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#119110
2018-12-19

Changing climate, longer growing seasons complicate outlook for coniferous forests

For decades, ecologists have differed over a longstanding mystery: Will a longer, climate-induced growing season ultimately help coniferous forests to grow or hurt them? A new University of Colorado Boulder study may help researchers find a more definitive answer.

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#119111
2018-12-19

What does the Violence Against Women Act have to do with climate change?

As the world heats up, it’s also becoming more violent. There’s been a lot of research linking climate change to war, violent crime, and even road rage. But you may not have heard that climate disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Michael were accompanied by a surge in intimate partner violence, ...

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#119112
2018-12-19

African Development Bank more resolute in fighting against climate change

The curtain has fallen on COP24 , this year’s global climate summit held in Katowice, Poland. However, negotiations continued throughout the weekend to reach agreement on specific parts of the ‘rulebook’ to be applied from 2020 by the 197 signatories of the Paris Agreement (https://bit.ly/2S8gL ...

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#119113
2018-12-19

To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles

A new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate change.

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#119114
2018-12-19

Shark fins belong on sharks, not in trophy rooms or soup

Sharks are the apex predator of the ocean — they are at the top of the food chain, prey to no other animal in the water. Their size, strength and, of course, their teeth make them the quintessential movie monsters. In real life, they regularly get screen time on TV news when they maim or kill a ...

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#119115
2018-12-19

Tasmanian researchers discover new corals in dense 'underwater garden' on ocean mountains

An "underwater garden" with more than 100 unnamed species of corals, lobsters and molluscs has been discovered on undersea mountains south of Tasmania.

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#119116
2018-12-19

EU reaches agreement on single-use plastic ban

A plan to ban single-use plastic products such as disposable plates and straws has been agreed. EU member states and the EU parliament still have to give the provisional agreement the go-ahead.

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#119117
2018-12-19

Logging of old-growth forests should stop, Victorian environment department says

Logging in old-growth forests in Victoria should cease, according to testimony from the Victorian environment department in a court battle over logging in East Gippsland.

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#119118
2018-12-19

Banning trophy hunting imports won’t save the world’s wildlife

Well-meaning celebrities and MPs recently published a letter in the Guardian, calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the UK. To the novice conservationist, this surely sounds like a good thing, right? After all, trophy hunting kills animals so how could it possibly be good for conserva ...

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#119119
2018-12-19

Multicultural creatures of habit: Long-term study reveals migratory patterns of bats

Every year, trillions of animals migrate for thousands of kilometres between their summer and winter habitats. Among them are several species of bats whose journeys in the dark of the night unfold largely unnoticed by humans and have only partially been investigated by science. A reconstruction ...

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#119120
2018-12-19

When 'alien' insects attack Antarctica

Of the known alien (non-native) species found in Antarctica, a non-biting species of midge currently presents one of the highest risks to terrestrial ecosystems, researchers have found.

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#119121
2018-12-19

Unpacking the history of how Earth feeds life, and life changes Earth

At a fleeting glance, the study of life – biology – seems very separate from that of rocks, or geology.But a look back through history shows that geological processes have been key to the evolution of life on Earth. Geology has shaped biology by creating favourable conditions, and indeed the bas ...

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#119122
2018-12-19

Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula

The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -- from seven different families -- that are mainly found in edaphic environments (soil), according to a new article.

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#119123
2018-12-19

Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Human Health In History

In early October the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's definitive scientific body on the topic, published, “Global Warming of 1.5C.” Over 90 scientists from 40 countries reviewing 6,000 studies prepared the IPCC report in response to a 2015 Paris clim ...

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#119124
2018-12-19

'Greater warming': different species under threat

Entire ecosystems are under threat due to warming oceans with parts of the Australian coast stretching from Sydney to Adelaide experiencing the most stress, experts warn.

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#119125
2018-12-19

Dolphin deaths attributed to virus found in climate-changed waters

Climate change is putting bottlenose dolphins at greater risk of death from a measles-related virus, researchers at Flinders University found.

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#119126
2018-12-19

Cameroon launches second phase of biodiversity conservation project

The second phase of the Integrated and Transborder Conservation of Biodiversity in the Basins of the Republic of Cameroon basins, TRIDOM II. The project was launched on Tuesday December 19 in Sangmelima by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife in partnership with the United Nations Development P ...

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#119127
2018-12-19

'Business as life'

Fighting global warming will take meaningful change - not business as usual. The dialogue of the COP24 climate talks often seem to consist of little but collections of acronyms and buzz phrases.

