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#104704
2015-07-30

GMO Labeling Debate: Controversy Over Genetically Modified Organisms Driven By Politics And Emotions, Not Science, Sociologist Says

The growing clamor in the United States over whether and how to label foods that have been genetically modified is fueled by emotions and politics, not science, a sociologist said Wednesday, less than one week after Congress passed a bill that banned states from mandating labels on genetically m ...

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#104705
2015-07-30

How can we prevent the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from failing?

In September, the United Nations' General Assembly is set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a highly anticipated event in global development. The Open Working Group has been crafting a comprehensive package of goals and targets that can drive global efforts towards a sustainable ...

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#104706
2015-07-30

Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the farther they are found from the tropics.

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#104690
2015-07-29

Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey reveals

Himalayan country’s first nationwide survey finds 103 tigers, but WWF warns big cat was facing a crisis elsewhere south-east Asia

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#104691
2015-07-29

Tick populations booming due to climate change

Ticks are spreading further north in the US and Canada with the potential to transmit diseases to dogs and humans, reports Earth Island Journal

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#104692
2015-07-29

Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say.

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#104693
2015-07-29

Just growing more food won't help to feed the world

The World Bank’s view that we need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people, while finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture at the same time, ignores one very simple fact – we already grow enough food for 10 billion people.

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#104694
2015-07-29

Killing of Cecil the Lion Sparks Debate Over Trophy Hunts

The killing of one of Zimbabwe's best known and most-studied lions, Cecil the Lion, has stoked a debate around a growing trend in trophy hunting of endangered species.

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#104695
2015-07-29

Policy: Define biomass sustainability

The bioeconomy is rising up the political agenda. More than 30 countries have announced that they will boost production of renewable resources from biological materials and convert them into products such as food, animal feed and bioenergy.

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#104696
2015-07-29

Saving coffee with birds

FOR the Jamaican coffee farmer, birds can be more than colourful feathers and cheerful tweets; They can be the saviours of an industry which, though internationally acclaimed for the quality of its product, has been in decline for more years than some people care to admit.

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#104697
2015-07-29

Charismatic lion's death highlights struggles of conservation scientists

David Macdonald, director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, UK, found his research thrust into the limelight this week, after the killing of one of his team's lions made global headlines.

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#104669
2015-07-28

Four new tooth-frog species discovered in West African forests

"More than ten new amphibian species have been described in the last decade, and more await formal description," researchers said of Upper Guinea, a unique forest habitat in West Africa.

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#104670
2015-07-28

Obama announces more restrictions on sale of ivory from African elephants

In Kenya, President Obama said the US will ban trade of elephant ivory across state lines. Despite existing regulations, the US remains the second-largest market for ivory, behind China.

News Headlines
#104671
2015-07-28

Kenya’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth

NAIROBI, Jul 27 2015 (IPS) - Alexander Muyekhi, a construction worker from Ebubayi village in the heart of Vihiga County in Western Kenya, and his school-going children can now enjoy a tiny solar kit supplied by the British-based Azuri Technologies to light their house and play their small FM radio.

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#104672
2015-07-28

French climate ambassador concerned over slow progress of draft Paris deal

France wants to see serious progress by October on text for a new deal on global warming, says Laurence Tubiana

News Headlines
#104673
2015-07-28

New tiger count in Bangladesh raises alarm

Better counting methodology has revealed more realistic results for the remaining tiger population in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans. And the numbers are far from good: Only around 100 of the big cats still stalk the forests.

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#104674
2015-07-28

India conducts first official survey of Ganges dolphins

The conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species.

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#104675
2015-07-28

Discovering untapped value in Europe's forests

Non-wood forest products can help boost the economies of remote mountainous areas of Europe, maintain local traditions and preserve unique landscapes for generations to come. Exploitation of a variety of non-wood products also means that rural communities are less dependent on just one 'cash crop'.

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#104676
2015-07-28

Forester says greater use of wood needed to help protect nation’s forests

about his “forest of 400 years” in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.

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#104677
2015-07-28

Companies To Invest $140 Billion To Fight Climate Change

More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort meant to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to the issue, the White House announced Monday.

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#104678
2015-07-28

In hot water: Columbia's sockeye salmon face mass die-off

More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

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#104679
2015-07-28

Last-ditch attempt to save the plains wanderer, Australia's most endangered bird

A plan to save Australia’s most critically endangered bird has been outlined in the nation’s first threatened species strategy.

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#104680
2015-07-28

Northern White Rhino Closer to Extinction With Czech Zoo Death

One of the world’s most endangered animals, the northern white rhinoceros, edged closer to extinction when one of the last five of its kind known to exist died in a Czech zoo.

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#104681
2015-07-28

Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters as numbers rebound

Researchers call for humpbacks to be delisted as threatened as numbers leap to 90% of pre-whaling population along west coast and 63% along east coast

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#104682
2015-07-28

How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years

“Among the many things I learned as a President,” Nelson Mandela once said, “was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, the continent and the world.”

