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#107665
2016-03-16

Southern right whale recovery in doubt after being on brink of extinction

Species has increased in number but only to 12% of its original population and faces further threat from climate change

News Headlines
#107666
2016-03-16

Record-breaking temperatures 'have robbed the Arctic of its winter'

Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice

News Headlines
#107667
2016-03-16

Tourists Could Soon Overrun the Galápagos, Killing Its Famous Biodiversity

At the southern tip of the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos, a gorge known as Las Grietas is home to a species of parrot fish: a brilliantly colored creature about 18 inches in length.

News Headlines
#107668
2016-03-16

Climate change could cause food access, public health decline by 2050: report

Access to fresh fruit, vegetables and many other foods could be dramatically limited due to climate change by 2050, according to a new report published in the medical journal the Lancet.

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#107669
2016-03-16

International Forest Day 2016: Saying Thank You to the Trees

International Forest Day, which takes place on March 21st, is an excellent reason to celebrate the forests in Israel and raise people’s awareness of the importance of the forests in our world.

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#107670
2016-03-16

David Suzuki: World Water Day is a reminder not to take clean water for granted

Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life’s essentials for people, animals, and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands, and its longest coastline.

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#107671
2016-03-16

Storks give up on winter migration in favor of junk food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

News Headlines
#107672
2016-03-16

Hunger crisis deepens in Africa

The UN agencies and African Union experts are meeting in Zimbabwe to draw up plans to avert severe food crises in 27 African countries where millions need food aid. At least 4 million Zimbabweans urgently need assistance

News Headlines
#107673
2016-03-16

Floating gardens help lift Bangladeshis out of poverty and stave off worst impacts of climate change

UNEP-UNDP partnership builds resilience to climate change in one of the world's most vulnerable countries

News Headlines
#107642
2016-03-15

Scientists seek crowdfunding to sequence Joshua tree genome

CREVE COEUR, Mo., March 14 (UPI) -- A group of scientists at universities in the United States and Canada are aiming to raise $8,500 by March 24 for the Joshua Tree Genome Project, an effort to sequence and study the Joshua tree's genome.

News Headlines
#107643
2016-03-15

Sea-level rise may displace 13 million people in the US by 2100

Sea-level rise could force three times as many people in the US from their homes by the end of this century as previously thought, according to an analysis of population trends.

News Headlines
#107644
2016-03-15

UAE funds studies into making it rain in the desert

The United Arab Emirates is to fund three research teams from around the world to work out how to make it rain over the Arabian Desert.

News Headlines
#107645
2016-03-15

Mary Robinson joins chorus against CSIRO cuts, says climate science 'imperative, not luxury'

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson criticised the proposed cuts to CSIRO climate science in a speech made last night at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute.

News Headlines
#107646
2016-03-15

Forests protecting the environment and human health

Environmental certification of wood under the Forest Stewardship Council is not only a means of ensuring shoppers can access ethically sourced goods - it also might also prevent the spread of disease.

News Headlines
#107650
2016-03-15

This action plan can benefit birds, farmers, women and birders

What links Africa’s small scale farmers, gender equality and European birders? Migratory birds that form a tangible link between Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

News Headlines
#107651
2016-03-15

Stop Spain's strawberry growers sucking key wetland dry, say supermarkets

A consortium of high-profile supermarkets and food companies is demanding urgent action to stop unsustainable water usage among Spanish strawberry growers.

News Headlines
#107652
2016-03-15

Two forest countries, two very different conservation finance outlooks

Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are both REDD+ countries, meaning they’re participating in the UN program officially enshrined in the Paris climate agreement that aims to channel international finance to conservation activities that reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation and forest ...

News Headlines
#107653
2016-03-15

Singapore battles to keep a slice of green as conservation and urbanisation clash

Mention Singapore and one visualises skyscrapers and bright lights, perhaps even the opulent Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its infinity pool.

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#107654
2016-03-15

Marine protected areas can benefit large sharks

The expansion of protected areas into US federal waters would safeguard 100 percent of core home range areas used by three species of sharks tracked in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, new research suggests.

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#107625
2016-03-14

These little-known, colorful birds are latest victims of Indonesia’s caged-bird trade

The elusive, little-known pitta is fast-becoming the victim of wildlife traffickers. Commonly called “jewels of the forest”, these bright and colorful birds are being sold openly — and illegally — in Indonesia’s bird markets, a new study by TRAFFIC and Birdtour Asia has found.

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#107627
2016-03-14

February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount

Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month

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#107628
2016-03-14

Hong Kong advisers ‘disappointed’ with government’s biodiversity plan for city

A dedicated fund, hard targets and child-friendly mascots were among an array of recommendations floated by government ­advisers on Monday, many whom felt a consultation paper on the city’s first biodiversity plan lacked new ideas and ambition.

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#107629
2016-03-14

Climate change could foster toxic algae along Pacific coast, says report

A recently published study suggests climate change may encourage longer and more frequent blooms of toxic algae along Canada's Pacific coast.

News Headlines
#107630
2016-03-14

India’s endangered species nobody wants to save, or talk about

If you saw the pangolin, you’d probably find it quite adorable. It’s a shy, stooped creature that ambles close to the ground, looking furtively at the world through beady eyes

News Headlines
#107631
2016-03-14

Canada seeks traditional aboriginal knowledge on climate change

Canadian government awards contracts to research the traditional knowledge of First Nations elders and communities.

News Headlines
#107632
2016-03-14

Heat Waves, Droughts and Heavy Rain Have Clear Links to Climate Change, Says National Academies

Scientists can now say with confidence whether heat waves, such as the one that struck Russia in 2010 and caused 55,000 deaths, are linked to climate change.

