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#104942
2015-08-20

In climate change era, new idea for conservation takes shape

Conservation has long been about protecting communities of plants and animals where they are. But climate change is leading to a nascent form of conservation that embraces change and instead seeks to provide a thriving stage on which it can happen.

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#104943
2015-08-20

More Foods Boast Non-GMO Labels—Even Those Without GMOs

Last year, Evolution Salt Co. proudly slapped a label on its packages of Himalayan salt proclaiming they contained no genetically modified organisms.

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#104944
2015-08-20

'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

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#104891
2015-08-19

Sweet-smelling secrets of mosquito-repellent grass

US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs.

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#104892
2015-08-19

Worsening wind forecasts signal stormy times ahead for seabirds

Stronger winds forecast as a result of climate change could impact on populations of wild animals, by affecting how well they can feed, a study of seabirds suggests.

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#104893
2015-08-19

Latin America Should Lead in Protecting the Planet’s Oceans

SANTIAGO, Aug 17 2015 (IPS) - Latin America should assume a position of global leadership by adopting effective measures to protect the oceans, which are threatened by illegal fishing, the impacts of climate change, and pollution caused by acidification and plastic waste.

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#104894
2015-08-19

Zimbabwe’s Forest Carbon Programme Not All It Seems

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challengin ...

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#104895
2015-08-19

Future of Brazil’s babassu fruit breakers threatened by deforestation

Government plans to expand agribusiness in north-east Brazil could see native babassu forests – already hit by crop plantations – dissapear, ending a traditional way of life for thousands of families who depend on the fruit for their survival

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#104896
2015-08-19

Islamic scholars, environmentalists call for action on climate change

Dozens of Muslim scholars and environmental activists have called on the international community to phase out the use of greenhouse gases by 2050. The declaration comes months ahead of a key UN climate summit in Paris.

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#104897
2015-08-19

Paris and the climate talks: business’ shortest route to success

WBCSD's Peter Bakker says a growing number of businesses are stepping up to tackle climate change

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#104898
2015-08-19

Peru and Ecuador sign action plan for protected areas

Peru and Ecuador officially signed the 2015-2016 Action Plan of Network for Binational Management of Protected Natural Areas in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, according to Andina news agency.

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#104899
2015-08-19

GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

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#104900
2015-08-19

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of

Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.

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#104901
2015-08-19

Mexico to Strengthen Protection of Endangered Species

Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will strengthen the protection of the olive ridley sea turtles on the beaches of the states of Oaxaca and Michoacan, by intensifying their operatives in the natural spawning areas of this endangered species.

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#104902
2015-08-19

Marine mammals thriving in Thames

Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.

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#104877
2015-08-18

Controlling feral animals could save Australia billions, and 148 endangered species

New research has found that the most cost-effective way to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in Australia's famous Lake Eyre Basin is to control the numbers of feral pigs in the area.

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#104878
2015-08-18

Coral reefs are 'likely to disappear from the Earth' despite climate change talks

Even if the talks in Paris are "wildly successful", Professor Peter F Sale says the future of the planet's coral reefs is bleak Coral reefs, as they existed half a century ago, will likely disappear from Earth even if climate change talks in December are "wildly successful", a distinguished prof ...

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#104879
2015-08-18

South Africa: Wildfire Sparks Clash Over Controlled Burning

Preventing wildfires through controlled burning of shrubs in at-risk areas is an impractical way to protect cities from fire, according to South Africa's firefighters.

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#104880
2015-08-18

A diamond in the marsh: Saving the Lake Alaotra Gentle Lemur

Climb into a canoe at dawn, paddle into the reed beds of Madagascar’s largest wetland, and with luck you could see a unique primate: the Alaotra Gentle Lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis). Known locally as the bandro and described by Gerald Durrell as a “honey-coloured teddy bear”, these lemurs spend ...

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#104881
2015-08-18

Cost of not acting on climate change $44 trillion: Citi

Up to $44 trillion could be going up in smoke if the world does not act on climate change, according to the latest piece of research from U.S. banking giant Citigroup.

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#104882
2015-08-18

Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Affectionately called “Professor” by his neighbors, Josefino Martinez is a well-respected indigenous farmer and community organizer from the remote town of Chicahuaxtla, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He watched with patient attention as I showed him photographs of Soul Fire Farm, my family’s o ...

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#104883
2015-08-18

What Is Killing America's Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?

There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the phone to his ear. Through the window, he could see the frigid January evening settling on the 112-acre farm he'd just been forced to sell two weeks ea ...

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#104885
2015-08-18

Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 presents a bold vision for women, girls

This year, the United Nations is moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a new set of global goals for (sustainable) development, setting the framework agenda for the period till 2030.

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#104886
2015-08-18

Researchers say 'tree of life' actually a 'bush'

UPPSALA, Sweden, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The array of lineages that make up the kingdoms of the biological world are often represented and referred to as "the tree of life" -- each species a branch.

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#104860
2015-08-13

Zoologger: World’s first venomous frog has the kiss of death

THEY’RE armed and dangerous. Two Brazilian species are the world’s first known venomous frogs. They have tiny spines on their heads – particularly on their upper lips – that enable them to inject lethal venom into the bloodstream of an assailant.

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#104861
2015-08-13

Are marine organisms evolving to protect their young in response to ocean acidification?

Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions.

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#104862
2015-08-13

Significant breath from streams, rivers

Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers has now published the answer.

