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#111063
2016-11-24

Battle of the Desert (and III): UNCCD ‘s Louise Baker on The Silk Road

Marking this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification last June, the United Nations announced the launch of a China-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Belt and Road Joint Action initiative to curb Desertification along the Silk Road.

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#111064
2016-11-24

Tigers face ‘unprecedented’ threat from transport projects: WWF

In 2010, 13 tiger range countries pledged to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the next Chinese year of the tiger. But the path to achieving these goals appears to be marred by a boom in transport projects, according to a new WWF report.

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#111065
2016-11-24

Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate

MIAMI — Real estate agents looking to sell coastal properties usually focus on one thing: how close the home is to the water’s edge. But buyers are increasingly asking instead how far back it is from the waterline. How many feet above sea level? Is it fortified against storm surges? Does it have ...

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#111066
2016-11-24

Seaweed: marine life coming ashore

British seaweeds are among our most underrated resources and hugely important for the ecology of the seas, but they get nothing like the recognition that, say, a wild meadow or ancient woodland gets.

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#111067
2016-11-24

Denial of invasive species threat worries scientists

Scientists believe a new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world's rarest species and most unique ecosystems.

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#111068
2016-11-24

Defining conservation priorities in tropical and biodiversity rich countries

Rich in biodiversity, with a rapidly growing economy, Malaysia exemplifies the tension between conservation and economic development faced by many tropical countries.

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#111009
2016-11-23

Leopard takes up residence in Delhi biopark

NEW DELHI: Delhi may be an urban jungle but, amazingly, it still has space for wild predators. A leopard was caught on camera in the capital for the first time on Monday night, that too far away from the place where another spotted cat's pugmarks were seen last year.

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#111010
2016-11-23

New dominant ant species discovered in Ethiopia shows potential for global invasion

A team of scientists conducting a recent biodiversity survey in the ancient church forests of Ethiopia made an unexpected discovery -- a rather infamous ant species (Lepisiota canescens) displaying signs of supercolony formation. The discovery is significant for two reasons. First, supercolony f ...

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#111011
2016-11-23

Most species-rich coral reefs are not necessarily protected

Coral reefs throughout the world are under threat. After studying the reefs in Malaysia, Zarinah Waheed concluded that there is room for improvement in coral reef conservation.

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#111012
2016-11-23

Aussies Consider Halting New Coal Mines to Protect Reefs

he Australian government has ambitious plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef, but it could do more, says a former government official. The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is calling for a halt on the construction of new coal mines in Australia to prevent fu ...

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#111013
2016-11-23

Land Restoration and Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiatives Showcased in Marrakech

Diverse events on the sidelines of the Marrakech Climate Change Conference highlighted initiatives to advance research, knowledge sharing, policy coherence and funding for land-based adaptation and mitigation.

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#111014
2016-11-23

Climate changing 'too fast' for species

Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change, say scientists. A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change.

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#111015
2016-11-23

Outdoor recreation can't beat the heat of climate change

In Montana and similar big-sky places across the U.S., outdoor recreation is core both to the local economy and a way of life. Climate change is beginning to undermine this as it alters the natural systems and habitats that outdoor recreation depends upon.

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#111016
2016-11-23

Butterfly mother's food choice for offspring changes with experience

Plants communicate with animals using a blend of signals that influence animal behavior. The balance of plant attractants and deterrents partly determine the ultimate level of damage that an animal herbivore imposes on a plant. These intricate communications between the herbivore and the plant s ...

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#111017
2016-11-23

Will a new Mumbai road destroy fishermen's livelihoods?

Indian fishing communities fear the new Coastal Road Project will destroy mangroves and further diminish fish supply.

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#111018
2016-11-23

Spice of life: Saffron harvest offers jobs, opportunity in Afghanistan

It is early morning in a saffron field outside the western Afghan city of Herat and dozens of women are harvesting the delicate purple flowers, working quickly to gather as many as they can before the sun gets too hot.

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#111019
2016-11-23

Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

The elephants swim across the river in a straight line, trunks jutting out of the water like snorkels. With low, guttural bellows, they push their bodies together, forming a living raft to bolster a calf too tiny to stay afloat on its own.

