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#104965
2015-08-24

Climate Change Shrinking Uganda’s Lakes and Fish

KAMPALA, Aug 22 2015 (IPS) - Climate change is reducing the size of several species of fish on lakes in Uganda and its neighbouring East African countries, with a negative impact on the livelihoods of millions people who depend on fishing for food and income.

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#104966
2015-08-24

Ecology initiative to encourage more birds, bats and insects to central London

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

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#104967
2015-08-24

Torrential rains, prolonged drought - climate change causing more extreme weather

Heavy rains in Europe, wildfires in California, desertification in North Africa: extreme weather is one way climate change influences our daily life. Humanity has to adapt - which will be difficult in certain places.

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#104968
2015-08-24

Scientists warn only 'simplified', degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world's remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world's most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science.

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#104969
2015-08-24

Evidence of species loss in Amazon

Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest biodiversity.

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#104971
2015-08-24

Climate Change Is Pushing Earth's Boreal Forests Toward A 'Tipping Point'

Boreal forests, found in the sub-arctic regions of North America, Europe and Asia, make up nearly 30 percent of Earth’s total forest area. Experts now believe that these ecosystems are fast approaching a “tipping point” due to a rise in global temperatures caused by climate change.

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#104972
2015-08-24

In Africa, good fences make for safe species

NAIROBI – African countries are often criticized for failing to meet their environmental challenges. Observers often cite loss of habitat in the face of population growth, land degradation and industrialization.

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#104973
2015-08-24

A call to report floral intruders before they dominate landscape

PUNE: The bright flowers of Lantana camara was the foremost reason for the introduction of this South American novelty to India in 1809 at the botanical gardens in Kolkata.

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#104974
2015-08-24

New open-access database aims to get water-scarce countries ‘more crop per drop’ – UN agency

24 August 2015 – At the start of the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden, the United Nations agriculture agency today announced that it would develop a new open-access data portal that uses satellite imagery to provide insights into more efficient and productive use of agricultural ...

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#104946
2015-08-21

Pakistan's top court bans the hunting of houbara bustard

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Conservationists applauded Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday, as the nation's top court placed a ban on the hunting of the houbara bustard.

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#104947
2015-08-21

Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape

US researchers say it has become "virtually impossible" to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world.

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#104948
2015-08-21

For trout fishermen, climate change will mean more driving time, less angling

When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study clearly explains the impact of projected warming waters on wild brook trout in the eastern US for fishermen.

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#104949
2015-08-21

North Pacific ‘blob’ stirs up fisheries management

Unprecedented conditions in the Pacific Ocean have sent fisheries managers into uncharted waters.

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#104950
2015-08-21

Textbook boosts pupil awareness of climate change

[DHAKA] Targeted teaching helps Bangladeshi pupils learn how to limit the health risks of climate change, a study shows.

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#104951
2015-08-21

The Future Tastes Like Chocolate for Rural Salvadoran Women

CALUCO/MERCEDES UMAÑA, El Salvador, Aug 20 2015 (IPS) - Idalia Ramón and 10 other rural Salvadoran women take portions of the freshly ground chocolate paste, weigh it, and make chocolates in the shapes of stars, rectangles or bells before packaging them for sale.

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#104952
2015-08-21

New Zealand conservationists apologise over accidental shooting of endangered takahē

An inquiry is under way into how a cull of somewhat similar-looking pukeko birds has led to the slaughter of 5% of the wild population of takahē

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#104953
2015-08-21

25m birds illegally killed in Mediterranean each year, says report

About 25 million birds are being unlawfully shot, trapped and glued in a Mediterranean crime wave that is even affecting birds vulnerable to extinction, according to the first report of its kind.

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#104954
2015-08-21

UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Remember the Alamo? UNESCO just did, by including the fabled Texas mission in its latest designated places of "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity."

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#104955
2015-08-21

UPS halts shark fin shipments

Sandy Springs-based UPS has stopped accepting shipments of shark fins, following criticism of the practice.

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#104956
2015-08-21

WIPO Director Gurry Highlights Value Of Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge and creativity is a valuable source of inspiration for all, but is largely accessible and might benefit from being better protected, the head of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization said this month.

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#104957
2015-08-21

Will REDD+ help save Indonesia’s forest, or create ‘carbon cowboys’ instead?

During the past few years, the concept of REDD+ has emerged to protect forests and safeguard the livelihoods of those who live within and near them by providing a financial value for carbon left stored in forests.

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#104958
2015-08-21

UN clinches outcome document for post-2015 development agenda

UN members on 2 August finalised a new global development agenda outlining a series of international sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years after intense negotiations in New York.

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#104959
2015-08-21

In Costa Rica, a turtle’s suffering puts spotlight on need to reduce use of plastics

August 20th, 2015 (EFE) The plight of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle that biologists in Costa Rica rid of a plastic straw stuck in its nose highlights the need to reduce the use of the synthetic material, since 8 million tons of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year, biologist Nathan Robinson ...

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#104960
2015-08-21

The human 'superpredator' is unique -- and unsustainable, study says

If you’re looking for the world’s top "superpredator," look no further than your own reflection..

