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#107428
2016-03-01

In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures

Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, according to a new study. But those negative effects in vegetation growth will be largely offset, the research predicts, by an earlier start to the spring growing season and war ...

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#107429
2016-03-01

Threatened primates can swing back if we let them

With only 60 individuals left in northern Madagascar, the northern sportive lemur is on the brink of extinction. Worldwide, more than half of all primates are endangered. If any did die out, their disappearance could alter their ecosystems in unpredictable ways, with unknown consequences for oth ...

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#107430
2016-03-01

Why the fate of Queensland’s forests is ‘sitting on the edge of a knife’

The northeastern Australian state of Queensland is home to lush tropical forests, unique wildlife, and rivers that feed into the largest reef system in the world.

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#107431
2016-03-01

Market-based conservation programs slow deforestation in Chile, study finds

Together, two eco-certification programs and one clear-cutting moratorium reduced deforestation by up to 23 percent on participating plots. The most effective program, run by the Forest Stewardship Council, also entailed the greatest collaboration between industry and conservation groups.

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#107432
2016-03-01

And the Oscar goes to … raising environmental awareness

Amid the glitz and glamour, among the serious messages cutting through the swathe of Oscar razzle-dazzle - was also the urgent need to combat climate change.

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#107433
2016-03-01

Survey: Americans would pay more to support biodiversity

DURHAM, N.C. -- Most Americans are willing to pay more taxes to support biodiversity conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a national survey conducted by researchers at Duke University and the University of Virginia.

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#107434
2016-03-01

Factbox: Which mega-cities offer best protection from climate change?

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's wealthy cities received a large part of the $323 billion governments spent on measures to adapt to climate change last year, but vulnerable cities in the developing world are falling behind, said a study published on Monday.

News Headlines
#107435
2016-03-01

How Can We Catch Tuna and Protect Sharks?

Shark fin soup has become a symbol of mistreatment of marine life. Sharks caught for their fins are tossed back into the sea.

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#107436
2016-03-01

Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise

Between 1901 and 2010, global sea levels rose an average of 0.19 meters, or roughly seven inches. Over the next century, they’ll continue to rise—but at this point, that’s one of the few things scientists know for certain.

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#107437
2016-03-01

Forestry in the new development era

A broader understanding of “forestry” can lead to greater reach and more powerful impact, says Center for International Forestry Research director-general Peter Holmgren.

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#107438
2016-03-01

Monarch butterfly, manatee populations are on a big rebound

It was a big week for two hardship cases in the animal kingdom - manatees and monarch butterflies. Both are on the rebound.

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#107440
2016-03-01

Europe unveils bolder plan to combat wildlife crime

Four years in the slammer. That’s what those found guilty of wildlife crime could face if a European plan to combat illegal trade in animal parts is approved

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#107405
2016-02-29

Pollinators Vital to Our Food Supply Under Threat

Kuala Lumpur - 26 February, 2016 - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global asse ...

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#107406
2016-02-29

Scientists warn of the dangers of salt pollution of freshwaters if preventive measures are not taken

A new article warns of the dangers of increasing water salinity for human health and freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes, etc.) and the economic cost arising from a lack of public policies to tackle this problem.

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#107407
2016-02-29

Role of chaos in deep ocean turned upside down

In the deep abysses of the ocean, small swirls of water can wield great power. Like the proverbial butterfly flap that stirs up a hurricane, this chaotic turbulence has long been thought to lift up water in the ocean’s interior to drive currents that stretch across the globe.

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#107408
2016-02-29

Climate change 'most existential crisis civilisation has known', says DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday, after being nominated four times previously.

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#107409
2016-02-29

Scientists find new weapon in fight against deadly amphibian fungus

Washing infected frogs in an anti-fungal drug bath reduced mortality rate and extended lifespan of population, and could buy valuable time to save species from extinction, research shows

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#107410
2016-02-29

Global group to assess human impact on nature over 3 years

OSLO Feb 28 (Reuters) - A global scientific group on Sunday launched a three-year assessment of mankind's impact on nature to help protect plants and animals from threats ranging from pollution to climate change

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#107411
2016-02-29

Stand in solidarity with sharks

SAN JOSE – It has long been said that we know more about the moon than we do about the oceans. After all, 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon but only three have been to the deepest part of the sea.

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#107412
2016-02-29

Nature conservation: The choice is there, the decision is ours

Countries adjacent to the North Pole such as Canada and countries in Northern Europe, which are developed countries, are obsessed with the beauty of their heritage landscape.

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#107413
2016-02-29

Invasive water frogs too dominant for native species

In the past two decades, water frogs have spread rapidly in Central Europe.

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#107414
2016-02-29

Global Scientific Organization Launches New Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

3-year Study Will Measure Progress as 2020 Deadline Nears for Reaching Biodiversity Goals; Will Be Guided by Newly Adopted Approach for Evaluating Biodiversity-Related Policy Options; IPBES Elects Sir Robert Watson as Chair of New Bureau

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#107415
2016-02-29

Aboriginal leaders are warning of the mental health cost of climate change in the North

First Nations and Inuit communities in the North are coping with growing despair over climate change, a problem observers are connecting to mental health and social problems.

