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#108541
2016-05-11

UN climate science chief: it's not too late to avoid dangerous temperature rise

Hoesung Lee, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, voices hope in battle against 2C increase in warming but warns of ‘phenomenal’ costs

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#108542
2016-05-11

Canada wildfire - what are the environmental impacts?

In addition to the estimated $9bn damage to Fort McMurray, ‘the beast’ will affect forests, carbon emissions, air and water pollution and waste

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#108543
2016-05-11

Invasive insects are ravaging U.S. forests, and it’s costing us billions

Last week, a group of researchers published saddening news about “sudden oak death,” spread by an invasive water mold, that has killed over a million trees in coastal California.

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#108544
2016-05-11

Who is really bearing the cost of REDD+? The answer may surprise you

Local and state government institutions in the jurisdictions where REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is being implemented are bearing financial burdens, says a forthcoming study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which might threaten t ...

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#108545
2016-05-11

Ottawa’s hiring wave to bolster federal science at sea

The federal government is about to do something it hasn’t done much of for years: hire scientists – a lot of them.

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#108546
2016-05-11

Study: Earthworms responsible for elaborate mounds in South America

EXETER, England, May 11 (UPI) -- Researchers say earthworms create the unusual and elaborate mounds found in the tropical wetlands of South America.

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#108521
2016-05-10

Ancient trade routes written in camel genes

A study of one of the world's most important domesticated animals - the dromedary camel - has revealed how its genetic diversity has been shaped by ancient trade routes.

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#108522
2016-05-10

Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants

The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora.

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#108523
2016-05-10

Exciting ideas won't slow climate change if people don't buy in and buy them

As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most sophisticated endeavors won't work if they're not adopted.

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#108524
2016-05-10

Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

The Brazilian soy industry has indefinitely extended a landmark moratorium on rainforest clearing for soybean production.

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#108525
2016-05-10

Climate Change Leaves Kashmir’s Economy High and Dry

SRINAGAR, India, May 10 2016 (IPS) - Trudging barefoot on his two-acre piece of land, 57-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad has little hope of growing any crops this year due to the sudden dry spell that has struck Kashmir’s winter.

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#108526
2016-05-10

Let’s Not Forget Disaster Risk as we Rush to Adapt to Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 2016 (IPS) - Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.

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#108527
2016-05-10

Headlines 'exaggerated' climate link to sinking of Pacific islands

Report’s author says many media outlets have misinterpreted the science by conflating sea-level rise with climate change

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#108528
2016-05-10

One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction

Global report highlights threat to food security and medicine supplies but also reveals 2,000 new species are discovered each year

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#108529
2016-05-10

Bridge threatens Mumbai's flamingos

Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away.

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#108530
2016-05-10

Africa: Investing in Ecosystem-Based, Adaptation-Driven Agriculture for Sustainable Development

Editorial: Africa and its people have been suffering a lot with recurrent poverty, war and diversified insecurities for centuries. Many agree that this suffering is not due to lack of resources. The continent is blessed with Potentials of its Land, Rich Heritages and its People.

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#108531
2016-05-10

Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits

Six more islands have large swaths of land, and villages, washed into sea as coastline of Solomon Islands eroded and overwhelmed

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#108532
2016-05-10

Opinion: There's a reason why Africa's migratory songbirds sing out of season

Bird song has fascinated scientists for decades. Songs can be intricate, loud and, as it turns out, very important for reproductive success. In many species the males with the most complex songs secure the highest quality breeding territories and mates, and end up producing the most young.

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#108533
2016-05-10

Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to ...

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#108508
2016-05-09

The NSW government is choosing to undermine native vegetation and biodiversity

While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite their claims, threaten biodiversity.

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#108509
2016-05-09

Zimbabwe: Authorities Step Up Action... As Wildfires Feed Climate Change Cycle

AS the dry season sets in, a season in which wildfires literally go wild, a joint public-private sector committee has begun mobilising resources to ramp up actions that prevent fires doing just that - going wild. Wildfires can be greatly destructive.

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#108510
2016-05-09

Climate Change for the Impatient: A Nuclear Mini Ice Age

Everyone has heard about climate change caused by fossil fuels, which threatens to raise Earth’s average surface temperature by about 3-5°C by the year 2100 unless we take major steps toward mitigation.

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#108511
2016-05-09

PM resolves to keep climate change on the front burner

In sharing his experience while at the recent US Caribbean Central American Energy Summit in Washington, DC, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said issues of climate change and the environment will have to be taken more seriously if the country is to see real development.

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#108512
2016-05-09

Isle de Jean Charles: climate change submerges US island

Isle de Jean Charles is a coastal island near the mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana. Climate change is causing the island to vanish under the waves and so residents are getting ready to move to higher ground.

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#108513
2016-05-09

Let’s Not Forget Disaster Risk as we Rush to Adapt to Climate Change

Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.

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#108514
2016-05-09

Environment Canada study finds land-based fish farms affecting ecosystem

The only peer-reviewed study examining the environmental impacts of Nova Scotia land-based fish farms has found some negative effects on downstream ecosystem.

