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#103701
2015-05-04

Giraffes, Zebras Face Surprising Top Threat: Hunting

It's no secret that elephants and rhinoceroses are in trouble, poached for body parts and meat that are sold worldwide. But a new study published today in the online journal Science Advances finds that other large plant-eaters, including zebras and gorillas, are in the same sinking boat.

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#103702
2015-05-04

'Conservationists are not playing God'

Species extinctions are imminent globally. But where to take action first? Global Ideas asked Benjamin Skolnik, who works for the American Bird Conservancy and coordinates the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE).

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#103678
2015-05-01

Tapping into evolutionary responses to guard crops against elephants

The search for effective measures to reduce human-elephant conflict is a top priority for wildlife managers and a significant challenge.

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#103679
2015-05-01

Lost and found, then lost again? Recently rediscovered hummingbird faces extinction

The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a spectacular hummingbird. It is aptly named for the blue streak of feathers on its chin and a pointed crest on its head resembling a knight’s helmet.

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#103680
2015-05-01

Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 2015 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees.

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#103681
2015-05-01

Climate Change May Speed Asthma Spread

ALAMEDA, Calif.—The first time Devine Simpson had an asthma attack, she said she couldn't stop coughing. It was so bad, it woke her up in the middle of the night.

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#103682
2015-05-01

Republic of Congo Signals a Turn in Poaching Fight

WASHINGTON — Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, smiled broadly as he set fire to more than five tons of illegally hunted elephant tusks this week in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital.

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#103683
2015-05-01

Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030: WWF

ROME, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forests covering an area the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal could be wiped out by 2030 unless action is taken now to protect it, environmentalists said.

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#103684
2015-05-01

GIS study reveals preferred habitat of Asian elephant

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Asian elephant is now an endangered species. Today, there are only 40,000 elephants left in Asia's mainland and about 1,200-1,700 in peninsular Malaysia.

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#103685
2015-05-01

Connecting communities for conservation

Crowd-sourced data can be useful for conservation but how can remote communities with no connectivity get involved? One NGO has an answer.

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#103686
2015-05-01

Where Chocolate Meets Carbon: One Peruvian Project Finds the Sweet Spot

Agriculture drives deforestation around the world, but a Peruvian nonprofit is using carbon finance to help 1,100 farmers develop sustainable cocoa production in an effort to save an endangered wildlife area.

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#103687
2015-05-01

Climate Equality: Women on the Front Lines

You won't find many climate deniers in the remote mountainous villages of Nepal where melting glaciers and unpredictable rain has made subsistence living increasingly precarious.

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#103688
2015-05-01

Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean

Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.

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#103669
2015-04-30

Indonesia to zone its seas in bid to become 'global maritime axis'

The Indonesian government is preparing a spatial plan for its marine territory, the beginning of a blueprint to transform the archipelagic country into a “global maritime axis” in line with new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s platform.

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#103670
2015-04-30

Climate change will significantly affect Australians’ health, report finds

Report by the Australian Academy of Science warns extreme weather events will contribute to the spread of disease and disrupt food and water supplies

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#103671
2015-04-30

Zambia's Forest Ecosystems Contribute $1.3 Billion to the National Economy, Higher than Previously Thought

Nairobi, 28 April 2015 - Zambia's forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.

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#103672
2015-04-30

Birds Are in a Tailspin Four Years After Fukushima

Like the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlife

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#103673
2015-04-30

Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change

To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food.

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#103674
2015-04-30

New Handbook Explores How Trade Can Drive the Transition to a Green Economy

Geneva, 28 April 2015 - A new handbook released today aims to boost the interaction between trade and the Green Economy, thus opening up new possibilities to drive sustainable development.

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#103675
2015-04-30

To sustain climate adaptation, integrate it with local economies: experts

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.

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#103676
2015-04-30

Climate change risk to 'one in six species'

If carbon emissions continue on their current path - and temperatures rise by 4 degrees - 16% of animals and plants will be lost, according to a review of evidence.

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#103657
2015-04-29

Whitening the Arctic Ocean: May restore sea ice, but not climate

Some scientists have suggested that global warming could melt frozen ground in the Arctic, releasing vast amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, greatly amplifying global warming.

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#103658
2015-04-29

EU votes to scale back on biofuels linked to deforestation

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly today on a new cap on biofuels derived from edible crops, which critics say not only compete with feeding a growing global population but also contribute to deforestation and release unacceptably high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

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#103659
2015-04-29

Caribbean Stakes Out “Red Lines” for Paris Climate Talks

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimu ...

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#103660
2015-04-29

Fight to save 'invisible' UK spider highlights plight of lesser-known species

In Plymouth, an extremely rare spider has inspired a passionate campaign to save its last habitat from a housing development.

