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#115686
2018-01-16

Mantis Shrimp Biomimicry: Stomatopod’s Dactyl Club Could Inspire Aerospace Materials, Football Helmets

There is a lot science has learnt from nature, and studying the finer details of animals to model machinery after them even has a name — biomimicry. The latest example is that of one of the more unusual creatures in nature, the mantis shrimp.

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#115687
2018-01-16

Warming Signs: How Diminished Snow Cover Puts Species in Peril

The wolverine is highly adapted to life in a snowy world. It has thick fur and snowshoe-like feet, and it dens high in the mountains as a way to avoid predators that aren’t as nimble in deep snow and to provide its kits with insulation from the bitter high-elevation cold.

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#115688
2018-01-16

Strangest things: fossils reveal how fungus shaped life on Earth

Much of the weirdness depicted in the TV show Stranger Things is distinctly fungal. The massive organic underground network, the floating spores, and even the rotting pumpkin fields all capture the “otherness” of fungi: neither plants nor animals, often bizarre-looking, and associated with decay ...

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#115689
2018-01-16

Human Emissions Made Ocean Heat Wave 53 Times More Likely

Three 2016 marine heat waves that killed whales, birds, corals, and shellfish from Australia to Alaska were many times more likely thanks to climate change.

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#115690
2018-01-16

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Temperatures this high ...

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#115691
2018-01-16

Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure.

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#115692
2018-01-16

Ecological restoration goes to Washington

Ecological restoration is the art and science of helping degraded natural areas recover to healthy condition and function. It’s also, as it turns out, a good business opportunity.

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#115693
2018-01-16

McDonald's sets recycling goals for packaging, restaurants

McDonald’s Corp said on Tuesday it is responding to customers’ No. 1 request by setting goals for switching to environmentally friendly packaging materials and offering recycling in all of its restaurants.

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#115694
2018-01-16

The billionaire vs. the fly

I'm looking at a dead fly. It’s been dead for 22 years, in fact. There it hangs, impaled by a tiny metal pin, fixing it safely to a piece of foam. The specimen is a few millimeters in length, but it’s easy to make out the chunkiness of its thorax and the proud shape of its wings.

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#115695
2018-01-16

Frog artefacts from 40 countries at latest exhibition

FrogFest — a first-of-its-kind exhibition at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), inaugurated on January 15 — “celebrates frogs in art and nature” to “build awareness on the need for conservation of these species and highlight their role in the natural world”

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#115696
2018-01-16

WEF survey: 80% think risks associated with war involving major powers will increase in future

The World Economic Forum has released Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS) on most pressing risks that the world is facing, including persistent inequality and unfairness, domestic and international political tensions, environmental dangers and cyber vulnerabilities.

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#115665
2018-01-15

Opinion: Invasive species — the hidden threat to sustainable development

In laying out the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community set itself an ambitious set of targets to achieve by the end of the next decade. But the challenge of realizing the 17 SDGs means that development organizations often only focus on supporting the operationalizing of a p ...

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#115666
2018-01-15

Climate change leading to extinction of male green turtle at Great Barrier Reef

Global warming has been an alarming concern in the recent years but hardly anyone seems to be concerned. Now, the harsh effects of global warming have started impacting the green turtles of Great Barrier Reef present in the Australian continent.

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#115667
2018-01-15

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change?

A record-shattering cold gripped the Northeastern United States during late December and early January. Meanwhile, a so-called bomb-cyclone brought in Winter Storm Grayson with its blizzard winds and heavy snowfall. Is all of this extreme weather normal, a product of global warming, or perhaps b ...

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#115668
2018-01-15

A vision on climate change, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a world where everyone lived in harmony – he and others called it a “Beloved Community”. Patterson: “It is a community where we have racial justice, where we don’t have discrimination and where we’re living together as brothers and sisters sitting at common tab ...

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#115669
2018-01-15

How climate change alters plant growth

Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity—it even alters the way plants grow. A team of researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) joined forces with the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) to discover which molecular processes are involved in plant ...

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#115670
2018-01-15

Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There has been some research connecting this refugee problem with changes to ...

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#115671
2018-01-15

Can Nepali coffee survive impacts of climate change?

Climate change has delivered a double whammy to coffee growers in Nepal, as areas where the crop flourished are turning unsuitable for future plantations, and pests are destroying existing ones.

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#115672
2018-01-15

A wolf has been spotted in Belgium for the first time in 100 years

At the beginning of the 20th century, the wolf disappeared from most areas of Western Europe. They were seen as dangerous pests and were actively hunted or restricted by industrialization and landscape fragmentation. However, the tides have turned and the wolf is viewed as an important protected ...

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#115673
2018-01-15

Are GMOs the key to global food security?

Food security is, and will continue to be, one of our greatest ongoing development challenges. We not only need to provide food and nutrition for a growing global population, but we must do so in the face of mounting environmental challenges. T

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#115674
2018-01-15

Climate Change Will Displace Millions of People. Where Will They Go?

Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, is a small, low-lying Caribbean island. Most of its 1,700 residents lived in Codrington, the central location for stores and schools. The town is also the location for the Barbuda Research Complex, where I attended sustainability field school in 2014.

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#115675
2018-01-15

New species of lemur found on Madagascar

A team of researchers with members from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Global Wildlife Conservation and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has discovered a new species of lemur living in southeastern Madagascar. In their paper ...

