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#111505
2017-01-04

Are 'open source' seeds necessary for a resilient food system?

Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space.

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#111506
2017-01-04

New Look at Rivers Reveals The Toll of Human Activity

The Yellowstone River has its headwaters in the mountain streams and snowy peaks of the famous U.S. national park with the same name, and makes an unfettered downhill run all the way to the Missouri River, nearly 700 miles away. It is the longest undammed river in the Lower 48 states.

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#111507
2017-01-04

Obama's 'historic' conservation legacy beats Teddy Roosevelt

Elephants, sharksand toads have one thing in common. All of them have benefited, in some way, from the presidency of Barack Obama.One of the lesser known legacies of the US president is his record as a conservationist.

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#111508
2017-01-04

North-South divide in science may hinder action on climate change

Northern domination of science relevant to climate-change policy and practice globally and lack of research led by Southern researchers in Southern countries may hinder development and implementation of global agreements and nationally-appropriate actions.

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#111509
2017-01-04

Mega-Trends’ Like Climate Change Best Tackled With Private Sector Help: New UN Chief

António Guterres says more engagement with the private sector and civil society will be key to the United Nation’s effectiveness. n Sunday (1 January 2017), António Guterres officially took over the reins at the United Nations from Ban Ki-moon as the organisation’s ninth-ever top boss.

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#111510
2017-01-04

Biodiversity Loss: Global ‘Threat Maps’ Reveal Impact Of Human Consumption On Wildlife

Earth is currently in the midst of a very serious biodiversity crisis. Although estimates of the exact number vary widely, scientists now believe that the rapid loss in species we are seeing today is anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the extinction rate when humans weren’t around.

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#111481
2016-12-19

FSC certification gives boost to rainforest community

IWOKRAMA, Guyana – It’s late afternoon in Fairview village, an indigenous Amerindian community in the heart of Guyana’s tropical rainforest. School is over for the day and children are playing outside.

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#111482
2016-12-19

Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains

Two new analyses show that companies reliant on agricultural commodities like beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy have underestimated the risk of deforestation in their supply chains and are unlikely to achieve their current time-bound goals for severing ties with forest destruction.

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#111483
2016-12-19

More than 150 new species found in Greater Mekong region

Scientists have discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature report. The discoveries included plants and a frog so small it can sit on one's fingertip

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#111484
2016-12-19

On the hunt for dynamite fishers in Tanzania

Holiday idyll or crime scene? In Tanzania, dynamite fishers toss up to 50 bombs a day into the coral reefs - using a technique that, in theory, is outlawed. A task force is hoping to put an end to the dangerous practice.

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#111485
2016-12-19

UN nature summit calls for urgent farming, forestry, fishery reforms

BirdLife International today welcomed a decision by the UN Biodiversity Conference to pursue environmental reform in the farming, forestry and fisheries sectors, but underscored the need for stronger ambition and accelerated implementation by national governments.

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#111486
2016-12-19

Cancun COP13 Biodiversity Summit Closes on Positive Note

CANCUN, Mexico – The United Nations Summit on biodiversity ended on a positive note on Saturday in Mexico after 14 days of work to progress towards reaching a larger number of Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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#111487
2016-12-19

Developing Countries Kick, As UN Ratifies, Gene Drives, Synthetic Biology

The just concluded United Nations 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological (CBD) has ratified the use of synthetic biology and Gene Drives despite opposition from developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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#111488
2016-12-19

Unifying Indigenous Karen to Preserve Sacred Forests and Cultural Heritage

On a misty morning in late November 2016, 77 community representatives from Karenni State as well as from all seven Karen districts gathered in the Karen village of Paw La Pu in Mutraw District, following a week-long trek from the Salween River.

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#111489
2016-12-19

Camel population dwindles due to smuggling, diseases

JAIPUR: Given the current scenario, the camel (Camelus dromedaries), the 'State Animal' of Rajasthan, may soon figure in the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. .

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#111490
2016-12-19

Farmers in Sudan battle climate change and hunger as desert creeps closer

Haphazard rains and increasing desertification in the eastern state of Gedaref are destroying previously fertile soil and leaving villagers unable to farm

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#111491
2016-12-19

Barramundi populations at risk from acid oceans

Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.

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#111492
2016-12-19

Mexican Caribbean’s new biosphere does not address major threats in the region: NGOs

Civil organizations warn that the recent protected natural area Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean decree left out the main threats the area is currently facing.

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#111493
2016-12-19

CBD COP13 closes in Cancun

“Delegates came to Cancun in the spotlight of recent international deals on climate change and sustainable development with the dual challenges of reversing dramatic decreases in biodiversity and delivering on their Aichi promises.

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#111495
2016-12-19

Mexico’s New Nature Reserves: Real Conservation Effort or Empty Political Gesture?

The government has decided to protect vast new expanses of land and sea. But bad planning and lax regulations are likely to limit, or even undermine, this conservation effort.

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#111496
2016-12-19

New Collaboration to Boost Green Growth through Sustainable Food Production in Central America

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a new collaboration with the Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security to implement climate smart agriculture and food security throughout Central America.

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#111497
2016-12-19

India Knows Its Invasive Species Problem But This Is Why Nobody Can Deal With it Properly

In 2001, economists pegged the costs of damages caused by invasive species to agriculture and forestry at about $91 billion a year in India alone.

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#111498
2016-12-19

Are reserves a real conservation effort?

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) earlier this month, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.

