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#113691
2017-07-07

What is Biomimicry

Biomimicry is learning from and then emulating natural forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more circular designs. The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, benign chemistry, transportation, collabo ...

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#113692
2017-07-07

Indira Gandhi, the natural Prime Minister

Indira Gandhi was Durga. She split Pakistan. She split the Congress. She imposed the Emergency, strangled democracy, damaged Constitutional institutions. She was authoritarian. She was India’s Prime Minister from 1966-1977 and, again, from 1980-1984. She died a martyr, assassinated by her own bo ...

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#113693
2017-07-07

Of human-wildlife interactions

Imagine this: You’ve been losing a major portion of your monthly income; you know the source of the problem and have tried every technique possible to arrest the loss, but nothing has worked. You don’t have the option of changing your profession, or relocating. Over time, a sense of helplessness ...

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#113694
2017-07-07

Indira Gandhi, the natural Prime Minister

Indira Gandhi: A Life In Nature is a splendid work of scholarship, an admiring yet critical look, and a timely reminder of how India, during the years of Indira Gandhi, played a leading role in protecting environment at a time when India has reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement. Rame ...

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#113695
2017-07-07

Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled "Orinoco Flow" from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career.Now a team of scientists have named a new species of fis ...

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#113658
2017-07-06

Action plan drawn up for sustainable development of marine

A panel of experts has drafted a national-level action plan for sustainable development of marine fisheries.

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#113659
2017-07-06

Biodiversity boosted by new railway junction in Bermondsey but passengers should expect more closures

A new railway junction to the east of London Bridge station has more than doubled biodiversity in the urban area of Bermondsey.

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#113660
2017-07-06

Weed’s tale: the beguiling marsh pennywort

Lawns are thought of, and to an extent are, deserts of biodiversity with seemingly little of interest to the bio-curious. But there’s almost always something waiting to be appreciated. Out walking the dog, weeding, planting, getting the mail — these are chances to peek into your lawn and see wha ...

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#113661
2017-07-06

Anyone wondering about the brown boxes appearing on trees in parts of Belfast?

Bat boxes have appeared on trees across Belfast in a City Council drive to teach people about bio-diversity. The brown boxes have gone up in recent months as part of the local authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan aimed at conserving certain species, raising awareness and getting people involved ...

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#113662
2017-07-06

Artists and Activists Demand End to Illegal Logging in Romania

Several large European firms will stop buying timber from Austrian company accused of turning a blind eye to illegal logging.Hundreds of trees in a Romanian forest are now yellow, purple, or red in a protest against rampant illegal logging.

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#113663
2017-07-06

Holland’s first Vertical Forest to rise with 10,000 air-purifying plants

Hot on the heels of the world’s first Forest City in China, Stefano Boeri Architetti has announced their winning bid for the first Vertical Forest in the Netherlands. Set to rise in Utrecht, the Hawthorn Tower will, like its Milanese predecessor, be blanketed in greenery and is expected to absor ...

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#113664
2017-07-06

How mountains hold carbon

Mountain forests are better at storing carbon – well, actually, they're better at everything – according to a new study by researchers at NSF-funded projects CyVerse, Jetstream, and the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.

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#113665
2017-07-06

Ethiopia’s plan to save its dwindling forests

CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

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#113666
2017-07-06

Skin microbe diversity can vary with forest type and habitat in Brazilian frogs

The diversity of microbes on the skin of frog species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest can vary with habitat, according to a study published July 5, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ananda Brito de Assis from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and colleagues

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#113667
2017-07-06

Making a Better Leaf

As the world casts about for greener, cleaner technologies to allow future sustainable development, scientists are increasingly turning to the very thing we’re trying to save—nature—for ideas. Biomimicry, as this nature-inspired technologies are called, seeks to capitalize on the products of unt ...

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#113668
2017-07-06

Climate change threatens domestic bee species

There are around 550 different bee species in Germany. Most of them are solitary bees. They don't live in large beehives like the honeybee, but each female bee often builds multiple nests and feeds her offspring alone. Solitary bees use their short lifespan of a few weeks exclusively to reproduc ...

