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#106849
2016-01-14

Oh, snap! What snapping shrimp sound patterns may tell us about reef ecosystems

If you put a microphone underwater near the oyster reef in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound, you can hear it: a crisp, crackling noise that sounds like someone just dumped a ton of Rice Krispies into the ocean.

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#106822
2016-01-13

Tibetan herders fight fences and floods

The glacial lake of Siling Co embodies both the splendour and perils of Tibet’s highlands.

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#106823
2016-01-13

APP to work with 500 villages to combat deforestation

The world’s largest pulp and paper supplier, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will establish an up to $10 million program to support the economic development of 500 villages in and around its supply chain in Indonesia.

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#106824
2016-01-13

Jamaica’s Drought Tool Could Turn the Table on Climate Change

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 13 2016 (IPS) - On a very dry November 2013, Jamaica’s Meteorological Service made its first official drought forecast when the newly developed Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) was used to predict a high probability of below average rainfall in the coming three months.

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#106825
2016-01-13

Beware of fish that eat microplastics - you may end up getting a double serve

Is it dangerous to eat fish that eat microplastics? Researchers in Germany say not all fish eat them. But of those that do, it's unclear whether the plastics get into the fish's bloodstream - and then ours.

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#106826
2016-01-13

Scientists sound alarm over hydropower’s impacts on tropical fish biodiversity

The Amazon, Congo and Mekong rivers host one-third of Earth’s freshwater fish species, many of them found nowhere else — and this rich biodiversity is “being ravaged” by the development of hydroelectric dams.

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#106827
2016-01-13

Are corporates coming on board to tackle climate change?

The 2015 climate summit in Paris was considered a qualified success by many. Even then, it was essentially an agreement between governments. To make real change will mean a change of lifestyle, and that will require massive changes in the way we consume.

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#106828
2016-01-13

Trouble in Tibet

Rapid changes in Tibetan grasslands are threatening Asia's main water supply and the livelihood of nomads.

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#106830
2016-01-13

Father of green revolution MS Swaminathan pitches for field trials of GM crops

EW DELHI: At the time when many states do not appear to be keen on allowing field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has come out with a solution, suggesting that the country's premier research institution - Indian Council of Agricultural Re ...

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#106831
2016-01-13

Antarctic sea ice took a new course in 2015: Braun

Although the Arctic ice sheet gets all the media attention, noteworthy activity has been brewing in the Antarctic.

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#106832
2016-01-13

Can lasers help treat diseased Florida orange trees?

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that affects citrus trees all over the world. Once infected, the pathogen diminishes fruit production and eventually kills the tree.

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#106803
2016-01-12

Study emphasizes challenges faced by marine organisms exposed to global change

Along the West Coast, ocean acidification and hypoxia combine with other factors, such as rising ocean temperatures, to create serious challenges for marine life, a new study finds.

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#106804
2016-01-12

Groups plan to sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Monarch butterfly under Endangered Species Act

The groups say that the agency failed to issue a “12-month finding” of an official review for the monarch butterfly launched in December 2014, which is in violation of Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.

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#106805
2016-01-12

Agroecology in Africa: Mitigation the Old New Way

OAKLAND, California, Jan 11 2016 (IPS) - Millions of African farmers don’t need to adapt to climate change. They have done that already.

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#106806
2016-01-12

China's craze for 'aquatic cocaine' is pushing two species into oblivion

Affluent Chinese are putting two Mexican species at risk due to demand for dried swim bladders. But will this year’s Cites meeting on the wildlife trade force a crackdown?

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#106807
2016-01-12

Bayer revises position to propose extra protections for bees from pesticides

The pharmaceutical giant had initially accused the EPA of overstimating the impact of pesticide on pollinators but now admits report is ‘scientifically sound’

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#106808
2016-01-12

Could artificial trees be part of the climate change solution?

Real trees are forced to work harder as more carbon is released into the atmosphere. Technology could share the load

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#106809
2016-01-12

The complex causes of worldwide bee declines

Over the past two decades, bee declines worldwide have drawn international attention. Managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies decreased by 25% over 20 years in Europe and 59% over 58 years in North America, and many bumble bee populations in Europe and North America have gone locally extinct ...

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#106810
2016-01-12

Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme

Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important.

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#106811
2016-01-12

Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar

The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species.

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#106812
2016-01-12

Rare Caribbean lizards on the verge of extinction, says US body

THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that seven species of Caribbean skinks or lizards may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection.

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#106813
2016-01-12

Thousands of starved birds found on Alaskan beaches

KODIAK, Alaska, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of dead and dying common murres, one of the most common seabirds in the Pacific Northwest, have been washing ashore in Alaska. Federal scientists are currently investigating the cause.

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#106792
2016-01-11

Scientists try hair traps to track tropical carnivores

It is difficult to protect endangered species without understanding how many individuals exist or where they’re located

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#106793
2016-01-11

Cash for the Climate Please, Caribbean Leaders Lament

GEORGETOWN, Jan 8 2016 (IPS) - Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean.

