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#103914
2015-05-21

El Niño could bring drought and famine in west Africa, scientists warn

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel like it did in 1972

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#103915
2015-05-21

Romania acts to save forests from logging spree

A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry.

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#103916
2015-05-21

Fighting trafficking of Cambodia’s vulnerable bears

In their wild habitats in Asia, the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), and the Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) play an important role in keeping the ecosystem healthy, by doing things such as spreading seeds throughout the forest through their faeces.

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#103918
2015-05-21

Climate Change: Some Companies Reject ‘Business as Usual’

PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.

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#103919
2015-05-21

Obama Recasts Climate Change as a Peril With Far-Reaching Effects

NEW LONDON, Conn. — President Obama used a commencement address on Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying that the warming of the planet poses an “immediate risk” to the United States.

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#103920
2015-05-21

Save rainforests or they will worsen climate change, warns ex-WWF chief

Top environmentalist says areas of rainforest the size of Switzerland are lost each year and point of no return will be reached if politicians keep ignoring problem

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#103921
2015-05-21

UN tasks Africa on climate change impact on food security

The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security.

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#103922
2015-05-21

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5 C?

Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Potsdam Institute for C ...

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#103923
2015-05-21

A Grassroots Effort to Save Africa’s Most Endangered Ape

The Cross River gorilla holds the lamentable distinction of being the world’s rarest ape. Inhabiting an arc of mountainous forest along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, this primate was thought by scientists to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1980s.

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#103924
2015-05-21

Changes in land use eroding Europe's biodiversity

Two reports published this week paint a bleak picture for Europe's and Germany's biodiversity: More birds, plants and animals than ever are at risk of being wiped out by humans' ever-expanding reach.

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#103925
2015-05-21

Will Secret Wildlife Imports Doom Ultra-Rare Giant Sable?

On the morning of December 11, 2014, a Russian-built cargo plane touched down unannounced at Cabo Ledo, the military air base south of Angola’s coast-hugging Kissama National Park. Trucks were waiting on the runway.

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#103926
2015-05-21

Biodiversity vital for quality life

May 22 is observed as International Day for Biological Diversity in commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that day in 1992.

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#103906
2015-05-20

Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'

Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.

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#103907
2015-05-20

UK among worst in wildlife league

The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.

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#103908
2015-05-20

The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world

Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze

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#103909
2015-05-20

Lessons from an Indian Tribe on How to Manage the Food-Forest Nexus

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 2015 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.

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#103910
2015-05-20

Harlequin ladybirds declared UK's fastest invading species

World’s most invasive ladybird is consolidating its presence in the country and is responsible for the decline of seven native species, scientists say

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#103911
2015-05-20

Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter for businesses

From toilets to clean tech, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals promise commercial opportunities, argues Forum for the Future' Stephanie Draper

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#103912
2015-05-20

China, Brazil to jointly address climate issues for sustainable growth

BRASILIA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- As a result of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing visit to Brazil, China and Brazil Tuesday signed a joint statement on addressing the climate change issue together for a common vision of sustainable development.

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#103913
2015-05-20

New study blames oil spill for dolphin deaths in Gulf

BARATARIA BAY, La., May 20 (UPI) -- A new study by the NOAA concludes that the 2011 BP oil spill, the largest marine-based oil spill in U.S history, is to blame for the ongoing die-off of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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#103885
2015-05-19

Peru’s economic future depends on its biodiversity

World Biodiversity Day, May 22, aims to get Peruvians active and aware about the incredible, unique biodiversity. Not least because nearly a quarter of the country’s economy relies on it.

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#103886
2015-05-19

It's raining spiders in Australia

GOULBURN, Australia, May 18 (UPI) -- Not even the best weatherman could have properly predicted the precipitation that fell on Goulburn, Australia, over the weekend. Instead of raindrops, residents of the small town in the Southern Tablelands of Australia got baby spiders -- hundreds of thousand ...

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#103887
2015-05-19

Researchers find new link between ocean microbes and atmosphere

SAN DIEGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say the aerosols created by ocean spray can affect cloud formation and the way sunlight is dispersed across the ocean surface. A new study suggests microbes in the ocean could affect the chemistry of ocean spray, and influence the interplay between sky and sea.

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#103888
2015-05-19

Progress on sustainable energy improving, but 'world must move faster' – UN backed-report

18 May 2015 – Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, fin ...

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#103889
2015-05-19

New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles

A new research article reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip -- a new species of marine pillbug.

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#103890
2015-05-19

Panda guts not suited to digesting bamboo

Pandas make quick work of bamboo, using their powerful jaws to peel back the plant’s tough outer stalk and reach the tender heart. But new research suggests that microorganisms in the bear's gut are not quite as adept at breaking down the species' primary food source.

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#103891
2015-05-19

Rotational harvest can save sea cucumber from extinction

KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.

