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#104629
2015-07-23

Ethiopia: "Ethiopia Possesses One of the Oldest, Richest Gene Banks in Terms of Species Diversity

Dr. Gemedo Dalle was born and grew up in Arsi-Negelle. He attended primary and secondary school there before he went to Addis Ababa University for his first degree from the department of Biology. He had served for four years in various sectors before he once again joined the same department for ...

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#104630
2015-07-23

Ethiopia: A Boon or Bane for the Country?

Ethiopian agricultural scientists particularly biotechnology researchers are debating on the issue of adopting the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) though their stance could hardly be recognized as a pro- and anti- GMO position. Interestingly, scholars of both categories do have the same fe ...

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#104631
2015-07-23

Mounting threat to Galapagos from 'El Nino'

Santa Cruz (Ecuador) (AFP) - The Galapagos Islands, celebrated for their breathtaking biodiversity, could face a major threat from "El Nino," the weather system known to wreak havoc every few years.

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#104632
2015-07-23

Environment to tighten the noose on invasive species

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Tuesday said the Program to Control and Monitor Invasive Alien Species has been strengthened , and aims to remove chickens, the Palo Verde Iguana, donkeys and cats which compete, displace or destroy native varieties in the country’s protected areas.

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#104633
2015-07-23

Ocean acidification will affect balance of plankton species

BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Mollusks aren't the only ones in trouble as the ocean takes up more carbon dioxide and further acidifies. Ocean acidification will also dramatically affect phytoplankton populations all over the world -- diminishing some species, while sustaining others.

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#104634
2015-07-23

Ban lifted on controversial 'neonic' pesticide

The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.

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#104635
2015-07-23

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice

Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance

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#104636
2015-07-23

Africa Advised to Take DIY Approach to Climate Resilience

PARIS, Jul 23 2015 (IPS) - African countries would do well to take their own lead in finding ways to better adapt to and mitigate the changes that climate may impose on future generations instead of relying only on foreign aid.

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#104637
2015-07-23

Goats Take the Bite Out of Climate Change in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Jul 22 2015 (IPS) - With unusually hot and dry weather beating down on this Southern African nation, climate change and the accompanying drought have cost farmers much of their cattle herds. In response, many ranchers are turning to goats to preserve their livestock assets.

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#104638
2015-07-23

Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence

As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence

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#104639
2015-07-23

World mayors warn of threats to mankind, commit to U.N. development goals

VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) - More than 65 mayors from around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous threats.

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#104640
2015-07-23

Conservation: Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets

Biodiversity offsetting involves trying to compensate for the damage to species and habitats caused by development such as expanding cities, constructing mines and building dams, by creating an 'ecologically equivalent' benefit elsewhere1.

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#104641
2015-07-23

Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#104642
2015-07-23

We must quench the thirst of the 663 million people without safe water

The report card is in on the UN’s first set of global targets, the millennium development goals. And when it comes to reaching the world’s poorest with safe water and basic toilets, the grade is mediocre at best.

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#104643
2015-07-23

Corals in deeper waters off U.S. Virgin Islands more fertile than shallow cousins

Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.

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#104612
2015-07-22

Bt Cotton In Ghana – False Claims and Legal Sleight Of Hand

Field trials of GMO cotton, genetically modified Bt cotton, have been going on in three northern areas in Ghana, according to a news report published by the Graphic on Monday, 29 June 2015. With Ghana being a signatory to the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, the very decision to approve the applica ...

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#104613
2015-07-22

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY

A change in Myanmar’s second largest lake was noticed by 35-year-old fisherman, Ko Yan Naing, three months ago. He started to catch shrimp on Inlay Lake because he found it was getting harder to find fish.

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#104614
2015-07-22

Council project enhances Nelson's biodiversity

A new Nelson City Council initiative will inject $6 million into a 10-year project to protect and restore biodiversity in the region. The Nelson Nature programme was launched today and mayor Rachel Reese said it would be one of the most holistic, all encompassing biodiversity projects carried o ...

