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#114179
2017-08-24

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like

One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it’s a delicate critter.

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#114180
2017-08-24

Earth Today | Fresh Water A Key Factor In Future Of Ecological Site

WITH THIS summer's heat providing a glimpse of what a changing climate bodes for Jamaicans, environmental interests have again emphasised the need to take water security seriously in the longed-for decision on a boundary for the Cockpit Country.

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#114181
2017-08-24

'Sheep are fantastic lawnmowers': Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London's Green Park.

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#114161
2017-08-23

Rwanda Seeks to Raise More Funds to Support Gorilla Conservation

The second edition of the 'Kwita Izina' Gala Dinner will take place on August 26 ahead of the official 13th Gorilla Naming ceremony slated for September 1 in Musanze District, Northern Province. Nineteen baby gorillas will be named.

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#114162
2017-08-23

How continents were recycled

Plate tectonics shape the Earth's dynamic surface. But when did these dynamics first emerge? And will the present-day continents last forever?

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#114163
2017-08-23

Africa: UN Assembly President Rings Nasdaq Bell - Sounds Alarm On Behalf of World's Endangered Ocean

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.

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#114164
2017-08-23

Toothless, dwarf dolphin, a case study in evolution

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled an extinct species of toothless, whiskered and objectively cute mini-dolphin that plied Earth's oceans some 30 million years ago.

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#114165
2017-08-23

Food crisis compelling pythons to migrate to human habitats

Recently, a large number of pythons have been found near human habitats, especially in Chittagong which saw 30 pythons caught over the past two years.Why are the snakes, which are generally wary of humans, migrating to populated areas? The answer is evident – food crisis and deforestation.

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#114166
2017-08-23

Climate change is coming for your cava and champagne

First it wreaked havoc on our tea, then coffee. Now sparkling wine—both cava and champagne—is under threat from climate change.

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#114167
2017-08-23

GM salmon: want to try it or avoid it? Either way, good luck

If you want to sample the world’s first animal to be genetically engineered in the name of dinner, good luck finding it. If, on the other hand, you would never eat such a thing – good luck avoiding it.

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#114168
2017-08-23

Countries in Europe with the richest biodiversity do not always receive more funding

A recent study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. Thus, countries such as Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and the Czech Republic receive less f ...

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#114169
2017-08-23

Climate change is happening but animals may adapt to the new world better than we think

There is little doubt that our climate is changing, but what if the effects on the world’s plants and animals won’t be as bad as we think? By Mark Piesing

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#114170
2017-08-23

Brazil opens mammoth Amazon reserve twice the size of New Jersey to mining

The Brazilian government has dismantled an Amazonian national reserve bigger than the size of Norway and has opened the area up for mining.

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#114143
2017-08-22

A record 448 flamingo chicks born in Abu Dhabi

A record number of 448 flamingo chicks hatched at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi during these summer months, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Tuesday.

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#114144
2017-08-22

Ecologist Special Report: The Al Hima Revival

Throughout history, Islam has contributed innovative ideas that have helped advance world civilization. The al Hima initiative in Jordan is one such example. This ancient practice is currently being revived as a land management (natural resource management) strategy in pastoralist areas of the M ...

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#114145
2017-08-22

New study calls for better information on changes in wild animal populations

Key statistics about the world's animal and plant life could present a misleading picture about the natural world according to new research from the University of St Andrews.

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#114146
2017-08-22

Kochi chosen to implement biodiversity programme

Four-year conservation project supported by German environment ministry Kochi is among the three Indian cities selected for the implementation of a biodiversity conservation project supported by Germany.

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#114147
2017-08-22

Targeted forest regeneration: A blueprint for conserving tropical biological diversity?

Tropical forests contain more than one-half of all plant and animal species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at the highest rate of any forests worldwide. Furthermore, many of the most threatened tropical species are restricted to 20 or so biodiversity hotspots, which are sites tha ...