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#113669
2017-07-06

This is how climate change will shift the world’s cities

Summers around the world are already warmer than they used to be, and they’re going to get dramatically hotter by century’s end if carbon pollution continues to rise. That problem will be felt most acutely in cities.

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#113670
2017-07-06

Climate change could make Sahel wet: study

Climate change could transform one of Africa's driest regions, the Sahel, into a very wet one, a study showed Wednesday. But this is not necessarily good news.

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#113671
2017-07-06

Elephant tourism is 'fuelling cruelty'

Millions of people want selfies riding elephants, or washing them, or patting their trunks. But according to a study carried out by World Animal Protection (WAP) across Asia this is helping to fuel a rise in elephants captured from the wild and kept for entertainment. The number in Thailand has ...

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#113672
2017-07-06

Dirty laundry: Are your clothes polluting the ocean?

In an indoor "Manchester-drizzle-simulating" rain room at the University of Leeds, and in a laundry lab in Plymouth, research is revealing the unexpected environmental cost of the very clothes on our backs.

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#113673
2017-07-06

Secretary-General outlines steps to strengthen UN’s development framework

5 July 2017 – Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible res ...

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#113674
2017-07-06

Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region

There are so many Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean that the combined mass of these tiny aquatic organisms is more than that of the world's 7.5 billion human inhabitants.

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#113675
2017-07-06

Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals

Right now, a prairie dog in Colorado is busy increasing soil carbon retention, increasing water infiltration, and clipping vegetation that will help maintain local grasslands and provide nutritious forage for large herbivores like cattle and bison. And, somewhere in Mexico, a pollinating bat is ...

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#113676
2017-07-06

Two More Schools Targeted for Biodiversity Programme

Two additional schools in the Highway 2000 corridor are being targeted for the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) Biodiversity Awareness programme.

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#113677
2017-07-06

Frogs may have evolved the first kneecaps on Earth

Frogs legs have sprung a big surprise – contrary to textbook biology, they have primitive kneecaps. The kneecaps are made of dense, fibrous cartilage rather than bone, and appear to be much better suited to soaking up the strains of leaping and jumping than the bony human patella.

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#113592
2017-07-05

World's most extreme tours with wild animals

Watching a wild animal prowl its prey, nuzzle young babies or dance its mating ritual is thrilling. Hiking, trekking and adventuring into uncharted territory to watch wildlife in its natural habitat adds an addictive level of adrenaline. And we're craving it more than ever.

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#113593
2017-07-05

Ethiopia: Drought-Hit Ethiopia Moves to Protect Its Dwindling Forests

Chilimo — Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

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#113594
2017-07-05

How WWF Stops Deforestation Worldwide with Corporate Engagement

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), up to 58,000 square miles of forest is lost annually – the equivalent of 48 football fields a minute. The result of this deforestation is a threat to the estimated 1.6 billion people who rely on forests for their way of life, as well as to some of the most ...

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#113595
2017-07-05

Merabu’s efforts to keep the carbon in its trees

MERABU, Indonesia — The district of Berau on Borneo island is one of the world’s largest sources of coal for power generation (it gained notoriety in 2010 in the Bakrie-Rothschild coal deal). Berau is also a national leader in Indonesia’s palm oil and pulp and paper sectors.

News Headlines
#113596
2017-07-05

Gentle giants of the jungle

A story that teaches us a lot about elephants. Most important, it conveys the message that humans can be friends of these majestic creatures Rani came running to Janaki, who was the head of the elephant herd. Janaki was a wise old elephant with years of experience. All the elephants in the herd ...

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#113597
2017-07-05

A different kind of mimicry

Fifteen people from the audience are called on to the stage and asked to align themselves according to one rule set by the moderator — that each person has to select two others as his or her “prey” and form a triangle with them. There is a bit of jostling and shuffling, but in a couple of minute ...

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#113598
2017-07-05

Food security in the Niger Delta

We are approaching this conversation on food security in the Niger Delta from the premise that we must own our food narrative.

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#113599
2017-07-05

Stephen Hawking: Earth Could Turn Into Hothouse Planet Like Venus

Earth could turn into a hothouse planet like Venus, with boiling oceans and acid rain, if humans don't prevent irreversible climate change, physicist Stephen Hawking claimed in a recent interview.

