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#112576
2017-04-18

Business as Usual: A Resurgence of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world’s largest rain forest.

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#112577
2017-04-18

Skin mucus of South Indian frog kills flu virus

April 18 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a flu-fighting compound in the skin mucus secreted by a colorful South Indian frog species.

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#112527
2017-04-13

Researchers say advanced statistical models can make traditional wildlife surveys more reliable

New research that takes a look at the reliability of traditional survey methods finds that there are ways to improve how wildlife populations are estimated.

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#112528
2017-04-13

Did You Know that the Oceans Have It All?

ROME, Apr 13 2017 (IPS) - Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to t ...

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#112529
2017-04-13

The Unbearable Cost of Drought in Africa

ROME, Apr 12 2017 (IPS) - Nearly 50 per cent of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa is due to natural disasters, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth, warns the African Union through its ground-breaking extreme weather insurance ...

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#112530
2017-04-13

How many pesticides have you eaten today?

A new report finds that about half the food consumed in Europe contains pesticide residues. The EU's food safety authority says there is no danger. Environmentalists aren't convinced.

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#112531
2017-04-13

Commentary: Is the Endangered Species Act facing extinction?

Before we overhaul the Endangered Species Act, we should better understand what it means to deliberately allow a species to go extinct.

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#112532
2017-04-13

50 New Spiders Discovered In Australia

Spiders capable of diving, jumping, and dancing (and one the size of a human face) were among the new species discovered.

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#112533
2017-04-13

Forests offer cool way to ease climate fears

European and US scientists have worked out how the Northern hemisphere keeps cool – so be grateful for the trees, and especially for the forests.

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#112534
2017-04-13

Living Planet: Fighting for Romania's forests

Romania is home to almost two thirds of the EU's old-growth forests. But vast areas of these ancient woodlands have been destroyed in recent years.

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#112557
2017-04-13

The Strange Case of the Liana Vine and Its Role in Global Warming

Liana and other vines are proliferating in the rainforests of Central and South America, and their spread is impeding the ability of trees to sequester carbon dioxide. Now, researchers are trying to determine the impact of this phenomenon on climate change.

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#112558
2017-04-13

Q&A New Asian roads could mean end of the road for tigers, wildlife official says

Wildlife advocates are on a mission — to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.

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#112559
2017-04-13

Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat

An international team of citizen scientists and researchers has identified a major contributor to the dramatic decline of migratory shorebird populations in Australia.

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#112560
2017-04-13

The World's Most Polluted River Revealed in Photos

A recent high court ruling in India that gives the Ganges personhood status may lead to environmental redemption.

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#112561
2017-04-13

BYOB: Vancouver Aquarium halts sale of plastic water bottles

The Vancouver Aquarium has discontinued the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in a bid to cut down on the tonnes of marine debris that ends up in our oceans each year.

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#112562
2017-04-13

Sea level rise to trigger human migration, reshape inland cities

April 17 (UPI) -- A handful of inland cities in the United States are likely to be significantly impacted by inland migration as people flee rising sea levels. According to new research out of the University of Georgia, cities like Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix could see large influxes of people ...

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#112509
2017-04-12

California's drought and recovery defying climate odds

April 11 (UPI) -- New research suggests California's weather is defying the odds.

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#112510
2017-04-12

Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

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#112511
2017-04-12

North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier

North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt.

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#112512
2017-04-12

Groundwater overuse rising, could hit food prices

[SYDNEY] The increasing use of groundwater for irrigation poses a major threat to global food security and could lead to unaffordable prices of staple foods.

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#112514
2017-04-12

Graffiti campaign brings rhino conservation message to urban Vietnam

Home to one of the largest African rhino horn consumer bases in the world, a 17-piece graffiti campaign around Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City conveys a simple message: “Save the rhinos.”

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#112515
2017-04-12

Developing Nations Call for New Trust Fund on Forest Protection

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS) - The Group of 77 is calling for the creation of a new and dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the UN’s strategic plan on forests for the period 2017-2030.

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#112516
2017-04-12

From Research to Entrepreneurship: Fishing Youth and Women out of Poverty

MONGU, Zambia, Apr 12 2017 (IPS) - Ivy Nyambe Inonge, 35, is the treasurer of Mbeta Island Integrated Fish Farm in Senanga district. Her group won the first prize in Zambia under the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF)

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#112517
2017-04-12

Nature reserves save finless porpoises

FOUR finless porpoises from Poyang Lake in east China have been relocated to waters in a nature reserve in Hubei Province.

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#112518
2017-04-12

Climate change upsets lives guided by nature, Native Americans say

CHUKUT KUK, Arizona, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he impacts of climate change stretch from the loss of polar bear habitat to African crop failures to threatening a seasonal festival among Native Americans that they believe is critical to keep the world in balance.