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#119128
2018-12-19

The Amazonian tribe defending their land with technology

While the Amazonian basin is most often touted for its biodiversity, there are also hundreds of indigenous tribes that live in the rainforest. Many of these tribes are under direct threat of displacement by resource extraction and deforestation. To this day, 70 percent of the Ecuadorian Amazon h ...

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#119137
2018-12-20

Kids, it’s time to give your parents 'the talk.' Not that one, the one on climate change.

My first-year Bucknell University students were nervous about their assignment: Interview someone in your family about climate change. Only one rule: It had to be someone 50 or older. It had to be intergenerational. If I could, I’d give everyone the same homework assignment this holiday season.

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#119138
2018-12-20

Climate change could threaten fishing in North Carolina

North Carolina is a paradise for fishermen – from its cold mountain streams to its brackish coastal estuaries.Prater: “Here our culture is very tied to the land, very tied to the wild.”

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#119139
2018-12-20

See how much warmer winters in US cities could be by 2050

Crisp white winters are beginning to turn mushy gray across the northern United States. And the longer we wait to get serious about limiting climate change, a White Christmas could become a thing of the past for many cities later this century

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#119140
2018-12-20

Want clean air in 2019? Let’s talk climate change

For years, air quality and climate change have been like star-crossed lovers — inextricably linked, but never quite finding their way to each other in environmental policy and dialogue. Well in 2018, the two finally got hot and heavy thanks to several landmark reports and climate calamities lite ...

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#119141
2018-12-20

Can ‘living well’ stop climate change?

Humanity has just ten years to turn things around. The most recent IPCC report says that we need to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030 or else be locked into a warming scenario that none of us wants to see. So, what to do?

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#119142
2018-12-20

2018 - the hottest La Niña year ever recorded

Once the final official global annual surface temperature is published, 2018 will be the hottest La Niña year on record, by a wide margin. It will be the fourth-hottest year overall, and the fourth consecutive year more than 1°C (1.8°F) hotter than temperatures in the late-1800s, when reliable m ...

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#119143
2018-12-20

Scientific researchers promote environmental protection in China's Dongting Lake

Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2018 shows the Dongting Lake station for wetland ecosystem research in Dongting Lake area, central China's Hunan Province. Collecting soil in spring, testing lake water in summer, investigating plants in autumn and observing migrant birds in winter outlined nearly ...

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#119144
2018-12-20

More areas of B.C. coastal waters designated killer whale critical habitat

The classification means the two new areas are now legally protected against habitat-destroying activities.Two more areas of B.C. waters have officially been deemed "critical habitat" for southern and northern resident killer whales.

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#119145
2018-12-20

FEATURE-Battling 'biopiracy', scientists catalog the Amazon's genetic wealth

In a bid to stop "biopiracy", researchers are building a giant database to catalog genetic material from the world's largest rainforest. From the rubber in car tires, to cosmetics and medicines, genetic material contained in the Amazon region has contributed to discoveries worth billions of dollars.

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#119146
2018-12-20

Plastic pollution: Do beach clean-ups really make a difference?

Picking up trash from river beds and beaches has become a popular activity around the world. But do clean-ups really help tackle the growing problem of plastic pollution? DW's Brigitte Osterath reports from Honduras.

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#119147
2018-12-20

Luxury eco-retreat in Seychelles partners with 2 Swiss organisations to restore coral

Seychelles Fregate Island Private, a luxury eco-retreat, is partnering with two international organisations based in Switzerland for its first coral restoration project.

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#119148
2018-12-20

Putting land To Good Use: Food Security In Our Backyards

Small, resilient agricultural solutions that will save the environment and feed generations to come. The effective use of land remains one of the foremost solutions to poverty, and the methods used to fully benefit from farming are easily accessible and implementable.

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#119149
2018-12-20

Will mainstreaming traditional Chinese medicine threaten wildlife?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is going global. Earlier this year, Chinese state media reported that 57 traditional medicinal centers were under development in places as far-flung as Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, and France. By some counts, TCM can now be found in more than 180 countr ...

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#119150
2018-12-20

The true story of how 96 endangered sea turtle hatchlings survived a New York City beach

July 12 saw highs in the mid-80s in New York City this year — a typically hot, muggy NYC summer day. Perfect beach weather, in other words. It was a Thursday, so there probably wouldn’t have been too big of a crowd, but luckily there were at least a few beachgoers out at West Beach, near the wes ...