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#108515
2016-05-09

A grand but faulty vision for Iran's water problems

A grand vision of eliminating water scarcity looks attractive for tens of millions of people in the desert cities of central Iran worried about drought. Ambitious water transfer projects are being put in place to answer a call from President Hassan Rouhani.

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#108516
2016-05-09

Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species

Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems

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#108517
2016-05-09

Effect of ocean acidification on shellfish depends on other stressors

"Ocean acidification is likely to progress along our coastline as a patchwork of hotspots," said researcher Kristy Kroeker.

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#108490
2016-05-06

No Farmers, No Food — True But Not Enough

LUSAKA, May 6 2016 (IPS) - Agriculture is the primary sector of all economies. It is the sector responsible for granting food and nutrition security to all human beings. Consequently it is responsible for social stability and health. And it provides work opportunities to families, men, women and ...

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#108494
2016-05-06

How forest management helps lay the conditions for wildfires

As flames rip through Alberta, we look at how putting out small fires can help to fuel increasingly catastrophic events as our climate gets hotter and drier

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#108495
2016-05-06

Jane Goodall's bid to save grizzly bears threatened by $50 hunting licenses

Goodall leads coalition calling for Yellowstone’s grizzlies to stay on endangered species list, as Montana hunters set to be offered $50 licenses to shoot them

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#108496
2016-05-06

Funding a global nature reserve network

When conservation scientists look around the world at the state of wild ecosystems, what they see is tragedy. In much of the world, remaining natural ecosystems are being degraded and destroyed.

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#108497
2016-05-06

Adventurers document High Arctic trek to teach about climate change

A University of Minnesota professor and his team endured whiteouts and snow flurries as they trekked through the High Arctic to document how communities are finding solutions in the face of climate change.

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#108498
2016-05-06

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans’ climate change feedback

Microbe populations make up 11-31% of living matter in the ocean seabed, but decline significantly as oceans warm

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#108499
2016-05-06

The Oldest Species May Win in the Race to Survive Climate Change

Cane toads and sea lions don’t have much in common, but they do have one big similarity: they’ve been on Earth a long time, and will probably be around quite a while longer.

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#108500
2016-05-06

India to fight climate change with 'dwarf cows that rarely break wind'

Standing less than three feet tall, the Vechur “dwarf” cow of Kerala is officially the smallest bovine in the world.

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#108501
2016-05-06

Understanding stakeholder’s perspectives on sustainable financing mechanisms for conservation in Rusizi-Kivu

In addition to its biodiversity values, protected forests in Kivu-Rusizi Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradient (CRAG) landscape are highly important for the well-being of its surrounding human population.

News Headlines
#108502
2016-05-06

Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species

Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems

News Headlines
#108503
2016-05-06

There Might Be 1 Trillion Species on Earth

Calculating how many species exist on Earth is a tough challenge. Researchers aren’t even sure how many land animals are out there, much less the numbers for plants, fungi or the most uncountable group of all: microbes.

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#108504
2016-05-06

Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Their Historic Range

Worldwide, leopards have lost about 75 percent of their historic range, according to a new survey – the first to attempt to get a glimpse of the big cat’s remaining global paw print.

News Headlines
#108505
2016-05-06

Biodiversity hotspot vegetation in decline

Vegetation growth in forests and shrublands of WA's global biodiversity hotspot are showing alarming declines, according to a recent study which found a quarter of the hotspot's woody vegetation had disappeared in the past 16 years.

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#108471
2016-05-05

Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork,' say researchers

Current estimates of the number of cheetahs in the wild are 'guesswork', say the authors of a new study that finds that the population in the cheetah stronghold of Maasai Mara, Kenya, is lower than previously thought.

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#108472
2016-05-05

Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.

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#108473
2016-05-05

New group of Caribbean plants named after James Bond

The name’s bondia, Jamesbodia. Scientists have named a new subgenus of Caribbean plants Jamesbondia.

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#108474
2016-05-05

UN nominates new environment and climate chiefs

Both the UN Environment Programme and the UN Climate Change Convention are getting new leaders. UNEP will be led by a former environment minister of Norway and UNFCCC by Mexico's current ambassador to Germany.

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#108475
2016-05-05

As global temperatures rise, children must be central climate change debates

Forecasts suggest that by 2050, the world could see 200 million environmental migrants, many of whom would be children. And yet, children are largely left out of discussions about appropriate responses to climate change, according to a new article.

News Headlines
#108476
2016-05-05

Did climate change contribute to the Fort McMurray fire?

Experts say forest fires are more frequent, and more intense, due to climate change

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#108477
2016-05-05

How to talk about climate change so people will act

Framing the issue of climate change collectively is more effective than emphasis on personal responsibility, finds a new study.

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#108478
2016-05-05

African Leaders Tackle Desertification to Counter Poverty, Insecurity

DAKAR— The African Union is holding the first ever international conference on the Great Green Wall in Dakar this week.

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