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#112519
2017-04-12

Canada missed deadline to raise objections about endangered species convention

Canada is alone among the world’s countries in issuing a blanket rejection of all proposed changes to an international convention on the trade in endangered species that would better protect animals and plants threatened with extinction.

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#112521
2017-04-12

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April 2017 – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking t ...

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#112522
2017-04-12

Prestigious international environmental prize awarded to Mexican scientist-statesman

Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 21, 2017): The Tyler Prize Executive Committee will award the 2017 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement to pioneering Mexican ecologist Professor José Sarukhán, for his scientific contributions to the field of biological diversity and institution-building.

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#112523
2017-04-12

'Body awareness' offers further proof of elephant intelligence

April 12 (UPI) -- The intelligence of elephants continues to surprise and impress scientists. New research shows elephants have "body awareness," meaning they recognize their bodies as impediments in problem solving situations.

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#112495
2017-04-11

Scientists discover two new orchid species in Japan

April 10 (UPI) -- Researchers in Japan have identified two new orchid species on the island of Okinawa. Scientists described the new species, Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis, in the journal Phytotaxa.

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#112497
2017-04-11

England nature plan 'lacking policies'

A draft 25-year government plan sets out a bold vision for nature in England, but campaigners say it lacks policies.

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#112498
2017-04-11

Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant

Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests.

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#112499
2017-04-11

Central America faces climate information gap

[SAN JOSÉ] Decision-makers in Central America lack the scientific information they need to incorporate into climate change mitigation programmes, especially those designed to help small farmers.

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#112500
2017-04-11

Land titling for indigenous communities leads to forest protection, peer-reviewed study finds

New research provides yet more evidence that granting indigenous and other local communities formal title to their traditional lands can be a boon to efforts to conserve forests.

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#112501
2017-04-11

More than a quarter of UK birds face extinction risk or steep decline – study

Red list entries swell to 67 species as conservationists call for urgent action to save birds of Britain including warblers, curlews and puffins

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#112502
2017-04-11

Risky business: On the trail of poachers in Zimbabwe

There's big money in the illegal ivory trade - and that means it's an often bloody business. DW joins an anti-poaching unit on patrol in Zimbabwe to find out how they've been able to combat poachers and save elephants.

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#112503
2017-04-11

New biodiversity chief to UN Secretary-General wants biodiversity mainstreamed

Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a ...

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#112504
2017-04-11

Marine ecologists discover and name the first endemic tree-climbing crab

The Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Lab, led by Dr Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has recently discovered, described and named a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab from Hong Kong, Ha ...

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#112505
2017-04-11

Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.

Water is life, yet climate change and certain public policies may be endangering its future in America, a nonprofit group warns in a new report

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#112506
2017-04-11

For whales, Southern California soundscape is a mixed bag

April 11 (UPI) -- Whales can't survive without communication. They rely on their communication skills to locate mates, coordinate migrations and find food.

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#112482
2017-04-10

Great Barrier Reef: Two-thirds damaged in 'unprecedented' bleaching

Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.

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#112483
2017-04-10

Putting a price tag on biodiversity

A team of economists and ecologists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. This new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity

News Headlines
#112484
2017-04-10

Brazil slashes environment budget by 43%

Last week the Brazilian government reduced the budget for the Ministry of the Environment by 43 percent. The ministry now has a budget of 446 million Brazilian reals ($141 million).

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#112485
2017-04-10

Microbes, New Weapon Against Agricultural Pests in Africa

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 10 2017 (IPS) - Microscopic soil organisms could be an environmentally friendly way to control crop pests and diseases and even protect agriculture against the impacts of climate change, a leading researcher says.

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#112486
2017-04-10

Poachers kill one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal national wildlife park

Large numbers of rhinos once roamed parts of Nepal, but poachers and a civil war decimated the population. Now the country is working to protect existing rhinos while trying to grow the population.

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#112487
2017-04-10

How frozen farmers’ fields are an unexpected culprit in climate change, according to a new study

Across Canada, the last of the snow and ice is melting away from a vast expanse of farmers’ fields, making way for the planting of this year’s crops.

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#112488
2017-04-10

Oceans in grave peril - but we have solutions

Oceans, and the future of Pacific island peoples, are in grave peril, but we have tried and tested solutions

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#112489
2017-04-10

President of Senegal bucks anti-biotechnology pressure: ‘I am for the use of GMOs’

President Macky Sall of Senegal has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country.

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#112490
2017-04-10

South Africa gets first biodiversity tax incentive

BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits project has successfully included the very first biodiversity tax incentive for protected areas in an annual tax return.

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#112472
2017-04-07

Murky future for freshwater fish in the Amazon floodplains

Life beneath the waters of the Amazon is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the world’s largest rainforest.

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