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#115196
2017-11-15

Global climate action must be gender equal

Women bear the heaviest brunt of global warming, and are less empowered to contribute to solutions. A new action plan agreed at the Bonn climate talks aims to reverse this inequality, writes Hilda Heine, Marshall Islands president

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#115197
2017-11-15

Climate change pushing Earth toward risky 'tipping points'

Bonn - As climate change drives up temperatures, Earth comes ever closer to dangerous 'tipping points' that could accelerate global warming beyond our capacity to reign it in, scientists warned at UN talks in Bonn.

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#115198
2017-11-15

Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress

In the tropics, forests consume large amounts of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Elevated temperatures suppress carbon dioxide absorption while promoting plants to emit the chemical monoterpene. Scientists found that the chemical can be used to take the forest's temperature. Why? A monote ...

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#115199
2017-11-15

The good news about plastic waste

Waste plastics contaminate our food, water and air. Many are calling for a global ban on single-use plastics because throwing them “away” often means into our river systems and then into the world’s oceans.

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#115200
2017-11-15

Scientists team up on study to save endangered African Penguins

With less than 25,000 breeding pairs in existence today, it is an uphill battle for the African Penguin, which calls South Africa home. The 60 percent drop in their population since 2001 has put them on the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In some So ...

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#115201
2017-11-15

Scientist calls on public to help 'unlock' genes of threatened bat species

A University of Southampton scientist is calling on the public's help in her bid to unlock the genetic secrets of an endangered bat species.

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#115202
2017-11-15

Organic agriculture can help feed world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we slashed food waste and stopped using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study finds.

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#115203
2017-11-15

Chimps found to use arm and mouth expressions to convey distance

A small team of researchers working at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University has found evidence that chimps are able to use gestures to convey distance to a person. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes experiments they carried out with chimps ...

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#115204
2017-11-15

Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection

Hundreds of thousands of Amazonian streams are teeming with highly diverse populations of fish species, a new study reveals.Scientists have found that small streams, in areas of the eastern Brazilian Amazon that are a mixture of forest and farmland, contain fauna new to science, as well as very ...

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#115171
2017-11-14

The rise of invasive species denialism

Recently, dozens of opinion articles have appeared in the media—and even in scientific journals—that deny the risks that invasive species pose to the environment. These arguments claim that the field of invasion biology is biased and unscientific.

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#115172
2017-11-14

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed

This is the best map yet produced of the warmth coming up from the rocks underneath the Antarctic ice sheet. This "geothermal heat flux" is key data required by scientists in order to model how the White Continent is going to react to climate change.

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#115173
2017-11-14

Where is all that carbon dioxide going?

An international team of scientists announced today at the Bonn climate talks that human emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide are again rising this year, after three years of remaining basically flat. They project that emissions will reach a record 41 billion tons in 2017, alongside a ...

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#115174
2017-11-14

Can this organization change the way conservation is financed?

Michelin, the tire manufacturer, is the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber. It was also the first tire maker to commit to responsible rubber sourcing. Together with the nature conservation organization World Wildlife Fund, the company has committed to achieving wildlife-friendly rubber in A ...

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#115175
2017-11-14

Morocco's blue tourist town turning green

Chefchaouen is town of some 45,000 residents where visitors come to admire hundreds of hues of blue.Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour -- green.

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#115176
2017-11-14

Farmers can Boost Crop Yields and Contribute over 1 Gigatonne of Emissions Reductions

A new international study shows that carbon removal from the atmosphere through sequestration by agricultural soils could deliver annual emissions reductions equivalent to removing 20-40% of cars from the roads.

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#115177
2017-11-14

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Issues Call for Nature-Inspired Climate Solutions

Nature could hold the key to reversing or mitigating the effects of climate change — a concept that the Biomimicry Institute and Ray C. Anderson Foundation are banking on. The two organizations have issued a call to action for entrepreneurs to look to the planet’s living systems to create viable ...

