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#104212
2015-06-08

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

One lunchtime in early March, tables at Nairobi's K'Osewe restaurant are packed. The waiting staff run back and forth from the kitchen, bringing out steaming plates of deep-green African nightshade, vibrant amaranth stew and the sautéed leaves of cowpeas.

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#104180
2015-06-05

UN invites world's seven billion people to become agents of change on World Environment Day

5 June 2015 – With many of the earth's ecosystems nearing “critical tipping points,” the United Nations invited each of the seven billion people on the planet to mark this year's World Environment Day by making one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources – “be it refusing to b ...

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#104181
2015-06-05

UN official stresses need for renewed momentum towards achieving climate accord

4 June 2015 – “The clock is ticking faster and faster” before an agreement must be reached in Paris in December, but “so much has happened over the past few weeks,” a senior United Nations climate change official said today.

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#104182
2015-06-05

US scientists: Global warming pause 'no longer valid'

US researchers say new evidence casts doubt on the idea that global warming has "slowed" in recent years.

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#104183
2015-06-05

New tropical tree species await discovery

Scientists have raised the estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000 to 53,000. Many tropical tree species risk extinction because of their rarity and restriction to small geographic areas, reaffirming the need for comprehensive, pan-tropical conservation efforts.

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#104186
2015-06-05

Warming corals may have little room to move

Corals may be forced to shift away from the equator as the globe warms, but some species may only be able to go so far, say researchers.

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#104187
2015-06-05

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

News Headlines
#104188
2015-06-05

World Can Avert Financial and Environmental Costs of Resource Depletion and Save Millions in Efficiency Gains - New UN World Environment Day Report Shows How

Milan, 4 June 2015 - As the financial and environmental costs of resource depletion begin to affect economic growth worldwide, countries need to find ways to manage finite resources while meeting the needs of a growing and increasingly urban world population.

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#104189
2015-06-05

Double counting forest emissions threatens UN climate pact

As officials from more than 190 nations work in Bonn on a draft version of a new global climate on climate change, they should heed the risks of including a mechanism that could sabotage efforts to cut global emissions.

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#104190
2015-06-05

Analysis: Many tropical tree species have yet to be discovered

A global analysis raises the minimum estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000–53,000 worldwide in a paper appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whose coauthors include researchers from the Center for Tropical Forest Science–Forest Global Earth Observat ...

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#104191
2015-06-05

World Economy To Gain By Over $900B From Better Protection Of Oceans: WWF

Protecting the planet's oceans is not only an environmental imperative but also a sound business decision as it could add $900 billion to the global economy in a few decades, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

News Headlines
#104192
2015-06-05

Bee populations face another threat: aluminum

KEELE, England, June 5 (UPI) -- Researchers have found high concentrations of aluminum in bee populations, suggesting contamination by the silver-gray metal could be partially responsible for the insect's decline.

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#104162
2015-06-04

Seven tiny frog species found on seven mountains

Seven new species of tiny frog have been discovered on seven different mountains in south-eastern Brazil.

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#104165
2015-06-04

Journalism is critical to farming innovation take-up

Makida Mohammed is a farmer near Assela in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, where grains such as wheat, barley and tef dominate the landscape.

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#104166
2015-06-04

Student becomes first researcher to hold an Annamite striped rabbit

Almost nothing is known about the Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi). First described by scientists in 1999, this beautifully-colored rabbit is found in Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos, but—rarely seen and little-studied—it's life history is a complete mystery.

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#104167
2015-06-04

Climate Fund Rolls Out Amid Hopes It Stays “Green”

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2015 (IPS) - After a difficult infancy, the Green Climate Fund is finally getting some legs. The big question now is what direction it will toddle off in.

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#104168
2015-06-04

Zimbabwean Women Weave Their Own Beautiful Future

LUPANE, Zimbabwe, Jun 3 2015 (IPS) - Seventy-seven-year-old Grace Ngwenya has an eye for detail. You will never catch her squinting as she effortlessly weaves ilala palm fronds into beautiful baskets.

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#104169
2015-06-04

U.S. researchers uncover secret of Greenland's vanishing lakes

Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland's ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.

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#104170
2015-06-04

40% of Europe's sharks and rays face extinction, says IUCN

New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent’s oceanic biodiversity

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#104171
2015-06-04

On the way to a historic agreement on climate change

UN talks in Bonn this week are paving the way for COP21 in December. We asked Jennifer Morgan of the World Resources Institute how things are shaping up for a historic international agreement on climate change.

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#104172
2015-06-04

Protecting Wetlands, Protecting Lives

Well over 600 million people around the world depend on wetlands for their livelihoods, such as fishing or farming.

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#104173
2015-06-04

First draft of sustainable development goals exposes gaps, warn NGOs

Three months before the SDGs are adopted, experts praise ambition of vision but fear methods are too weak to measure progress in areas such as women’s rights

News Headlines
#104174
2015-06-04

Pushing for Post-2015 Strategic Sustainable Devt Goals

In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a few, highly effective targets for the world, e.g. halve the proportion of poor and hungry and reduce childhood mortality by two-thirds. The goals have had varying levels of success. Now, the UN and the world are to decide whic ...

