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#103850
2015-05-15

Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos

The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.

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#103851
2015-05-15

Traditional Knowledge Helps Understand Nature in Every Sense

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Anthropologist, Keola Awong, discusses the importance of approaching this week’s BioBlitz in the protected space using every sense, as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of the ancient sanctity of the place.

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#103843
2015-05-15

The struggle to get indigenous knowledge into policy

Compared with national and regional programmes, global level recognition of the importance of indigenous knowledge to scientific assessments has been lagging.

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#103832
2015-05-14

Angola: Ministers Discuss Boosting Ecotourism in Protected Areas

Luanda — Angolan ministers of Environment Fátima Jardim, and Hotel and Tourism, Pedro Mutinde, met Wednesday in Luanda, under the presidential order on the promotion of ecotourism in protected areas.

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#103820
2015-05-14

How rivers regulate global carbon cycle

River transport of carbon to the ocean is not on a scale that will solve our carbon dioxide problem, but we haven't known how much carbon the world's rivers routinely flush into the ocean, until now.

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#103821
2015-05-14

Geckos, moths and spider-scorpions: Six new species on Mount Tambora, say Indonesian researchers

Indonesian researchers believe they have identified six new animal species in the newly declared Mount Tambora National Park on the island of Sumbawa.

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#103822
2015-05-14

Zero deforestation commitments bearing fruit in the Amazon

A high profile pledge by the world's largest meat company to limit deforestation for cattle production in the Amazon appears to be working, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance with environmental registries and reduced forest clearing among supplier ranches, finds a comprehensive study ...

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#103823
2015-05-14

NGOs Urge Post-2015 Declaration Include Water, Sanitation as Basic Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 2015 (IPS) - Virtually every major international conference concludes with a “programme of action” (PoA) – described in U.N. jargon as “an outcome document” – preceded by a political declaration where 193 member states religiously pledge to honour their commitments.

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#103824
2015-05-14

A third of Europe’s birds under threat, says most comprehensive study yet

Deteriorating natural habitats and declining wildlife populations found in wide-ranging survey of Europe’s countryside

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#103826
2015-05-14

Scientists map W’African areas vulnerable to land degradation

A group of international researchers led by the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK), have used space satellite technology to identify regions of West Africa, which are vulnerable to the effects of land degradation through climate change.

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#103829
2015-05-14

Climate change boosts a migratory insect pest

The potato leafhopper is a tiny insect—barely half the size of a grain of rice—with a bright lime green color that helps it blend in against plant leaves.

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#103830
2015-05-14

Tackling climate change - and more - in Mali

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it’s all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it’s immoral to ask the world’s poor to give up cheap energy such as coal.

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#103831
2015-05-14

The country that blends endangered frogs

Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth. Its weird and wonderful wildlife makes it a hotspot for the illegal trade in live animals - and the country's ecological police are struggling to cope.

News Headlines
#103833
2015-05-14

USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products

The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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#103835
2015-05-14

From Snapshot to Science: Photos of Biodiversity as Useful Records

When was the last time you took a photo of an interesting insect or flower? Did you do anything with that photo?

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#103807
2015-05-13

Massive southern invasions by northern birds linked to climate shifts

Scientists have pinpointed the climate pattern that likely sets the stage for boreal bird irruptions in which vast numbers of northern birds migrate far south of their usual winter range. The discovery could make it possible to predict the events more than a year in advance.

News Headlines
#103808
2015-05-13

India eases stance on GM crop trials

Five years ago, India was a hostile place for researchers testing genetically modified (GM) crops. Its government barred the commercial planting of a transgenic aubergine (a vegetable locally known as brinjal) after protests from anti-GM activists.

News Headlines
#103809
2015-05-13

Rhino poaching rate rises 18 percent in South Africa

In the first four months of 2015, poachers killed 393 rhinos in South Africa, the epicenter of the rhino poaching crisis.

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#103810
2015-05-13

The triumph of the bison: Europe's biggest animal bounces back a century after vanishing

We'd been hiking through deep snow all day with the mercury well below zero, not an uncommon occurrence during winter in eastern Poland.

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#103811
2015-05-13

Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers

New facility in Nairobi, first of its kind in east Africa, will collect and analyse DNA samples to help investigators identify the animal species killed by poachers

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#103812
2015-05-13

Saving trees and livelihoods in Armenia

Illegal logging is a problem in Armenia where trees are used for fuel or are exported. But now organizations are helping locals to benefit from the country's biodiverse forests by managing rather than exploiting them.

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#103815
2015-05-13

How Berlin's urban goshawks helped me learn to love the city

Berlin has the highest density of goshawk territories anywhere in the world. Since moving to the city, Amy Liptrot has delighted in the joys of watching these spectacular birds up close – in a way that would be impossible in rural areas

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#103816
2015-05-13

The Catastrophe Narratives for Humanity Are Wrong -- Here's Why

The catastrophe narratives for humanity are wrong. Here are three reasons why we should be optimistic.

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#103817
2015-05-13

Senior UN official tells Forest Forum how it can contribute to sustainable development

13 May 2015 – A new international agreement on forests should aim at advancing implementation of sustainable forest management and bring about a reversal of deforestation, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said this morning.

News Headlines
#103789
2015-05-12

Sri Lanka first nation to protect all mangrove forests

Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests.

