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#106764
2016-01-07

Will Uganda be able to fulfill its pledge to protect its forests?

Protected forests in northern Uganda are under strain as people clear trees for farmland and to make charcoal.

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#106765
2016-01-07

Caribbean Journalists Prepare to Report on Climate Change

SANTO DOMINGO, Jan 6 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

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#106766
2016-01-07

EU scientists begin review of ban on pesticides linked to bee declines

The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has begun a review that could pave the way for rolling back a pioneering EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, that are thought to have ravaged European bee populations.

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#106767
2016-01-07

Mosquito nets decimate Malawian fish stocks

Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world, but overfishing poses a threat to their survival. A simple scheme could provide a solution.

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#106768
2016-01-07

North American crops among those most affected by climate change

Global food production is increasingly likely to be disrupted by extreme weather driven by climate change, say researchers behind a new analysis published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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#106769
2016-01-07

Nigeria: UNIC Lagos Unveils '17 - 17 SDGs Campaign' On Social Media

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos has launched a social media educational campaign to increase public awareness of the 17 goals and the 169 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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#106770
2016-01-07

Biodiversity database for smart city initiative to be launched soon

A biodiversity database for urban India will be prepared for better species diversity management, dovetailed to the smart city initiative.

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#106771
2016-01-07

How an illegal logger turned forest champion in Peru

Norbil Becerra once knew only one way to make a living: cutting down trees for illegal logging companies in the Peruvian Amazon, a 12-hour walk from his family in Peru’s northeastern San Martín region.

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#106772
2016-01-07

Algeria: Tamanrasset - Charter for Participative Management of Priority Sites to Preserve Biodiversity

Tamanrasset — A charter for participative management of priority sites in the region as part of a project aimed at preserving biodiversity of global interest was signed Thursday in Tamanrasset.

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#106773
2016-01-07

Gradual environmental change delays evolution, adaptation

WAGENINGEN, Netherlands, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Previous research has suggested rapid or sudden environmental change often precipitate accelerated evolutionary adaptation and speciation. Now, scientists say the opposite is also true.

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#106742
2016-01-06

A high quality bread wheat reference sequence will be available in less than two years

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) announced today the production of a whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world, significantly accelerating global research into crop improvement. The project consisted of producing a whole genome as ...

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#106743
2016-01-06

Assessing nature's carbon sinks

Protected areas such as rainforests occupy more than one-tenth of the Earth's landscape, and provide invaluable ecosystem services, from erosion control to pollination to biodiversity preservation. They also draw heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it in plants and s ...

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#106744
2016-01-06

Gambia: Concerted Effort Needed to Tackle Land Degradation

Climate Change - growing threat of global warming - is becoming apparent in The Gambia and even threatening fish production in the country

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#106745
2016-01-06

Potential of agroforestry can no longer be ignored

The decision to plant agricultural land with trees can be a difficult one for many farmers and most will only ever be tempted to plant marginal land. Agroforestry is changing that practice in many countries and it is beginning to gain overdue attention here.

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#106746
2016-01-06

New app could turn outdoor enthusiasts into citizen-scientists

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — If you enjoy wildlife, fishing, nature walks, paddle sports and other streamside activities, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now is giving you a chance to parlay those interests into becoming a citizen-scientist by observing and recording environmental and ec ...

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#106747
2016-01-06

Behind the COP21 Climate Victory; a Human Victory?

Now that the fireworks have faded along with some of the afterglow from the very successful COP21 meeting in Paris we must begin in earnest in deciding what 2016 will bring.

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#106748
2016-01-06

Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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#106749
2016-01-06

Global food systems vulnerable to climate change

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Massive crop failure on a global scale could be a reality if food systems aren't better protected from climate change.

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#106724
2016-01-05

More is needed to meet targets on biodiversity

The word 'biodiversity' was coined in 1985 to describe the variety of life found in a particular place. At one end of the spectrum, tropical coral reefs can have a very rich biodiversity while at the other end a local, well-managed field of barley will almost certainly support a very poor biodiv ...

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#106725
2016-01-05

Gambia: 'Growing Threat of Global Warming Becoming Apparent in Gambia'

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Parks and Wildlife and Environment, Ousman Sowe, has said the growing threat of global warming, desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity is, no doubt, becoming increasingly apparent in The Gambia.

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#106726
2016-01-05

Namibia: Need to Promote Communal Areas Crop Farming

DESPITE the importance of local seed systems to the agricultural sector, national laws do not recognise this system. This is contained in the just released Namibian National Strategic Action Plan for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NNSAP-PGRFA), which was validated at a stakeho ...

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#106727
2016-01-05

The role of dung beetles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle farming

Agriculture is one of the largest anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs), with dairy and beef production accounting for nearly two-thirds of emissions.

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#106728
2016-01-05

Floods Pose Challenge for South American Integration

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 4 2016 (IPS) - The flooding that has affected four South American countries has underscored the need for an integrated approach to addressing the causes and effects of climate change.Above and beyond joint emergency response plans, global warming poses common problems like defo ...

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#106729
2016-01-05

Experts say environment, community balance needed to protect Nunavut coast

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has promised to designate 10 per cent of Canada's oceans as marine protected areas, but in Nunavut, which sits on the Arctic Ocean, that means balancing environmental concerns with the needs of Inuit communities.

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#106730
2016-01-05

Study finds West Africa at highest risk of bat-to-human virus spread

Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead to deadly outbreaks, scientists warned on Tuesday.

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#106731
2016-01-05

Biopesticide to battle invasive sea lamprey in Great Lakes registered in U.S.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone it's hoped can be used in combating the invasive species.

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#106732
2016-01-05

Researchers map top 100 development questions

The growing role of the private sector and emerging economies in development have made it onto a list of the biggest research needs to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collated by academics and nongovernmental organisations.

