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#110623
2016-10-28

Flying squirrel numbers soar in Helsinki

Helsinki has seen a boom in the population of Siberian flying squirrels in the past two years, according to researchers.

News Headlines
#110624
2016-10-28

Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

Microplastics are increasingly seen as an environmental problem of global proportions.

News Headlines
#110625
2016-10-28

Climate change could flip Mediterranean lands to desert

Warming beyond 2 ºC could send the region's forests moving north, and cause extensive drying.

News Headlines
#110626
2016-10-28

African initiative calls for focus on land restoration

Generating sufficient scientific knowledge to restore degraded land is critical in Africa because the continent largely depends on land and other natural resources for socioeconomic development, experts say.

News Headlines
#110627
2016-10-28

Food shortages fueling bear-human conflicts in Bolivian Andes

A survey of Andean bears is being carried out in Bolivia to see if hunting due to retaliation for attacking livestock is affecting their populations.

News Headlines
#110629
2016-10-28

Why is the new Antarctic marine sanctuary such a big deal?

On Friday (28.10.), 24 countries including Russia, China, the United States and members of the European Union agreed to create the world's largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

News Headlines
#110630
2016-10-28

Living life on high: swift birds eat, sleep, and mate without touching Earth

A 10-hour flight can leave humans longing for solid ground beneath their feet, but for some birds that might not be the case – even after months, not hours, on the wing.

News Headlines
#110631
2016-10-28

Fish Turn on Genes to Adapt to Climate Change

Skate fish off Canadian coast use epigenetics to survive in warmer water

News Headlines
#110632
2016-10-28

Forests and finance trends — role of forests in meeting the Paris climate targets

While the Paris agreement solidified the role forests play in the fight against climate change, a recent report indicates that forest carbon trading is not working in developing countries and that voluntary carbon markets remained stagnant amid flagging demand in 2015.

News Headlines
#110633
2016-10-28

When animals share, conservation is affordable

Grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains are probably a bit lonely. .

News Headlines
#110634
2016-10-28

Antarctic protection a beacon of hope for ocean conservation globally

Today, 24 countries and the European Union have agreed on the world’s largest ocean protection plan, for the Ross Sea off Antarctica.

News Headlines
#110635
2016-10-28

Growth of city trees can cut air pollution, says report

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.

News Headlines
#110608
2016-10-27

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact

News Headlines
#110609
2016-10-27

World's food and energy systems key to tackling global biodiversity decline

GLAND, Switzerland – Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the fifty-year period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016.

News Headlines
#110610
2016-10-27

World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years'

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says.

News Headlines
#110611
2016-10-27

How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Change

It’s not easy to get people exercised about ocean acidification. Yes, it’s a nasty consequence of climate change, a potential death sentence for oysters, clams, sea urchins and, most of all, coral.

News Headlines
#110612
2016-10-27

Nations push to protect Antarctica's 'last ocean'

Campaigners believe a proposal to establish a vast marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica will finally be accepted this week.

News Headlines
#110614
2016-10-27

King's favourite fish to make comeback in River Severn project

A scheme that aims to re-establish one of King Henry III's favourite fish in the River Severn has been given nearly £20m in funding.

News Headlines
#110615
2016-10-27

Is it time for a moratorium on commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna?

The Pacific bluefin population has dropped by 97.4 percent from its historic, pre-fishing levels, and some experts are saying that it may be time to consider a commercial fishing ban to ensure the survival of the species.

News Headlines
#110616
2016-10-27

Only 3 Irrawaddy dolphins remain in Laos

The small population of Irrawaddy dolphins in Lao People’s Democratic Republic is now functionally extinct, the World Wildlife Fund announced yesterday.

News Headlines
#110617
2016-10-27

Funding Lags to Combat Land Degradation

NAIROBI, Oct 26 2016 (IPS) - Land degradation already affects millions of people, bringing biodiversity loss, reduced availability of clean water, food insecurity and greater vulnerability to the harsh impacts of climate change.

News Headlines
#110618
2016-10-27

Frog goes extinct, media yawns

Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?

News Headlines
#110619
2016-10-27

Body Size And Flight Style Determine How Far Birds Migrate Read

Larger flapping birds, such as cranes, geese, and swans migrate shorter distances than soaring birds such as raptors, vultures, and albatrosses.

News Headlines
#110620
2016-10-27

Canada's Oceans Need Meaningful Protections. Here's Why

The world's oceans cover 70 per cent of the planet's surface and produce more than half the oxygen that sustains all life, but they're suffering, according to the Living Planet Report 2016.

News Headlines
#110584
2016-10-26

Prince of Wales joins soil boosting project

The Prince of Wales is joining an Anglo-French government initiative to improve the condition of global soils.

News Headlines
#110585
2016-10-26

Scientists root for more cassava research to help meet greater demand for food

Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 per cent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most important source of calories.

News Headlines
#110586
2016-10-26

Logged but not out: Altered landscapes important for conservation

Ecologists have struggled to peg a value to logged forests for the plants and animals that call them home.

