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#115956
2018-02-14

Sir David Amess joins crusade against plastic in the oceans

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue.Launched last month, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on the issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes.

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#115957
2018-02-14

Analysis: Are technologies to remove CO2 the solution to climate change?

The use of Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is not sufficient to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement targets, a new report has found.

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#115958
2018-02-14

Hummus in Danger: Why Climate Change Could Spell the End for a Beloved Middle Eastern Dip

Hummus, the beloved Middle Eastern dip, is in danger. Chickpeas are going the way of the cheetah. For rather different reasons, both plant and cat are suffering from genetic bottlenecks that reduce their ability to cope with change. And in a warming world, change is happening.

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#115959
2018-02-14

In 2002, the Salt Lake Games sounded the alarm on climate change. Are we listening yet?

The Games in Salt Lake City were the first that were zero-emission and zero-waste, and when I brought in Jean-Michel Cousteau to carry the Olympic flag on behalf of the environment for the first time, we thought world leaders were beginning to wake up and take the serious actions required to "sa ...

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#115960
2018-02-14

Caribbean residents see climate change as a severe threat but most in US don’t — here’s why

During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of which were Category 3 or higher – produced devastating human, material and financial devastation across the southern United States and the Caribbean.

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#115961
2018-02-14

Polar vortex defies climate change in the Southeast

Overwhelming scientific evidence has demonstrated that our planet is getting warmer due to climate change, yet parts of the eastern U.S. are actually getting cooler. According to a Dartmouth-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, the location of this anomaly, known as the "U.S. warming hole, ...

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#115962
2018-02-14

Sharing ways that agricultural communities learn on their own

Farmer Field Schools, a community-driven approach to agricultural training and education, are increasingly in demand around the world for their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges.

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#115963
2018-02-14

Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, the study, by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Landcare Research NZ, reconstructed the prehuman New Zealand ecosystem using coprolites ranging from 120 to 1500 years old. The ancient ...

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#115964
2018-02-14

Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East

In Rojava, a region in Syria also known as North Kurdistan, a groundbreaking experiment in communal living, social justice, and ecological vitality is taking place. Devastated by civil war, Syria is a place where a cessation of hostilities often seems like the most that can be hoped for. But Roj ...

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#115965
2018-02-14

Eye of Papua’ shines a light on environmental, indigenous issues in Indonesia’s last frontier

Zely Ariane, an editor at the Tabloid Jubi newspaper in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua, gets frustrated each time an acquaintance travels there and asks to meet up on short notice.

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#115966
2018-02-14

Central Africa: Conserving Congo Basin's Forests - Cameroon Employs Fresh Impetus

A national forum which opened in Yaounde, Tuesday February 13, 2018, seeks to redynamise efforts to ensure the sustainable use of forest resources in Central Africa.

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#115967
2018-02-14

Silent singing crickets still going through the motions

A team of researchers with the University of St Andrews and the University of Cambridge, both in the U.K., has found that singing crickets in Hawaii have evolved to silence their singing apparatus but continue to sing inaudibly. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group ...

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#115968
2018-02-14

Ants nurse wounded warriors back to health: study

African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to an "astonishing" discovery reported Wednesday.

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#115969
2018-02-14

Projecting the impacts of climate change

How might climate change affect the acidification of the world's oceans or air quality in China and India in the coming decades, and what climate policies could be effective in minimizing such impacts? To answer such questions, decision makers routinely rely on science-based projections of physi ...

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#115970
2018-02-14

'Excess emissions' make significant contribution to air pollution

When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August, industrial facilities in the state shut down, then reopened a few days later. In doing so, they produced nearly 2,000 tons of "excess emissions"—air pollutants in addition to what was allowed as part of their normal operation.

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#115971
2018-02-14

To Save the Ocean Now, Museum Aims to Map Species of the Past

As New York’s American Museum of Natural History digitizes its vast collections, it wants to use that historic data to help scientists understand how imperiled ecosystems are changing today. But coders at a recent hackathon discovered just how big a challenge that is.

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#115929
2018-02-09

Bridgestone hits the brakes on deforestation

The tire company has become the third of the world’s “Big Five” to have a formal policy on deforestation, but environmentalists say they will be closely watching its implementation.

