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#106703
2015-12-29

Entire forests are under threat from drought: Nearly 60 million trees could be wiped out due to a lack of water in California

As many as 58 million large trees in California are under threat due to the droughts that have ravaged the state since 2011. Even if the weather improves, and El Nino produces more precipitation as is expected, California's forests could suffer irreversible change, a report has revealed.

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#106704
2015-12-29

Climate change forcing Ontario’s wild turkeys further north

Ontario’s wild turkeys, sometimes seen feeding on farmers’ fields or gracing dinner tables, are on the trot thanks to climate change. Although hunted to extinction in this province more than 100 years ago, the birds were reintroduced in 1984 and flourished in the forests and fields of Southern O ...

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#106705
2015-12-29

Can the Planet Be Saved?

The two words “climate” and “change” are so routinely strung together that just saying them as a pair—“climate change”—seems to somehow obscure the full weight of the phenomenon they describe, to say nothing of its consequences. But in those moments when one pauses to consider the ramifications ...

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#106706
2015-12-29

No Denying It, Climate Change Is Happening Now

The leaves came off the last trees — a crabapple, a willow and a hardy Norway maple — during the first week of December this year, surely the latest I can remember seeing leaves on trees since we moved to the Philadelphia area 18 years ago. But it’s not just that.

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#106707
2015-12-29

2015: Biodiversity’s Year Of Integration

Biodiversity and endangered habitat have always been difficult to finance, because their economic value isn’t as readily-apparent as that of water, air, and food. In 2015, proponents managed to embed biodiversity protection in major climate-change and development packages, but there’s still a lo ...

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#106690
2015-12-23

Nourishment

As we celebrate holidays defined by feasting, one question comes to mind: What truly nourishes us? The world is hungry. Amid staggering amounts of food waste (30-40 percent of what we cultivate) and increasing numbers of people suffering from health problems that are the result of being overwei ...

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#106691
2015-12-23

What you need to know about Indonesian fires that are affecting global climate change

Raging fires in Indonesia’s forests and peat lands since July this year are precipitating a climate and public-health catastrophe with repercussions across local, regional and global levels, said experts. Acrid smoke and haze have enveloped Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, and have reached Tha ...

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#106692
2015-12-23

A prescription to protect 'the Earth's kidneys'

Beijing has poured investment into its wetlands, and the past decade's protection and restoration efforts are paying off. That's not only in terms of healthier wetlands but also by raising awareness about environmental protection, and crafting a successful balance of preservation and ecotourism. ...

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#106693
2015-12-23

Climate change, El Nino bring balmy December in parts of Canada, scientists say

If climate change is weighing on your mind this holiday season, especially after the signing of the Paris agreement, you're not alone.There's an image that's been slowly circulating on the internet. It's of an older, bearded man, his smile tentative, his eyebrows furrowed. The caption reads, "Wh ...

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#106694
2015-12-23

Climate change is coming for the Southwest’s forests

Southwest folks, prepare to wave farewell to your beloved pines. A new study predicts that 72 percent of the Southwest’s needleleaf evergreen forests will die off by 2050, and nearly all of them will disappear by the end of the century.

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#106695
2015-12-23

COP21: Building peace by linking responses to climate change and security

Last weekend, the world cheered as negotiators secured the best possible deal on climate change. It’s an historic agreement tackling what The Observer called “the greatest existential threat to life on Earth.”

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#106696
2015-12-23

Is zero deforestation possible for the Brazilian Amazon?

From 2005 to 2014, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest went from 19,014 square kilometers (7,342 square miles) to 5,012 square kilometers (1,935 square miles): a reduction of about 70 percent. Impressive, to be sure, but the rate still remains high. Additionally, when the effects ...

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#106697
2015-12-23

US adds African lions to endangered species list after Cecil controversy

The US government has sent a powerful message to lion sports hunters, announcing that it will amend its Endangered Species Act to include protections for African lions and tighten laws to restrict the importation of wildlife trophies.

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#106698
2015-12-23

Species on the move

Not all animals and plants are endemic to the environments in which they roam and grow. On the contrary, the world is full of non-native species. Many enrich their new habitats. But others take to their new homes with destructive determination, wreaking havoc on the economy and existing biodiver ...

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#106699
2015-12-23

Marine protected areas failing to conserve biodiversity

Despite a rapid increase in the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) globally in the last ten years, majority have not succeeded in conserving marine biodiversity. Blame it on states for not taking appropriate measures to carry proper conservation, says a study led by Australian scientists th ...