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#103661
2015-04-29

Scientists and Religious Leaders Discuss Climate Change at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — For a 2,000-year-old institution hardly known for its mutability, there was a sense of urgency at the Vatican on Tuesday when scientists, diplomats and religious and political leaders discussed climate change and its impact on the world’s poor.

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#103662
2015-04-29

Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests

NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

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#103663
2015-04-29

Namibia: Indigenous Knowledge Is Imperative

There is a great need to protect traditional knowledge in order to curb the exploitation of holders of indigenous knowledge, particularly the elderly.

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#103664
2015-04-29

Monkey droppings help scientists study their diets

JOSé MANUEL PANDO, Bolivia, April 28 (UPI) -- Biologists do their best to observe the behaviors of South America's saddleback tamarin, both from the vantage of the rainforest floor and by ascending into the canopy.

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#103642
2015-04-28

New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

27 April 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”

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#103643
2015-04-28

Invasive lionfish discovered in Brazil

Lionfish have overwhelmed ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean over the past three decades, eating or out-competing native species in what has been called the worst marine invasion ever. Now the fish seem to have extended their range to South America.

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#103644
2015-04-28

Global warming brews weird weather

Global warming has profoundly changed the odds of extreme heat, rain and snowfall, researchers report on 27 April in Nature Climate Change1.

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#103645
2015-04-28

Predicting deforestation before it happens

The world's leading forest monitoring platform may soon help predict deforestation before it occurs, potentially enabling authorities to prevent it altogether.

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#103646
2015-04-28

Expo 2015 Host City Promotes Urban Food Policy Pact

MILAN, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - How can we provide healthy food for everyone, without threatening the survival of our planet? This is the fundamental issue at the centre of Expo 2015 – which has ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ as its central theme – and a huge challenge for cities.

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#103647
2015-04-28

Fairytale frog: London Zoo breeds bizarre amphibian for the first time

In a world first, the Zoological Society of London hatches and rears Lake Oku clawed frogs as an insurance population against extinction.

News Headlines
#103648
2015-04-28

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades

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#103649
2015-04-28

Chihuahua of the sea? Scientists find rare 'pocket shark'

The accidental discovery of a tiny, but extraordinary shark species, is a big moment for ocean research. It also reminds us of how little we know about life in the deep seas.

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#103650
2015-04-28

Three in every four extremely hot days linked to climate change

If climate change was a game, we'd have racked up quite a score. A fresh study suggests that humans are responsible for a hefty number of today's extreme hot days and rainstorms.

News Headlines
#103651
2015-04-28

China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

(Reuters) - China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.

News Headlines
#103652
2015-04-28

Moving Indigenous Land Rights from Paper to Reality

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2015 (IPS) - Frustrated with decades of marginalisation, and of seeing their rights respected only on paper, Indigenous peoples are calling for major recognition from the international community.

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#103653
2015-04-28

UNEP urges innovative partnerships to boost climate financing

NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing.

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#103654
2015-04-28

Salty groundwater found under dry Antarctic valleys

Future research into the underground lakes could reveal secrets as to the ways microorganisms survive deep beneath the surface.

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#103610
2015-04-27

Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs.

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#103611
2015-04-27

We need our leaders to speak out on climate change, not stay silent

The less that political, community and business leaders talk about climate change, the more scope there is for scepticism to emerge Something is missing from the British general election campaign. Climate change had its 3.5 seconds of fame during the seven-way leaders’ debate, but has barely bee ...

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#103613
2015-04-27

The Patron Saint of Petén

José Román Carrera stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall and speaks matter-of-factly, even casually, about the 82 death threats he has received over his 23-year career trying to protect his country’s greatest natural asset. It’s the same tone I might use when ordering a sandwich in a deli. When I as ...

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#103614
2015-04-27

Preserving the endangered Ridley Bronze turkey

They are ugly, tough and bred to survive brutal winters, yet somehow the gnarly Ridley Bronze turkey has captured the heart of a retired nurse on Saltspring Island.

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#103615
2015-04-27

Fish stocking program recovering after major losses

After a power failure and disease caused large numbers of fish to die at hatcheries that supply the province, New Brunswick's stocking program is back on track, however officials would still like to double the number of trout being released every year.

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#103616
2015-04-27

Coyotes Are New York’s Newest Immigrants

My attire this morning: long johns under jeans, two layers of wool socks, heavy hiking boots, a turtleneck, two scarves, gloves, a fleece, a down parka and a knitted hat. I’m in the most populous city in the country, it’s the coldest day of the year, and we’re off to track coyotes.

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#103617
2015-04-27

'Zero Deforestation' not necessarily the answer, environmentalists warn

Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both public and private spheres, including forest commodit ...

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#103618
2015-04-27

Vulture culture atop coconut palms sends bird numbers soaring

NAVI MUMBAI: Around 200 km south of Mumbai in the picturesque coastal town of Shrivardhan in Raigad district, a meticulous Vulture Conservation Centre is slowly but surely taking shape atop tall coconut trees.

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