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#109858
2016-09-07

LeBlanc vows fight as EU reviews impact of Canadian, American lobster

FREDERICTON -- Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the Canadian and American governments will "vigorously" try to convince the European Union that the American lobster does not pose a threat.

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#109859
2016-09-07

Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress takin ...

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#109860
2016-09-07

First global conservation priorities set – IUCN World Conservation Congress

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 6 September (IUCN) – Limiting illegal trade in threatened species, promoting nature-based solutions to climate change and accounting for biodiversity conservation in the development of renewables are among the first global conservation priorities set today at the IUCN World Co ...

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#109810
2016-09-06

City birds produce fewer, smaller chicks

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A new study suggests life in the city diminishes the fertility of birds.

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#109811
2016-09-06

In historic ceremony, UN chief hails China, US for formally joining Paris climate agreement

3 September 2016 – Visiting the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of that country and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.

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#109812
2016-09-06

Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction, experts say

The Eastern gorilla -- the largest living primate -- has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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#109813
2016-09-06

Beyond sushi wrap: Experts warn booming seaweed industry

A rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed -- from food and fertilizer to pharmaceuticals and industrial gels -- is driving the rapid growth of an industry that could easily and needlessly drop into some of the same pitfalls previously experienced in both agriculture and fish farming.

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#109814
2016-09-06

Largest marine reserve opens amid controversy

The world’s largest ocean research and protection area, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was launched in Hawaii on 31 August amid criticisms of its impact on trade and fishing innovation.

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#109815
2016-09-06

Zimbabwe is dehorning its rhinos to curb poaching

In 2015, at least 1,338 rhinos were illegally killed for their horns across Africa. Of these 50 rhinos were killed in Zimbabwe.

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#109816
2016-09-06

Opinion: Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance,

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#109817
2016-09-06

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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#109818
2016-09-06

Obama's Hawaii marine conservation area is just a drop in the ocean

At three times the size of California, the scope of the Papahānaumokuākea reserve has also highlighted how little of the world’s oceans are protected

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#109819
2016-09-06

Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation'

IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease

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#109820
2016-09-06

Conservative media bias is inflating American climate denial and polarization

New studies show that climate polarization is on the rise in the US; WSJ climate coverage is full of denial.

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#109821
2016-09-06

Why the ocean is key to climate protection

The World Conservation Congress - the largest environment decision-making forum - is taking place in Hawaii. Ocean and climate change are high on the agenda.

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#109822
2016-09-06

Eastern gorillas, plains zebras under threat of extinction

The world's largest living primate, the Eastern gorilla, has been listed as under threat of extinction in the annual Red List of endangered species.

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#109823
2016-09-06

Taboos and ancient traditions help one community protect Kenya's forests

LAIKIPIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deep within the Mukogodo forest in central Kenya, a community of traditional hunter gatherers are working with the government to help expand forests and crack down on illegal logging and poaching using ancient conservation techniques.

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#109824
2016-09-06

Q&A: Lessons from Latin America for forest landscape restoration

An interview with Manuel Guariguata, CIFOR Principal Scientist and Team Leader – Forest Management and Restoration

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#109825
2016-09-06

Are giant pandas really ready to come off endangered species list?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has downgraded the status of the giant panda from endangered to vulnerable, thanks to conservation efforts spearheaded by China. But Beijing says there's more to be done.

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#109826
2016-09-06

At 82, Jane Goodall embraces digital technology to save the planet

Scientist famous for her work with chimpanzees, and her team, show forest dwellers in Tanzania digital maps of their home from above that reveal loss of tree cover, encouraging them to replant and to manage resources better

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#109827
2016-09-06

IUCN-led panel finds critically endangered whales in Russia recovering

The joint report by IUCN-International Union for Conservation for Nature, WWF and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) examines the results of the work of an IUCN-led independent panel of scientists, which has been advising Sakhalin Energy - one of the largest companies operating in the ...

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#109828
2016-09-06

Latest ocean warming review reveals extent of impacts on nature and humans

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 5 September (IUCN) – Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, according to what has been called the most ...

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#109829
2016-09-06

New IUCN publication examines pros and cons of voluntary certification standards for conservation and livelihoods

Honolulu, HI – As more voluntary certification standards are adopted for a wide range of materials, such as forestry, fisheries and palm oil, not all of them are effectively delivering environmental and social impacts, according to a new publication released yesterday at the IUCN World Conservat ...

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#109831
2016-09-06

In Spite of Progress, More Is Needed to Meet Global Conservation Targets

With 14.7 per cent of the Earth’s land and 10 per cent of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target, according to a new report by UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched at the IUCN Wor ...

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#109832
2016-09-06

New IUCN guidelines to harmonize management in natural areas with multiple international designations

New guidelines launched at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress aim to support the management of areas recognised simultaneously under several international designations, all of which have environmental conservation at their heart.

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#109833
2016-09-06

Can humans learn from the farming prowess of ambrosia beetles?

BRUSSELS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- To learn the art of sustainable, pathogen-free farming, one group of researchers has turned its attention to the ambrosia beetles, a species of tree-dwelling beetle that has been cultivating fungi for 40 million years.

