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#114966
2017-10-25

Go organic to beat drought - minister

Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempijja said organic methods can be applied without use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides and livestock feed additives, among others. He was speaking at the 7th annual indigenous and traditional food fair at the Uganda Manufacturers Association gr ...

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#114967
2017-10-25

The seven pillars of the circular economy

Before I outline the seven pillars themselves, let me tell you how we got there… The circular economy is a term that has gained a great deal of popularity among both businesses and governments over the last few years. As with other popular terms, with its growth in usage, the number of ways in w ...

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#114968
2017-10-25

Extinction looms for two rare bird species after devastating hurricanes

Conservation biologist Paul Reillo is torn between two worlds in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria—one of swift action and one of waiting.

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#114969
2017-10-25

Racer snakes, slug sex, and bat dung mountains: David Attenborough's greatest moments

If there’s one thing all British people can agree on, it’s that David Attenborough, at 91, is a sterling national treasure – although the sole dissenting voice might be that of Attenborough himself, who disavowed the term in a 2009 interview with The Telegraph .

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#114970
2017-10-25

Will anyone act to save the caribou? Ontario is not.

Instead of implementing caribou recovery plans, the Ontario government has allowed logging and logging roads to continue to expand into unfragmented forests, causing critical caribou habitat to be lost. Scientists have warned that delays in addressing industrial expansion will result in a lower ...

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#114971
2017-10-25

Understanding our planet’s oceans

Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water. More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion a ...

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#114938
2017-10-24

Rethinking tourism and its contribution to conservation in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of 36 global hotspots for biodiversity. Its unique wildlife is a major draw card for tourists. About three million international visitors arrive in New Zealand each year, adding NZ$15 billion to the economy. At least half explore a national park or protected area (PA), but the ...

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#114939
2017-10-24

UK is 30-40 years away from 'eradication of soil fertility', warns Gove

The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary Michael Gove has warned. “We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance ...

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#114940
2017-10-24

India freezes requests to commercially release GM mustard

India has frozen requests to commercially release a locally developed genetically modified (GM) mustard, an environment ministry document released on Tuesday showed, amid stiff opposition to lab-altered food from activists and politicians.

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#114941
2017-10-24

PH urges nations to conserve intertidal wetlands for migratory species

The Philippines on Tuesday, October 24, made a pitch for the conservation of critical intertidal and other coastal habitats for migratory species at the sidelines of the world's largest wildlife conference for the year.

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#114942
2017-10-24

IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol in Saint Lucia

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) are increasing efforts to help Caribbean countries boost fair access to their genetic resources and equitable sharing of benefits derived.

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#114943
2017-10-24

Elephant poaching declines in East Africa

While the outlook for elephants looks good in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, in Central Africa, there have been dramatic losses of elephant populations over the last decade, with levels of illegal killing remaining very high.

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#114944
2017-10-24

Reintroduced marsupials may pose new threat to ground–dwelling birds

Native marsupials reintroduced in south-western Australia are a threat to ground-dwelling birds, a University of Queensland study has found.

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#114945
2017-10-24

Africa: Countries Urged on Green Growth Agenda

With African countries steadily working their way to transformation, environmentalists have again reiterated the need to take into account green growth-to avoid future climate catastrophes that might result from environmentally hazardous decision.

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#114946
2017-10-24

World marks UN 72nd anniversary

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The UN promotes and protects human rights, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development and upholds international law.

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#114947
2017-10-24

Central African Republic's Message to UN - 'The Only Thing We Want Is Peace'

t was once known as the 'Bridge of Death,' the frontline between warring factions in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Legendary tales were shared of the bridge being drenched in blood, with even Government security forces scared to set foot on it.

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#114948
2017-10-24

We need the will to overcome global challenges, Secretary-General says on UN Day

In his first United Nations Day message, Secretary-General António Guterres called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders.

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#114949
2017-10-24

IMF chief warns of ‘dark future’ over climate change

Riyadh: The world faces a “dark future” if it fails to tackle climate change and inequality, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned on Tuesday.

