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#132844
2022-02-01

Penguins offer varied clues to Antarctic climate change

Peering through binoculars from an inflatable motorboat bobbing in frigid waters, polar ecology researchers Michael Wethington and Alex Borowicz scan a rocky outcrop on Antarctica's Andersson Island for splatterings of red-brown guano that might signal a colony of penguins nearby.

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#132845
2022-02-01

Why women’s leadership is key to climate action

At the COP26 climate summit, the leaders of Estonia, Tanzania and Bangladesh were the first to sign the Glasgow Women’s Leadership statement, calling for countries to support the leadership of women and girls on climate action at all levels of society and politics. Yet these three women comprise ...

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#132846
2022-02-01

Fortune favours the prepared: Fixing the COVID-19 waste problem to build back better and tackle climate change

COVID-19 showed that the world was unprepared to cope with a surge in medical waste — but it also presents an opportunity to fix a problem that has huge implications for mitigating climate change, fighting pollution, and creating resilient health systems.

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#132847
2022-02-01

Science towards policy: New approaches towards improving forest resistance to invasive alien species

Invasive alien pests and pathogens are a challenge posed in front of forest managers in Europe and around the world. Invasions have a profound impact on forest ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people.

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#132848
2022-02-01

“Alien” Species of Predatory Hammerhead Worms Identified in Europe and Africa

One of the consequences of globalization is the inadvertent spread of invasive plant and animal species. Land flatworms have invaded the entire world, principally via the plant trade. More than ten species are now widespread, such as Obama nungara (originally from Argentina), Platydemus manokwar ...

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#132849
2022-02-01

New Approaches Towards Improving Forest Resistance To Invasive Alien Species

Invasive alien pests and pathogens are a challenge posed in front of forest managers in Europe and around the world. Invasions have a profound impact on forest ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people.

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#132850
2022-02-01

Wetlands - the Unsung Heroes of the Planet #AfricaClimateCrisis

Wetlands, which include marshes and peatlands, are the unsung heroes of the climate crisis. They store more carbon than any other ecosystem, with peatlands alone storing twice as much as all the world's forests.

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#132852
2022-02-01

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands, ‘kidneys of the earth’

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd of February every year to commemorate the day on which the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the year 1971. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

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#132853
2022-02-01

Agricultural land reduced by 6.2% in 10 years, survey shows

A census of agriculture conducted by the National Statistics Office paints a sad, but not unexpected picture of the sector, with less land under cultivation and fewer livestock in many cases.

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#132854
2022-02-01

FAO eyes another Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture project in Turkmenistan

In the nearest future, FAO plans to sign another Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP II) project in Turkmenistan, the FAO official told Trend.

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#132855
2022-02-01

The ancient, intimate relationship between trees and fungi, from fairy toadstools to technicolour mushrooms

You may be familiar with the red toadstool with white spots, which are often the homes of fairies in children's stories. These toadstools are also a small part of grander magical story: they are striking examples of mycorrhizas.

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#132856
2022-02-01

Farming practices good for the environment and the farmer's pocket

New research conducted as part of the EU-funded LIFT project has shown that ecological practices are the way forward for Europe's farmers. Carried out at LIFT project partner Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom, it suggests that such practices help farmers increase their profits and ...

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#132857
2022-02-01

What the rise of oxygen on early Earth tells us about life on other planets

When did the Earth reach oxygen levels sufficient to support animal life? Researchers from McGill University have discovered that a rise in oxygen levels occurred in step with the evolution and expansion of complex, eukaryotic ecosystems.

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#132858
2022-02-01

The world's tiny islands inspiring green action

Small island communities have often been pioneers for sustainability and climate action. Are they a snapshot of a greener future, or a distraction from bigger problems elsewhere?

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#132859
2022-02-01

Relevance of international partnerships in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

To achieve Sustainable Development Goal SDG 17, which focuses on international cooperation, partnerships, will be vital. In this comment, we examine the key obstacles such as vested economic interests that will need to be overcome for the successful implementation of SDG 17.

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#132860
2022-02-01

The impact of learning from ancestors on the rate of natural selection

Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo studied the impact of learning from ancestors on the rate of natural selection, and found that the evolutionary process can be accelerated, which may assist in the design of future evolutionary algorithms.

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#132861
2022-02-01

Increased storminess may give rise to North Atlantic's 'cold blob'

While climate change is making much of the world warmer, temperatures in a subpolar region of the North Atlantic are getting cooler. A team of researchers report that changes in the wind pattern, among other factors, may be contributing to this "cold blob."

