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#104524
2015-07-09

Scientists sceptical of move to re-open Nanda Devi to tourists

The 28-strong team of scientists, forest officials and ITBP personnel on a 26-day tour of the Nanda Devi National Park (NDNP) returned on Monday. Team members say the biodiversity of the region is showing signs of recovery from the severe strain of unrestrained mountaineering between 1939 and 1982.

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#104525
2015-07-09

Identidad Madidi: Exploring the Fantastic Biodiversity of Bolivia

It’s an idea that was four years in the making: to send a group of Bolivian scientists to investigate fourteen different habitats spanning 6,000 meters – from the Andes down to the Amazon – in what is the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. Identidad Madidi, expected to take a year and ...

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#104504
2015-07-08

Rubber expansion threatens biodiversity and livelihoods

Increasing amounts of environmentally valuable and protected land are being cleared for rubber plantations that are economically unsustainable, new research suggests. More widespread monitoring is vital to design policy that protects livelihoods and environments.

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#104506
2015-07-08

Policy: Development goals should enable decision-making

In September, a United Nations summit of heads of state will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a set of 17 goals and 169 targets to guide international development. A diverse range of indicators and monitoring strategies is being proposed, covering every dimension of development, ...

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#104507
2015-07-08

Diving in Antique? Beware of ‘garaban’

CULASI, Antique—The water was inviting, so the three children on Batbatan Island in Culasi, Antique province, decided to dive and swim in a nearby coral reef.

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#104508
2015-07-08

Extinction of more threatened Australian species is not inevitable

NEXT WEEK WE will see the first national Threatened Species Summit launched by Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Melbourne. The timing for this gathering couldn't be more urgent because Australia, along with the rest of the world, is currently in the midst of an extinction crisis.

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#104509
2015-07-08

Malawi, Zambia sign wildlife treaty

Malawi and Zambia on Tuesday signed a Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (TFCA) treaty to protect their common biological resources in a unique conservation and development area along the two countries’ boundaries.Malawi President Peter Mutharika said in the commercial city of Blantyre during the ...

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#104510
2015-07-08

Alaska's on fire and it may make climate change even worse

This weekend, smoke smothered the high-rises of downtown Vancouver. Sunsets as far south as Ohio took on brilliant hues of red and orange. And humanity reached another potential milestone in climate change —all thanks to hundreds of wildfires burning in Alaska and Canada

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#104511
2015-07-08

Is it ok for scientists to weep over climate change?

Should scientists show emotion while discussing their science? I ask because a professor of ocean geology wept as she discussed with me the impact carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are having on the sea.

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#104493
2015-07-07

Invasion of Poisonous Asian toad in Madagascar is a greater threat to biodiversity than previously thought

Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the world’s biodiversity, and amphibians rank among the most devastating vertebrate invaders. That’s why the discovery of the Asian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) in Madagascar’s second largest city and main port of Toamasina in March 2014 so ...

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#104494
2015-07-07

Seaweed research as a viable economic and scientific venture

Seaweed, according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Service of the United States Department of Commerce, is the common name for countless species of marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean, as well as in rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

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#104495
2015-07-07

Scientists say warming seas could kill off coral reefs in Pacific, Atlantic oceans

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral in the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.

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#104496
2015-07-07

Winds of climate change blast farmers’ hopes of sustaining a livelihood in Burkina Faso

One afternoon towards the end of May a violent wind howled through Bogandé, the main town in Gnagna province, in eastern Burkina Faso. Raising a storm of dust and sand, it plunged the streets into semi-darkness, driving roaming goats crazy.

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#104497
2015-07-07

B.C. salmon prices set to skyrocket with climate change, according to new study

B.C.'s bounty of salmon might be feeling the effects of an increasingly hotter climate. A new study released by Vancity says there will be a significant decline in the province's salmon stock within the next five decades due to climate change and the drop in fish numbers would result in soaring ...

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#104498
2015-07-07

Sustainable development goals will be hard sell for United Nations

Fifteen years after world leaders gathered in New York to agree an unprecedented global assault on poverty, disease and inequality, the final report is in on the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) they set.

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#104499
2015-07-07

800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N.

About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday

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#104500
2015-07-07

Ethiopia: Lake Tana Registered As World Heritage Site

The registration of the lake in UNESCO's World Heritage site will enable to protect the biodiversity in the lake, conduct research on those biodiversities, knowledge transfer and attract more tourists

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#104501
2015-07-07

Africa's road to environmental destruction

Africa's raw materials are attracting investors and African states are hoping to capitalize by building roads connecting the continent. But activists warn developments could come at the expense of people and nature.

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#104502
2015-07-07

The role of species competition in biodiversity

Over long spans, biodiversity is a fluid and shifting balance of species and influences. Species diversification occurs in response to a host of complex factors, both biotic and abiotic, and understanding them is a major challenge of evolutionary biology.

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#104503
2015-07-07

President Museveni’s commitment to adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could earn him another term.

Just imagine the economic and social gain to Ugandan farmers if Uganda had adopted genetically modified (GM) crops in 2000-the time when President Museveni committed his support to GM crop research?

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#104480
2015-07-06

Oceans need big reduction in greenhouse gases

Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, there will be far-reaching and irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, says a study

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#104481
2015-07-06

Guardians of Ras Ghanada: Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant coral reef

Coral reefs are among the UAE’s most biologically-diverse habitats. Besides their conservation and aesthetic value, they are important for fisheries and coastal protection. Ras Ghanada is Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant reef but needs to be protected from development future generations.