News Headlines
#110587
2016-10-26

UNESCO urges Bangladesh to cancel or relocate Sundarbans coal plant

Bangladesh is planning its biggest power plant yet — a 1320 megawatt coal-fired power plant, slated to be built very close to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a World Heritage Site.

News Headlines
#110588
2016-10-26

Kenya Greens Drylands to Combat Land Degradation

NAIROBI, Oct 25 2016 (IPS) - Faced with growing degradation that is swallowing large swathes of land in arid and semiarid areas, Kenya is heavily investing in rehabilitation efforts to stave off the threat of desertification.

News Headlines
#110589
2016-10-26

A New Technology for Following Songbirds

There are 1.6 billion songbirds in Europe and half of them fly south for the winter. Scientists would like to follow them -- using sensors attached to the International Space Station. But keeping up isn't easy.

News Headlines
#110590
2016-10-26

With an eye on climate change, court gives bearded seals endangered status

A federal appeals court ruled that a certain population of bearded seals can be granted endangered species status even if it is not currently facing extinction.

News Headlines
#110591
2016-10-26

Rehabilitated orangutans freed in Borneo as species dwindles

KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia -- Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.

News Headlines
#110592
2016-10-26

Understanding the ways we use wildlife

Congo Basin - Evidence of Pygmy culture in sub-Saharan Africa dates back more than 20,000 years. With forests playing an integral role in Pygmy lives, a traditional diet staple and source of protein is wild meat – also known as bushmeat.

News Headlines
#110593
2016-10-26

British farmers could grow GM crops after Brexit, reveals minister

Genetically modified crops will be grown across England after Britain pulls out of the European Union, under plans being drawn up by ministers.

News Headlines
#110594
2016-10-26

Tracking great reed-warblers' incredible African migration

Populations of many birds that migrate between Eurasia and Africa are in decline, and species that depend on wetlands are especially in trouble.

News Headlines
#110595
2016-10-26

Australia Climate Report Predicts More Hot Days and Harsher Fire Seasons

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia will have more extremely hot days and a longer and fiercer fire season, and parts of the continent will spend more time in drought as rainfall decreases, according to a report by top government scientists released on Thursday.

News Headlines
#110596
2016-10-26

Japan pleads with whaling watchdog to allow 'cultural' hunts

Countries including US, Europe, Australia vehemently oppose small hunts by coastal communities but Japan says are unjustly barred from a traditional food source

News Headlines
#110597
2016-10-26

Living Planet Report 2016: Still not too late

The WWF's new Living Planet Report is ready for you to read - and for inspiring action. Its findings are heartbreaking, yet also encouraging. Its message is clear: the time to act is now.

News Headlines
#110569
2016-10-25

Tiny, mussel-invading crab named after Roman god

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Every once in a while, oyster-eaters, clam-eaters and consumers of other bivalves may happen upon a tiny, nearly transparent crab. While these parasitic stowaways may all look the same, there are a variety of species.

News Headlines
#110570
2016-10-25

Report reveals a big dependence on freshwater fish for global food security

Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

News Headlines
#110571
2016-10-25

Whaling nations block South Atlantic sanctuary plans

Conservation groups dismayed as Japan and other pro-whaling nations vote against plans for a protected area for whales, dolphins and porpoises

News Headlines
#110572
2016-10-25

Pope Francis's edict on climate change has fallen on closed ears, study finds

Hailed as a significant call for action, the pope’s encyclical has not had the anticipated rallying effect on public opinion, researchers have found

News Headlines
#110573
2016-10-25

How does the loss of a wildebeest migration also harm giraffes?

Animal migrations are among the world's most awe-inspiring natural phenomena.

News Headlines
#110574
2016-10-25

Melanesia’s oceans are worth US$5.4 billion but are at environmental crossroads

Earth is distinguished from all other known planets by the presence of a warm, salty ocean that covers over 70% of its surface.

News Headlines
#110575
2016-10-25

Why Global Warming Hits the Arctic Harder Than Anywhere Else

Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.

News Headlines
#110576
2016-10-25

Turtles spotted mating bring hope for endangered species

BELLINGER RIVER SNAPPING turtles have been seen mating in their new home at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, giving hope to researchers working to save the critically endangered species.

News Headlines
#110577
2016-10-25

Scientists measure record glacial melting in West Antarctica

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking and retreating at record rates, threatening to further accelerate sea level rise.

News Headlines
#110551
2016-10-24

CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".

News Headlines
#110553
2016-10-24

Hunted to the brink: Mammals in crisis

It’s no secret that many mammals face a dire future, as we humans hunt them to satisfy our desire for protein, medicines and animal parts.

News Headlines
#110555
2016-10-24

Belize suspends oil exploration near World Heritage Site after public outcry

Seismic surveys for offshore oil exploration began a day earlier than scheduled in the Atlantic-Caribbean waters, very close to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site, angering environmentalists, tourism groups, and other stakeholders.

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