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#114950
2017-10-24

Climate change already costing U.S. billions in losses: report

A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades.

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#114951
2017-10-24

In defense of the 1.5°C climate change threshold

The Earth today is more than 1°C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times, and the terrible symptoms of its fever are already showing. This year alone, back-to-back hurricanes have devastated Caribbean islands, monsoon flooding has displaced tens of millions in South Asia, and fires have raged ...

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#114952
2017-10-24

David Attenborough urges global action to reduce plastic in oceans

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has called for global action to reduce the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans, after seeing the damage first hand while filming a new documentary series. The 91-year-old broadcaster made the comments at the launch of a new TV series Blue Planet II in London ...

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#114953
2017-10-24

Formation of magma oceans on exoplanet

Induction heating can completely change the energy budget of an exoplanet and even melt its interior. In a study published by Nature Astronomy an international team led by the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with participation of the University of Vienna explains how ...

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#114954
2017-10-24

Ecologist Joan Maloof speaks for the silent giants: Old-growth trees

The vista from the steps of Arlington House offers one of the most spectacular views of Washington. The scene unfurls, from the sloping lawns of Arlington National Cemetery to Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and on to the Mall. The architectural geometry is leavened by the snaking Potoma ...

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#114955
2017-10-24

These Women Breast-Feed Baby Deer And Protect The Forests, The Bishnoi Tribe Of Rajasthan Is Known For Its Passion.

The Marwar village in Rajasthan is the home of the ‘Bishnoi’ tribe which is known for their immense love for wildlife. They believe in the sacredness of animals to such an extent that women of this tribe breastfeed orphaned baby deer and not let them die.

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#114956
2017-10-24

Developing a 'gravitational theory' for ecology

An important breakthrough by EPFL researchers could lead to the discovery of a set of general laws applicable to the environmental sciences.

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#114922
2017-10-23

Natural Science Collections Facility to protect South Africa’s mega biodiversity

The launch of the Natural Science Collections Facility (NSCF) will see over 30 million preserved plant, animal and fossil specimens from more than 40 museums, science councils and universities in the country organised under a single coordinating hub.

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#114923
2017-10-23

Innovation for Climate-Smart Agriculture Key to Ending Hunger in Kenya

Some parts of Kenya are reeling from the effects of probably the worst drought in the last 20 years. With nearly 3.4 million people food insecure, Kenya’s food security prognosis looks gloomy, with climate change and natural resource depletion set to pose even greater risks in the long term.

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#114924
2017-10-23

Economic headwinds buffet once-resilient Sumatran forest-farms

For more than a century, agroforests in the Sumatran port town of Krui used to be a prime example of how interspersing native tree species among crops could give locals an economic alternative to the ubiquitous oil palm and timber plantations that blanket the island.

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#114925
2017-10-23

Asean conservation officers undergo taxonomy training

If awareness and knowledge are the backbone of informed and efficient action, then taxonomy is the pillar of successful biodiversity conservation.

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#114926
2017-10-23

Agriculture Minister: Romania is Italy, Spain and Austria together

Romania’s biodiversity amounts to those of Italy, Spain and Austria’s combined, Petre Daea, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, said, quoted by Agerpres.

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#114927
2017-10-23

Losing my phone -- and myself -- to the Great Barrier Reef

When the waterproof case my phone failed, I could do nothing but surrender to the majesty of Australia's marine wonder.

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#114928
2017-10-23

Trouble in Indonesian tourist paradise

The islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot — but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

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#114929
2017-10-23

David Attenborough: filming Blue Planet 2 was a triumph and a tragedy

Sir David Attenborough wracks his brains for a few moments pondering whether he would prefer to swim with sharks or dolphins, before his face creases into a broad smile.

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#114930
2017-10-23

The Hidden Crisis Shaping Life on Earth

The diversity of species on Earth is plummeting, and by 2100, the number of extinctions could be as high as 1,000 – what can we do about it?

