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#104576
2015-07-16

Smarter city needs better ecosystem

Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission.

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#104577
2015-07-16

Plate tectonics may have driven the evolution of life on Earth

When Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, the world hadn’t even heard of plate tectonics. The notion that continents drifted on molten rock currents deep in the Earth’s mantle was unimaginable.

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#104578
2015-07-16

Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions

Boston, MA ─ Changing environmental conditions around the globe caused by human activity could negatively impact the health of millions of people by altering the amount and quality of key crops, according to two new studies from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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#104579
2015-07-16

Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions

One study found that decreasing numbers of food pollinators such as bees—falling in part due to pesticide use and destruction of habitats—could lead to declines in nutrient-rich crops that have been linked with staving off disease. A second study found that increasing levels of atmospheric carbo ...

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#104580
2015-07-16

University of Alberta researchers lead global biodiversity study

Five University of Alberta researchers recently led a global project to identify a connection between grassland plant variety and productivity. One of the researchers, the University of Alberta’s Dr. Edward Bork, said if the goal of the project is confusing to some, the findings might make more ...

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#104551
2015-07-15

Gauchos and grass: protecting Argentina's Pampas

Just 1 percent of Argentina's grassland is currently protected. In the northeastern part of the country, conservationists are working with gauchos to protect the Pampas.

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#104552
2015-07-15

Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea

The escalating territorial dispute in the South China Sea is as much an ecological crisis as it is a geopolitical one. Dredging, land reclamation and the construction of artificial islands could be swamping centuries old reefs in sediment, endangering ecosystems that play a key role in maintaini ...

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#104553
2015-07-15

Wildlife in built-up areas an undervalued part of our urban ecosystems

Urban wildlife such as deer, foxes and badgers should be cherished for the ecological benefits they bring to towns and cities, rather than feared as potentially harmful pests, scientists argue in a new report.

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#104554
2015-07-15

Wolves, lynx and wild boar could be reintroduced to British forests

Wild animals including wolves, lynx and wild boar could be reintroduced to British forests as part of a campaign to restore species hunted to extinction.

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#104555
2015-07-15

Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Pledges $15M to Protect Wildlife, Combat Global Warming

In a multiyear effort to "preserve and protect the future of the planet," actor Leonardo DiCaprio has directed his foundation to give $15 million in grants this year to environmental organizations working on conservation projects around the world.

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#104556
2015-07-15

Endangered parakeet finds new hope in reserve expansion

The El Dorado Nature Reserve sits within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range on the northern coast of Colombia. First designated in 2006, the reserve now protects 2,250 acres of valuable wildlife habitat.

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#104557
2015-07-15

Business innovation: the leaders committed to sustainable development

Seven initiatives from private enterprise for sustainable development that are genuinely inspiring. There are so many companies making sustainable business promises that it’s hard to keep up and harder still to know which ones are really make a difference.

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#104558
2015-07-15

Climate change costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time

Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability is resulting in longer flight times, extra fuel consumption and an increase in CO2 emissions reports Climate News Network.

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#104559
2015-07-15

Ditch meat to fight climate change?

A more balanced diet saves money, lowers cholesterol and helps to avoid obesity . But soon, the federal government may officially add another, and altogether more controversial, reason to the list: Skip that steak to combat climate change.

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#104560
2015-07-15

Ecologists predict impact of climate change on vulnerable species

If it seems like you're pulling more bass than trout out of Ontario's lakes this summer, you probably are.Blame it on the ripple effect of climate change and warming temperatures. Birds migrate earlier, flowers bloom faster, and fish move to newly warmed waters putting local species at risk.

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#104561
2015-07-15

Animals in Europe making a comeback

Some of Europe's endangered and disappeared animals are returning to the continent's diverse habitats with a little help from conservationists.

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#104537
2015-07-14

Mega-dams doing drastic harm to tropical biodiversity: study

Researchers with the University of East Anglia say the full extent of impacts to biodiversity of large hydroelectric dams in lowland tropical forest regions have been "severely overlooked."

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#104538
2015-07-14

The Land Battle for Sustainable Development

As high-level political representatives gather in Addis Ababa this week for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, there are reasons to be optimistic about the fight against climate change and the pursuit of sustainable development.

