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#104833
2015-08-11

An easy climate change win before Paris?

The Montreal Protocol is famous for being perhaps the most successful environmental treaty anywhere. It has assisted countries in phasing out CFCs and other ozone depleting substances (which are also very strong greenhouse gases). With current controls on track, the ozone hole is closing and w ...

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#104834
2015-08-11

Sustainable Development Goals - Utopian Fantasy or Economic No-brainer?

Last week, following months of painstaking negotiations that may have passed many readers by, UN negotiators in New York completed their work to finalise the text of 'Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', setting out the final text of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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#104835
2015-08-11

Study of land snails suggests Earth may have already lost 7 percent of its animal species

Twenty-five years ago, Robert Cowie would climb atop the mountains of Oahu, Hawaii, and find one or two specimens of a brightly colored snail squirming around.

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#104836
2015-08-11

Glacial meltwater in Antarctica nourishes feeding 'hot spots'

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Rising temperatures and shrinking polar ice cpas are worrisome longterm trends for most species, including fish and marine mammals. But sea life also benefits tremendously from nutrients-rich runoff streaming off melting glaciers.

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#104804
2015-08-10

Biodiversity agreement to protect endangered species

DA NANG — The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.

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#104805
2015-08-10

Fish off Australia's coast dive deep to avoid heat

CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Humans retreat inside and blast the air conditioning when it's hot, but fish don't have such a luxury. New research shows a common predator species off the Australian coast dives deeper to avoid rising water temperatures.

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#104806
2015-08-10

Can cloud forests survive climate change

CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A new study in Australia suggests plants unique to cloud forests are unlikely to survive the changes in high-altitude temperature and weather patterns brought on by climate change.

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#104807
2015-08-10

Study: Hunters have vertical pupils, the hunted have horizontal pupils

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Want to distinguish between predator and prey? Look to the eyes.

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#104808
2015-08-10

Scotland to ban GM crop growing

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.

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#104809
2015-08-10

Bird flies 16,000-kilometre Pacific circuit for no clear reason

Who actually enjoys long-haul flights? One seabird seems to – the ancient murrelet. It travels almost 8000 kilometres across the north Pacific, then does the whole slog again in reverse, for no obvious benefit.

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#104810
2015-08-10

Amazon settlement study disputes deforestation claims

The resettlement of smallholder farmers in Brazil has spurred deforestation in the Amazon, according to fresh research on nearly 2,000 settlements in the region.

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#104811
2015-08-10

Business adds value to indigenous medicine

For thousands of years, the San and Khoi indigenous people of what is now South Africa have used a plant known as buchu that is native to the western part of the country.

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#104812
2015-08-10

Unique Alliance Between Gauchos and Environmentalists Protects Argentina’s Pampas

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 7 2015 (IPS) - The traditions of Argentina’s gauchos or cowboys have joined together with modern agricultural technology in a unique alliance between stockbreeders and environmentalists aimed at preserving biodiversity in the pampas, boosting productivity, and enhancing the fla ...

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#104813
2015-08-10

Maasai warriors take to the cricket field to save the northern white rhino

For Kenya's Maasai warriors hunting has been a traditional rite of passage. Now they have dropped their spears and picked up cricket bats to raise awareness of the plight of a species whose future hangs by a thread.

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#104814
2015-08-10

Suez canal scheme ‘threatens ecosystem and human activity in Mediterranean’

The continuing expansion of the Suez canal risks causing serious harm to marine lifeforms and economic activity in the Mediterranean sea, scientists are warning.

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#104815
2015-08-10

The Forest Path to an Ambitious Climate Deal

Later this year, global leaders will make important decisions about some of the planet's toughest challenges. If the world wants a climate deal and new development agenda that's good for the economy, for the poor, and for businesses, the path forward needs to include forests.

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#104816
2015-08-10

UN chief urges greater efforts to improve health and well-being of indigenous peoples

9 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and a ...

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#104817
2015-08-10

Africa: Leaders to Adopt Sustainable Development Agenda

Tanzania and other 193 member states of the United Nations have reached an agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted next month by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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#104818
2015-08-10

Civil society: A key partner for post-2015 development agenda in Asia

Earlier this month, the world took a momentous step forward: the 193 member states of the UN reached an agreement on the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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#104819
2015-08-10

Our Taste for ‘Aquatic Bushmeat’ Is Killing the Sea

Sylvia Earle fell in love with the ocean as a teenager in the 1950s. She marveled at the wealth of aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, near her family’s home in Clearwater, Florida.

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#104820
2015-08-10

Insects can contribute to food security

PUNE: Insects are going to have a major contribution to food and feed security says Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, senior fellow at Bengaluru based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

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#104821
2015-08-10

Tiny New Frog with a Face Like a Bandit Found in Andes

A tiny new frog species discovered in the Peruvian Andes has a white-mottled belly and a dark face mask that makes it look like a bandit.

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#104798
2015-08-07

Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Conserving Biodiversity

On August 9 the world will commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year the focus is on health and wellbeing.

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#104794
2015-08-07

Meet Peru’s new fleshbelly frog

In 2011, Peruvian researcher Vanessa Uscapi was looking for amphibians in the high Andean cloud forest of southern Peru when she chanced upon a little frog in the leaf litter. From the top it looked brown and nondescript – but then she picked it up and turned it over. On its underside were blotc ...

