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#119038
2018-12-14

Negotiating for Nature

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 2018 (IPS) - Wildlife is being wiped out in an unprecedented rate, and it’s our fault. But a new deal could provide a new pathway forward.

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#119039
2018-12-14

Global agreement on ‘conserved areas’ marks new era of conservation (commentary)

On November 29, 2018, the 196 Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a decision that represents a high-water mark for the governance of protected areas and marks a new era of “protected and conserved areas.”

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#119040
2018-12-14

Asian Indigenous Peoples’ Intellectual Property Rights On Biodiversity Endangered – OpEd

Indigenous and tribal peoples of Asia, are facing complex threats to their survival as distinct peoples.

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#119041
2018-12-14

Huge reserves protect underwater mountains, endangered sea life

Argentina's government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary.

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#119042
2018-12-14

Sweden’s forests have doubled in size over the last 100 years

Sweden is a land of trees. More than 70% of its landscape is covered by forest and in less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled.

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#119043
2018-12-14

Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets

Scientists from the United States and Brazil warn that the current global progress toward United Nations (UN) sustainability goals is not fast enough to avert the biodiversity crisis.

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#119044
2018-12-14

The impact of climate inaction on food security

CANBERRA — The global food system needs to be transformed to respond to the health and nutrition needs of the future. To achieve this, however, there needs to be a strong global program to prevent greater threats from climate change.

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#119045
2018-12-14

China's 'complicated' role in fight against climate change

When the leaders of the world's two biggest economies — and its two biggest polluters — finally saw eye to eye on climate change, they paved the way for a historic global agreement to fight it.

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#119046
2018-12-14

China demands developed countries 'pay their debts' on climate change

China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same.

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#119047
2018-12-14

These Tiny Island Nations Are Leading the Fight Against Climate Change

The ongoing negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement aren’t going well.

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#119048
2018-12-14

How Climate Change is making parts of the Camargue disappear

As the COP24 climate conference in Poland comes to a close, parts of Europe are facing up to the effects of climate change.

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#119049
2018-12-14

Scientists decry lack of data on ocean pollution

[SÃO PAULO] Scientific databases contain little information on pollution in marine conservation areas, according to a broad review of research on chemical pollution and its biological effects on the ocean.

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#119050
2018-12-14

Satellite trackers help fight vultures’ extinction in southern Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Every other hour, Sonja Krüger logs onto her website and checks the birds’ status. Pharoah is taking a mud bath in the mountains, Jeremia is on a roost site viewing the Maloti mountain range, and Mollie is scouring the grasslands for a fresh carcass.

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#119051
2018-12-14

Hope takes wing as Manipur prepares to establish its first bird sanctuary

Of the thousands of migratory birds that have landed this winter at Loktak Lake, in Manipur in northeast India, the rare sighting of a once-abundant songbird with distinctive bright yellow underparts holds a different meaning for birders.

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#119052
2018-12-14

What happened next? Was the punk turtle that breathes through its genitals saved from extinction?

Australia’s Mary River turtle went viral after it was named on an endangered species list – and Cate Blanchett even voiced a puppet of it. But was that enough to save it?

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#119053
2018-12-14

660 species of bees live in newly shrunk national monument

At first glance, it might not seem as if life thrives in the dry, otherworldly expanses of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The high, rugged patch in southern Utah is mostly known for its jagged cliffs, steep canyons, and vast, arid deserts. But bee biologist Olivia Messinger Carril ...

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#119056
2018-12-17

10 minutes with Josh Henretig, Microsoft

Josh Henretig: It's a cross-company program that takes Microsoft's deep investments in artificial intelligence research and technologies, adds on our commitment to using technology to address big, societal challenges to then deliver AI resources in the hands of organizations working at the inter ...

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#119058
2018-12-17

The whole world finally nods to enforce Paris Climate Change Agreement rules

Nearly 200 nations have agreed to enforce rules on implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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#119059
2018-12-17

What's the best job for fighting climate change?

You don’t have to quit your day job to make a difference on climate change. Waite: “No matter if you’re in healthcare, media, journalism, science and tech, you can integrate sustainability, you can pursue it and you can have both purpose and profit.”

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#119060
2018-12-17

Using archaeology to understand the past, present, future of climate change

A photo from the tragic "Camp Fire," the most destructive wildfire in California history, shows a house burned down to its foundation. Such images are difficult to process, particularly with 86 people dead.

