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#106455
2015-12-08

Paris climate talks, day 9: What we’re reading

The United States cancels plans to auction off land for oil and gas exploration, Beijing’s air is thick with smog, and activists in Paris protest against climate sceptics.

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#106456
2015-12-08

Cities support a greater number of threatened species than non-urban areas

Earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates that on average, urban environments contain disproportionately more threatened protected species in ...

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#106457
2015-12-08

India and Saudi Arabia reject science for 1.5 degrees goal

[PARIS] India and Saudi Arabia have emerged as major opponents to the science behind a tougher global warming target that emerged over the weekend at the UN climate talks.

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#106458
2015-12-08

Ocean data gap puts Pacific islands in peril

[PARIS] Pacific islands need to ensure that a goal to strengthen ocean data collection remains in the final UN climate deal now being negotiated so they can plan their survival, a meeting has heard.

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#106459
2015-12-08

Meet the first butterfly to be named after Sir David Attenborough

British naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough has lent his name to a number of animal and plant species.

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#106460
2015-12-08

Opinion: Address Development and Climate Crises Together

ROME, Dec 8 2015 (IPS) - The world today faces a crisis of climate and a crisis of development. Both are consequences of the nature of growth of the world economy over the last two centuries, especially during the recent period.

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#106461
2015-12-08

Women Leaders agree COP21 Must Have “Gender-Responsive” Deal.

PARIS, France , Dec 8 2015 (IPS) - 53-year old Aleta Baun of Indonesia’s West Timor province is a proud climate warrior. From 1995 to 2005 she successfully led a citizens’ movement to shut down 4 large marble mining companies that polluted and damaged the ecosystem of a mountain her community co ...

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#106462
2015-12-08

Saudi Arabia accused of trying to wreck Paris climate deal

One of the world’s largest oil producers is getting in the way of a deal and making implausible objections, say delegates and campaigners

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#106463
2015-12-08

More countries reject OECD study on climate aid

China, Brazi and South Africa join India in refusing key report that state rich countries have already mobilised two-thirds of $100bn pledged for climate aid

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#106464
2015-12-08

Conservation charities hopeful of reduction in elephant poaching in Africa as value of illegal ivory halves

Illegal ivory value has halved in China according to new research, leading to hopes that the demand which drives poaching in Africa might be on the wane.

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#106465
2015-12-08

Lobbyists at COP21 - foxes guarding the henhouse?

NGOs say some of the COP21 sponsors stand diametrically opposed to the summit's aims. Big companies are bankrolling 20% of the conference's budget, which presents a conflict of interest.

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#106466
2015-12-08

The bitter-sweet taste of Indonesia’s chocolate

An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the United States.

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#106467
2015-12-08

Coexistence in the river delta

At the border between Togo and Benin, coexistence between people and animals hasn't been easy. A new biosphere reserve is helping.

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#106468
2015-12-08

State of Britain's wildlife 'increasingly fragile'

Britain's wildlife is in an increasingly fragile state, with animals carrying out vital jobs for farmers being lost more rapidly than others, say scientists.

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#106469
2015-12-08

Paris talks: indigenous people and small farmers say rich are setting the agenda

In the climate talks “blue zone”, in the Parisian district of Le Bourget, are the governments, their advisers and lawyers, big business and the financiers. Facebook has a stall, along with UN agencies and scientific bodies.

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#106470
2015-12-08

COP21: Ban tells private sector ‘how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future’

8 December 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a room full of business leaders that the global gathering will serve to share progress made in important areas and to establish even greater ambition for the future.

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#106471
2015-12-08

COP21: saving energy 'triple win,' Ban says, as $5 billion Africa plan launched at climate summit

7 December 2015 – The United Nations and partners launched today a $5 billion initiative to expand renewable energy capacity in Africa as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris that saving energy is a triple-win in the battle against global warming.

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#106472
2015-12-08

Africa's transport blueprint may be road to ruin for flora and fauna, study says

Many new road and rail ‘‘development corridors’’ planned to crisscross Africa in the name of economic development could destroy the continent’s equatorial forests and savannahs, lead to many people invading protected areas and have only limited chances of increasing agricultural production, say ...

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#106474
2015-12-08

From conservation refugees to natural allies

New national parks often mean that people, who have lived on the lands for generations are forced to leave. Authorities use economic incentives to gain their support but understanding their culture may be more important.

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#106475
2015-12-08

‘Kill switches’ could make genetically modified food more palatable

In the US you can buy and eat genetically modified apples that don’t go brown, potatoes that are less likely to cause cancer, and – as of recently – salmon that grow faster. But in Europe, 19 out of 28 member states have banned the growing of genetically modified crops altogether due to public c ...

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#106476
2015-12-08

Youth and women key to climate change awareness

[NAIROBI The youth and women in Sub-Saharan Africa countries have been asked to lead communities in championing adaptation and mitigation measures to cope with the effects of climate change.

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#106477
2015-12-08

Arctic Invasion

Invasive species are making it to the Arctic, they just can’t survive there—yet.

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#106478
2015-12-08

Environmental Pioneer Maurice Strong Mourned at COP21

PARIS, France, December 8, 2015 (ENS) – Urgent as the Paris climate conference is, the delegates paused today to pay tribute to the life, vision and accomplishments of Maurice Frederick Strong, who passed away November 28, on the eve of COP 21.

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#106479
2015-12-08

Scientists genetically modify mosquito to be infertile

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists in London have developed a genetically modified mosquito capable of quickly passing along infertility genes and diminishing local populations.

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#106406
2015-12-07

Scientists find source of Southeast Asian arsenic

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Every year, as many as 100 million people are poisoned by arsenic-laced water in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. Concentrations in drinking water sometimes spike to 20, 30 or 100 times the levels considered safe by the World Health Orga ...