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#115931
2018-02-09

Education is key to protecting nature

The world is slowly becoming environmentally conscious. The recently launched National Climate Change Action Plan aims at helping Kenya reduce vulnerability to climate change and to improve our country’s ability to take advantage of the opportunities that climate change offers.

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#115932
2018-02-09

Alien honeybees could cause plant extinction

New research indicates that introduced 'alien' honeybees are competing for resources with native bees and threatening the survival of plants that rely on interactions with specific pollinators.

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#115933
2018-02-09

When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Researchers have discovered the first known molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens, a distinctive co-evolutionary relationship that could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist.

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#115935
2018-02-09

Ghost Gear: The Other Killer Plastic Lurking in Our Oceans

We’re at a critical moment for the health of the world’s oceans. While people the world over pursue individual resolutions for 2018, we also must think about our collective impact—by acknowledging that man-made plastic waste is the greatest threat to our oceans and the animals that live there.

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#115936
2018-02-09

WWF to pilot use of drones in wildlife monitoring in Zambia

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will soon pilot a project on the use of drones for wildlife monitoring in Zambia. The project is aimed at enabling wildlife authorities in the southern African nation to better detect and respond to poaching and other threats in its protected areas.

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#115937
2018-02-09

Greener EU economy gets €98.2 million funding boost

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

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#115938
2018-02-09

Kenya's first Olympic alpine skier becomes UN Environment Mountain Hero

Sabrina Wanjiku Simader, Africa’s “snow leopard”, has been designated UN Environment’s first Mountain Hero. The 19-year-old athlete is also set to become the first Kenyan alpine skier to compete in the Olympic Games when she takes to the slopes in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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#115939
2018-02-09

High-speed cameras reveal how hummingbirds can turn on a dime

Hummingbirds are the fighter pilots of the avian world, diving and weaving at speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour—then turning on a dime to hover midair, wings frantically beating, as they refuel on nectar. Now, through herculean efforts, researchers are one step closer to figuring out what m ...

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#115940
2018-02-09

Give local development a chance

Amazonian forests play a crucial role in the global fight against climate change and loss of biodiversity. They are also an integral part of the social fabric in the region.

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#115941
2018-02-09

Nigeria on track to commercialize GMO cowpeas, rice, sorghum, corn and cotton

The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for effective practice of modern agricultural biotechnology. The biosafety law allowed for the establishment of a biosafety regulatory agency, the National Biosafety Management Agen ...

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#115942
2018-02-09

EU Pacific aids totals $124m

A TOTAL of FJ$124million was today invested into four financing agreements to promote sustainable waste management, adapt climate change plans and improve public financial management and governance in the Pacific.

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#115943
2018-02-09

2 futures of health, 2 paradigms of science

Across the world, there is an intense contest emerging between two paradigms of health and two paradigms of science. The first is holistic and sees connections between the health of the planet and our health. It is based on the ecological science of inter-connectedness. The second one is reducti ...

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#115944
2018-02-09

Sugar glider couple escape conviction

The maximum penalty for importing a live animal without a licence is $500 or six months in jail, while importing an alien species carries a top penalty of a whopping $500,000 fine or four years in jail, which the magistrate said reflected the serious regard legislators have for the threat from i ...

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#115945
2018-02-09

Emerging aliens threaten New Zealand’s environment

Professor Hulme was part of a large international collaboration of scientists that analysed 46,000 recorded sightings of invasive animal and plant species around the world. Their research showed that one in every four new pest incursions were from species that had never before been recorded as b ...

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#115946
2018-02-09

Keep it human and visual, says U.N. guide to talking climate

Scientists should ease off using graphs and numbers to talk to the public about climate change and instead speak through human stories and colorful metaphors, or climate warnings may fall on deaf ears, U.N. experts say.

News Headlines
#115947
2018-02-09

WWF-Philippines launches Earth Hour 2018 with campaign #Connect2Earth

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to engage individuals, business and organizations in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories during the hour and b ...

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#115920
2018-02-08

Climate change is increasing flood risks in Europe

As humans continue to emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, the world continues to warm. We see that warming everywhere – in the atmosphere, in the oceans, with rising sea levels, and melting ice. But while we know conclusively that humans are causing the warming, an equally important quest ...

