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#104373
2015-06-23

IUCN list shows no new extinctions – but they loom large

Good news or bad? The latest update to the IUCN Red List shows many species are in decline – but no additions to the Extinct category.

News Headlines
#104374
2015-06-23

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission.

News Headlines
#104375
2015-06-23

Island rodents take on nightmarish proportions

Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents.

News Headlines
#104376
2015-06-23

Helping African science academies build policy clout

All over the world, scientists complain that governments ignore scientific evidence. And not without reason: in every field, from drugs to climate change, policies are being developed with too little awareness of the evidence that could underpin better decisions.

News Headlines
#104377
2015-06-23

The Kenyan elephant reserve that's fighting back against poachers

Conservation efforts in Amboseli national park offer hope in the battle to protect Africa’s big beasts from ivory poachers – but tackling demand for ivory is still crucial to long-term success

News Headlines
#104378
2015-06-23

Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction, say conservationists

IUCN Red List says that while Iberian lynx and Guadalupe fur seal are recovering, cave crabs and the world’s rarest sea lion are at risk of dying out

News Headlines
#104379
2015-06-23

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm found on mainland US for first time poses major threat

A highly invasive species of flatworm has been identified in mainland US for the first time, posing a significant threat to the country - and the Americas - as a whole, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#104381
2015-06-23

Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change and ensuring food security – UN agency

23 June 2015 – Mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, according to a newly released United Nations-backed publication, which also highlights technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples.

News Headlines
#104358
2015-06-22

Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.

News Headlines
#104359
2015-06-22

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

News Headlines
#104360
2015-06-22

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

News Headlines
#104361
2015-06-22

Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists

The modern world is experiencing a “sixth great extinction” of animal species even when the lowest estimates of extinction rates are considered, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#104362
2015-06-22

Pope's encyclical a 'successful provocation'

It consists of 200 pages on ecology, climate, natural resources and the need for change: Pope Francis' encyclical has caused quite a stir. But will the move have any long-lasting effect toward climate action?

News Headlines
#104363
2015-06-22

Climate change brings new insect arrivals to Finland

New insect species typically arrive in Finland via Russia’s Karelian Isthmus. Entomologists say that the number of species in the country has expanded rapidly in recent years.

News Headlines
#104364
2015-06-22

Looking to beat back encroaching desert, Chile preserves forests

As part of efforts to counteract desertification and erosion brought about by climate change, Chile will invest $250 million to plant vast tracks of native forest, the national forestry agency said on Friday.

News Headlines
#104365
2015-06-22

How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers

Africa’s black market in ivory doesn’t just sell an illegal product: recent estimates confirmed it stokes a poaching epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands of elephants over the past decade.

News Headlines
#104366
2015-06-22

'Grave concern' for Maui's dolphin

The International Whaling Commission has voiced its "grave concern" for the tiny Maui's dolphin and urged the Government to take further steps to protect the critically-endangered sub-species.

News Headlines
#104367
2015-06-22

Climate change could lead to smaller loaves of bread in 2050, scientists say

Global warming could leave loaves of bread diminished in size due to a reduction in the amount of protein in grains, scientists say.

News Headlines
#104368
2015-06-22

Why should you care about the Sustainable Development Goals?

Delegates meet in New York this week to hammer out revamped anti-poverty goals, that campaigners say could rival in significance 1948′s watershed UN Declaration of Human Rights.

News Headlines
#104346
2015-06-19

UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical ‘moral issue’

18 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future ...

News Headlines
#104347
2015-06-19

Elephant poaching hotspots identified

Most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows.

News Headlines
#104349
2015-06-19

Staying cool: Saharan silver ants' heat-deflecting adaptations

Saharan silver ants can control electromagnetic waves over an extremely broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum

News Headlines
#104350
2015-06-19

Why the Pope's letter on climate change matters

Pope Francis’s long-anticipated encyclical letter on climate change and the environment, officially released on 18 June, has generated huge media interest since it was leaked to the press three days ago.

News Headlines
#104351
2015-06-19

Can we save the Sumatran rhino? Indonesia holds out hope

"One percent of the world's population," veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram (1,574-pound), 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros leisurely crunching branches whole.

News Headlines
#104352
2015-06-19

Opinion: 2015 and Beyond, Young Voices, Loud Demands

BRUSSELS, Jun 19 2015 (IPS) - As a young person interested in development, my heart beats a little faster when I look at the potential of 2015. There has never been so much at stake as this year for the future of our planet.

News Headlines
#104353
2015-06-19

That's right, kangaroos are left-handed

Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates.

News Headlines
#104354
2015-06-19

Illegal wildlife traders caught in international net

A global effort to tackle illegal wildlife trading has resulted in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of tons of plants and animals - dead and alive. Conservationists welcome the news as a step in the right direction.

News Headlines
#104355
2015-06-19

African vultures declining at a critical rate

An international team of researchers, including leading scientists from the University of St Andrews, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of York, say African vultures are likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global thr ...