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#106794
2016-01-11

Rare UK butterfly under threat as elms disappear

Wildlife Trust estimates tree disease has left around 1,000 mature English elms, which are the exclusive habitat of declining white-letter hairstreak

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#106795
2016-01-11

Some of the Most Delicious Foods in the World Are Disappearing

How the loss of biodiversity affects what we eat—and why it’s dangerous.

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#106796
2016-01-11

Opinion: The solution for the melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest

There was already dramatic evidence that our planet is undeniably warming before 30 December 2015, when the world heard that the ice at the North Pole was melting. (The temperature on 30 December 2015 was, by some reports, 33ºF [0.7ºC], 50ºF above average).

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#106797
2016-01-11

Protection of marine areas to be based on science, Hunter Tootoo says

Arctic-born fisheries minister says Canada will make good on international agreement on coastal waters

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#106798
2016-01-11

Opinion: Kenya: Protection of Plant Variety is Key to National Development

Parliament is currently considering passing an amendment to Seeds and Plants Varieties Act (Cap, 326) to facilitate the implementation of Article 11 (3) and 69 (1) of 2010 Constitution.

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#106799
2016-01-11

Ecotourism not harmful to wildlife

Far from increasing the vulnerability of wildlife to predators, ecotourism actually helps conservation efforts, researchers say.

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#106800
2016-01-11

Academics call for geoengineering preparation in wake of Paris Agreement’s 'deadly flaws'

Scientists say failure of agreement to immediately implement emissions cuts means geoengineering must be seriously explored, despite the enormous risks it entails

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#106801
2016-01-11

Climate change means more fear, less fun for global middle class - UBS

BARCELONA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.

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#106802
2016-01-11

Giant icebergs play key role in removing carbon dioxide from atmosphere

Giant icebergs are responsible for storing up to 20 percent of carbon in the Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

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#106780
2016-01-08

Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier

Your local lake or river is probably becoming muddier, which is bad news for fish and for our efforts to solve environmental problems

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#106781
2016-01-08

In rainforests, battle for sunlight shapes forest structure

Competition for sunlight among rainforest trees leads to the remarkably consistent pattern of tree sizes seen in tropical forests around the globe, researchers have found. The finding help refine models of how rainforests absorb carbon dioxide and hold back rising global temperatures.

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#106782
2016-01-08

Dam projects on world's largest rivers threaten fish species, rural livelihoods

Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong river basins often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to a new article.

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#106783
2016-01-08

New species of venomous snake discovered in endangered Mexican cloud forests

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of horned pitviper in the critically endangered cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Jalisco, Mexico, and determined that another pitviper is indeed a unique species.

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#106784
2016-01-08

Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops as drought blights continent

A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports.

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#106785
2016-01-08

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

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#106786
2016-01-08

US officials to drop endangered tag for manatees

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has said it is proposing to reclassify the protection status of the West Indian manatee. The marine mammal could be instead classed as merely "threatened."

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#106787
2016-01-08

Climate change and weeds put South Australia's plant biodiversity at risk, researchers say

South Australia has six plant biodiversity hotspots but threats to conservation including climate change and weed invasion are putting them at risk, researchers say.

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#106788
2016-01-08

Biodiversity views sought

The Government today launched the Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan for Hong Kong public consultation on proposals for stepping up efforts to conserve biodiversity and support Hong Kong's sustainable development in the next five years.

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#106789
2016-01-08

The status quo on Europe's mussels

Mussels are the natural treatment plants of bodies of water and, therefore, just as important as bees. Unfortunately, they are equally threatened: most of the world's mussel stocks are in decline and some species face extinction.

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#106761
2016-01-07

Science-driven strategies for more effective endangered species recovery

The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which quietly passed its 42nd birthday last week, has shielded hundreds of species in the United States from extinction and dramatically achieved full recovery for a celebrated few.

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#106762
2016-01-07

Heart is fishy defense against ocean’s Dead Zones

New research has revealed how the heart is one of the major factors which determine whether a fish lives or dies in oceanic Dead Zones.

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#106763
2016-01-07

Peru to protect world’s largest-known population of giant Manta Rays

On December 31, 2015, Peru’s Ministry of Production passed a resolution banning fishing of manta rays, according to a release by WildAid, a nonprofit organization.

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#106764
2016-01-07

Will Uganda be able to fulfill its pledge to protect its forests?

Protected forests in northern Uganda are under strain as people clear trees for farmland and to make charcoal.

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#106765
2016-01-07

Caribbean Journalists Prepare to Report on Climate Change

SANTO DOMINGO, Jan 6 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

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#106766
2016-01-07

EU scientists begin review of ban on pesticides linked to bee declines

The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has begun a review that could pave the way for rolling back a pioneering EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, that are thought to have ravaged European bee populations.

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#106767
2016-01-07

Mosquito nets decimate Malawian fish stocks

Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world, but overfishing poses a threat to their survival. A simple scheme could provide a solution.

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