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#103397
2015-04-09

Pressing play to learn how climate change can impact indigenous cultures

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the computer screen, there's a white world of snow and ice in which a young female Inuit hunter in clothes made of animal skins is battling an unrelenting blizzard.

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#103398
2015-04-09

Life below Antarctic ice survives on ancient forests

White on top, but what lies beneath? Antarctica's blanket of snow and ice sits atop a vast and rich landscape of volcanoes, rivers and lakes

News Headlines
#103399
2015-04-09

At thematic debate, UN chief urges efficient private sector funding for post-2015 development

8 April 2015 – The international community needs a financial framework capable of confronting the multifaceted crises of the day in a predictable and effective manner if it is to delineate a successful post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed.

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#103400
2015-04-09

Community radio brings forecasts to Kenya’s most climate vulnerable - TRFN

EMUHAYA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is the top of the hour at ten o’clock in the morning and, broadcasting from the top of Esibila hill in Western Kenya, Moses Ombogo is telling farmers to prepare for early rains.

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#103401
2015-04-09

Italy to Lead Global Celebrations of World Environment Day 2015

Nairobi/Rome, 7 April 2015 - Italy has today been named host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June, in a joint announcement made by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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#103402
2015-04-09

Study details animals' ability to adapt to cold snaps

The new study could help scientists identify so-called winners and loser of climate change.

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#103380
2015-04-08

Ambitious project to save Australia's biodiversity launches

To the untrained eye this southern NSW valley, carpeted with delicate blonde grass moving with the breeze, is an image of beauty. But not for Peter Saunders.

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#103381
2015-04-08

Report lists Grand Canyon's Colorado River as most imperiled

TUSAYAN, Ariz., April 7 (UPI) -- According to conservation outfit American Rivers, the section of the Colorado River flowing through the Grand Canyon is most endangered freshwater way in the United States.

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#103382
2015-04-08

Declining great apes of Central Africa get new action plan for conservation for the next decade

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the judicial process, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservati ...

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#103383
2015-04-08

Condition of tropical forests 'worsening', could become 'critical'

World leaders are continuing to overlook the worsening condition of tropical forests despite the biome's vast potential to help mitigate climate change, support local livelihoods and ecosystem services, and stabilize global agriculture, warns a comprehensive review published by a body founded by ...

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#103384
2015-04-08

“Food Safety Policies Are Globally Necessary” Says World Health Organisation

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 8 2015 (IPS) - To mark World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments around the world and all sectors involved in the food business to introduce food safety policies into their political agendas.

News Headlines
#103385
2015-04-08

Decade-long plan to halt native animal extinctions to be led by conservationists

A 10-year plan to tackle the rapid extinction rate of Australian animals has been launched, with scientists from across the country collaborating on ways to deal with the biodiversity loss.

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#103386
2015-04-08

WIPO Seminar Displays National Efforts To Protect TK, Folklore

A recent seminar convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization shed light on national and regional legislations protecting traditional knowledge, folklore and genetic resources, and provided examples of misappropriation.

News Headlines
#103387
2015-04-08

Worthy of support

THE United Nations General Assembly will agree on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor arrangement to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in September.

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#103388
2015-04-08

Changing China's tastes could save world's wildlife

AFTER decades of trying to crack down on illegal poaching, governments and conservation groups are now turning their attention to the huge demand for wildlife products that drives the crime in the first place.

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#103363
2015-04-07

New interactive map plots public opinion on climate change

NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 6 (UPI) -- A new interactive map, developed by researchers at Yale and Utah State universities, reveals localized opinions on climate change throughout the United States.

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#103364
2015-04-07

Dwarf dragons discovered in the Andes

LIMA, April 6 (UPI) -- In the Andes, dwarf dragons are scurrying across the forest floor in greater variety than previously thought.

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#103365
2015-04-07

UN disaster risk chief highlights existential threat facing small island States

4 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations office dealing with disaster risk mitigation has today underlined her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.

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#103366
2015-04-07

Climate change, plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils

Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought.

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#103367
2015-04-07

Synthetic biologists seek standards for nascent field

Synthetic biologists have a vision. Researchers in this young field, who build ‘devices’ from engineered genes and other molecular components, imagine a future in which products such as drugs, chemicals, fuels and food are manufactured by microbes.

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#103369
2015-04-07

Canada glaciers to shrink 70% by 2100

Glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia to shrink 70% in volume by end of the century, as global warming brings about serious melting

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#103370
2015-04-07

Endangered Galapagos Tortoises Thrive on Invasive Plants

It turns out that invasive plants may be helping endangered tortoises. Scientists have discovered that two subspecies of endangered tortoise have diets that are halfway made up of introduced species of plants

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#103371
2015-04-07

Climate Change To Affect Florida Coral Reefs Sooner Than Thought; Bleaching Outbreaks Could Be Widespread By 2030

Lawmakers’ move to expunge the terms “climate change” and “global warming” from Florida’s official vocabulary hasn’t erased the threat facing the state’s coral reefs, which could be hit by widespread coral bleaching events sooner than scientists previously thought.

News Headlines
#103372
2015-04-07

Eco sustainability in Colombia: Filtering the message down to the normal people

Anyone who has the pleasure of traveling Colombia extensively will be amazed by the biodiversity to be found within its borders.