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#111499
2016-12-19

Biodiversity project in Azores delivers detailed abundance data for 286 arthropod species

In 1999, a long-term biodiversity project started at the Azores Islands (Portugal, Atlantic Ocean), the Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (BALA) project (1999-2004). Its aim was to obtain detailed distributional and abundance data for a large fraction of arthropod faun ...

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#111461
2016-12-16

Mexico bid to save world's smallest vaquita porpoise

Mexican authorities and scientists are trying to save the world's smallest porpoise by capturing illegal "ghost" fishing nets.

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#111462
2016-12-16

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected.

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#111463
2016-12-16

Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations

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#111464
2016-12-16

New population of rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey discovered in China

Scientists have confirmed the presence of a new population of the rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey in China.

News Headlines
#111465
2016-12-16

Scientists have confirmed the presence of a new population of the rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey in China.

The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held in February 2014, was welcomed by environmentalists as a signal that world leaders were finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.

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#111466
2016-12-16

Riding The Wave For Marine Conservation At UN Biodiversity Summit

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the pledge to establish three new marine Biosphere Reserves that will conserve important habitats in both the Pacific and Caribbean, including large parts of the Meso-American Barrier Reef and deep water zones in the Gulf of Mexico, at the 13th Conf ...

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#111467
2016-12-16

New Mekong River initiative will highlight values of biodiversity, ecosystems

With 60 million people depending on its aquatic resources for food and livelihoods, the lower Mekong River Basin is threatened by rapid development that would adversely affect the people and wildlife within this region.

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#111468
2016-12-16

Kenya awarded for providing biodiversity info

Kenya has won a bronze medal for its outstanding provision of information on biological diversity to the world. The country received the award during the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico.

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#111469
2016-12-16

Urgent need for Tonga to protect 22 priority marine sites

Tonga is among Pacific Islands countries that have identified important marine areas that are ecologically or biologically significant, and Vava'u is one area that has sites that need protecting.

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#111470
2016-12-16

Pre-cooked beans could turn down heat on Africa's dwindling forests

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a factory in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, workers steam-cook beans in big metal containers, before cooling and packaging them for sale.

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#111471
2016-12-16

Five Big Environmental Wins in 2016

Sure, it's been a tumultuous year for the planet. But here are some environmental achievements to celebrate: renewable energy, protected oceans, and deconstructed dams.

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#111472
2016-12-16

Canadian Prairies vanishing faster than Amazon rainforest, Great Barrier Reef: conservation group

SASKATOON — A group of conservationists says it’s time to act to save the Canadian Prairies, which they say are disappearing off the face of the Earth faster than the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

News Headlines
#111473
2016-12-16

What’s Next for Climate Action?

Prominent scientists say researchers and policy makers need to focus more on adapting to warming and on controversial geoengineering techniques to limit it

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#111474
2016-12-16

Regulating the Use of Genetic Sequence Data

Last month, researchers from the Universität Marburg reported mixing 12 enzymes from three spheres of life, including plants, humans and microbes, to create an artificial pathway that is more efficient at fixing CO2 than plants.

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#111475
2016-12-16

The rise of oil palm and silent forests

Over 50% of the products on supermarket shelves have palm oil as an ingredient. Its production has resulted in massive loss of virgin rainforests in South-East Asia. Now it’s threatening the forests of our North-East

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#111476
2016-12-16

Native Communities Protest To UN, Seek Traditional Role In Protecting Biodiversity

Environmental activists across the world have demanded ‎increasing roles for indigenous people and local communities in the bid to conserve biodiversity and ecological heritage.

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#111477
2016-12-16

Are Mexico’s new nature reserves a real conservation effort or empty political gesture?

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.

News Headlines
#111478
2016-12-16

Taking stock of the world's lakes

The most complete global database yet of the world's lakes promises to help scientists better understand the important role of lakes in the Earth's complex environmental systems.

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#111449
2016-12-15

Light pollution dampens urban robins' song

The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution.

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#111450
2016-12-15

Scientists studying dolphins find Bay of Bengal a realm of evolutionary change

Genetic research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback dolphins finds animals distinct from neighboring populations

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#111451
2016-12-15

Plant's response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night

Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply

News Headlines
#111452
2016-12-15

Pledge against invasive species has ‘moral weigh

[SANTIAGO] A global commitment endorsed by 33 non-governmental and state organizations has called for action to prioritize the control and eradication of invasive alien species (IAS), a key factor in the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide.

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#111453
2016-12-15

The lionfish invasion: A call to arms?

A battle is brewing in southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea: it’s the lionfish against all comers.

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#111454
2016-12-15

New Technologies in Debate in Biodiversity Conference

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 14 2016 (IPS) - Synthetic biology, geoengineering and the recognition of ancestral knowledge are the issues that have generated the most heated debate in the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, which ends in this Mexican resort city on Friday Dec. 17.

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#111455
2016-12-15

UN Biodiversity Conference: RCP Concludes with a Focus on Equality, Social Inclusion and Planetary Health

14 December 2016: On Wednesday, 14 December, during the UN Biodiversity Conference, Working Group I (WG I) addressed draft decisions under the Cartagena Protocol on the roster of experts, cooperation with other conventions, the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), socioeconomic considerations and thi ...

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#111456
2016-12-15

Biodiversity Convention and WWF champion biodiversity awareness

WWF signs MOU in support of Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 (ABT1) to ensure people understand the value of biodiversity and take the steps necessary for its sustainable use.

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