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#116124
2018-02-28

Canada Budget 2018 Boosts Conservation Funding

The call of the wild is echoing through Tuesday's federal budget, which some environmental groups are calling a "game changer'' for nature conservation across Canada.

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#116125
2018-02-28

Budget 2018: Feds commit $500 million to conservation funding

The funding reflects the Liberals' commitment to safeguard at least 17 per cent of Canadian land and inland waters by 2020, including migratory bird territory.

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#116126
2018-02-28

Elgin student-organized science webinars draws thousands of viewers

On the fourth floor of School District U46's main office building, a group of six students huddled around their computers Friday, coffee and doughnuts only an arm's length away.

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#116127
2018-02-28

New research illustrates how birds help to produce rare wild chili peppers

f you've enjoyed some spicy food lately, you might have a bird to thank.A new study involving Iowa State University researchers explores how a mutualistic, or mutually beneficial, relationship between birds and chili peppers in the Mariana Islands helps chili peppers grow in the wild. The study, ...

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#116128
2018-02-28

What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk away, so you can go to the park, another 10 minutes’ walk. The problem is, there’s a big, dangerous road between you and your friend, and another between them and the park. You as ...

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#116129
2018-02-28

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

It's the biggest shark — and the biggest fish — in the sea, often found roaming in warm waters around the globe with its huge mouth agape in search of dinner.

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#116130
2018-02-28

World's first plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled

he world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle has been unveiled in Amsterdam, prompting calls for retailers to roll them out in the UK. More than 700 products will be available without plastic packaging at Dutch chain Ekoplaza, including meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, fruit and ...

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#116131
2018-02-28

Europe is so cold now that the Arctic appears to be a warm escape

Much of Europe woke up Wednesday to yet another day of a cold spell that may have turned the streets of London, Rome and other capitals into pretty photo scenes but also has cost lives across the continent. Neither London nor Rome usually experience temperatures dropping below freezing during wi ...

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#116132
2018-02-28

New partnership will support African farmers adapt to climate change

A major new partnership has been announced to help African smallholders take control of their livelihoods in the face of the risks posed by climate change.

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#116133
2018-02-28

Why scientists have modelled climate change right up to the year 2300

The seas will continue to rise for 300 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published in Nature Communications, which projects how much the sea level will rise under varying degrees of success in tackling climate change right up to the year 2300.

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#116134
2018-02-28

Here are promising strategies for addressing climate adaptation with green bonds

To date, "green bonds" have been seen as the primary vehicle for environmental or social impact in the fixed-income market. Green bond issuance has grown significantly since the market was initiated in 2007, with offerings by the European Investment Bank and the World Bank.

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#116135
2018-02-28

Study suggests active restoration of damaged ecosystems not always better than nature

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests human efforts to restore damaged ecosystems are not always better than simply letting nature take its course. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes analyzing over 400 studies docum ...

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#116136
2018-02-28

How algae change their internal solar panels to stay alive

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how nature's solar panels, found inside algae, constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial system that ensures their hosts stay healthy and alive.

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#116137
2018-02-28

New clues to decline of bees and other pollinators

The brightly-coloured flies may be picking up bee viruses as they forage at the same flowers. And scientists think hoverflies could then be spreading the deadly infections long distances when they migrate.

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#116138
2018-02-28

This is why African Elephants will go extinct soon!

Recently, a group of scientists got genetic evidence of interbreeding among the ancestors of modern-elephants, mammoths, and mastodons occurring during the Pleistocene Epoch. They found out that the three modern-day species of elephants have distinct genetic profiles and their ancestors interbre ...

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#116139
2018-02-28

Tigers are rapidly disappearing all across SE Asia

An assessment of 112 protected sites across 11 countries found 35% of them, the majority of which are in southeast Asia, had major management issues which left their tiger populations at risk of rapid declines or vanishing entirely.

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#116140
2018-02-28

Biodiversity is more than just beauty: 'It is the very apparatus that holds us steady'

A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue his love of nature but, now blind in one eye, he ...

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#116100
2018-02-27

Easter Island votes for world’s newest marine reserve

Stone heads loom in the imagination of most people when they think of Easter Island. Known as Rapa Nui to its inhabitants, who also go by the name Rapa Nui as a people, the island sits in a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west of Chile. Like the mysterious ston ...

