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#109220
2016-07-20

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work ...

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#109221
2016-07-20

Warming Arctic could disrupt migration patterns of millions of birds

SYDNEY, July 20 (UPI) -- Millions of birds pass through the Arctic on their annual migration routes. They arrive north to breed, expecting cool summer weather.

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#109197
2016-07-19

New UN report links farming, forestry and improved food security

18 July 2016 – Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.

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#109198
2016-07-19

Academies warn Brexit 'damaging science'

The UK's national academies representing science, medicine and engineering have told the government that Brexit is already harming science.

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#109199
2016-07-19

Managing an endangered river across the US-Mexico border

The Rio Grande (called Rio Bravo in Mexico) is the lifeline to an expansive desert in the southwest USA and northern Mexico.

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#109200
2016-07-19

Glacier retreat upsets river species balance

As global warming causes glaciers to melt, rivers lose their diversity of plants and animals at an alarming rate, scientists warn.

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#109201
2016-07-19

California regulators approve plan to log 100-year-old redwoods

Regulators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) approved a timber harvest plan earlier this month that includes the logging of redwood trees that are a century old.

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#109202
2016-07-19

Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Fast-tracked development often means that indigenous people and their territories get run over and their rights are not taken into consideration, Roberto Borrero, from the International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group, said here Friday.

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#109203
2016-07-19

Philippines won't honour UN climate deal, says president

The Philippines will not honour commitments it made under the Paris climate change deal, president Rodrigo Duterte has said in a speech.

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#109204
2016-07-19

Coffee can play a role in reducing risks of cancer and diabetes

There is a growing body of evidence that coffee can have good effects on our health and may even combat the risk of type II diabetes and some cancers. But it's not a magic potion.

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#109205
2016-07-19

Four-legged guardians for conservation

Dogs and birds don't usually get along. Even docile puppies often turn into hellhounds when they get to chase a flock of the feathered creatures. Yet several sheepdogs have saved a penguin colony in Australia.

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#109206
2016-07-19

How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find Out

Officials are moving ahead with a major revitalization of the Los Angeles River – removing miles of concrete along its banks and re-greening areas now covered with pavement. But the project raises an intriguing question: Just how much of an urban river can be returned to nature?

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#109207
2016-07-19

Urban pigeons help researchers monitor lead pollution

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- New research shows toxicity levels in urban pigeons are a good proxy for risk of lead poisoning in children.

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#109179
2016-07-18

Olive oil waste yields molecules useful in chemical and food industries

GRANADA, Spain, July 15 (UPI) -- Scientists have found a way to turn waste byproducts from the olive oil production process into biosurfactants and monoglycerides, molecules immensely useful to the chemical and food industries.

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#109180
2016-07-18

City birds again prove to be angrier than rural birds

No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer--if you live in the suburbs, that is.

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#109181
2016-07-18

Rewriting Africa’s Agricultural Narrative

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 2016 (IPS) - Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell ...

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#109182
2016-07-18

Iraqi marshlands named as Unesco world heritage site

Unesco has named Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by dictator Saddam Hussein as a world heritage site, a bright spot for a country where jihadists have repeatedly sought to wipe out history.

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#109183
2016-07-18

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.

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#109184
2016-07-18

Denmark leads Europe in tackling food waste

More than one-third of all food is spoiled or squandered. Led by an activist with a passion for food, Denmark has been working intensively on solutions. Eliminating "UFOs" is just one thing regular people can do to help.

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#109185
2016-07-18

East Africa: More Than Half a Decade Dealing With Chimpanzees

One cannot speak of Gombe National Park and its famous chimpanzees without mentioning Dr Jane Goodall, an internationally renowned primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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#109186
2016-07-18

Group-navigating species may be vulnerable to collapse

Migrating birds flock together and salmon swim upstream in schools because there's a navigational advantage: By traveling in groups, individuals are more likely to get to their destinations – or so a growing body of research suggests.

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#109188
2016-07-18

Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security

FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management

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#109189
2016-07-18

Newfoundland's Mistaken Point named Canada’s latest World Heritage Site

Up to 580 million years after their seafloor habitat was abruptly buried in volcanic ash, some of our earliest and weirdest ancestors are finally getting their moment in the global spotlight.

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#109191
2016-07-18

India basks in glow of UNESCO honours

Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) in Sikkim has been named a world heritage site by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO.

