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#108896
2016-06-15

Private conservation area in northern Peru will protect 30 percent of region’s montane forests

Nature and Culture International (NCI) has announced the creation of a 66,954-acre protected area in northern Peru, the Chicuate Chinguelas Private Conservation Area.

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#108897
2016-06-15

Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy

KIGALI, Rwanda, Jun 14 2016 (IPS) - After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end.

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#108898
2016-06-15

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?

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#108899
2016-06-15

France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

President François Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so.

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#108900
2016-06-15

European Bee Week: What the EU should do for bees and biodiversity

Launched by former MEP Gaston Franco in 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollination brings together representatives of European and national institutions, beekeepers, farmers, researchers, animal health specialists, NGOs and industry experts together.

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#108875
2016-06-10

“Species X:” The blue-eyed dove rediscovered in a global deforestation hotspot

The Blue-eyed Ground-dove hasn’t been seen since 1941 and was believed to be extinct — that is, until this year, when scientists revealed that they’d managed to document twelve of the birds in two different locations in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

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#108876
2016-06-10

Paris floods made almost twice as likely by climate change, say scientists

The Paris floods, that saw extreme rainfall swell the river Seine to its highest level in decades, were made almost twice as likely because of the manmade emissions driving global warming, scientists have found.

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#108877
2016-06-10

Scientists turn chief global warming gas into harmless stone

Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock.

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#108878
2016-06-10

Russia dragging heels on creation of Antarctic conservation zone

A major diplomatic effort is under way to persuade Russia to agree to a conservation zone in the Ross Sea, a stretch of water in Antarctica that is home to large populations of whales and penguins as well as dozens of species of fish.

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#108879
2016-06-10

Africa: The Race to Reinforce Environmental Protection, Resilience to Climate Change

Opinion: During the week commencing May 26, through June 3, 2016, Rwanda joined the international community in marking the 44th World Environment Day (WED), in active partnership with the One UN Rwanda Team and other partners.

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#108880
2016-06-10

Hopes for endangered animals revive as 25 born in one year

The government’s effort to save species from extinction has received a boost after 25 females of endangered fauna species gave birth in Indonesia in one year, raising hopes for their future survival. The 25 protected animals were born in seven conservation institutions.

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#108881
2016-06-10

To fight lionfish invasion, Cuba learns to cook them

If you can't beat your enemies, eat them. That's the strategy Cuba has adopted to respond to an invasion of lionfish, a poisonous predator that has strayed far from its home waters in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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#108882
2016-06-10

Ghanaian Scientists and Journalists Brainstorm On Biotech/GM Crops for Sustainable Development

Opinion: Do you remember this popular adage that: "When two elephants fight it is the grasses that bear the consequences?"

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#108883
2016-06-10

Drones help measure impact of climate change on Bering Sea

At the end of May, two 20-foot-tall orange autonomous sailing vessels, each with a vertical carbon-fiber wing, were set loose in the Bering Sea from a dock in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

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#108861
2016-06-09

Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction

8 June 2016 – Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.

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#108862
2016-06-09

Greenland's 2015 melt records consistent with 'Arctic amplification'

Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study provides the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Artic amplification.

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#108863
2016-06-09

Fishing prohibitions produce more sharks along with problems for fishing communities

Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...

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#108864
2016-06-09

Changing weather patterns threaten grassland sparrows

Two of North America's declining grassland songbirds may be particularly vulnerable to altered weather patterns caused by climate change, according to new research in The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

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#108865
2016-06-09

Growing reliance on foreign crops threatens diversity

Countries increasingly rely on introduced plants for food and need to cooperate to protect crop diversity, a study has found.

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#108866
2016-06-09

Urgent action needed to tackle snakebites in Africa

[NAIROBI] African governments must work harder to prevent and treat the one million snakebites that occur on the continent every year to prevent needless deaths and suffering, a conference has heard.

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#108867
2016-06-09

Nasa to map coral reefs from the air to show impact of climate change

Scientists hope large-scale maps will offer new insight into effects of warming and pollution as previous studies have almost always been done up close in the water

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#108868
2016-06-09

Inuit supporting Nunavut marine park applaud Shell’s oil-lease donation

Following Shell Canada’s announcement to voluntarily surrender its rights to a swath of exploratory oil-gas permits near Lancaster Sound June 8, Nunavummiut were quick to applaud the gesture which clears the way for an expanded national marine conservation park in one of the Arctic’s most precio ...

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#108869
2016-06-09

Is Brazil’s threatened bird situation Latin America’s future?

We are told that you can neatly divide the countries of the world into developed nations, developing nations, and the BRICS nations — the countries that are on the cusp of becoming developed, considered to be Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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#108870
2016-06-09

Changing the message could help communicate dangers of climate change

As a political issue, climate change splits mostly along ideological lines in the U.S.

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#108871
2016-06-09

Climate change and Pacific food systems: navigating a perfect storm

This World Oceans Day, we must remember one of the most important things the Ocean offers us: food and sustenance.

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#108872
2016-06-09

Nigeria: UNEA - Pushing Resolutions for Environmental Sustainability

At the United Nations Environment Assembly which convened in Nairobi, Kenya recently, governments and member-countries, including delegates from 174 countries, 120 at the ministerial level, agreed to 25 landmark resolutions to drive the sustainability agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. Abim ...