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#104482
2015-07-06

Firms and indigenous people can be partners

A few weeks ago I visited South Africa to document the story of a company making modern health products from a medicinal plant used for thousands of years by the indigenous San people

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#104483
2015-07-06

'Bee soup' could help understand declines and test remedies

It may sound counter-intuitive, but crushing up bees into a 'DNA soup' could help conservationists understand and even reverse their decline - according to University of East Anglia scientists.

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#104484
2015-07-06

Ottawa must stop threats to Wood Buffalo National Park

Our national parks do not exist in isolation. Air circulates, water flows, animals migrate and man-made pollution is indifferent to the boundaries it crosses, and the climate it alters, with effortless ease.

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#104485
2015-07-06

Diet can be the single biggest driver of environmental degradation

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon emissions and stem global warming. In the run-up to that meeting, governments worldwide should note one critical, but often over ...

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#104486
2015-07-06

Biodiversity focus of study

Land use is dominated by agriculture and forestry, which is affecting biodiversity in Northern Alberta, according to two reports released by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

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#104487
2015-07-06

IBM's big-data army mobilizes to guard our freshwater

If you just spent the long weekend lazing near a lake or river, pause for a moment and let this statistic wash over: These sources account for barely 0.3 percent of the earth’s fresh water. The rest is trapped in glaciers or underground. It isn’t just the oceans that require a whole lot more hum ...

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#104488
2015-07-06

Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40

As Shark Week arrives for 2015, movie goers have the opportunity to relive a thrilling moment in cinema history with the re-release of the first bona fide summer blockbuster and the celebration of one of the ocean's (and this planet's) most magnificent set of creatures.

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#104489
2015-07-06

Montreal certified as an eco-friendly host for major events

Businesses looking for an eco-friendly host for their large events can now look to Montreal after the city was certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards.

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#104490
2015-07-06

Uganda Shifts Giraffes to Attract Tourists

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has transferred 15 giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park in Northern Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda to boost tourism in Uganda's smallest National Park

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#104491
2015-07-06

'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms

To protect natural ecosystems in the long term, some conservationists advocate "land sparing," in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate "land sharing," in which farmers take over more lan ...

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#104469
2015-07-03

Analysis: Agri-food roadmap fails to assess environmental impact

The stand-out metric in the Government’s latest 10-year strategy for the agri-food sector is the 85 per cent increase in exports to €19 billion.

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#104470
2015-07-03

Rwanda: SDGs and What They Mean for the Country

This article is a sequel to the one published in the June 8 edition of The New Times on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focused more on the lessons that have been learnt from the processes leading up to the introduction o ...

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#104471
2015-07-03

Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change

Prince Charles has said that “profound changes” to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians.

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#104472
2015-07-03

Climate change to blame for so many Sask. wildfires, says expert

Why is Saskatchewan seeing so many wildfires this year? "In a short answer, climate change," Toddi Steelman told CBC Saskatchewan's Blue Sky. Steelman is the executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and is one of the leading experts in ...

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#104473
2015-07-03

Climate change will see parts of cities under water - Robinson

Many people living along the coast of cities could find their homes under water with even a moderate sea-level change, former president Mary Robinson has warned. The United Nations special envoy for climate change said it was predicted 200 million people could be climate displaced people by the ...

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#104474
2015-07-03

How much is clean water worth? New report guides payments for ecosystem services

The first-ever set of comprehensive guidelines for designing, implementing and managing mechanisms to facilitate payments for ecosystem services has been established by a group of experts and researchers.

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#104475
2015-07-03

Beyond Climate Change in the Caribbean

No, we are not talking about climate change and the disruptive effects of increased temperatures, sea level rise, coastal erosion, ocean pollution and acidification, nor the loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events.

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#104476
2015-07-03

The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.

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#104477
2015-07-03

Climate change compounding threats to Australia's ecosystems, studies find

Climate change is compounding existing threats to Australia’s forests, wetlands and deserts, with several key landscapes now at risk of total collapse, a landmark series of new studies have found.

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#104452
2015-07-02

Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these major infrastructure projects are far from environmentally friendly.

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#104453
2015-07-02

How women farmers in the Andes use their knowledge to conserve biodiversity

Women farmers across the world play an important role in the conservation and care of crop diversity.

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#104454
2015-07-02

INTERVIEW: "Climate change is in everybody's backyard" – Robert Redford

1 July 2015 – Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week.

News Headlines
#104455
2015-07-02

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.

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#104457
2015-07-02

Europe braces for more climate litigation

A group of Dutch citizens weary of ineffectual climate diplomacy are celebrating after forcing change through legal action.

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#104458
2015-07-02

Biofuel crops to boost world energy growth

[SAO PAULO] Converting grazing land into fields to grow crops for biofuels could provide up to 30 per cent of the world’s energy needs, according to a report.

News Headlines
#104459
2015-07-02

Scientists raise population estimate for world's most endangered sloth

There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy.

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#104460
2015-07-02

Great Barrier Reef: Australia says Unesco decision shows it is a 'world leader'

Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has said a UN decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger shows that Australia is a “role model to the world” in environmental protection.

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#104461
2015-07-02

William Reville: Fears about GM crops are not backed up by the facts

GM foods are widely misunderstood by the public. They offer advantages that we forgo at our peril

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