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#109245
2016-07-22

Sponge City: Berlin plans for a hotter climate

Heat waves and rainstorms will become common in northern Germany as climate change deepens. Experts envision heat- and flood-proofing the city of Berlin by making it into an "urban sponge," with green roofs and wetlands.

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#109246
2016-07-22

This wild bird will guide you to a beehive, if you know the password

Cooperation is easier with communication, and an African bird species and the humans that it works with know that.

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#109247
2016-07-22

Danes helping capture the scope of Danish biodiversity

The Danes are not using their smartphones only to catch virtual Pokemon creatures, but also to help Danish scientists capture the scope of biodiversity in the country.

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#109249
2016-07-22

Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk

MOSCOW – Russia’s practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

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#109250
2016-07-22

China tried to drive a furry mammal to extinction. Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

YUSHU COUNTY, CHINA — As he gazes out across the rolling grasslands of the Tibetan plateau, where hundreds of his yaks are grazing, 70-year-old Awang Chumpey is less than happy. The land he shares with his neighbors is dotted with thousands of tiny burrows, home to a colony of plateau pika that ...

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#109251
2016-07-22

Global warming may affect Bhutan’s biodiversity, impact India

Slow-melting of glaciers due to global warming may cause huge floods in Bhutan in the future and result in loss of keystone species which may encourage probable animal poachers to hunt in this country, Indian researchers say.

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#109252
2016-07-22

Bakery venture feeds German appetite for pesticide-free food

There's a booming demand in Germany for produce that is both locally sourced and free from chemicals. The KraichgauKorn cooperative combines the two trends, linking farmers with local millers and artisanal bakers.

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#109253
2016-07-22

Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink

A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.

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#109228
2016-07-21

Sloth's arboreal niche explains its slow-paced lifestyle

MADISON, Wis., July 20 (UPI) -- Sloths are one of only a few mammal types to carve out an exclusively arboreal niche. And new research suggests it's the sloth's tree-based lifestyle that explains its sluggish disposition.

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#109229
2016-07-21

First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.

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#109230
2016-07-21

Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

20 July 2016 – Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

News Headlines
#109231
2016-07-21

UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

News Headlines
#109232
2016-07-21

South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.

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#109233
2016-07-21

Synthetic biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release

Researchers have engineered a clinically relevant bacterium to produce cancer drugs and then self-destruct and release the drugs at the site of tumors.

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#109234
2016-07-21

Amazon, eBay involved in illegal wildlife trade: Indian government

On Monday, India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave accused 106 e-commerce sites of selling rare animals and wildlife products online.

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#109235
2016-07-21

Economic Recovery Needed To Enhance Food Security

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 21 2016 (IPS) - After a half century of decline, agricultural commodity prices rose with oil prices in the 1970s, and again for a decade until 2014. Food prices rose sharply from the middle of the last decade, but have been declining since 2012, and especially since l ...

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#109237
2016-07-21

Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from 'complete ecosystem collapse'

Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter

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#109238
2016-07-21

A world without wasps would be catastrophic for ecosystems and the global economy

The much-maligned insects are not only crucial in preventing certain plant forms from extinction; they also play an integral part in protecting farmers’ crops across the planet

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#109239
2016-07-21

Mexico bans night fishing, gillnets to protect vaquita porpoise

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.

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#109240
2016-07-21

2016 on pace to be hottest year ever as climate change trends reach ‘new climax’– UN

21 July 2016 – Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the United Nations weather agency said today.

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#109210
2016-07-20

New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and how the land is used in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.

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#109211
2016-07-20

Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July 2016 – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goe ...

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#109212
2016-07-20

Developing highly drought-resistant crops

International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.

News Headlines
#109213
2016-07-20

Study role of climate change in extreme threats to water quality

With concerns about climate 'extremes' growing1, water is often the focus — either too much or too little. That is no coincidence: climate and the hydrological cycle are tightly coupled, and water is essential to ecosystems and societies. But it is not just the quantity of water that matters. So ...

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#109214
2016-07-20

Glacier retreat upsets river species balance

As global warming causes glaciers to melt, rivers lose their diversity of plants and animals at an alarming rate, scientists warn.

News Headlines
#109215
2016-07-20

Whale sharks inch closer to extinction

The world’s largest fish, the whale shark, is in deep trouble.