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#114148
2017-08-22

New York's waterways are swimming in plastic microbeads

It's morning. Brush your teeth. A quick shower, shampoo. Going to the beach? Get on the sunscreen. OK, ready to roll. You've just sent countless microscopic plastic bits swirling down the drain, through the sewer system and into the nearest water body.

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#114149
2017-08-22

Looking for signs of life in B.C's rare glass sponge reefs

The first scientific exploration of two rare glass sponge reefs off British Columbia's coast has revealed one healthy reef and one mostly dead, ancient reef.

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#114150
2017-08-22

New plastic dump in Pacific Ocean

Researchers who travel the globe documenting the presence and impact of plastics on the world’s oceans and all their marine life have discovered a new ocean “garbage patch” in the South Pacific which they say covers millions of square kilometres.

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#114151
2017-08-22

How Microscopic Algae Kick-Started Life As We Know It

Some 650 million years ago, algae took over the seas, which may have been a needed spark in the formation of complex life. In our planet's infancy, life was pretty tiny. Simple, single-celled critters (mostly bacteria) dominated the seas. But from these microbes eventually evolved the many creat ...

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#114152
2017-08-22

Sea the possibilities: to fight climate change, put seaweed in the mix

The next stage of humanity’s fight to reduce greenhouse emissions may revolve around seaweed, according to tonight’s episode of ABC’s Catalyst, presented by Professor Tim Flannery, which asks the question “can seaweed save the world?”

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#114153
2017-08-22

GMO Crop Yields Uncertain in Warming Climates According to New Research

Scientists have been arguing for decades over how to best fill the world’s food basket.Transgenic food producers maintain that the world needs today’s technology to protect — and increase — its food production. Genetic modification has in some cases extended the life of perishable foods like tom ...

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#114154
2017-08-22

Climate change could shrink fish by as much as 30 percent, new study claims

Warmer waters as a result of climate change could shrink the size of fish by 20 to 30 percent, a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has claimed.

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#114155
2017-08-22

Spectacular rebirth of Belize's coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

Report reveals improvement but also details danger posed by tourist-generated pollution, oil extraction and climate change.ust below the surface of the turquoise sea, coral flutters majestically amid schools of puffed up porcupinefish and fluorescent blue and yellow angelfish.

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#114156
2017-08-22

Identifying the world’s top biodiversity investment returns

When portions of a previously contiguous forest are carved away, so-called “fragmented forests” are created, and now-isolated species find it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy and sustainable population. Species in fragmented forests start to head toward extinction within in less than ...

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#114157
2017-08-22

Discover the Richness of Microorganisms Found in the Polar Regions

Polar regions are the most isolated place on Earth, uninhabited due to their harsh climate conditions. The study of this regions’ unknown bioaerosols biodiversity can bring a lot of answers to better measure the impact of our urban civilization to these desert areas.

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#114158
2017-08-22

‘Understand, protect, share benefits of biodiversity’

‘Many species in our country were already extinct before I was born,” lamented Sophea Chhin, a young biodiversity information specialist from Cambodia. Nevertheless, he said, there’s always new species waiting to be discovered—protected and conserved.

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#114159
2017-08-22

How green roofs can help cities sponge away excess stormwater

Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, including southern Ontario.Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in places like Toronto, where 44.6 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours.

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#114160
2017-08-22

Sub-tropical corals vulnerable, new study shows

The vulnerability and conservation value of sub-tropical reefs south of the Great Barrier Reef - regarded as climate change refuges – has been highlighted in a new study.

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#114132
2017-08-18

Biodiverseedy: Sewing Connections for Living Seeds

BiodiverSEEDy is a small international project that aims to reconnect seeds to the cultures that have passed them down through the generations. The work of thousands of years could be lost in just a few decades if the current trend towards monocultural cultivation, genetic modification and priva ...

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#114133
2017-08-18

Most countries lose out with forest-to-farm conversions

A new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore maps tropics where deforestation have the most and the least gains, and aims to guide policymakers to realise whether their deforestation strategies make economic sense.

