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#109954
2016-09-13

Brazil ratifies Paris agreement with pledge to sharply reduce emissions

The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.

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#109955
2016-09-13

Learning to live with the great white shark

Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.

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#109956
2016-09-13

Jamaica a regional leader in mainstreaming climate change

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Environment Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Esther Zeledon, says Jamaica is considered a pioneer and leader in the region in its efforts to mainstream climate change considerations into national development.

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#109957
2016-09-13

Christiana Figueres withdraws from race for UN Secretary General post

Former UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres withdrew from the race for the UN Secretary General post on Monday.

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#109958
2016-09-13

Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worr ...

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#109959
2016-09-13

Eastern forests use up nitrogen in soil during earlier, greener springs

A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function.

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#109960
2016-09-13

Bulgaria's pine forests threatened by bark beetle

Pine forests planted in Bulgaria to combat soil erosion are falling prey to a beetle that is feeding on trees already weakened by excessively hot weather, dense planting and a lack of proper logging in the years after the fall of communism.

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#109961
2016-09-13

Romania moves to protect some of Europe's last virgin forests

With new technology and a crackdown on logging, Romania is racing to save some of Europe's last virgin forests, home to wolves and brown bears.

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#109962
2016-09-13

Hemlock trees under threat by invasive pest, the woolly adelgid

The woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that infests and eventually destroys hemlock trees, has made one incursion into Eastern Canada and biologists say it's likely to turn up again.

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#109963
2016-09-13

Conservationists Dig In on Pandas, Oceans and Elephant Ivory

Thousands of people gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to talk about Earth’s ecosystems, endangered species and climate change.

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#109964
2016-09-13

IUCN to create new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organizations

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen said that the decision to create a specific place for Indigenous peoples in the decision-making process of the organization, reached during the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, would not only strengthen the presence and role of Indigenous organizations ...

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#109966
2016-09-13

One Simple Comic Explains Climate Change

Quick read captures 22,000 years of glaciers, heat and humans

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#109967
2016-09-13

Land-based food not nutritionally sufficient for wild polar bears, according to new study

On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season.

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#109968
2016-09-13

Living with environmental change: Investigating our native woodlands

Many woodland areas across the world are currently experiencing major dieback and collapse, owing to factors including climate change, grazing livestock, fire, and the spread of pests and diseases.

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#109969
2016-09-13

Secrets of life in the soil

Early on a cold spring morning, Diana Wall is trying out a tool normally used to make holes on golf courses — and she can't contain her excitement. Her team has always used more laborious methods to take samples of soil and its resident organisms. “Oh, that's a beautiful core,” she says as one s ...

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#109970
2016-09-13

Global brands’ beef is putting South America’s tropical forests at risk: report

The beef purchasing policies of global name-brand companies are failing to protect South America’s tropical forests from destruction, according to a new report.

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#109971
2016-09-13

Great Bear Rainforest to receive special designation

As part of their upcoming Royal Tour, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Premier Christy Clark confirmed today.

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#109932
2016-09-12

Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa.

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#109934
2016-09-12

History sounds a warning on island conservation

The World Conservation Congress, a high-level event summoning 8,000 of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientists, is taking place in Hawaii this month.

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#109935
2016-09-12

Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward

Ocean conservation efforts took a significant step forward on Friday when a measure to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans by 2030 passed during a major meeting in Hawaii.

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#109936
2016-09-12

World on track to meet a major global conservation target

With 14.7% of the Earth’s land and 12% of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target according to UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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#109937
2016-09-12

Legal rhino horn and ivory trade should benefit Africa, says Swaziland government

As talks about a complete ban on both the international and domestic markets heat up, the Swaziland government accuses western NGOs of being ‘armchair preservationists’

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#109938
2016-09-12

Conservation Congress Sets Ambitious Target to Protect Oceans

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 10 2016 (IPS) - A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans as “highly protected” areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermin ...

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#109939
2016-09-12

Ottawa's outdoor lab: A farm in the middle of the city

At a farm in the heart of Canada's capital, Ottawa, scientists are working to increase crop yields in an era of climate change and increased invasive pests. Among other things, they're turning insects against each other.

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#109940
2016-09-12

Bad news for nervous fliers: climate change is making severe turbulence more common

Incidents of severe air turbulence are on the rise and there will be worse to come as climate change takes hold, scientists have warned.

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#109941
2016-09-12

How a Social Investment Fund Strives to Preserve Brazil’s Forests

Brazil’s forests have long been the foundation of the country’s culture, dating back to indigenous cultures long before the Portuguese arrived.

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#109942
2016-09-12

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.

