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#109446
2016-08-04

Assam's killer waters that also give life

GUWAHATI: Odds are that if you were driving down NH-37, which cuts through Kaziranga National Park in Assam, last week, you would have chanced upon a rhino or a deer making for higher land in neighbouring Karbi Anglong. .

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#109447
2016-08-04

Rwanda: Kwit'izina - Conversation On Conservation Returns

The future of wildlife is faced with a dynamic duo often pegged as an antagonistic dichotomy - tourism for profit versus conservation of the ecosystem.

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#109448
2016-08-04

For many endangered species, it's survival of the cutest, Ottawa scientists find

Most of the cash for conserving endangered animals goes to big “charismatic” species and there’s little left for smaller spineless ones, a global survey by Ottawa scientists shows.

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#109449
2016-08-04

How climate change fuels conflict

With temperatures soaring and drought increasing, many in Africa are losing their livelihoods. They are looking for other ways to survive, in some cases by turning to groups like Boko Haram.

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#109450
2016-08-04

Reinventing French fizz in face of climate change

France's Champagne country has little to celebrate as global warming threatens to wreak havoc on production, forcing winegrowers to take a sober look at their future.

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#109451
2016-08-04

Climate change—not humans—killed giant camels and sloths in South America

Humans and climate change were long the prime suspects in the disappearance of South America’s large mammals, which took place after the last glacial period, about 15,000 years ago. But a new study finds that humans may be off the hook―at least in the high Andes of Peru. The study suggests the e ...

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#109452
2016-08-04

Antarctic sea-ice bacteria could be contaminating seafood with a dangerous form of mercury

Pollution in the Antarctic may not turn many heads, but seafood lovers must beware of mercury-tainted fish from the southern seas finding its way onto their plates. New research shows how a certain type of sea-ice bacteria may be converting existing mercury into an even more potent neurotoxin th ...

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#109454
2016-08-04

Take responsibility for electronic-waste disposal

The world is producing ever more electrical and electronic waste. The quantity of dumped computers, telephones, televisions and appliances doubled between 2009 and 2014, to 42 million tonnes per year globally1, 2.

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#109455
2016-08-04

UNESCO explores ways to apply World Heritage Convention to ‘wonders’ of open ocean

A United Nations-backed report launched today explores the different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, or giant undersea volcanoes, none of which can be considered for listing because t ...

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#109456
2016-08-04

They have a body and a killer. But the case of the dead brown bat makes no sense to scientists.

The federal government’s animal-CSI investigative team has finished its work, and now it’s official. White nose syndrome, the mass killer of bats from the East Coast to Oklahoma, somehow afflicted a little brown bat in the Cascade Mountains region of Washington.

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#109457
2016-08-04

Humans are gobbling up natural resources at a terrifying rate

Humans are using too much crap.That’s the official word from a new U.N. report on the use of natural resources. It found that, from the food we eat to the homes we live in to the fuels we burn, our rates of consumption are just unsustainable. That’s not too surprising, but the real shock is that ...

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#109458
2016-08-04

5 Key Takeaways From Alarming New Climate Report

An annual report that is sometimes called the planet's "physical" finds that 2015 was the warmest year since at least the mid to late 19th century. The year also marked several other milestones, from a record carbon concentration to an unusual number of tropical storms.

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#109459
2016-08-04

Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal

The number of cities reporting on their efforts to tackle global warming has risen 70 percent to 533 around the world since the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the group collecting the data said

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#109460
2016-08-04

Responsible drinking - Is the global wine industry really embracing sustainability?

The wine sector is severely threatened by the impacts of climate change, but is it doing enough to prevent them? Like many other agricultural crops such as coffee and cocoa, scientists have long feared the impact rising global temperatures will have on the grapes that deliver that most importan ...

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#109406
2016-08-03

Peru: threatened delicacy from the Amazon

The paiche is the largest carnivorous freshwater fish in the amazon region. And a delicacy. That threatens its population, which affects indigenous fishermen as well.

