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#104416
2015-06-26

Rare birds return to remote South Georgia island after successful rat eradication programme

Rare birds are returning to nest on the remote island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic where the biggest ever rat-eradication programme has ended in apparent success, scientists have said.

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#104417
2015-06-26

REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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#104418
2015-06-26

Brazil Seeks to Boost Beef Productivity by 82% to Protect Amazon

Brazil is encouraging farmers to boost productivity at cattle ranches around the Amazon rain forest as it seeks to balance environmental protection with economic production.

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#104419
2015-06-26

'Business can be a global force for good,' Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN ...

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#104420
2015-06-26

Zimbabwe - Women Must Be Part of the Climate Change Debate

Harare, 26 June: Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry season's extreme hot summers and cold winters.

News Headlines
#104421
2015-06-26

College student discovers new firefly species

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- On almost any summer night, thousands of kids are catching fireflies. Few, if any, however, are discovering new species.

News Headlines
#104386
2015-06-25

Antarctic Yeti crabs cling to hot jets and farm bacteria

Hot vents in Antarctica's Southern Ocean are crowded with cold, hairy crabs. Blind and surrounded by freezing water, they must huddle close to the vent chimneys that power their ecosystem.

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#104387
2015-06-25

Glowing world of rainbow corals found in the Red Sea

There's a fluorescent disco world in the Red Sea. An assortment of glowing corals has been discovered more than 50 metres down, outshining the monotone green varieties seen in shallower waters.

News Headlines
#104389
2015-06-25

Analyzing ocean mixing reveals insight on climate

A computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean has been developed by researchers.

News Headlines
#104390
2015-06-25

Antarctic life: Highly diverse, unusually structured

In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought.

News Headlines
#104391
2015-06-25

Unlocking fermentation secrets open door to new biofuels

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.

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#104392
2015-06-25

GM wheat that emits pest alarm-signals fails in field trials

A pioneering genetically modified (GM) wheat crop that emits an insect alarm pheromone to ward off pests has not worked in field trials, disappointed researchers say.

News Headlines
#104393
2015-06-25

Severe weather linked more strongly to global warming

Attempts to attribute extreme weather events to global warming have often failed because they have looked at the wrong thing, leading climatologists claim.

News Headlines
#104394
2015-06-25

Focus on Gender: Sex, power and scientific influence

On 4 June, chemist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was selected as president of Mauritius, the first woman to preside over this small island in the Indian Ocean.

News Headlines
#104395
2015-06-25

Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.

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#104396
2015-06-25

London mayor suggests $15 billion 'megafund' to boost biotech

Banks, investors and big drug companies should consider creating a 10-billion-pound ($15.7 billion) "megafund" to help biotech firms in London and across Britain compete with U.S. rivals, London mayor Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#104397
2015-06-25

GM wheat no more pest-resistant than ordinary crops, trial shows

GM wheat designed to repel aphids is no more effective at repelling the bugs than standard varieties a major field trial has revealed

News Headlines
#104398
2015-06-25

Convincing Australians that bats aren't so bad

Ebola, rabies, Marburg - fruit bats carry a lot of dangerous viruses, which makes them unpopular. But bats provide an important contribution to the ecosystem - so some people are trying to save as many as possible.

News Headlines
#104399
2015-06-25

Madagascar's lemurs cling to survival

The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.

News Headlines
#104400
2015-06-25

To the rescue: Helping threatened Mediterranean sea turtles

Researchers Ullmann and Stachowitsch critically review the current state of sea turtle rescue centres and first-aid stations in relation to the mortality trends for two charismatic yet endangered flagship species - the Mediterranean loggerhead and green turtle populations.

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#104369
2015-06-23

Excellent Opportunity for Planning Africa's Sustainable Development, ECA Partners Declare

Addis Ababa — Since Rio +20, Africa has been redefining, refining, implementing and reviewing sustainable development.

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#104370
2015-06-23

Warmer, drier winters are shrinking California's wildflower diversity

Similar trends have been found in the Mediterranean region of southern Europe.

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#104371
2015-06-23

Latest EU Sentinel satellite to track global food crops

The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme has gone into orbit.

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#104372
2015-06-23

Fighting climate change is opportunity to improve public health

Driving cars and eating too much red meat damage more than your carbon footprint. Curbing our carbon habit wouldn't just help us ward off the worst of climate change – it would also make us healthier, according to a panel of health researchers.

