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#109943
2016-09-12

Snow leopards' return brings hope to remote Afghan region

WAKHAN, Afghanistan -- In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth

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#109944
2016-09-12

Oceans given boost as nations agree to protect a third worldwide

Things are looking up for conservation of the world’s oceans. A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 per cent of them as “highly protected” areas by 2030.

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#109945
2016-09-12

That Fish on Your Dinner Plate May Be an Endangered Species

Endangered and threatened fish are sometimes passed off as other species in markets around the world, according to a new report.

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#109946
2016-09-12

Global conservation summit sets the direction for post-2015 sustainability agenda

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed today in Hawaiʻi, setting the global conservation agenda for the next four years and defining a roadmap for the implementation of the historic agreements adopted in 2015.

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#109947
2016-09-12

Connecting People to Nature a Key Outcome of the World Conservation Congress

Honolulu, Hawai'i, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – Fantastic Beasts’ Alison Sudol and executives from National Geographic, Parks Canada, Google Earth Outreach and Vulcan Productions were just a few of many leaders that took part in the launch of the #NatureForAll movement at the 2016 IUCN World Conse ...

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#109948
2016-09-12

Shark numbers dwindle in Atlantic Canadian waters

Researchers are concerned about the declining number of sharks in North Atlantic waters, pointing to a combination of climate change, overfishing and commercial fishing techniques as causes.

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#109905
2016-09-09

International community rallies to address major threat to oceans

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast ...

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#109906
2016-09-09

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s

A tenth of the world's wilderness has vanished in the past two decades, research shows.

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#109907
2016-09-09

Dormice in Britain 'vulnerable to extinction'

Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new report by wildlife charity, the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

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#109908
2016-09-09

Giraffe genetic secret: Four species of tallest mammal identified

It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have just revealed that there is not one species, but four.

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#109909
2016-09-09

Islanders unaware of alien plant invasion risk

Low public concern about alien plants and animals is hampering conservation efforts on island nations as scientists battle the rapid decline of pristine habitats, a conference has heard.

News Headlines
#109910
2016-09-09

How to increase REDD+ benefits to indigenous peoples and other traditional forest communities

To meet the target of limiting global warming to 2-degrees-Celsius established in the Paris Climate Agreement, it is crucial to curb tropical deforestation and encourage the reforestation of tropical forests that have already been cut down.

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#109911
2016-09-09

Japan and South Africa Try to Block Proposed Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 8 2016 (IPS) - Japan and South Africa have ignited a furore at a major conservation congress by coming out against a proposed appeal to all governments to ban domestic trade in elephant ivory.

News Headlines
#109912
2016-09-09

The True Global Warming Hot Spots

Climate change is often blamed for environmental problems and natural events, but not always correctly. There are, however, places in the world where global warming is having an effect, as our interactive map shows.

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#109913
2016-09-09

Vital improvements needed to forecast impact of climate change on biodiversity

Improvements must be made to how we predict the impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, according to new research published today in Science.

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#109914
2016-09-09

The Crossroads of Conservation in Latin America

Saying Latin America and conservation together evokes abundance of wealth and beauty. But all that magnificence also comes with a unique set of risks, threats and challenges.

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#109915
2016-09-09

Ethiopia: Protecting Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Editorial: As agriculture is the mainstay of the nation's economy, maintaining the bio diversity and the ecosystem is critically vital. Also, the production of food and industrial crops and the development of the livestock sector heavily rely on the natural resources,with which they are interrel ...

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#109916
2016-09-09

Are lion hunters in South Africa shooting tame animals?

The guide whistles as the large, dark-maned lion walks just a few metres from the car.

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#109917
2016-09-09

Sacred Natural Sites Should Be 'No Go Zones' for Developers

A first round of motions was passed Tuesday by the 1,300 government and civil society members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at its World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaii.

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#109918
2016-09-09

Nature protection mulled as path for peace

[HONOLULU] The United Nations and other peacekeeping bodies should include an element of environmental protection and research in their efforts to pacify warring nations, a conference has heard.

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#109919
2016-09-09

Scimitar-horned oryx reintroduction spreads hope at conservation meet

ABU DHABI: A delegation from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), led by Dr Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD’s Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, joined thought leaders in the world of conservation at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World ...

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#109920
2016-09-09

From ‘Silverbacks’ to Systems Leaders: Rethinking African conservation leadership

Conservation has always revered its heroes– those courageous and committed individuals that champion and often become spokespeople for iconic species, causes, and places

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#109921
2016-09-09

An Ocean Perspective For A Planet At The Crossroads

A conversation between Ocean Conservancy’s CEO Andreas Merkl and Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator of the iconic Hōkūle’a, as Hawaiʻi hosts the IUCN World Conservation Congress

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#109922
2016-09-09

Apes, Pandas, Whales and Bears (an Extinction Roundup)

It’s been a busy week in conservation circles. Let’s wrap up some of the latest big news.

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#109923
2016-09-09

Ocean warming affecting Arctic fish and birds

Until a few years ago, mackerel were unknown in Greenland's cold waters.

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#109867
2016-09-08

Poor countries have the edge on climate innovation

The developing world and emerging markets are among the most exciting places for climate policy and innovation, according to a former White House official who advised the Obama administration in the run-up to the COP20 summit in Lima, Peru.