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#104615
2015-07-22

A Marine Bank: Too Big to Fail

The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.

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#104616
2015-07-22

Philippines to raise 10m signatures for pope’s climate petition

Asia’s largest Catholic country has mobilised after the pope’s warning to tackle climate change, promising to gather 10m signatures for a petition that will be handed to world leaders at a Paris climate summit in November.

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#104617
2015-07-22

Ricky Gervais Backs New Anti-Poaching Technology Developed To Protect Endangered Species

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British scientist Dr Paul O'Donoghue, the real-time monitoring device has been welcomed by experts as ground-breaking and will help animals facing extinction, inc ...

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#104618
2015-07-22

Controlled burns increase invasive grass in hardwood forests

Controlled burning is widely used to maintain biodiversity and enhance regeneration of important deciduous tree species such as oak and hickory, but a recent University of Illinois study found that this practice also increases the growth of an aggressive species of invasive grass.

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#104619
2015-07-22

How bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies keep humans healthy

Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the US economy – some estimates say $250 billion globally. These animals – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even some lizards and mammals—contribute to the agricultural system by spreading pollen to different plants so they can reproduce. And now, scienc ...

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#104620
2015-07-22

Nesting sea turtles return to Sicily

Loggerhead sea turtles have returned to lay their eggs at a historical nesting site in Pozzolana di Ponente, on the island of Linosa, in Sicily.

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#104621
2015-07-22

A tale of three mosquitoes: how a warming world could spread disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

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#104622
2015-07-22

Project brings more eyes to climate change

The options for how to spend your free time are almost endless, whether it's working out at the gym, curling up with a good book, or relaxing in front of the TV. But have you ever considered taking part in scientific research?

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#104623
2015-07-22

Abu Dhabi sets up coral reef monitoring stations

The head of the Marine Evaluation and Control Unit at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the stations monitored temperature fluctuations hourly throughout the year and assessed data related to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral diseases.

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#104597
2015-07-21

Angola's antelopes struggle in post-war environment

As the national symbol of Angola, the giant sable antelope appears on everything from stamps to passports. But one place it is not found in abundance is in its natural forest habitat.

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#104598
2015-07-21

Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests

As the global demand for tires soars, so does the demand for natural rubber sourced from Hevea brasiliensis, the para-rubber tree. This rising demand is driving a rapid expansion of rubber plantations into biodiversity-rich forests and croplands of Southeast Asia, according to a new study publis ...

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#104599
2015-07-21

Reversing the Red Sand Tide: A Call for New Solutions to Land Degradation

Protected areas are a bright spot in the management of Madagascar’s natural resources, and play a strategic role in the country’s economy and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.

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#104600
2015-07-21

Act on climate change now, top British institutions tell governments

An unprecedented coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies says immediate action must be taken by governments to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

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#104601
2015-07-21

At Vatican conference, world mayors urge action on climate change

Mayors and governors from major world cities on Tuesday will urge global leaders to take bold action at this year's U.N. climate change summit, saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global warming.

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#104602
2015-07-21

We need a business renaissance to address climate change

Renaissance. The word evokes an era of unprecedented enlightenment. A turning point of invention, fresh thinking and possibility. It’s happened in business before and is happening again, as the world’s businesses are rapidly aligning to a new set of rules that will render our old operating habit ...

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#104603
2015-07-21

Pacific islander loses bid to be world’s first 'climate change refugee'

A New Zealand court ruled that Kiribati man Ioane Teitiota, 38, was not facing persecution but noted that people affected by climate change could potentially be recognised as refugees

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#104604
2015-07-21

Genetic traits of fish key to whether they can survive climate change

The genetic makeup of fish will be crucial in determining whether they will be able to deal with the world’s rapidly warming oceans, researchers have discovered.