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#109943
2016-09-12

Snow leopards' return brings hope to remote Afghan region

WAKHAN, Afghanistan -- In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth

News Headlines
#109944
2016-09-12

Oceans given boost as nations agree to protect a third worldwide

Things are looking up for conservation of the world’s oceans. A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 per cent of them as “highly protected” areas by 2030.

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#109945
2016-09-12

That Fish on Your Dinner Plate May Be an Endangered Species

Endangered and threatened fish are sometimes passed off as other species in markets around the world, according to a new report.

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#109946
2016-09-12

Global conservation summit sets the direction for post-2015 sustainability agenda

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed today in Hawaiʻi, setting the global conservation agenda for the next four years and defining a roadmap for the implementation of the historic agreements adopted in 2015.

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#109947
2016-09-12

Connecting People to Nature a Key Outcome of the World Conservation Congress

Honolulu, Hawai'i, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – Fantastic Beasts’ Alison Sudol and executives from National Geographic, Parks Canada, Google Earth Outreach and Vulcan Productions were just a few of many leaders that took part in the launch of the #NatureForAll movement at the 2016 IUCN World Conse ...

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#109948
2016-09-12

Shark numbers dwindle in Atlantic Canadian waters

Researchers are concerned about the declining number of sharks in North Atlantic waters, pointing to a combination of climate change, overfishing and commercial fishing techniques as causes.

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#109905
2016-09-09

International community rallies to address major threat to oceans

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast ...

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#109906
2016-09-09

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s

A tenth of the world's wilderness has vanished in the past two decades, research shows.

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#109907
2016-09-09

Dormice in Britain 'vulnerable to extinction'

Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new report by wildlife charity, the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

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#109908
2016-09-09

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

News Headlines
#109909
2016-09-09

Islanders unaware of alien plant invasion risk

Low public concern about alien plants and animals is hampering conservation efforts on island nations as scientists battle the rapid decline of pristine habitats, a conference has heard.

News Headlines
#109910
2016-09-09

How to increase REDD+ benefits to indigenous peoples and other traditional forest communities

To meet the target of limiting global warming to 2-degrees-Celsius established in the Paris Climate Agreement, it is crucial to curb tropical deforestation and encourage the reforestation of tropical forests that have already been cut down.

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#109911
2016-09-09

Japan and South Africa Try to Block Proposed Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 8 2016 (IPS) - Japan and South Africa have ignited a furore at a major conservation congress by coming out against a proposed appeal to all governments to ban domestic trade in elephant ivory.

News Headlines
#109912
2016-09-09

The True Global Warming Hot Spots

Climate change is often blamed for environmental problems and natural events, but not always correctly. There are, however, places in the world where global warming is having an effect, as our interactive map shows.

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#109913
2016-09-09

Vital improvements needed to forecast impact of climate change on biodiversity

Improvements must be made to how we predict the impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, according to new research published today in Science.

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#109914
2016-09-09

The Crossroads of Conservation in Latin America

Saying Latin America and conservation together evokes abundance of wealth and beauty. But all that magnificence also comes with a unique set of risks, threats and challenges.

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#109915
2016-09-09

Ethiopia: Protecting Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Editorial: As agriculture is the mainstay of the nation's economy, maintaining the bio diversity and the ecosystem is critically vital. Also, the production of food and industrial crops and the development of the livestock sector heavily rely on the natural resources,with which they are interrel ...

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#109916
2016-09-09

Are lion hunters in South Africa shooting tame animals?

The guide whistles as the large, dark-maned lion walks just a few metres from the car.

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#109917
2016-09-09

Sacred Natural Sites Should Be 'No Go Zones' for Developers

A first round of motions was passed Tuesday by the 1,300 government and civil society members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at its World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaii.

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#109918
2016-09-09

Nature protection mulled as path for peace

[HONOLULU] The United Nations and other peacekeeping bodies should include an element of environmental protection and research in their efforts to pacify warring nations, a conference has heard.

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#109919
2016-09-09

Scimitar-horned oryx reintroduction spreads hope at conservation meet

ABU DHABI: A delegation from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), led by Dr Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD’s Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, joined thought leaders in the world of conservation at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World ...

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#109920
2016-09-09

From ‘Silverbacks’ to Systems Leaders: Rethinking African conservation leadership

Conservation has always revered its heroes– those courageous and committed individuals that champion and often become spokespeople for iconic species, causes, and places

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#109921
2016-09-09

An Ocean Perspective For A Planet At The Crossroads

A conversation between Ocean Conservancy’s CEO Andreas Merkl and Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator of the iconic Hōkūle’a, as Hawaiʻi hosts the IUCN World Conservation Congress

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