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#103498
2015-04-16

Discovery of new plant switch could boost crops, biofuel production

A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis -- the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.

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#103499
2015-04-16

Seismic shift for blue whales

Australia's largest animals, blue whales, are said to be at risk from "ships of deaf" run by the oil and gas industry.

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#103500
2015-04-16

Namibia: Desertification Destroys Kunene

OVERGRAZING is causing the Namibian desert to expand, according to well-known environmentalist Axel Rothauge.

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#103502
2015-04-16

Malawi Loses Nearly 200 Square Miles of Forest Annually

Lilongwe — Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Dr Allan Chiyembekeza has revealed that Malawi loses nearly 200 square miles of its forest and this translates into a deforestation rate of 2.8 percent annually.

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#103503
2015-04-16

African Ministers Unite in Calling for Strong Universal Climate Agreement, Sufficient Finance

With countries set to approve a new climate change agreement under the UN in Paris in December, Ministers from governments across Africa have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, ...

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#103504
2015-04-16

UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation

15 April 2015: Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched.

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#103505
2015-04-16

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

Industry and environmentalists rally against proposed new EU rules to authorise GM imports this spring, with national opt-outs

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#103506
2015-04-16

BP promises more transparency on climate change issues

BP has promised to be more open about its impact on climate change after 98% of shareholders backed a resolution calling for greater transparency at the fossil fuel group.

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#103475
2015-04-15

UN warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges government action

14 April 2015 – Although the world’s water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet’s neediest regions, according to a new United ...

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#103476
2015-04-15

Gray whale makes record migration across North Pacific

A whale's journey across the Pacific Ocean is the longest recorded migration of any mammal, say scientists.

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#103477
2015-04-15

New Mesoamerican pine beetle described by scientists

A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle has been described in a new paper.

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#103478
2015-04-15

Ocean science for development in SIDS: Facts and figures

The ocean is a crucial component of the Earth system, essential for supporting ecosystem and human health by regulating the weather and climate, producing freshwater and soaking up carbon.

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#103479
2015-04-15

Price on carbon key to Canada tackling global warming, say researchers

65 researchers from provinces across Canada have published a report, Acting on Climate Change, that details how the country can successfully decarbonize its electric grid to slow global warming.

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#103480
2015-04-15

Pesticide Use May Threaten Global Freshwater Biodiversity

Pesticide use, while it's been tied to a decline in honeybee populations and other pollinators, now may also threaten global freshwater biodiversity, according to new research.

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#103481
2015-04-15

New Strategies for Conserving Biodiversity in Cuba

Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuba has a program and an action plan for Biological Diversity currently being updated for the period 2015- 2020, which aims to halt the loss of biodiversity in the country, through its conservation and sustainable use.

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#103483
2015-04-15

Scientists urge three nations to preserve Borneo wildlife

International scientists have urged the three nations who share the Asian island of Borneo to collaborate more closely to save their endangered wildlife and meet development goals.

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#103484
2015-04-15

EU to give countries greater powers on GM food

The European Commission wants to give individual member states the power to ban food products made from genetically modified organisms, even if those GM foods have been given an EU-wide stamp of approval.

News Headlines
#103485
2015-04-15

On thin ice: the farmers adapting to Peru's melting glacier

As Peru’s tropical glaciers retreat, farmers are using traditional knowledge of plants to absorb toxic metals ... and leading climate change tours

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#103454
2015-04-14

Nepal's community forests fight poverty and destruction

Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don't only threaten Nepal's rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?

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#103455
2015-04-14

Warmer seas 'will change British diet'

Fish such as haddock, plaice and lemon sole will decline as the North Sea warms by a predicted 1.8 degrees over 50 years, say scientists.

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#103456
2015-04-14

Study of African birds reveals hotbed of malaria parasite diversity

Among hundreds of birds sampled during two months of field work in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, an astonishing proportion of the birds -- 79 percent -- were infected with haemosporidian parasites.

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#103457
2015-04-14

Experts reject Japan's new whaling plan

International Whaling Committee say proposal to resume hunt in Southern Ocean offers no scientific evidence that it is necessary

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#103458
2015-04-14

Dutch government facing legal action over failure to reduce carbon emissions

Landmark case brought by 886 Dutch citizens aims for more robust policy to cut emissions within targets set by IPCC to help avoid critical 2C rise in global temperatures

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#103459
2015-04-14

Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change?

While we may not yet have reached the “point of no return”—when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming—climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close.

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#103460
2015-04-14

FAO Alert on Globally Shortage of Water Supply

Seoul, April 14 (Prensa-Latina) The excessive consumption, resources degradation and the impact of climate change will reduce water supply in many regions, especially in developing countries, FAO warned today.