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#115921
2018-02-08

It’s fishy: rise in warm-water species found off our coasts

“Phenomenal” numbers of mauve stingers on the west coast and more frequent sightings of lion’s mane and Portuguese men-o-war in Irish waters made for a busy autumn for jellyfish expert Tom Doyle.

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#115922
2018-02-08

Hillary Clinton: Women will bear brunt of survival tasks as climate change takes effect

Women will "bear the brunt" of tasks ensuring survival when the effects of climate change bite, Hillary Clinton has warned.Speaking at an event at Georgetown University in Washington, Ms Clinton criticised the US administration for its plans to take America out of the Paris Climate Change Agreem ...

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#115923
2018-02-08

Shark cousin uses heat from ocean vents to incubate its eggs

Birds might sit on their eggs to keep them warm until they hatch, but deep-sea fish called skates have found a less boring and time-consuming way to incubate their eggs — they lay them near hot hydrothermal vents on the sea floor.

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#115924
2018-02-08

Plastic waste 'building up' in Arctic

Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say. Researchers are particularly concerned about huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice.

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#115925
2018-02-08

Unusual Shark Attacks On Dolphins: Are 'Trophy Hunters' To Be Blamed?

A family of dolphins in Australia's Monkey Mia tourist spot were brutally attacked by sharks, raising concerns about the lives of the marine mammals. On Wednesday, local ecotourism operators in the Perth area blamed the attacks over the past month on fishermen hunting for sharks as "trophies" to ...

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#115926
2018-02-08

Slow Food and IFAD take the lead: Indigenous crops bring climate solutions for farmers in Brazil’s Caatinga

Against this background of water shortages across the Caatinga, IFAD has focused on reducing rural poverty through income generation, increased production, better nutrition, and the creation of agricultural and non-agricultural employment opportunities.

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#115927
2018-02-08

First report in decades of a forgotten crop pathogen calls for critical close monitoring

Scientists, breeders, farmers and conservation groups must continue to work in close collaboration to prepare for the potential re-emergence of a forgotten crop pathogen, a new study advises today.

News Headlines
#115928
2018-02-08

How business can learn to navigate the Anthropocene

It’s pitch dark. There’s no moon. You can’t find your map. The ground shifts beneath your feet. You grope tentatively to detect sure footing, or the edge of a precipice.

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#115905
2018-02-07

Belarus to launch UNDP/GEF project to implement Nagoya Protocol

The international technical assistance project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” will be implemented in Belarus, Alexander Korbut, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus during ...

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#115906
2018-02-07

Iberian Peninsula rodents migrated due to climate change twelve million years ago

According to an investigation led by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), the oldest studied rodent fauna that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula 12 million years ago progressively shifted north toward humid environments to survive climate change that caused prominent dry and cold environme ...

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#115907
2018-02-07

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the program r ...

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#115908
2018-02-07

Instagram feed shows everyday extinction - in pictures

Photographer Sean Gallagher has set up a new Instagram feed called Everyday Extinction. Featuring work from 25 wildlife photographers, photojournalists and scientists, the project aims to highlight species extinction and celebrate biodiversity

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#115909
2018-02-07

About 159,000 hectares of forest restored in Azerbaijan

Over the past 16 years, about 159,000 hectares of forest have been restored in Azerbaijan. Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev made the remarks at an event dedicated to the project on monitoring and assessment of forest resources to stre ...

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#115910
2018-02-07

What do the SDGs mean for business now?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) hold great possibilities for businesses. While perhaps the largest audience for the SDGs are government entities, businesses can contribute in three important ways: as engines of employment; through technological innovation; and as sources of finance.

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#115911
2018-02-07

100-million-year-old spider with a tail longer than its body discovered

A brand new species of arachnid that looks like a spider with a tail has been discovered in Myanmar. The eight-legged creepy crawly is estimated to have scuttled along the forest floors as far back as 100 million years ago.

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#115912
2018-02-07

Hedgehog numbers 'down by half', warn wildlife groups

Hedgehogs are continuing to decline in the UK, according to a new report.Surveys by citizen scientists show hedgehog numbers have fallen by about 50% since the turn of the century. Conservation groups say they are particularly concerned about the plight of the prickly creatures in rural areas.

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