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#107797
2016-03-24

Massive wildfire rips through Congo rainforest – is logging to blame?

In late January and early March, a huge fire ripped through the forests of the Republic of Congo.

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#107798
2016-03-24

Japan confirms whales killed during 'scientific' expedition to Antarctica

Japan has confirmed whales were killed on its most recent “scientific” expedition in the Antarctic region.

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#107800
2016-03-24

Drought threatens food supply in Zimbabwe

Erratic rainfall and long dry spells have contributed to large-scale crop failure and livestock deaths across Zimbabwe. As a result, nearly 3 million rural Zimbabweans are currently facing food insecurity.

News Headlines
#107801
2016-03-24

Newly discovered butterfly may hold clues to climate change

Researchers discovered a possible new butterfly species in Alaska and believe it could tell us more about the pace of climate change.

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#107802
2016-03-24

New methodology for adapting Mediterranean basins to the demands of climate change

Corentin Girard, researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia's Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA-UPV), has developed an innovative methodology to assist planning at the scale of the river basin during periods of uncertainty such as those caused by climate ...

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#107803
2016-03-24

Kenyan leader discusses conservation issues with Duke of Cambridge

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and discussed areas of cooperation and the close ties between Kenya and the UK, especially on conservation.

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#107804
2016-03-24

Funding for endangered animals is 'unevenly distributed'

In the world of conservation, it appears some animals are more equal than others. That's according to a new study by Arizona State University researcher Leah Gerber, which claims there's an uneven distribution of funds for endangered animals.

News Headlines
#107805
2016-03-24

Liberal budget signals 'change in course' in tackling Arctic climate change issues

Environmental and Inuit leaders say the Liberal government's first budget signals a course change when it comes to tackling the impact of climate change on the environment and people of the Arctic.

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#107806
2016-03-24

'There was just no snow': climate change puts Iditarod future in doubt

After record high winter temperatures reduced parts of the course to a bone-jarring, sled-wrecking obstacle course, is the great mushing race on its way out?

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#107807
2016-03-24

Tolba, Former UN Environment Chief, Dies at Age 93

Mostafa Tolba, an Egyptian scientist and former executive director of the U.N. Environment Program whose call for "development without destruction" helped bring about the agency he led for 17 years, died Monday at the age of 93, a U.N. official said.

News Headlines
#107775
2016-03-23

World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes ‘the new normal,’ UN urges bold climate action

23 March 2016 – World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes ‘the new normal,’ UN urges bold climate action Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action ...

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#107776
2016-03-23

World Water Day: UN calls for ‘better water and better jobs’

22 March 2016 – With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods, the United Nations today said, underscoring the link between water and jobs, this year’s theme for World Water Day.

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#107777
2016-03-23

Ash tree set for extinction in Europe

The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

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#107778
2016-03-23

Migratory birds disperse seeds long distances

Some species of plants are capable of colonizing new habitats thanks to birds that transport their seeds in their plumage or digestive tract.

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#107779
2016-03-23

The secret lives of jellyfish

Long regarded as minor players in ocean ecology, jellyfish are actually important parts of the marine food web.

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#107780
2016-03-23

Conservation giant puts $100M into Amazon protected areas

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation — the biggest private supporter of conservation in the world’s largest rainforest — has pledged another $100 million toward efforts to establish and support protected areas across the Andes-Amazon landscape.

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#107781
2016-03-23

Three International Days in a Week, But Is Anybody Listening?

BONN, Germany, Mar 22 2016 (IPS) - For three consecutive days this week, we gave thought to our future. On International Forests Day, Monday, 21 March, we were reminded that forests are vital for our future water needs.

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#107783
2016-03-23

A world with less water

Water scarcity has long been a problem. But climate change, a growing global population and economic growth are putting the natural resource under even more stress.

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#107784
2016-03-23

Illegal drift nets continue to ravage the seas

Every year, extra-long drift nets kill literally tons of incidentally caught marine animals - or bycatch. As long as illegal fishing goes on, the carnage will continue. But one group has taken matters into its own hands.

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#107785
2016-03-23

Biodiversity encourages disease resistance

ADELAIDE, Australia, March 22 (UPI) -- Ecologists like to tout the less obvious benefits of biodiversity, and rightfully so. Now, they've got another to boast about -- disease resistance.

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#107786
2016-03-23

Eradicating Invasive Mammals Helps Native Island Species Thrive

The New Zealand storm petrel was considered extinct for 150 years. After cats and rats were eradicated from the island, the seabirds were rediscovered breeding on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.

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#107787
2016-03-23

Could fungi help pine forests withstand climate change?

Arthur Conan Doyle's famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes once noted that "the little things are infinitely the most important." It's a belief that investigators at the University of Alberta obviously share

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#107788
2016-03-23

Africa’s best bean

Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties.

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#107748
2016-03-22

‘Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,’ says UN chief

21 March 2016 – On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests.

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#107749
2016-03-22

Invasive Soviet water flea cuts US lake’s visibility by a metre

It’s an expensive invasion. The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) has cut visibility in Lake Mendota in Wisconsin by 1 metre since it was first spotted there in 2009.

