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#109799
2016-09-02

How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less?

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#109800
2016-09-02

WHO Experts Seek To Have Its Flu Framework Recognised Under Nagoya Protocol

Will an international instrument protecting genetic resources get in the way of the world’s preparedness to fend off the next influenza pandemic?

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#109801
2016-09-02

World Conservation Congress could benefit Big Island species

No, it’s not the Olympics. It’s the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. The 10-day event began Thursday in Honolulu and continues until Sept. 10. Speakers include everyone from Jane Goodall to Prince Albert II of Monaco.

News Headlines
#109802
2016-09-02

10-day IUCN World Conservation Congress begins

The world’s largest conservation conference gets underway in Hawaii

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#109803
2016-09-02

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 2 2016 (IPS) - A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

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#109804
2016-09-02

Row as One to Save our One Planet, Obama Says at Start of IUCN Congress (video)

President Obama addresses the leaders of the Pacific Islands and representatives of the IUCN Congress on climate change, his expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument and other protected areas in the U.S., and his administration’s focus on clean energy.

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#109805
2016-09-02

IUCN Congress: New coalition launches to scale private conservation investment

Honolulu, HI — In an effort to address an estimated US $200-300 billion annual funding gap in conservation, civil society organisations, private and public sector financial institutions and academia joined forces today to launch the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) during ...

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#109806
2016-09-02

Bringing Business on Board: New Protocol Unveiled at IUCN Congress

Despite global evidence that confirms a healthy environment is critical for helping alleviate poverty, building more inclusive economies and underpinning sustainable societies, the world’s biodiversity is continuing to decline.

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#109807
2016-09-02

The panda is no longer endangered, conservation group says

HONOLULU, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The giant panda has been officially removed from the endangered species list, the international body for species protection said on Sunday.

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#109774
2016-09-01

Study assesses climate change vulnerability in urban America

One of the first efforts to systematically assess how cities are preparing for climate change shows that city planners have yet to fully assess their vulnerability to climate change, leaving serious risks unaddressed.

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#109775
2016-09-01

World’s watersheds lost 6 percent of their forests in 14 years

The world’s 230 watersheds have critical functions in providing water to ecosystems and human communities. But like any natural resource, they are susceptible to degradation from a wide variety of factors from damming and local pollution to climate change.

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#109776
2016-09-01

Obama Stresses Climate Change Urgency Ahead of IUCN Congress

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 1 2016 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has stressed the urgency of tackling climate change in a speech to Pacific leaders in his home state of Hawaii.

News Headlines
#109777
2016-09-01

Saving Africa's elephants: 'Can you imagine them no longer existing?'

Across Africa, poaching is on the rise. Progress is being made here and there, but the battle to save the largest animals on the Earth is far from being won

News Headlines
#109778
2016-09-01

Planet at the crossroads

The IUCN World Conservation Congress starts today in Hawai’i. Eleven of the world’s leading environmental organisations pledge to use new “common language” to map and save important nature on Earth.

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#109779
2016-09-01

Africa: Conservationists Call for Tougher Action Against Wildlife Trafficking

Illegal trade in wildlife products will not end in Africa unless governments and policy-makers are willing to translate policies into concrete actions backed by tough stance on the illicit trade, conservationists have said.

News Headlines
#109780
2016-09-01

Africa: Why Africa's Lion Economies Actually Need Lions

Africa's labour productivity is rising, and trade between Africa and the rest of the world has increased by 200 per cent since 2000. At least a dozen African economies have expanded by more than 6 per cent per year for the past six years, earning the nickname, "Africa's Lion Economies."

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#109781
2016-09-01

Obama: No Nation, Not Even One As Powerful As The U.S., Is Immune From Climate Change

HONOLULU ― Days after creating the largest marine protected area on the planet, President Barack Obama on Wednesday traveled to Hawaii to address those attending the world’s largest conservation event, highlighting his administration’s expansion of the nearby monument and the need to swiftly com ...

