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#109996
2016-09-15

New Public Website Offers Detailed View of Industrial Fishing

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 2016 (IPS) - In a giant step for transparency at sea, environmentalists on Thursday unveiled a website that allows anyone with an Internet connection to see for free exactly where and when most of the world’s industrial fishing boats actually fish.

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#109997
2016-09-15

Climate change and the Marshall Islands: lives in the balance

There may be music in the roar of the sea, as Byron eulogized, but the waves can also bring creeping unease. On low-lying fragments of land like the Marshall Islands, the tides are threatening to take away what they previously helped support: life.

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#109998
2016-09-15

UK to ban fishing from a million square kilometres of ocean

Government creates marine protected areas around four islands in the Pacific and Atlantic, with commercial fishing banned in some areas

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#109999
2016-09-15

Ethiopia: Enhancing Efforts in Conserving Biodiversity

Ethiopia is one of the richest countries in biodiversity. The availability of various ecosystems such as the mountain, forest wetland, wood land and arid areas has made the country to be a preferable Pavlovian country.

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#110004
2016-09-15

High seas treaty negotiations ended at UN last week with boost from IUCN Conservation Congress

Government officials from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City for ongoing negotiations of an international treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas received a clear vote of confidence from delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’ ...

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#110005
2016-09-15

EU Hopes Licensing System Will Help Save Indonesian Forests

The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.

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#110006
2016-09-15

Was that climate change? Scientists are getting faster at linking extreme weather to warming

Is it still true to say you can’t point to any single extreme weather event and claim you can’t link it to human-caused climate change?

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#110007
2016-09-15

Saving Rwanda's Endangered Species, One at a Time

Many conservationists devote careers to saving one endangered species. Barely into his 30s, Rwandan Olivier Nsengimana is well into helping rescue and revive two.

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#110008
2016-09-15

Bird populations in steep decline in North America, study finds

North America has more than a billion fewer birds than it did 40 years ago, with the snowy owl and the chimney swift just two of the better-known species in dramatic decline across the continent, a recent survey has found.

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#110009
2016-09-15

Saving Our Ocean

The Ocean in South America and worldwide is in danger.

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#110010
2016-09-15

Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years

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#110011
2016-09-15

How climate change may affect fireflies

Fireflies are such a delight that they are the official insects of two U.S. states. On the other side of the world, Japan has declared them a national treasure.

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#110012
2016-09-15

Second lowest minimum for Arctic ice

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.

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#109972
2016-09-14

Nature loss linked to farming intensity

More than 50 conservation groups say the "policy-driven" intensification of farming is a significant driver of nature loss in the UK.

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#109973
2016-09-14

Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests

Arctic sea ice cover could be confirmed within days as the second lowest ever recorded, the latest data suggests.

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#109974
2016-09-14

Mapping Yukon's vulnerability to climate change

A new set of Yukon community maps offers a colourful look at how climate change could threaten infrastructure, and affect future development in the territory.

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#109975
2016-09-14

UN report calls for synergies between universal 2030 Agenda and goals for least developed countries

13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.

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#109976
2016-09-14

We are not alone – alien plants & animals invade Europe

As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us.

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#109977
2016-09-14

One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows

State of Nature reveals the destructive impact of intensive farming, urbanisation and climate change on plants, animals and habitats

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#109978
2016-09-14

Tool-using crow: Rare bird joins clever animal elite

A bird so rare that it is now extinct in the wild has joined a clever animal elite - the Hawaiian crow naturally uses tools to reach food.

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#109951
2016-09-13

Initiative to restore one million corals launches in the Caribbean and Florida Keys

Research organizations are working on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.

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#109952
2016-09-13

New crab species discovered in Chinese fish market

At an ornamental fish market in northern Guangdong, a team of Chinese researchers have discovered a new species of freshwater crab, which may also be an entirely new genus.

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#109953
2016-09-13

Making African Palm Oil Production Sustainable

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA , Sep 12 2016 (IPS) - “In San Lorenzo they cut down the jungle to plant African oil palms. The only reason they didn’t expand more was that indigenous people managed to curb the spread,” Ecuadorean activist Santiago Levy said during the World Conservation Congress.

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#109954
2016-09-13

Brazil ratifies Paris agreement with pledge to sharply reduce emissions

The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.

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#109955
2016-09-13

Learning to live with the great white shark

Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.

