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#111320
2016-12-08

Radar reveals bird pile up on shores of the Great Lakes

CLEVELAND, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Birds have a strong preference for nighttime migration, so much so that migratory birds caught over water at daybreak turn around for shore. Researchers discovered the phenomenon using radar normally reserved for tracking weather systems.

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#111321
2016-12-08

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction.

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#111323
2016-12-08

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report.

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#111324
2016-12-08

Longest-living animal gives up ocean climate secrets

A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.

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#111325
2016-12-08

Reports that wild Sumatran rhinos may survive in Malaysia prompt hope, skepticism

In 2015, Malaysian officials publicly confirmed there were no wild rhinos left in Malaysia.

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#111326
2016-12-08

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign

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#111327
2016-12-08

Firmenich Makes Global Pledge to Biodiversity

08 Dec 2016 --- Firmenich has signed the Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge, alongside several of its strategic clients at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico.

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#111328
2016-12-08

Denmark far from achieving UN biodiversity goals

Denmark is not likely to meet the majority of the 20 UN targets that the international community adopted in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan to protect biodiversity in the world

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#111329
2016-12-08

Natural world faces its biggest ever threat, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.

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#111330
2016-12-08

Lack of recognition for indigenous knowledge at COP 13, says participant

INDIGENOUS peoples’ generational knowledge and experiences of resource management and their attempts to protect local biodiversity has not featured at all at government level discussions on strategies for marine conservation management at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, say ...

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#111331
2016-12-08

Study points to El Niño-like global connections between forests

When a forest falls prey to disease, pests, drought or clearing by humans, the impacts ripple well beyond that local ecosystem, according to a new study.

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#111332
2016-12-08

'Climate-change education essential for local communities'

Raising Public awareness is invaluable if local communities are to be engaged in the effort to meet the challenge of climate change.

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#111333
2016-12-08

Drought in southern Africa points to urgent need for climate change plans

It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise by between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods. Agriculture will be severely affected.

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#111334
2016-12-08

Land recycling helps Europe to maintain its land resource 

Land degradation and taking land for urban development threaten critical ecosystem services, including provision of food and water, climate regulation and recreation.

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#111335
2016-12-08

Science just gave us more proof that destroying the environment can spread diseases to humans

In a new study, scientists have demonstrated — yet again — the alarming effects of environmental change on the spread of infectious disease.

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#111336
2016-12-08

Researchers worried about the fate of Monarch butterflies

Researchers at the Insectarium are worried about the fate of the Monarch butterfly.

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#111337
2016-12-08

Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation

Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.

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#111338
2016-12-08

Millennials Have Bad Views on GMOs

It’s important not to fall into the many lazy story lines about millennials being coddled or oversensitive or anti-free-speech or wildly promiscuous or whatever else.

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#111339
2016-12-08

Biodiversity Convention call to block new 'genetic extinction' GMOs

160 global groups have called for a moratorium on new 'genetic extinction' technology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

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#111340
2016-12-08

‘Gene drive’ scientists ask UN Biodiversity Conference to not block new technology

Editor’s Note: This is a letter written to the governing body overseeing the biosafey treaty–the Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagenta Protocol on Biosafety–from scientists who support gene drive research.

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#111341
2016-12-08

Thailand's Karen women find a future in ecotourism

CHIANG MAI, Thailand Deep in the jungle of Mae Wang, two hours' drive southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, five women from the Karen ethnic group banded together to do something unprecedented in their community: They started a company run entirely by women.

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#111342
2016-12-08

Only a Handful of Countries on Track to Meet Their Biodiversity Goals, Assessment Shows

Cancun, Mexico | December 07, 2016 At the Convention on Biological Diversity today, global conservation NGOs released a report revealing that just 5 percent of countries who have reported progress on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are on track to reach their global biodiversity goals by 2020.

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#111343
2016-12-08

Biodiversity betrayal as nations fail miserably on conservation

Almost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious plan in 2010 to save the world’s dwindling biodiversity.

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#111344
2016-12-08

GMO-free: Yucatan, Campeche and QR to sign pact this week at COP13 in Cancun

CANCUN — The state governments of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche have pledged to make the Yucatan Peninsula a GMO-free region through the signing of a cooperative pact during the COP13 Global Biodiversity Summit, taking place in Cancun this week.

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#111345
2016-12-08

Isla Mujeres signs natural-resources preservation pact

Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.

