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#108616
2016-05-16

Paris Agreement goals impossible without decisive action to protect forests rights

When indigenous rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully manage their forests - and make crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.

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#108617
2016-05-16

Natural selection influences genes to limit diversity

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 16 (UPI) -- There's now more evidence that the process of natural selection reduces genetic diversity.

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#108591
2016-05-13

Stench From Dead Coral Reefs Stops Fish From Learning to Avoid Predators

Amid the ongoing threat of coral bleaching and deaths, researchers decided to study large changes in the fish population that coincided with this phenomenon. They discovered that this degradation can directly affect how fish learn to avoid predators.

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#108592
2016-05-13

Study: How Climate Change Causes Shorebirds to Shrink

A team of international researchers from the Netherlands, France, Australia, Poland and Russia found that climate change is putting too much pressure to robin-sized migratory birds forcing them to alter their migratory timeframe and affecting their size.

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#108593
2016-05-13

Is there any point in planting new trees?

Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful?

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#108594
2016-05-13

The natural jewels in Africa’s crown

It is impossible to look out over the winding waterways and lush green wetlands of the magnificent Okavango Delta and fail to understand the importance of conserving the natural world.

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#108595
2016-05-13

Uncovering the secrets of Arctic seabird colonies

Ninety per cent of Norway's two million pairs of cliff-nesting seabirds are located in nesting colonies above the Arctic Circle. But why are these colonies located exactly where they are? Much of the 1200-km stretch of coastline from the Arctic Circle to Norway's easternmost point, on the Russia ...

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#108596
2016-05-13

WHO report does not give right picture: Environmentalists

Environmentalists today sounded caution over the latest WHO report, which showed that Delhi was not the most polluted city as per 2013-14 data, saying it does not give the right picture. Greenpeace India campaigner Sunil Dahiya said the 2014 WHO report, under which Delhi earned the tag of being ...

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#108579
2016-05-12

Cryosat spacecraft's ice vision is boosted

European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.

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#108580
2016-05-12

The Galapagos’ fight against alien invaders

The introduction of alien species is a major problem for the Galapagos Islands, to which the British naturalist Charles Darwin brought immortal fame with his book on evolution, On the origin of species.

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#108581
2016-05-12

What are the most popular reptiles in the world?

There is a longstanding disagreement amongst conservationists about whether or not it makes sense to focus efforts on protecting species that are popular with us Homo sapiens.

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#108582
2016-05-12

Raising Walls Against the Sea

DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 12 2016 (IPS) - Facing the bleak prospect of millions of its citizens being displaced in coming years due to storms and sea level rise caused by climate change, Bangladesh is building up existing coastal embankments in a bid to protect coastal lands and people.

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#108583
2016-05-12

Fund Launched to Help Mountain People Face Climate Change Threat

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2016 (IPS) - Jack Norton was on a glacier in northern India. A seemingly impenetrable fortress of sweeping ridges and towering walls of granite, capped by hanging glaciers. It seemed, he said, that nothing could touch it, nothing could beat it down.

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#108584
2016-05-12

28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues

More than half of beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses, with deadly mite infestations and harmful land management practices piling on pressure

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#108585
2016-05-12

Zoo Berlin opens way from cage to wild

Zoo Berlin has a fresh focus on helping protect wild animals in their natural habitat. Among other projects, it's sponsoring efforts in Congo to protect humanity's closest relatives: Bonobos.

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#108586
2016-05-12

Climate change impact faced head on

Climate change is tipped to alter New Zealand's wines, shift crops and present new challenges for forestry and farming.

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#108587
2016-05-12

Does Culling Actually Encourage Poaching Of Endangered Species?

Conventional wisdom claims that culling is an effective tool for the conservation of endangered predators. But a newly-published study argues that culling may actually encourage poaching of endangered predator species

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#108588
2016-05-12

Will Zimbabwe Sell Off Its Rare ‘Painted Dogs’?

Zimbabwe’s plan to sell its wildlife could hasten the decline of Africa’s endangered wild dogs.

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#108589
2016-05-12

Deep sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.

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#108590
2016-05-12

Deep-sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.

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#108536
2016-05-11

Northern Galapagos Islands home to world's largest shark biomass

Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).

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#108538
2016-05-11

Acidification, low oxygen put fish in double jeopardy

Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification.

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#108539
2016-05-11
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#108541
2016-05-11

UN climate science chief: it's not too late to avoid dangerous temperature rise

Hoesung Lee, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, voices hope in battle against 2C increase in warming but warns of ‘phenomenal’ costs

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#108542
2016-05-11

Canada wildfire - what are the environmental impacts?

In addition to the estimated $9bn damage to Fort McMurray, ‘the beast’ will affect forests, carbon emissions, air and water pollution and waste

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#108543
2016-05-11

Invasive insects are ravaging U.S. forests, and it’s costing us billions

Last week, a group of researchers published saddening news about “sudden oak death,” spread by an invasive water mold, that has killed over a million trees in coastal California.