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#103892
2015-05-19

African Women Mayors Join Forces to Fight for Clean Energy

PARIS, May 18 2015 (IPS) - When some 40,000 delegates, including dozens of heads of state, descend on Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year, a group of African women mayors plan to be there and make their voices heard on a range of issues, including electrification.

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#103893
2015-05-19

Global businesses must lead the way on climate action

Green investments increasingly offer opportunites for growth and employment and businesses are well-placed to take the lead at this week’s Business and Climate summit in Paris

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#103894
2015-05-19

Scientists praise US government plan to help bees, butterflies

The federal government plans to make federal land bee friendly in hopes of reducing America's declining bee and monarch butterfly populations.

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#103895
2015-05-19

Mountains hold climate change surprise, scientists find

Mountains are shaped differently than scientists thought they were, and that could be good news for mountain-dwelling species adapting to climate change.

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#103896
2015-05-19

In unusual move, German scientists lobby for GM labeling

BERLIN—When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) food, the battle lines are usually clear: Those who oppose genetic engineering want it labeled, and those who support it see no need.

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#103897
2015-05-19

Conservationists decry U.S. plan to retool endangered species rules

Conservationists decried a proposal on Monday by U.S. wildlife and marine animal managers to tweak rules tied to the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the plans would place "crippling" impediments to citizens petitioning to save imperiled creatures.

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#103898
2015-05-19

Zambia to lift ban on hunting of lions and leopards

Minister says rules imposed in 2013 against hunting big cats seriously affected wildlife resources and the livelihoods of local people

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#103877
2015-05-18

Arctic pollution rules 'not enough'

The Polar Code, passed at a meeting in London of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ban ships from releasing oil, sewage, chemicals and waste into the sea.

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#103878
2015-05-18

How the Burmese python grows and shrinks after it eats

The Burmese python's body and organs grow dramatically after it eats and then shrink after the meal is digested. This study is the first to link the extreme body changes directly to changes in gene expression and show how quickly gene expression shifts after the snake eats.

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#103879
2015-05-18

Sap-sucking insects may combat Kenyan cactus plague

An insect that sucks the sap out of cactus plants has been trialled in East Africa to contain the spread of an invasive cactus species that threatens local grazing areas.

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#103880
2015-05-18

Minister warns Asia-Pacific highly vulnerable to climate change

ISLAMABAD: Global Climate Risk Index-2015 said that five out of top 10 countries most affected by climate change-induced disasters during 1994-2013 are located in Asia Pacific.

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#103881
2015-05-18

Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon: expert

BOGOR, Indonesia – Keeping carbon stored in trees. That’s one major way of tackling climate change.

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#103882
2015-05-18

Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?

Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.

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#103883
2015-05-18

Climate talks can't fail as there is no alternative planet, says French minister

France’s foreign minister warned Monday that the international community had no option but to combat climate change as there is “no alternative planet”.

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#103884
2015-05-18

Europe is rapidly losing its biodiversity and wildlife habitats

Wildlife is rapidly dying out across Europe, as biodiverse habitats are invaded by urban sprawl, intensive agriculture, alien species and commercial forestry.

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#103838
2015-05-15

Scientists discover first warm-blooded fish

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- The opah, or moonfish, occupies the dark, chilly depths of the world's oceans, using heated blood to keep warm and agile. It's the first fish found to be fully warm-blooded.

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#103839
2015-05-15

Ocean's hidden fertilizer revealed

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat.

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#103840
2015-05-15

Price trends a reliable, cheap indicator of wildlife declines, finds study

Market prices can provide an equally reliable indicator of wildlife declines as field data for a thirtieth of the price, according to a new study analyzing Sumatra's pet bird trade.

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#103841
2015-05-15

Poor Land Use Worsens Climate Change in St. Vincent

KINGSTOWN, May 14 2015 (IPS) - For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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#103842
2015-05-15

Vast Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration, says Nasa

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a Nasa study released on Thursday.

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#103844
2015-05-15

Fears grow that invasive bird species may cause havoc here

SINGAPORE: Recent sightings of a destructive non-native bird species have alarmed some bird enthusiasts here, who have urged a relook of import policies for invasive species.

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#103845
2015-05-15

Modi, Li flag climate change as greatest global challenge to be tackled in 21st century

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiangon on Friday flagged the issue of the adverse effects of climate change as one of the greatest global challenges facing people in the 21st century, and said it needs to be addressed through international cooperation in the context of sus ...

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#103846
2015-05-15

Cambodia border crossing and road threaten one of Asia's last great wilderness areas

Some of the world's most endangered species will be driven closer to extinction if a new road and border crossing with Vietnam are built within Cambodia's pristine Mondulkiri Protected Forest – one of the most biologically diverse areas in Southeast Asia.

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