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#108412
2016-04-28

European Union proposes 39-point policy plan for the Arctic

The EU's executive has developed the bloc's first integrated policy for the Arctic, focusing on 39 actions. The proposals center on the environment, sustainable development and international cooperation.

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#108413
2016-04-28

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.

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#108414
2016-04-28

Tanzania's forest conservation at risk as funds run out

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.

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#108415
2016-04-28

Deep-sea biodiversity impacted by climate change's triple threat

A new study found that vulnerability of deep-sea biodiversity to climate change's triple threat -- rising water temperatures, and decreased oxygen, and pH levels -- is not uniform across the world's oceans.

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#108416
2016-04-28

Goldfish or Asian carp? Why it matters in the Great Lakes.

The US House approved a $300 million budget to help restore the Great Lakes, which are still being impacted by the unpredictable presence of invasive species.

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#108417
2016-04-28

Say ‘no’ to extinction: saving Bristly and his fourteen companions

Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest.

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#108418
2016-04-28

More action required to protect soil in the city 

Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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#108419
2016-04-28

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.

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#108420
2016-04-28

Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts

Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching

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#108421
2016-04-28

Nations negotiate fishing in Arctic high seas

Last week, delegates from six Arctic nations and other countries with major fishing fleets met in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans to prohibit commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until scientists can find out more about the fish stocks and how they are changing.

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#108399
2016-04-27

We share molecular armor with coral reefs

Corals and humans utilize the same inflammation-causing molecule, indicating it's been a part of immune systems for a half-billion years

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#108400
2016-04-27

Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.

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#108401
2016-04-27

New land snail species from Australia shows dissection not necessary to identify molluscs

Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest.

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#108402
2016-04-27

Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.

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#108403
2016-04-27

Montserrat's last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species

In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.

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#108404
2016-04-27

On World Penguin Day, some cause for celebration

Perhaps on this year's World Penguin Day we have more cause to celebrate than in years past.

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#108405
2016-04-27

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change

Using a new model, researchers predict that many forests across the US are ill-suited to withstand drought conditions likely to face the country in the coming century.

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#108406
2016-04-27

World Tapir Day 2016: Cutest pictures of the long-snouted creature being extremely lovable

World Tapir Day (WTD) occurs every 27 April to highlight tapirs – long-snouted herbivorous mammals, species of which can be found in South America, Central America and South East Asia.

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#108407
2016-04-27

Has big conservation gone astray?

A few months after I began working full time as an environmental journalist in 2009, I found myself in Malaysian Borneo. I spent a day with a small group of conservationists and officials driving through a seemingly endless expanse of oil palm before coming to the lower Kinabatangan River.

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#108408
2016-04-27

Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.

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#108380
2016-04-26

Bear dung helps Japanese cherry trees survive climate change

Bears help Japanese cherry trees flee rising temperatures by giving their seeds a lift uphill inside their guts.

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#108381
2016-04-26

Baby boom for New Zealand’s extremely rare giant parrot

New Zealand’s extremely rare kakapos (Strigops habroptila) have received a much-needed boost.

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#108382
2016-04-26

Asian wasp listed as threat to UK's sweet chestnut trees

Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks

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#108384
2016-04-26

Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why.

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.

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#108387
2016-04-26

What makes us care about climate change?

It's been argued that how much we know about climate change is unrelated to how much we care about addressing it.

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#108388
2016-04-26

Saving Iran's Precious Lake Urmia

Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely

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#108389
2016-04-26

Meeting the world’s rarest duck

Once thought to be extinct, environmentalists were thrilled to come across a small population of the Madagascar Pochard in the depths of the Madagascan jungle. The challenge now: how can they protect it?

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#108390
2016-04-26

Paris deal is signed and sealed. Now it’s time to deliver

Last year, the Paris climate talks rightly drew enormous scrutiny as the world’s leaders once again hammered out a deal to try and halt the creeping disaster that is climate change.