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#106733
2016-01-05

Putin reviews environmental agenda

Weeks after a breakthrough U.N. agreement on climate issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said next year would be the year of the environment in Russia

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#106734
2016-01-05

Climate change fears force Ontario icewine makers to adapt

A late deep freeze this winter may have lifted the spirits of Ontario's icewine industry, but the province's grape growers say bigger questions about the impact of a changing climate are creeping up on their business.

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#106735
2016-01-05

Climate change altering Greenland ice sheet

Climate change over the last few years has altered the structure of the Greenland ice sheet, causing it to lose its ability to limit mass loss of ice by retaining melt-water, a new study has found.

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#106736
2016-01-05

Aliso Canyon leak is biggest contributor to climate change in California

The single biggest contributor to climate change in California is a blown-out natural gas well more than 8,700ft underground, state authorities and campaign groups said Monday.

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#106737
2016-01-05

Why Climate Change Could Hurt Power Production

Heat waves and drought caused by climate change could hurt power production across the world, according to new research.

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#106738
2016-01-05

Study shows the causes of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has the greatest diversity of mangrove species in the world, and mangrove forests provide multiple ecosystem services upon which millions of people depend. Mangroves enhance fisheries by providing habitat for young fishes and offer coastal protection against storms and floods. The ...

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#106739
2016-01-05

Namibia: Communal Farmers Trained in Ecosystem Management

A TRAINING project on how to restore ecosystems and ground-water in arid areas, using rangelands as a drainage system, and rangelands re-hydration landscape scaling-up for food security has started in Kunene and Khomas regions.

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#106740
2016-01-05

What does the Paris agreement mean for the world's other 8 million species?

The word “biodiversity” is employed once in the Paris agreement’s 32 pages. “Forests” appears a few times, but “oceans”, like biodiversity, scores just a single appearance. There is no mention of extinction. Wildlife, coral reefs, birds, frogs, orchids, polar bears and pikas never show up anywhe ...

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#106716
2016-01-04

The precious things we must protect this year: soil, water, biodiversity - and children

Predicting global trends is on a par with Pin the Tail on the Donkey but I think, hope, the medieval ideology behind ISIL and its barbarity will fade, although the fallout has only just begun as societies become more fractured and tribal.

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#106717
2016-01-04

Defender of New Guinea's hidden life

On a beach overlooking the luminous waters of Nagada Harbour, beneath colossal mango trees, lie the ramshackle headquarters of the Papua New Guinea Binatang Research Centre. Here, in sweaty proximity, crews of European and Papua New Guinean scientists huddle over their latest haul of forest spec ...

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#106718
2016-01-04

The African results of Cop 21

A few months after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Africa expects to experience better results as far as funding for development and access to finance is concerned.

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#106719
2016-01-04

Climate change affecting vital winter roads for First Nations: Leaders

OTTAWA -- Wonky weather conditions are prompting aboriginal leaders to raise concerns about the impact of climate change on winter roads, which serve as lifelines for food, fuel and other necessities in several northern communities.

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#106720
2016-01-04

Here’s the secret to making people care about climate change

Here’s a depressing statistic if you’re worried about climate change: 63 percent of Americans say they’re concerned about the issue, but only 47 percent think the government should do anything about it.

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#106721
2016-01-04

The Endangered Species Act isn't broken, but is its implementation faltering?

We've all heard them. Claims from powerful special interests and members of Congress blaming federal environmental regulations for a host of economic maladies. The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), are vilified with alarming regularity.

News Headlines
#106722
2016-01-04

Suggestions on how Montreal can reduce its carbon footprint

The island metropolis of 1.9 million people is among thousands that have promised to reduce its carbon emissions for the good of the planet. Their commitment is crucial, as it’s estimated the world’s densely populated cities consume two-thirds of the energy produced on the planet, and are respon ...

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#106723
2016-01-04

Snowflake coral, a serious threat to biodiversity

Colonies of snowflake coral ( Carijoa riisei ), an invasive species recently documented off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari, could pose a serious threat to the marine ecology of the region, according to scientists.

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#106708
2015-12-30

The end of agri research?

ANAHEIM, California – UP president Fred Pascual had an unusual Christmas card he posted on Facebook during the holidays. He announced the gift of health that comes from a rice-corn blend. The Institute of Plant Breeding at UP Los Baños has come up with a 70:30 blend of rice and QPM (quality prot ...

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#106709
2015-12-30

To save rare forest, farmers try a new crop: butterflies

The colourful butterflies fluttering through Zanzibar's Jozani forest are beautiful to look at, but for farmers and charcoal producers in the region, they mean something more: a paycheck.

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#106710
2015-12-30

Maharashtra: Government launches artificial coral reef project in Malvan

To prevent the degradation of corals and enhance biological diversity off Maharashtra's coastline, the state government has launched a first-of-its kind project to set up artificial reefs and transplant corals at Malvan in Sindhudurg.

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#106711
2015-12-30

Uganda: How Biotechnology Can Be Used to Improve Aquaculture

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic animals, has been identified by the government as means to improve food and nutrition security and contribute to economic activity and household incomes.

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#106712
2015-12-30

10 moments in 2015 that changed our environment

It was an outstanding year for the environment - in good and in bad terms. These were the most important moments of 2015.

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#106713
2015-12-30

California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

As many as 58 million large trees in California are threatened by a record drought that has afflicted the state since 2011, says a study published Monday.Even if the weather phenomenon called El Nino produces more precipitation, California’s forests could suffer irreversible change, the report said.

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#106714
2015-12-30

From sea to rising sea

Climate change is Americans’ most pressing existential threat, and no community will be immune from the transformations to come. Yet many don’t see the danger coming – and those that do have their work cut out for them

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