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#107041
2016-02-01

Wetlands important to local economy

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday called for greater commitment to protecting wetlands, which serve as a critical source not only of biodiversity but also sustainable livelihood for local communities.

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#107042
2016-02-01

Environment Ministers Message on World Wetlands Day Wetlands for our Future Sustainable Livelihoods" is this Years Theme

The following is the text of the message of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, being celebrated tomorrow, February 2, 2016:

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#107043
2016-02-01

Charred heritage the burning issue

IN late summer 1969, I cajoled my ageing FC Holden along the back roads of Tasmania seeking the elusive blue gum. The roads were narrow, there were few places to camp and it rained every night.

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#107044
2016-02-01

Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

The 20-year battle to protect the Great Bear Rainforest – the largest coastal temperate rainforest on the planet – is over, with the B.C. government set to announce Monday it has reached an agreement with environmentalists, forest companies and First Nations.

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#107045
2016-02-01

Malawi: 'Dry Spell to Affect Survival Rate of Newly Planted Trees'

Nsanje — There is fear that the dry spell that has hit most of the county's districts will affect the survival rate of trees being planted in this year's tree planting season.

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#107046
2016-02-01

Egypt: African Union Summit Adopts Egyptian Initiatives On Climate Change

Cairo — African leaders unanimously approved on Sunday two initiatives proposed by Egypt on climate change in the continent, during the African Union summit held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the Egyptian state-run news agency MENA reported.

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#107048
2016-02-01

Who politicized the environment and climate change?

An environmental activist friend of mine recently shook her head and marveled at the extraordinary accomplishments of the last several months. “Still lots of work to be done,” she said. “But wow! This has been an epic period for environmentalists!”

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#107049
2016-02-01

Can We Stop Mosquitoes From Infecting the World?

Mosquitoes carrying dangerous viruses like Zika are spreading worldwide. Some even hide underground. Scientists struggle to find new weapons to control them.

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#107050
2016-02-01

Tree of the Year – Sri Lanka competition launched

The Carbon Consulting Company, known for its innovative endeavors in the field of corporate environmental sustainability, launched a groundbreaking initiative to recognize and preserve the increasingly threatened biodiversity habitat across the country. ”The Tree of the Year- Sri Lanka”is a high ...

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#107024
2016-01-29

Europe's recent summers were the 'warmest in 2,000 years'

The past 30 years in Europe have likely been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.

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#107025
2016-01-29

How 'more food per field' could help save our wild spaces

Agricultural expansion is a leading cause of wild species loss and greenhouse gas emissions.

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#107026
2016-01-29

Newly discovered chameleon sheds light on Tanzania biodiversity

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced yesterday that a team of scientists has discovered a new species of chameleon in the mountainous rainforests of Tanzania.

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#107027
2016-01-29

Vines may be bad news for forest carbon storage

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that vines called lianas reduce the carbon storage capacity of tropical forests by crowding out and sometimes even killing trees.

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#107029
2016-01-29

Commission promotes smart farming to mitigate climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission wants to build “bridges” between agriculture and the ICT sector in order to better address the environmental challenges of farming.

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#107032
2016-01-29

Haunting Photos Show Effects Of Climate Change In Bangladesh

The number of "climate change refugees" in Bangladesh is expected to rise dramatically in the coming decades.

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#107033
2016-01-29

The party is over. Now the hard work begins on climate change.

The party is definitely over. They all had a great time in Paris with loads of selfies and lots of mutual admiration, but now it’s time for federal and provincial environment ministers to begin the hard work of turning climate change rhetoric into reality.

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#107034
2016-01-29

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, January 29, 2016 – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Cels ...

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#107035
2016-01-29

Global plant conservation's phase one: The world checklist of hornworts and liverworts

Although it was Charles Darwin himself who more than a century ago voiced his intention to support a complete catalogue of all known plant species, such is yet to be realised. In the present paper, however, an international research team present the first ever worldwide checklist of hornworts an ...

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#107006
2016-01-28

Livestock biodiversity must be preserved as vital tool against climate change – UN agency

27 January 2016 – The genetic diversity of livestock can play a vital role in feeding the world in the face of hotter weather and the other effects of climate change, yet many valuable breeds continue to be at risk, the United Nations agricultural agency warned today, calling for stronger global ...

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#107007
2016-01-28

Toxic pollutants found in fish across the world's oceans

A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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#107008
2016-01-28

Map shows India at top of climate violence

India, Colombia and Nigeria have the most cases of conflict caused by climate change and environmental disputes, according to a map of global ecological conflict.

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#107009
2016-01-28

Does sustainable forest management actually protect forests?

The Rio Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, brought the principles of sustainable forest management to the forefront of the quest to safeguard tropical forests and the habitat and carbon reserves they contain, while also providing for the social and economic needs of the peopl ...

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#107010
2016-01-28

Most ‘frontiers of plantation expansion’ are losing far more trees to deforestation than harvesting

Nearly all of the recent tree cover loss in several “frontiers of plantation expansion” is happening outside established plantation boundaries, according to a study released Monday by the World Resources Institute.

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#107011
2016-01-28

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching: too soon for optimism, says academic

Severe bleaching can be lethal to reef systems, triggering long-term degradation through the erosion of underlying structures

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#107012
2016-01-28

Breakthrough in mapping tropical forests reveals broad extent of tree loss

LONDON – New advanced satellite maps of tropical countries reveal that more than 90 percent of recent tree cover loss took place in natural forests rather than plantations, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, research shows.