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#104683
2015-07-28

Ban welcomes UN Assembly’s endorsement of action plan on post-2015 development financing

27 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the new global action agenda for financing sustainable development adopted two weeks ago by a major UN conference, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move as a major step that firmly puts the world “on the path to a mo ...

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#104684
2015-07-28

Cutting cost, saving water and helping the environment by changing one simple thing

In a recent experiment, where investigators made a small change to planting, not only did they find that tall narrow rows grow the same amount of vegetables, they retained more fertilizers – reducing what would have leached into groundwater – and they would need half the amount of water. In addi ...

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#104657
2015-07-27

Why Canadians Have Ignored Climate Change

In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto was the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change.

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#104658
2015-07-27

Climate Change: Apple, Microsoft, Google Among US Companies To Pledge $140B To Cut Carbon Emissions

Several U.S. companies, including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Bank of America Corp., will on Monday announce at least $140 billion in new investments to lower their carbon emissions and increase funding for clean energy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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#104659
2015-07-27

Drought and climate change fuel high-elevation California fires, study finds

Wildfires in California's fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis.

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#104660
2015-07-27

Four in 10 worldwide not aware of climate change

New Yale-led research reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why.Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perce ...

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#104661
2015-07-27

Man-made climate change: 4 continents hit by historic droughts affecting millions

Four continents around the world are currently experiencing historic droughts affecting millions of people, and experts warn that this is the effect of man-made climate change. Severe dry spells are being felt not only in North America, but also in South America, Asia and Africa.

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#104662
2015-07-27

Should business leaders speak out more on public issues such as climate change?

With a growing number of CEOs publicly committing their companies to taking action on climate change, what difference can their pronouncements make? Can they persuade others to follow suit, or encourage governments to legislate?

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#104663
2015-07-27

Making Hunger History

We have the expertise, the technology, and the resources to feed every person in every country. Yet there are still more than 840 million people whose lives are wrecked by hunger. This is an unforgivable development failure - and the single greatest obstacle to creating the inclusive, sustainabl ...

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#104664
2015-07-27

Depletion of natural resources causing threat to biodiversity: Sharmila

Provincial Culture and Tourism Minister Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday that biodiversity of the country was under threat due to the massive depletion of natural resources. The government of Pakistan recognized the need to conserve biodiversity and it was now committed to several international ...

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#104665
2015-07-27

Frogs under the spotlight to prevent extinction

Amphibians, such as frogs, are globally threatened. Over the past four decades, many tropical species have begun to disappear from intact natural habitats. In the 1980s alone, for example, 40 per cent of Costa Rica’s amphibians disappeared. Other Latin American countries are experiencing similar ...

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#104666
2015-07-27

People warned about the dangers of invasive plants

People across the East are being warned not to attempt clearing giant hogweed and other non-native invasive plants without seeking professional advice first.

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#104667
2015-07-27

Six New Species Of Spiders Found In Kerala

Six more new species of spiders are discovered around banks of river Periyar in Kerala. Researchers have established it as ecological diversity in Kuttivanam of Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram.

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#104668
2015-07-27

Scientists detail the gene behind corn's world dominance

Researchers previously traced maize's roots to a weedy teosinte variety native to a valley in southwestern Mexico. Now they've identified the vital genetic mutation that happened there.

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#104645
2015-07-24

Agriculture and forest restoration could coexist – if planned well

Around the world, humans have razed billions of hectares of forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems in our pursuit of land on which to grow our food and expand our infrastructure.

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#104647
2015-07-24

Faith Leaders Issue Global “Call to Conscience” on Climate

PARIS, Jul 24 2015 (IPS) - “We received a garden as our home, and we must not turn it into a wilderness for our children.”

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#104648
2015-07-24

Global warming deniers are an endangered species

At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.

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#104649
2015-07-24

Secret weapon in fight against climate change: mayors

Sixty big-city mayors from around the world gathered at the Vatican this week to discuss their role in addressing climate change. Mayors often play an unheralded role in reducing carbon emissions.

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#104650
2015-07-24

Big animals eat only big seeds? Think again

A new study finds that large animals eat not only large seeds but small ones too - helping with seed dispersal. If they become extinct, this could have an impact on overall biodiversity in an ecosystem.

News Headlines
#104651
2015-07-24

These Cities Are Learning From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

If you've hung around some of the wackier, more conspiratorial parts of the internet you may have heard of Agenda 21.

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#104652
2015-07-24

A year of action

This year is make or break for climate and a sustainable future. The opportunity to make genuine progress on these grand societal challenges must not be squandered.

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#104653
2015-07-24

Record-breaking number of European citizens call to protect nature

Almost half a million people are calling on the European Commission to save Europe's nature laws – by far the highest number of responses to a public consultation ever reached in the history of the European Union.

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#104654
2015-07-24

Legislative attacks threaten Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is under increased attack by lawmakers, conservationists say, with a slew of legislation proposed this year — including dozens of budget riders tacked onto unrelated bills — aimed at restricting wildlife protection.

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#104627
2015-07-23

Insect-killed forests pose no additional likelihood of wildfire

As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.

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#104628
2015-07-23

Researchers quantify nature's role in human well-being

The benefits people reap from nature - or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters - can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now.

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