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#110493
2016-10-19

Ape's fig challenge wins photo award

Who dares wins. An orangutan pictured climbing high into a tree to reach some figs has taken the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition.

News Headlines
#110494
2016-10-19

World's mammals being eaten into extinction, report warns

Hundreds of mammal species - from chimpanzees to hippos to bats - are being eaten into extinction by people, according to the first global assessment of the impact of human hunting.

News Headlines
#110495
2016-10-19

Much tougher regulation of wildlife trade is needed to protect our biodiversity

Doug Woodring says the world has little hope of stamping out the illegal trade without overhauling the global convention regulating it

News Headlines
#110496
2016-10-19

Adapting to climate change is good business

“Sustainable development - these are two words that the existence of all (the) human race depends on. It (climate change) is becoming a calamity that we have to turn our attention to,” Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena told the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Forum, hosted by his govern ...

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#110498
2016-10-19

Latin America's Forests Must Be Protected: UN

Climate change is expected to impact food availability and access in Latin America and the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#110499
2016-10-19

Forest areas increase in Azerbaijan

Forestry in Azerbaijan is a major environmental resource and plays an important role in life of people, especially rural. Forests support human wellbeing in many ways, including timber production, wildlife habitat, air quality, soil protection, carbon storage and recreation.

News Headlines
#110500
2016-10-19

Eco-marine conservation project a boost to tourism and fishing industry

MIRI: The RM8 million Petronas-Sarawak Forestry Eco-Marine Conservation project at Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park in northern Sarawak will be a shot in the arm for tourism and the fishing community in Miri.

News Headlines
#110501
2016-10-19

Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine life, five years later

Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

News Headlines
#110503
2016-10-19

Reforesting Kilimanjaro could ease East Africa's severe water shortages – UN

19 October 2016 – There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report urged today.

News Headlines
#110472
2016-10-18

New Zealand plankton blooms proof of global warming's oceanic effects

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- During coccolithophore blooms, the algae's calcium-derived exoskeletons turn the ocean water a milky white. The microorganism's proliferation can often be seen from space.

News Headlines
#110473
2016-10-18

Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs

Peru's environmental agency is investigating the deaths of some 10,000 frogs whose bodies have been found in a river in the south of the country.

News Headlines
#110475
2016-10-18

A plan to save the Mekong Delta

“I think this year Vietnam got a taste of the new normal,” said Dinh Tuyen, my journalist friend in bustling Can Tho, the Mekong Delta’s hub city. “Less fresh water from rains or from up the river, and more salt water as sea levels rise.”

News Headlines
#110476
2016-10-18

Q&A: Land Degradation Could Force 135 Million to Migrate in Next 30 Years

NEW DELHI/BONN, Oct 18 2016 (IPS) - One of the critical challenges facing the world today is that emerging migration patterns that are increasingly rooted in the depletion of natural resources.

News Headlines
#110477
2016-10-18

David Attenborough: zoos should use peepholes to respect gorillas' privacy

Naturalist says London zoo escape attempt was ‘hardly surprising’ and calls for visitors to observe animals through peepholes, not glass panels

News Headlines
#110478
2016-10-18

Great Barrier Reef: 'Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'

"The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old," reads the first line of a controversial obituary published last week by Outside Magazine, an American publication focused on outdoor recreation.

News Headlines
#110479
2016-10-18

On Philippine isle, research pinpoints 'bull's-eye' of biodiversity

Colonial plunder, crime, tribal factions, sectarianism, drug running, piracy, animal poaching, illegal logging and destructive mining practices—all of which add up to wholesale environmental exploitation. The island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines has seen it all and more.

News Headlines
#110480
2016-10-18

Out of the countryside, wildlife returning to Amsterdam

Seals peep from Amsterdam's famous canals, while rare bats huddle in the eaves of houses, next to nesting birds. Wildlife—of the animal kind—is on the rise in the teeming Dutch capital.

News Headlines
#110481
2016-10-18

We can save elephants. But can we save wild elephants?

Elephants will certainly survive. But it may only be in ‘fortress’ conservation parks. Is there any way to allow elephants to stay wild?

News Headlines
#110482
2016-10-18

WWF: Finnish wildlife already feeling the burn from climate change

The effects of global warming can already been seen in Finland – and it’s taking a heavy toll on Arctic wildlife, according to a report released Monday by WWF Finland.

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#110483
2016-10-18

Hangul may soon be declared as ‘critically endangered’

Srinagar: As the Kashmir Stag popularly known as Hangul is on the verge of extinction, largely because of human intrusions and domestic livestock grazing, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautifu ...

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#110485
2016-10-18

Japan lagging behind global move to restrict microbeads to protect planet’s oceans

Japan is lagging behind growing international moves to restrict microbeads, the tiny synthetic particles that have become a major source of pollution in the world’s oceans.

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#110486
2016-10-18

Sustainable food systems vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets – UN Rome-based agencies

17 October 2016 – Opening its 43rd plenary session in Rome today in the wake of major global agreements on sustainable development and climate change, the main United Nations body focused on food security and nutrition, called for an urgent transformation of the world’s food system and nutrition ...

News Headlines
#110487
2016-10-18

Model predicts spread of harmful plant pathogen around the globe

PERTH, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The soil-borne plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi causes root rot, triggering devastating diebacks of infected flora.

News Headlines
#110446
2016-10-17

Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter, more crowded planet, UN says on World Food Day

16 October 2016 – To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.”

News Headlines
#110447
2016-10-17

Nations agree to ban refrigerants that worsen climate change

Negotiators from 197 countries have reached a historic agreement to reduce emissions of chemical refrigerants that contribute to global warming.