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#104539
2015-07-14

Science can drive the sustainability of our precious soils, water and oceans

Australia’s soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity, and our vast marine estate, are incredibly valuable national assets. They are fundamentally interconnected components of the continent’s diverse, unique and in many instances fragile ecosystems.

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#104540
2015-07-14

Is this drought caused by climate change?

Eight miles south of Gull Lake in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, Connick grows canola, Durham wheat, red lentils and alfalfa on 1600 acres. This year, though, the crops are thin and short from the lack of moisture, and now the crops have reached a critical point in their development.

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#104541
2015-07-14

Can Germany protect the wildlife havens on its former military bases?

62 former military bases have been turned into nature conservation areas, but they face challenges from careless motocross bikers and unexploded ordnance

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#104542
2015-07-14

Is the Worst of Tanzania’s Elephant Crisis Over?

After announcing devastating elephant losses, a top Tanzanian minister says the poaching crisis has been curtailed.

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#104543
2015-07-14

White House Invests in Climate Change Resilience

Climate change is real, despite what some Republican politicians might tell you. And some regions and communities in the U.S. are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, climate change most impacts low-income communities. As the International Institute for Environment and D ...

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#104544
2015-07-14

Conservation involves much more than reducing deforestation

Creating protected areas that focus on maximising ecosystem services rather than minimising deforestation may be the key to reducing poverty or enhancing the environment in the affected communities, a new study argues.

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#104545
2015-07-14

Forest communities, indigenous people key to sustainable forests

If you want your country to be green, you need to invest in local communities," said Krirk Meemungkit, a forest farm "small-holder" from Thailand.

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#104546
2015-07-14

To sustain its forests, Asia needs to invest in local people

Asia has a unique opportunity to fight climate change and lift many more people out of poverty if it invests more in the communities living in its forests, experts said.

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#104547
2015-07-14

Crown Jewel of Cuba's Coral Reefs

The six-foot Caribbean reef shark came out of the water thrashing, and Fabián Pina Amargós and his crew quickly pulled it into the research boat.

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#104548
2015-07-14

Sardinian plant gets second life in biodegradable plastics

According to a recent study carried out by the University of Georgia, 275 million tons of plastic waste are produced each year around the world. Around 32 million tons of that plastic waste land on coasts and 8 million tons in the ocean — a major pollution and threat to biodiversity.

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#104549
2015-07-14

Biodiversity law raises the ire of farmers at annual conference

The New South Wales Farmers' Association wants to have more say in the reform of the state's biodiversity laws.

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#104527
2015-07-13

Orienteers asked to help protect biodiversity during major competition

The beautiful scenery of Inverness-shire and Moray will be seen around the globe when the World Orienteering Championships come to the region later this month. And the 5,000 competitors are also being asked to play a role in protecting the local biodiversity when they arrive.

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#104528
2015-07-13

Green Ghana project launched

The Green Ghana Programme seeks to help revegetate Ghana in both urban and rural areas. Speaking on the project in an interview, the Deputy Minister of MESTI, Dr Alfred Sugri Tia, said the sustainability of the forestry sector was currently being threatened by a myriad of problems.

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#104529
2015-07-13

Climate change threat must be taken as seriously as nuclear war – UK minister

The threat of climate change needs to be assessed in the same comprehensive way as nuclear weapons proliferation, according to a UK foreign minister.Baroness Joyce Anelay, minister of state at the Commonwealth and Foreign Office, said the indirect impacts of global warming, such as deteriorating ...

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#104530
2015-07-13

Bumblebee population struggling due to climate change, says study

Bumblebee populations are dying at an alarming rate and nobody knows why.Fingers have been pointed at pesticides called neonicotinoids, as well as bee habitat loss from human development.

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#104531
2015-07-13

Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study

The economic benefits for a country from tackling climate change easily outweigh the costs, according to a study that seeks to highlight the incentives for individual nations to take urgent action to cut emissions.

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#104532
2015-07-13

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

Climate change can be a scary thing to talk about with grown-ups, let alone children. It is also very complex, with long-term effects that reach into future decades and centuries, and causes that include an invisible, odorless gas.