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#108544
2016-05-11

Who is really bearing the cost of REDD+? The answer may surprise you

Local and state government institutions in the jurisdictions where REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is being implemented are bearing financial burdens, says a forthcoming study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which might threaten t ...

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#108545
2016-05-11

Ottawa’s hiring wave to bolster federal science at sea

The federal government is about to do something it hasn’t done much of for years: hire scientists – a lot of them.

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#108546
2016-05-11

Study: Earthworms responsible for elaborate mounds in South America

EXETER, England, May 11 (UPI) -- Researchers say earthworms create the unusual and elaborate mounds found in the tropical wetlands of South America.

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#108521
2016-05-10

Ancient trade routes written in camel genes

A study of one of the world's most important domesticated animals - the dromedary camel - has revealed how its genetic diversity has been shaped by ancient trade routes.

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#108522
2016-05-10

Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants

The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora.

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#108523
2016-05-10

Exciting ideas won't slow climate change if people don't buy in and buy them

As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most sophisticated endeavors won't work if they're not adopted.

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#108524
2016-05-10

Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

The Brazilian soy industry has indefinitely extended a landmark moratorium on rainforest clearing for soybean production.

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#108525
2016-05-10

Climate Change Leaves Kashmir’s Economy High and Dry

SRINAGAR, India, May 10 2016 (IPS) - Trudging barefoot on his two-acre piece of land, 57-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad has little hope of growing any crops this year due to the sudden dry spell that has struck Kashmir’s winter.

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#108526
2016-05-10

Let’s Not Forget Disaster Risk as we Rush to Adapt to Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 2016 (IPS) - Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.

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#108527
2016-05-10

Headlines 'exaggerated' climate link to sinking of Pacific islands

Report’s author says many media outlets have misinterpreted the science by conflating sea-level rise with climate change

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#108528
2016-05-10

One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction

Global report highlights threat to food security and medicine supplies but also reveals 2,000 new species are discovered each year

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#108529
2016-05-10

Bridge threatens Mumbai's flamingos

Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away.

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#108530
2016-05-10

Africa: Investing in Ecosystem-Based, Adaptation-Driven Agriculture for Sustainable Development

Editorial: Africa and its people have been suffering a lot with recurrent poverty, war and diversified insecurities for centuries. Many agree that this suffering is not due to lack of resources. The continent is blessed with Potentials of its Land, Rich Heritages and its People.

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#108531
2016-05-10

Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits

Six more islands have large swaths of land, and villages, washed into sea as coastline of Solomon Islands eroded and overwhelmed

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#108532
2016-05-10

Opinion: There's a reason why Africa's migratory songbirds sing out of season

Bird song has fascinated scientists for decades. Songs can be intricate, loud and, as it turns out, very important for reproductive success. In many species the males with the most complex songs secure the highest quality breeding territories and mates, and end up producing the most young.

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#108533
2016-05-10

Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to ...

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#108508
2016-05-09

The NSW government is choosing to undermine native vegetation and biodiversity

While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite their claims, threaten biodiversity.

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#108509
2016-05-09

Zimbabwe: Authorities Step Up Action... As Wildfires Feed Climate Change Cycle

AS the dry season sets in, a season in which wildfires literally go wild, a joint public-private sector committee has begun mobilising resources to ramp up actions that prevent fires doing just that - going wild. Wildfires can be greatly destructive.

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#108510
2016-05-09

Climate Change for the Impatient: A Nuclear Mini Ice Age

Everyone has heard about climate change caused by fossil fuels, which threatens to raise Earth’s average surface temperature by about 3-5°C by the year 2100 unless we take major steps toward mitigation.

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#108511
2016-05-09

PM resolves to keep climate change on the front burner

In sharing his experience while at the recent US Caribbean Central American Energy Summit in Washington, DC, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said issues of climate change and the environment will have to be taken more seriously if the country is to see real development.

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#108512
2016-05-09

Isle de Jean Charles: climate change submerges US island

Isle de Jean Charles is a coastal island near the mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana. Climate change is causing the island to vanish under the waves and so residents are getting ready to move to higher ground.

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#108513
2016-05-09

Let’s Not Forget Disaster Risk as we Rush to Adapt to Climate Change

Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.

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#108514
2016-05-09

Environment Canada study finds land-based fish farms affecting ecosystem

The only peer-reviewed study examining the environmental impacts of Nova Scotia land-based fish farms has found some negative effects on downstream ecosystem.

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#108515
2016-05-09

A grand but faulty vision for Iran's water problems

A grand vision of eliminating water scarcity looks attractive for tens of millions of people in the desert cities of central Iran worried about drought. Ambitious water transfer projects are being put in place to answer a call from President Hassan Rouhani.

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