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#111431
2016-12-14

For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible

NEW DELHI, Dec 13 2016 (IPS) - Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today.

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#111432
2016-12-14

EU easing of fishing quotas raises fears over dwindling stocks

Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole

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#111433
2016-12-14

Briton swims Antarctic in campaign for three marine sanctuaries

A British man will plunge into sub-zero waters in the Antarctic on Tuesday to campaign for the creation of three huge marine parks to stop overfishing.

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#111434
2016-12-14

Hidden lakes in glaciers point to further Antarctic melting

Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.

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#111435
2016-12-14

Timing of approval of biotech crops in different countries has big impact on innovation

Because of significant differences in the institutional arrangements, regulatory procedures, administrative capacity, and attitudes toward biotech crops, the amount of time required to complete the review of new biotech events varies significantly from one country to another.

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#111436
2016-12-14

UN environment chief 'concerned' by climate change sceptics among Trump's Cabinet nominees

Some elite US politicians’ denial of the science backing up climate change is worrying, the United Nations environment chief has said, adding that the fight against global warming would continue, even without the United States.

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#111437
2016-12-14

Climate change driving population shifts to urban areas

Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher.

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#111438
2016-12-14

West Coast states to fight climate change even if Trump does not

Governors of California, Washington and Oregon say climate change is already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie

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#111439
2016-12-14

Glory in the Azores as Europe's most threatened songbird rebounds

Think invasive species and images of chick-munching cats and rats immediately spring to mind. But many local extinctions have their roots in alien invaders of another kind: plants.

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#111440
2016-12-14

What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science?

Truth seems to be an increasingly flexible concept in politics. At least that's the impression the Oxford English Dictionary gave recently, as it declared "post-truth" the 2016 Word of the Year.

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#111441
2016-12-14

How Thailand can fight bio-piracy

Biological resources owned by developing countries have been explored and exploited by researchers and companies from developed countries which are equipped with cutting-edge biotechnology (hereinafter...

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#111442
2016-12-14

Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

Habitat loss is the most insidious of all threats facing land-living wildlife, and protected areas like national parks are one of the best ways to combat the destruction

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#111443
2016-12-14

Community key to achieving protected area target

IN ORDER to protect and conserve our biodiversity, the government has a target to protect 16 per cent of all land area by the year 2020.

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#111444
2016-12-14

Fruit and vegetable consumption drops, but value increases

"The other important thing happened in Cancun, Mexico, where the UN Convention on Biological Diversity was held. For the first time, the focus was not only on safeguarding biodiversity and creating reserves and protected areas, but also on mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in a sustainable food system

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#111445
2016-12-14

Agreement strengthens conservation of the red macaw in Mexico

CANCUN — Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (Conanp, for its acronym in Spanish) and Grupo Experiencias Xcaret signed an agreement to strengthen the recovery program of the red macaw in the jungles of ...

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#111446
2016-12-14

More than 5 per cent of world’s oceans now protected – UN Environment

14 December 2016 – Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India – have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5% of the world’s oceans are now protected.

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#111406
2016-12-13

World's largest reindeer herd plummets

The world's largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists have warned.

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#111407
2016-12-13

Giraffes facing ‘silent extinction’: IUCN

The iconic giraffe is rapidly heading towards extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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#111408
2016-12-13

Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study

Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops

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#111409
2016-12-13

UN Biodiversity Conference: UNDP Capacity-Building Portal, Yucatán Peninsula Agreement on Sustainability 2030 Launched

10 December 2016: The first week of the UN Biodiversity Conference concluded with the launch of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) web portal to build capacity for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the signing of the Yucatán Peninsula Agreement on Sustainability for 2030 (ASPY).

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#111410
2016-12-13

Kayaktivists just took to the water for biodiversity – and for the communities protecting it

Greetings from Cancun, Mexico where I am attending the 13th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), perhaps more easily understood as the “summit for life on Earth".

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#111411
2016-12-13

Earth has 18,000 bird species, twice more than previously thought

There may be about 18,000 bird species in the world — nearly twice as many as previously thought, a new study has found. The study focuses on “hidden

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#111412
2016-12-13

Accord on Sustainability Boosted at COP13 in Mexico

Mexico, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo signed the Agreement for the Sustainability of the Yucatan Peninsula, during the 13th United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), which is being currently held in Cancun.

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#111413
2016-12-13

Dryness cancels climate-change warmth that would help boreal forest growth:study

A new study suggests drier weather will likely eliminate any advantage for Canada's boreal forest from higher temperatures caused by climate change.

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#111414
2016-12-13

Southern Africa, Indian Ocean Initiative Builds Capacity in Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Madagascar - IOM has launched an 18-month project aiming at developing evidence and building capacities on migration, environment, and climate change (MECC) in four countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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#111415
2016-12-13

Study could help amphibian conservation efforts

When a Southern chorus frog calls in the night from its wetland home, its voice sounds like a thumb being drawn across a fine toothed comb.