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#111346
2016-12-08

Invasive insect eating away at America's forests

PETERSHAM, Mass. —| In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.

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#111347
2016-12-08

WIPO Members Update Draft Text on Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Members of the UN’s intellectual property agency reportedly made some headway last week in updating a draft text relating to the protection of traditional knowledge, though many items remain unresolved.

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#111298
2016-12-07

Agave genes could inspire new drought-resistant plants

NEWCASTLE, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified genes key to the ability of the agave plant -- the plant used to make tequila -- to survive hot, dry conditions. The discovery could inspire the engineering of drought-resistant plants.

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#111299
2016-12-07

Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN biodiversity conference

6 December 2016 – Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biologi ...

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#111300
2016-12-07

Sea ice extent tumbles around both poles in November

Water and air temperatures and shifts in wind patterns conspired to hold down sea ice extent, setting record lows for the month of November in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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#111301
2016-12-07

From loathed to loved: Villagers rally to save Greater Adjutant stork

You know a bird has a PR problem when an ornithologist refers to it as “a prodigy of ugliness.”

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#111302
2016-12-07

Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions

CALI, Colombia, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.

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#111303
2016-12-07

More than half of shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction

A new IUCN report warns that urgent action is needed to preserve populations of cartilaginous fish, like sharks and rays, in the Mediterranean region.

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#111304
2016-12-07

At UN Biodiversity conference, new guidelines for agro-environmental policies in Latin America Caribbean

6 December 2016, Cancun, Mexico - In an effort to combat the impacts of environmental degradation and promote sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change, FAO this week presented a set ofVoluntary guidelines for agro-environmental policiesmeant to help policy makers in Latin America an ...

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#111305
2016-12-07

CIFOR scientists bringing latest research to CBD COP13

A delegation of scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be presenting their latest research at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), to be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 4 to 17 December 2016.

News Headlines
#111306
2016-12-07

Why conservation fails

The only way for northern countries to halt deforestation in the South is to make sure land owners are paid more than it costs them to conserve the forest.

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#111307
2016-12-07

Mexico jumps on the 'big reserve' trend of ocean conservation

On Monday, the Mexican government established the largest biological reserve in the country’s history, further driving a global trend of setting aside large swaths of land and ocean for conservation.

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#111308
2016-12-07

The Great and Dying Barrier Reef

Coral reefs are among the most remarkable achievements of nature, structures built in shallow water over long periods of time out of the skeletons of tiny polyps.

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#111309
2016-12-07

Climate change battle heats up for Australian winemakers

When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes.

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#111310
2016-12-07

Climate change: Are polar bears doomed?

A just released report has cast even more concern about the future of the polar bear survival as a species.

News Headlines
#111311
2016-12-07

Climate change could render Sudan 'uninhabitable'

(CNN) — Sudan's ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating.

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#111312
2016-12-07

Fighting the Underground Trade in Hippo Teeth

Kampala, Uganda—Investigators posing as buyers lured the suspects to a lodge near Buliisa, a town in western Uganda, as night set in.

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#111313
2016-12-07

Developing a wolf economy: wildlife tourism fuels Manitoba’s economy

In February 2012, a team of people from Spirit Way Inc., University College of the North, Travel Manitoba, The Wildlife Society/Manitoba and Frontiers North Adventures met with government ministers in Winnipeg to present a discussion paper entitled “Building a Wolf Economy.”

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#111314
2016-12-07

Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements.

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#111316
2016-12-07

Global habitat loss still rampant across much of the Earth

As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a range of universities and NGOs report in the international journal Conservation Letters that h ...

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#111317
2016-12-07

COP 13 Warn of Loss of Forests and other Ecosystems

Cancun, Mexico, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Braulio Ferreira, has warned of the rapid loss of forests on the planet.

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#111318
2016-12-07

Common pesticides are more harmful to 'good' insects than previously thought

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Not all insects are the enemies of crops. Many are beneficial. Ideally, insecticides should kill the bad insects without harming the good ones. Easier said than done.

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#111273
2016-12-06

New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

5 December 2016 – Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries' economies, according to a United Nations report launched today.

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#111275
2016-12-06

UN conference adopts 'Cancun Declaration,' ramping up efforts to protect world's biodiversity

4 December 2016 – More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.

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#111276
2016-12-06

Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets.

Cancun, Mexico 4 December 2016 - Ministers from around the world committed to working together to save biodiversity and take urgent action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and backed this with a host of specific commitments.

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