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#109144
2016-07-13

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

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#109145
2016-07-13

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean

Algae that live in and under the sea ice also serve as a nutritional basis for animals living at great depths

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#109146
2016-07-13

Forest conservation can offset emissions from palm oil expansion in Africa: Study

A new paper published in the journal Conservation Letters suggests that if the governments of tropical African countries were to enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation, they could largely offset the emissi ...

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#109147
2016-07-13

Invasive success of the mosquitofish is due to its genetic variability

The Eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), also known as the mosquitofish, is one of the world's 100 most invasive species.

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#109148
2016-07-13

Longest study of Great Lakes region birds finds populations holding steady

In three national forests -- the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin and the Superior and Chippewa National Forests in Northern Minnesota -- analysis of more than two decades of data found overall healthy bird communities, giving researchers and policy-makers a degree of optimism.

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#109149
2016-07-13

IPS Interview with Bernadette Lahai On the Pan African Parliament Food and Nutrition Security Agenda

Dr.Bernadette Lahai is a Sierra Leonean politician and the current Minority Leader of Parliament. She is the leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party in the House of Parliament. She is also the Vice President of the Pan African Parliament.

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#109150
2016-07-13

An unlikely fight to protect nature in war-torn Afghanistan

War doesn't only destroy human lives, but also land and ecologies - and therefore livelihoods. Afghanistan is a case in point. Enter a woman with a community spirit and a strong sense of what needs to get done.

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#109152
2016-07-13

Killer kiwi plant could ‘invade’ Swiss forests

It may be tasty to eat, but the kiwi fruit grows on a plant that can strangle others. Now the plant, non-native to Switzerland, has been found growing in the wild in some parts of the country, causing concern it could take over forests and damage native plants.

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#109153
2016-07-13

Green Climate Fund Backs Key UN-Supported Climate Action

Four projects supported by UN Development Programme to receive more than US$ 100 million for climate action.

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#109135
2016-07-12

Drought triggers 'austerity' root system in grass crops

Grass species of crops adopt an "austerity" strategy and limits the development of its root system during times of drought, a study has revealed.

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#109136
2016-07-12

Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect

Climate change could have a domino effect on key infrastructure in the UK, government advisers have warned.

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#109137
2016-07-12

Clouds get high on climate change

Clouds are moving up, up and away. An analysis of satellite data has found that, since the early 1980s, clouds have shifted towards Earth’s poles and cloud tops have extended higher into the atmosphere.

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#109138
2016-07-12

New orchid discovered in Colombia is critically endangered

The rare orchid, named Telipogon diabolicus because its flowers resemble a devil’s head, is known from a single population of 30 orchids in southern Colombia.

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#109139
2016-07-12

The Future of Food in Cities: Urban Agriculture

NEW YORK, Jul 11 2016 (IPS) - Habitat III, the UN’s conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.

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#109140
2016-07-12

Policy: Five cornerstones of a global bioeconomy

More than 40 nations1 are proposing to boost their 'bioeconomy' — the part of the economy based in biology and the biosciences.

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#109141
2016-07-12

Bornean Orangutan Now Critically Endangered

The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now critically endangered, with populations in sharp decline due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting, the IUCN declared last week.

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#109142
2016-07-12

Uncontrolled tourism in Son Tra harms red shanked douc

Red shanked douc is considered a treasure of Son Tra and symbol of Da Nang City’s biodiversity. Scientists have proposed to add red shanked douc into the list of critically endangered species for stricter protection. (It is now listed in the endangered EN group).

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#109143
2016-07-12

After 300 Years of Collecting, Nearly 12,000 Amazon Tree Species Are Found

If Pokémon Go players think catching 151 different pocket monsters on their smartphones is tough, imagine trying to collect more than 15,000.

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#109123
2016-07-11

Bolivian expedition discovers 1,000th bird species

An ongoing expedition in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park has recorded its 1,000th bird species, highlighting the park as a hotspot of avian biodiversity. The park is thought to contain more than 10 percent of all the world’s bird species.

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#109124
2016-07-11

Massive mangrove die-off on Gulf of Carpentaria worst in the world, says expert

Climate change and El Niño the culprits, says Norm Duke, an expert in mangrove ecology, after seeing 7,000ha of dead mangroves over 700km

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#109125
2016-07-11

Why the Euro 2016 final was overrun by moths

A swarm of Silver Y moths at the Stade de France turned into a swarm of memes after one moth tended to the injured Ronaldo. Watch out, they could be heading for Premier League stadiums next

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#109126
2016-07-11

Food shortages and sea level rise US voters' top climate change concerns

Survey of Guardian readers appalled at lack of climate discussion in 2016 campaign finds food and water shortages viewed as most pressing consequence

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#109127
2016-07-11

Bornean orangutan critically endangered, conservation group says

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A global conservation group says Borneo's orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat.

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#109128
2016-07-11

Uganda: Agriculture Can Adapt Biotechnology

Kampala — Uganda's Minister of State for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga has warned that the attainment of the middle income status by 2020 will depend on the extent at which the country will be able to lift a majority of her population who depend on agriculture from the current dominant tra ...

