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#111978
2017-02-17

Tourism boosts Iceland's whaling industry

Iceland's anti-whaling campaigners confront massive demand for whale meat driven by restaurants catering to tourists.

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#111980
2017-02-17

We're Trashing the Arctic. Literally.

Humanity’s trash has near-universal dominion in the ocean. It swirls in the waves in immense “garbage patches,” drifts downward where it’s eaten by whales and turtles, and lands on the deepest sea floor to make it look like a landfill exploded on the moon.

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#111981
2017-02-17

Nicaragua focuses on climate-change resistant coffee

With climate change threatening crops in many parts of the world, Nicaragua is turning to a robust variety of coffee bean to protect one of its key exports.

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#111982
2017-02-17

'Planet Earth II' weds climate message with jaw-dropping imagery

(CNN) — Jaw-dropping nature footage is one of the many blessings provided by this age of TV abundance. So "Planet Earth II" -- coming a decade after the original -- seeks to up the ante, in part, by incorporating an environmental message.

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#111983
2017-02-17

Forest Update: Resources, Projects Showcase Progress in REDD+ Initiatives, SFM

February 2017: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) has been a central focus of forest-related publications and resources, and stakeho ...

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#111984
2017-02-17

Scientists study stick insects to better understand speciation

"While color variations in organisms, such as stick insects, can be striking and inform us of phases of evolution, they're one small aspect of a multi-faceted speciation process," said evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert.

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#111949
2017-02-16

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

15 February 2017 – The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard today at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard

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#111950
2017-02-16

Camera traps proving to be powerful tool for studying endangered species in remote locations

In 2015, a team of researchers left 21 camera traps on a previously unsurveyed ridge in Peru’s Sira Communal Reserve for six months and captured some of the first images of the critically endangered Sira curassow to be made publicly available.

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#111951
2017-02-16

Urban butterfly declines 69% compared to 45% drop in countryside

Pesticides, paving and higher temperatures have put huge strain on butterflies in cities over past two decades, finds study

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#111952
2017-02-16

EU criticised for 'emergency authorisations' of banned bee-harming pesticide

Just under half of requests for exceptions to the neonicotinoids ban were filed by industry not farmers, legal analysis shows

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#111953
2017-02-16

Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs

Binh Dinh province has 134km of coastline with coastal waters surrounded by small islands and a diverse ecosystem comprising coral reefs, seagrass beds and aquatic animals.

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#111954
2017-02-16

Scientists propose refreezing Arctic in battle against climate change

Project would involve 10 million devices and cost $500 billion US

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#111955
2017-02-16

Tiger trumps man in Indian tribal villages

Hundreds of families from 44 tribal villages have been asked to leave their homes to ensure the security of a local tiger habitat

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#111956
2017-02-16

US Endangered Species Act could be facing extinction

43-year-old legislation designed to save rare bald eagles, grey wolves and manatees heading for threatened list

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#111957
2017-02-16

Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover.

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#111958
2017-02-16

Federal government’s reef-conservation plan irks B.C. fishermen

The federal government was expected to announce a 2,000-square-kilometre marine conservation area off the coast of British Columbia on Thursday – a measure that has already received mixed reaction from industry and environmentalists.

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#111959
2017-02-16

Carnivore Conservation: Preserving Africa’s Disappearing Lion Population

National Geographic sat down to talk with 2016 Emerging Explorer and conservationist Thandiwe Mweetwa about dedicating her life to preserving Africa’s disappearing lion population.

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#111961
2017-02-16

Galapagos giant tortoises make a comeback, thanks to innovative conservation strategies

The Galapagos Islands are world-famous as a laboratory of biological evolution. Some 30 percent of the plants, 80 percent of the land birds and 97 percent of the reptiles on this remote archipelago are found nowhere else on Earth.

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#111962
2017-02-16

Scientists find surprising harmony among cats and dogs in India

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Large cats and wild dogs don't typically get along. When possible, they keep their distance, operating in their own ecological niches.

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#111927
2017-02-15

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever extent

Data contradicts climate change sceptics, who have pointed to earlier increases in areas of sea ice to support their views

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#111928
2017-02-15

Kenya Works With Communities On Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge Protection

NAIROBI, Kenya — Excessive degradation and over-exploitation of plant biodiversity in Kenya has led to depletion of some species and narrowed their genetic base.

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#111930
2017-02-15

New shark of the Caribbean

Marine wildlife researchers have found a new species of shark in the waters off the coast of the central American state of Belize. The WWF says the revelation serves as a conservation message.

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#111931
2017-02-15

Climate change takes root in northern communities' plants, botanist says

Climate change is altering the useful qualities of some plants, a Montreal botanist says, and changing the way some Indigenous people in northern Canada live.

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#111932
2017-02-15

Norwegian ice cap 'exceptionally sensitive' to climate change

How will future climate change affect our glaciers? By looking into the past 4000 years, a new study finds an ice cap in southern Norway to be ‘exceptionally sensitive’ to climate change.

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#111933
2017-02-15

Invasive species on the rise globally

The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers.

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#111934
2017-02-15

Why are armyworms attacking Africa's crops?