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#109956
2016-09-13

Jamaica a regional leader in mainstreaming climate change

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Environment Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Esther Zeledon, says Jamaica is considered a pioneer and leader in the region in its efforts to mainstream climate change considerations into national development.

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#109957
2016-09-13

Christiana Figueres withdraws from race for UN Secretary General post

Former UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres withdrew from the race for the UN Secretary General post on Monday.

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#109958
2016-09-13

Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worr ...

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#109959
2016-09-13

Eastern forests use up nitrogen in soil during earlier, greener springs

A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function.

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#109960
2016-09-13

Bulgaria's pine forests threatened by bark beetle

Pine forests planted in Bulgaria to combat soil erosion are falling prey to a beetle that is feeding on trees already weakened by excessively hot weather, dense planting and a lack of proper logging in the years after the fall of communism.

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#109961
2016-09-13

Romania moves to protect some of Europe's last virgin forests

With new technology and a crackdown on logging, Romania is racing to save some of Europe's last virgin forests, home to wolves and brown bears.

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#109962
2016-09-13

Hemlock trees under threat by invasive pest, the woolly adelgid

The woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that infests and eventually destroys hemlock trees, has made one incursion into Eastern Canada and biologists say it's likely to turn up again.

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#109963
2016-09-13

Conservationists Dig In on Pandas, Oceans and Elephant Ivory

Thousands of people gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to talk about Earth’s ecosystems, endangered species and climate change.

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#109964
2016-09-13

IUCN to create new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organizations

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen said that the decision to create a specific place for Indigenous peoples in the decision-making process of the organization, reached during the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, would not only strengthen the presence and role of Indigenous organizations ...

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#109966
2016-09-13

One Simple Comic Explains Climate Change

Quick read captures 22,000 years of glaciers, heat and humans

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#109967
2016-09-13

Land-based food not nutritionally sufficient for wild polar bears, according to new study

On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season.

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#109968
2016-09-13

Living with environmental change: Investigating our native woodlands

Many woodland areas across the world are currently experiencing major dieback and collapse, owing to factors including climate change, grazing livestock, fire, and the spread of pests and diseases.

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#109969
2016-09-13

Secrets of life in the soil

Early on a cold spring morning, Diana Wall is trying out a tool normally used to make holes on golf courses — and she can't contain her excitement. Her team has always used more laborious methods to take samples of soil and its resident organisms. “Oh, that's a beautiful core,” she says as one s ...

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#109970
2016-09-13

Global brands’ beef is putting South America’s tropical forests at risk: report

The beef purchasing policies of global name-brand companies are failing to protect South America’s tropical forests from destruction, according to a new report.

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#109971
2016-09-13

Great Bear Rainforest to receive special designation

As part of their upcoming Royal Tour, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Premier Christy Clark confirmed today.

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#109932
2016-09-12

Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa.

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#109934
2016-09-12

History sounds a warning on island conservation

The World Conservation Congress, a high-level event summoning 8,000 of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientists, is taking place in Hawaii this month.

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#109935
2016-09-12

Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward

Ocean conservation efforts took a significant step forward on Friday when a measure to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans by 2030 passed during a major meeting in Hawaii.

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#109936
2016-09-12

World on track to meet a major global conservation target

With 14.7% of the Earth’s land and 12% of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target according to UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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#109937
2016-09-12

Legal rhino horn and ivory trade should benefit Africa, says Swaziland government

As talks about a complete ban on both the international and domestic markets heat up, the Swaziland government accuses western NGOs of being ‘armchair preservationists’

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#109938
2016-09-12

Conservation Congress Sets Ambitious Target to Protect Oceans

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 10 2016 (IPS) - A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans as “highly protected” areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermin ...

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#109939
2016-09-12

Ottawa's outdoor lab: A farm in the middle of the city

At a farm in the heart of Canada's capital, Ottawa, scientists are working to increase crop yields in an era of climate change and increased invasive pests. Among other things, they're turning insects against each other.

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#109940
2016-09-12

Bad news for nervous fliers: climate change is making severe turbulence more common

Incidents of severe air turbulence are on the rise and there will be worse to come as climate change takes hold, scientists have warned.

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#109941
2016-09-12

How a Social Investment Fund Strives to Preserve Brazil’s Forests

Brazil’s forests have long been the foundation of the country’s culture, dating back to indigenous cultures long before the Portuguese arrived.

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#109942
2016-09-12

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.

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