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#114134
2017-08-18

Measuring global biodiversity change

A new article shows how Essential Biodiversity Variables can be produced to measure biodiversity change at a global scale.

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#114135
2017-08-18

TN deploying artificial reefs to save sinking islands

Sinking islands may become a reality with sea level rise and climate change in decades to come. Tamil Nadu has hit upon a novel idea to protect such islands on its coast – deployment of artificial reefs near vulnerable islands.

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#114136
2017-08-18

We have to bury gigatons of carbon to slow climate change. We’re not even close to ready.

The world’s nations have agreed, almost unanimously, to try to limit the rise of global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less over preindustrial levels. Is that still possible? Climate campaigners, scientists, and politicians frequently insist it is. All we need, they say, is politic ...

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#114137
2017-08-18

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

Virtually all governments know that climate change is happening, and polls show most people do too – with those living in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa particularly worried. The question is not whether global warming is happening, but what we are going to do about it. There are, and need ...

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#114138
2017-08-18

Kuwait's inferno: how will the world's hottest city survive climate change?

For years, Kuwait’s climate has been steadily heating up. In the summer months, the Gulf state now frequently touches 50C, and was last year awarded the grim prize of being the hottest place on earth, when temperatures reached a staggering high of 54C.

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#114139
2017-08-18

Curbing climate change—why it's so hard to act in time

This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland's accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to se ...

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#114140
2017-08-18

Greenland: how rapid climate change on world’s largest island will affect us all

The largest wildfire ever recorded in Greenland was recently spotted close to the west coast town of Sisimiut, not far from Disko Island where I research retreating glaciers. The fire has captured public and scientific interest not just because its size and location came as a surprise, but also ...

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#114141
2017-08-18

Elephants Need Protecting. Lifting The Ivory Ban Is No Solution

We’re told we are in the ‘anthropocene’ era, the era of human domination. One of the features of this era is the so-called ‘sixth extinction’. In plain language, many of the world’s species are disappearing as a result of human activities. The current rate of species extinction may be 1,000 tim ...

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#114142
2017-08-18

Colombia faces challenge to build peace without sacrificing its famed biodiversity

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, as measured by species richness. But over the past half century it has also been home to a brutal civil war, inflicting death and displacement on its citizens, with negative repercussions on its natural environment. However grim, confl ...

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#114094
2017-08-15

Most countries are better off with intact forests

Atlantic Forest, Gulf of Guinea and Thailand will benefit from forest conversion. Latin America, South-East Asia and Madagascar won’t see gains from conversion. Losses from deforestation is three times more than the gains from farm conversion.

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#114095
2017-08-15

Accidental deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales threatening species’ survival

At least 12 whales have died since April — or about 2 per cent of the population — nearly all of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The right whales are among the most imperilled marine mammals on Earth.

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#114096
2017-08-15

A 30-Year-Old Treaty Proves Humans Can Still Save Planet Earth

As the United States government goes out of its way to roll back clean Earth initiatives of the past, it’s easy to forget that sometimes good policies can lead to meaningful change — and it can stick. A new paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that a 30-year-old inte ...

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#114097
2017-08-15

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?

It’s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer.

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#114098
2017-08-15

UNGA 72 Documents Reflect on Education, Environmental Conventions, Social Development

In preparation for the 72nd session of the UNGA, the UN has released several documents related to sustainable development and SDG implementation. Recent documents address progress on education for sustainable development, highlights from the UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD, and reflections on social deve ...

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#114099
2017-08-15

Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters

Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change.

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#114100
2017-08-15

South Africa: Environmental Affairs On Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop

Young conservationists from 18 countries gather in Gauteng for the first Global Youth in Biodiversity Network in Africa workshop.

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#114101
2017-08-15

Protecting a forest in the land of the Indonesian deer-pig

In a village in the northern part of Indonesia's giant Sulawesi island, hunters pursue rare animals that are protected by the law. A local affiliate of NGO BirdLife International is working with locals to preserve the Popayato-Paguat forest block — and the dozens of endemic species within. The ...

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