News Headlines
#107633
2016-03-14

Migrant crisis pushes climate change off EU summit agenda

Europe's migrant crisis has kicked climate change off the agenda of EU leaders' talks this week, officials said, prompting accusations from green campaigners that the European Union has given up its leadership on environmental issues.

News Headlines
#107634
2016-03-14

East Africa validates strategy to tackle climate change

NAIROBI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Eight African countries have validated a strategy aimed at addressing human-induced climate change in the region which has been hit hard by vagaries of global warming, according to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

News Headlines
#107635
2016-03-14

Pesticides affect bees' ability to locate flowers, drink nectar

GUELPH, Ontario, March 14 (UPI) -- Bumblebees exposed to even low levels of pesticides have trouble acquiring the pollination skills necessary to retrieve nectar from some wildflowers -- especially those with complex shapes.

News Headlines
#107603
2016-03-11

Report from the Amazon: Newly created conservation unit could push long-time residents from their lands

A fact-finding trip heads up the Iriri River to determine if settlers inside a new Brazilian ecological station are impacting the environment. Legal decision could set precedent for Brazilians living within preserves.

News Headlines
#107604
2016-03-11

Rare wildlife discovered in biggest nature survey along Britain's coast

The biggest survey to date of nature along Britain’s coastline has uncovered a host of “wildlife firsts”.

News Headlines
#107605
2016-03-11

Climate change impact on food will go beyond production

A study launched last week in the Lancet has found that as many as 529,000 people may die as a result of changes in diet, weight, and health due to climate change impacts on food production. This study is further evidence that the impacts of climate change are real, they are dire, and the need t ...

News Headlines
#107606
2016-03-11

Arctic deal a path for full Inuit participation in the northern economy

The Arctic partnership announced Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama in Washington affords Canada the opportunity to show real leadership on climate-change initiatives and build a northern economy that secures Inuit participation.

News Headlines
#107609
2016-03-11

Invasive Species Doubts Five Years After Japan's Tsunami

Five years after a massive earthquake struck Japan and triggered a tsunami that is still washing debris onto the West Coast of the United States, scientists are unsure whether any of the 200-plus non-native species that hitchhiked over on that debris have gained a foothold in Northwest waters.

News Headlines
#107611
2016-03-11

Researchers discover plastic-loving bacteria in recycling plant

Scientists found a bacterium that will consume one of the most common forms of plastic. Is it the first step toward a solution for plastic pollution?

News Headlines
#107612
2016-03-11

African vulture pilot study aims to reduce poisoning deaths

Saving Africa’s Vultures, a new project to tackle the continent’s escalating vulture crisis, is now up and running, with three initial, targeted pilot schemes in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe that aim to find out more about – and significantly reduce – the greatest threat facing African vultures: ...

News Headlines
#107613
2016-03-11

Study suggests UK environment would be 'vulnerable' after Brexit

A report has suggested that a UK departure from the EU would leave Britain's environment "in a more vulnerable and uncertain position."

News Headlines
#107614
2016-03-11

INTERVIEW: Managing disaster risk vital for sustainable development, UN official stresses

10 March 2016 – Nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage. That was the devastating toll of disasters worldwide in 2015, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

News Headlines
#107615
2016-03-11

Europe's rarest seabird 'faces extinction'

Europe's rarest seabird will be extinct within 60 years, according to a new analysis.

News Headlines
#107585
2016-03-10

Leaked European commission plan would open gates to overfishing

Baltic Sea proposal would allow catches well above current sustainable levels needed to restore healthy fish stocks, putting some species at risk, conservationists warn

News Headlines
#107586
2016-03-10

Arboreal Austin: Forest Service publishes first urban forest assessment

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (UPI) -- For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service has published an urban forest assessment. The report details tree life in Austin, the capital of Texas.

News Headlines
#107587
2016-03-10

Snake walk: The slippery physics of slithering

"This is the Mojave shovel-nosed snake," says Perrin Schiebel as she hands me a 40cm reptile. It is vibrantly patterned, apparently harmless, and quickly wraps itself around my fingers.

News Headlines
#107588
2016-03-10

We've got your number: Tracing the source of invasive Japanese beetles

A technique developed by Northern Arizona University researchers can help invasive pest managers make more informed decisions about how to control Japanese beetles and the extensive damage they cause.

News Headlines
#107589
2016-03-10

Policy: Reboot the debate on genetic engineering

Genetic engineering (GE) has become increasingly contentious in recent years. Thousands of citizens and stakeholders in the United States are currently striving to pass mandatory food-labelling laws, ban certain GE products and create GE-free zones for growing food.

News Headlines
#107591
2016-03-10

Destination or bust: Hummingbirds can travel vast distances without taking a break

Hummingbirds weigh only about 0.1 oz (3-4 grams), but they can travel up to 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) non-stop. We just don't know yet whether they actually do so during their winter migration.

News Headlines
#107592
2016-03-10

'Climate change threatens African crops'

Climate change will claim vast swathes of land needed to grow staple food crops in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly maize, bananas and beans, researchers have warned.

News Headlines
#107593
2016-03-10

Saving Black Rhinos Through ‘Radical Conservation’

Today, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the black rhinoceros as “critically endangered.”

News Headlines
#107594
2016-03-10

U.S., Canada agree to methane emissions cut to fight climate change

The United States and Canada have agreed joint steps to fight climate change, including cutting methane emissions from existing oil and gas industry and signing the Paris climate deal “as soon as feasible,” the White House said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#107595
2016-03-10

Climate change in Mongolia destroying pastures on which nomadic herders rely

Overgrazing and a cycle of summer drought and winter snow has degraded vital pastureland in Mongolia, killing livestock and jeopardising livelihoods

News Headlines
#107596
2016-03-10

Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'

Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests.

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