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#103461
2015-04-14

Environmentalists Work to Save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

In the coming months, the United Nations and the Australian government will square off over whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.

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#103463
2015-04-14

From saving oceans to empowering girls, Skoll Awards honour social entrepreneurs

LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four social entrepreneurs helping to save the environment by building sustainable coastal communities, improving access to information to fight pollution, investing in girls' education and securing a better future for the rural poor are the winners ...

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#103464
2015-04-14

Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies.

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#103466
2015-04-14

Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.

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#103467
2015-04-14

Conservation from 5,000 feet

VIENNA, April 14 (UPI) -- It's not enough to simply classify a large swath of habitat as protected. Conservation requires regularly monitoring, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology say.

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#103443
2015-04-13

Hunters win Malta bird referendum on shooting ban

Malta has narrowly rejected proposals to ban controversial spring hunting, during which migrating birds are shot before they can breed.

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#103444
2015-04-13

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields

Supercomputers and genetic engineering could help boost crops’ ability to convert sunlight into energy and tackle looming food shortages, according to a team of researchers.

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#103445
2015-04-13

Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation

CHITWAN, Nepal, Apr 11 2015 (IPS) - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility.

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#103446
2015-04-13

Indonesia has a new tool against climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia—It has one of the world’s largest forest estates …. and one of the highest rates of deforestation and degradation. The government of Indonesia has a serious target: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26 percent by 2020, and – if international assistance is forthcoming ...

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#103447
2015-04-13

Sustainable development won't happen without the means to implement it

Predictably, the world has spent four years getting excited about ambitious targets and has given itself little more than four months to work out how to pay for them.

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#103448
2015-04-13

World mayors call for prompt action to fight climate change

The world’s largest network of municipalities on Friday adopted an action plan aimed at taking prompt measures against climate change at a congress held in Seoul.

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#103449
2015-04-13

In Belize, climate change drives coastal management

BELIZE CITY, April 9, 2015 (IPS) - A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development.

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#103420
2015-04-10

Mountain gorillas stuck in genetic bottleneck

Full genome reveals surprising level of inbreeding and could aid conservation efforts.

News Headlines
#103421
2015-04-10

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields

Supercomputers and genetic engineering could help boost crops’ ability to convert sunlight into energy and tackle looming food shortages, according to a team of researchers.

News Headlines
#103422
2015-04-10

In Belize, Climate Change Drives Coastal Management

BELIZE CITY, Apr 9 2015 (IPS) - A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development.

News Headlines
#103423
2015-04-10

Lowe's to eliminate pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.

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#103424
2015-04-10

Where Chocolate Meets Carbon: One Peruvian Project Finds The Sweet Spot

The Althelia Climate Fund’s $7 million investment in the Madre de Dios region of Peru aims to support 1,100 farmers on sustainable cocoa production and protect a biodiverse national reserve.

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#103425
2015-04-10

New paper shows how sensitive the ocean biosystem is to climate change

Changes to the climate have had major impacts on the oceans and the biological systems that live there. A new study sheds more light on how fast these systems respond to changes.

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#103426
2015-04-10

A Paris Climate Agreement—Africa’s opportunity for a sustainable century

Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk is reduced.

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#103427
2015-04-10

Chinese claim of South China Sea reclamation not causing damage unacceptable —DFA

(Updated 12:38 p.m.) The Philippines on Monday said it finds “unacceptable” China’s claim that its massive reclamation work in several disputed South China Sea territories are not causing marine environment damage, warning that that coastal states stand to lose $100 million annually from Beijing ...

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#103392
2015-04-09

New group hopes to raise global profile of the peace-loving bonobo

Of the world's six species of great ape (not including us), it's safe to say that bonobos (Pan paniscus) are the least studied and least known publicly.

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#103393
2015-04-09

Can ‘Speedo diplomacy’ save one of the world's last pristine oceans?

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh believes he can break the political deadlock that has stymied the protection of the Southern Ocean after completing a series of epic swims off the coast of Antarctica.

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#103394
2015-04-09

Hawksbill turtle rookery recovers from 150 years of exploitation

One of the last turtle populations in the world to be legally exploited for the 'tortoise shell' trade is finally recovering after a 25-year conservation effort, say researchers.

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#103395
2015-04-09

Study: Protecting tropical reefs need not be a zero-sum game

A new study suggests that less draconian restrictions could still put many troubled reefs on the road to recovery. This could reduce friction between conservationists and those who depend on the reefs for their livelihood.

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#103396
2015-04-09

Did climate change cause California drought?

(CNN)—Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory statewide restrictions on water use for the first time in the state's history. His action was driven by a specific crisis unique to California at the moment -- the severe drought now in its fourth year there -- but it has significanc ...

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