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#107731
2016-03-21

Tanzanian rice swells yield from salty soil

Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa.

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#107732
2016-03-21

10 facts about forests for International Forest Day

Today is International Forest Day, which was launched by the United Nations March 21, 2012 to promote the importance of forests and trees. In recognition of the designation, below are ten facts about forests.

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#107733
2016-03-21

International Day of Forests 2016: What’s the state of the world’s forests?

To mark the Day’s fourth anniversary, Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), sit down together in a special three-part video interview series to discuss the challenges ...

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#107734
2016-03-21

Corruption Threat to Pacific Island Forests

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, dri ...

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#107735
2016-03-21

Global warming taking place at an 'alarming rate', UN climate body warns

World Meteorological Organisation says unprecedented rate of change sends a powerful message to world leaders to implement the Paris deal to cut emissions

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#107736
2016-03-21

Who can save Poland's oldest forest from environmental disaster?

Polish ecological organizations are up in arms over plans to reintroduce large-scale logging in the protected Bialowieza forest in the east of the country, in response to a massive spruce bark beetle infestation there.

News Headlines
#107737
2016-03-21

Indonesia: Discovery of 15 Sumatran rhinos raises hope for critically endangered species

Indonesia's government will convert a former gold mining site located in the east of the country into a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos, after 15 examples to the near-extinct species were spotted in the area.

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#107738
2016-03-21

On International Day of Forests, FAO launches new forest and water programme

21 March, 2016, Rome - FAO today launched a new programme aiming to enhance the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests.

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#107740
2016-03-21

20 sites added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserve

Lima, 19 March—The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March.

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#107741
2016-03-21

Ecuador creates Galápagos marine sanctuary to protect sharks

Belgium-sized area around northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing in bid to conserve sharks and unique habitat

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#107742
2016-03-21

'The future is happening now,' warns UN, calling for urgent measures to cut carbon emissions

21 March 2016 – The Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise, the UN weather agency warned today upon ...

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#107702
2016-03-18

Climate for Change in Sudan

Until the late 20th century, a typical landscape in the Sahel - a transitional zone in Africa that lies between the Sahara desert and the savannahs - would include baobab and acacia trees and a sparse grass cover.

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#107703
2016-03-18

Damaging Effects

Mar 17 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan) - The year 2015 will be remembered for two landmark global agreements. In September, UN member states endorsed the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Later, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agr ...

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#107704
2016-03-18

Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene For All by 2030

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 15 2016 (IPS) - Last year we watched with cautious optimism as UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the new Sustainable Development Goals, and called upon the world to meet them.

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#107705
2016-03-18

Welcome to the climate emergency: you’re about 20 years late

February 2016 saw global warming records tumble with new data suggesting more Australians think humans are the cause

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#107706
2016-03-18

Climate change: Ontario pledges $13M to help indigenous communities

The province is investing $13 million in two initiatives to help indigenous communities address climate change.

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#107707
2016-03-18

The 'clock is ticking' on climate and development goals, researcher warn

LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – If the world continues to postpone taking ambitious action on climate change and doesn’t take advantage of a wide range of technologies to reduce emissions, the new Sustainable Development Goals will be much harder to achieve, a Berlin-based resear ...

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#107708
2016-03-18

São Tomé and Príncipe: Deforestation - an Alert From the Islands of São Tomé and Príncipe

When visiting the volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of West Africa, one is immediately struck by how unusual these tropical islands are.

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#107709
2016-03-18

Forest & Bird launches ambitious strategy for New Zealand's nature

At the end of 2015 Forest & Bird (BirdLife New Zealand) launched its new strategic plan. It is ambitious and based on the vision of, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ecological resilience being at the heart of everything the community does. Its mission is to protect and restore nature.

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#107710
2016-03-18

Nature conservation areas no haven for butterflies

What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? All of them are rather habitat specialists, with no specific ecological demands, they tend to have modest requirements when it comes to habitats and larval host plants.

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#107711
2016-03-18

Sven Linblad Takes Passengers to the Wild Places

In 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad founded Lindblad Travel with a mission to explore the world; that included sending the first expedition cruise to Antarctica in 1966

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#107712
2016-03-18

'Culture an ally for achieving gender equality', says Director-General of UNESCO in New York

A high-level breakfast in the margins of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York, gave delegations from around the world the chance to debate the rich and complex relationship between culture, gender, and human rights.

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#107713
2016-03-18

Five invasive species threaten marshlands

Mexican, Canadian agencies work to preserve Cuatrociénegas wetlands

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#107714
2016-03-18

New Alaska butterfly species is first in 28 years

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 20 (UPI) -- Biologists have discovered a new species of butterfly occupying Alaska's interior -- the first in 28 years. Researchers believe the hardy species is a hybrid of two ancient species uniquely adapted for life on the Last Frontier.

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#107679
2016-03-17

Aquatic plant that feeds like a Venus flytrap faces extinction

It’s an evolutionary icon – but it may be tough to prevent it from going extinct.