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#108873
2016-06-09

UN-backed fund expands wildlife protection plan to 19 countries in Africa and Asia

10 June 2016 – A United Nations-backed partnership fun has approved an additional $40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia.

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#108849
2016-06-08

European forest trees show high levels of biodiversity within one tree species

EU researchers have found that a single tree species may perform many different ecosystem activities, meaning that biodiversity is both between and within species.

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#108850
2016-06-08

Bhutan’s forests the last Himalayan biodiversity refugia

Environment: Wildlife conservation in the region is proving increasingly difficult mainly due to loss of forest to various activities, forest officials said.

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#108851
2016-06-08

Biodiversity firm awarded for sharing 2% benefits

RAIPUR: A biodiversity firm, with its central India headquarters at Durg district in Chhattisgarh, has won the biodiversity award 2016 in the category of access and benefit sharing for paying benefits of upto 2% of its sales to Madhya Pradesh's State Biodiversity Board.

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#108852
2016-06-08

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

8 June 2016 – On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of peop ...

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#108853
2016-06-08

Bleaching 'devastates' Chagos Marine Reserve

The UK's largest tropical reef has been devastated in the global bleaching event now under way.

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#108854
2016-06-08

Surprising global origins for regional food favourites

Italy's tomatoes and Thailand's potent chillies, although closely associated with these nations, originate from elsewhere, a study shows.

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#108855
2016-06-08

Record-breaking Arctic tern migration secrets revealed

A ground-breaking study of birds that breed on the Farne Islands in the UK reveals Arctic terns travel 96,000 km – the longest recorded migration in the natural world

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#108856
2016-06-08

Tallest known tropical tree discovered in Malaysia’s lost world

Behold the giant. The world’s tallest known tropical tree has been discovered in a rainforest in Malaysia, measuring a whopping 89.5 metres.

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#108857
2016-06-08

European parliament slams G7 food project in Africa

Euro-MPs criticise G7-led food security programme, saying it pushes agribusiness and GM to the detriment of biodiversity and small-scale farmers

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#108858
2016-06-08

Down to 60: scientists mull risky captive breeding for panda porpoise

As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding programme or not?

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#108859
2016-06-08

World Oceans Day 2016: Five Threats To Sea Wildlife And Coastal Economies

Walk along virtually any beach or seashore, and you’ll likely encounter a post-consumer heap of plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and plastic constellations of white and blue bottle caps.

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#108860
2016-06-08

Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

8 June 2016 – Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are using traditional methods to circumvent the world and highlight the importance of protecting our bodie ...

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#108833
2016-06-07

Fisheries policies urged to prioritise nutrition goals

[KUALA LUMPUR] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that fish consumption per person globally has more than doubled over the past five decades. But scientists say governments should now focus more on the nutritional quality of fisheries.

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#108834
2016-06-07

Two new rain frogs found in Ecuadorian Andes

Researchers with the Museum of Zoology at Catholic University of Ecuador discovered two new species of rain frogs while conducting field work in Llanganates National Park on the eastern slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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#108835
2016-06-07

Arara Indians in Brazilian Amazon finally given right to their land

In a decree published this April, the Brazilian government of President Dilma Rousseff awarded a large area of land to the last remnants of the Arara Indians whose cultural and physical survival was threatened in the 1970s when the military government then ruling Brazil built a highway through t ...

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#108836
2016-06-07

Can pulses conquer palates and save the planet?

UN has declared 2016 International Year of Pulses, putting the spotlight on the humble bean. So what's so great about eating lentils - and can we really be persuaded to ditch environmentally harmful meat in their favor?

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#108837
2016-06-07

Holy Carp! Invasive fish species found in St. Lawrence

Wildlife officials are activating an emergency plan after two fishermen hauled a massive Asian grass carp out of the St. Lawrence River.

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#108838
2016-06-07

Dams threaten future of Amazonian biodiversity major new study warns

Amazonia’s surge in hydropower development threatens numerous species with extinction, and puts unique habitats at risk, warns a recent study.

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#108839
2016-06-07

Experts mull trapping Mexico's endangered 'vaquitas marinas' to breed them in captivity

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A new report on Mexico's endangered vaquita marina porpoise says authorities may have to consider trapping some of the few remaining specimens to try to breed them in captivity or semi-captivity.

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#108841
2016-06-07

How climate change threatens panda conservation

NEW YORK: Pandas do not like it hot and rising temperatures can also put pressure on their food supply by eliminating vast amounts of bamboo plants, researchers say.

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#108843
2016-06-07

What’s Working? Inspiring Ambitious Coalitions for the Ocean and Climate

Important global challenges can be overcome by strong global coalitions. That is exactly what happened at COP21.

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#108845
2016-06-07

Training scientists to save seabirds

Alton Liao is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. He’s spent many days at sea as an observer, monitoring fishing catches.

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#108847
2016-06-07

Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortages

Water crises seem to be everywhere. In Flint, the water might kill us. In Syria, the worst drought in hundreds of years is exacerbating civil war. But plenty of dried-out places aren’t in conflict. For all the hoopla, even California hasn’t run out of water.

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