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#109790
2016-09-02

Deforestation reducing monsoon rainfall in India: new study

Large-scale conversion of forests to crop lands is disrupting India’s rainfall, a new study has found.

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#109791
2016-09-02

Pacific Islands fail to agree plan to protect tuna

Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials say

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#109792
2016-09-02

Arctic sea ice will miss record low despite major melt, experts say

As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low.

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#109793
2016-09-02

Europeans urged to use less palm oil

A new report from WWF says that while palm oil plantations drive destruction of biodiverse tropical forests, most substitute vegetable oils use even more land. The solution is to reduce demand - and maybe oil from algae.

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#109794
2016-09-02

'Coffee could be extinct by 2080': why climate change may eradicate your daily latte

Coffee could become extinct by 2080 if global warming continues to worsen, according to a report by The Climate Institute.

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#109795
2016-09-02

‘Planet at the crossroads’ congress hears dire climate change warnings

Ecosystems across the world are in peril as a result of global warming and the need for urgent action to safeguard biodiversity and protect against the impacts of climate change was emphasised as the largest conservation gathering in the world kicked off here yesterday

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#109796
2016-09-02

Species conservation profile of a critically endangered endemic for the Azores spider

Subject to continuing population decline due to various factors, an endemic cave-dwelling spider from the Azores is considered as Critically Endangered. To provide a fast output potentially benefiting the arachnid's survival, scientists make use of a specialized novel publication type feature, c ...

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#109797
2016-09-02

Go Easy on the Guacamole - Mexico’s Forests Will Thank You

What’s small, green, famously healthy, and deceptively destructive? An avocado, believe it or not. The benign-looking fruit has captured worldwide attention in recent weeks after revelations that America’s insatiable taste for guacamole is prompting farmers to chop forests in central Mexico - an ...

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#109798
2016-09-02

Global Congress Tackles Wildlife Trafficking, Ocean Conservation

The World Conservation Congress opened up its 10-day conference Thursday on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach.

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#109799
2016-09-02

How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less?

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#109800
2016-09-02

WHO Experts Seek To Have Its Flu Framework Recognised Under Nagoya Protocol

Will an international instrument protecting genetic resources get in the way of the world’s preparedness to fend off the next influenza pandemic?

News Headlines
#109801
2016-09-02

World Conservation Congress could benefit Big Island species

No, it’s not the Olympics. It’s the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. The 10-day event began Thursday in Honolulu and continues until Sept. 10. Speakers include everyone from Jane Goodall to Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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#109802
2016-09-02

10-day IUCN World Conservation Congress begins

The world’s largest conservation conference gets underway in Hawaii

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#109803
2016-09-02

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 2 2016 (IPS) - A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

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#109804
2016-09-02

Row as One to Save our One Planet, Obama Says at Start of IUCN Congress (video)

President Obama addresses the leaders of the Pacific Islands and representatives of the IUCN Congress on climate change, his expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument and other protected areas in the U.S., and his administration’s focus on clean energy.

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#109805
2016-09-02

IUCN Congress: New coalition launches to scale private conservation investment

Honolulu, HI — In an effort to address an estimated US $200-300 billion annual funding gap in conservation, civil society organisations, private and public sector financial institutions and academia joined forces today to launch the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) during ...

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#109806
2016-09-02

Bringing Business on Board: New Protocol Unveiled at IUCN Congress

Despite global evidence that confirms a healthy environment is critical for helping alleviate poverty, building more inclusive economies and underpinning sustainable societies, the world’s biodiversity is continuing to decline.

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#109807
2016-09-02

The panda is no longer endangered, conservation group says

HONOLULU, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The giant panda has been officially removed from the endangered species list, the international body for species protection said on Sunday.

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#109774
2016-09-01

Study assesses climate change vulnerability in urban America

One of the first efforts to systematically assess how cities are preparing for climate change shows that city planners have yet to fully assess their vulnerability to climate change, leaving serious risks unaddressed.

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#109775
2016-09-01

World’s watersheds lost 6 percent of their forests in 14 years

The world’s 230 watersheds have critical functions in providing water to ecosystems and human communities. But like any natural resource, they are susceptible to degradation from a wide variety of factors from damming and local pollution to climate change.

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#109776
2016-09-01

Obama Stresses Climate Change Urgency Ahead of IUCN Congress

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 1 2016 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has stressed the urgency of tackling climate change in a speech to Pacific leaders in his home state of Hawaii.

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#109777
2016-09-01

Saving Africa's elephants: 'Can you imagine them no longer existing?'

Across Africa, poaching is on the rise. Progress is being made here and there, but the battle to save the largest animals on the Earth is far from being won

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#109778
2016-09-01

Planet at the crossroads

The IUCN World Conservation Congress starts today in Hawai’i. Eleven of the world’s leading environmental organisations pledge to use new “common language” to map and save important nature on Earth.

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#109779
2016-09-01

Africa: Conservationists Call for Tougher Action Against Wildlife Trafficking

Illegal trade in wildlife products will not end in Africa unless governments and policy-makers are willing to translate policies into concrete actions backed by tough stance on the illicit trade, conservationists have said.

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