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#106684
2015-12-22

How does the global commodity collapse impact forest conservation?

Since early 2014, prices for most commodities produced in the tropics have plunged. Palm oil is down by 40 percent, logs from Malaysia and Cameroon are off by roughly a fifth, while soybeans have fallen by a third and beef a tenth.

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#106685
2015-12-22

An unconventional trinity: conservation, religion, and evolution

Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Park Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior. The NPS largely owes its existence to one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints — a clear example of how religion and conservation, belief a ...

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#106686
2015-12-22

US places Indian lion in endangered species list

WASHINGTON: The US will place a breed of lion found in India and Africa in the endangered species list in a bid to curb the dramatic decline of their population.

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#106688
2015-12-22

Nine kids' shows that inspired generations to fight for the environment

We can learn a lot from children's TV shows, including about biodiversity and how to care for our planet. Here are nine cartoons and shows that inspired generations to fight for the environment.

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#106687
2015-12-22

Open borders make way for pollution in Myanmar

Researchers warn that Myanmar's Mergui archipelago should be made a protected area before the signs of human-caused pollution reach its unspoiled waters.

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#106689
2015-12-22

Review: 'Bread, Wine, Chocolate' links foods, flavours and biodiversity

The lands, waters and atmosphere of our planet are under tremendous stress from the appetites and endeavours of more than 7 billion people, and such issues often make for grim reading. But environmentalist Simran Sethi has an appealing new argument in "Bread, Wine, Chocolate." She explains how t ...

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#106675
2015-12-21

Na Hang protects biodiversity

Covering an area of more than 21,000 ha, facing the Gam river, Na Hang special-use forest, located in the uppermost Na Hang District of north-eastern Tuyen Quang Province, is ranked the 223rd most diverse eco-system in the world , according to the district's Forest Ranger Department.

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#106676
2015-12-21

Parasites Kill Honey Bees By Manipulating miRNA

Fungal parasites are able to change the expression patterns of 17 honey bee miRNAs, potentially disrupting over 400 target genes.

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#106677
2015-12-21

Most Oil Needs to Pass Through at Least One of These Tiny Spots

he world's enormous thirst for oil is quenched by supertankers that move nearly two-thirds of all global crude from producers to markets via the high seas. But the business isn't all smooth sailing. That oil must flow through a series of geographical chokepoints, and disruptions to these vital a ...

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#106678
2015-12-21

BALDREY: Paris climate change goals a long way from reality

There was a lot of high-fiving and celebratory handshakes when the world’s countries reached that “historic” deal last weekend to fight climate change, but the harsh truth is that the ambitious goals of the deal are going to be hard to reach.

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#106679
2015-12-21

'Worthless words' or 'diplomatic triumph'? Climate scientists weigh in on Paris agreement

The general view of the Paris agreement reached last week among climate scientists seems to be that while it won't halt global warming, it is an important step in that direction.

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#106680
2015-12-21

It’s practically impossible to define “GMOs”

Debates rage over what to do about genetically modified organisms, but we rarely stop to ask a more basic question: Do GMOs really exist? It’s an important question, because no one in this debate can tell you precisely what a GMO is. I’ve come to the conclusion that “GMO” is a cultural construct ...

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#106681
2015-12-21

A new fossil lace bug with unusual antennae joins the "big" club

Have you ever seen a lace bug? Don't let their pretty name fool you—even though they're dainty as a doily, they're tough little bugs. You may have encountered lace bugs in your garden or on houseplants, since they're herbivorous sap-drinkers. Though they only feed on plants, their bite can sting!

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#106682
2015-12-21

A meal without an agenda

The Garos, resplendent in feathered headdresses and bright beads, would have stood out in any other crowd. Over here they fit in perfectly. A dozen representatives from this North Eastern tribe enter in a solemn line, and sit in the row right ahead of me. I diligently try squinting at the stage ...

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#106683
2015-12-21

The Next Hollywood Blockbuster on Cities, Technology & the Unexpected Role of Nature

Imagine a Hollywood movie focused on technologies of the future and how they are going to change society. Three parallel stories, set in densely populated urban areas--New York, Sao Paulo, and Bangkok--would flick through a series of ever-smarter, ever-more-efficient technologies that shape how ...

