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#108939
2016-06-20

East Africa: Rwanda Wary of GMOs Use in East Africa

Rwanda has expressed concern that it could face an influx of genetically modified crops from Kenya and Uganda, which are in the process of legalising genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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#108940
2016-06-20

Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

Photos from inside North Korea reveal how the ecology of the secretive Asian country is preventing the extinction of several once plentiful species of migratory birds.

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#108941
2016-06-20

Missing for a century, important wasp species rediscovered

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- The last time scientists identified the wasp species Oobius depressus, World War I was just getting underway. Researchers in California and Michigan recently confirmed the rediscovery of the elusive species, having gone missing for more than a century.

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#108916
2016-06-17

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth

The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge.

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#108917
2016-06-17

Giant crab horde gathers in Australia

Hundreds of thousands of the crabs migrate to Australia's southern shores each year as ocean waters cool. Australian aquatic scientist Sheree Marris filmed an enormous gathering of the crustaceans in Port Phillip Bay.

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#108918
2016-06-17

Movie theatres to show messages on biodiversity conservation soon

Soon, when you go to watch a movie, you will get to watch messages and videos on the need to protect and conserve India’s biodiversity—similar to the anti-smoking campaigns that cinemas currently run.

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#108919
2016-06-17

On Day to Combat Desertification, UN calls for action to restore land resources

Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secreta ...

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#108920
2016-06-17

From Lack Of Diversity To Lack Of Funding, Seed Banks Face A World Of Challenges

Gene banks are meant to protect biodiversity, yet they themselves are in need of protection.or almost a decade, researchers at the Svalbard Seed Bank in Norway have been collecting and storing samples of seeds from around the globe, meticulously preserving them in a vault carved 400 feet into th ...

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#108921
2016-06-17

Losing genes and surviving—when less is more in the evolution of life

"Loss is nothing else but change and change is nature's delight" says the quote by the philosopher and emperor Marcus Aurelius, which opens a scientific article that analyses the gene loss phenomenon and its impact on the evolution of living beings.

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#108922
2016-06-17

What 'Finding Dory' Means for Our Marine Friends

Most of us remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the young, spirited clown fish is captured by a diver and whisked out of the sea and far from his dad. So begins the loving father’s epic adventure to find his son, Nemo.

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#108923
2016-06-17

Sewage effluent fights desertification in Egypt

A forestry project in Egypt is using sewage effluent to nurture tree plantations in the desert, preventing desertification. The method has been so effective that it's attracted the interest of German forestry companies.

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#108924
2016-06-17

10 conservation “fads”: how have they worked in Latin America?

In May 2013, the journal Conservation Biology published an editorial describing 10 conservation methods that emerged since the late 1970’s as fads, “approaches that are embraced enthusiastically and then abandoned.”

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#108925
2016-06-17

With new Norway-US forest cooperation, support grows to save forests by offsetting flights

This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change through forest protection. The agreement supports efforts within the International Civil Aviation Organisation to utilise a market system with incentives to reduce deforestation.

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#108926
2016-06-17

Canada's eastern boreal forest could thrive with climate change, study suggests

Here's some good news for the animals that live in Eastern Canada's boreal forest and the forestry industry that operates there — the trees that dominate the boreal forest can do just fine in the warmer, drier temperatures expected with global climate change.

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#108927
2016-06-17

Controversial park plans in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve

You hear them before you see them. It’s a frog-like croaking, coming from the treetops below as the sky begins to fill with light. The jungle goes on for as far as the eye can see from up here at the top of El Tigre, a temple in the ancient Mayan city of Mirador.

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#108928
2016-06-17

Atlantic Biodiversity Display Raises Awareness for Endangered Species

Over 3,000 students, parents and members of the Point Fortin community gained a new appreciation for species which may be endangered at the 7th Annual Biodiversity Display mounted by Atlantic in celebration of World Environment Day.

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#108929
2016-06-17

On Day to Combat Desertification, UN calls for action to restore land resources

17 June 2016 – Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United ...

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#108906
2016-06-16

Inside the Fight to Save One of the World’s Most Dangerous Parks

When the ranger studied the ragtag crew he was supervising, seven young men repairing a rugged road that leads to Virunga National Park, it did not take much to see what he had in common with them. They were all born and raised in or around the park on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic ...

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#108907
2016-06-16

Sabang, Coron biodiversity to be protected

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is instituting measures to further protect the rich marine biodiversity within two of the country’s most famous diving spots.

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#108908
2016-06-16

Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health

How will the 10 billion people expected to be living on Earth by 2050 obtain sufficient and nutritious food? This is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces. Global food systems must supply enough calories and protein for a growing human population and provide important micronutrients such ...

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#108909
2016-06-16

Race to save hidden treasures under threat from climate change

Thousands of ancient treasures that have been unearthed by climate change could soon be lost to humankind forever, as they are eroded by weathering and eaten by pests. The crisis is so extreme that some archaeologists are urging colleagues to abandon their current field sites and focus instead o ...

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#108910
2016-06-16

Will Our Politicians Now Take Climate Change Seriously?

Western governments may be dithering over taking action over climate change, but their defence chiefs think differently – at least regarding changing weapons systems to suit rising world temperatures.