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#119061
2018-12-17

Know about coasts subject to harm by climate change in Egypt

Egyptian General Authority for Coast Protection is set to implement several protection projects on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to protect them from the adverse effects of climate change.

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#119062
2018-12-17

Stage set for the fight against climate change

The common rules to govern the efforts by nations to fight global warming, adopted at a key United Nations conference on climate change in Poland over the weekend, only set the stage for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide.

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#119063
2018-12-17

Empower women to help save Africa from climate change

Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector according to African delegates as the world prepares to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland, last week.

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#119064
2018-12-17

Bamboo a solution to poverty, climate change, environmental degradation?

Climate experts and policy makers assembled at the UN Climate talks in Katowice, Poland -- 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, abbreviated as COP24 -- advocated for promoting bamboo, a fast-growing grass plant, as a solution to climate cha ...

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#119065
2018-12-17

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

Cement is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. But, while cement - the key ingredient in concrete - has shaped much of our built environment, it also has a massive carbon footprint.

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#119066
2018-12-17

Dutch build artificial islands to bring wildlife back

Dutch ranger Andre Donker sighs as he looks out at the rippling grey waters of the Markermeer, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes. "Once upon a time it was teeming with fish here," he says.

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#119067
2018-12-17

UN climate accord 'inadequate' and lacks urgency, experts warn

The world has been put on notice that its best efforts so far will fail to halt the devastation of climate change, as countries came to a partial agreement at UN talks that failed to match up to the challenges faced.

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#119068
2018-12-17

Is increasing artificial light at night a danger to coral reefs?

The potentially damaging effects of manmade light at night on the reproduction of reef corals is the subject of new research involving Ocean and Earth Science researchers from the University of Southampton.

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#119069
2018-12-17

Experience India’s incredibly diversity in 10 of its biggest national parks

India is a distinct landmass, a glorious subcontinent with vast expanses and fantastic biodiversity you won’t see anywhere. With 104 National Parks and 544 Wildlife Sanctuaries, including Tiger Reserves, Desert and Bird Sanctuaries, Marine Parks and even a Floating National park - India has them ...

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#119070
2018-12-17

Over 25,000 birds arrive at Okhla Bird Sanctuary

The Okhla Bird Sanctuary is truly a birdwatcher’s delight this year, teeming with a large variety of migratory birds after several years. Officials said that the number of birds has already surpassed the records seen in the past few years.

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#119071
2018-12-17

How Does the Nile’s Pollution Affect Its Ecosystem and Us?

Bassita, a click-funding initiative famous for its social media awareness campaigns, introduced the ‘VeryNile’ initiative on Saturday, in a bid to solve Egypt’s Nile pollution by creating a sustainable ecosystem that recycles the plastic and waste collected from the river.

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#119072
2018-12-17

The importance of ‘edge populations’ to biodiversity

More than two-thirds of Canada’s biodiversity is made up of species that occur within the country’s borders only at the very northern edge of their range. Biologists have long debated how much effort should be dedicated to conserving these “edge populations.” One argument in their favour is that ...

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#119081
2018-12-18

Brazil could save more species at half the cost with new forest restoration plan

A new approach to restoring Brazil's Atlantic Forest could triple biodiversity gains while reducing costs by US$28 billion.The findings, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, will be used by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment and could guide restoration projects around the world.

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#119082
2018-12-18

South Africa: Biodiversity Economy Transformation Project to be launch on 19 Dec

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane together with the MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Ms Desbo Mohono will on 19 December 2018 launch the first ever joint Biodiversity Transformation project under the Mebala ya Rona at Nietverdeint ...

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#119083
2018-12-18

A Blueprint For Blue Waters Read more from Asian Scientist

Singapore may be known as a concrete jungle, but a group of marine scientists wants to draw attention to the blue waters surrounding the ‘little red dot’. In the third Singapore Blue Plan, launched on October 13, 2018, the group highlights the state of Singapore’s coastal environment and outline ...

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#119084
2018-12-18

Trees are worth billions to Australia's economy — but how we value them is changing

How much is a tree worth? In economic terms, your answer depends on how you value them.Forestry exports contribute $3 billion to Australia's economy; its manufacturing, sales and service income make up around $24 billion per year.

