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#110556
2016-10-24

World Must Tackle the Biggest Killer of Whales – and it’s not Whaling

Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.

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#110557
2016-10-24
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#110558
2016-10-24

A once forbidden tree

How Adaptive Collaborative Management is breaking cultural taboos in Uganda and empowering women

News Headlines
#110559
2016-10-24

Iran: 100,000 Hectares of Forests Lost to Exploitation each Year. Will 10 Year Respite Help?

INU - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article about the critical condition of the forests in Iran.

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#110560
2016-10-24

Botanist leads petition to give Venus Flytrap endangered species protection

American ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus flytrap.

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#110561
2016-10-24

Studying insects' response to short term climate events

Studying the response of living organisms to climate change is essential in the face of what increasingly looks like an irreversible trend.

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#110562
2016-10-24

Flotsam and fashion: recycler of 'ghost' fishing nets makes marine litter trendy

Last year a company set up by an Italian former scuba recycled more than 5,000 tons of discarded nets into nylon for apparel brands including Speedo

News Headlines
#110563
2016-10-24

What does peace in Colombia have to do with the environment?

With the conflict finally over, the Colombian government must turn its attention to protecting biodiversity and natural resources

News Headlines
#110564
2016-10-24

New method of estimating biodiversity based on tree cover

Historically, conservationists have protected species by placing large swaths of land into preserves and parks. However, only 13 percent of the world's land area is located in protected natural land.

News Headlines
#110531
2016-10-21

Offspring from fat fish on deep reefs help keep shallower populations afloat

Populations of coral reef fish in shallower, more vulnerable habitats likely owe at least some of their sustainability to the prodigious reproductive abilities of large, old counterparts that dwell at greater depths, a recent study suggests.

News Headlines
#110532
2016-10-21

TripAdvisor bans ticket sales to wild animal attractions

Travel website TripAdvisor, and its booking service Viator, will no longer sell tickets to tourism experiences that allow petting or touching of wild animals, the company announced on October 12.

News Headlines
#110533
2016-10-21

Rare birds thriving on Scilly Isles after scheme rids islands of rats

Number of nesting Manx shearwaters almost triples in three years after a project, backed by Prince Charles, sucessfully kills off the rats that eat the birds’ chicks and eggs

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#110534
2016-10-21

Wildlife to be leased to private land owners in bid to save threatened species

Under a proposed new trial, private property owners could help protect Australia’s endangered species – and the idea has gained the support of entrepreneur and AG founder Dick Smith.

News Headlines
#110535
2016-10-21

Wildlife migration routes for multiple species can link conservation reserves at lower cost

Scientists have demonstrated a new technique for designing effective wildlife migration corridors while reducing the costs of conservation.

News Headlines
#110536
2016-10-21

Burundi: Farmers Coping With Climate Change Thanks to FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation leads Burundian farmers into adopting farming techniques that help them to cope with climate change.

News Headlines
#110537
2016-10-21

How ‘protected’ are the Amazon’s protected areas?

Brazil houses nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest and one-third of all the tropical forest left on the planet — forest that represents 30 percent of the solution to climate change.

News Headlines
#110538
2016-10-21

'This forest is like an old friend' - India's tribal women fight for land ownership

RANAPUR, India, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the tribal women of Gunduribadi village, in India's eastern Odisha state, an early morning patrol is essential to conserve their forest, but what they are protecting goes far beyond food security or even their livelihoods.

News Headlines
#110539
2016-10-21

Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees

Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clay

News Headlines
#110540
2016-10-21

Conserving Madagascar's forest of hope

Developing the confidence of local communities and a BirdLife Partner to work together to protect their environment has brought encouraging changes for nature and people.

News Headlines
#110541
2016-10-21

Climate change is dulling the survival instincts of fish

EXETER, England, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The sensory systems of fish are short-circuiting, and a new study blames climate change.

News Headlines
#110510
2016-10-20

Scientists find link between tropical storms, decline of river deltas

Research by the University of Southampton shows that a change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the world.

News Headlines
#110511
2016-10-20

Green Climate Fund earmarks more than $1 billion for developing countries

The United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) has now approved more than US$1 billion for projects to help developing countries to tackle the effects of climate change — although almost none of the money has yet been handed out.

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#110512
2016-10-20

Lakes in community hands spur gains for people and fish

The arapaima (Arapaima gigas) is the largest freshwater scaled fish in the world, topping out at 2.75 meters (9 feet) and weighing up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) – at least, those are the largest ones we’ve recorded in the muddy waters of the Amazon Basin.

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#110513
2016-10-20

Changing Climate Threatens World’s Smallholder Farmers

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2016 (IPS) - Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

News Headlines
#110514
2016-10-20

Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ruling

Japanese fleets have killed more than 300 minke whales in the Southern Ocean despite a court ruling and three-decade-old ban

News Headlines
#110515
2016-10-20

Open season for rat hunting in Jakarta

Rats are a major problem in Jakarta. Now the city is trying to combat the pests by paying its residents a bounty.

News Headlines
#110516
2016-10-20

Biodiversity conservation in Yemen – joining forces for the future

What do conservationists do when they can’t do surveys, can’t implement grass-root activities, can’t meet with local people or government representatives to talk about environmental issues and policies?