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#116101
2018-02-27

Earth Hour’s lights off set on March 24

According to Earth Hour-Philippines national director and World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines’ (WWF) Climate and Energy Program head Gia Ibay, this year’s celebration of Earth Hour is extra significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the campaign, which has been “growing year on year sinc ...

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#116102
2018-02-27

Climate change threatens King penguins, say scientists

Climate change is likely to have a devastating impact on King penguins if global warming continues at its present rate, scientists warn.“The main issue is that there is only a handful of islands in the Southern Ocean and not all of them are suitable to sustain large breeding colonies,” said Robi ...

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#116103
2018-02-27

One of World’s Oldest Animals Records Ocean Climate Change

The sea is home to some 5,000 species of sponges. These multicelled animals first appeared about 800 million years ago. Although they lack muscles, bones, and a nervous system, one particular species has something that scientists want: information on the state of the climate thousands of years ago.

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#116104
2018-02-27

Norway's Underground Doomsday Seed Vault Is Under Threat From Climate Change

Norway plans to spend roughly $12.7 million to upgrade its “doomsday” seed vault, the world’s largest repository built to protect crops and plants from natural and man-made disasters.

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#116105
2018-02-27

Gstaad: Alpine romanticism and climate change

On the right, a cow, and on the left, a Rolex watch. Alpine idyll and luxury: that's Gstaad in Southwestern Switzerland. But this vacation destination is, like many others, being affected by climate change.

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#116106
2018-02-27

‘Cities aren’t going to wait’: Mayors drive action on climate change

With cities home to over half the world’s population and producing more than 80 per cent of global economic output, mayors are also driving climate action by adopting renewable energy and cleaner methods of transport.

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#116107
2018-02-27

Kenya: Declining Lake Stocks, China Fish Imports Threaten Local Fishers

As fish from China drive fishermen out of business, the dwindling catches from Lake Victoria have left an insufficient supply of fresh fish.

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#116108
2018-02-27

Brazilian study discovers six new species of silky antieaters

Since the pioneering description made in 1758 by Swedish naturalist and father of taxonomy Carl Nilsson Linnaeus (1707-1778), there was officially one single silky anteater species. This short-snouted, pigmy-sized anteater would then be known for its scientific name, Cyclopes didactyla, after it ...

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#116109
2018-02-27

Incredible pollinating animals– other than bees

When you think of pollinators, you probably think of honeybees. It is true—they are the most economically important pollinators and are responsible for most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. But they are not the only ones. In terms of pollination services, honeybees provide 39%, while no ...

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#116110
2018-02-27

How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming

Scientists, companies and government agencies are hard at work on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In recent years, biofuels produced from corn have emerged as a fuel source to power motor vehicles and, perhaps, airplanes.

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#116111
2018-02-27

Walking among the world’s tallest trees

“When I look around this forest,” said ranger Jim Wheeler, “it has a tendency to give me perspective in life, to help me realise I’m just a very small part of a much bigger world.”

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#116112
2018-02-27

Guess joins retailers committing to fabrics that protect forests, locals

Fashion retailer Guess Inc. is adopting a policy to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining an array of fashion companies aiming to rid their supply chains of products from endangered forests, the company and activists said.

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#116113
2018-02-27

Scientists are racing to save Europe's beloved ash tree

A fungus spreading rapidly east to west across Europe is wiping out valuable forests. Scientists are racing to plant and multiply resistant strains before the species disappears.

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#116114
2018-02-27

Future scientists will study the world’s loneliest tree as a marker of a new geological era

On remote Campbell Island, in the subantarctic waters off New Zealand, stands a tree that keeps the record of global human activity.

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#116115
2018-02-27

I train organic farmers in Ethiopia and they depend on charities’ support

Among crops, cotton is notorious for the high volumes of hazardous pesticides used to grow it. Pesticide poisoning of smallholder farmers is all too common and indiscriminate use is a major cause of water pollution and biodiversity loss. For years, the accepted wisdom around the world has been t ...

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#116116
2018-02-27

African countries urged to harmonize laws on invasive species

African governments should harmonize their laws to safeguard countries from the invasive species, an expert said on Tuesday. Martha Byanyima, expert on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), said many countries have experienced devastating ...