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#111020
2016-11-23

Wildlife Corridors: A Response to Mass Extinction

Giant sloths. Woolly mammoths. Dinosaurs. History is punctuated by mass extinctions. People may not appreciate we are in the midst of a mass extinction as we speak. Unlike past extinction events, this sixth extinction crisis is not caused by an asteroid impact or an ice age, but rather … humans.

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#111021
2016-11-23

Poisonous amphibian defenses are linked to higher extinction risk

Research published by a Swansea University scientist has found amphibians which have a toxic defence against predators—such as the iconic poison dart frogs—have a much higher risk of extinction than species which use other types of defence mechanisms.

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#111022
2016-11-23

Scientists scale trees in desperate attempt to save orange-bellied parrot

Scientists are scaling trees in Tasmania in an attempt to save the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot after the wild population dropped to the “stupidly low numbers” of just 14 individuals.

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#110990
2016-11-22

Glow-in-the-dark geckos' help in quest to preserve farmland biodiversity, study finds

By dipping marbled geckos in a harmless fluorescent powder during the day and releasing them in a variety of farm environments, including pastures and crops, Australian National University (ANU) researcher Geoffrey Kay has been able to track the animals' movements.

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#110991
2016-11-22

Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that "cutting trees is bad for the environment." While true that global forest loss has environmental implications, sustainably managed working forests can provide impressive climate benefits i ...

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#110992
2016-11-22

Lives of whale sharks revealed: DNA left in the oceans is unraveling the mysteries of the world's largest fish

The endangered whale shark, the world's biggest fish, could be saved - simply by studying seawaterSwimming alongside the 'gentle giant' is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences but numbers have been decimated by the appetite for shark fine soup.

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#110993
2016-11-22

How to monitor global ocean warming—without harming whales

Most of the extra heat trapped by human-generated emissions is ending up in the oceans. But tracking the temperature of the world's oceans to monitor the change is trickier than it might seem. While satellites monitor surface temperature, measuring the ocean's interior temperature poses a logist ...

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#110994
2016-11-22

EU acts against dangerous (animal) immigrants

Welcomed - or feared and hated: Europe is home to hundreds of nonnative animal and plant species. They affect ecosystems and harm biodiversity - and cause millions in damage. Now, the EU is acting to stop their spread.

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#110995
2016-11-22

Climate Change Is Hindering The Cooling Properties Of Earth Volcanoes

Eruptions of volcanoes have quite a few positive impact on us here on Earth and one such positive is the cooling effect that these eruptions provide. However, climate change may be preventing this ability of volcanoes. According to a new study in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere, scie ...

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#110996
2016-11-22

What will 1.5°C of global warming actually look like?

The high ambition of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to “well below 2°C”, was driven by concern over long-term sea level rise. A warmer climate inevitably means melting ice – you don’t need a computer model to predict this, it is simple common sense.

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#110997
2016-11-22

Deep sea coral faces climate change threat

North Atlantic coral populations – key to supporting a variety of sea life – are under threat from climate change, a study suggests. Changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the long-term survival of coral in the region, upsetting fragile ecosystems that support an array of marine spe ...

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#110998
2016-11-22

Foreign beetle species recorded for the first time in Canada thanks to citizen science

With social networks abound, it is no wonder that there is an online space where almost anyone can upload a photo and report a sighting of an insect. Identified or not, such public records can turn out to be especially useful—as in the case of an Old World beetle species—which appears to have re ...

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#110999
2016-11-22

Canada's tuna conservation position pleases environmental group

Canada has made 'the right decision' over quotas at an international meeting on the tuna fishery in Portugal, says the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre.

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#111000
2016-11-22

Marrakech: Where Extraordinary Momentum Is Shown on Climate Change

As a journalist, it’s an honour to cover global convergences particularly on climate change, which, today, is the biggest threat facing our globe.But this year, at this COP of Action or the African COP, I have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora ...

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#111001
2016-11-22

Small-scale farming threatens rainforests in Sumatra

Rainforest cover in the Indonesian archipelago has since declined rapidly in recent years giving way to large-scale plantations of rubber and oil palm. A recent study published in Nature Communications finds that small-scale farming can be just as damaging to biodiversity as the plantations, sin ...

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#111002
2016-11-22

Coal Mine Threatens Ecological Paradise in Chile’s Patagonia Region

SANTIAGO, Nov 22 2016 (IPS) - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile’s southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scien ...