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#103790
2015-05-12

Trees use water more efficiently when atmospheric carbon dioxide is high

Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have already caused large-scale physiological responses of European forests. In particular, the efficiency of water-use of trees, which is coupled to the uptake of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis of leaves and needles has changed significa ...

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#103791
2015-05-12

Soil erosion may threaten global food security

Global soil erosion has reached levels that will endanger humanity’s ability to feed itself if nothing is done to lower it, a study warns.

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#103792
2015-05-12

Opinion: Don’t Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind in SDGs

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015 (IPS) - U.N. member states are meeting throughout the year to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. The goals are supposed to be universal and aspire to “leave no one behind.”

News Headlines
#103794
2015-05-12

Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks

A delicate negotiation about how to account for forestry and land use emissions looms large over this year’s UN climate conference in Paris.

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#103795
2015-05-12

Defining the Post-2015 Period

In statements at the beginning of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa highlighted important connections among the climate change, post-2015 development agenda and Financing for Development (FfD) summits and conferences that are taking pl ...

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#103796
2015-05-12

Scientists identify Japan’s water fleas as alien species

Daphnia pulex, a species of the common water flea long thought to be native to Japan, has been found to be a foreign invasive species that arrived here as long as 3,000 years ago, according to a report published in a U.S. science journal by a research team from Tohoku University.

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#103797
2015-05-12

British species facing their 'biggest threat in a generation', say leading nature groups

British species and landscapes are facing their “biggest threat in a generation”, according to 100 leading nature groups which represent eight million people across the UK.

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#103798
2015-05-12

Best conservation practices consider both genetics and biology

Restoring diverse vegetation along the Atlantic seaboard after devastating hurricanes or replanting forests after destructive wildfires rests mightily upon one tiny but important ingredient: the seed.

News Headlines
#103799
2015-05-12

Study: Wetlands help reduce nitrates

EMBARRAS RIVER, Ill., May 12 (UPI) -- Agricultural runoff often results in large concentrations of phosphorous and nitrates making their way into local waterways. But new research suggests wetlands can help stem the tide of leaching fertilizers.

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#103779
2015-05-11

Caribbean Looks to Paris Climate Summit for Its Very Survival

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.

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#103780
2015-05-11

England's water voles in desperate decline

English waterways could lose one of their most charismatic and once widespread residents as water voles succumb to the invasive American mink, records released by the Canal and River Trust show.

News Headlines
#103781
2015-05-11

Clear-Cutting Romania: Logging Threatens One of Europe's Last Virgin Forests

It's not easy to fight for your cause with pepper spray in your mouth and eyes, but Gabriel Paun tried it anyway in front of the gate of a huge sawmill in the Romanian town of Sebes.

News Headlines
#103782
2015-05-11

What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

In April 2015, over a quarter of a million people flocked to the National Mall in Washington for the Global Citizen Earth Day concert. They urged leaders to take action to protect our planet and its people from the devastating effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#103783
2015-05-11

Regulators urged to promote trust in Europe's food chain

The EU's agri-food sector is increasingly becoming industrialised. With the global population expected to reach nine billion in 2050, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that production will have to increase by 70% to feed the planet.

News Headlines
#103784
2015-05-11

Seychelles: Making Space for Seychelles Endemic Flora - Massive Number of Introduced and Invasive Plants Being Removed

Port Glaud — The incredible greenery of the Seychelles archipelago strikes many first time visitors to the Indian Ocean islands.

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#103785
2015-05-11

Apple Working With WWF China to Manage Sustainable Forests

Apple Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives.

News Headlines
#103786
2015-05-11

Cities central to climate and sustainable development – World Urban Campaign

Over half of the world’s population live in cities. They generate nearly 80% of global GDP, and use 70% of energy, according to the New Climate Economy report.

News Headlines
#103787
2015-05-11

Global sea level rise is accelerating, says new study

HOBART, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- The rate of global sea level rise is increasing, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#103763
2015-05-08

How climate science denial affects the scientific community

Climate change denial in public discourse may encourage climate scientists to over-emphasise scientific uncertainty and is also affecting how they themselves speak -- and perhaps even think -- about their own research, a new study from the University of Bristol, UK argues.

News Headlines
#103764
2015-05-08

Link forests into food security efforts, UN told

International efforts to address food insecurity must pay more attention to the role forests play in food production, say a panel of scientists.

News Headlines
#103765
2015-05-08

Indian fabric giant adopts forest policy

One of the world's largest fabric makers for the fashion industry today announced a policy to exclude fiber produced at the expense of endangered forests, reports Canopy, an environmental group that helped broker the commitment.

News Headlines
#103766
2015-05-08

Opinion: South-South Cooperation Vital for Sustainable Development

COLOMBO, May 8 2015 (IPS) - Sustainable development is central to a range of key discussions at the United Nations and elsewhere at the moment.

News Headlines
#103767
2015-05-08

Living the Indigenous Way, from the Jungles to the Mountains

UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 8 2015 (IPS) - In the course of human history many tens of thousands of communities have survived and thrived for hundreds, even thousands, of years.

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#103768
2015-05-08

Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth

Residents of a village where dolphin teeth are used for currency killed 1,600 of the animals in 2013 alone, and researchers are calling for urgent monitoring

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#103769
2015-05-08

Protecting Indonesia's forests is a key issue for Paris climate talks

Deforestation of Indonesia’s vast jungles releases enough greenhouse gas to push the country into the top five global emitters. Strengthening its forest protection moratorium should be part of a climate agreement at Paris this year

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