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#115383
2017-11-30

Teaching Activities for: ‘Lurking in Toilets, Swimming the Streets: Snakes of Bangkok Move In’

Have you ever experienced the presence of unwanted household pests like spiders, mice, rats, cockroaches, termites, bats, bees, crickets, ants or any other creatures not welcome indoors? If so, what were they? Was it possible to get rid of them, and if so, how?

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#115384
2017-11-30

Healing power of universe: Spend time in the arms of nature and return rejuvenated

Forest Bathing. What’s that, you may ask. It is a Japanese technique that promotes the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku.

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#115385
2017-11-30

Young artists bring mighty mountains to life on canvas

An exhibition titled ‘Mountain Marvels’ kicked off on Wednesday at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) to highlight the beauty of the hills and mountains of the country.

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#115386
2017-11-30

Lobster Found with Pepsi Logo ‘Tattoo’ Fuels Fears Over Ocean Litter

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.

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#115387
2017-11-30

Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers

Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most of the damage.

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#115388
2017-11-30

How local ecological knowledge can save endangered and rare animals

From knowing where animals live, to which plants provide what medicinal benefits, communities around the world hold expert levels of knowledge on their local environments.

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#115389
2017-11-30

Climate Connection: Unraveling the Surprising Ecology of Dust

High in the snowfields atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, things are not as pristine as they used to be. Dust from the desert Southwest is sailing into the Rockies in increasing quantities and settling onto the snow that covers the peaks, often streaking the white surface with shades of red a ...

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#115390
2017-11-30

An Untapped Resource in the Fight Against Climate Change: The Ocean

WITH THE DEVASTATING extreme weather events in the southern United States, the Caribbean and elsewhere this year, it is ever more vital that, while providing humanitarian support and restoring communities, we do not lose sight of innovative solutions to cutting carbon dioxide that can help reduc ...

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#115391
2017-11-30

Stella McCartney calls for overhaul of "incredibly wasteful" fashion industry

Designer Stella McCartney and ex-sailor Ellen MacArthur are calling for the fashion industry to rethink textile production methods to radically reduce the amount of waste it produces.

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#115392
2017-11-30

California is tackling poverty and climate change together

In places struggling with poverty and unemployment, carbon pollution is often not the number one concern. But with a new program, California plans to demonstrate that solutions to these problems can go hand in hand.

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#115393
2017-11-30

How New Zealand can make world-leading climate refugee visas work

New Zealand’s new government plans to create the world’s first humanitarian visa for climate refugees. If the policy goes ahead, 100 Pacific Islanders could be granted access to New Zealand on the basis that their lives are at risk from rising seas.

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#115394
2017-11-30

Reconciling taxon senescence with the Red Queen's hypothesis

In a new publication in the journal Nature, Indre Zliobaite and Mikael Fortelius from the University of Helsinki and Nils Christian Stenseth from the University of Oslo present a new interpretation of one of the classic hypotheses of evolutionary theory, the Red Queen's Hypothesis, proposed by L ...

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#115395
2017-11-30

Antidepressants from urine are making fish less afraid of predators

Antidepressants are making their way into our lakes and rivers—and they're making freshwater fish less fazed by predators.

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#115396
2017-11-30

Wound healing or regeneration—the environment decides?

An earthworm cut in two parts can survive and regenerate. For humans, the loss of limbs is a severe problem that can only be treated by complex surgery. However, among animals, there are numerous examples of self-healing mechanisms, especially among invertebrates. How these regeneration mechanis ...

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#115397
2017-11-30

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programm ...

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#115398
2017-11-30

Endangered species: Egyptian vulture rescued from temple after priest sounds alarm

A temple in Patparganj had an unusual visitor on Wednesday. A white adult Egyptian vulture, rarely seen in Delhi’s skies over the past several years, found its way to a Hanuman temple in the area, where it was spotted by the priest, Bharti Baba.