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#104175
2015-06-04

Unlikely 'champion' in battle for Indonesia's forests

The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...

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#104176
2015-06-04

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

News Headlines
#104178
2015-06-04

Moving towards a more sustainable production and consumption pattern

World Environment Day is an opportunity to identify solutions for re-engineering our consumer culture

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#104179
2015-06-04

Report: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

The main driver of a healthy community is a well-functioning ecosystem according to a new state of knowledge review by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization released at a panel on health and nature in Brussels at Green Week 2015 Europe's biggest annual conference o ...

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#104148
2015-06-03

New marsupial species fights ferociously for sex, then dies

BRISBANE, Australia, June 2 (UPI) -- The males of two new species of dusky antechinus discovered in Australia spend their annual mating season coupling with as many females as possible and then die within weeks -- yet that isn't what threatens the species' existence.

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#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

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#104150
2015-06-03

Paris climate pledges 'will only delay dangerous warming by two years'

Pledges made by countries to cut their carbon emissions ahead of a crunch climate summit in Paris later this year will delay the world passing the threshold for dangerous global warming by just two years, according to a new analysis.

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#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

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#104152
2015-06-03

'Radical transition' of economy needed to curb climate change: study

Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a "radical transition" to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

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#104153
2015-06-03

Low funding hampers Africa’s climate change adaptation

NAIROBI] Inadequate funding for adaptation programmes is one of the acute challenges preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa from effectively addressing the impacts of climate change, experts say.

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#104154
2015-06-03

REDD Dawn: The Birth Of Forest Carbon

3 June 2015 | By all accounts, REDD was born in 1988 – not so much to save the planet as to help poor farmers in Guatemala manage their land more sustainably.

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#104155
2015-06-03

Saving the Iberian lynx from extinction, one cat at a time

SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline at greatest risk of extinction.

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#104156
2015-06-03

Is opposition to genetically modified food irrational?

On Saturday 23 May 2015, thousands of activists gathered across the world to demonstrate against genetically-modified (GM) seeds and foods. There were protests in cities including Los Angeles, Paris, Santiago and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

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#104157
2015-06-03

Antarctic Portal links scientists and decision-makers

A major new initiative to bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers has been launched during the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting, ATCM XXXVIII - CEP XVIII, in Bulgaria.

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#104158
2015-06-03

EU needs serious action to secure sustainable global future

This week's European development days (EDD) in Brussels are taking place at a crucial time for development policy. It is the European year for development and 2015 will also see key decisions being taken in a series of global conferences which affect development policy.

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#104159
2015-06-03

One of world's largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.

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#104160
2015-06-03

UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.

News Headlines
#104123
2015-06-02

Policies on marine protection areas woefully inadequate: CPAWS report

A new report on marine conservation efforts says Canada is severely lacking in the quantity and quality of its protection for ocean ecosystems.

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#104135
2015-06-02

Organic farming isn’t just environmentally friendly – it’s very good business for farmers

With a growing body of evidence pointing to the environmental damage inflicted by large-scale agriculture — from rainforest clearing and other forms of habitat destruction, to high carbon outputs and the ecological impacts of pesticides — exploring more eco-friendly farming systems is a high pri ...

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#104116
2015-06-02

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Plant breeders have been studying genetic variation and plant diversity since time immemorial. They breed plants for improved performance and adaptation to a natural environment. Today, as we consider ways to mitigate climate change, incorporating genetic diversity is absolutely necessary. Advan ...

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#104140
2015-06-02

Why It Might Actually Pay To Be an Organic Farmer

Organic farmers earn 22% to 35% more than their non-organic counterparts. Growing organic food can be significantly more profitable than traditional farming, netting organic farmers 22% to 35% more than their conventional counterparts, according to new research published in the journal PNAS.

News Headlines
#104141
2015-06-02

The importance of community involvement for sustainable tourism

Researchers in Southeast Asia are studying how tourism policy and local community involvement impact the tourism industry.

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#104142
2015-06-02

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. The discovery suggests that such births may be a natural response to dwindling numbers, rather than a freak occurrence largely seen in captivity.

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#104143
2015-06-02

With climate change, species are increasingly interbreeding to survive

Some scientists and conservationists see the coywolf as a nightmare of the Anthropocene — a poster child of mongrelization as plants and animals reshuffle in response to habitat loss, climate change and invasive species. Golden-winged warblers increasingly cross with blue-winged warblers in the ...

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#104144
2015-06-02

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) - India's earth sciences minister has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after the government said on Tuesday the country was headed for its first drought in six years.

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#104145
2015-06-02

From Indonesia's elephant to Philippine eagle, wildlife matters

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the Philippines’ destroying its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks. The June 21, 2013 incident “marked not only the first time an ivory-consuming nation took such a public action but also the first time a country took steps to guarantee that ...

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#104146
2015-06-02

Study: Global warming risks changes to ocean life unprecedented in the last 3 million years

Continued warming of the Earth’s oceans over the next century could trigger disruptions to marine life on a scale not seen in the last 3 million years, scientists warn in a study released Monday.

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