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#115676
2018-01-15

Europe's lost forests – study shows coverage has halved over six millennia

More than half of Europe's forests have disappeared over the past 6,000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of wood as a source of fuel, new research led by the University of Plymouth suggests.

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#115677
2018-01-15

Identifying species via environmental DNA

Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various environmental factors on environmental DNA analyses. By doing so, ...

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#115678
2018-01-15

How flowering plants conquered the world

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops.

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#115679
2018-01-15

UN experts urge Kenya to respect indigenous rights in climate change project

Three United Nations independent experts on Monday called on the Kenyan government to respect the rights of indigenous Sengwer peoples while implementing a climate change project in northwestern Kenya.

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#115680
2018-01-15

Plastic waste is visible, but ‘natural capital’ such as bees makes more difference to a sustainable future

The UK government’s pledge “to make ours the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it” is laudable, but it will require much more than the clean up operation on plastics that has dominated headlines.

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#115681
2018-01-15

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point?

Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of land vertebrate vanished for good. Even insects suffered a mass extinction – the only time before or since. Entire cl ...

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#115655
2018-01-12

Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far

When researchers found invasive Asian jumping worms at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum in 2013, they spotted an opportunity to follow the invaders, and their effects, from the beginning.In a recent report, UW–Madison ecologists found that the exotic earthworm species are rapidly di ...

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#115656
2018-01-12

Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led team.

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#115657
2018-01-12

Papua New Guinea's forests are being destroyed

Environmental groups say Papua New Guinea's government is sitting back while the country's rainforests are being destroyed. The Pacific nation has just overtaken Malaysia to become the world's biggest exporter of tropical hardwood.

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#115658
2018-01-12

Appreciating our forest and protected areas

In parts of West Africa, forests are intimately linked with people, their ancestors and cultural heritage. Some consider forests as sacred spaces, providing meeting sites under “the big tree” to discuss important matters and make decisions.

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#115659
2018-01-12

Rwanda takes early steps towards legalising GMOs

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for review.

News Headlines
#115660
2018-01-12

Big game hunters: We're the answer to preventing extinction

Many of these hunters here pass the time trading stories about how they've bagged some of nature's most exotic animals -- following a tradition made famous by writers such as Ernest Hemingway.

News Headlines
#115661
2018-01-12

Global warming to put millions more at risk from floods in two decades: study

Global warming will put millions more people at the risk of severe river flooding in the next 20 years, particularly in the US and parts of India, Africa and central Europe, a study has warned.

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#115662
2018-01-12

It’s time to go nuclear in the fight against climate change

After holding steady for the past three years, global carbon emissions rose in 2017 by an estimated 2 percent. That increase comes amid the largest renewable energy boom in world history.

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#115663
2018-01-12

Climate Change Will Make Hosting The Winter Olympics Harder: Study

Climate change could turn out to be the Winter Olympics' biggest spoil sport. An updated research study led by geography professor Daniel Scott at the University of Waterloo says the number of places that will be cold enough to host the Winter Olympics is dropping.

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#115664
2018-01-12

Managing genetic biodiversity in the Pacific

Island communities in the Pacific region depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods and well-being.Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for e ...

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#115642
2018-01-11

History on your plate

This harvest season we explore heirloom rice, which is gaining popularity as people rediscover its intriguing flavours and learn how to cook with it. If millets have been the fad for some years now, a quiet revolution of sorts has been taking place alongside.

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#115643
2018-01-11

Dead zones: How our oceans are losing their breath

Aside from jeopardising the health of marine life, incrasing numbers of low-oxygen spots could trigger the release of dangerous greenhouse gases up to 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

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#115644
2018-01-11

Melting ice opens up the Arctic to tourism — and danger

For centuries, ambitious mariners pining to traverse the Arctic Circle experienced little more than disappointment — and often death. But diminishing sea ice and more temperate weather have made traveling through polar waters a vacation rather than an exploration.

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#115645
2018-01-11

New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Eight years after the discovery of a new primate species in Myanmar, scientists have released a new report revealing how the 'snubby' is faring.

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#115646
2018-01-11

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#115647
2018-01-11

Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

When studying the effect of climate change on biodiversity, it is important to consider the climate near the ground (microclimate) which a plant or an animal actually experiences. Deep shady depressions, dense old forests or places close to water for example are always considerably cooler than t ...

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#115648
2018-01-11

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust inside ancient rock from Germany.

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#115649
2018-01-11

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. The commitment is part of the government's 25-year plan to improve the natural environment. "I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly," the PM ...

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#115650
2018-01-11

This Sea Turtle Population Is Almost All Female, Thanks To Climate Change

One population of green sea turtles in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is nearly entirely female thanks to climate change, according to a new scientific paper published this week.

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#115651
2018-01-11

Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that protruded from the "head" like an angled beak, the arachnid bore a striking resemblance to a tiny pelican. A few decades later when living pelican sp ...

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#115652
2018-01-11

As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland

Finnish farmers are adapting to the warming climate by anticipating the time when they sow their fields in the spring. At the same time, birds have also advanced the time of breeding as the spring temperatures are becoming milder in response to climate change.

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#115653
2018-01-11

Botanical garden to be milestone for protecting biodiversity, nature: Mushahidullah

Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan Thursday said that Botanical Garden, would be set up in the Federal Capital to help protect the biodiversity and nature.The minister expressed these view while inaugurating the construction of boundary wall of the South Asia’s first “Zoo Bot ...

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