News Headlines
#113600
2017-07-05

Assessing a New Clue to How Much Carbon Plants Take Up

Climate change projections include an Achilles heel: We don’t know enough about feedbacks from the terrestrial biosphere. Plants and other organisms take in carbon dioxide (CO2), which they use to manufacture their own food, using photosynthesis.

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#113601
2017-07-05

A million plastic bottles a minute

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20 per cent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

News Headlines
#113602
2017-07-05

Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'

Essential microbiological interactions that keep our oceans stable have been fully revealed for the first time, by researchers at the University of Warwick.

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#113603
2017-07-05

See the Effects of Climate Change Across Earth (Video)

There are three main causes for this change in global sea level, according to the video: thermal expansion of oceans, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, and changes in land-water storage.

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#113604
2017-07-05

Giant iceberg in the making

All eyes are on Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf as a deep crack continues to cut across the ice, leaving a huge chunk clinging on. When it eventually gives way, one of the largest icebergs on record will be set adrift. Even before the inevitable happens, ESA's CryoSat mission can reveal some of ...

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#113605
2017-07-05

Scientists Discover Plastic-Eating Marine Fungus

Researchers from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, have discovered a form of marine fungus that degrades plastic, meaning it can potentially be used to combat pollution.

News Headlines
#113606
2017-07-05

If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

Earth's climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts and summarised every few years by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

News Headlines
#113607
2017-07-05

The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary

The Underwater Forest is a relic of an ancient past, a 60,000 year old cypress forest, lost for tens of thousands of years below the Gulf of Mexico. But in today's world, it is also something else: a vibrant marine ecosystem literally bursting with life.

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#113608
2017-07-05

After death of honeybee hive, Massachusetts agriculture experts investigate

In an effort to understand the phenomena of honeybee deaths in Massachusetts and elsewhere, state agriculture experts are probing the recent death of a hive of roughly 80,000 insects in Rehoboth.

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#113609
2017-07-05

Raw waste water use on farms is '50% higher' than estimated

The global use of untreated waste water from cities to irrigate crops is much more widespread than previously estimated, says a new report. According to this updated assessment, nearly 30 million hectares are now using untreated water within 40km of an urban centre

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#113610
2017-07-05

Nagoya Protocol forum to open in Seoul

INCHEON -- The members of the Conference of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol will meet for a forum in Seoul later this week about one month ahead of its implementation to protect biological resources, a state-run research organ here said Tuesday.

News Headlines
#113611
2017-07-05

Is inequality bad for the environment?

That equality matters in terms of health and happiness has been clear for some years. But it is also better for the environment. The evidence (which is still emerging) suggests the most unequal affluent countries contribute more to climate change via pollution than their more equal counterparts.

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#113612
2017-07-05

Climate Change Will Also Exacerbate Wealth Inequality

Climate change is a global problem with extremely local impacts. A major new study illuminates how the effects of climate change will reverberate economically across the United States. Its findings are both a warning of challenges to come and an opportunity to recalibrate how resources are alloc ...

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#113613
2017-07-05

Which is the world's most biodiverse city?

Never before have we lived in such an urban world. Asphalt and concrete extend themselves over the earth, water disappears undergroundand steel and glass sparkle under the sun. Urban expansion is one of the chief characteristics of the freshly minted Anthropocene era.

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#113614
2017-07-05

Parliament defers debate on GMO Bill

KAMPALA - Parliament again deferred debate on the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, pending further consultations. The bill which was number seven on the order paper was not considered by the House after deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who was chairing the House, told ...

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#113562
2017-07-04

Sweating in Shillong: Why temperatures in India’s biodiversity hotspot are rising

Sitting in the glass-and-concrete State Convention Centre in the capital of hilly state, Meghalaya, participants of a media workshop on climate change were feeling sweaty. The convention centre is not air-conditioned nor does it have ceiling fans. For the comfort of guests, some pedestal fans we ...

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#113563
2017-07-04

The Body Shop allocates £2m for 'World Bio-Bridges Mission'

As part of its latest efforts to "re-wild the world", The Body Shop has today (4 July) launched a new funding platform aiming to raise more than £2m to add ten more regenerative Bio-Bridges around the globe by 2020.

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