News Headlines
#109868
2016-09-08

Indigenous peoples demand protection of sacred sites at World Conservation Congress

For the first time, the U’wa Nation participated in the world’s most important conservation event, the Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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#109869
2016-09-08

Black, white and unique: the Malayan tapir struggles for recognition

Two-month old Asahan sucks milk greedily from a bottle. The baby Malayan tapir — his spotty brown juvenile coat already morphing to the distinctive black and white of an adult — was rescued by local villagers who found the displaced animal wandering alone through an oil palm plantation and then ...

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#109870
2016-09-08

When It Comes to Conservation, Size Matters

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA, Sep 7 2016 (IPS) - When the communities living in the Tatamá y Serranía de los Paraguas Natural National Park in the west of Colombia organised in 1996 to defend their land and preserve the ecosystem, they were fighting deforestation, soil degradation and poaching.

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#109871
2016-09-08

Amitav Ghosh: 'climate change is like death, no one wants to talk about it'

Speaking at a literary festival in Bhutan, the Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh recently predicted that Himalayan regions, for no fault of their own, will face a catastrophe as climate change takes hold.

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#109872
2016-09-08

Seeing the forest for the trees: World's largest reforestation program overlooks wildlife

After years of environmental destruction, China has spent billions of dollars on the world's largest reforestation program, converting a combined area nearly the size of New York and Pennsylvania back to forest.

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#109873
2016-09-08

What a Healthy Jungle Sounds Like

Species may have evolved their wide array of sounds to fill unused parts of the frequency spectrum. This could also reveal the degree of biodiversity in an ecosystem

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#109874
2016-09-08

Mountains Are Home to More Species Than Scientists Ever Imagined

New research contradicts the longstanding belief that diversity drops as elevation gains.

News Headlines
#109875
2016-09-08

Climate change and other human activities are affecting species migration

Humans have an impact on species migration both through climate change and by changing the landscape.

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#109876
2016-09-08

Do teachers' climate change beliefs influence students?

A North Carolina State University study of middle school science classes explored whether teachers' beliefs about climate change influenced students' perceptions.

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#109877
2016-09-08

Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’

MIDWAY ATOLL — Seventy-four years ago, a naval battle off this remote spit of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean changed the course of World War II.

News Headlines
#109878
2016-09-08

In eastern Tibetan forest, signs of tree growth amid climate change

Researchers follow a lead from nomadic herders and find a forest getting nutrients and water from thawing permafrost

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#109879
2016-09-08

Fewer migratory birds come calling this year in Kerala

KOTTAYAM: The latest bird count by the Kottayam Nature Society (KNS) and the Natural History Society, Alappuzha, shows a significant reduction in the population of migratory birds in the coastal Alappuzha and Kollam districts.

News Headlines
#109880
2016-09-08

Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

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#109881
2016-09-08

Africa: Green Cities Key to Sustainable Economic Development - Experts

Hall, an architect from Light Earth Designs, was yesterday presenting Rwanda's current urbanisation and Green Cities Development Plans, at the ongoing Global Green Growth Week 2016, at JeJu Island, South Korea.

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#109882
2016-09-08

South Africa Finally Responds to Save Lions in Captivity, End 'Canned Hunting'

NGOs' call for the termination of hunting captive-bred lions have been accepted in IUCN and acknowledged by the South African goverment during the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.

News Headlines
#109883
2016-09-08

Q & A: Lessons from Ethiopia for forest landscape restoration

An interview with CIFOR Scientist Habtemariam Kassa

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#109884
2016-09-08

Feeding The People, Saving The Planet

If we want to save species, stop deforestation, and preserve nature for the good of biodiversity and humans, there’s one thing we’ve got to get right above all else: where and how we produce food.

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#109885
2016-09-08

Bonn Challenge a Huge Opportunity for Both Forests and Business

The Bonn Challenge, a global multi-stakeholder effort to restore the world’s forests, was at center stage here in Honolulu during this week’s IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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#109886
2016-09-08

Three penguin species no longer endangered

Three penguin species worldwide have been downgraded from the critically endangered list due to their increasing numbers. This is according to the updated International Red List of Threatened Species that was released on Wednesday.

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#109887
2016-09-08

When coral and elephants disappear from the earth

Mr Robert Macfarlane, in his book Landmarks, about the connection between words and landscapes, tells a revealing but stunning story about how recent editions of the Oxford Junior Dictionary dropped certain "nature words" that its editors deemed less relevant to the lives of modern children.

News Headlines
#109838
2016-09-07

Arctic Ocean shipping routes 'to open for months'

Shipping routes across the Arctic are going to open up significantly this century even with a best-case reduction in CO2 emissions, a new study suggests.

News Headlines
#109839
2016-09-07

Asia-Pacific ‘hot spot for water insecurity’

[MANILA] Economies in the Asia-Pacific region cannot sustain their present dynamic growth “unless water is brought into the equation” as the region faces a “crisis” in securing and managing the prime resource.

News Headlines
#109840
2016-09-07

Without Indigenous People, Conservation Is a Halfway Measure

HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA , Sep 5 2016 (IPS) - “You don’t convert your own house in a tourist site,” said Oussou Lio Appolinaire, an activist from Benin, wearing a traditional outfit in vivid yellows and greens. He was referring to opening up to tourists places that are sacred to indigenous people.

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#109841
2016-09-07

The oceans are heating up. That's a big problem on a blue planet

An increase in water temperatures is having a profound effect that, with hidden stores of frozen methane thawing out, will soon start to feed on itself

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