News Headlines
#103373
2015-04-07

When there is no soil left in this world

Land has become the most sought after “commodity” in India, but is anybody looking at it from the perspective of soil?

News Headlines
#103342
2015-04-02

Mediterranean Sea 'accumulating zone of plastic debris'

A survey found around one thousand tonnes of plastic floating on the surface, mainly fragments of bottles, bags and wrappings.

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#103343
2015-04-02

Endangered butterfly species records 10-year high

The warm start to 2014 boosted the number of some butterflies, including the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary, a survey has found.

News Headlines
#103344
2015-04-02

Deforestation is messing with our weather, and our food

Insight into how large-scale deforestation could impact global food production by triggering changes in local climate has been gained by new research.

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#103345
2015-04-02

Value of local knowledge in recovering endangered species

A new study explores how recreational anglers' understanding of the ecosystem and fishing practices influence their views of conserving bocaccio, canary rockfish, and yelloweye rockfish in Puget Sound.

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#103346
2015-04-02

Comment/Climate change: Embed the social sciences in climate policy

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is becoming irrelevant to climate policy. By seeking consensus and avoiding controversy, the organization is suffering from the streetlight effect — focusing ever more attention on a well-lit pool of the brightest climate science.

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#103347
2015-04-02

Russia and Canada lead the world in global forest loss in 2013

Russia and Canada led the world in forest loss, accounting for nearly forty percent of the 18 million hectares of forest lost globally in 2013, reveals a new analysis based on high resolution satellite imagery.

News Headlines
#103348
2015-04-02

Tropical soundscapes offer clues to forest and animal community health

Marine biologists were the first to continuously eavesdrop on marine mammals using a technique called passive acoustic monitoring (PAM).

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#103350
2015-04-02

Opinion: World Leaders Lack Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr 1 2015 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act.

News Headlines
#103351
2015-04-02

Dumped aquarium fish decimating native species, hurting habitats

Unloved pet fish are flooding Australian waterways, introducing diseases and bullying native fish.

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#103352
2015-04-02

In the Sagebrush Marketplace, A New Way to Protect Species

In the American West, where sage grouse populations have plummeted, conservationists, ranchers, and oil and gas companies are taking part in an experiment in which private landowners are paid to protect and restore critical habitat for the beleaguered bird.

News Headlines
#103353
2015-04-02

Tree cheers

The world must follow Brazil’s lead and do more to protect and restore forests.

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#103354
2015-04-02

UN Post-2015 Talks Focus on Draft Sustainable Development Goals

Divisions on how best to finalise a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) moved to the fore last week during a New York meeting of delegates charged with hammering out a post-2015 development agenda.

News Headlines
#103355
2015-04-02

Where the wild things aren’t: study says U.S. protected lands aren’t where most biodiversity is found

The United States has one of the oldest, best-established park systems in the world. But what if those public lands -- mostly created to preserve scenic natural wonders -- are in the wrong place to conserve the lion’s share of the nation’s unique biodiversity?

News Headlines
#103331
2015-04-01

US makes climate pledge to UN

The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

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#103332
2015-04-01

La faune du Québec de plus en plus en danger

Alors que la faune du Québec est plus que jamais menacée, de nombreux spécialistes estiment que les efforts accordés à leur protection diminuent. Portrait de la biodiversité québécoise.

News Headlines
#103333
2015-04-01

UN gets first pledges on road to Paris climate talks

US, Europe and others file plans, with most expected to reveal greenhouse gas-reduction commitments by July.

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#103334
2015-04-01

Archer Daniels Midland to demand suppliers stop chopping down forests

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm.

News Headlines
#103335
2015-04-01

U.N. Water Report Not “Doom And Gloom”, Says Author

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 31 2015 (IPS) - The lead author of a United Nations water report has spoken out about media depictions of his findings, denying the report lays out a “doom and gloom” scenario.

News Headlines
#103336
2015-04-01

Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it

Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research

News Headlines
#103337
2015-04-01

A dammed future for Danube's giant fish?

The huchen - or Danube salmon - was once widespread throughout the Danube basin. But its natural habitat is shrinking as rivers are channeled for shipping and dammed for hydroelectricity.

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#103338
2015-04-01

Celebrating biodiversity

Rabbits, butterflies, cherry blossoms or potatoes - around the world, people celebrate festivals in which plants and animals play a central role.

News Headlines
#103339
2015-04-01

Genetically modified crops are Western Australia's future: WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston

Agriculture Minister Ken Baston says he fully supports genetically modified crops and believes the technology is the future for Western Australia.

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#103340
2015-04-01

Endangered bighorn sheep relocated to ancestral range in Yosemite, Sequoia national parks

FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

News Headlines
#103341
2015-04-01

Study: Polar bears unlikely to adapt to land-based foods

RESTON, Va., April 1 (UPI) -- A number of studies have suggested polar bears are exasperated by the scarcity of sea ice -- their hunting and breeding patterns disrupted.

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#103318
2015-03-31

Antarctica just had its warmest day on record

ESPERANZA BASE, Argentina, March 30 (UPI) -- Global warming continues to have its most pronounced effects on Earth's polar regions. Last week in Antarctica, those effects set a new record.

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