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#134534
2022-05-18

Beyond flora and fauna: Why it’s time to include fungi in global conservation goals

It’s no secret that Earth’s biodiversity is at risk. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 26% of all mammals, 14% of birds and 41% of amphibians are currently threatened worldwide, mainly due to human impacts such as climate change and development.

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#134535
2022-05-18

Illegal mining footprint swells nearly 500% inside Brazil Indigenous territories

Illegal miners expanded their footprint in Indigenous territories in Brazil by nearly 500% between 2010 and 2020, according to a recent report from the research collective MapBiomas. It also shows that illegal miners boosted their presence in conservation units by 301% during the same period.

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#134536
2022-05-18

United States' ocean conservation efforts have major gaps, analysis shows

More than 98% of U.S. waters outside the central Pacific Ocean are not part of a marine protected area, and the ones that are tend to be "lightly" or "minimally" protected from damaging human activity, research led by Oregon State University shows.

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#134537
2022-05-18

Method used to track ants underground could revolutionize how we measure snow depth from space

Ants may be the unlikely heroes when it comes to better understanding the health of our planet in the midst of a climate crisis. In a paper published to Frontiers in Remote Sensing, a team of scientists, including those from NASA, have found a way to estimate the depth of snow from orbit using a ...

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#134538
2022-05-18

Climate change will force big shift in timing, amount of snowmelt across Colorado River Basin

New research predicts that changes in mountain snowmelt will shift peak streamflows to much earlier in the year for the vast Colorado River Basin, altering reservoir management and irrigation across the entire region.

News Headlines
#134539
2022-05-18

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000.

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#134540
2022-05-18

UN floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

The United Nations chief on Wednesday launched a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies, hoping to revive world attention on climate change as the U.N.'s weather agency reported that greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification hit n ...

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#134541
2022-05-18

Are microplastics pervasive in Nigerian drinking water?

In Nigeria, about 90% of water available for drinking is sourced from boreholes, or deep, narrow wells that tap into naturally occurring underground water. A recent study in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry found that microplastics (MPs) are abundant in the drinking water of these boreholes.

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#134542
2022-05-18

Seafloor animal cued to settle, transformed by a bacterial compound

Most bottom-dwelling marine invertebrate animals, such as sponges, corals, worms and oysters, produce tiny larvae that swim in the ocean prior to attaching to the seafloor and transforming into juveniles.

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#134543
2022-05-18

Second endangered cheetah cub dies in Iran: state media

The second of three Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran has died in a blow to conservation efforts for the critically endangered subspecies, state media reported Wednesday.

News Headlines
#134544
2022-05-18

Understanding Climate Risks and Opportunities

It’s hard to understate the severity of the current climate crisis facing the world. The latest roundup of scientific evidence draws an unequivocal link to human-caused atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions—primarily from the burning of fossil fuels— which is negatively impacting natural climate ...

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#134545
2022-05-18

Climate Change Boosted Cost of Japan Storm by $4 Billion, Study Shows

The effects of human-caused climate change were responsible for roughly $4 billion of the $10 billion in insured losses resulting from Typhoon Hagibis that struck Japan in October of 2019, according to a new analysis of the storm.

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#134546
2022-05-18

COP15: negotiations must come out of the shadows

Today, we are seeing a very significant erosion of biological diversity. Some of these manifestations are highly visible, such as the virtual disappearance of insects on car windscreens, the increasing scarcity of birds in the European countryside, the death of corals or the drastic reduction in ...

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#134547
2022-05-18

Call to set date for UN nature summit delayed 4 times

While science shows that the crisis facing the natural world is accelerating, the UN process for addressing global biodiversity loss is at serious risk of further slowing down.

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#134549
2022-05-18

Indigenous group and locals sign agreement to protect sustainable livelihoods and culture

Colombia – Walking all day through the jungle to visit the encampments of friends and relatives is what Tumni Abtukaru misses the most about life before his community, the Indigenous Nukak, were evicted from their ancestral homeland.

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#134550
2022-05-18

Spotted hyenas adapt to climate change in famed Tanzanian park

Spotted hyenas appear to be adapting to climate change in Tanzania’s famous Serengeti National Park, surprising researchers who expected changing rainfall patterns would force the carnivores to spend more time searching for prey than tending to their cubs.