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#116117
2018-02-27

Ecological success of community-based wildlife conservation in Tanzania

Good news about the environment is rare these days, but in Tanzania there are signs that local wildlife conservation efforts can effectively protect the natural resources that provide the lion's share of revenue for the economy. Eco-tourism is Tanzania's largest economic sector and biggest dolla ...

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#116118
2018-02-27

5.5 million-year-old fossil turtle species sheds light on invasive modern relatives

A University of Pennsylvania paleontologist has described a 5.5 million-year-old fossil species of turtle from eastern Tennessee. It represents a new species of the genus Trachemys, commonly known as sliders, which are frequently kept as pets today.

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#116119
2018-02-27

To build up mussels, you need to know your fish

Times are tough for 31 of Michigan's 45 varieties of freshwater mussels. Sporting evocative names like wavy-rayed lampmussel and round pigtoe, these residents of the state's rivers are imperiled by habitat disruption and pollution and are also threatened by climate change.

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#116090
2018-02-26

Plastic pollution is a big threat to marine biodiversity

The increasing use of synthetic materials to replace glass or tin for containers and natural fibres for ropes and nets has introduced a new type of marine pollution. These materials are not readily degradable and they persist in the environment.

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#116091
2018-02-26

New Shark Species Discovered In Atlantic Ocean: Here's What Makes The Third Sixgill Shark So Special

A team of scientists have discovered a new shark species, specifically the third kind of sixgill shark, in the Atlantic Ocean. What differentiates the Atlantic sixgill shark from its cousins in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, and why are these sharks so special?

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#116092
2018-02-26

Scientists, wildlife DJ, hip-hop archivists create 'BeastBox'

Musicians have long drawn inspiration from nature, but a new online game is taking that connection one step further. "Beastbox" takes sound clips from real wild animals, transforms them into loops, and allows users to mix and match them into an endless variety of beats, breaks and drops. Along t ...

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#116093
2018-02-26

The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction

There was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the grassy plain, as far as the eye could see, were the corpses of thousands upon thousands of saiga antelopes. All appeared to ha ...

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#116094
2018-02-26

Geological change confirmed as a factor behind the extensive diversity in tropical rainforests

The tropical rainforests of Central and South America are home to the largest diversity of plants on this planet. Nowhere else are there quite so many different plant species in one place. However, the entire region is increasingly threatened by human activity, which is why researchers are stepp ...

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#116095
2018-02-26

Nigeria: Why Lake Chad Requires Urgent Attention

Lives of people and natural resources in northern Nigeria and the seven other African countries that rely on Lake Chad for survival are under serious threat as the climate change challenge facing the lake worsens.

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#116096
2018-02-26

Climate change draws invasive species to the Arctic

The Arctic is changing. Temperatures are increasing twice as fast as the global average and sea ice is retreating quicker than predicted.

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#116097
2018-02-26

More precise measurements show West Antarctica ice melt accelerating

A team of researchers from NASA and several other institutions in the U.S. and Europe has found evidence of ice melt accelerating in some western parts of Antarctica. In their paper published in the journal Cryosphere, the group describes the new technology they used to study ice melt in Antarct ...

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#116098
2018-02-26

Corporations key to rescuing nature, says WWF chief

A generation ago, the idea of a veteran international banker leading a global organisation charged with saving the planet's dwindling and besieged wildlife would have seemed far-fetched.

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#116099
2018-02-26

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet

We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. We are losing plants and animals at an alarming rate and humans are to blame. One vof the most serious threats to biodiversity loss is wildlife trafficking, writes MEP Catherine Bearder.

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#116073
2018-02-22

Cryptic New Species of Shark Identified: Atlantic Sixgill Shark

The sixgill sharks of the genus Hexanchus are large, rarely encountered deep-sea sharks. With ancestors dating back over 250 million years, well before dinosaurs, they are among the oldest creatures on Earth.

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#116074
2018-02-22

Circular Economy 101: Waste Not, Get More

Across the globe, about 50 percent of CO2 emissions are tied to materials — goods that often produce a significant amount of physical and financial waste. The United Nations estimates that the 41.8 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste generated in 2014, for example, included 16 Mt of copper a ...

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#116075
2018-02-22

The Seychelles has struck a 'debt-for-nature swap' with Leonardo DiCaprio

The Seychelles has floated a plan to deepen its marine conservation efforts in return for a groundbreaking sovereign debt deal backed by funds including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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