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#132862
2022-02-01

Study of ants shows better biodiversity conservation needed across agricultural land in the tropics

A new study, led by CABI scientist Dr. Elizabeth Finch, is the first to investigate the impacts of swidden agriculture on ant communities across the full degradation gradient, highlighting the utmost importance of the conservation of existing closed canopy forests.

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#132863
2022-02-01

Green buildings can boost productivity, well-being and health of workers

Most people now recognize the energy savings benefits of green buildings. These buildings use less water, energy and other natural resources. In some cases, they can increase biodiversity, produce their own energy and reduce the urban heat island effect.

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#132864
2022-02-01

The Place of Biodiversity in EU Policy

Biodiversity is an essential component of life on Earth and of human society, and is now a primary focus area of the European Union with the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 launched in 2020 as part of the European Green Deal.

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#132865
2022-02-02

OPINION: There can be no climate action without targets to protect wetlands

Safeguarding and restoring shrinking wetlands is our last, best defence against global warming and biodiversity loss

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#132866
2022-02-02

New condo celebrates lakefront biodiversity with 120-metre mural along the Gardiner

When Julie Di Lorenzo was earning her Global Professional Master of Laws degree at U of T in 2019-20, she was fascinated by “Dragonfly,” an artwork of laser-engraved and hand-distressed acrylic panels, in the faculty of law’s atrium.

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#132867
2022-02-02

Opinion: Germany needs to invest in nature to defend against floods

Today's first international World Wetlands Day should prompt action to restore these vital ecosystems to protect communities, biodiversity and prevent future disasters, writes Jane Madgwick of Wetlands International.

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#132868
2022-02-02

Why Nature is More than a Carbon Sink

According to Anderson Tanoto, managing director, RGE, carbon credits are a commodity to be valued and traded. They are also a bellwether of rates of investment in climate and nature.

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#132869
2022-02-02

Interwoven in the living root bridges are stories of biodiversity and human interactions

For hundreds of years, aerial roots of the rubber fig tree (Ficus elastica), patiently coaxed by human hands guided by traditional knowledge, have created sturdy lattice-works, forming living bridges across Meghalaya’s gushing streams and canyons.

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#132870
2022-02-02

The care of xunan kab bees, a family heirloom

The xunán kab bee is increasingly difficult to find in the region and beekeepers know that it is an heirloom worth caring for because it produces honey with unique curative properties.

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#132871
2022-02-02

All coral will suffer severe bleaching when global heating hits 1.5C, study finds

Almost no corals on the planet will escape severe bleaching once global heating reaches 1.5C, according to a new study of the world’s reefs.

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#132872
2022-02-02

Flowers arriving a month early in UK as climate heats up

Plants are flowering a month earlier in the UK as the climate heats up, a study has found.The researchers examined 420,000 recorded dates of first flowering for more than 400 species, dating to 1793. The average date for the first blooms was about 12 May up to 1986, but since then the date has b ...

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#132873
2022-02-02

Ofwat urged to do more to make water firms protect environment

Ofwat must do more to make the water industry in England and Wales protect the environment, the government has said. Setting out the priorities for the regulator for the next five years the environment minister Rebecca Pow said water companies should significantly reduce the frequency and volume ...

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#132874
2022-02-02

Scotland hopes to save wild salmon by planting millions of trees next to rivers

Millions of trees are being planted beside Scotland’s remotest rivers and streams to protect wild salmon from the worst effects of climate heating.

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#132875
2022-02-02

Ocean eddies could explain Antarctic sea-ice paradox

Despite global warming and the sea-ice loss in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea-ice extent has remained largely unchanged since 1979. However, existing climate model-based simulations indicate significant sea-ice loss, contrary to actual observations.

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#132876
2022-02-02

Researchers model 'red snow' algal blooming events

Red snow is a unique phenomenon caused by blooms of red algae that live on the surface of snow. Now, researchers from Japan have developed a model to predict the occurrence of red snow events.

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#132877
2022-02-02

How Brazil's government is turning public land private, clearing the way for deforestation

Imagine that several state legislators decide that Yellowstone National Park is too big. Also imagine that, working with federal politicians, they change the law to downsize the park by a million acres, which they sell in a private auction.

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#132878
2022-02-02

Depletion of mountain snow and ice may be faster than anticipated

Enhanced mountain warming coupled with reduced rainfall at high elevation may deplete stores of mountain snow and ice more rapidly than previously thought.