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#115399
2017-11-30

How Starbucks' hometown is tackling plastic pollution

In June, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier appeared at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City to promote his Lonely Whale Foundation’s campaign against plastic straws, a billion of which are used each day worldwide with an untold number ending up in the sea.

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#115400
2017-11-30

Armored 'Pinecone' Fish's Insides Revealed in Spooky Scan

From the outside, the pinecone fish is a colorful yet fearsome beast. On the inside, it's downright spooky. A new scan of a fish of the genus Cleidopus, posted on Twitter, looks like the re-creation of a monster from a sci-fi horror flick. In actuality, the scan reveals the tough, spiked armor o ...

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#115363
2017-11-29

Mimicking reptiles and bug skin for industrial applications

The animal world is home to a menagerie of complex models and systems. When we as humans try to recreate some of these elements, it is known as biomimicry. Doing so can help solve complex human problems.

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#115364
2017-11-29

Soil health is vital for global security and prosperity

Soil health and productivity is declining at unprecedented rates, but a new international scientific approach has been developed for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation.

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#115365
2017-11-29

Deepest fish in the sea is the undisputed king of the Mariana Trench

Miles below the surface of the Mariana Trench, marine life looks totally different from what most people are used to. Instead of big or menacing, the creatures that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are quite small, translucent, and scaleless. At such depths, few organisms are able to survive, ...

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#115366
2017-11-29

Innovations targeting biological resources get funding

Eleven innovative biological sciences initiatives from East African countries have been awarded US$6 million to scale up their technologies into viable businesses.

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#115367
2017-11-29

Theory of the evolution of sexes tested with algae

The varied sex lives of a type of green algae have enabled a University of Adelaide researcher to test a theory of why there are males and females.

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#115368
2017-11-29

Québec announces its intention to create a vast protected area 21 times the size of the Island of Montréal

The extensive Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan protected area will be created on the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean territories. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, ...

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#115369
2017-11-29

Sustainable climate change adaptation lies in the hands of the youth - ASSAR

The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Africa-team Project has come out with activities to enhance climate change adaptation in the Upper West region and Koutiala in Mali as its way of giving back to society.

News Headlines
#115370
2017-11-29

This terrifying real-life sea monster is much ‘happier’ than it looks, researchers reveal

It looks like an alien creature, but these pictures actually show a newly-discovered sea monster that lives deeper in the ocean than any other fish.

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#115371
2017-11-29

The future of floating cities – and the realities

Every week, a whopping three million new people are moving to live in a city. That’s equivalent to the current population of San Diego or Kiev transplanting themselves into urban areas every seven days; it’s almost a new Moscow or Rio de Janeiro every month.

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#115372
2017-11-29

Sinister sparkle? Scientists warn glitter pollutes oceans

Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or you think glitter truly is the herpes of the craft world (once it's on you, it never comes off), some scientists are now claiming that glitter is a hazard to the environment.

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#115373
2017-11-29

Great Barrier Reef BREAKTHROUGH: Experts discover 100 reefs with ability to REGENERATE

FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.

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#115374
2017-11-29

Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows

The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research.

News Headlines
#115375
2017-11-29

Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking.

News Headlines
#115376
2017-11-29

Nature-Based Solutions: The New (Green) Kid On The Block

Over the coming months, Greener Ideal’s “Urban Jungle: Nature’s Solutions for Resilient Cities” blog series will explore the intersection between nature and cities - and explore the disruptive innovation underway to make urban life more regenerative and sustainable.

News Headlines
#115341
2017-11-28

Young Yemeni wins top UN Environmental prize

UN Environment today made Yemeni engineer Omer Badokhon a Young Champion of the Earth for his work on biogas plants which could improve thousands of rural livelihoods in his war-stricken homeland.

