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#108166
2016-04-15

Indian tigers may replenish Cambodian forests

Cambodia is looking to India to bring tigers back to its forests where they were declared “functionally extinct” recently. The southeast Asian country is trying to get some tigers from India introduced into its eastern region. A formal proposal from Cambodia is likely later this year.

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#108167
2016-04-15

Pollutants in fish diminish human defenses against toxins, study says

SAN DIEGO, April 15 (UPI) -- The risks of eating polluted fish include a negative feedback loop. According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, pollutants in fish undermine the human body's ability to naturally rid itself of toxins. In other words, pollutants in fish render ...

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#108109
2016-04-14

Heat wave triggers Greenland's ice melting season two months early

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 13 (UPI) -- As much as 12 percent of Greenland is melting, according to measurements taken on Monday by scientists with the Danish Meteorological Institute.

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#108110
2016-04-14

More moose on the loose in a warmer Alaska

Rising temperatures and longer summers have helped the iconic Alaskan moose conquer vast new stretches of frozen tundra according to a new study.

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#108111
2016-04-14

Bat-sound library tracks biodiversity

Scientists have compiled the biggest known library of bat sounds in an effort to identify and conserve rare species.

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#108112
2016-04-14

Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is undergoing the most severe bleaching event in its history, as corals along the reef expel the symbiotic algae that provide them both with their rich colours and food.

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#108113
2016-04-14

Marsh loss shatters lifestyle of Iraq’s Ma’dan women

Iraq is losing crucial knowledge about water management as marshland depletion is altering the lifestyle of local women, a paper has warned.

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#108114
2016-04-14

Caribbean Nations Declare Support For Biodiversity Mainstreaming Efforts

MONTREAL, Apr 14 2016 – In anticipation of the discussions to take place at the 13th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) later thisyear, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have adopted a decision to enhance implementati ...

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#108115
2016-04-14

The vaquita could go extinct this year as totoaba poaching continues to increase

China’s demand for swim bladders from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba is putting the species at risk. It’s also pushing a small porpoise known as the vaquita, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, to the brink of extinction.

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#108116
2016-04-14

World's scientists to join forces on major 1.5C climate change report

Special UN report will offer comprehensive assessment of impacts of a 1.5C rise in global warming on sea level, coral bleaching and biodiversity

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#108117
2016-04-14

China to greatly expand GM crops

China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM crop developer Syngenta will be taken over by a Chinese state-owned firm.

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#108118
2016-04-14

Using genomics to save endangered species

Currently, many threatened and endangered species are present in captivity. Their management is mostly focused on keeping the population viable (both demographically and genetically) and as similar to the wild ancestor populations as possible.

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#108119
2016-04-14

Uncharted Arctic waters: A new opportunity for exploitation, or conservation?

When thick sheets of sea ice began melting in the Arctic waters around Svalbard, Norway, a few years ago, a new expanse of sparkling blue sea opened up.

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#108120
2016-04-14

UN agency boosts efforts to detect and prevent spread of damaging wheat rusts

15 April 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it is expanding a partnership to inhibit the ongoing spread of wheat rusts, a group of fungal plant diseases that block the production of the staple grain and other crops, which is raising concern in Central As ...

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#108084
2016-04-13

Pickering leaky dams flood prevention scheme 'a success'

A natural flood management scheme saved a North Yorkshire town from floods at Christmas, a report says.

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#108085
2016-04-13

Sea-level rise factors unravelled

Global sea-level rise since the 1970s has been predominantly driven by greenhouse gas emissions and not natural climate variability, a study suggests.

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#108086
2016-04-13

How climate change dries up mountain streams

The western United States relies on mountain snow for its water supply. Water stored as snow in the mountains during winter replenishes groundwater and drives river runoff in spring, filling reservoirs for use later in summer.

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#108087
2016-04-13

Cause of global warming: Consensus on consensus

A research team confirms that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by humans.

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#108088
2016-04-13

Fungus fermentation turns palm waste into fodder

Scientists in Malaysia are perfecting a method to produce high-protein animal feed from palm waste and fungi, offering a potential outlet for by-products of controversial palm oil production, a paper says.

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#108089
2016-04-13

Fishing nets kill ‘high proportion’ of adult loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean

A new study found that about 11 percent of adult loggerhead turtles were dying early in the waters off Middle East and North Africa due to entanglement in fishing nets used by small-scale fisheries.

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#108090
2016-04-13

Conservationists divided over royal visit to controversial Indian wildlife reserve

Trip by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to Kaziranga national park reopens debate over shoot-to-kill policy enforced against rhino poachers

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#108091
2016-04-13

UK supermarkets back call to cut yellowfin tuna catches by 20%

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S, Morrisons and Co-op join major seafood brands and WWF in campaign to stop Indian Ocean fish stocks collapsing

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#108092
2016-04-13

Clinging on against drought in Ethiopia

Three goats are all that remain from Dahbo's herd that once numbered 10 camels, 200 goats and sheep, and 20 cows.

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#108094
2016-04-13

Climate Change Hits Hard in Zambia, an African Success Story

LAKE KARIBA, Zambia — Even as drought and the effects of climate change grew visible across this land, the Kariba Dam was always a steady, and seemingly limitless, source of something rare in Africa: electricity so cheap and plentiful that Zambia could export some to its neighbors.

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#108095
2016-04-13

Forests synchronize their growth in response to climate change

A new study, with the participation of UPM, has revealed a growing synchrony in ring-width patterns of trees in response to global warming.