News Headlines
#107680
2016-03-17

Improving Rural Livelihoods Boost Agrarian Economies

RUMURUTI, Nairobi, Mar 16 2016 (IPS) - For two decades, Dickson Kamau only grew maize on his 0.5 hectare (ha) of land earning himself the nickname Kamau wa mbembe or Kamau who owns maize in his native Kikuyu language.

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#107681
2016-03-17

SeaWorld to stop breeding killer whales after years of criticism from activists

Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment has said it will stop breeding killer whales, and those currently at its parks will be the last.

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#107682
2016-03-17

Unusual bird sightings delight watchers but belie threats

South for the winter, north for the summer - that's the migration pattern for many birds. This behavior is changing - to the delight of birdwatchers. But what does it mean for our feathered friends?

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#107683
2016-03-17

The Quest to Save Coral Reefs

With some of the world’s richest ecosystems hanging in the balance, scientists are turning to technologies like 3D printing.

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#107684
2016-03-17

Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said.

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#107685
2016-03-17

Some trees could help fight climate change

Just as athletes stressed by exercise breathe more efficiently over time, trees stressed by a slowly warming climate can alter how much carbon dioxide (CO2) they release into the atmosphere, a new study suggests.

News Headlines
#107686
2016-03-17

Land degradation threatens Namibian livelihoods

Land degradation occurs in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high-income countries.

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#107687
2016-03-17

Food Insecurity: Arctic Heat s Threatening Indigenous Life

Subsistence hunters in the Arctic have long taken to the sea ice to hunt seals, whales, and polar bears.

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#107688
2016-03-17

African leaders urged to sustain forests and wildlife

[NAIROBI] Environmental experts have appealed to African governments to adopt policies that promote the sustainable management of forest and wildlife resources to conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth.

News Headlines
#107689
2016-03-17

Adversity brings hyenas, wolves together in unlikely alliance

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 17 (UPI) -- Groups of people often band together in times of trouble. The same holds true in animal kingdom.

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#107663
2016-03-16

Scientists blame Smokey Bear for making U.S. forests less resilient

According to a new study, strict wildfire control has changed the forests in the eastern U.S. over the past century, leading to less drought resistance. Researchers are warning this could make them more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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#107664
2016-03-16

Post COP21: Costa Rica’s Innovation Must Become the Global Norm

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2016 (IPS) - The Paris agreement means countries and corporations will be compelled to act much more quickly on making agricultural commodity production more sustainable.

News Headlines
#107665
2016-03-16

Southern right whale recovery in doubt after being on brink of extinction

Species has increased in number but only to 12% of its original population and faces further threat from climate change

News Headlines
#107666
2016-03-16

Record-breaking temperatures 'have robbed the Arctic of its winter'

Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice

News Headlines
#107667
2016-03-16

Tourists Could Soon Overrun the Galápagos, Killing Its Famous Biodiversity

At the southern tip of the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos, a gorge known as Las Grietas is home to a species of parrot fish: a brilliantly colored creature about 18 inches in length.

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#107668
2016-03-16

Climate change could cause food access, public health decline by 2050: report

Access to fresh fruit, vegetables and many other foods could be dramatically limited due to climate change by 2050, according to a new report published in the medical journal the Lancet.

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#107669
2016-03-16

International Forest Day 2016: Saying Thank You to the Trees

International Forest Day, which takes place on March 21st, is an excellent reason to celebrate the forests in Israel and raise people’s awareness of the importance of the forests in our world.

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#107670
2016-03-16

David Suzuki: World Water Day is a reminder not to take clean water for granted

Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life’s essentials for people, animals, and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands, and its longest coastline.

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#107671
2016-03-16

Storks give up on winter migration in favor of junk food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

News Headlines
#107672
2016-03-16

Hunger crisis deepens in Africa

The UN agencies and African Union experts are meeting in Zimbabwe to draw up plans to avert severe food crises in 27 African countries where millions need food aid. At least 4 million Zimbabweans urgently need assistance

News Headlines
#107673
2016-03-16

Floating gardens help lift Bangladeshis out of poverty and stave off worst impacts of climate change

UNEP-UNDP partnership builds resilience to climate change in one of the world's most vulnerable countries

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#107642
2016-03-15

Scientists seek crowdfunding to sequence Joshua tree genome

CREVE COEUR, Mo., March 14 (UPI) -- A group of scientists at universities in the United States and Canada are aiming to raise $8,500 by March 24 for the Joshua Tree Genome Project, an effort to sequence and study the Joshua tree's genome.

News Headlines
#107643
2016-03-15

Sea-level rise may displace 13 million people in the US by 2100

Sea-level rise could force three times as many people in the US from their homes by the end of this century as previously thought, according to an analysis of population trends.

News Headlines
#107644
2016-03-15

UAE funds studies into making it rain in the desert

The United Arab Emirates is to fund three research teams from around the world to work out how to make it rain over the Arabian Desert.

News Headlines
#107645
2016-03-15

Mary Robinson joins chorus against CSIRO cuts, says climate science 'imperative, not luxury'

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson criticised the proposed cuts to CSIRO climate science in a speech made last night at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute.

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