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#104605
2015-07-21

How plankton help control clouds over the world’s most remote oceans

Most life in the sea ultimately depends on photosynthetic plankton. Also known as microalgae, these tiny or microscopic organisms live near the surface and take their energy from the sun and pass it on through the marine food chain.

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#104606
2015-07-21

Manhattan's Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere

In the 1950s my grandparents moved my father and uncle out of the Bronx, New York, and into the New Jersey countryside on the other bank of the Hudson River. Growing up hearing stories from my dad about how felicitous it was to be plunked down into the open spaces and woodlands of the mid-centur ...

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#104607
2015-07-21

How to end palm oil’s unsustainable rule

Palm oil is the world’s most popular edible oil. Consumption has grown spectacularly over the last few decades — from five million tonnes and 13 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 1980 to 57 million tonnes and 35 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 2013.

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#104586
2015-07-20

Australia has a big role to play in feeding the world

Agricultural and food industries are an important part of the Australian economy and national identity. They are set to remain so as global demand for food rises over the next four decades.

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#104587
2015-07-20

Chernobyl: A Vacation Hotspot Unlike Any Other

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the reactor at Chernobyl exploded during a routine maintenance test, setting off a shining plume of smoke that made the sky glow for miles. Residents in the area would later describe the rainbow light from the deadly explosion as the most sublime vision they ...

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#104588
2015-07-20

Tourism plan with an eye on 2030

Promoting safe, satisfying and fulfilling visitor experiences, ensuring environmental and cultural protection, strengthening biodiversity, and providing employment opportunities and fair pay are some of the strategies for sustainable tourism laid down in the Kerala Perspective Plan-2030 unveiled ...

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#104589
2015-07-20

All eyes on bumblebees as bee peril deepens

Aviation experts argue that, technically, bumblebees, those lumbering bombers of the insect world, do not have the wing size or the wing speed to lift their hairy bodies off the ground, let alone achieve the miracle of free flight.

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#104590
2015-07-20

The Guardian view on global development goals: heed the good news, but more needs to be done

At a time when good news seems so hard to come by on the global stage, try stepping back and looking at some of the larger, more positive trends that do exist. This is the data that says the planet isn’t doing so badly in some respects, and that people’s lives, if looked at on a big scale, have ...

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#104591
2015-07-20

Islamic Finance to fund Sustainable Development Goals

Islamic Finance can serve as a strong and non-traditional source of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to global experts.

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#104592
2015-07-20

Kids Are Why We Should Care About Climate Change

As a husband and father of two children I am deeply concerned about the kind of world they are going to live in when they grow up. I have often despaired in recent years about the terrible environmental legacy my generation will be leaving them, so I was heartened when I read of German Chancello ...

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#104593
2015-07-20

America must lead the climate change fight or our leadership record is toast

The atmosphere is warming. Ice is melting. Droughts are worsening; seas are warming, rising and acidifying. We’re past theory and well into measurement on those points. Pope Francis recently observed that “[n]ever have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.” ...

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#104594
2015-07-20

Swamp power: how the world's wetlands can help stop climate change

On a boat drifting through a swampy reed plantation in the Polish Baltic, Szymon Smolczyński surveys his blanket of green crops destined to heat northern European homes.

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#104595
2015-07-20

For the love of elephants

As elephants get hunted at unprecedented rates, their numbers are shrinking fast. Five countries have decided to work together to improve their chances of survival.

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#104564
2015-07-16

Africa gene bank helps to bolster biodiversity

Top UN officials visited Africa’s largest gene bank, which conserves traditional seeds that can play a critical role in advancing sustainable development on the occasion of the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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#104565
2015-07-16

New finds during a biodiversity research trip in Malaita jungles

Three students and one professor from the University of Kansas, USA, arrived in Honiara the first week of June and prepared for an adventure into the Solomon Island bush. The research team, led by Dr. Robert G. Moyle, came to the islands to conduct a biodiversity survey of Malaita.

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