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#108096
2016-04-13

Natural History Museum in L.A. enlists residents to collect data on urban wildlife

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is embarking on a pioneering plan to collect and inventory all of the urban wildlife in the region.

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#108054
2016-04-12

Combined effects of copper, climate change can be deadly for amphibians, research finds

Researchers warn that the extinction to two amphibian species -- the southern toad and the southern leopard frog -- may be hastened by the combined effects of climate change and copper-contaminated wetlands.

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#108055
2016-04-12

New termite-eating, fat-tailed gecko found in Australia

The gecko, which was given the name Diplodactylus ameyi, is a specialized termite predator found in outback Queensland and northern New South Wales.

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#108058
2016-04-12

Climate change is drying up small islands, study says

Sea level rise severely threatens small islands across the globe. But now, these islands have another cause for worry — reduced freshwater access and increasing aridity due to climate change.

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#108059
2016-04-12

Conserving the Hilsa

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 12 2016 (IPS) - Bangladesh has decided to set up a Hilsa Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) to protect this fish from over-exploitation due to population growth and effects of climate change.

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#108060
2016-04-12

Human disturbances outside rainforests can jeopardize tropical biodiversity, study confirms

A study started in the early 1970s to research population demography of tropical trees confirms that even deforestation on the edges of a rainforest can have deleterious effects across the ecosystem.

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#108061
2016-04-12

Chinese Demand for Rosewood Has Turned Thailand’s Forests Into Virtual War Zones

Illegal loggers and forest rangers regularly do battle over the precious timber

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#108062
2016-04-12

Climate change helping B.C. forests recover from pine beetle says study

The warming climate that helped trigger B.C.'s mountain pine beetle outbreak might also be helping the province's forests recover, according to new research led by federal government scientists in Victoria.

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#108063
2016-04-12

Political storm clouds outlook for Brazil's climate change plan

BRASÍLIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As at least 130 countries prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York later this month, environmental experts have warned that enthusiasm for climate change action may be waning in Brazil.

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#108064
2016-04-12

How do you save a species that is almost impossible to track?

Until a decade ago the Balkan Lynx (a subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx) was virtually unknown to the local population and its sightings were almost mythical. This is not surprising: the subspecies’ current population is estimated at 19 to 36 adult individuals.

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#108065
2016-04-12

Using ecotourism to save one of Armenia's most biologically diverse regions

Using ecotourism to save one of Armenia's most biologically diverse regions

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#108066
2016-04-12

Is biodiversity research biased?

In 2012, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a comprehensive, multi-lateral treaty signed by 193 nations, established 20 biodiversity targets to coincide with the beginning of the UN Decade of Biodiversity.

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#108067
2016-04-12

PM Modi urges international collaboration for tiger conservation

NEW DELHI: Making a strong pitch for tiger conservation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday underlined the need for collaboration between governments at the highest level to check trafficking in body parts of the wildcat.

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#108068
2016-04-12

Tiny birds tracked on mammoth Sahara flight

To cross the Sahara every autumn and spring, a little songbird snaps out of its nocturnal travel habits and flies for 40-60 hours, a study has found.

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#108027
2016-04-11

Two-thirds of Europeans support ban on glyphosate, says Yougov poll

Concerns remain chemical widely used in agriculture as a herbicide can kill all plants, algae, bacteria and fungi in a crop’s vicinity, affecting biodiversity

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#108028
2016-04-11

Report highlights environmental dangers of leaving EU

Independent review says EU rules, such as on clean water and wildlife protection, have benefited UK’s environment

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#108029
2016-04-11

Let’s not turn the Arctic into an adventure playground

Every year at about this time, a Russian cargo plane deposits many tonnes of equipment on an ice floe one degree off the north pole.

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#108030
2016-04-11

Mapping the world’s biomass to better tackle deforestation

One of the early successes in efforts to combat global warming has been a renewed push to tackle deforestation in some of the world’s last remaining tropical rainforests.

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#108031
2016-04-11

World Bank to shift focus to climate change

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- The World Bank announced Thursday it is making a "fundamental shift" away from financing efforts to ease global poverty, towards tackling climate change.

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#108032
2016-04-11

Conservation project to translocate 80 rhinos from Africa to Australia to save species from poaching

As rhino numbers continue to plunge with over a 1000 killed for their horns last year in Africa, Australia is stepping in to save the animal. In a first-time conservation effort, around 80 African rhinos will be translocated to Australia over four years, beginning with six this August.

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#108033
2016-04-11

World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St. Helena Island

Approximately 2,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro and just over 1,200 miles west of the African country of Angola, lies St. Helena Island: one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

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#108034
2016-04-11

Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting

A recent study shows that effective shark conservation in Indonesia only works when shark protection through no-fishing zones is combined with efforts to involve local communities in the management of their own fisheries and by providing alternatives to sustain their livelihoods.

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#108035
2016-04-11

Mysterious deep-sea swarm of thousands of crabs caught on camera

It’s a deep-sea crab invasion. A unique video has captured a surprise swarm of red crabs on the sea floor at the Hannibal Bank seamount off the Pacific coast of Panama.

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#108014
2016-04-08

Scientists say we need to be far more ambitious about protecting oceans

Researchers say that 30 percent of the Earth’s oceans must be protected in order to preserve marine biodiversity, fisheries productivity, and all of the economic and cultural benefits we derive from the sea.

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#108015
2016-04-08

Paris climate deal to be signed by over 130 countries at UN ceremony

Landmark event on 22 April to mark the record for highest number of countries signing an international treaty

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