Scientists warn that parts of southern Africa already hit by record droughts now face another potential food crisis because the invasion of a crop-eating pest, known as the "fall armyworm".

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#111935
2017-02-15

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?

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#111936
2017-02-15

Scientist Calls on UN to Seize Opportunity to Save the Oceans

United Nations, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Marine scientist Lisa Speer urged today the international community to take advantage of the opportunity to save the oceans from irrational use and guarantee future generations the enjoyment of their valuable resources.

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#111937
2017-02-15

Scientists estimate global loss of oxygen in Earth's oceans

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The scientific logic of ocean de-oxygenation is well established, but few studies have attempted to quantify the global loss of oxygen in Earth's oceans.

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#111915
2017-02-14

Scientists underestimate impact of global warming on wildlife

"We need to greatly improve assessments of the impacts of climate change on species right now," researcher James Watson warned.

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#111916
2017-02-14

Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space

Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited.

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#111917
2017-02-14

Make food systems climate resilient now or future production will be compromised – UN warns

13 February 2017 – Failure to act now to make food systems more resilient to climate change will seriously compromise food production in many regions, which in turn could fail international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, the United Nations agricultural agency warned today.

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#111918
2017-02-14

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean

Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows.

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#111919
2017-02-14

How to be a successful pest: Lessons from the green peach aphid

Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research programs to support pest control and aid global food security.

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#111920
2017-02-14

Trees need a little help to reclaim deforested land, study finds

Researchers have found evidence that suggests even highly mobile birds like hornbills do not ensure successful movement of seeds between isolated forest fragments, making it extremely unlikely that trees can re-colonize degraded forest patches without help.

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#111921
2017-02-14

Ravaging Drought Deepens in Kenya

NAIROBI, Feb 13 2017 (IPS) - Experts warn that Kenya is in the grip of the worst drought in recent history as government estimates show the number of people who are acutely food insecure has risen to 2.7 million, up from two million in January.

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#111922
2017-02-14

Parks are a huge asset, and we need to value them for the 21st century

Our green spaces are shrinking, despite all the benefits they give us. If we want to save them, we need to value the ecosystem and health and wellbeing services they offer

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#111924
2017-02-14

Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought, Study Says

A global analysis of Earth’s threatened and endangered species has upended our scientific understanding about the extent to which climate change is affecting wildlife.

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#111925
2017-02-14

Underappreciated and in trouble: Can we stave salt marshes' decline?

Salt marshes are an underappreciated, yet extremely valuable, part of the global ecosystem. But with both sea levels and human development on the rise, it is going to require real effort to save them.

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#111926
2017-02-14

Extreme heat threatens desert songbirds

Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A number of songbird species make their living in some of the most precarious places on Earth -- deserts.

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#111898
2017-02-13

Roudsar Persian leopard in torment

People exert noticeable impacts on biodiversity in several ways. As long as there are greedy and uncaring people, there will be change in relative abundance of species. Namely hunting is estimated to have caused 33% of the extinctions of mammals.

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#111899
2017-02-13

Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Percent of World’s Biodiversity

They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditi ...

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#111900
2017-02-13

Blue Sea Thinking | Underwater Egyptian Garden creates new Coral Reefs

A group of divers in Egypt are creating something amazing beneath the waves with hopes to encourage and grow brand new coral reefs.

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#111901
2017-02-13

Tourism gone wild

Mismanagement, lack of a strategy and enforcement of law are killing tourism in Bangladesh. For example the natural forest of Jaflong is disappearing rapidly due to dumping of stone illegally excavated from the Dawki and Sari rivers by a group of profit mongering traders. No wonder tourism in th ...

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#111902
2017-02-13

Humans are changing climate 170 times faster than nature, say researchers

Research co-led by the Australian National University (ANU) claims that the actions of humans are causing the earth's climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces.

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#111903
2017-02-13

Africa: Climate Change is a Threat to Nile-Sharing Countries

Celebrating Nile Day. The Rive Nile stretches an estimated 4,132 miles from its source to its mouth north in Egypt, which makes it the world’s second longest river after Amazon. It is shared by more than five states which 17 years ago conceived an idea of a body, Nile Basin Initiative [NBI], thr ...

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#111904
2017-02-13

In one Tanzanian village, survival is intimately linked to forest Conservation.

When Jamila Sallimu Chikunda found out she was pregnant with her third child in 2015, her joy quickly turned to anxiety. Chikunda’s family was struggling to make ends meet and she didn’t know how they would afford to pay for the delivery and costs associated with the pregnancy.

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#111905
2017-02-13

In the Sierras, New Approaches to Protecting Forests Under Stress

In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the viability of forests. Some ecologists are saying that land managers now need to adopt radically new strategies.

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#111906
2017-02-13

Investors learning to pay heed to community land rights

Companies operating in Africa would do well to avoid conflicts over land with local populations, according to new research by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO that works on land rights issues around the world. Scuffles with and among local communities carry ...

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#111907
2017-02-13

Could these five innovations help solve the global water crisis?

A number of creative technologies aim to increase access to clean water in developing countries. We asked two experts to assess some of them. The global water crisis has many causes, requiring many different solutions. As 1.2 billion people live in areas of water scarcity, these solutions must s ...

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