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#112144
2017-03-06

Andhra Pradesh and WTO to promote sustainable tourism

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority is raring to go. In its quest to put the State on the international map, it has partnered with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO) to promote sustainable tourism across the state

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#112145
2017-03-06

Factbox - From new beans to ancient plants, drought-busting crops take root

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As farmers worldwide experience more frequent drought and erratic rainfall linked to climate change, the race to find and improve drought-resistant crops grows ever more important.

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#112146
2017-03-06

East Africa: Indian Ocean Can Be the Key Driver of Economies

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says more innovative ways need to be developed to use oceans sustainably for food, transport, trade and other activities.

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#112147
2017-03-06

Plastic pollution toll on wildlife expected to rise to 95 per cent, G20 to hear

More than half the world's turtles and two-thirds of some bird species along Australia's east coast are being found to have ingested plastics as the toll from pollution mounts, a leading CSIRO researcher said.

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#112148
2017-03-06

The geopolitics of environmental challenges

LONDON – Much of the world seems to be on edge. The West’s relationship with Russia, the future of NATO, the Syrian civil war and refugees, rising right-wing populism, the impact of automation and the United Kingdom’s impending departure from the European Union: All of these topics — and more — ...

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#112149
2017-03-06

UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan

6 March 2017 – More than 1,000 delegates from across the Americas will meet this week at a United Nations-backed conference in the Canadian city of Montreal to agree a Regional Action Plan designed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters, both natural and man-made.

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#112130
2017-03-03

Discovering the Congo carbon sink

Cuvette Centrale, as it is known, stores as much carbon as has been emitted by the U.S. over the last 20 years.

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#112131
2017-03-03

The promise and potential of tropical forests: Q&A with forests expert Frances Seymour

In their new book Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch explore solutions to help arrest the global loss of tropical forests. In particular, the authors lay out the potential impact of spatial econometrics, using forest-related data, to estimate the costs and benefits of protecting forests.

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#112132
2017-03-03

Across borders - UN experts help migratory species cope with climate change

Animals and bird species that migrate around the world struggle to adapt to climate change. The Bonn-based UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) aims to help them.

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#112133
2017-03-03

China builds first 'bird airport' to attract feathered friends

An airport for migratory birds is being created close to one of China's most populous cities. It's not as weird as it sounds.

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#112134
2017-03-03

Will Africa’s Big Five become extinct in the wild?

A hundred years ago, our planet teemed with wildlife. Theodore Roosevelt saw it for himself, when shortly after leaving office as 26th President of the United States he explored Africa for months, collecting thousands of specimens for the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History.

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#112135
2017-03-03

Air pollution could actually be helping our oceans to absorb greenhouse gases

A new study has found evidence to suggest that iron particles produced by industry and cities are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea.

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#112136
2017-03-03

Scientists and engineers turn ocean plastic into new products

Two years ago, socially conscious entrepreneurs Rob Ianelli and Ryan Schoenike founded their company, Norton Point, to manufacture sunglasses made from the huge amounts of plastic cleaned up from ocean coastlines.

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#112137
2017-03-03

Plans to create ‘super park’ for Siberian tigers

CHINA plans to build a national park 60 percent larger than America’s Yellowstone National Park as a sanctuary for highly-endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards.

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#112138
2017-03-03

Maldives plan to embrace mass tourism sparks criticism and outrage

The new government plans to relocate residents to larger atolls – leaving small islands ripe for development. It says these super resorts, not solar power, will create the money needed to adapt to climate change.

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#112139
2017-03-03

Highlighting forests' vulnerability to invasive species

[KUALA LUMPUR] After habitat destruction, invasive alien species are the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. They have a significant impact on livelihoods and the economy, with losses from the impact on all ecosystems on a global scale estimated at USD$1.4 trillion a year.

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#112112
2017-03-02

Diverse forests tend to be healthier, more resilient: Study

Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Previous studies showed more diverse tree stands to be healthier and more productive than monoculture forests, but scientists didn't know why. New research suggests tree diversity lends a forest adaptability, allowing it to maximize the sun's energy.

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#112113
2017-03-02

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.

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#112114
2017-03-02

Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction: study

More than 700 of the 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii are believed to be inching toward extinction due to increased pesticide use leading to habitat loss, a scientific study showed on Wednesday.

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#112115
2017-03-02

David Attenborough attacks plan for Borneo bridge

Endangered pygmy elephants and orangutans threatened by scheme for Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

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#112116
2017-03-02

Global warming is increasing forest fire risk in the Alps

New regional and global studies link heatwaves, drought and insect outbreaks with a surge in wildfires, and the Alps are unlikely to be spared.

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#112117
2017-03-02

Forests provide a nutritional boon to some communities, research shows

Until recently, scientists hadn’t systematically compared the levels to which different groups of people across the tropics depend on nearby forests for food.

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#112118
2017-03-02

Improving the biodiversity of green roofs

Using living organisms such as bacteria or fungi, as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, can improve the soil biodiversity of green roofs, according to new research.