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#107416
2016-02-29

World's smallest Rafflesia flower discovered in Nueva Ecija

The Philippines cemented itself as the world's biodiversity hotspot for Rafflesia "corpse flowers" as a new species of the usually pungent-smelling blossom was just discovered in Nueva Ecija.

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#107418
2016-02-29

More protection for country’s ocean zones

South Africa has announced plans for a major expansion of “national parks in the sea”, by creating a new 70 000km2 network of marine protected areas.

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#107419
2016-02-29

College student reports illegal release of bluegill fish in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- For the first time in ten years, scientists have confirmed the illegal release of an alien fish in Japanese waters.

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#107375
2016-02-26

Squid filmed using their ink clouds as smokescreen to catch prey

Ambushed! Japanese pygmy squid have been filmed releasing ink when hunting shrimp – using it both as a smokescreen and distraction.

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#107376
2016-02-26

How Northern European waters soak up carbon dioxide

The seas around the UK and the rest of northern Europe take up a staggering 24 million tonnes of carbon each year.

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#107377
2016-02-26

Global biodiversity report warns pollinators are under threat

First assessment from intergovernmental body set up to track world's ecosystems suggests curbing pesticide use to save bees.

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#107378
2016-02-26

The dangers of China’s ‘thumb monkey’ trend

The “year of the monkey” dawned recently in China – and with it, a trendy new exotic pet.

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#107379
2016-02-26

No fin whales to be hunted in Iceland this summer

Director of country’s biggest whaling company says his fleet will not be hunting this season because of problems exporting the meat to Japan

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#107380
2016-02-26

Global call to change the way we regulate salinity

Scientists have made an international call to change water quality standards, with the aim of protecting biodiversity from salt pollution of freshwater.

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#107381
2016-02-26

Climate change scientist says past floods help predict future weather

A leading Canadian scientist says Canada is on the front line of climate change, and researchers are studying once-in-a-century weather events to predict what can be expected in the future.

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#107382
2016-02-26

Questions and answers on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

Today the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to crack down on wildlife trafficking within the EU and strengthen the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities.

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#107384
2016-02-26

The all-female patrol stopping South Africa's rhino poachers

As rhino deaths have soared across South Africa, in Balule reserve the Black Mambas patrol of local women has achieved a 76% reduction in poaching since 2013. Now there are plans to extend the award-winning scheme

News Headlines
#107385
2016-02-26

The World Has a Chance to Make the Wild Animal Trade More Humane

The body that regulates wildlife trade is taking steps to improve the treatment of animals captured and sold around the globe.

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#107386
2016-02-26

GMO Labeling: Should Food Packaging Identify Genetically Modified Organisms?

For many grocery shoppers, supermarket aisles have become a quite confusing place.

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#107387
2016-02-26

Culling to Conserve: A Hard Truth for Lion Conservation

People that don’t live in Africa tend to learn about wildlife conservation in easy-to-understand terminology. But safeguarding animal species like lions is often more complex than mainstream media sound bites would have their audiences believe.

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#107388
2016-02-26

Study: Dwindling bee, butterfly populations pose global agriculture threat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Important invertebrate pollinator species, like the honeybee and butterfly, are under a threat of extinction due to a number of environmental pressures, many of them man-made, a new study found.

News Headlines
#107361
2016-02-25

Bee hive size may explain colony collapse disorder

MOSCOW, Idaho, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- New research suggests bee hives require a certain number of bees to be successful, a threshold or "critical bee size."

News Headlines
#107362
2016-02-25

Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

The first computer simulation that grows realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees has been developed by scientists.

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#107363
2016-02-25

Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

Global seed companies are failing to meet the specific needs of female farmers and provide them with the plants they need, according to a study launched today.

News Headlines
#107364
2016-02-25

The Mesoamerican bean decoded

Sequencing of the bean genome will be key not only for improving beans production but also for a better conservation of Ibero-American genetic varieties

News Headlines
#107365
2016-02-25

Salt marshes will persist despite rising seas, study predicts

Traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don't fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase, a new analysis suggests.

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#107366
2016-02-25

Landmark experiment confirms ocean acidification’s toll on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have provided the first experimental evidence1 that rising carbon dioxide emissions are harming coral reefs in the wild.

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#107367
2016-02-25

Economics: Current climate models are grossly misleading

Nicholas Stern calls on scientists, engineers and economists to help policymakers by better modelling the immense risks to future generations, and the potential for action.

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#107368
2016-02-25

Study says climate change pushes fish toward poles, threatening food source for poor

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.

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#107369
2016-02-25

Drought adds fuel to fire as Zambia loses battle to save forests

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone.

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#107370
2016-02-25

How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.

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#107371
2016-02-25

What Happens When a Tiny Island Becomes a Tourist Destination

In 1969, about 900 tourists visited the tiny Caribbean island of Roatán, off the coast of Honduras. In 2000, about 100,000 visited. In 2011, more than 1,000,000 people came.

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