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#104321
2015-06-17

Global seabird decline greater than expected

The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests

News Headlines
#104322
2015-06-17

Interview: UN official urges more knowledge about individual country's land loss

BONN, Germany, June 17 (Xinhua) -- It is not a matter of technology, finance or manpower, but lack of knowledge about land that mainly blocks the actual efforts of human society to fight against desertification, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ( ...

News Headlines
#104323
2015-06-17

Land degradation and desertification undercut human rights: UN chief

On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification, 17th June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world community to invest in soil.

News Headlines
#104325
2015-06-17

Land degradation is a growing threat to global security

17/06/2015 Milan, Italy ​Land degradation is a growing threat to global security, according to Ms Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, who spoke today at the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification at the EXPO Milano, in Italy.

News Headlines
#104326
2015-06-17

Stop eating Nutella and save the forests, urges French ecology minister

Ségolène Royal says Nutella is made using palm oil, which is contributing to deforestation, and urged Ferrero to make the spread with ‘other ingredients’

News Headlines
#104327
2015-06-17

U.S. Grants Captive Chimpanzees Endangered Species Status, Prohibiting Most Research on Them

Studying human’s close living relatives, chimpanzees, has offered tons of insight into the evolution of human intelligence — for example, researchers now know that human babies and chimp babies use similar gestures.

News Headlines
#104328
2015-06-17

Sustainable Development Goals: each of us has a part to play

In 2000 the United Nations set a range of eight goals to end things like extreme poverty, child mortality and women dying in childbirth by 2015. Unfortunately we’re not there yet.

News Headlines
#104284
2015-06-16

Biodiversity reduces human, wildlife diseases and crop pests

With infectious diseases increasing worldwide, the need to understand how and why disease outbreaks occur is becoming increasingly important.

News Headlines
#104285
2015-06-16

Green Spaces at School May Help Kids’ Brains

A significant increase in exposure to green spaces resulted in a 5% increase in the development of children's working memory

News Headlines
#104286
2015-06-16

Leaving on a biofueled jet plane

Researchers have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80 percent.

News Headlines
#104287
2015-06-16

‘Girls’ in the lab and the point of science engagement

The uproar over Tim Hunt’s remarks on ‘girls’ in the lab shows why gender awareness in science journalism matters.

News Headlines
#104288
2015-06-16

Adaptation Funding a Key Issue for Caribbean at Climate Talks

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - With less than six months to go before the next full United Nations Conference of the Parties also known as COP 21 – widely regarded as a make-or-break moment for an agreement on global action on climate change – Caribbean nations are still hammering out t ...

News Headlines
#104289
2015-06-16

Opinion: GM Cotton a False Promise for Africa

MELVILLE, South Africa, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

News Headlines
#104290
2015-06-16

Are invasive species good for giant tortoises? Ask the dung.

Invasive species usually spell trouble for isolated ecosystems but in the Galapagos, an archipelago of islands off the coast of Ecuador that Charles Darwin credited with inspiring his theory of evolution, giant tortoises are in love with non-native fruit and grass species that appear to be keepi ...

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#104291
2015-06-16

Researcher discusses new ways to calculate ecosystem impacts on climate

For decades, scientists have relied on an established formula to measure the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change.

News Headlines
#104292
2015-06-16

Lake sediment reveals political regime change impacts

Sediment gathered from a lake in Romania has recorded the environmental changes linked to changes in the political landscape, a study shows.

News Headlines
#104293
2015-06-16

Raising palm oil prices could help to save endangered tigers and orangutans, study claims

Supermarkets could help to save rare endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan by increasing the price of products containing palm oil providing the money raised went to forest conservation, a study has found.

News Headlines
#104294
2015-06-16

Burkina Faso: disappearing rains and new realities

KALEMBOULI, Burkina Faso—The people of Kalembouli, a village of about 1,000 people in southern Burkina Faso, have no doubt that weather patterns are changing and that this is taking its toll on their landscapes – and their lives.

News Headlines
#104305
2015-06-16

China stresses efforts to fight desertification

China's State Forestry Administration (SFA) has pledged to fight desertification as the country faces a tough battle against encroaching sands.SFA deputy head Zhang Yongli told Xinhua that China has 1.73 million square kilometers (1.73 billion hectares) of land is classified as undergoing desert ...

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#104306
2015-06-16

Social structure matters in species conservation

Many animal species, including humans, live and breed in groups with complex social organizations.

News Headlines
#104307
2015-06-16

Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Other Diseases

In the Brazilian Amazon, getting back to nature may really be the healthiest option.

News Headlines
#104308
2015-06-16

Taking the SDGs on a road test

As the international development community works to define the post-2015 agenda, many questions arise regarding the feasibility of measuring progress toward the sustainable development goals: How big are the data gaps, and how can we fill them?

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#104310
2015-06-16

Arctic water may be acidic enough to dissolve shells by 2030

SEATTLE, June 16 (UPI) -- The health of mollusks on both the East and West coasts has already been damaged by spikes in ocean acidification. And researchers say, as global warming continues, acidification will only get worse.

News Headlines
#104273
2015-06-15

Climate change, erosion and the disappearance of Senegal’s coast

At their recent summit in Germany, G7 leaders agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, but along Senegal’s coast, the consequences of climate change are already tangible. The Petite Cote coastline is suffering severe land loss due to erosion.