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#112119
2017-03-02

Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change

The updated Yale Climate Opinion maps suggest Americans' opinions on climate change differ sharply from that of the president

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#112120
2017-03-02

From Indonesian forests to French plates - the unsustainable trade in frogs' legs

Sautéed with garlic and lemon juice or breaded and fried in cracker crumbs - frogs' legs are a delicacy in many countries, most famously France and Belgium.

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#112121
2017-03-02

Research shows nature can beat back scientific tinkering with genes of entire species

Rest easy, folks. Armies of genetically modified super-species are unlikely to conquer Earth anytime soon.

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#112122
2017-03-02

Sustainability is the forgotten half of globalisation, says Achim Steiner

The prevailing notion of globalisation is that it is based on trade, but globalisation is about sustainability too, and the SDGs provide a guiding framework for the private sector, ex-UNEP boss Achim Steiner tells Eco-Business.

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#112123
2017-03-02

Chinese White Dolphins Face Serious Extinction Threat

The Pearl River Estuary Chinese dolphin population is declining at about 2.5 percent per year and is fast approaching its minimum viability threshold.

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#112124
2017-03-02

Indonesia pledges $1bn a year to curb ocean waste

Indonesia has pledged up to $1bn a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic and other waste products polluting its waters. The announcement was made by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs at last week’s 2017 World Oceans Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.

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#112125
2017-03-02

On World Wildlife Day, UN says young people play special role as today's change-makers, tomorrow's custodians

3 March 2017 – With the fate of the world's wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year's World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people's voices in conservation efforts.

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#112098
2017-02-28

The Republic of Congo: on the cusp of forest conservation

On the surface, the Republic of Congo appears to be making strides toward both conservation and economic development. But the process of becoming an emerging economy is not without its growing pains, especially

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#112099
2017-02-28

Environmental costs, benefits and possibilities: Q&A with anthropologist Eben Kirksey

The emerging field of the environmental humanities provides researchers with the tools and frameworks to understand the interplay of environmental change, justice and power. Mongabay spoke with one of its leading practitioners.

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#112100
2017-02-28

Big tourism must demand action to save the reef – its business depends on it

According to a blog post on the home page of the tourism giant Mantra Group, a “family holiday in Queensland would be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world”.

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#112101
2017-02-28

Study finds secret to diverse forests' super success

We've long known that diverse stands of trees tend to be more productive than monocultures. What we haven't known is why. In a paper published today in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Université du Québec à Montréal show the tal ...

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#112102
2017-02-28

Kenya: Farmers Near Forests Reap Big Gains From Conservation Plan

While many Kenyans are grappling with an acute food insecurity occasioned by the prolonged dry spell, a move by Uasin Gishu County residents to engage in shamba system is paying off with millions of shilling generated from the initiative.

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#112103
2017-02-28

Invasive, native marsh grasses may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands

An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses.

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#112104
2017-02-28

The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears

Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questions

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#112105
2017-02-28

Belgium and France join war on plastics

UN Environment launched their global campaign #CleanSeas last Thursday, (23 February), with a goal to rid oceans of microplastics by 2022.

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#112087
2017-02-27

New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'

The UN’s new climate chief says she’s worried about President Donald Trump - but confident that action to curb climate change is unstoppable.

News Headlines
#112088
2017-02-27

Feral cats now dominate the Australian landscape

Feral cats now inhabit virtually the entire Australian landscape, and have been implicated in multiple recent mammal extinctions by conservationists.

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#112089
2017-02-27

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’

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#112090
2017-02-27

The Great Green Wall of the Sahel

Environmental degradation and climate change are threatening the livelihoods of local communities living near the Sahara. An ambitious greening plan aims to prevent the spread of desertification in the region.

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#112091
2017-02-27

Why do forest products become less available?

In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.

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#112092
2017-02-27

Urbanisation can be good for the environment

Urbanisation has never resonated stronger among countries – developed and developing alike – than now.

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#112093
2017-02-27

Are We the Last Generation to See Polar Bears in the Wild?

Is the extraordinary polar bear going the same way as the dodo? A large flightless bird, the dodo was last seen in the 1600s, when it was most likely clubbed on its island home by protein-starved sailors looking for some meat for their cooking pot.

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#112094
2017-02-27

Bacterium protects sponge host from arsenic poisoning: Study

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a bacterium that plays the role of arsenic detoxifier in the sponge it calls home. The bacterium is Entotheonella and its common host is Theonella swinhoei.

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#112072
2017-02-24

Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

ROME, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) - The Netherlands announced that it will work with Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and ...

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#112073
2017-02-24

Scientists plan to save 50 key coral reefs from climate disaster

Coral reefs are dying and there is no global plan to save them…until now. Scientists want to focus on saving 50 of the most important reefs to help them survive climate change.

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#112074
2017-02-24

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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#112075
2017-02-24

Deep Oceans Face Starvation by End of Century

The deep ocean floor, Earth’s largest habitat, will be starved of food by the end of this century, scientists have warned.

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