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#134551
2022-05-18

Study: Breeding adaptations help tree frogs thrive in different climates

Amphibians evolved from a fish ancestor that had functional lungs and bony lobed fins, which helped them become the first vertebrates to conquer land. Keeping these earlier trails, today’s frogs and toads also have larvae with gills that need an aquatic environment until they transform into air- ...

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#134552
2022-05-18

Climate change is now warming the deepest parts of the oceans

Much of the ‘excess heat’ stored in the North Atlantic is in the deep ocean, at depths of below 2,300 feet, new research has shown.

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#134553
2022-05-18

Trees are dying much faster in northern Australia — climate change is probably to blame

The rate of trees dying in the old-growth tropical forests of northern Australia each year has doubled since the 1980s, and researchers say climate change is probably to blame.

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#134554
2022-05-18

How climate change is putting millions at risk of radon exposure

Deep in the frozen ground of the north, a radioactive hazard has lain trapped for millennia. But U.K. scientist Paul Glover realized some years back that it wouldn’t always be that way: One day it might get out.

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#134555
2022-05-18

These Animals Are Thriving Under Climate Change

Climate change is a disaster for wildlife worldwide, according to the most recent IPCC report. At least 10,967 species are facing increased extinction risk because of climate change, and half of all species already seem to be on the move as their habitats transform, according to a 2017 study pub ...

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#134556
2022-05-18

U.N. global climate report shows severe impact on food security

Climate change continued to heat up the Earth in 2021 as concentrations of greenhouse gases increased, sea-ice mass shrank and ocean levels rose, according to a new report from the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. Severe impacts on food security were felt worldwide.

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#134557
2022-05-18

Study shows COVID-19 effects on trade in biodiversity products

The impact of COVID-19 on trade in biodiversity-based products, such as coffee, cosmetics and honey, has been both positive and negative, according to an UNCTAD study published on 3 May. The study based on a survey of more than 300 biodiversity stakeholders, shows that the pandemic’s effects hav ...

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#134558
2022-05-18

EC report confronts impediments to nature-based solutions

The European Commission (EC) has released an independently-researched report on the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in the transition towards a nature positive economy.

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#134559
2022-05-18

Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Australia’s tropical rainforest trees have being dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of global heating, according to new research that raises concerns tropical forests could start to release more carbon dioxide than they absorb.

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#134560
2022-05-18

Next-generation weather models cross the divide to real-world impact

Each winter, spring, and summer, extreme weather forecasters and researchers meet to test the latest, most promising severe weather forecast tools and innovations to see how they perform in real-world settings.

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#134561
2022-05-18

For wetland plants, sea-level rise stamps out benefits of higher carbon dioxide

Wetlands across the globe are in danger of drowning from rising seas. But for decades, scientists held out hope that another aspect of climate change—rising carbon dioxide (CO2)—could trigger extra plant growth, enabling coastal wetlands to grow fast enough to outpace sea-level rise.

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#134562
2022-05-18

Discovering a new way by which aerosols rapidly form and grow at high altitude

Aerosol particles can form and grow in Earth's upper troposphere in an unexpected way, reports the CLOUD collaboration in a paper published today in Nature. The new mechanism may represent a major source of cloud and ice seed particles in areas of the upper troposphere where ammonia is efficient ...

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#134563
2022-05-18

What is storm surge? It's often a hurricane's deadliest and most destructive threat

Storm surge, the massive mound of water that builds up and comes ashore during a hurricane, is often the deadliest and most destructive threat from these devastating storms.

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#134564
2022-05-18

Bringing order to the chaos of sea level projections

In their effort to provide decisionmakers with insight into the consequences of climate change, climate researchers at NIOZ, Deltares and UU are bringing order to the large number of sea level projections, translating climate models to expected sea level rise.

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#134565
2022-05-18

Report evaluates food diversity in 10 Mediterranean countries

The Mediterranean diet is underpinned by diverse foods. However, after assessing agrobiodiversity consumption, production and conservation in the region, researchers say that further actions are needed—particularly on farms—to ensure food system resilience.

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#134566
2022-05-18

Native plant gardening for species conservation

Declining native species could be planted in urban green spaces. Researchers from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Leipzig University and other institutions describe how to use this great potential for species pr ...