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#109129
2016-07-11

Binding agreement on high seas fishing in Arctic Ocean needed, says conservation group

‘A treaty needs to be broad enough and strong enough that it can stand up internationally,’ Oceans North

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#109130
2016-07-11

New railway threatens Nairobi’s unique urban wildlife park

The rhinoceros stands in the tall grass, as oblivious to our vehicle as he is to the soaring city skyline just a few kilometres away. I am on a mini-safari to Nairobi National Park, the only nature reserve in the world within the boundaries of a capital city.

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#109131
2016-07-11

Can we halt Arctic melt? Hard question for UN advisor

I had a very interesting high-profile visitor here at Deutsche Welle this week. Bonn, John Le Carré’s “Small Town in Germany” is this country’s UN city nowadays, home to organizations like the climate secretariat UNFCCC and the Convention on Migratory Species, CMS.

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#109106
2016-07-08

Metals from cigarette butts may pose potential threat to marine environment

Almost 5 trillion butts littered annually; contaminants may enter food chain

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#109107
2016-07-08

Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world

Climate change may outpace deforestation as habitat threat in tropics

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#109108
2016-07-08

Exploring ways to 'coexist with wildlife'

Although protected areas such as national parks can play a crucial role in conserving wildlife, most species of large carnivores and large herbivores also depend on being able to occupy human-dominated landscapes.

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#109109
2016-07-08

Farmed fish drive sea change in global consumption

The world is eating more fish now than ever — with farmed, rather than wild-caught, animals driving the increase in recent decades. These revelations emerge from a huge trawl of data that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations releases every two years.

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#109110
2016-07-08

Brexit watch: Scientists grapple with the fallout

Xenophobia and mobility fears among issues facing researchers two weeks on

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#109111
2016-07-08

Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.

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#109112
2016-07-08

Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June

From mid-June onwards, ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say

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#109113
2016-07-08

Australia's vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave, study reveals

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists

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#109114
2016-07-08

Why urban wildlife is thriving in Berlin

Berlin might seem like a concrete jungle, but the metropolis has more biodiversity than you'd expect. What is it about Berlin that attracts wild foxes, raccoons, boars and the largest number of birds in all of Germany?

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#109115
2016-07-08

The Nile Project: Resolving conflict into harmony

The Nile flows through 11 African nations and serves as key source of freshwater - but sharing this resource is politically tricky. A unique project works to resolve conflicts and promote sustainable use - through music.

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#109116
2016-07-08

Threatened by climate change, Mozambique's Beira bets on urban renewal

BONN, Germany (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Daviz Simango is one of Mozambique's most influential politicians but last year when yet another flood inundated Beira, the coastal city he has served as mayor since 2003, he felt powerless.

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#109117
2016-07-08

Asia’s Unknown, Ignored And Disappearing Animals

Try to name Asia’s most endangered animals, and iconic species such as tigers, orangutans and rhinos likely leap to mind. But pangolins, langurs or saola? Not so much. Most of us haven’t heard of these “other” species, and can’t even picture them.

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#109118
2016-07-08

Chewed plants help detect viruses in wild mountain gorillas, monkeys

Chewed bark, leaves and fruit discarded by mountain gorillas provide a simple way to test the endangered apes for viruses without disturbing them, according to scientists studying mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in East-Central Africa.

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#109119
2016-07-08

Dam good! Beavers may restore imperiled streams, fish populations

Using a first-of-its-kind, watershed-scale experiment, researchers demonstrate beaver dam analogs in the Bridge Creek Watershed of north central Oregon's John Day Basin foster natural beaver activity, which benefits the area's threatened steelhead trout population.

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#109095
2016-07-06

UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

4 July 2016 – The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on ...

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#109096
2016-07-06

Unknown, ignored and disappearing: Asia’s Almost Famous Animals

Asia is home to a vast array of primates and other mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish — all fascinating, all uniquely adapted to their habitats. Many are seriously threatened, but little known by the public.

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#109097
2016-07-06

African wildlife officials appalled as EU opposes a total ban on ivory trade

European commissions’ opposition to a proposed global ban will spell the beginning of a mass extinction of African elephants, warn officials from 29 African states

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#109099
2016-07-06

UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy

Global or regional agreements are vital for cross-border problems such as pollution and wildlife crime, says new environment chief, Erik Solheim

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#109100
2016-07-06

Efforts to breed rare spoon-billed sandpipers fail after chicks die

Conservationists are devastated after the first two chicks born in captivity to one of the world’s rarest birds die at a wildfowl centre in Gloucestershire

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#109101
2016-07-06

Mobile phones help build climate resilience for Senegal's farming communities

Famers in Senegal have long used traditional techniques to predict rainfall. But with climate change, new methods are needed. Climatic information sent by text message is now helping to boost yields.

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#109102
2016-07-06

African farming sacrificed to European green politics, blocking GMO innovation

The recent decision by the European parliament to oppose the promotion of large-scale, intensive farming and the use of GM seeds in Africa has stirred a swift and negative reaction among African scientists and food security experts.

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#109103
2016-07-06

Air pollution impedes bees' ability to find food

"The more we can understand about what factors are affecting their decline in numbers, the more equipped we will be to intervene if needed," said researcher Jose D. Fuentes.

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#109087
2016-07-05

Climate change: the missing issue of the 2016 campaign

The race for the White House is failing to grapple with the key issues of the day, especially the urgent need to combat climate change before atmospheric changes become irreversible, a slice of the American electorate believes.

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