News Headlines
#110448
2016-10-17

Green transformation 'unstoppable' as countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases – UN

15 October 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have welcomed the landmark deal struck today by nearly 200 countries to reduce the emissions of potent chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators – a move that could prevent up

News Headlines
#110449
2016-10-17

Economic impacts of climate change on global fisheries could be worse than we thought

Marine fisheries have been estimated to support the livelihoods of 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population and generate an average of $100 billion in revenue every year.

News Headlines
#110450
2016-10-17

Indigenous Land Rights Bring Economic, not just Environmental Benefits

Oct 17 2016 (IPS) - Secure indigenous land rights not only bring environmental benefits, they can also foster economic development, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute.

News Headlines
#110451
2016-10-17

Global warming experiment turns up the heat in Puerto Rican forest

A pioneering research project is aiming to determine how forests in the Amazon, the Congo and elsewhere in the tropics will reacting to rising temperatures

News Headlines
#110452
2016-10-17

Kigali deal on HFCs is big step in fighting climate change

The deal done in Rwanda on Saturday will cut greenhouse gases. We assess its global significance

News Headlines
#110453
2016-10-17

Climate change could drive 122m more people into extreme poverty by 2030

UN report warns that without measures to halt and reverse climate change, food production could become impossible in large areas of the world

News Headlines
#110454
2016-10-17

Use of strongest antibiotics rises to record levels on European farms

Medicines classified as ‘critically important in human medicine’ appear to be in frequent use, says European Medicines Agency

News Headlines
#110455
2016-10-17

Post-industrial agriculture: France's field-to-table approach to food

Finding the perfect harvest item from a local grower is one of the joys of strolling through a French market. But life isn't always easy for French farmers in the face of climate change and competition from agribusiness.

News Headlines
#110456
2016-10-17

Returning endangered animals to the wild

It has been 35 years since the Japanese crested ibis disappeared from the skies of Japan. This year, “genuinely wild” chicks, the offspring of ibises born out of captivity on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, left their nests for the first time in 42 years.

News Headlines
#110457
2016-10-17

Rural women's empowerment critical to UN Sustainable Development Agenda – Ban

15 October 2016 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all “have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core.”

News Headlines
#110459
2016-10-17

FAO introduces conservation agriculture to mitigate climate impacts

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Indonesia is piloting the development of conservation agriculture in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), two eastern Indonesian provinces known for low rainfall.

News Headlines
#110460
2016-10-17

Nigeria: Agency Issues Ultimatum Against GM Products

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has warned Super-store operators in Nigeria to withdraw all Genetically Modified (GM) products from their shelves within 7 days or face sanctions

News Headlines
#110461
2016-10-17

Tanzania: Climate Change Still Worrisome in National Parks

Climate change is perceived as a global problem affecting many ecological areas such as National Parks and as a result no institution, district, region or nation can address it alone.

News Headlines
#110462
2016-10-17

Ugandans told to treasure national parks

MBARARA, UGANDA - President Yoweri Museveni has asked local governments bordering national parks to support conservation agencies such as Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA).

News Headlines
#110463
2016-10-17

Panel: WIPO Assistance Should Provide Developing Countries With Choices On Plant Variety Protection

A side event to last week’s annual General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization looked at ways for developing countries to design sui generis system for protecting new varieties of plant.

News Headlines
#110464
2016-10-17

Study: Bait worms a surprisingly valuable marine resource

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A new study quantifies the economics of the bait worm industry, as well as its environmental impact.

News Headlines
#110426
2016-10-14

Two species of beetles go extinct in the US, one gets protection

Two beetle species found only in the U.S — the Stephan’s riffle beetle and the Tatum Cave beetle — are now officially extinct, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on October 5.

News Headlines
#110427
2016-10-14

Nature’s right to exist gets a boost from key organizations

In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to enshrine in its constitution the right of nature to exist and thrive. Then Bolivia passed its Law of the Rights of Mother Earth in 2010, which not only recognizes the natural world’s rights but also grants Earth what’s been called a “legal personality ...

News Headlines
#110428
2016-10-14

Q&A: We Won’t Go Far Until Climate Issues Are Mainstreamed in Policy

NAIROBI, Oct 14 2016 (IPS) - Two years ago at the 31st African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, heads of state and government endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme on agriculture and climate change with the bold vision of at least 25 million smallholde ...

News Headlines
#110429
2016-10-14

Tackling plastic waste in oceans with 'wooden message in a bottle'

Scientists investigating plastic waste in seas are throwing 100,000 wooden blocks into German waters - and asking members of the public to get involved. The goal: to track down and tackle sources of plastic waste.

News Headlines
#110430
2016-10-14

Swim with dolphins? Travel companies shift away from wild animal attractions

Why TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest online travel agencies, will no longer sell tickets to attractions that invite tourists to interact with wild animals. Will this help or hurt conservation efforts?

News Headlines
#110431
2016-10-14

Knowledge increases awareness of biodiversity despite firsthand experiences

Protecting an ecological paradise like the island of Santa Cruz can be challenging for its resource managers who want to maximize visitor experiences while minimizing negative impacts on the park.

News Headlines
#110432
2016-10-14

Uganda targets to restore forest cover from 15% to 24% by 2040

The country director UNDP for Uganda, Almaz Gebru, has said Ugandans have destroyed forests through charcoal burning. “The loss in central forest reserves and other protected areas was at 12% (from 1.47 million hectares to 1.3 million hectares).

News Headlines
#110433
2016-10-14

Future of Antarctic marine protected areas at risk

Antarctica's surrounding waters are home to some of the healthiest marine ecosystems on Earth and support thriving populations of krill, seabirds, fish and whales.

News Headlines
#110434
2016-10-14

Majority of potential UK fracking sites are rich in important wildlife

Almost two-thirds of licensed sites have higher biodiversity, valuable for functions such as pollination and pest control, analysis shows

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