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#104795
2015-08-07

Concern over Scottish marine protected areas

Fishermen's leaders have warned the creation of Marine Protected Areas around Scotland's coast could result in a modern-day "clearance" that would devastate small fishing communities.

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#104796
2015-08-07

Visualizing Climate Change with Virtual Reality

As the years pass, and the reality of anthropogenic climate change has become widely accepted within the scientific community, most regular citizens still lack a sophisticated understanding of the scientific factors at play in global warming. Recognizing the need to communicate the severity of c ...

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#104797
2015-08-07

Before the century ends, it may be too hot to work outside

In 2009, global leaders agreed to try not to let the world warm more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This is sometimes seen as a rule of thumb for keeping on the right side of climate change, within “safe” territory.

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#104782
2015-08-06

Secret ecosystem found on hills deep beneath the ocean’s surface

A TREASURE trove of biodiversity has been hiding several kilometres below the ocean surface. Only a handful of people have ever seen these enigmatic animals – until now.

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#104783
2015-08-06

Researchers discover a new deep-sea fish species

They are some of the most interesting and unique creatures in the oceans - deep-sea life. Most people can identify a shark or sea turtle or whale, but many are shocked to see what a lanternfish or oarfish looks like. Deep-sea creatures can be down-right scary looking.

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#104784
2015-08-06

Four unexpected 'upsides' of climate change

The science has been in for some time: Earth's climate is changing, and human activity has been making it worse.No big deal," the skeptics say, "we'll just adapt" -- like retooling a multi-trillion-dollar civilization to function in a climate paradigm it wasn't designed for is as simple as tossi ...

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#104785
2015-08-06

COP21 and decoding the economics of climate change

With just four months to go until international delegates descend upon Paris for the much-discussed United Nations climate conference, COP21, the stakes for shifting to a low-carbon economy are starting to come into focus.

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#104786
2015-08-06

Why concrete jungles need green spaces

CAN cities really become home to a large variety of fauna and flora? Doesn’t the wild world hate cement? The concept of biodiversity may seem to contradict the nature of cities, but scientists, designers and architects are working on urban development models that harmonise with the natural envir ...

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#104787
2015-08-06

Is human noise pollution affecting our sharks?

Human made noise, also called anthropogenic noise, is rising in many environments due to the increase in transportation and the exploration for and exploitation of energy sources.

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#104788
2015-08-06

Power projects to hit biodiversity in Arunachal Pradesh: study

New Delhi: The biodiversity of north-east India, especially Arunachal Pradesh, is under threat from hydropower projects.

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#104763
2015-08-05

New app lets fishermen help FWS track endangered species

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is backing a new app to help officials better monitor and manage endangered species.

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#104764
2015-08-05

Crucial ocean-acidification models come up short

As the oceans’ chemistry is altered by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the response of sea-dwellers such as fish, shellfish and corals is a huge unknown that has implications for fisheries and conservationists alike.

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#104765
2015-08-05

Farming and city growth linked to deadly storms

Turning natural landscapes in the Caribbean into urban areas or farmland may increase the risk of people dying from floods and storms, scientists suggest.

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#104766
2015-08-05

Forest data platform now mobile-ready

Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.

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#104767
2015-08-05

Fish Farming Now a Big Hit in Africa

HARARE, Aug 5 2015 (IPS) - Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.

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#104768
2015-08-05

Poachers stalk elephants of Kerala after a gap of 20 years

A gang of poachers, said to have killed more than 20 elephants for their tusks, was busted by Kerala state’s forest department

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#104769
2015-08-05

Opinion: New development goals - same as the old?

The UN's green-tinted Sustainable Development Goals are an acknowledgment of human-caused environmental pressures. That's all well and good, but is it too little, too late?

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#104770
2015-08-05

Fish 'evolving to avoid trawler nets' by swimming faster

Fish may be evolving to swim faster so they can avoid capture in trawler nets, according to research.

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#104771
2015-08-05

Climate change could make it hard for yellow perch to breed

The yellow perch living in Lake Erie have long faced challenges breeding after short, warm winters and some scientists believe that climate change could thus cause further problems for them.

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#104772
2015-08-05

Monarch butterfly studies tell a perplexing tale

Each summer, female monarch butter-flies flutter around their breeding grounds in northern North America in search of nectar, a mate, and a milkweed plant on which to lay eggs.

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#104774
2015-08-05

Giants Club: Uganda's elephants back from the brink

Gawking is not considered impolite in Uganda. For a first time visitor, in fact, it is entirely expected, because there is much to gawk at.

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#104775
2015-08-05

Trevor Hancock: Sustainable development benefits our health

There is a strong case that in order to be healthy, communities need to be ecologically sustainable. Many of the actions that could be taken to make communities and societies more sustainable have what we call health co-benefits.

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#104750
2015-08-04

Ban Ki-moon: sustainable development goals 'leave no one behind'

UN secretary general hails ‘people’s agenda’ as member states finally assent to targets lauded for poverty pledge despite scepticism about implementation

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#104751
2015-08-04

Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity and survival

The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.

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#104752
2015-08-04

As biodiversity declines on corn farms, pest problems grow

Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.

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#104753
2015-08-04

Scientists name lizard species after Sir David Attenborough

ACTON, Australia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A new brightly colored flat lizard species has been discovered in South Africa. The scientists describing the newly identified creature have decided to name it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

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