News Headlines
#104373
2015-06-23

IUCN list shows no new extinctions – but they loom large

Good news or bad? The latest update to the IUCN Red List shows many species are in decline – but no additions to the Extinct category.

News Headlines
#104374
2015-06-23

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission.

News Headlines
#104375
2015-06-23

Island rodents take on nightmarish proportions

Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents.

News Headlines
#104376
2015-06-23

Helping African science academies build policy clout

All over the world, scientists complain that governments ignore scientific evidence. And not without reason: in every field, from drugs to climate change, policies are being developed with too little awareness of the evidence that could underpin better decisions.

News Headlines
#104377
2015-06-23

The Kenyan elephant reserve that's fighting back against poachers

Conservation efforts in Amboseli national park offer hope in the battle to protect Africa’s big beasts from ivory poachers – but tackling demand for ivory is still crucial to long-term success

News Headlines
#104378
2015-06-23

Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction, say conservationists

IUCN Red List says that while Iberian lynx and Guadalupe fur seal are recovering, cave crabs and the world’s rarest sea lion are at risk of dying out

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#104379
2015-06-23

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm found on mainland US for first time poses major threat

A highly invasive species of flatworm has been identified in mainland US for the first time, posing a significant threat to the country - and the Americas - as a whole, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#104381
2015-06-23

Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change and ensuring food security – UN agency

23 June 2015 – Mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, according to a newly released United Nations-backed publication, which also highlights technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples.

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#104358
2015-06-22

Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.

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#104359
2015-06-22

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

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#104360
2015-06-22

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

News Headlines
#104361
2015-06-22

Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists

The modern world is experiencing a “sixth great extinction” of animal species even when the lowest estimates of extinction rates are considered, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#104362
2015-06-22

Pope's encyclical a 'successful provocation'

It consists of 200 pages on ecology, climate, natural resources and the need for change: Pope Francis' encyclical has caused quite a stir. But will the move have any long-lasting effect toward climate action?

News Headlines
#104363
2015-06-22

Climate change brings new insect arrivals to Finland

New insect species typically arrive in Finland via Russia’s Karelian Isthmus. Entomologists say that the number of species in the country has expanded rapidly in recent years.

News Headlines
#104364
2015-06-22

Looking to beat back encroaching desert, Chile preserves forests

As part of efforts to counteract desertification and erosion brought about by climate change, Chile will invest $250 million to plant vast tracks of native forest, the national forestry agency said on Friday.

News Headlines
#104365
2015-06-22

How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers

Africa’s black market in ivory doesn’t just sell an illegal product: recent estimates confirmed it stokes a poaching epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands of elephants over the past decade.

News Headlines
#104366
2015-06-22

'Grave concern' for Maui's dolphin

The International Whaling Commission has voiced its "grave concern" for the tiny Maui's dolphin and urged the Government to take further steps to protect the critically-endangered sub-species.

News Headlines
#104367
2015-06-22

Climate change could lead to smaller loaves of bread in 2050, scientists say

Global warming could leave loaves of bread diminished in size due to a reduction in the amount of protein in grains, scientists say.

News Headlines
#104368
2015-06-22

Why should you care about the Sustainable Development Goals?

Delegates meet in New York this week to hammer out revamped anti-poverty goals, that campaigners say could rival in significance 1948′s watershed UN Declaration of Human Rights.

News Headlines
#104346
2015-06-19

UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical ‘moral issue’

18 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future ...

News Headlines
#104347
2015-06-19

Elephant poaching hotspots identified

Most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows.

News Headlines
#104349
2015-06-19

Staying cool: Saharan silver ants' heat-deflecting adaptations

Saharan silver ants can control electromagnetic waves over an extremely broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum

News Headlines
#104350
2015-06-19

Why the Pope's letter on climate change matters

Pope Francis’s long-anticipated encyclical letter on climate change and the environment, officially released on 18 June, has generated huge media interest since it was leaked to the press three days ago.

News Headlines
#104351
2015-06-19

Can we save the Sumatran rhino? Indonesia holds out hope

"One percent of the world's population," veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram (1,574-pound), 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros leisurely crunching branches whole.

News Headlines
#104352
2015-06-19

Opinion: 2015 and Beyond, Young Voices, Loud Demands

BRUSSELS, Jun 19 2015 (IPS) - As a young person interested in development, my heart beats a little faster when I look at the potential of 2015. There has never been so much at stake as this year for the future of our planet.

News Headlines
#104353
2015-06-19

That's right, kangaroos are left-handed

Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates.

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