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#109690
2016-08-24

Reef castaways: Can coral make it across Darwin's 'impassable' barrier?

An international team of researchers have shown that vulnerable coral populations in the eastern tropical Pacific have been completely isolated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean for at least the past two decades.

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#109691
2016-08-24

India develops moth allergy kit

[THIRUVANANTHAPURAM] Following scientific determination that Tiger moth, or Asota caricae, is responsible for unexplained fevers, researchers in Kerala state have begun developing a kit capable of quickly diagnosing lepidopterism, a disease caused by moth allergens.

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#109692
2016-08-24

Indonesia must do more to protect whale sharks, conservationists say

In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species, hoping to put a dent in the thriving trade in its body and parts which was pushing the world’s largest fish toward extinction.

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#109693
2016-08-24

Microplastics should be banned in cosmetics to save oceans, MPs say

Environmental audit committee calls for ban after hearing that microbeads harm marine life and enter the food chain

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#109694
2016-08-24

Extreme weather killed millions of monarch butterflies

Extreme weather in Mexico this year has killed an estimated 7 percent of the monarch butterfly population. The long-term survival of the butterfly may be threatened.

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#109695
2016-08-24

How the National Park Service Is Planning for Climate Change

Five years ago, just after archaeologist Marcy Rockman joined the National Park Service’s new climate change response program, the GOP-controlled Congress slashed its budget by 70 percent.

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#109696
2016-08-24

Why Some Countries Don't Want to Do More to Protect Elephants

What to do about the African elephant poaching crisis looms large ahead of next month’s major international wildlife trade meeting.

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#109697
2016-08-24

Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Recently, a tomato insect pest, Tuta absoluta, swept across Nigeria, devastating tomato fields and leading to immeasurable financial losses and emotional trauma. T. absoluta originated from the Andean region in South America.

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#109698
2016-08-24

Some climate paths may harm sustainable development

In December 2015 in Paris, the world's leaders agreed to keep global average temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial values.

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#109699
2016-08-24

Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy and human livelihood in developing countries

Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world's poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows.

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#109700
2016-08-24

Dams inevitably result in species decline, losses on reservoir islands

Hydropower development is booming, with controversial projects unfolding across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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#109701
2016-08-24

An unbalance in nutrients threatens plant biodiversity

An unnatural balance of nutrients threatens biodiversity in a survival of the fittest scenario, according to the results of a world-first global experiment published in the prestigious Nature journal.

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#109677
2016-08-23

Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests.

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#109678
2016-08-23

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 2016 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-ori ...

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#109679
2016-08-23

The problem of preserving India’s forests

As tourists continue to pursue animal sightings, are other types of conservation being overlooked?

News Headlines
#109680
2016-08-23

Reversing deforestation, restoring landscapes

Asia Pacific - Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific.

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#109681
2016-08-23

Climate change a significant threat to public health, CMA members hear

Climate change is the “greatest global health threat of the 21st century,” so it is incumbent that physicians take a stand to protect their patients, one of the world’s leading human-rights advocates says.

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#109682
2016-08-23

Blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica – and that’s a bad thing

In a new study, scientists who study the largest ice mass on Earth – East Antarctica – have found that it is showing a surprising feature reminiscent of the fastest melting one: Greenland.

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#109683
2016-08-23

Scientists map migration paths of Arctic breeding birds

Conservation of intertidal habitat -- 65 percent of which has been lost over the last 50 years -- is critical to the survival of countless birds during migration on the East Asian Australasian Flyway.

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#109684
2016-08-23

Rwanda taps into gorilla conservation tourism

Kigali - Rwanda has stepped up efforts to conserve endangered mountain gorillas in a bid to tap tourism revenues hinged on conservation.

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#109685
2016-08-23

Scientists have just discovered the first endemic bird species to go extinct on the Galápagos Islands

Scientists say their research shows that two subspecies of songbirds found only on the Galápagos Islands should be elevated to full species status.

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#109686
2016-08-23

Human impact on environment may be slowing down: new study

New maps show that between 1993 and 2009, human pressures on the environment did increase, but at much slower rates compared to population and economic growth.

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#109661
2016-08-22

Two new species of glowing spook fish discovered

Scientists have discovered two new species of bioluminescent deep-sea fish off New Zealand.

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#109662
2016-08-22
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#109663
2016-08-22

National parks must be for people, plants, pumas - not Big Oil

Huge swathe of new “protected natural area” in Peru’s Amazon is included within an oil and gas concession run by Canadian company

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#109664
2016-08-22

Toxic chemicals in food raise health concerns in Cambodia

To meet growing demand for food, Cambodian farmers have been increasingly resorting to the use of chemical fertilizers and some banned pesticides. But many are concerned about their negative effect on public health.