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#104533
2015-07-13

Canada trailing peers in meeting land preservation goals: report

Five years after Canada joined nearly 200 other countries in committing to set aside a significant swath of its landscape for ecological preservation, it lags behind almost every other developed nation in meeting those goals.

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#104534
2015-07-13

Plankton has a plastic lunch

For the first time ever, scientists recorded a video of plankton feeding on tiny plastic pieces. And once its in the food chain, it's bad news all round.

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#104535
2015-07-13

Urban nectar: why London's top chefs are turning into beekeepers

What’s all the buzz about honey? “There are three things that truly capture the public’s imagination: dinosaurs, robots and bees. I couldn’t tell you why exactly but there is something about bees in particular that fascinates the public to no end.”

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#104536
2015-07-13

Biodiversité : le Canada à la traîne, dénonce un groupe environnemental

Les engagements ont été pris il y a cinq ans, à Nagoya, au Japon. Depuis, le Canada ne protège toujours qu'environ 10 % de son territoire, alors que la moyenne mondiale est de 15 %.

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#104513
2015-07-09

We can make a greener, more liveable London and expand Heathrow

The next mayor of London needs to be committed to making our city a better place to live; both more affordable and greener. The high cost of renting, public transport and low wages are one side of the challenge’ while the need to reduce CO2 emissions, tackle air pollution and offer new sources o ...

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#104514
2015-07-09

Investing in science can be "the game changer" for development- experts

Investing up to 3.5 percent of a nation's gross domestic product (GDP) in science, technology and innovation can be "the game changer" for development, leading experts said on Thursday.

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#104515
2015-07-09

NTT schools introduce new subject to promote conservation

In an effort to promote the importance of the natural environment to children, the West Manggarai regional administration in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) will introduce the subject of environmental conservation as a part of the primary school curriculum’s local content, starting in the 2015-2016 aca ...

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#104516
2015-07-09

Previous Claims Of Interbreeding Due To Climate Change Exaggerated

One of the questions raised by the prospect of climate change is whether it could cause more species of animals to interbreed. Two species of flying squirrel have already produced mixed offspring and those have somehow been blamed on climate change, along with a hybrid polar bear and grizzly bea ...

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#104517
2015-07-09

Could vegetarianism save the world? A move away from meat would cut greenhouse emissions and boost biodiversity, study claims

Worldwide meat production has tripled over the last four decades, rising by 20 per cent in the last decade. According to the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation, worldwide consumption of meat increased from 23 kilograms to 42 kilograms per-capita between 1961 and 2009.

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#104518
2015-07-09

Fossil fuel firms risk wasting billions by ignoring climate change, says IEA

The world’s fossil fuel companies risk wasting billions of dollars of investment by not taking global action to fight climate change seriously, according to the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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#104519
2015-07-09

Baiting up to count the world's sharks

Using bait attached to underwater cameras at 400 reefs worldwide, scientists are embarking on their first-ever attempt to count the world's sharks, researchers said.

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#104520
2015-07-09

Selfridges bans plastic water bottles in oceans conservation initiative

Move will affect 400,000 single-use bottles a year in food halls and restaurants, in effort to cut plastic waste and raise awareness of threat it poses to oceans Selfridges is to rid its stores of all single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.

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#104521
2015-07-09

New government strategy fails to protect endangered species, conservationists say

Governments across Australia are being urged to do more to protect endangered species, amid warnings land clearing and mining are threatening key habitats.

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#104522
2015-07-09

One man's quest to save the most colossal fishes on earth

Zeb Hogan was already familiar with the legendary Mekong giant catfish. After all, he’d been studying the beasts, which grow to hundreds and hundreds of pounds, for years. But when a colleague in Thailand phoned him up in 2005 to say that fishermen had hauled a 646-pounder ashore, it seemed…unpr ...

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#104523
2015-07-09

Extremely Endangered Snow Leopard Captured On Camera In The Himalayas

An image of the elusive snow leopard, one of the world's endangered species of big cats, was recently captured on camera in Kumaon, Himalayas, in northern India.

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