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#111003
2016-11-22

Gone Wild for Wildlife: Learning more about preserving Saskatchewan biodiversity

What should you do if you find an injured animal? The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSS) hopes you call their hotline, a volunteer run line to give advice on how to help preserve biodiversity here at home.

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#110969
2016-11-21

Ottawa confirmed as the biodiversity hotspot for a subfamily of wasps in North America

What usually comes to mind when speaking about biodiversity hotspots are tropical regions, pristine areas and magnificent forests.

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#110970
2016-11-21

INDONESIA’S LEUSER ECOSYSTEM, A TREASURE TROVE OF BIODIVERSITY THREATENED BY PALM OIL

Iep Diah still misses the forests that used to cover the gentle hills near her home in the district of Aceh Tamiang, in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. “There used to be hundreds of different trees here,” recalls this 40-year-old woman. Today, however, only one can be seen on thos ...

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#110971
2016-11-21

Don’t feed the orangutans — a warning unheeded at popular ecotourism stop

“Can I take a photo with her?” a tanktop-clad backpacker asked. “Of course,” a local guide said.In the orangutan’s hands was a plastic wrapper: snacks traded for the selfies.

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#110972
2016-11-21

Researchers develop new silvicultural treatments to achieve sustainable management of canadian boreal forest

Canada has the third largest area of forest in the world, covering 402 million ha. The country thus plays an important role in timber production and in the global carbon cycle.

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#110973
2016-11-21

Oceans Action Day, Other COP 22 Events Launch Initiatives, Propose Roadmap for Oceans and Climate

18 November 2016: At the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, numerous events, including the first-ever Oceans Action Day, underscored the role of the ocean in mitigating climate change and regulating the climate while recognizing the challenges that ocean acidification and habitat degrada ...

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#110974
2016-11-21

Digging deep to help Europe's soil

European scientists have been digging deep so they can better understand the multiple threats facing soil which include erosion, pollution, decline of biodiversity and urbanisation. The scientists want to come up with better preventive measures.

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#110975
2016-11-21

Kiwi chicks changing the future of endangered species

One kiwi chick at a time, a West Coast wildlife attraction is changing the fate of some of New Zealand's most endangered kiwi. The West Coast Wildlife Centre celebrated the birth of their 101st Haast tokoeka kiwi chick on Monday, a species with less than 400 birds in the wild.

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#110976
2016-11-21

Africa: Battle of the Desert (II) - A 'Great Green Wall for Africa'

Rome — Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa--a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries.

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#110977
2016-11-21

The decline in emissions also has negative implications

In large parts of Europe and North America, the decline in industrial emissions over the past 20 years has reduced pollution of the atmosphere and in turn of soils and water in many natural areas. The fact that this positive development can also have negative implications for these regions has b ...

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#110978
2016-11-21

To green our cities, we must rethink our relationship with nature

Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Ecological studies highlight the contribution urban nature makes to the conservation of biodiversity. For example, research shows cities support a greater proportion of threatened species than non-urban areas.

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#110979
2016-11-21

The Marine Hotspot That Could Save Our Seas

The Earth's oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As conservationists try to restore the health of our seas, one place may be key to turning the tide.

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#110980
2016-11-21

Former Great Barrier Reef marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines

The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.

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#110981
2016-11-21

Over-fertilization diminishes the biodiversity of global grasslands

At first glance, grasslands may look like monotonous stretches of green or gold. But closer inspection reveals a bounty of diverse grasses, clovers and wildflowers coexisting within small areas. These rich ecosystems cover nearly one-third of Earth’s land surface and provide food and fuel to hum ...

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#110944
2016-11-18

A Heaven for biodiversity

Jahangirnagar University boasts one of the most naturally beautiful university campuses in the country. It is exceptional for it’s biodiversity. The landscape that hosts the university campus is a rare combination of a series of hillocks, abundant trees of all kinds, wild birds, free moving of w ...

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#110945
2016-11-18

Butterfly catcher exalts Hong Kong biodiversity

He will jokingly tell you he is a Pokémon catcher but Dr. Timothy Bonebrake actually hunts butterflies.Bonebrake is an assistant professor in earth sciences and biological sciences in the University of Hong Kong.

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#110946
2016-11-18

Circle of Poison

A look at the powerful pesticide industry, its effect on the developing world and how small farmers are fighting back.In recent decades, harmful pesticides spread around the world's less developed nations have caused immeasurable damage to populations and ecosystems.

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