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#104173
2015-06-04

First draft of sustainable development goals exposes gaps, warn NGOs

Three months before the SDGs are adopted, experts praise ambition of vision but fear methods are too weak to measure progress in areas such as women’s rights

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#104174
2015-06-04

Pushing for Post-2015 Strategic Sustainable Devt Goals

In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a few, highly effective targets for the world, e.g. halve the proportion of poor and hungry and reduce childhood mortality by two-thirds. The goals have had varying levels of success. Now, the UN and the world are to decide whic ...

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#104175
2015-06-04

Unlikely 'champion' in battle for Indonesia's forests

The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...

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#104176
2015-06-04

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

News Headlines
#104178
2015-06-04

Moving towards a more sustainable production and consumption pattern

World Environment Day is an opportunity to identify solutions for re-engineering our consumer culture

News Headlines
#104179
2015-06-04

Report: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

The main driver of a healthy community is a well-functioning ecosystem according to a new state of knowledge review by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization released at a panel on health and nature in Brussels at Green Week 2015 Europe's biggest annual conference o ...

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#104148
2015-06-03

New marsupial species fights ferociously for sex, then dies

BRISBANE, Australia, June 2 (UPI) -- The males of two new species of dusky antechinus discovered in Australia spend their annual mating season coupling with as many females as possible and then die within weeks -- yet that isn't what threatens the species' existence.

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#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

News Headlines
#104150
2015-06-03

Paris climate pledges 'will only delay dangerous warming by two years'

Pledges made by countries to cut their carbon emissions ahead of a crunch climate summit in Paris later this year will delay the world passing the threshold for dangerous global warming by just two years, according to a new analysis.

News Headlines
#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

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#104152
2015-06-03

'Radical transition' of economy needed to curb climate change: study

Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a "radical transition" to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#104153
2015-06-03

Low funding hampers Africa’s climate change adaptation

NAIROBI] Inadequate funding for adaptation programmes is one of the acute challenges preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa from effectively addressing the impacts of climate change, experts say.

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#104154
2015-06-03

REDD Dawn: The Birth Of Forest Carbon

3 June 2015 | By all accounts, REDD was born in 1988 – not so much to save the planet as to help poor farmers in Guatemala manage their land more sustainably.

News Headlines
#104155
2015-06-03

Saving the Iberian lynx from extinction, one cat at a time

SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline at greatest risk of extinction.

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#104156
2015-06-03

Is opposition to genetically modified food irrational?

On Saturday 23 May 2015, thousands of activists gathered across the world to demonstrate against genetically-modified (GM) seeds and foods. There were protests in cities including Los Angeles, Paris, Santiago and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

News Headlines
#104157
2015-06-03

Antarctic Portal links scientists and decision-makers

A major new initiative to bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers has been launched during the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting, ATCM XXXVIII - CEP XVIII, in Bulgaria.

News Headlines
#104158
2015-06-03

EU needs serious action to secure sustainable global future

This week's European development days (EDD) in Brussels are taking place at a crucial time for development policy. It is the European year for development and 2015 will also see key decisions being taken in a series of global conferences which affect development policy.

News Headlines
#104159
2015-06-03

One of world's largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.

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#104160
2015-06-03

UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.

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#104123
2015-06-02

Policies on marine protection areas woefully inadequate: CPAWS report

A new report on marine conservation efforts says Canada is severely lacking in the quantity and quality of its protection for ocean ecosystems.

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#104135
2015-06-02

Organic farming isn’t just environmentally friendly – it’s very good business for farmers

With a growing body of evidence pointing to the environmental damage inflicted by large-scale agriculture — from rainforest clearing and other forms of habitat destruction, to high carbon outputs and the ecological impacts of pesticides — exploring more eco-friendly farming systems is a high pri ...

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#104116
2015-06-02

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Plant breeders have been studying genetic variation and plant diversity since time immemorial. They breed plants for improved performance and adaptation to a natural environment. Today, as we consider ways to mitigate climate change, incorporating genetic diversity is absolutely necessary. Advan ...

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#104140
2015-06-02

Why It Might Actually Pay To Be an Organic Farmer

Organic farmers earn 22% to 35% more than their non-organic counterparts. Growing organic food can be significantly more profitable than traditional farming, netting organic farmers 22% to 35% more than their conventional counterparts, according to new research published in the journal PNAS.

News Headlines
#104141
2015-06-02

The importance of community involvement for sustainable tourism

Researchers in Southeast Asia are studying how tourism policy and local community involvement impact the tourism industry.

News Headlines
#104142
2015-06-02

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. The discovery suggests that such births may be a natural response to dwindling numbers, rather than a freak occurrence largely seen in captivity.

News Headlines
#104143
2015-06-02

With climate change, species are increasingly interbreeding to survive

Some scientists and conservationists see the coywolf as a nightmare of the Anthropocene — a poster child of mongrelization as plants and animals reshuffle in response to habitat loss, climate change and invasive species. Golden-winged warblers increasingly cross with blue-winged warblers in the ...

News Headlines
#104144
2015-06-02

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) - India's earth sciences minister has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after the government said on Tuesday the country was headed for its first drought in six years.