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#106664
2015-12-18

Rare Philippine eagle chick born in captivity; boosts hope for the species

On December 7, a tiny Philippine eagle hatchling was born at the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s (PEF) conservation center in the Philippines. This is the twenty sixth eaglet born at the center in 23 years, and the first offspring of a female named Go Phoenix and a male named MVP Eagle.

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#106665
2015-12-18

Rising temperatures could put saltwater crocodiles in hot water

Young saltwater crocodiles take shorter dives and put their safety at risk when faced with long-term exposure to rising water temperatures, according to new research.

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#106666
2015-12-18

'Spirit of Paris': Cities take climate action to local level

Cities have massive carbon footprints, and how they develop is crucial for addressing climate change. The Paris climate summit allowed cities to unify - and post-Paris, cities' collective action is breeding green hopes.

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#106667
2015-12-18

Forests gain long-awaited recognition in Paris climate summit

The climate change agreement adopted by 195 countries in Paris last week raised the profile of forests in ways never seen before.

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#106668
2015-12-18

The Paris Agreement Is Just the First Step in Fighting Climate Change

On November 29, over 1 million people in 175 nations took to the streets, in the largest protest demanding immediate action on climate change in history.

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#106669
2015-12-18

New climate change agreement a historic win for human health

For the first time in history, nearly every country in the world has agreed to take action to combat the defining issue of the 21st century – climate change.

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#106670
2015-12-18

Reykjavik adopts policy on biodiversity

Reykjavik is the first Nordic capital to adopt a specific policy for the promotion of biodiversity in the city.

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#106671
2015-12-18

A Weapon Against Climate Change May Be Right Under Our Feet

Scientists battling to slow climate change and cope with its effects are harnessing an overlooked, yet potentially powerful partner -- one that happens to be right beneath our feet.

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#106672
2015-12-18

Giant African snail eats crops and homes, and it’s moving our way

There’s a new, slow-moving threat inching its way onto California’s shores that’s so serious it has attracted the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.

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#106673
2015-12-18

Experts: Paris Agreement falls short on indigenous rights

When world leaders announced a historic climate deal in Paris after years of negotiations, many participants and observers touted it as a triumph marking thebeginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.

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#106674
2015-12-18

B.C. balks at changing law to protect wildlife and biodiversity

The B.C. government will not be changing laws or considering hiring more staff as recommended in a report by one of its own MLAs on how to protect wildlife and biodiversity from the affects of resource industries.

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#106645
2015-12-17

Researchers discover six new African frog species, uncover far more diversity

Researchers have discovered half a dozen new species of the African clawed frog, and added back another to the list of known species, in the process uncovering striking new characteristics of one of the most widely studied amphibians in the world.

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#106646
2015-12-17

Lakes warm worldwide

Temperature rise outpaces warming of atmosphere, and threatens aquatic ecosystems.

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#106647
2015-12-17

MapBiomas: New mapping platform will track annual deforestation in Brazil

A network of over 20 organizations, in collaboration with Google, has launched a new open-access platform called MapBiomas that will map land use and land cover change in Brazil from 1985 to present. MapBiomas was released on November 26.

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#106648
2015-12-17

Beekeeping Helps Pakistan Farmers Cope with Crop Losses

CHAKWAL, Pakistan, Dec 15 2015 (IPS) - Farmers in the rain-dependent district of Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan are finding relief in beekeeping as the groundnut crop suffers a blow from shifting rainfall patterns.

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#106649
2015-12-17

Bananas facing extinction, scientists warn

Researchers from the Netherlands have published a study to show that the most widely consumed banana variety could be wiped out by a fungus in the near future.

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#106650
2015-12-17

Wetland Loss, Development Put Kashmir Bird Migration at Risk

The cackle and cry of Kashmir's annual bird migration has long been a welcome ruckus for those living in the Indian-controlled Himalayan territory. It signals the summer's end, the coming snows and the global importance of Kashmir's environment for species arriving from as far as northern Europe ...

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#106651
2015-12-17

How Arctic Fish Might Benefit From Shrinking Ice

With sunlight now permeating previously darkened waters, predatory fish that hunt by sight are set to invade in increasing numbers, scientists predict in a new study.

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#106652
2015-12-17

Researchers just proved that attacks on the Endangered Species Act are not based on reality

Though it would reportedly end the United States’ decades-old oil export ban, an omnibus funding bill passed by the US Congress today also contains some victories for environmental conservation.

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#106653
2015-12-17

Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water

A comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion

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