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#108911
2016-06-16

700-year-old West African soil technique could help mitigate climate change

A farming technique practised for centuries by villagers in West Africa, which converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could be the answer to mitigating climate change and revolutionising farming across Africa.

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#108912
2016-06-16

Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off

Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.

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#108913
2016-06-16

Soul: Loving our oceans - “Turning trash into art to inspire ocean conservation”

One person’s waste can be another’s treasure, and these treasures can inspire others to take care of the oceans and the marine environment that connect us all.

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#108892
2016-06-15

California's urban trees offer $1 billion in benefits

VALLEJO, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- California is growing money trees. That's what a quick scan of the latest issue of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening suggests, anyway.

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#108893
2016-06-15

'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe.

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#108894
2016-06-15

Eastern US needs 'connectivity' to help species escape climate change

For plants and animals fleeing rising temperatures, varying precipitation patterns and other effects of climate change, the eastern United States will need improved 'climate connectivity' for these species to have a better shot at survival.

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#108895
2016-06-15

UN tech mechanism has much promise but little funding

The UN’s 2030 Agenda and a global deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last year on new financing arrangements for development established the Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

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#108896
2016-06-15

Private conservation area in northern Peru will protect 30 percent of region’s montane forests

Nature and Culture International (NCI) has announced the creation of a 66,954-acre protected area in northern Peru, the Chicuate Chinguelas Private Conservation Area.

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#108897
2016-06-15

Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy

KIGALI, Rwanda, Jun 14 2016 (IPS) - After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end.

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#108898
2016-06-15

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?

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#108899
2016-06-15

France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

President François Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so.

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#108900
2016-06-15

European Bee Week: What the EU should do for bees and biodiversity

Launched by former MEP Gaston Franco in 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollination brings together representatives of European and national institutions, beekeepers, farmers, researchers, animal health specialists, NGOs and industry experts together.

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#108875
2016-06-10

“Species X:” The blue-eyed dove rediscovered in a global deforestation hotspot

The Blue-eyed Ground-dove hasn’t been seen since 1941 and was believed to be extinct — that is, until this year, when scientists revealed that they’d managed to document twelve of the birds in two different locations in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

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#108876
2016-06-10

Paris floods made almost twice as likely by climate change, say scientists

The Paris floods, that saw extreme rainfall swell the river Seine to its highest level in decades, were made almost twice as likely because of the manmade emissions driving global warming, scientists have found.

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#108877
2016-06-10

Scientists turn chief global warming gas into harmless stone

Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock.

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#108878
2016-06-10

Russia dragging heels on creation of Antarctic conservation zone

A major diplomatic effort is under way to persuade Russia to agree to a conservation zone in the Ross Sea, a stretch of water in Antarctica that is home to large populations of whales and penguins as well as dozens of species of fish.

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#108879
2016-06-10

Africa: The Race to Reinforce Environmental Protection, Resilience to Climate Change

Opinion: During the week commencing May 26, through June 3, 2016, Rwanda joined the international community in marking the 44th World Environment Day (WED), in active partnership with the One UN Rwanda Team and other partners.

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#108880
2016-06-10

Hopes for endangered animals revive as 25 born in one year

The government’s effort to save species from extinction has received a boost after 25 females of endangered fauna species gave birth in Indonesia in one year, raising hopes for their future survival. The 25 protected animals were born in seven conservation institutions.

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#108881
2016-06-10

To fight lionfish invasion, Cuba learns to cook them

If you can't beat your enemies, eat them. That's the strategy Cuba has adopted to respond to an invasion of lionfish, a poisonous predator that has strayed far from its home waters in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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#108882
2016-06-10

Ghanaian Scientists and Journalists Brainstorm On Biotech/GM Crops for Sustainable Development

Opinion: Do you remember this popular adage that: "When two elephants fight it is the grasses that bear the consequences?"

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#108883
2016-06-10

Drones help measure impact of climate change on Bering Sea

At the end of May, two 20-foot-tall orange autonomous sailing vessels, each with a vertical carbon-fiber wing, were set loose in the Bering Sea from a dock in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

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#108861
2016-06-09

Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

8 June 2016 – Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.

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#108862
2016-06-09

Greenland's 2015 melt records consistent with 'Arctic amplification'

Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study provides the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Artic amplification.

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#108863
2016-06-09

Fishing prohibitions produce more sharks along with problems for fishing communities

Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...

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#108864
2016-06-09

Changing weather patterns threaten grassland sparrows

Two of North America's declining grassland songbirds may be particularly vulnerable to altered weather patterns caused by climate change, according to new research in The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

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#108865
2016-06-09

Growing reliance on foreign crops threatens diversity

Countries increasingly rely on introduced plants for food and need to cooperate to protect crop diversity, a study has found.

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#108866
2016-06-09

Urgent action needed to tackle snakebites in Africa

[NAIROBI] African governments must work harder to prevent and treat the one million snakebites that occur on the continent every year to prevent needless deaths and suffering, a conference has heard.

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#108867
2016-06-09

Nasa to map coral reefs from the air to show impact of climate change

Scientists hope large-scale maps will offer new insight into effects of warming and pollution as previous studies have almost always been done up close in the water

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