple syrup producers blame climate change for production drop

DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

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#112047
2017-02-22

Prides, protection and parks: Africa's protected areas can support four times as many lions

Africa's protected parks and reserves are capable of supporting three to four times as many wild lions if well funded and managed, according to a new report led by Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.

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#112048
2017-02-22

Discovery of ‘invasive species gene’ prompts Japanese zoo to cull 57 monkeys

A city in Chiba Prefecture has culled 57 monkeys at a zoo after finding they were cross-breeds of Japanese monkeys and rhesus macaques, which have been designated as an invasive alien species in the country and apparently pose a threat to the natural environment.

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#112049
2017-02-22

IASS, FAO and UNDP Highlight Resources to Protect Global Commons

February 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam have produced a guide and animated film that offer “strategic guidance and inspiration” for the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forest ...

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#112050
2017-02-22

Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Every year the forest gets farther away. According to researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, between 1990 and 2000, the average distance between any point the United States and the nearest forest grew by a third of a mile -- 14 percent.

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#112018
2017-02-21

Marine snail could offer opioid alternative

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A novel compound produced by a tiny marine snail species could inspire an alternative to opioids, the highly addictive class of pain killers.

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#112019
2017-02-21

Gabon's elephants are being decimated by poachers

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Between 78 and 81 percent of forest elephants in one of Central Africa's largest preserves have been lost to poachers, according to a new study by researchers from Duke University.

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#112020
2017-02-21

Study: Rising pond temperatures could accelerate global warming

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- New research suggests rising temperatures in small bodies of water, like ponds, could accelerate global warming.

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#112021
2017-02-21

Lemur facial recognition tool developed

A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy.

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#112022
2017-02-21

The locust invasions devastating Niger

[NIAMEY] It is the end of December 2016, with clear skies over Niger. But as 2017 draws near prospects are grim for some 500 residents in Bani Kosseye, a village 80km from the capital Niamey.

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#112023
2017-02-21

Scimitar-horned oryx return to the Sahara nearly two decades after going extinct in the wild

Conservationists are celebrating the successful reintroduction of an iconic antelope species, the scimitar-horned oryx, to a portion of its historical range on the edge of the Sahara desert after 14 captive-bred animals were released in a remote region of Chad.

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#112024
2017-02-21

Making the Deep Blue Sea Green Again

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, Seychelles’ ambassador for climate change and SIDS.

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#112025
2017-02-21

Climate change in the North Sea: oysters in, cod out

The temperature of the North Sea is increasing with climate change. Good news for immigrant species - bad news for cold-loving residents.

News Headlines
#112026
2017-02-21

Do mild days fuel climate change scepticism?

When it comes to the weather, research suggests people often trust the evidence of their own eyes rather than expert opinion

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#112027
2017-02-21

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease.

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#112028
2017-02-21

'GMO Only Causes Problems': Serbia Maintains Import Ban Despite WTO Demands

Genetically engineered food brings no benefit to Serbia, which shouldn't compromise on its GMO law to enter the WTO, Professor of Agriculture Miodrag Dimitrijevic told Sputnik.

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#112029
2017-02-21

UNCST HOLDS THE BIOSAFETY FORUM 2017

The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) organised the 2nd Biosafety Forum 2017 at Protea Hotel, Kampala (February 01 – 02, 2017).

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#112030
2017-02-21

Pope says indigenous people must have final say about their land

Francis echoes growing body of international law and standards on the right to ‘prior and informed consent’

News Headlines
#112031
2017-02-21

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.

News Headlines
#112005
2017-02-20

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology

Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.

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#112006
2017-02-20

Singapore’s wild bird trade threatens exotic species

Singapore has historically been a major hub for bird trade. But the trade, largely poorly managed, threatens exotic species, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#112007
2017-02-20

Making the Deep Blue Sea Green Again

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, the Seychelles ambassador to the UN.

News Headlines
#112008
2017-02-20

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks

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#112009
2017-02-20

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change

Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased.

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#112010
2017-02-20

Indonesian president hands over management of forests to indigenous people

In a fresh start in customary forest recognition by the State, President Joko Widodo bestows the right to manage customary forests on nine indigenous communities

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#112011
2017-02-20

Three fish species known as ‘sea monsters’ in danger of extinction

As they have enormous size and always causes big waves when whisking their tail, the fish are called ‘sea monster of Mekong Delta’.

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#112012
2017-02-20

Scientist inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers

HARARE, Zimbabwe (CIMMYT) - Little did 47-year-old Thokozile Ndhlela know that growing up in rural Zimbabwe would inspire her to become a well-respected agricultural scientist, helping transform agriculture by developing science-based solutions to some of the complex issues facing African farmers.

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