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#119085
2018-12-18

The Great Barrier Reef's Secret Climate Change Weapon Is This Switzerland-Sized Meadow Of Seagrass

Tourists frequently flock to Lizard Island, off the northeastern coast of Australia, to marvel the Great Barrier Reef. Among the dugongs, sea turtles, and jewel-toned corals, though, there’s another organism that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves: seagrass.

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#119086
2018-12-18

Climate change drives tundras out of sync

Warming temperatures in cold places are causing plants to flower earlier, according to a new study.horter flowering seasons can disrupt the food chain and how plants and pollinators in tundras interact with each other, said Florida International University biologist Steven Oberbauer, who co-auth ...

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#119087
2018-12-18

Climate change threatens Germany's Christmas trees

Drought killed around a million trees in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia last summer, putting pressure on Christmas tree farmers. But new techniques could help detect crop death early.

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#119088
2018-12-18

How climate change is impacting flatland ethnic minorities

Agriculture is the main occupation of many members of ethnic minorities, but climate change has left most of them unemployed.Niresh Pahan, one of many ethnic minority farmers living in Naogaon, is on the brink of starvation and poverty as most of his paddy crop died this year. Of the harvest he ...

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#119089
2018-12-18

Climate change impacts agriculture in the northern Himalayas

Unseasonal rain and snowfall is the main reason for agriculture failing in Himachal Pradesh. “Hailstorms or torrential rains are usually destructive to our crops while snowfall is not,” said Uma Devi of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, when speaking to Mongabay-India.

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#119090
2018-12-18

New York City’s surprising wealth of native trees

Urban nature is often portrayed as degraded, lacking in native biodiversity and consisting mostly of weedy, invasive species. But a new study shows that even the most populous city in the United States contains significant stands of forest dominated by native tree species

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#119091
2018-12-18

Salmon may lose the ability to smell danger as carbon emissions rise

The ability to smell is critical for salmon. They depend on scent to avoid predators, sniff out prey and find their way home at the end of their lives when they return to the streams where they hatched to spawn and die.

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#119092
2018-12-18

Researchers uncover the detailed molecular structure of the sporopollenin polymer

For hundreds of millions of years, plants thrived in the Earth's oceans, safe from harsh conditions found on land, such as drought and ultraviolet radiation. Then, roughly 450 million years ago, plants found a way to make the move to land: They evolved spores—small reproductive cells—and eventua ...

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#119093
2018-12-18

Picky dolphins are choosy about their friends

Dolphins are picky about who they are friends with and shun rival groups, new research has found.However, an international team of researchers, led by the University of St Andrews, found that the groups still managed to cooperate by sharing the sea – taking turns to inhabit particular areas.

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#119094
2018-12-18

Foxes in the city: Citizen science helps researchers to study urban wildlife

A team of researchers led by wildlife ecologist Theresa Walter analyzed over 1,100 fox sightings reported by the public as part of the citizen science project StadtWildTiere. The joint team of researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna ...

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#119095
2018-12-18

Hot or Not? Which 2018 climate trend is here to stay?

You know what’s really hot right now? Yeah, it’s the entire world. We kid, we kid. OK, the world is still hurtling toward an apocalyptic level of global warming, but we also made some interesting environmental headway this year. Climate was, dare we say it, trendy in 2018. From high-profile poli ...

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#119096
2018-12-18

The world needs great strides to fight global warming. Climate talks in Poland delivered only baby steps

On Saturday night, at the end of two weeks of meetings in Katowice, Poland, delegates from nearly 200 nations gave themselves a standing ovation for their accomplishments in combating climate change. But even though they no doubt worked very hard on a very difficult issue, the fact is that their ...

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#119097
2018-12-18

Why Non-Party Stakeholders Could Be Torchbearers of Climate Change Fight

The two-week long climate negotiations in Katowice, in the heart of Poland’s coal region, wound up last week. Nearly 200 countries laboured against geopolitical headwinds to agree on rules to implement the Paris Agreement.

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#119109
2018-12-19

What would Jesus do? Talking with evangelicals about climate change

I was, frankly, nervous about speaking to people of faith in the south about climate change. I wrestled with my own preconceived notions and past experiences, and was surprised when conversations took inspiring, if not transcendent, turns.

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