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#109665
2016-08-22

Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them

As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians of national parks face the herculean task of stopping it

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#109666
2016-08-22

The Ganga's Missing Dolphins

The sun is riding high by the time we polish off a plate of puris and parval bhaji topped with a sickly-sweet, thickly curled jalebi.

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#109667
2016-08-22

How California eradicated an invasive grapevine moth

The European grapevine moth, first spotted in California in 2009, has been declared eradicated on US soil. It took seven years' worth of effort and over 65 million dollars of federal funding to defeat the insect.

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#109668
2016-08-22

Ghana to get a $1.2bn ultra-modern ecotourism park in its capital city

Ghana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.

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#109669
2016-08-22

Tanzania: Forest Landscape Needs Urgent Restoration

Tanzania has a target of attaining middle income status by 2025. Various strategies have been developed to facilitate achievement of the national target namely through the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 (TDV), Second Five Years Development Plan 2016 to 2021 and the global Sustainable Developme ...

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#109670
2016-08-22

Logged forests are havens for endangered species in Southeast Asia

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A logged forest isn't a lost forest, new research reveals. In recent surveys, scientists from Imperial College London found a surprising number of endangered species living in logged forests in Borneo.

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#109645
2016-08-19

Pacific sea level predicts global temperature changes

Sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global surface temperatures, according to a new paper.

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#109646
2016-08-19

'Ecosystem canaries' provide early warning signs of catastrophic changes to ecosystems

'Ecosystem canaries' can provide early warning signals of large, potentially catastrophic, changes or tipping points in ecosystems, say researchers.

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#109647
2016-08-19

Brazil's environmental licensing under threat, suggests new article

A new article explains how the country's environmental licensing is under threat from proposed laws and constitutional amendments.

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#109648
2016-08-19

Rapid forest destruction puts Asia's wildlife at ris

[JAKARTA] Rapid conversion of natural forests in mainland South-East Asia have put more animals at risk of extinction but are not making it to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species.

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#109649
2016-08-19

The Time is Ripe to Act against Drought

WINDHOEK, Aug 18 2016 (IPS) - Let us start with some good news. Sort of. The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming to an end.

News Headlines
#109650
2016-08-19

Zimbabwe's parched forests fall prey to new pests

Insect infestations have killed tens of thousands of trees, already suffering from a severe El Niño drought

News Headlines
#109651
2016-08-19

Desertification eating into agricultural land in India, satellite images show

A report from the Isro says land degradation—broadly defined as loss of productivity—is estimated at 96 million hectares, or nearly 30% of land

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#109652
2016-08-19

Climate-smart farming can ease the Earth's environmental deficits

Farmland expansion is responsible for over 90 percent of global deforestation and degradation, while agriculture, forestry and other land uses contribute up to 24 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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#109653
2016-08-19

Reefs in Timor-Leste's Ataúro Island hold the world's highest reef fish species average

A biodiversity survey in the waters of Ataúro Island, situated 36 kilometres (22 miles) north of Timor-Leste's capital Dili, conducted by NGO Conservation International (CI) in July has revealed that the island hosts the highest average fish diversity globally.

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#109654
2016-08-19

To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts

It was in the mid-20th century when the American agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug showed us how to make wheat and rice stems shorter, to increase their yield. He's often referred to as the Father of the Green Revolution and his breakthrough meant food was suddenly more abundant across much ...

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#109655
2016-08-19

Rising sea levels may help select coral reefs

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Though the factors triggering rising seas may be harming the planet's marine species, more ocean water isn't necessarily a bad thing. New research suggests for some coral reef systems it may be beneficial.

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#109621
2016-08-18

Migrating group of large 'football-size' goldfish found in Australia

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers at a university in Australia discovered a school of massive goldfish migrating between Western Australia waterways.

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#109623
2016-08-18

INTERVIEW: 'Climate change is really about the wellbeing of people'

17 August 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.

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#109624
2016-08-18

Most island vertebrate extinctions could be averted, concludes new study

Control and eradication of invasive species could prevent as much as 75 percent of all island-level extinctions predicted for globally threatened vertebrates

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#109625
2016-08-18

US endangered-species recovery surges to record high

Nineteen species delisted from Endangered Species Act in past seven years.

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#109626
2016-08-18

Researchers say addressing the second D in REDD can benefit the climate while ensuring timber harvests

Significant reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved by sustainable forestry practices in the tropics, researchers say — but so far, the world is not taking full advantage of this opportunity to mitigate global warming.

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#109627
2016-08-18

Opinion: Time to listen to the ice scientists about the Arctic death spiral

Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray.

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#109628
2016-08-18

New online trawler tracking tool aims to help end overfishing

Developers hope the tool, that enables anyone with internet access to track fishing vessels worldwide, will create greater transparency in the oceans

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