News Headlines
#110517
2016-10-20

EU leaders at loggerheads over nature laws review

In a letter seen by the Guardian, European parliament president, Martin Schulz, warns EU chief, Jean Claude-Juncker, that inaction over a stalled review of the EU’s nature directives is jeopardising EU biodiversity targe

News Headlines
#110518
2016-10-20

Experts warn more monitoring needed for the Guiana Shield, the ‘greenhouse of the world’

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Along the west coast of South America the small nation of Guyana sits nestled roughly south of Venezuela and north of Brazil. Referred to as the “Lost Land of the Jaguar” in a 2008 BBC TV documentary, Guyana is one of six countries that comprise the much-revered Guiana Shield.

News Headlines
#110519
2016-10-20

Africa: Rwanda Ratifies Paris Agreement On Climate Change

Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an international treaty that aims to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to keep increases below 1.5 degrees.

News Headlines
#110520
2016-10-20

Women and wetlands: the hidden side of conservation solutions

Melissa Wurramarrba, Karmelina Daniels and Daphne Daniels are three Aboriginal women rangers working as a part of the Yugal Mangi Rangers programme in the Northern Territory of Australia.

News Headlines
#110521
2016-10-20

Ensnared baby dolphin raises fears for marine life

A DOLPHIN SPOTTED with debris wrapped around its neck has prompted urgent warnings about the threat of nets and plastic waste.

News Headlines
#110522
2016-10-20

Endangered Animals Are Being Poisoned In Zimbabwe. Drones Are Flying To The Rescue.

Instead of using guns to kill elephants and rhinoceroses, some poachers in Zimbabwe have begun poisoning the animals’ water with cyanide ― a practice some activists believe could be curbed by flying drones over parks in the African country.

News Headlines
#110523
2016-10-20

Madagascar's endangered lemurs find refuge

Threatened by habitat loss and hunting, Madagascar's lemurs, a critically endangered species, are finding refuge in a private sanctuary on this vast Indian Ocean island.

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#110524
2016-10-20

CITES Conference Marks Major Breakthrough in Battle Against Endangered Rosewood Trade

New controls on rosewood and an agreement by CITES parties on legal acquisition findings could fill the gap that allows illegal trade of endangered timber species to flourish.

News Headlines
#110525
2016-10-20

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation'

Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed by poachers every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#110492
2016-10-19

Tackling impacts of land degradation vital to achieving Global Goals – senior UN treaty official

18 October 2016 – The head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification told delegations gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to assess the treaty’s implementation, the impacts of land degradation affect the sustainability of the entire world, so a global effort is needed to tackle it, incl ...

News Headlines
#110493
2016-10-19

Ape's fig challenge wins photo award

Who dares wins. An orangutan pictured climbing high into a tree to reach some figs has taken the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition.

News Headlines
#110494
2016-10-19

World's mammals being eaten into extinction, report warns

Hundreds of mammal species - from chimpanzees to hippos to bats - are being eaten into extinction by people, according to the first global assessment of the impact of human hunting.

News Headlines
#110495
2016-10-19

Much tougher regulation of wildlife trade is needed to protect our biodiversity

Doug Woodring says the world has little hope of stamping out the illegal trade without overhauling the global convention regulating it

News Headlines
#110496
2016-10-19

Adapting to climate change is good business

“Sustainable development - these are two words that the existence of all (the) human race depends on. It (climate change) is becoming a calamity that we have to turn our attention to,” Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena told the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Forum, hosted by his govern ...

News Headlines
#110498
2016-10-19

Latin America's Forests Must Be Protected: UN

Climate change is expected to impact food availability and access in Latin America and the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#110499
2016-10-19

Forest areas increase in Azerbaijan

Forestry in Azerbaijan is a major environmental resource and plays an important role in life of people, especially rural. Forests support human wellbeing in many ways, including timber production, wildlife habitat, air quality, soil protection, carbon storage and recreation.

News Headlines
#110500
2016-10-19

Eco-marine conservation project a boost to tourism and fishing industry

MIRI: The RM8 million Petronas-Sarawak Forestry Eco-Marine Conservation project at Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park in northern Sarawak will be a shot in the arm for tourism and the fishing community in Miri.

News Headlines
#110501
2016-10-19

Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine life, five years later

Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

News Headlines
#110503
2016-10-19

Reforesting Kilimanjaro could ease East Africa's severe water shortages – UN

19 October 2016 – There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report urged today.

News Headlines
#110472
2016-10-18

New Zealand plankton blooms proof of global warming's oceanic effects

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- During coccolithophore blooms, the algae's calcium-derived exoskeletons turn the ocean water a milky white. The microorganism's proliferation can often be seen from space.

News Headlines
#110473
2016-10-18

Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs

Peru's environmental agency is investigating the deaths of some 10,000 frogs whose bodies have been found in a river in the south of the country.

News Headlines
#110475
2016-10-18

A plan to save the Mekong Delta

“I think this year Vietnam got a taste of the new normal,” said Dinh Tuyen, my journalist friend in bustling Can Tho, the Mekong Delta’s hub city. “Less fresh water from rains or from up the river, and more salt water as sea levels rise.”

News Headlines
#110476
2016-10-18

Q&A: Land Degradation Could Force 135 Million to Migrate in Next 30 Years

NEW DELHI/BONN, Oct 18 2016 (IPS) - One of the critical challenges facing the world today is that emerging migration patterns that are increasingly rooted in the depletion of natural resources.

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