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#109193
2016-07-18

Amphibians may carry, spread infectious diseases

MANHATTAN, Kan., July 18 (UPI) -- New research suggests wild amphibians may play a significant and underappreciated role in hosting and facilitating the spread of infectious diseases.

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#109168
2016-07-15

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

An international team of scientists has issued a warning that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies.

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#109169
2016-07-15

Outdoor learning 'boosts children's development'

Outdoor learning can have a positive impact on children's development but it needs to be formally adopted, a report suggests.

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#109170
2016-07-15

Climate pledges set to fail

Global temperatures are set to rise by three degrees Celsius by 2100, despite government commitments to curb climate change signed last December, a study reveals.

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#109171
2016-07-15

India at heart of illegal otter trade

India is a hotspot of otter poaching, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

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#109172
2016-07-15

Melting sea ice brings danger and opportunity to Canada's Arctic

As sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate, indigenous peoples in Canada's Arctic are struggling to come to terms with how the environmental shift could affect their traditional way of life.

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#109173
2016-07-15

New UN task force to fight migratory bird hunting

More than 20 million migratory birds are illegally killed and traded in the Mediterranean basin each year.

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#109174
2016-07-15

New paper aims to put biodiversity at the heart of business

Nature needs to be put at the heart of natural capital – that's the conclusion from a new report published today by a partnership of leading conservation and research organisations.

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#109175
2016-07-15

Striking a balance in bushmeat studies

Understanding wildlife hunting means knowing people, animals and the numbers

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#109176
2016-07-15

Peregrines remain faithful falcons, even in the city

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Even for birds, the city life comes with extra temptations -- chiefly, a plethora of potential mates. But new research shows, even in the city, Peregrine falcons remain committed to their partners.

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#109155
2016-07-14

SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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#109156
2016-07-14

Policy: Marine biodiversity needs more than protection

On 1 September, government leaders, directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others will meet in Hawaii at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress to discuss environmental and development challenges

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#109157
2016-07-14

Canada plans to lean on Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change

NIAGARA FALLS – For far too long governments ignored the warnings from elders.

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#109158
2016-07-14

Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging

Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.

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#109159
2016-07-14

New Schemes Pay You to Save Species—But Will They Work?

Programs being set up in the American West are taking a radical new approach: paying landowners to preserve animal habitat.

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#109160
2016-07-14

Illegal wildlife trade in Asia decimating species, warn scientists

Asia’s burgeoning demand for wildlife is decimating wild populations around the planet, hastening the demise of biodiversity already under threat from habitat destruction and climate change, warned scientists meeting last week at the largest-ever gathering of tropical researchers in Asia.

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#109162
2016-07-14

EU takes important step in fight against Invasive Alien Species

The European Commission has today published its first list of invasive alien species (IAS) which identifies 37 non-native plants and animals which pose a significant threat to the EU’s environment.

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#109163
2016-07-14

WWF buys shark fishing licence on Great Barrier Reef to scrap it

Conservation group seeks help to pay for the $100,000 licence which lets owner drag 1.2km nets along length of the reef

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#109164
2016-07-14

West African Coastal Towns Swallowed by Ocean

GRAND-LAHOU, IVORY COAST— Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. Grand-Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination, is slowly being washed away.

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#109165
2016-07-14

Open for comment: Darnley Bay marine protected area closer to reality

The federal government is inviting the public to comment on a plan to create a marine protected area north of Paulatuk, N.W.T. — an area almost half the size of Prince Edward Island.

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#109166
2016-07-14

Desertification: an ecological reality or a dangerous myth?

A new book asserts that desertification is a meaningless concept and the policies to reverse it are doing more harm than good

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#109167
2016-07-14

New UN-backed survey reveals ‘alarming’ damage to high seas and marine ecosystems

14 July 2016 – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scient ...

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#109144
2016-07-13

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

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#109145
2016-07-13

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean

Algae that live in and under the sea ice also serve as a nutritional basis for animals living at great depths

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#109146
2016-07-13

Forest conservation can offset emissions from palm oil expansion in Africa: Study

A new paper published in the journal Conservation Letters suggests that if the governments of tropical African countries were to enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation, they could largely offset the emissi ...

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#109147
2016-07-13

Invasive success of the mosquitofish is due to its genetic variability

The Eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), also known as the mosquitofish, is one of the world's 100 most invasive species.

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