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#118822
2018-11-07

Northern white rhino: New hopes for IVF rescue

A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind. A victim of poaching, the northern white rhino population has been reduced to just two females, which are both unable to breed. DNA evidence shows the rhino is more closely related than previously thought to its southern wh ...

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#118823
2018-11-07

Ozone: The Earth's protective shield is repairing

The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s. The Northern Hemisphere could be fully fixed by the 2030s and Antarctica by the 2060s.

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#118824
2018-11-07

How we wiped out the invasive African big-headed ant from Lord Howe Island

The invasive African big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) was found on Lord Howe Island in 2003 following complaints from residents about large numbers of ants in buildings.

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#118825
2018-11-07

Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument home to rich bee diversity

The state of Utah's nickname is "The Beehive State," and the moniker couldn't be more apt, say Utah State University scientists. One out of every four bee species in the United States is found In Utah and the arid, western state is home to more bee species than most states in the nation. About h ...

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#118826
2018-11-07

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers. These ...

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#118827
2018-11-07

Unraveling another secret of spider silk—it's a cable

Scientists are spinning out the secrets of one of nature's most A strand of spider silk is five times stronger than a steel cable of the same weight, said Hannes Schniepp of the Department of Applied Science at William & Mary. His lab has been unraveling the secrets behind the strength of the br ...

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#118828
2018-11-07

Climate Change Has Greater Effect On Species In Tropical Mountains

The traits that help create biodiversity in tropical mountain species also make them more susceptible to climate change, according to new research.

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#118829
2018-11-07

Invisible plant-enemy interactions drive diversity in forest fragments

Very few tropical forests around the world enjoy uninterrupted contiguity. Most are divided into uneven, small fragments, cut off from each other, their boundaries marked by roads or farms. But as forests get fragmented, the diversity of plants within them shifts, changing with distance from the ...

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#118830
2018-11-07

Parrotfish, critical to reef health, now protected under Mexican law

Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the country’s coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species’ numbers.

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#118831
2018-11-07

Sisi welcomes hosting Biological Diversity Conf. in Sharm El Sheikh Tuesday

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi welcomed Egypt's hosting of the COP 14 - Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday.

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#118833
2018-11-08

Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Current marine protected areas (MPAs) leave almost three-quarters of ecologically and functionally important species unprotected, concludes a new performance assessment of the Finnish MPA network. Published in Frontiers in Marine Science, the study finds the MPAs were designated with little know ...

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#118834
2018-11-08

Biodiversity draws the ecotourism crowd

Nature - if you support it, ecotourists will come. Managed wisely, both can win. The balancing act of protecting and fostering biodiversity with hordes of tourists in pristine nature parks is a global challenge.

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#118835
2018-11-08

Climate change effecting blue economy of India: Scientists

There would be a drop in productivity of marine species as there was a gradual damage being caused to the ecosystem and biodiversity, the Vice-Chancellor said.

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#118836
2018-11-08

Reframing perspectives on climate change

Where should investors be putting their money to make a real impact when it comes to climate change? And how should businesses react? Shifting the perspective from risk to opportunity can create an unexpected leverage point that could present the answer.

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#118837
2018-11-08

Climate change causing more severe wildfires, larger insect outbreaks in temperate forests

A warmer, drier climate is expected is increase the likelihood of larger-scale forest disturbances such as wildfires, insect outbreaks, disease and drought, according to a new study.

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#118838
2018-11-08

The Case of India’s Disappearing Wetlands

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was recently held in Dubai. It brought into focus one of the most pressing environment issues around the world– deteriorating wetlands. The meeting adapted 25 resolutions to stimulate wetland conservation with ...

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#118839
2018-11-08

It's time to take a stand for natur

The World Wildlife Fund has just released its 2018 Living Planet Report. Humans have wiped out 60 percent of animals between 1970 and 2014. The figures contained in the report are just a few symptoms of the dire state the planet is in.