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#108393
2016-04-26

Filling in biodiversity threat gaps

The diversity of life on Earth—which provides vital services to humanity (1)—stems from the difference between rates of evolutionary diversification and extinction.

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#108394
2016-04-26

Ravens and crows are as clever as chimpanzees

LUND, Sweden, April 26 (UPI) -- Call someone a birdbrain and they're liable to be offended. Despite their diminutive noggins, many bird species are quite intelligent.

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#108367
2016-04-25

Researchers look at how best to conserve forest giants

CAIRNS, Australia, April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's largest, oldest trees are unique, and thus present a unique set of challenges to conservationists.

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#108368
2016-04-25

‘Today is an historic day,’ says Ban, as 175 countries sign Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.

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#108369
2016-04-25

‘We are in a race against time,’ says Ban, as leaders sign landmark Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path tow ...

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#108370
2016-04-25

Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'

Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.

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#108371
2016-04-25

Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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#108372
2016-04-25

Scientists discover new reef system at mouth of Amazon River

As large rivers empty into the world's oceans in areas known as plumes, they typically create gaps in the reef distribution along the tropical shelves--something that makes finding a reef in the Amazon River plume an unexpected discovery.

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#108373
2016-04-25

Role of animals in mitigating climate change varies across tropical forests

Large animals play a key role in mitigating climate change in tropical forests across the world by spreading the seeds of large trees that have a high capacity to store carbon, new research co-led by the University of Leeds has said.

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#108374
2016-04-25

Conventional survey techniques underestimate Amazon biodiversity: report

It’s well known that the Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse terrestrial biomes on the planet, with 30 percent of the world’s species found there. But it turns out it might be even richer in life than we previously thought.

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#108375
2016-04-25

Ecosystem Conservation Gives Hope to a Vulnerable Community

KASKI, Nepal, Apr 25 2016 (IPS) - 42 year-old Saraswati Subedi still remembers the night she almost died in a flash flood. “I heard the cries of my neighbours and ran out of the room with my two children.

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#108376
2016-04-25

South-South Cooperation Needed to Tackle Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 23 2016 (IPS) - As countries came together at the United Nations this week to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, partnerships were forged between countries of the global South to support the implementation of the global treaty.

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#108377
2016-04-25

Study: Himalayan wolf in desperate need of protections

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25 (UPI) -- The Himalayan wolf has been the source of taxonomic confusion for more than a century, but new research confirms the uniqueness of the species' lineage, as well as its presence Nepal.

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#108297
2016-04-22

UN says Paris Agreement on climate change must aim for long-term environmental stability

21 April 2016 – As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emission ...

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#108298
2016-04-22

UN guidelines and new technologies boost efforts to help curb 'ghost fishing'

21 April 2016 – International guidelines being developed by a United Nations agency and new technologies are expected to boost efforts to cut down levels of abandoned fish gear, which often continues to carry out the capture process, entangling fish and other marine animals in its nets, a phenom ...

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#108299
2016-04-22

Ahead of UNEA-2: Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

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#108300
2016-04-22

Vampire vine helps to destroy alien European weeds in Australia

Let the plant wars begin. A parasitic vine that sucks the life out of feral weeds is being billed as a promising new agent for biocontrol.

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#108301
2016-04-22

Record turnout at UN boosts climate

Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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#108302
2016-04-22

Sentinels in constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.

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#108303
2016-04-22

Conservation efforts 'failing African rainforests'

Establishing new nature reserves with strict protection measures actually fails local communities and wildlife in the Congo Basin, a report says.

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#108304
2016-04-22

No Turning Back in the Global Fight Against Climate Change

Apr 22 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - As people around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders are making history at the United Nations in New York. Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, representing their commitment to join it formally.

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#108305
2016-04-22

165 states queue up to sign UN climate deal

Countries are lining up to sign the Paris Climate Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York on April 22. The treaty marks a turning point on paper, but still needs huge efforts to be implemented.

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