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#106407
2015-12-07

COP21: 'we have the unique opportunity to define our own destiny', says Ban at UN climate change conference

7 December 2015 – Calling climate change a defining issue of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told top government officials that the opportunity exists “to define our own destiny” at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris.

News Headlines
#106408
2015-12-07

COP21: UN chief says 'today is about action by all sectors of society'

5 December 2015 – As the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) marked 'Action Day' with dozens of events happening throughout its sprawling venue in the north-east of Paris, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world “so urgentl ...

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#106409
2015-12-07

COP21: Ban announces 'Climate Action 2016' partnership to maintain momentum after UN climate conference

5 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today at the UN climate change conference (COP21) that a broad group of organizations will partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation.

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#106410
2015-12-07

COP21: in Paris, mayors and celebrities join UN launch of report on boosting investment towards climate smart cities

4 December 2015 – Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much-needed climate-smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report launched today at Paris City Hall by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners.

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#106411
2015-12-07

COP21: UN-backed platforms show greenhouse gas emission reductions surpass global emissions of iron and steel sector

4 December 2015 – A new report by Yale University finds that the combined greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments recorded in two United Nations-backed platforms by cities, regions and companies alone surpasses the global emissions of the iron and steel sector.

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#106412
2015-12-07

Paris climate talks, day 8: What we’re reading

Questions linger before a final deal, Canada will play a big part in the home stretch, and Australia turns its focus to the rainforests.

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#106413
2015-12-07

Climate negotiators complete first draft of global agreement

On 5 December, negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Paris released a draft of an agreement to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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#106414
2015-12-07

Women’s views missing at COP 21

Spend any time in UN circles and the g-word is everywhere. Gender is paraded as a significant cross-cutting issue in the new Sustainable Development Goals and in ongoing climate negotiations, touching everything from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.

News Headlines
#106415
2015-12-07

Pygmy slow loris is first known hibernating primate outside of Madagascar, study says

Bears hibernate during winters. So do some bats, squirrels, and many other mammals.

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#106416
2015-12-07

Making the Case for Caribbean Fishers at Paris Climate Conference

PARIS, Dec 6 2015 (IPS) - Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community.

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#106417
2015-12-07

Habitat loss seen as rising threat to world's migratory birds

Habitat destruction along routes taken by the world's migratory birds poses an increasing peril to these long-distance fliers, with a vast majority crossing terrain that nations are inadequately protecting, according to scientists.

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#106418
2015-12-07

Russia pledges not to stand in the way of Paris climate deal

Russia has pledged not to stand in the way of a deal at the Paris climate change conference, removing another obstacle to a potential agreement, the Guardian has learned.

News Headlines
#106419
2015-12-07

Coalition of business leaders challenges 2C climate change target

A group of high-profile business leaders has challenged governments to set strong targets and not slam the door on limiting warming to 1.5C.

News Headlines
#106420
2015-12-07

Paris climate summit: Developing countries angry over financial plan

Wealthy nations have come under attack from developing countries over proposed financial commitments designed to help them deal with the effects of global warming.

News Headlines
#106421
2015-12-07

Indigenous activists take to Seine river to protest axing of rights from Paris climate pact

Indigenous groups from across the world staged a paddle down the Seine river in Paris on Sunday, calling on governments to ensure Indigenous rights are included in the United Nations climate pact currently being negotiated in France.

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#106423
2015-12-07

More than 330 dead whales point to environmental mystery in southern Chile

Months ago, more than 20 Sei whales were reported stranded in Patagonia. Now, research in southern Chile has uncovered the full extent of the horror: It is possibly the worst disaster ever of its kind.

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#106425
2015-12-07

The secret history of bananas, and what it tells us about climate change

In the 1950s, the world happily chomped its way through two different varieties of banana. There was the Cavendish, the banana that we know and love today, and the Gros Michel, a smaller, sweeter variety.

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#106426
2015-12-07

COP21: Ministers in final push for Paris climate deal

Ministers from all over the world gather in Paris on Monday in a final push for a new global climate compact.

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#106427
2015-12-07

At Paris climate talks, African coalition aims to restore 100 million hectares of forest

A COALITION of African countries and donors unveiled an ambitious initiative on the sidelines of a crunch UN climate conference Sunday to restore 100 million hectares (250 million acres) of degraded and deforested land by 2030.

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#106428
2015-12-07

East African giant snails take a toll on native biodiversity

PUNE: Deep in the evergreen forests of the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, researchers have recorded the presence of a population of the Giant African Snail, a native of East Africa that has come to be recognized as the second worst invasive alien species in the world.

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#106429
2015-12-07

Closing In on Where Eels Go to Connect

Eels hold tight to their biological secrets, so much so that Aristotle mused that they must be sexless creatures spontaneously emerging from the “earth’s guts.” Now, at least one eel enigma is finally a step closer to being solved.

News Headlines
#106430
2015-12-07

Québec announces $6 CAD million to Least Developed Countries Fund

PARIS – Saturday December 5, 2015 – The Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard, announced today a contribution of $6 CAD million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the GEF-hosted climate fund for the most vulnerable countries.

News Headlines
#106431
2015-12-07

New evidence suggests hippos may sometimes eat meat

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Hippos were once thought by most biologists to be herbivores.

News Headlines
#106387
2015-12-04

Scientists discover black-eyed snake species in Andes

QUITO, Ecuador, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Deep in the hidden forests of the Andes are mysterious creatures still unnamed.

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#106388
2015-12-04

Herbicide drift affects adjacent fields, delays flowering

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- In field tests, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found a class of herbicides called dicamba regularly drift onto plants in neighboring fields, affecting both the plants and pollinators.

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