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#134567
2022-05-18

Tree loss on Madagascar not caused by small-scale fires used for land clearing

Once humans discovered how to tame fire, they began using it for heat and cooking as well as to scare away animals and to alter their environs, especially burning areas to plant and to restore grazing land

News Headlines
#134501
2022-05-17

What happened at the biodiversity COP, and why it matters to business

We’re nearly halfway through 2022 but are already seeing a world on fire, both literally and figuratively. Climate change is causing heatwaves, challenging food production, disrupting supply chains and threatening livelihoods. The demands on business are compounded by the escalating conflict in ...

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#134502
2022-05-17

Why should biodiversity be part of the ESG mix?

In responsible investing, numerous environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics can play into risk and performance. To date, the “E” in ESG has been dominated by climate change. Biodiversity, another aspect of the environment, has been called the missing piece of the ESG puzzle.

News Headlines
#134503
2022-05-17

Conservation of wildlife biodiversity will provide many benefits to the livelihood

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment Neth Pheaktra said that the more effective protection and conservation of wildlife biodiversity will provide many benefits to the livelihoods of local people.

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#134504
2022-05-17

Using proptech to combat climate change

Technology may not save the world from climate change entirely, but commercial property insiders are confident it will help. Property technology, or proptech, is already being deployed in the construction and property management sectors to streamline work and control costs in development and mai ...

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#134505
2022-05-17

Climate change: EU emissions surpass pre-pandemic levels

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, emissions in the EU dropped sharply as lockdowns brought industries to a standstill and people worked from home. Those environmental gains have now been erased, new data shows.

News Headlines
#134506
2022-05-17

Climate geoengineering must be regulated, says former WTO head

Countries must urgently agree a way of controlling and regulating attempts to geoengineer the climate, and consider whether to set a moratorium on such efforts, as the danger of global heating exceeding the 1.5C threshold increases, the former head of the World Trade Organisation has warned.

News Headlines
#134507
2022-05-17

Light pollution falling amid soaring energy prices, star survey finds

Light pollution has decreased as a result of fears over soaring energy costs, a survey by the countryside charity CPRE has suggested.

News Headlines
#134508
2022-05-17

South American weevils released in UK waterways to tackle invasive weed

South American weevils have been released into Britain’s waterways by the government in order to tackle the invasive species floating pennywort.

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#134509
2022-05-17

We must end our command-and-control relationship with the environment if we are to arrest its destruction

It’s 1996 and I’m in my last year of undergraduate studies at James Cook University, in Townsville. World coral expert Prof Terry Hughes cautions our class that on current trajectories, climate change and coral bleaching threaten destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

News Headlines
#134510
2022-05-17

10 of the Most Endangered Species in the Ocean

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species, at least 37% of the world’s sharks and rays, 33% of reef corals, 26% of mammals (including mari ...

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#134511
2022-05-17

Canada Post releases new stamps to raise awareness for endangered whales

Canada Post is hoping a new set of stamps will raise awareness of the plight of endangered whales in Canadian waters. The stamps feature images of five whale species currently considered endangered - including the orca, beluga and blue whale.

News Headlines
#134512
2022-05-17

Endangered Caspian Seals, Sturgeon Found Dead On Kazakhstan's Caspian Coast

Officials in Kazakhstan’s western Manghystau region say 64 endangered seals and five huge sturgeon washed up dead on the shores of the Caspian Sea over the weekend.

News Headlines
#134513
2022-05-17

Sandstorm blankets Saudi capital in grey haze

A sandstorm engulfed Saudi Arabia's capital and other regions of the desert kingdom Tuesday, hampering visibility and slowing road traffic.

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#134514
2022-05-17

Deep ocean warming as climate changes

Much of the "excess heat" stored in the subtropical North Atlantic is in the deep ocean (below 700m), new research suggests.

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#134515
2022-05-17

Research recommends extending California's prescribed burning season

Prescribed burning of ground-level shrubs, branches and leaves is a time-tested tool to help prevent wildland fires from getting out of control, but a team led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine suggests that the practice isn't used frequently enough.

News Headlines
#134516
2022-05-17

Validation brings new predictive capability to global megafire smoke impacts

New research modeling smoke from two recent megafires sets the stage for better forecasting of how emissions from these global-scale events will behave and impact temperatures.

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#134517
2022-05-17

Towards a Natural Social Contract' (2021) wins Nautilus Gold Award

Proposes a fundamental change in the way humans interact with their social and natural environment Advocates a shift from a growth-oriented society to a more ecocentric and regenerative society. Develops a transformative social-ecological innovation framework for sustainable solutions to endemic ...

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