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#115178
2017-11-14

Bugs Are Teaching Robots How To Jump Up Without Legs

When a click beetle lands on its back, it doesn’t roll back and forth to get up. It can’t just turn over like a person could. So, it employs a bizarre mechanism to get up—it “clicks” its back to launch itself into the air and hopes that it lands right-side up.

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#115179
2017-11-14

Climate change puts millions of people in vicious cycle of food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty

COP23: FAO Director-General urges climate change mitigation and adaptation throughout food system.Emissions from the agriculture sectors are set to increase in the future, further contributing to climate change, unless the world adopts sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, ...

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#115180
2017-11-14

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century

“My belief is that we will see a renaissance of violent conflict in the 21st century, and that many of these conflicts will spring from climate change.”That’s what Harald Welzer, author of Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century, told me in a recent interview. A professor at ...

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#115181
2017-11-14

CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), attending the 23rd meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Conventon on Climate Change (COP23) now underway in Bonn, Germany are focusing on mitigating climate risks and building resilience agains ...

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#115182
2017-11-14

Rural Nepal tackles climate change with green schemes

Rural Nepalese villages are putting a number of innovative green measures in place to safeguard their future.Landlocked within the rocky Himalayan region, Nepal is extremely vulnerable not only to climate change but to various

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#115183
2017-11-14

A spider-obsessed artist is collaborating with MIT to spin the architecture for climate change

Inside a dark exhibition hall at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea, a gigantic spider is crawling along the web she has built with her own silk threads inside a cubed frame. The spinning process and the sound of her creation are amplified by a microphone and the image is projected on ...

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#115184
2017-11-14

Mapping Functional Diversity of Forests With Remote Sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. Researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales — from individual trees to whole communities — using remote sensing by ...

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#115185
2017-11-14

How Canopy's founder is winning converts with her gospel of deforestation

To Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of non-profit Canopy, ancient forests are the "cathedrals of the natural world." Species of all shapes and sizes make up the diverse congregation worshipping within. Birds fill the choir lofts with their sometimes-cacophonous hymns. They are joi ...

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#115186
2017-11-14

Perrier goes wild with artist’s animal designs

Famous for its collaboration with artists, Perrier has launched yet another collection of specially-designed bottles - this time, with the rising painter Juan Travieso. On Oct. 26, Perrier held an opening for the limited “#PerrierXWild” edition at 10 Corso Como in Apgujeong, southern Seoul, wher ...

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#115187
2017-11-14

Natural capital and the fourth Industrial Revolution

The measurement and management of “natural capital” is an idea, as the saying goes, whose time has come.The concept of natural capital is more relevant than ever in 2017, when we are devising the means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We also find ourselves in the midst of the fourt ...

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#115146
2017-11-13

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. University of Zurich researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales—from individual trees to whole communities—using r ...

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#115147
2017-11-13

A Big Change in How a Small Fish Is Protected Could Help Save Whales

The menhaden is a tiny fish key to the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem that has supported a thriving fishery since the 19th century. Now regulators are considering a novel approach to ensure there’s enough fish to feed the fishery and other marine animals.

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#115148
2017-11-13

1000-year-old ocean water trapped in “shadow zone”

Deep in the middle of the deepest oceans of the world lies a shadow zone, where ancient sea water hangs, trapped in vast volume, stagnant. The water last floated to the surface some 1000 years ago.

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#115149
2017-11-13

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

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#115150
2017-11-13

Great Barrier Reef comes alive as annual coral spawning begins

In a stunning sign of recovery, coral spawning has been recorded at 10 different sites, from Heron Island to Port Douglas, along the 2300km-long natural wonder.

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#115151
2017-11-13

Working Toward A World Without Plastic Waste

It’s estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is one of many haunting statistics that makes clear the fact that plastic and packaging waste is a pressing global challenge that won’t be solved without unprecedented innovation and collaboration across industries.

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#115152
2017-11-13

Agriculture and Climate Change

The major problems of our time — energy, environment, climate change, food security, financial security — are systemic problems, which means they are all interconnected and interdependent and require corresponding systemic solutions. This important insight is illustrated in this article with the ...

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#115153
2017-11-13

Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea

n Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality.