News Headlines
#104277
2015-06-15

Disease Risk May be Combated by Biodiversity in Humans and Plants

Biodiversity may be key for reducing disease and crop pests. As infectious diseases increase worldwide, it's important to find out what may reduce instances of these diseases and now, scientists may have figured out one way.

News Headlines
#104278
2015-06-15

Are we undervaluing forests' role in the world’s growth story?

Like most fathers of teenage children, I am often accused of being out of touch. While my work takes me to many places, geographic and esoteric, my children do have a point: It is fair to say that much of the world of popular culture passes me by.

News Headlines
#104279
2015-06-15

Biosafety initiative : Bill to regulate import of genetically modified seeds being prepared

Currently, there is no law at the federal level to check import of genetically modified (GM) seeds in the country. In absence of a law, the country is fast becoming a dumping state for GM seeds being produced by multinational corporations.

News Headlines
#104272
2015-06-15

Two 'lost' animal species spotted in Palawan

Chancing upon a rare species of animal does not happen every day. But seeing two "lost" species in an expedition is nothing short of an exciting (re)discovery.

News Headlines
#104274
2015-06-15

Climate change is brewing a major problem for the tea industry

A myth ties the origins of tea to an errant gust of wind that blew tea leaves into a Chinese emperor’s hot water more than 4,700 years ago.

News Headlines
#104281
2015-06-15

Holding Back Climate Change Isn’t as Hard as You Think

The global economy grew strongly last year without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, suggesting that government regulations, carbon markets and existing technologies are starting to bite in the battle against climate change.

News Headlines
#104282
2015-06-15

EAC gets new biodiversity observatory

The observatory will provide relevant data and information that will enhance planning, policy, and decision-making. It will support effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation within the region, in line with the mandate of the environmental sector of the EAC that is to prom ...

News Headlines
#104259
2015-06-12

Nagoya Protocol: plant hunters need to step up to this new challenge

New legislation on collecting plants from the wild should help us realise the value of biodiversity.

News Headlines
#104260
2015-06-12

‘Inaction on climate change now will cost us all in the future,’ UN labour chief warns work summit

11 June 2015 – The head of the International Labour Organization today opened a summit meeting devoted to tackling climate change as a unique opportunity for job creation and economic growth, saying that up to 60 million jobs can be created in a greener, low carbon economy if the right policies ...

News Headlines
#104261
2015-06-12

Polar bears 'have started eating dolphins due to climate change'

Scientists observe polar bears in Arctic eating dolphins for the first time ever, blaming reduction of sea ice for broadening animals' diet

News Headlines
#104262
2015-06-12

Modern Tanzanian Masai fear climate change will wipe out their tribes

It's sale day in Meserani village.Tall, athletic men are standing in the middle of a vast, flat plain that's easily the size of multiple football ovals.

News Headlines
#104263
2015-06-12

A Prince Battles to Save Gorillas Amid Brutal Conflict

Emmanuel de Merode, director and chief warden of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was driving through the forest last year when three men stepped out of the shadows and opened fire. He escaped—but only after being seriously injured.

News Headlines
#104264
2015-06-12

Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.

News Headlines
#104265
2015-06-12

Can Ocean Conservation and Development Coexist in Cuba?

Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#104266
2015-06-12

Tiger sharks go south in winter, like birds and retirees

It turns out that tiger sharks are more like birds than fish when it comes to their migration patterns.

News Headlines
#104267
2015-06-12

Expedition Madagascar: Conserving Coral Reefs with Community Conservation

Madagascar: the world’s “eighth continent” and fourth-largest island; a country that offers both promise and paradox for conservation.

News Headlines
#104268
2015-06-12

Exotic weeds a threat to ecology

For four years, the Forest Department has been removing the exotic weeds and invasive species proliferating in the forests of The Nilgiris biosphere, but lack of manpower and financial resources is pegging back the effort.

News Headlines
#104269
2015-06-12

FAO role sought for achieving post-2015 development agenda

ISLAMABAD: National Food Security and Research Minister Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday called on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to play its role in assisting developing countries to implement the Post 2015 Development Agenda, ensure food security and nutrition and eradicate e ...

News Headlines
#104270
2015-06-12

Decade of drought: a global tour of seven recent water crises

With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis

News Headlines
#104243
2015-06-11

Researchers examine how to minimize drought impact on important food crops

The worldwide demand for legumes, one of the world's most important agricultural food crops, is growing; at the same time, their production has been adversely affected by drought.

News Headlines
#104244
2015-06-11

Boreal peatlands not a global warming time bomb

To some scientists studying climate change, boreal peatlands are considered a potential ticking time bomb.

News Headlines
#104245
2015-06-11

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.

News Headlines
#104246
2015-06-11

Researchers find sweet source for aviation biofuel

Researchers have identified a new way to produce aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could deliver substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#104247
2015-06-11

Final act for a songbird?

Unfortunately for the yellow-breasted bunting, the small songbird with the bright yellow belly is considered a delicacy in China. High demand has caused an alarming decline in the population.

News Headlines
#104248
2015-06-11

Study shows wildlife density data better predicts conservation success

A recent study published in the journal Conservation Biology makes a strong case for a new approach to conservation planning that uses much more robust data sets in order to better protect birds, plants, and animals.

News Headlines
#104249
2015-06-11

Deal on forests at Bonn climate talks

A partial agreement has been reached at the Bonn climate talks on a project protecting forests, seen as crucial in absorbing global greenhouse gases.

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