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#109216
2016-07-20

Malawi Leads Africa’s Largest Elephant Translocation

LILONGWE, Jul 20 2016 (IPS) - One of the world’s largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi.

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#109217
2016-07-20

Cloud rats of the sky islands: 28 new mammal species found in the Philippines

New research reveals that the Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique mammal species on earth, as scientists introduce a host of furry new characters from its main island of Luzon.

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#109218
2016-07-20

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.

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#109219
2016-07-20

Invasive lionfish have reached the Mediterranean. Luckily they're tasty …

Lionfish are venomous, highly opportunistic predators which spread rapidly and uncontrollably. The only solution found so far is the frying pan

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#109220
2016-07-20

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work ...

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#109221
2016-07-20

Warming Arctic could disrupt migration patterns of millions of birds

SYDNEY, July 20 (UPI) -- Millions of birds pass through the Arctic on their annual migration routes. They arrive north to breed, expecting cool summer weather.

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#109197
2016-07-19

New UN report links farming, forestry and improved food security

18 July 2016 – Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.

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#109198
2016-07-19

Academies warn Brexit 'damaging science'

The UK's national academies representing science, medicine and engineering have told the government that Brexit is already harming science.

News Headlines
#109199
2016-07-19

Managing an endangered river across the US-Mexico border

The Rio Grande (called Rio Bravo in Mexico) is the lifeline to an expansive desert in the southwest USA and northern Mexico.

News Headlines
#109200
2016-07-19

Glacier retreat upsets river species balance

As global warming causes glaciers to melt, rivers lose their diversity of plants and animals at an alarming rate, scientists warn.

News Headlines
#109201
2016-07-19

California regulators approve plan to log 100-year-old redwoods

Regulators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) approved a timber harvest plan earlier this month that includes the logging of redwood trees that are a century old.

News Headlines
#109202
2016-07-19

Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Fast-tracked development often means that indigenous people and their territories get run over and their rights are not taken into consideration, Roberto Borrero, from the International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group, said here Friday.

News Headlines
#109203
2016-07-19

Philippines won't honour UN climate deal, says president

The Philippines will not honour commitments it made under the Paris climate change deal, president Rodrigo Duterte has said in a speech.

News Headlines
#109204
2016-07-19

Coffee can play a role in reducing risks of cancer and diabetes

There is a growing body of evidence that coffee can have good effects on our health and may even combat the risk of type II diabetes and some cancers. But it's not a magic potion.

News Headlines
#109205
2016-07-19

Four-legged guardians for conservation

Dogs and birds don't usually get along. Even docile puppies often turn into hellhounds when they get to chase a flock of the feathered creatures. Yet several sheepdogs have saved a penguin colony in Australia.

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#109206
2016-07-19

How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find Out

Officials are moving ahead with a major revitalization of the Los Angeles River – removing miles of concrete along its banks and re-greening areas now covered with pavement. But the project raises an intriguing question: Just how much of an urban river can be returned to nature?

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#109207
2016-07-19

Urban pigeons help researchers monitor lead pollution

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- New research shows toxicity levels in urban pigeons are a good proxy for risk of lead poisoning in children.

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#109179
2016-07-18

Olive oil waste yields molecules useful in chemical and food industries

GRANADA, Spain, July 15 (UPI) -- Scientists have found a way to turn waste byproducts from the olive oil production process into biosurfactants and monoglycerides, molecules immensely useful to the chemical and food industries.

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#109180
2016-07-18

City birds again prove to be angrier than rural birds

No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer--if you live in the suburbs, that is.

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#109181
2016-07-18

Rewriting Africa’s Agricultural Narrative

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell ...

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#109182
2016-07-18

Iraqi marshlands named as Unesco world heritage site

Unesco has named Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by dictator Saddam Hussein as a world heritage site, a bright spot for a country where jihadists have repeatedly sought to wipe out history.

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#109183
2016-07-18

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.

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#109184
2016-07-18

Denmark leads Europe in tackling food waste

More than one-third of all food is spoiled or squandered. Led by an activist with a passion for food, Denmark has been working intensively on solutions. Eliminating "UFOs" is just one thing regular people can do to help.

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#109185
2016-07-18

East Africa: More Than Half a Decade Dealing With Chimpanzees

One cannot speak of Gombe National Park and its famous chimpanzees without mentioning Dr Jane Goodall, an internationally renowned primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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