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#114931
2017-10-23

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.

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#114932
2017-10-23

Seeking 'common ground' in climate change dialogs

For many Americans, arguing has become a national pastime. Even the sacred ritual of pro football no longer offers temporary respite from the din: It too has devolved into a battleground of partisan refrains lobbed back and forth.

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#114933
2017-10-23

First Half-Earth Day Offers a Chance to Halt Species Extinction

We are in an extraordinary moment. Awareness of the risks facing our planet is growing and people are leaning forward, looking for a hopeful solution. On Half-Earth Day, October 23, thought leaders from around the world are gathering to showcase model conservation efforts, research, exploration ...

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#114934
2017-10-23

Crops evolved 10 millennia earlier than thought October 23, 2017

Ancient hunter-gatherers began to systemically affect the evolution of crops up to thirty thousand years ago – around ten millennia before experts previously thought – according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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#114935
2017-10-23

Birds without own brood help other birds with parenting, but not selflessly

Birds will sometimes care for the offspring of other birds of their own species if they anticipate future benefits. Being tolerated in another bird's territory and the chance to inherit that territory later are considered rewards for which some birds are willing to postpone their own chance of r ...

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#114936
2017-10-23

Climate Change & Anthropocene Extinction 27: Africa is warming fast, but what about Congo Basin?

21st century climate change affects the entire globe: every ecosystem, every mountain range, all the glaciers, all the land, the oceans. But of all continents it’s often said that Africa will face the biggest impacts.

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#114909
2017-10-20

Shallow soils promote savannas in South America

New research suggests that the boundary between South American tropical rainforests and savannas is influenced by the depth to which plants can root. Shallow rooting depth promotes the establishment of savannas. Previous research has shown that precipitation and fire mediate tropical forest and ...

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#114910
2017-10-20

Monstrilloida: Monster discovered in Arctic Ocean

A new species of monstrilloid copepod, Monstrillopsis planifrons sp. n., is described from an adult female that was collected beneath snow-covered sea ice during the 2014 Ice Covered Ecosystem – CAMbridge bay Process Study (ICE-CAMPS) in Dease Strait of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

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#114911
2017-10-20

New analysis suggests that preserving rare species is vital to tropical forests

We are in the midst of an extinction crisis,” said Jayanth R. Banavar, provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon and previously at the University of Maryland in College Park. “We are losing species perhaps more rapidly than ever before. It is the biodiversity of the species t ...

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#114912
2017-10-20

On a mission to construct biodiversity hotspots that would be the city's lungs

The lush green hills looking barren brown after every monsoon used to bother Abh ishek Kawit kar a lot. The inspiration to change this encouraged Kawitkar to form Tree Public, an NGO that focuses on afforestation in the city."

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#114913
2017-10-20

Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

New study shows logged rainforests shouldn't be written off as they have long-term conservation value. Logged areas found to have the same temperature as pristine forests

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#114914
2017-10-20

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.

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#114915
2017-10-20

Dolphin diets show how climate change could alter food chains off the California coast

Scientists studying dolphins dining off the California coastline have found that the marine food web is starting to look a little threadbare. The length of food chains in that web appears to have gotten shorter in response to environmental changes — such as those caused by El Niño events.

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#114916
2017-10-20

Citizen scientist scuba divers shed light on the impact of warming oceans on marine lif

Rising ocean temperatures may result in worldwide change for shallow reef ecosystems, according to research published yesterday in Science Advances.

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#114917
2017-10-20

A fresh look at fresh water—researchers create a 50,000-lake database

Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving these lakes to death?

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#114918
2017-10-20

Global pollution linked to one in six premature death. It’s worse than wars, AIDS and road accidents combined

An extensive study carried out by environmental experts found an alarmingly high percentage of all global premature deaths are linked to pollution, specifically airborne pollution. In 2015, nine million premature deaths or roughly 16 percent of all deaths can be attributed to pollution, accordin ...

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