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#119151
2018-12-20

Chelsea Clinton’s next children’s book will look at endangered species

Chelsea Clinton's fifth book for young readers will urge children to fight to protect endangered animals, the former first daughter announced this week on Twitter. "Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe" will be published on April 2 by Penguin imprint Philomel Books.

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#119152
2018-12-20

Carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases even if it doesn't change consumer behavior

In a new commentary piece published Dec. 18 in Nature Climate Change, Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Climate Change Research Network, examines how carbon labeling can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a variety of ways. The ...

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#119153
2018-12-20

Landscape: Spice It Up!

“Variety is the spice of life,” goes the adage.The pomander hangs in the hallway, and the kitchen is redolent with the aromas of winter spices as gingerbread bakes in the oven; rich cinnamon, sharp cloves, gentle mace, tropical allspice, nippy ginger, aromatic coriander and savory caraway all bl ...

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#119154
2018-12-21

Green schools - climate change lessons

In Gujarat, the Green Schools initiative is giving schoolchildren hands-on experience in nurturing the environment. With the help of basic science, they learn about climate change and biodiversity loss, and explore solutions.

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#119155
2018-12-21

Humans are to blame for wiping out local species and always replace them with the same animals

Wherever humans go, native wildlife gets wiped out and animals like rats and pigeons flourish, a study has found. A study of 81 countries looked at the effect of human habitation on around 20,000 species living there.

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#119156
2018-12-21

Cities are shrinking wildlife globally but we can fix this

Cities are homes for billions of people. By 2050 around 70% of the global population is predicted to live in urban areas. Yet as our cities grow, most species have an increasingly hard time surviving on this planet. A new report titled Nature in the Urban Century highlights the scale of the cha ...

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#119157
2018-12-21

Elephants and economics: how to ensure we value wildlife properly

Insuring the economic health of nations is one of the biggest tasks expected of governments. The elephant in the room has long been the health of the environment, on which the health of the economy (and everything else) ultimately depends.

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#119158
2018-12-21

Hidden cradle of early plant evolution discovered in the Middle East

Several new plant fossils from present-day Jordan push back the ages of important seed plant lineages, suggesting these lineages survived the mass extinction event at the end of the Permian. Discovery of these fossils - remarkably preserved in a region where fossils are hard to come by - also po ...

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#119159
2018-12-21

The freshwater biodiversity crisis

The 2018 Living Planet Index (LPI) (1) shows that populations of freshwater species have declined by an average of 83% since 1970, a far steeper drop than for terrestrial or marine species. Extinction rates for freshwater species are also exceptionally high (2).

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#119160
2018-12-21

Experts reveal the six ways climate change affected Christmas dinner this year

This year’s heatwave affected the production of carrots, sprouts, stuffing, brandy butter, custard and ice cream, as well as pigs in blankets.

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#119161
2018-12-21

Looking for a 2019 resolution to help the planet? Eat less meat, research says

Recycling or taking the bus rather than driving to work has its place, but scientists are increasingly pointing to a deeper lifestyle change that would be the single biggest way to help the planet: eating far less meat.

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#119162
2018-12-21

Stanley Aneto: "Art is a powerful way to speak about climate change"

Nigerian eco-artist Stanley Aneto is on a mission to use his work to engage younger generations in environmental issues.

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#119163
2018-12-21

Causes of climate change in Kenya and the world

We have experienced various effects of climate change. From the shifting of animal ranges, trees flowering sooner to accelerated sea level rise, more intense heat waves, to desert like conditions slowly and steadily encroaching formerly productive agricultural land. Understanding the causes of c ...

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#119164
2018-12-21

Sicily's farmers go tropical in the face of climate change

limate change has slowly damaged traditional crops. Now farmers on the Italian island of Sicily are looking for innovative alternatives to survive and even thrive.

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#119165
2018-12-21

Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018's climate disasters – visual guide

The UN’s recent alert that the world has at most 12 years to prevent climate catastrophe was a landmark moment. Never before has the threat of irreversible damage been so close.

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#119166
2018-12-21

We must face up to the challenge of feeding a warming world

Agan Soyan Hassan and her six children lost everything, including their home and livestock as flood waters engulfed their village of Ranranle in south-east Ethiopia. Wading through water for four grueling hours, they reached higher ground with a mere plastic sheet for shelter.

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#119167
2018-12-21

Farmers know climate change is real — can they fight it?

Craig Dunnum didn’t read the recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), which predicts the nation’s farm commodity contribution to the economy — $136.7 billion in 2016, already low due to falling prices — will be increasingly vulnerable to droughts, floods, pests and disease.

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