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#109407
2016-08-03

New School Will Teach The Ways Of The Water Fund In Ecuador

Nature and Culture International is establishing Ecuador’s first water school, an institution created to train municipal water workers in the skills required to join and administer a water fund. The water fund model continues to experience success in managing Latin America’s stressed water resou ...

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#109408
2016-08-03

Climate change set to increase turbulence and make it difficult for flights to take off, UN warns

Climate change will have “severe consequences” for planes trying to take off and increase the chance of in-flight turbulence, icing up incidents and engine-threatening dust storms – but there is no reason to “panic” just now, the United Nations’ air travel agency has said.

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#109409
2016-08-03

The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us

What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.

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#109410
2016-08-03

From heat domes to rain bombs, climate change is changing how we talk about weather

Let’s face it: We actually like talking about the weather. Whether we’re languishing in record-breaking heat or bundling up to face a cold snap, we bond over whatever misery the skies throw at us. And the list of meteorological marvels we encounter just keeps on growing.

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#109411
2016-08-03

Agriculture in 115 Indian districts most at risk from climate change

As floods ravage eastern and northern India, agriculture in 115 districts across 15 states is "highly vulnerable" to climate change, according to a study published in the Indian Academy of Science journal Current Science.

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#109412
2016-08-03

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it's night

Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday.

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#109413
2016-08-03

New Alliance to Shore Up Food Security Launched in Africa

CAPE TOWN, Aug 2 2016 (IPS) - As over 20 million sub-Saharan Africans face a shortage of food because of drought and development issues, representatives of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) met in Johannesburg to forge a new parliamentary allia ...

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#109414
2016-08-03

New chemical-free desalination tech helps bring water surplus to Israel

Between 1998 and 2012, the Eastern Mediterranean region suffered through the worst drought in at least 900 years. This drought contributed to the rapid rise of the Arab Spring and fueled civil war in Syria. Facing the prospect of running out of water, Israel implemented a program of water conser ...

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#109415
2016-08-03

Mother trees recognize kin and send them “messages of wisdom”

More information continues to surface that trees may be far more connected than we thought. Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard of The University of British Colombia gave a TED talk in June, during which she detailed research that shows mother trees recognize their kin. At a time when an increasing ...

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#109416
2016-08-03

India floods kill more than 200 animals, including rare rhinos

Severe floods have ravaged the state of Assam in northeastern India.Touted as the worst flood in more than a decade, floodwaters have swept away over 2,800 villages, submerged more than 200,000 hectares of crops, displaced millions of people, and killed nearly 30 people, the Telegraph India repo ...

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#109417
2016-08-03

Can ‘climate corridors’ help species adapt to warming world?

If you flip over a log in a forest in the southeastern U.S., you are likely to find a squirming salamander. A healthy forest floor, full of fallen branches and rotting leaves, provides these amphibians with the moisture, protection and food they need to survive and thrive. If rain falters or if ...

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#109418
2016-08-03

Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood

Unlike their interior cousins, coastal wolves of Vancouver Island live with two paws in the ocean and two paws on land.They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada's Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests.

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#109419
2016-08-03

Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests?

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#109420
2016-08-03

Land and sea warmest in 2015 : 'State of the Climate' report

Last year was the warmest year on record for land and sea, partly because seasonal El Nino climate patterns prevailed year-round, and melting ice pushed sea levels to the highest ever, a study based on the work of more than 450 scientists worldwide confirmed on Tuesday.

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#109421
2016-08-03

Richer Homes Are Also Richer in Biodiversity

ou might think that homes in wealthier neighborhoods—with newer and better-maintained houses—would be better at keeping out bugs and pests. But scientists are finding that affluent areas actually sport a larger diversity of critters, including spiders, ants, beetles, flies and other creepy crawlies.

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#109395
2016-08-02

Scientists report mass die-off of invertebrates at East Flower Garden Bank in Gulf of Mexico

On Monday, sport divers on the M/V Fling, diving in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles offshore of Texas and Louisiana, were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom on the East Flower Garden Bank, a reef norma ...