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#109782
2016-09-01

World to Japan: Stop Killing Whales

The World Conservation Congress passed with overwhelming support a motion today denouncing the killing of whales under the guise of science.

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#109783
2016-09-01

Converging to save the planet with 'nature for all'

The world is slipping away -- 3C at a time. It is clear climate change is occurring. To tackle it, world leaders and scientists have agreed that we need to limit the global average temperature rise to...

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#109784
2016-09-01

Access And Benefit Sharing Mentioned In US Patent For Natural Dye, Might Be A First

A recent patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to a Colombian company stated where the genetic resource of the invention was taken from and described the access and benefit-sharing agreement made with indigenous communities. This might be the first time that such a stat ...

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#109785
2016-09-01

Predictive tool vital to sustainable environmental futures

A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries.

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#109786
2016-09-01

“Time for Action”: A 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Preview With Inger Andersen

“The time for talk is done; it is now the time for action,” says Inger Andersen, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in an interview before the 2016 World Conservation Congress.

News Headlines
#109787
2016-09-01

Obama To Announce New Climate Change Help For Island Nations

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce $40 million in programs to help island nations and other communities vulnerable to climate change.

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#109788
2016-09-01

Seabirds eat debris that looks like natural prey

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- As pollution piles up in the ocean and on shore, seabirds are paying the ultimate price.

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#109760
2016-08-31

Slow birth rate found in African forest elephants

African forest elephants have an extremely slow birth rate, putting them under greater pressure from poaching, research suggests.

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#109761
2016-08-31

Tasmanian devil DNA shows signs of cancer fightback

A genetic study of Tasmanian devils has uncovered signs that the animals are rapidly evolving to defend themselves against an infectious face cancer.

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#109762
2016-08-31

Protected areas are effective conservation tools, but even they can’t keep out rising temperatures

Protected areas have emerged as a key conservation tool for curbing deforestation and preserving Earth’s biodiversity. But even they can’t keep out rising global temperatures. So how much will that limit their effectiveness?

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#109763
2016-08-31

Indigenous People Demand Shared Benefits from Forest Conservation

GUADALAJARA, Mexico , Aug 31 2016 (IPS) - “Why don’t the authorities put themselves in our shoes?” asked Cándido Mezúa, an indigenous man from Panama, with respect to native peoples’ participation in conservation policies and the sharing of benefits from the protection of forests.

News Headlines
#109764
2016-08-31

Cleaning the world's water: 'We are now more polluted than we have ever been'

In May 2000, around half of Walkerton’s 5,000 residents fell severely ill and seven people died when cow manure washed into a well. The extent of the water pollution in the small Canadian town was concealed from the public, people drank from their taps and the result was ruined lives.

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#109765
2016-08-31

Migratory animals under threat in the 'Serengeti of the north'

Strange and wonderful beasts from the saiga antelope to the snow leopard have long roamed the Central Asian wilderness. But human development and climate change are disrupting age-old migratory patterns.

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#109766
2016-08-31

Another big predator in Southeast Asia faces extinction

Conservationists have long known that it’s hard – and in some cases – nearly impossible to survive as a tiger in Southeast Asia. Burning forests, high human populations and unflagging demand for tiger blood, tiger skin and crushed tiger bone means the big cats have to tread a daily gauntlet of s ...

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#109767
2016-08-31

Can Field Data and Science Save the Bornean Orang-utan?

Fifteen years ago, when I was living in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, I would occasionally be privileged enough to be able to watch wild Bornean orang-utans in the rain forest.

News Headlines
#109768
2016-08-31

High seas fisheries management could recoup losses due to climate change

Closing the high seas to fishing could increase fish catches in coastal waters by 10 per cent, helping people, especially the most vulnerable, cope with the expected losses of fish due to climate change, new UBC research finds.