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#104961
2015-08-21

Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier spawns big berg

Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.

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#104934
2015-08-20

More grasslands in Tibet could bring climate improvements

In the Arctic, enhanced vegetation growth amplifies global warming. On the Tibetan Plateau, however, the situation is the reverse. "The trend in Tibet is the opposite of what we are seeing in the Arctic," says an expert. "By restoring grasslands there, the climate can be improved -- both locally ...

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#104935
2015-08-20

A diamond in the marsh: Saving the Lake Alaotra Gentle Lemur

Climb into a canoe at dawn, paddle into the reed beds of Madagascar’s largest wetland, and with luck you could see a unique primate: the Alaotra Gentle Lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis).

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#104936
2015-08-20

Pesticides linked to bee decline for first time in a countrywide field study

Landscape-wide research by former UK government agency on oilseed rape fields in England and Wales shows link between neonicotinoids and honeybee colony losses

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#104937
2015-08-20

EU calls for urgency in ‘seriously lagging’ Paris climate talks

EU’s top climate official warns that ‘painfully slow’ negotiations must be accelerated to seal a meaningful global emissions pact at Paris summit

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#104938
2015-08-20

'The future is grim for coral reefs'

Coral reefs are among the world's richest ecosystems - and they will disappear from the face of the Earth before this century is over if we don't make serious changes, ecologist Peter Sale told DW.

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#104939
2015-08-20

Ethiopia: UN Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda

After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.'s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals -- including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger -- to be reached by 2030.

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#104940
2015-08-20

California drought: Climate change plays a role, study says. But how big?

A growing number of scientists have made the claim that climate change is at least partly responsible for California's crippling drought. Now researchers have estimated the extent to which humans are to blame: between 8% and 27%..

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#104941
2015-08-20

The Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Malaysia

Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia. The survival of the Sumatran rhino now depends on the 100 or fewer remaining individuals in the wild in Indonesia and the ni ...

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#104942
2015-08-20

In climate change era, new idea for conservation takes shape

Conservation has long been about protecting communities of plants and animals where they are. But climate change is leading to a nascent form of conservation that embraces change and instead seeks to provide a thriving stage on which it can happen.

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#104943
2015-08-20

More Foods Boast Non-GMO Labels—Even Those Without GMOs

Last year, Evolution Salt Co. proudly slapped a label on its packages of Himalayan salt proclaiming they contained no genetically modified organisms.

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#104944
2015-08-20

'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

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#104891
2015-08-19

Sweet-smelling secrets of mosquito-repellent grass

US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs.

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#104892
2015-08-19

Worsening wind forecasts signal stormy times ahead for seabirds

Stronger winds forecast as a result of climate change could impact on populations of wild animals, by affecting how well they can feed, a study of seabirds suggests.

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#104893
2015-08-19

Latin America Should Lead in Protecting the Planet’s Oceans

SANTIAGO, Aug 17 2015 (IPS) - Latin America should assume a position of global leadership by adopting effective measures to protect the oceans, which are threatened by illegal fishing, the impacts of climate change, and pollution caused by acidification and plastic waste.

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#104894
2015-08-19

Zimbabwe’s Forest Carbon Programme Not All It Seems

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challengin ...

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#104895
2015-08-19

Future of Brazil’s babassu fruit breakers threatened by deforestation

Government plans to expand agribusiness in north-east Brazil could see native babassu forests – already hit by crop plantations – dissapear, ending a traditional way of life for thousands of families who depend on the fruit for their survival

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#104896
2015-08-19

Islamic scholars, environmentalists call for action on climate change

Dozens of Muslim scholars and environmental activists have called on the international community to phase out the use of greenhouse gases by 2050. The declaration comes months ahead of a key UN climate summit in Paris.

News Headlines
#104897
2015-08-19

Paris and the climate talks: business’ shortest route to success

WBCSD's Peter Bakker says a growing number of businesses are stepping up to tackle climate change

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#104898
2015-08-19

Peru and Ecuador sign action plan for protected areas

Peru and Ecuador officially signed the 2015-2016 Action Plan of Network for Binational Management of Protected Natural Areas in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, according to Andina news agency.

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#104899
2015-08-19

GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

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#104900
2015-08-19

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of

Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.

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#104901
2015-08-19

Mexico to Strengthen Protection of Endangered Species

Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will strengthen the protection of the olive ridley sea turtles on the beaches of the states of Oaxaca and Michoacan, by intensifying their operatives in the natural spawning areas of this endangered species.

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#104902
2015-08-19

Marine mammals thriving in Thames

Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.

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#104877
2015-08-18

Controlling feral animals could save Australia billions, and 148 endangered species

New research has found that the most cost-effective way to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in Australia's famous Lake Eyre Basin is to control the numbers of feral pigs in the area.

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#104878
2015-08-18

Coral reefs are 'likely to disappear from the Earth' despite climate change talks

Even if the talks in Paris are "wildly successful", Professor Peter F Sale says the future of the planet's coral reefs is bleak Coral reefs, as they existed half a century ago, will likely disappear from Earth even if climate change talks in December are "wildly successful", a distinguished prof ...

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