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#118840
2018-11-08

'Support your local school and biodiversity'

The future’s looking bright as a growing number of schools jump on board Towards Predator-Free Taranaki, safeguarding our local biodiversity. "Having students, teachers and school communities on board is a massive boost, helping unite our community," says Toby Shanley, ecologist and Towards Pred ...

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#118842
2018-11-08

Butterflies and their big implications for biodiversity

Dipping and weaving through the crisp mountain air, a fuzzy dot of orange and black flitters back and forth on a sunny fall morning on Mount Lemmon, just north of Tucson.

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#118843
2018-11-08

Environment min. probes with Polish amb. joint coop.

Environment Minister Yasmine Fo'ad discussed with Polish Ambassador here Michał Łabenda means of promoting bilateral cooperation in the environmental fields of mutual interest.

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#118844
2018-11-08

Florida Monarch Butterfly Populations Have Dropped 80 Percent Since 2005

A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005.

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#118845
2018-11-08

Federal government must act on national pine beetle problem

'Once a population begins expanding, they present a threat to forests for hundreds of kilometres downwind'Alberta is the frontline of a pine beetle epidemic that threatens to decimate forests from coast to coast. If you've been to Jasper National Park recently, you have seen the widespread devas ...

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#118846
2018-11-08

Untouched’ not always best forestry plan

One hundred and ten years ago, a major forest fire swept through Wendell State Forest, resetting the forest ecosystem with new trees of a uniform age. One hundred and ten years later, this 88-acre parcel is cherished by many residents “as a living, wild and natural asset” with towering oaks that ...

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#118847
2018-11-08

Amazon Forests Failing To Keep Up With Climate Change

A team of more than 100 scientists has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. Their analysis found the effects of climate change are altering the rainforest’s composition of tree spe ...

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#118848
2018-11-08

Smallholder clearing found to be dominant reason for forest loss in the Congo Basin

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the State University of New York has found that smallholder clearing is the dominant driver of forest loss in the Congo Basin. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes the techniques they used to asses ...

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#118849
2018-11-08

Bugs could be key indicator of reclaimed soil health

When assessing the health of reclaimed land, look for the bugs, says a University of Alberta land reclamation researcher.Current industry standards examine the soil and its vegetation to assess the health of a site that was disturbed—such as a mine or oil or gas well—and reclaimed.

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#118850
2018-11-08

Far fewer lakes below the East Antarctic Ice Sheet than previously believed

AWI researchers recently assessed subglacial lakes detected by satellite, and found very little water. But if that's the case, what is the source of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet's massive ice streams?

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#118851
2018-11-08

Scientist gets the dirt on what could be the planet's oldest soil

UO geologist Greg Retallack has dirt on his hands—and at 3.7 billion years old, it might be some of the oldest dirt on Earth.Found in a metamorphic rock formation in southwestern Greenland, the soil in question was exposed beneath a retreating ice cap and spotted during a helicopter survey by st ...

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#118852
2018-11-08

Tracking The Movement Of All Plastic Litter In The Ocean Is Crucial

At the end of October the European Parliament approved EU’s plans to ban, by 2021, throwaway plastics, which make up over 70% of the marine litter. This is part of the newly launched EU’s plastics strategy and of speeding up global action on marine plastics pollution. The G7 summit in Canada in ...

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#118853
2018-11-08

Global biodiversity treaty still searches for its moment in the spotlight

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt — As policymakers, conservation scientists and the global media geared up to attend U.N. climate talks in Poland, discussions on another environment-related global treaty were quietly drawing to a close in Egypt.

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#118894
2018-12-06

UN aims to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets before 2020

The members of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity agreed Thursday to boost the process to fulfill the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which expire in 2020.

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#118897
2018-12-06

Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt , Nov 15 2018 (IPS) - The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink depend directly on the state of our biodiversity, which is now in severe jeopardy. We need a transformational change in our relationship with nature to ensure the sustainable fu ...

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#118898
2018-12-06

World has failed to halt biodiversity loss - Palmer

SHARM EL-SHEIKH - The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr Christiana Pascar Palmer, is concerned the world failed to stop the loss of biodiversity.