News Headlines
#104145
2015-06-02

From Indonesia's elephant to Philippine eagle, wildlife matters

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the Philippines’ destroying its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks. The June 21, 2013 incident “marked not only the first time an ivory-consuming nation took such a public action but also the first time a country took steps to guarantee that ...

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#104146
2015-06-02

Study: Global warming risks changes to ocean life unprecedented in the last 3 million years

Continued warming of the Earth’s oceans over the next century could trigger disruptions to marine life on a scale not seen in the last 3 million years, scientists warn in a study released Monday.

News Headlines
#104136
2015-06-02

Coffee snobs: This brew may get pricey, thanks to climate change

fortune.com - Unless a solution is found soon, two of the world’s favorite, most popular beans, could become in short supply, due to climate change.

News Headlines
#104137
2015-06-02

Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway

The Monarch butterfly population has been in decline, but the North American insects are getting some unlikely help with their migration. This month, a Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama's request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish ...

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#104138
2015-06-02

How many tree species are found in the world's rainforests?

The world's tropical rainforests are likely home to 40,000 to 53,000 tree species, argues a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

News Headlines
#104139
2015-06-02

Comparing Cousins To Unravel The Secrets Of Silk

A transcriptomic analysis comparing domesticated and non-domesticated silkworm species has identified genes controlling silk color and structure.

News Headlines
#104115
2015-06-01

Bonn U.N. talks seek to trim unwieldy climate change plan

Governments will try on Monday to streamline an 89-page draft text of a U.N. deal to fight climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December, hoping to avoid the acrimony of the last failed attempt.

News Headlines
#104117
2015-06-01

Marsupial mating habits to die for

Queensland scientists have discovered two more species of suicidally-sexed carnivorous marsupials and one is already destined for the threatened list.

News Headlines
#104118
2015-06-01

Use bamboo in sustainable development

Governments should pay more attention to the role that bamboo and rattan can play in building more sustainable and greener economies, a pressure group has told a UN meeting.

News Headlines
#104119
2015-06-01

Humans Are The Cause Of The Sixth Extinction. But Will We Also Be The Victims?

“Homo sapiens is poised to become the greatest catastrophic agent since a giant asteroid collided with the Earth 65,000,000 years ago, wiping out half the world’s species in a geological instant.” So wrote anthropologist Richard Leakey in his 1995 book, “The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life an ...

News Headlines
#104120
2015-06-01

Valuing biodiversity

In order to safeguard typical Maltese natural environments that can host rich biodiversity, everyone must be more conscious about the important roles played by the diversity of plants and animals found anywhere on these islands. Appreciation brings with it care and respect, which in turn change ...

News Headlines
#104121
2015-06-01

Researchers urge protection for reefs in turbid environments

When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the sp ...

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#104122
2015-06-01

New partnership for marine KBAs

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodi ...

News Headlines
#104124
2015-06-01

Climate change: The bumpy road to the Paris talks

In little more than six months' time representatives of almost 200 countries will sit down in Paris to thrash out a deal on climate change.The momentum is building, with environmentalists, politicians and scientists all keen to avoid what one called a "Copenhagen 2 scenario".

News Headlines
#104103
2015-05-29

Nature pitched as source of innovation in poor countries

Scientists in developing countries should look for inspiration in their unique environments instead of trying to replicate European and US methods, a meeting at the United Kingdom’s Royal Society has heard.

News Headlines
#104104
2015-05-29

Community conservation increases endangered monkey population in Peru

Community conservation projects — initiatives that actively involve local people in conservation efforts — have gained increasing attention in recent years. Yet few studies have examined their success in protecting natural resources.

News Headlines
#104105
2015-05-29

Czech teacher battles bee-killing disease with hot hive

Scientists battling a bee-killing disease are about to start testing a new weapon -- a sun-heated hive designed by a Czech high school teacher.

News Headlines
#104106
2015-05-29

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

Conservationists hail China’s first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa’s elephants

News Headlines
#104107
2015-05-29

Countdown to Paris: 10 climate concerns related to forests and land use

As we approach the second half of 2015 – and the Bonn climate change conference – with high expectations for a new climate agreement to be reached at COP21 in Paris, it’s useful to take a step back and consider some of the important issues concerning land use and forests currently under negotiation.

News Headlines
#104108
2015-05-29

New bird uncovered in South American conflict region, researchers urge protection

On the border of Colombia and Venezuela lies a mountain range called Serranía de Perijá in which a small brown songbird is going about its day entirely unaware of what a stir it has just created in the world of ornithology.

News Headlines
#104109
2015-05-29

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

ALONG THE SALTON SEA, CALIF. — The bone-dry lake bed burned crystalline and white in the midday sun. Ecologist Bruce Wilcox hopped out of his truck and bent down to scoop up a handful of the gleaming, crusty soil.

News Headlines
#104110
2015-05-29

First Australian shorebirds on critically endangered species list

Two iconic Australian shorebirds have been added to the critically endangered list. The extraordinary sickle-billed Eastern curlew, and its smaller cousin, the curlew sandpiper, are the first shorebirds on the list.

News Headlines
#104111
2015-05-29

Scientists see a natural place for 'rewilded' plants in organic farming

One of the key elements of organic agriculture, as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering.

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