News Headlines
#104356
2015-06-19

Hungry crabs snacking on mangrove seeds may foil reforestation

Crabs love mangrove swamps. But the mangroves may not love them back. Crabs' voracious appetite for mangrove seeds can be a prime reason why efforts to replant lost mangroves often fail.

News Headlines
#104331
2015-06-18

Scientists discover cutest octopus in the world

MONTEREY, Calif., June 17 (UPI) -- The search for the cutest octopus in the world is finally over. There are no defenses for the heart-melting looks of a newly identified -- but still unnamed -- species of octopus found deep in California's Monterey Bay.

News Headlines
#104332
2015-06-18

Third of the globe's largest groundwater basins are distressed

IRVINE, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Earth's largest water basins aren't in ideal health. According to a new study by Earth scientists at the University of California, Irvine, more than a third of the world's biggest groundwater basins are under distress.

News Headlines
#104333
2015-06-18

On Day to Combat Desertification, UN urges action to protect ‘every hectare’ of arable land

17 June 2015 – Land is a renewable resource, but only if investments are made in land degradation neutrality, which has been proposed as an element of the post-2015 development agenda, today said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day to Combat Desertificati ...

News Headlines
#104334
2015-06-18

Numbers show threatened bittern is booming again - RSPB

One of the UK's most threatened birds - the bittern - is returning to England and Wales, according to conservationists.

News Headlines
#104335
2015-06-18

Top canned tuna brands rank worst in destructive fishing practices

Starkist, Bumblebee, and the kitchily named Chicken of the Sea are among the most familiar brands of canned tuna on grocery store shelves.

News Headlines
#104336
2015-06-18

From Residents to Rangers: Local Communities Take Lead on Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka

KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat.

News Headlines
#104337
2015-06-18

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal apologizes for Nutella boycott claim

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has apologized for telling people not to eat the Italian Nutella chocolate and nut spread. She had claimed it contributed to deforestation and climate change.

News Headlines
#104338
2015-06-18

Amazonian biodiversity protects health, livelihoods

Striding along an overgrown path in the woods, Micaela Fachín stops beside an ishpingo tree (Amburana cearensis), strokes the bark and squints up the tall, straight trunk. “I planted this years ago,” she says. “I won’t see it grow to maturity, but it will be here for my children or their children.”

News Headlines
#104339
2015-06-18

Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor

Pope Francis has called on the world’s rich nations to begin paying their “grave social debt” to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, saying failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a “common home” that is beginning to resemble a “pile of filth”.

News Headlines
#104340
2015-06-18

Scientists call for gap between genomics and invasion biology to be bridged

Scientists at the University of Southampton think that Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) of invasive organisms holds the key to furthering our understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes.

News Headlines
#104342
2015-06-18

From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger

Washington — Four decades ago, the newly formed and desperately poor South Asian nation of Bangladesh saw its already-high levels of extreme poverty and chronic hunger skyrocket with floods, leading to the Bangladesh famine of 1974.

News Headlines
#104343
2015-06-18

Saint-Laurent and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Cooperate on Promoting Urban Biodiversity

SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed a letter of agreement today to promote their common vision on urban biodiversity.

News Headlines
#104314
2015-06-17

UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products

16 June 2015 – Next time you are in the shower using a refreshing exfoliating shower gel, take a moment to check what the scrubbing agents are made of.

News Headlines
#104315
2015-06-17

Protect more bee species to safeguard crops, say scientists

Almost 80% of crop pollination by wild bees is provided by just 2% of the most common species, say scientists.

News Headlines
#104316
2015-06-17

Tailored ocean management strategies needed to avoid depletion of fish stocks

A more tailored approach to Ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new research led by the University of Salford.

News Headlines
#104317
2015-06-17

Saudi Arabia blocks drive to tighten global warming cap

[BONN] Saudi Arabia has blocked attempts to negotiate an even tougher global warming target to prevent dangerous climate change — as well as proposals for more research on this — during the latest talks in preparation of the UN’s next major climate summit.

News Headlines
#104318
2015-06-17

Scientists find surprising climate change refuge for reef-building corals: beneath mangroves

Coral reefs are the gardens of the ocean. Covering just a tiny fraction of the vast sea floor, they are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. However, global warming and ocean acidification increasingly threaten them.

News Headlines
#104319
2015-06-17

Cities Will Be Decisive in Fight for Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - With cities increasingly in the spotlight on the international stage, urban planning and development has become a critical issue in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

News Headlines
#104320
2015-06-17

Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves

Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities

News Headlines
#104321
2015-06-17

Global seabird decline greater than expected

The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests

News Headlines
#104322
2015-06-17

Interview: UN official urges more knowledge about individual country's land loss

BONN, Germany, June 17 (Xinhua) -- It is not a matter of technology, finance or manpower, but lack of knowledge about land that mainly blocks the actual efforts of human society to fight against desertification, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ( ...

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