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#104863
2015-08-13

Irrigation risks spreading invasive pests across Afric

The use of irrigation across Sub-Saharan Africa creates conditions that attract devastating foreign plant pests, such as the tomato leaf miner, a Kenyan study has found.

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#104864
2015-08-13

Costa's last stand: climate change could see tourists swap the Med for the Baltics

Drought and forest fires could mean Mediterranean resorts lose out to cooler climes and holidaymakers travelling outside peak season, report predicts

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#104865
2015-08-13

Borneo mountain hotbed of young biodiversity

On the tip of Borneo stands the World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu, which like other tropical mountains is known to be a hotbed of biodiversity.

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#104866
2015-08-13

Scientists sequence octopus genome: A better understanding of cephalopods?

Researchers have sequenced an octopus genome for the first time, paving the way for a better understanding of octopuses and similar creatures.

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#104867
2015-08-13

Greenland ice sheet's winds driving tundra soil erosion, study finds

Strong winds blowing off the Greenland Ice Sheet are eroding soil and vegetation in the surrounding tundra, making it less productive for caribou and other grazing animals, carbon storage and nutrient cycling, a Dartmouth College study finds.

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#104868
2015-08-13

Uganda: Celebrating the Animal That Never Forgets

For many tourists that visit Uganda, majority are interested in interacting with the wildlife, that is according to commissioner of wildlife conservation in the Ministry of Tourism, James Lutalo.

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#104869
2015-08-13

US battles to find - and save - illegally trafficked plants

Every year thousands of plants are illegally imported into the US - but what happens after they're seized? And what happens to plants in danger of extinction?

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#104870
2015-08-13

Bringing Awareness of Poaching and Trafficking on World Elephant Day

August 12th has been considered "World Elephant Day" for the last few years. It's an opportunity for the global community to celebrate the magnificence of Asian and African elephants and for all of us to rededicate ourselves to ensuring a world where elephants and people live in harmony.

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#104871
2015-08-13

Last-minute lack of transparency weakens sustainable development goals

On Sunday 2 August, the 193 countries which make up the UN agreed to a document that will shape the next 15 years of international development policy and action.

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#104872
2015-08-13

Australia’s ‘other’ reef is worth more than $10 billion a year - but have you heard of it?

You’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef – but what about its southern equivalent? The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km. Its kelp forests contain unique and diverse marine life by global standards, and it contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia’s economy each year.

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#104843
2015-08-12

UN body stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving sustainable development goals

11 August 2015 – Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue.

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#104845
2015-08-12

Sustainability: Don't waste seafood waste

Every year, some 6 million to 8 million tonnes of waste crab, shrimp and lobster shells are produced globally — about 1.5 million tonnes in southeast Asia alone1. Whereas 75% of the weight of a tuna fish can be extracted as fillets, meat accounts for only around 40% of a crab's mass.

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#104846
2015-08-12

UN unveils SDG indicators for dissection

A consultation on the indicators to measure the success of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was started yesterday by the UN Statistical Commission.

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#104847
2015-08-12

Snail scent repels starfish; may protect coral and Great Barrier Reef

The Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is responsible for depletion of 40 percent of the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef over the last 30 years, and currently can only be controlled by the labor intensive use of an expensive lethal injection, administered by divers.

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#104848
2015-08-12

Scientists unite on World Elephant Day calling for ban on ivory trade in the U.S.

On August 11, the eve of World Elephant Day, a group of 250 scientists from varied backgrounds, disciplines and organizations around the world sent a letter to Barack Obama urging for the closure of commercial ivory trade in the United States.

News Headlines
#104849
2015-08-12

Wildlife groups say 41 tigers have died in India in seven months

Conservationists say India is not doing enough to protect tigers six months after country claimed tiger population was growing fast

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#104850
2015-08-12

Controlling feral animals and plants will save unique species and $billions

Controlling feral pigs is the most cost-effective strategy to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in the Lake Eyre Basin, and is just one of the significant findings of a three-year study led by QUT applied ecologist Associate Professor Jennifer Firn.

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#104851
2015-08-12

New species of titi monkey discovered in Peruvian forests

A new species of titi monkey was recently discovered in the Urubamba river region of Peru, according to New Scientist.

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#104852
2015-08-12

REDD+ in Brazil: Coordination needed. Now

Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found.

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#104853
2015-08-12

Korea Forest Service creates more green areas in cities

The Korea Forest Service (KFS) will create more green areas in Seoul and other large cities to improve the living conditions for urban dwellers, the head of the state-run agency said Wednesday.

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#104854
2015-08-12

Tree domination of the world's savannas may slow down

Savannas are becoming increasingly woodier as trees gain the upper hand over grasses in these ecosystems, but this encroachment may proceed more slowly than previously thought, new University of Otago-led research suggests.

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#104855
2015-08-12

Bold move to conserve Sumatran forest

One of the last places on Earth where Sumatran elephants, tigers and orangutans coexist in the wild has received long-term protection. The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry approved a conservation concession – a lease of the land – covering 40,000 hectares of forest on the island of Sumatra.

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#104856
2015-08-12

Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns

Diets rich in beef and other red meat can be bad for a person’s health. And the practice is equally bad for Earth’s biodiversity, according to a team of scientists who have fingered human carnivory—and its impact on land use—as the single biggest threat to much of the world’s flora and fauna.

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