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#109769
2016-08-31

Central American Farmers Save Together to Cope With Climate Change

For Maria Francisca Ortiz, the drought that has gripped Honduras and decimated her last two harvests of beans and maize is the worst she can remember.

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#109770
2016-08-31

Strengthening Semarang’s Climate Change Solutions: Collaboration, key to enhance resilience

Semarang, INDONESIA—Achmad fishes for a living from his home in Tapak Village. But lately, ensuring a healthy supply of fish requires a very different skill: dredging his fishing pond.

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#109771
2016-08-31

Corporates Pledge To Reduce Impacts At World Water Week, But How?

30 August 2016 | It’s been almost ten years since the Coca-Cola Company vowed to “safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production,” with a deadline of 2020 for doing so.

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#109772
2016-08-31

High Seas Biodiversity Agreement: the importance of sustainable access and benefit sharing

As African States, we are fully cognisant of the contribution of oceans and seas to our development.

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#109773
2016-08-31

What would Trump's wall mean for wildlife?

Free movement between the US and Mexico - the hottest of topics in the 2016 US presidential campaign - is not just a human issue. What would the construction of a wall mean for animals that live near the border?

News Headlines
#109740
2016-08-30

Amazon forests: Biodiversity can help mitigate climate risks

A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region by accounting for its amazing diversity of trees.

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#109741
2016-08-30

UN Negotiations Focus on What Lies Beneath the High Seas

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 2016 (IPS) - The high seas – oceans which fall beyond the jurisdiction of any country – make up about two thirds of the world’s ocean and half of the total surface of planet earth.

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#109742
2016-08-30

Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon’s Cocoa Farmers

KONYE, Cameroon, Aug 28 2016 (IPS) - Tanchenow Daniel fears he will lose more than half a tonne of his cocoa yield during the next harvest at the end of this month.

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#109743
2016-08-30

South Africa’s traditional fishers buoyed by data-logging app

Small-scale fishers hope technology will convince ministers that there are enough stocks to feed communities sustainably

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#109744
2016-08-30

Migratory animals under threat in the 'Serengeti of the north'

Strange and wonderful beasts from the saiga antelope to the snow leopard have long roamed the Central Asian wilderness. But human development and climate change are disrupting age-old migratory patterns.

News Headlines
#109745
2016-08-30

Where Will the Animals Go as Climate Changes?

The natural world is under siege by climate change. Rising temperatures are pushing plants and animals outside their current range.

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#109746
2016-08-30

Africa builds ‘Great Green Wall’ against extremism and misery

With food insecurity, terrorism and migration to Europe reaching unprecedented levels, Africa is hoping that a “wall of trees” can help protect its people and stop these threats becoming global crises.

News Headlines
#109747
2016-08-30

Signs of Hope for Nature in a Rapidly Degrading World

Surprisingly, it turns out that while population has continued to grow, the environmental impact per person and per unit of economic growth has diminished

News Headlines
#109748
2016-08-30

Africa: Premier - Conservation Can Boost African Economies

Joining efforts to protect and promote environment will go a long way in ensuring a successful conservation story and will eventually make the continent more attractive to tourists, Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has said.

News Headlines
#109749
2016-08-30

‘Make human rights the priority in all conservation efforts’ – UN experts urge governments

29 August 2016 – Ahead of the world’s largest forum for the adoption of conservation policies on protected areas, two United Nations experts on environment and indigenous peoples today highlighted that effective and sustainable conservation requires respect for human rights.

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#109750
2016-08-30

Logging roads have long-lasting impacts on forests

When logging roads appear in forests, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. But a new study finds that the roads themselves can damage the environment – and may continue doing so for years after the logging stops.

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#109751
2016-08-30

Clashing over conservation: saving Congo’s forest and its Pygmies

Reaching the Itombwe forest and the people who live in it isn’t easy. A muddy path from Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), traverses this mountainous terrain, crossing areas controlled by a multitude of armed militias.

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