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#115154
2017-11-13

New insect species mimics dead leaves for camouflage

A new species of bushcricket which mimics dead leaves to the point of near invisibility and sings so loud humans can hear it has been examined for the first time using advanced technologies to reveal the unusual acoustic properties of its wings.

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#115155
2017-11-13

260 million-year-old fossilised trees unveil Antarctica’s forested past before dinosaurs

Scientists have discovered fossil fragments of 260 million-year-old trees in Antarctica, a finding which shows that the frozen continent had a thriving forest before the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth. During Antarctica’s summer, scientists from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) in the ...

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#115156
2017-11-13

How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.

A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the theoretical to the practical can be used to combat the challenges brought on by pests in rapidly changing forests, according to a research paper from Dartmouth College and the University of Santiago de Compostela.

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#115157
2017-11-13

Fertile soil: The growing world of forest conservation finance

Have you seen the brilliant crimson and amber of fall foliage in New England? Every year our trees make tourists and natives alike stop and stare in amazement as our region’s forests put on a final show in preparation for winter. But our vibrant forests are at risk.

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#115158
2017-11-13

Milan’s Lush Vertical Forests Scale Up Like Skyscrapers

We’ve heard it time and time again: Trees are the environment’s best friend. They help cleanse the atmosphere of excess carbon dioxide and other more harmful gases. In the process, they help restore the oxygen we need to breathe. They provide shade — a valuable quality in today’s warming climate ...

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#115159
2017-11-13

Climate change: How local politicians fight global warming

From California to Cape Town, from Oslo to the Solomon Islands — local and regional leaders around the world are stepping up their game to fight climate change. Cities will be decisive in limiting global warming.

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#115160
2017-11-13

CDB to promote resilient recovery, climate action for the Caribbean at UN Climate Change Conference

A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resi ...

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#115161
2017-11-13

India emerging as a climate performer by cutting down on its emissions

India has been quietly emerging as climate performer cutting down on its emissions. India’s emissions will rise only by 2 percent to 2.5 giga tonnes compared to 6.7percent in 2016, according to the 2017 Global Carbon Budget report, published in Nature Climate Change, Environmental Research Lette ...

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#115162
2017-11-13

Want to understand climate change in Myanmar? Talk to kids

“How are waves made?” asks a child from a group of eight-year-old students in Ywar Thit primary school in Meiktila Township, Myanmar. Ywar Thit is over 100 miles from the sea, but the children have been learning about flooding at school and, after seeing pictures of waves, are eager to find out ...

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#115163
2017-11-13

Bonn climate change talks: What the debate about Loss and Damage is about (and why it is so heated)

While 196 countries attempt to negotiate a road map to implementing the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change at the Bonn climate summit, some of the effects of the accumulated greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere are already playing out in various parts of the world.

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#115164
2017-11-13

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached.

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#115165
2017-11-13

How to Save a Sinking Island

As the world gets hotter and sea levels rise, one American island is fighting to stay alive. Steps from the water’s edge, men stumble groggily into the glow of Arby’s General Store, indifferent to the shifting ground beneath them. Waves lap the shore this summer morning as the sea steadily advan ...

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#115166
2017-11-13

Research sheds new light on how organisms use energy in a crowd

Monash scientists have uncovered new and surprising discoveries about how organisms can regulate energy use when their numbers increase.

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#115167
2017-11-13

More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issue 'warning to humanity'

More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth. It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning.

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#115124
2017-11-10

Burundi: Hippo Movement in Neighborhoods Close to Lake Tanganyika, 'Sign of Threat'

In recent days, residents of Bujumbura say they meet hippos in some neighborhoods near Lake Tanganyika.Environmentalists say these hippos come out of their natural habitat to seek food because they are threatened with hunger.

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#115125
2017-11-10

New Study Finds Climate Change, Drought Threaten Giant Sequoias

A new study published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences finds that the giant sequoia, a fixture of California’s Sierra Nevada forests for the past 2.6 million years, might be in jeopardy from the effects of drought and climate change.

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