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#109396
2016-08-02

Big beasts are facing an 'extinction crisis': Most of the planet's large animals could die out by 2100

In less than a hundred years the majority of the planet's biggest beasts could become nothing more than a distant memory. By 2100, animals like leopards, great white sharks and elephants will be extinct unless conservation efforts step up, a new report says.

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#109397
2016-08-02

The art of climate change impresses but doesn’t go down a storm

Not a day goes by without the Dutch talking about the weather, especially after recent floods and months of record-breaking temperatures. Just the other day, hailstones the size of fists hammered down on a district near Eindhoven.

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#109398
2016-08-02

Women, disasters and climate change

The floods and landslides that recently struck several parts of Indonesia emphasize the fact that climate change is no longer just a prediction, but is inevitable. From the many natural disasters in the past three years, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data show that 95 percent of 1,0 ...

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#109399
2016-08-02

'Climate change greatest threat to agriculture'

Steadman Fuller, custos of Kingston has described climate change as the single greatest threat to local agriculture and, by extension, the Jamaican economy.

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#109400
2016-08-02

New ant species Paratopula bauhinia (Golden Tree Ant) described

The Insect Biogeography and Biodiversity research group led by Dr Benoit Guénard at the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has recently described and named a new species of ant from Hong Kong, Paratopula bauhinia, or the rare "golden tree ant" in Asian Myrmecology, ...

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#109402
2016-08-02

New research shows penguins will suffer in a warming world

We know the world is warming, and we know humans are the main reason. But so what? The thing we’d really like to know is, what will the impacts be on our planet, its biodiversity, our society, our economies? It is only through understanding the impacts of climate change that action for reducing ...

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#109383
2016-08-01

Gov’t pursuing organic agriculture

The Government is pursuing the development of organic agriculture as part of the economic growth agenda.

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#109384
2016-08-01

Ethiopia: Intensifying Efforts for Healthy Environment

People in all walks of life including government officials, public servants, students and community members are planting seedlings in areas already designated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The campaign is part of the nation's bid to increase the country's forest cove ...

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#109385
2016-08-01

John D. Liu On Regenerative Ecology And Naturalized Economies

If we say that money comes from ecological function instead from extraction, manufacturing buying and selling, then we have a system in which all human efforts go toward restoring, protecting and preserving ecological function. That is what we need to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to ens ...

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#109386
2016-08-01

Climate Change and Sustainable Investing: How Investors Can Make a Difference

Many proponents of sustainable investment strategies argue that traditional fossil fuel companies will be in structural decline in coming decades, challenged by governmental and consumer actions to limit the impact of oil, gas and coal on the environment.

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#109387
2016-08-01

Civic pride 'can help sustain urban biodiversity'

The establishment of community gardens in inner city areas can boost social and ecological sustainability, suggest researchers.

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#109388
2016-08-01

The Middle East is baking

More than war even, climate change is making the region uninhabitable

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#109389
2016-08-01

Africa: East Africa Leading Continental Forest Restoration Efforts

East Africa is leading the continent in a global effort to restore 350 million hectares of the world's deforested land by 2030, but it can do better.

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#109390
2016-08-01

How forest fragmentation is impacting on amphibian and reptile species

Experts call for new conservation guidelines after research shows 90% of tropical amphibian and reptile species are affected by the 'edge effect' and forest islands less than 500m in diameter are putting many at risk.

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#109391
2016-08-01

Back to Basics: Saving Water the Old-Fashioned Way

Across the world, communities are reviving old ways of saving or storing water--with promising results.

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#109392
2016-08-01

Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they’re on course for global domination

Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they’re here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your ...

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#109393
2016-08-01

The oceans are full of barriers for small organisms

Subtle and short-lived differences in ocean salinity or temperature function as physical barriers for phytoplankton, and result in a patchy distribution of the oceans' most important food resource. The new research from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Cope ...

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#109330
2016-07-27

On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks ...

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#109331
2016-07-27

Temperature in Kuwait hits 54 Celsius, sets possible record amid Middle East heatwave – UN

26 July 2016 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a United Nations specialized agency, will set up a committee to examine whether a 54 degrees Celsius temperature recently recorded in Kuwait, has set the new highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere.

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