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#107750
2016-03-22

Never-before-seen life spotted by Hawaiian deep-sea expedition

Eight dives into the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument of north-west Hawaii have resulted in thousands of samples and images of never-before-seen life and landforms.

News Headlines
#107751
2016-03-22

Go wild to protect food security, says study

More needs to be done to ensure wild relatives of our key food crops are conserved for future generations, a study has said.

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#107752
2016-03-22

China’s bitter-sweet success at halting forest loss

China’s attempts to reverse decades of deforestation are looking hopeful, scientists say, but the problem may simply be moving abroad.

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#107753
2016-03-22

UNESCO declares largest biosphere reserve in North America

This weekend saw the designation of 20 new UNESCO biosphere reserves around the world. Included in these is the brand new Tsá Túé International Biosphere Reserve, the first in northern Canada and the first to be led entirely by indigenous communities.

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#107754
2016-03-22

Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development?

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - “We, indigenous women want to be considered as part of the solution for sustainable development, because we have capabilities and knowledge, ” said Tarcila Rivera, a Quechua journalist and activist for the rights of indigenous people in Peru, at a press confer ...

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#107755
2016-03-22

Forests Help Quench Urban Thirst

ROME, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The next time you turn on the tap to fill the kettle, you might want to spare a thought for the forest that made it possible.

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#107756
2016-03-22

Climate change warnings for coral reef may have come to pass, scientists say

As coral bleaching threat is raised for Great Barrier Reef, experts say events show that dire projections for reefs under global warming were not alarmist

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#107767
2016-03-22

Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise

Former Nasa researcher and father of climate change awareness says melting of ice sheets could cause ‘several meters’ rise in a century, swamping coastal cities

News Headlines
#107768
2016-03-22

Would Brexit damage the environment?

A new report claims that a UK exit from the EU would leave Britain’s environment vulnerable. But on the flip side, Brexit could increase environmental protection in the rest of Europe.

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#107769
2016-03-22

Protecting 30 percent of the ocean has many benefits, study suggests

Protecting large stretches of the ocean from human influence may well be good for conservation. But a new study by University of York scientists Professor Callum Roberts and Dr Bethan O'Leary suggests that setting aside at least 30 percent of it would also benefit fishermen and other stakeholders.

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#107770
2016-03-22

World Water Day: How water shortage would threaten jobs and growth

An estimated three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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#107771
2016-03-22

Study: City birds are smarter than relatives from the country

MONTREAL, March 22 (UPI) -- As if city birds weren't already arrogant enough, now there's evidence urban-dwelling birds are more intelligent than their relatives from the country. They're sure to be crowing about this for weeks.

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#107726
2016-03-21

Earth Hour 2016: UN goes dark to spotlight climate change

19 March 2016 – The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the wor ...

News Headlines
#107727
2016-03-21

Australia drops Tasmanian Wilderness logging campaign

The Australian and Tasmanian authorities are abandoning their bid to have logging permitted in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.

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#107728
2016-03-21

What China’s latest five-year plan means for science

From a slowing economy to geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, it is a testing time for China’s ruling Communist party.

News Headlines
#107731
2016-03-21

Tanzanian rice swells yield from salty soil

Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa.

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#107732
2016-03-21

10 facts about forests for International Forest Day

Today is International Forest Day, which was launched by the United Nations March 21, 2012 to promote the importance of forests and trees. In recognition of the designation, below are ten facts about forests.

News Headlines
#107733
2016-03-21

International Day of Forests 2016: What’s the state of the world’s forests?

To mark the Day’s fourth anniversary, Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), sit down together in a special three-part video interview series to discuss the challenges ...

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#107734
2016-03-21

Corruption Threat to Pacific Island Forests

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, dri ...

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#107735
2016-03-21

Global warming taking place at an 'alarming rate', UN climate body warns

World Meteorological Organisation says unprecedented rate of change sends a powerful message to world leaders to implement the Paris deal to cut emissions

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#107736
2016-03-21

Who can save Poland's oldest forest from environmental disaster?

Polish ecological organizations are up in arms over plans to reintroduce large-scale logging in the protected Bialowieza forest in the east of the country, in response to a massive spruce bark beetle infestation there.

News Headlines
#107737
2016-03-21

Indonesia: Discovery of 15 Sumatran rhinos raises hope for critically endangered species

Indonesia's government will convert a former gold mining site located in the east of the country into a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos, after 15 examples to the near-extinct species were spotted in the area.

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#107738
2016-03-21

On International Day of Forests, FAO launches new forest and water programme

21 March, 2016, Rome - FAO today launched a new programme aiming to enhance the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests.

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#107740
2016-03-21

20 sites added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserve

Lima, 19 March—The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March.

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#107741
2016-03-21

Ecuador creates Galápagos marine sanctuary to protect sharks

Belgium-sized area around northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing in bid to conserve sharks and unique habitat

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