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#111416
2016-12-13

John Hoffmire: Turning Kenyan safaris into economic development hubs

In East Africa, native tour guides have formed an organization that is transforming the future of African wildlife and Kenyan safari travel.

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#111417
2016-12-13

Success from the ground up?

New global forest restoration initiatives – such as the Bonn Challenge, Initiative 20×20, AFR100, the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets – present an unparalleled opportunity to reverse the trend of deforestation and forest degradation in the coming years.

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#111418
2016-12-13

Scientists devise new method to give 'most robust' estimate of Maasai Mara lion numbers

Scientists based at Oxford University have created a new method for counting lions that they say is the most robust yet devised. Using the Maasai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies in Kenya as a case study, they estimate there to be 420 lions over the age of one in this key terr ...

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#111419
2016-12-13

Indigenous seafood consumption 15 times higher per capita than national averages

Coastal Indigenous people eat, on average, 15 times more seafood per person than non-Indigenous people in the same country, finds a Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published today in PLOS ONE.

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#111420
2016-12-13

Traditional knowledge can stem climate change impact

The knowledge of street-smart folk who live in the mountains, combined with research, can work together to develop effective responses to climate change and its impact on ecosystems and livelihoods, experts say.

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#111421
2016-12-13

Amazing pics: Lewis Pugh tackles icy waters of Antarctica – seeks ‘Aussie-sized’ protected area

Lewis Pugh is unstoppable in his quest to protect marine life, as he continues to brave ice cold oceans. His latest quest is in the Antarctic, where he’s championing for an Australia-sized area as a marine protected area.

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#111422
2016-12-13

An Innovative Green Growth Model for the Plane

Cancun, Mexico | December 10, 2016 - During the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP13, the state governments of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico’s federal government representatives, civil society organizations and more than 50 companies committed to green growth and conservatio ...

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#111423
2016-12-13

Mexico establishes a vast marine reserve surrounding islands off Baja California

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has established a new marine biosphere reserve covering a broad area that includes the Coronado Islands near the U.S. border and Todos Santos Island, site of a famed surfing spot off the coast of Ensenada.

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#111424
2016-12-13

World’s oldest water gets even older

The world’s oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth’s crust, just got even older.

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#111378
2016-12-12

Trapdoor spider populations declining in southern Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- New survey data suggests trapdoor spider populations are declining throughout southern Australia.

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#111379
2016-12-12

António Guterres set to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General

11 December 2016 – Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

News Headlines
#111380
2016-12-12

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record.

News Headlines
#111381
2016-12-12

Methane surge needs 'urgent attention'

Scientists say they are concerned at the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising.

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#111382
2016-12-12

Vietnam’s forests on the upswing after years of recovery

As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant.

News Headlines
#111383
2016-12-12

Companies need to do more to avoid deforestation, study finds

Many companies that deal in commodities such as beef, timber, palm oil and soy beans know that the production of these items can come at the cost of forests.

News Headlines
#111384
2016-12-12

Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 12 2016 (IPS) - “We don’t have access to marine areas, because most are protected areas or are in private hands. We indigenous people have been losing access to our territories, as this decision became a privilege of the state,” complained Donald Rojas, a member of the Brunka ...

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#111385
2016-12-12

Trump's transition: sceptics guide every agency dealing with climate change

With at least nine senior members of transition team denying basic scientific understanding, president-elect’s choices demonstrate pro-fossil fuels agenda

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#111386
2016-12-12

More dire data, less climate change concern?

Donald Trump has appointed an opponent of climate action to head America's environment agency - but reaction has been muted. As climate change becomes more apparent, are people becoming fatigued on the topic?

News Headlines
#111387
2016-12-12

Scientists examine 'perfect storms' fueling vast tropical biodiversity

Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles.

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#111388
2016-12-12

Access to land for indigenous women: an essential condition for eradicating gender violence

I grew up near a mythical river: the Wanki, which runs along the border that today separates Honduras from Nicaragua. I hold on to fond childhood memories of swimming across that river with my sisters to water crops, learning to fish with the women and of working together shelling beans.

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#111389
2016-12-12

REDD+, conservation and rural livelihoods

The ambitious global strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation known as REDD+ rocketed to the top of the climate agenda in 2007.

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#111390
2016-12-12

Birds of the Same Feather Keep a Forest Together: How the Decline in Fruit-Eating Bird Population Harms Tropical Forests

A new study published in the Oikos journal has revealed the vital role fruit-eating birds play in dispersing the seeds of more than 90 percent of tropical trees. Size also matters since larger birds contribute more to plant regeneration than medium-sized birds.

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#111391
2016-12-12

Ahmedabad’s coastal wetlands to get more importance

RAJKOT: Wetlands along Gujarat's 1,600km coastline, which have become a haven for migratory birds, will be in focus at the Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) beginning January 2017.

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#111392
2016-12-12

Invasive algae species found in Tamil Nadu

Researchers at the Central University of Punjab have identified a seaweed Sargassum zhangii, growing along the rocky shores from Vedaranyam to Pattukottai and Thondi to Pamban in Tamil Nadu.

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