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#107013
2016-01-28

Soil productivity cut by climate change, making societies more marginal: studies

The health of the world's soils hinges on the abundance and diversity of the microbes and fungi they contain, and environmental changes including from global warming will undermine their ability to support humans and other species, according to two new studies.

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#107014
2016-01-28

Maurice Strong remembered for putting environmental issues on global stage

During an interview in 2014, Maurice Strong told The Globe and Mail how he, a businessman turned diplomat, came to have a lifelong interest in science and the environment.

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#107015
2016-01-28

Le Québec, protecteur médiocre de la biodiversité

Si la tendance se maintient, le Québec ratera la plupart de ses objectifs de protection de la biodiversité, selon un rapport rendu public mardi.

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#106993
2016-01-27

Conserving the world’s rarest fish may mean letting it die out

The Devil’s Hole pupfish – claimed to be the rarest fish known – isn’t what we thought.

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#106994
2016-01-27

Climate compensation schemes 'failing to reach poorest'

Remote communities are not receiving the compensation they are entitled to from schemes designed to conserve tropical forests, a study suggests.

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#106995
2016-01-27

Ecotourism, natural resource conservation proposed as allies to protect natural landscapes

If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in the hands of developers -- in the US and around the globe -- they should team up with ecotourists, according to a study.

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#106996
2016-01-27

India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation

At the beginning of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a road map to guide India’s science and technology over the next two decades.

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#106997
2016-01-27

Slaughter of the song birds

Songbirds are a culinary delicacy in Cyprus — but catching and eating them is illegal. Even so, the practice is on the rise and could be threatening rare species.

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#106998
2016-01-27

WFP’s Chief Calls for Support for Those Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

PEMBA, Zambia, Jan 27 2016 (IPS) - With El Nino affecting countries in southern Africa, threatening agricultural production due to a massive heat wave, the World Food Programme has urged the international community to support the upscaling of climate smart agricultural technology for resilience.

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#106999
2016-01-27

World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania

A global tragedy is unfolding in Tasmania. World heritage forests are burning; 1,000-year-old trees and the hoary peat beneath are reduced to char.

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#107000
2016-01-27

Brexit would damage UK environment, say experts

Group including past heads of RSPB and National Trust believe EU membership has positive effect on Britain’s natural habitat

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#107001
2016-01-27

German youth ditch enviro interests for economic woes

Germany's position as an eco-pioneer could be under threat. A new government survey has found that the country's current generation of 14- to 25-year-olds are less worried about the environment than their elders were.

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#107002
2016-01-27

Doomsday Clock stuck near midnight due to climate change and nuclear war

The Doomsday Clock, the symbolic countdown to humanity’s end, remained stuck on the brink of the apocalypse for a second year on Tuesday, because of the continued existential threats posed by nuclear war and climate change.

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#107003
2016-01-27

Feds expand protected habitat for right whales along East Coast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it plans to expand designated critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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#106981
2016-01-26

Over-hunting threatens Amazonian forest carbon stocks

Over-hunting large mammals in tropical forests could make climate change worse. Tropical forests worldwide store more than 460 billion tonnes of carbon.

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#106982
2016-01-26

Paris climate deal hinges on better carbon accountancy

Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province, a lightly populated swathe of Borneo, is a hotbed for greenhouse gases that are emitted through deforestation, family farming and industrial palm-oil production.

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#106983
2016-01-26

Over 40 years, half of China’s land vertebrates disappear

From 1970 to 2010, the world’s populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish shrunk by about 52 percent.

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#106984
2016-01-26

Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated, scientists say

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and could be about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers have said.

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#106985
2016-01-26

Sri Lanka destroys huge illegal ivory haul

Government publicly destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul in bid to show poachers it will not tolerate the violent trade

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#106986
2016-01-26

New bird with amazing voice 'like Adele' discovered in India

A new species of forest thrush has been discovered in a remote region of northeastern India, making it only the fourth new bird discovered in the country since independence in 1947.

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#106987
2016-01-26

South Africa imposes year-long leopard hunting ban for 2016

Conservation groups hailed the year-long ban, saying it was crucial to protecting the species given that the size of the country’s leopard population is unknown

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#106988
2016-01-26

Seychelles Gets First-of-Its-Kind Book On Invasive Plants

Victoria — Years of personal battle with invasive species has led to a first-of-its kind book about invasive plants found on Seychelles' 115 islands.

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#106989
2016-01-26

South America’s white-sand forests: poorly known and under threat

Published this month, a special issue of Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), focuses on issues in South America’s under-studied neotropical white-sand forests.

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#106990
2016-01-26

Biodiversité: le Québec incapable de respecter ses engagements

Même si le Québec veut se positionner en leader en matière environnementale sur la scène internationale, il s'avère jusqu'ici incapable de respecter ses engagements en matière de protection de la biodiversité.

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#106965
2016-01-25

El Niño means glaciers in the Andes are melting at record rates

Tropical glaciers in the Andes are melting at their fastest rate for 12 years, thanks to the record-breaking El Niño that is warming up the area, according to new data analysed for New Scientist.

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