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#132879
2022-02-02

Hummingbirds found to exert fine control over body heat

At night, hummingbirds lower their body temperature and metabolism drastically by dropping into an energy-saving state of inactivity called torpor. Scientists from multiple universities now find there's more than one level of torpor: shallow and deep, plus the transition stage between levels of ...

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#132880
2022-02-02

Killer whales teach each other how to steal fish from human fisheries

An international team of researchers has found that orcas are teaching one another how to steal fish and their remains from human fisheries. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of the number of orcas feeding on fish or their remains at human f ...

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#132881
2022-02-02

'Insect apocalypse' looming under current conservation rules

Current UK conservation policies fail to protect important insect species such as bees which "are vital for our everyday lives and future existence," according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.

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#132882
2022-02-02

Researchers gain insights into the genome of European mistletoe

Researchers around the world are working on decoding the genomes of plants. Detailed knowledge on biochemical processes in plants can provide important contributions to agriculture, environmental protection and medicine.

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#132883
2022-02-02

Insect DNA metabarcoding to assess the state of health of forests

How can we measure the impact on biodiversity of forest dieback caused by global changes to the environment? For the first time, an international research team involving scientists from INRAE, CNRS and the Université de Tours has analyzed the diversity of insect communities that represent 60% of ...

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#132884
2022-02-02

Coordinated conservation and restoration found to be critical to save Asia's threatened native trees

A new study has revealed that the rich native tree diversity in South and Southeast Asia is at risk of potential extinction. The region-wide and spatially explicit threat assessment focused on 63 socio-economically important native trees in Asia, showing that all species are highly vulnerable to ...

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#132885
2022-02-02

How international tourism and travel can be a pathway for introducing invasive species

Tourism is an important economic driver of the world's economy, providing a significant contribution to the income of many countries. However, tourism can also contribute to the introduction and spread of unwanted exotic organisms such as insect pests or weed seeds across countries.

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#132886
2022-02-02

Hunting by humans can change virus evolution, transmission in pumas

Pumas are famously solitary creatures. They typically avoid contact with humans, which makes them a challenge to observe. As a result, very little is known about their movements and even less about how diseases move through puma populations.

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#132887
2022-02-02

Why monkeys attack sick members of their troop and don't socially distance

Life in the wild can be tough, and sometimes animals don't have the luxury of taking time out when they are sick. That's certainly the reality of life for vervet monkeys living in Southern Africa, even though parasites and viruses are an ever-present component of animal life.

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#132888
2022-02-02

Proof found that the last ice age widened the Aare and Gürbe valleys

A team led by the University of Bern was able to prove that the glaciers of the penultimate ice age (the "Riss' glaciation) mainly eroded the bedrock between Thun and Bern, but that during the last glaciation ( the "Würm' glaciation) glacial carving resulted in a widening and not in a further de ...

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#132889
2022-02-02

What does climate change have to do with snowstorms?

Bostonians may have grumbled about digging out from almost 2 feet of snow after a historic snowstorm clobbered the Northeast in late January 2022, but it shouldn't have been a surprise. This part of the U.S. has been seeing a lot of storms like this in recent decades.

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#132891
2022-02-02

Climate change contributes to poorer mental health: study

Concerns and anxiety over climate change are increasingly becoming mental health issues that affect people's everyday lives, a theory researchers say is supported by a new study showing the impact of record-breaking heatwaves in B.C. last summer.

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#132892
2022-02-02

Infographic: How wetlands can help fight climate change

Wetlands – land consisting of swamps or marshes – have, during the centuries, been demonised as places of pestilence, drained for agriculture or urban development, and polluted or paved over.

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#132893
2022-02-02

Indigenous knowledge a way to protect valuable wetlands

Iran is rich in terms of having a variety of wetlands due to its climatic diversity. In the world, the total number of wetlands is classified into 42 types, of which 41 types exist in the country.

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#132894
2022-02-02

Wetlands: ‘Unsung heroes’ of the climate crisis

For the first time, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrates World Wetlands Day, recognizing that these fragile ecosystems make a crucial contribution to biodiversity, climate mitigation, freshwater availability, and economic resilience.

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#132895
2022-02-03

One Health approach to prevent emergence of zoonotic pathogens

In light of the continuing threats to public health posed by the emergence of diseases and new COVID-19 variants, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are looking to strengthen capacities in mainstreaming biodiversity into health frameworks and systems.

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