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#118899
2018-12-06

UN conference sets agenda for biodiversity research

[SHARM EL-SHEIKH] A total of 196 nations have outlined the scientific support needed to protect biodiversity as part of a deal signed last week at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties—also known as COP14.

News Headlines
#118900
2018-12-06

Governments commit to accelerate progress on biodiversity

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Global governments have recommitted to accelerate progress towards attaining the existing Aichi targets at the end of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt on Thursday.

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#118902
2018-12-06

‘Gene drive’ research to fight diseases can proceed cautiously, U.N. group decides

Scientists hoping to fight diseases with genetically engineered organisms that spread their genes in the wild will be able to proceed cautiously under an agreement reached this week. That was the compromise outcome of a protracted debate, conducted in Egypt at a major U.N. conference on biodiver ...

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#118903
2018-12-06

In Sharm el Sheikh, a Time for Action on Biodiversity

The global community has gathered in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt for the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD—an international treaty to which every country in the world other than the U.S. is a member (but that’s another story).

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#118904
2018-12-06

Biodiversity conference sounds alarm about protecting coral reefs in the Caribbean

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (CMC) – A new coalition of organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has been launched to galvanise global leadership to focus on the urgent need to protect coral reefs in the Caribbean and other places from extinction within decades.

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#118905
2018-12-06

China urged to lead way in efforts to save life on Earth

Delegates at UN biodiversity conference turn to Beijing to avoid point of no return

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#118906
2018-12-06

UN treaty agrees to limit gene drives but rejects a moratorium

Treaty’s vague language on how researchers can release engineered organisms has both opponents and supporters of the technology claiming victory.

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#118907
2018-12-06

Protecting bio-diversity ' akin to fighting climate change'

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity is holding its 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Egypt to thrash out the main ways to achieve global biodiversity targets, for managing the world's ecosystems and wildlife.

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#118908
2018-12-06

UN commends governments in helping achieve biodiversity targets

A senior UN official has commended sub-national governments in ensuring that the global biodiversity targets, known as Aichi Biodiversity targets, are achieved on the ground.

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#118909
2018-12-06

UN Environment:Worlds Protected Areas Increase

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (Nov. 19, 2018)…. Up to 15 percent of terrestrial and seven percent of marine areas are now designated as protected areas, a report released by the UN Environment says.

News Headlines
#118911
2018-12-06

'Our consumption choices are driving biodiversity loss'

Humankind is decimating plant and animal species, with alarming consequences for the planet.

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#118912
2018-12-06

From local to global: BirdLife at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt

One of BirdLife’s largest delegations yet has just returned from an intensive three weeks of negotiations and side meetings at the biannual UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

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#118913
2018-12-06

196 countries agree to scale up investments in nature, people towards 2020 and beyond

SHARM EL-Sheikh, Egypt, Dec. 6 -- The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt concluded with a broad international agreement on reversing the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss threatening all forms of life on Earth. To combat this crisis, governments representing 196 countries ...

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#118914
2018-12-06

New partnership signed at UN biodiversity conference to improve global biodiversity

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- A new partnership was announced on Sunday at the UN Biodiversity Conference 2018 to hasten the achievements of global goals on biodiversity.

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#118915
2018-12-06

Asean tackles actions on biodiversity and human health at Egypt meet

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt—Addressing mental health and healthy aging through greening of cities; organizing information systems on diseases and state of biodiversity in emerging disease hot spots; and listing and mapping endangered medicinal and nutritional species were among the immediate joint in ...

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#118916
2018-12-06

Amazon indigenous groups propose Mexico-sized 'corridor of life'

World’s biggest protected area would stretch across borders from Andes to Atlantic

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#118917
2018-12-06

Global biodiversity – when it comes to the natural world, more is more

Amid last week’s furore over the Trump administration’s release of a major climate-change assessment that predicts dire consequences for the world’s health and economy, lies an equally urgent matter: biodiversity and its current decline.

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