News Headlines
#115342
2017-11-28

Giving Tuesday Special: Why I’m Working to Protect Island Ecosystems

Islands are incredible. Some, like Hawai’i, are forged by volcanoes. Others, like Isla Mona, are born from the collision of continental shelves. In some cases, like the Palauan Rock Islands, islands are formed atop ancient coral reefs.

News Headlines
#115343
2017-11-28

Museums Are Strong Partners in Biodiversity Education

According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are approximately 850 million visits to American museums every year, more than the attendance to all the theme parks and major league sporting events combined (a measly 483 million).

News Headlines
#115344
2017-11-28

Greener Places Growing Sydney’s Tree Canopy To 40%

The NSW government has committed to the delivery of nearly five million trees in “green” infrastructure, increasing Sydney’s tree canopy by 384,615 trees per year until 2030. Launching the government’s draft policy, Greener Places, Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said that gree ...

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#115345
2017-11-28

Malawi: Human Activity Endanger Bird Species in Misuku

Mzuzu — The Regional Tourism Office in Northern Region has expressed concern over the wanton cutting down of trees at Misuku Hills in Chitipa, saying the malpractice is endangering the survival and preservation of endangered bird and tree species.

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#115346
2017-11-28

The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe.

News Headlines
#115347
2017-11-28

Must we fear GMOs or start listening to science?

AS we are bombarded by scare tactics against plants with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) like Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and Bt eggplant, we do not realize that almost everything we eat, many of the medicines we take, the cotton-based apparel we wear, the detergents we use in washing ...

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#115348
2017-11-28

Where Corn Is King, A Renaissance in Small Grains Is Stirring

To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.

News Headlines
#115349
2017-11-28

Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

The red kite has become more common in the past 30 years in the UK, thanks to conservation schemes. But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress.

News Headlines
#115350
2017-11-28

The avocado police protecting Mexico's green gold

Tancítaro looks and feels like a typical Mexican town: There is a central square with a bandstand and a little church. A mariachi band is playing as I arrive. The music is part of a funeral procession with Tancítaro residents watching on.

News Headlines
#115351
2017-11-28

Nigeria's love affair with a Norwegian fish

"The taste of stockfish is life... We can't cook without stockfish." That's the verdict of women at the bustling Onyingbo market in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, as they carefully choose pieces of the specially dried cod.

News Headlines
#115352
2017-11-28

SOS: Turtles in need

Yellow-spotted river turtle eggs are a delicacy in Peru. Communities who once collected the eggs to eat themselves are now selling them for ever higher prices, pushing the turtles to the brink of extinction.

News Headlines
#115353
2017-11-28

Indonesia to kick off 10-year plan to save critically endangered helmeted hornbill

The Indonesian government will next year launch a 10-year program to save the critically endangered helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), a bird driven to the verge of extinction because of poaching for its distinctive casqued beak.

News Headlines
#115354
2017-11-28

Migratory Birds Are Being Driven Northward by Climate Change

Climate change is pushing the wintering grounds of millions of migratory birds north from Africa into the Middle East, Israeli experts report. 500 million birds are staying put in parts of Israel that used to serve as a pit stop along their migration route south. Frequent droughts and desertific ...

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#115355
2017-11-28

Poorest bear brunt of climate shocks in cities

From flooding to heat stress, cities are facing worsening climate-related challenges.Cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate pressures worldwide, with poor communities hit hardest.

News Headlines
#115356
2017-11-28

Hasten efforts to put Paris accord into action

The recent COP 23 United Nations climate change talks exposed a serious divide among parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement over the rules of implementation of the accord to combat global warming.

News Headlines
#115357
2017-11-28

Birds can evolve so fast that scientists can watch it happen

You can count on your fingers the number of years it takes for a bird species to visibly evolve, biologists are discovering.Two new studies add to increasing evidence that even large, long-lived animal species can adapt physically and genetically to changes in their environment — and even give r ...

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#115358
2017-11-28

Marine fungi : a source of cosmeceuticals

Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues.Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals.

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