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#111530
2017-01-09

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

A "clear signal" of urbanisation has been identified in the evolution of organisms, which has implications for sustainability and human well-being.

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#111531
2017-01-09

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.

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#111532
2017-01-09

Pakistan’s papaya pest squashed through biocontrol

[ISLAMABAD] A severe infestation of the papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) nearly wiped out papaya orchards in Pakistan before the largely farmed country decided to replace conventional chemical pesticides that were ineffective with natural predators that proved to be successful.

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#111533
2017-01-09

Free online analysis of forest change

Let’s pretend you manage a forested area, as a forestry official, park manager, or timber company executive, and you want to ensure that logging teams remove trees according to their extraction plan, without overharvesting or clearing outside their allotted area each year.

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#111534
2017-01-09

Native Seeds Sustain Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast

APODI, Brazil, Jan 6 2017 (IPS) - In his 76 years of life, Raimundo Pinheiro de Melo has endured a number of droughts in Brazil’s semi-arid Northeast region. And he remembers every one of them since 1958.

News Headlines
#111535
2017-01-09

Dams be damned, let the world's rivers flow again

The flawed development model of dam-building has continued around the world. It’s time to give permanent protection to free-flowing rivers

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#111536
2017-01-09

Tourism: Boon or threat for the Galápagos?

The Galápagos Islands are treasure trove of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But are tourists wanting to experience it up close protecting or endangering this unique biodiversity?

News Headlines
#111537
2017-01-09

China ivory ban brings hope for elephants

Poachers are killing off elephants for their ivory tusks. China, the world's largest market for ivory, has announced it will shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017. Will this help save the iconic animals?

News Headlines
#111538
2017-01-09

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity

Crop-breeding innovations are merely a short-term solution for falling yields. Only agricultural diversity can ensure food security and resilience

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#111539
2017-01-09

Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears

As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government announced Monday: decisive action on climate change.

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#111540
2017-01-09

New maps show how our consumption impacts wildlife thousands of miles away

The maps can tell which countries, and which commodities, threaten habitats and wildlife at various hotspots.

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#111541
2017-01-09

Cities Provide Refuge for Threatened Species

HONG KONG, China, January 8, 2017 (ENS) – Poached nearly to extinction in their homelands, rare and threatened birds and animals have found refuge in cities like Hong Kong, introduced to urban centers or wilderness areas outside their natural ranges.

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#111542
2017-01-09

‘Too rare to wear’: new campaign targets tourists to end Hawksbill turtle trade

The Critically Endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is being hunted to extinction for its shell.

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#111543
2017-01-09

Safeguarding Biodiversity Must be Integrated Across Agricultural Sectors

GLOBAL - Governments from 167 countries have given unprecedented recognition to the need to protect biodiversity across the agricultural sectors as a key action to achieve sustainable development, including ensuring food security and addressing climate change.

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#111544
2017-01-09

Mexico's Maya Point Way to Slow Species Loss, Climate Change

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexico. Maria Yam Pérez scrambles eggs over a wood-saving, earth-block stove and stirs in freshly chopped chaya, a spinach-like jungle plant known for its versatility in cooking and medicine.

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#111545
2017-01-09

Study: Recovery of Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

STONY BROOK, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a model to estimate how long evolutionary forces would take to restore natural balance among mammalian communities plagued by extinction.

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#111511
2017-01-06

DENR exec appointed to UN biodiversity agency

An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to lead the advisory body of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the agency announced Friday.Mundita Lim, director of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), was appointed by the Mo ...

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#111512
2017-01-06

Southeast Asia is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis

Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain a remarkable concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered. The region contains 20% of the planet’s vertebrate and plant species and the world’s thi ...

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#111513
2017-01-06

Beavers, imports from Canada, are threatening primeval forests of Patagonia

It seemed like a good idea at the time.Transplanting 25 pairs of Canadian beavers to Tierra del Fuego would provide raw material for a fur industry, bring jobs to a sparsely populated region and — as an advertisement in 1946 suggested — possibly attract tourists to this remote part of the hemisp ...

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#111514
2017-01-06

Real Farming Report - Whose seeds are they anyway?

For at least 12,000 years, humans have been sowing, selecting, domesticating and freely exchanging seeds in order to adapt to the conditions of an ever-changing Earth. Then, a century or so ago, things went pear-shaped.

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#111515
2017-01-06

Is the world’s tallest creature heading for a fall?

A recent list of threatened species revealed that giraffes are now on the brink of extinction after a devastating decline.One of nature’s most lovable creatures, giraffes split their time between tottering around – head (neck) and shoulders above the rest of the animal kingdom – and eating. Dubb ...

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#111516
2017-01-06

Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching in the C'bean – study

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new study has predicted that if current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs, including many in the Caribbean, will suffer severe bleaching – the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ...

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#111517
2017-01-06

Scaling up marine conservation targets should benefit millions of people

About 200 countries worldwide committed to protecting 10% of national marine areas by signing the Convention on Biological Diversity. But more ambitious marine reserve coverage policies that target unprotected fishing grounds would benefit millions of people who depend on fisheries for food and ...

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#111518
2017-01-06

Tourism: Boon or threat for the Galápagos?

The Galápagos Islands are treasure trove of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But are tourists wanting to experience it up close protecting or endangering this unique biodiversity?

News Headlines
#111519
2017-01-06

In drought-hit Zimbabwe, women's "second shift" burden grows

Longer hours of unpaid work to gather scarce water, firewood and food are putting women – and their paid jobs – at riskMARWENDO, Zimbabwe, Jan 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rhoda Mhlanga looked tired. Even so, Mhlanga, who lives in a remote village in eastern Zimbabwe, managed to smile as she ...

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#111520
2017-01-06

Just about everything you buy came at the expense of an endangered animal

The cup of joe that helped you get through the morning, the must-have chair purchased at that trendy furniture store and the palm oil that’s key to a favorite family recipe all have elements ripped from the habitat of a threatened or endangered animal somewhere in the world.

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#111521
2017-01-06

Waterworld—can we learn to live with flooding?

Flash floods, burst riverbanks, overflowing drains, contaminants leaching into waterways: some of the disruptive, damaging and hazardous consequences of having too much rain. But can cities be designed and adapted to live more flexibly with water – to treat it as friend rather than foe?

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#111522
2017-01-06

Atlantic Ocean circulation could collapse with climate change influence, study says

New research from scientists suggests that, as a result of climate change, Atlantic Ocean currents may not be as stable as current climate models suggest and could collapse in 300 years.

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#111523
2017-01-06

Climate Change Could Trigger Collapse of Major Ocean Current

In the 2004 disaster film "The Day After Tomorrow," global warming leads to the failure of an enormous current in the Atlantic Ocean, triggering catastrophic natural disasters and establishing freezing conditions in North America and Europe over a matter of weeks.

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#111524
2017-01-06

Seeing the devastation of climate change in the ruins of Aleppo

In recently followed a drone through the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo, courtesy of YouTube. The destruction was sobering, to say the least. The camera glided by exploded apartment buildings and streets piled with rubble, block after city block. The political situation in Syria is contemptible, t ...

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#111525
2017-01-06

Polar Bears Threatened By Toxic Pollutants, Not Just Climate Change And A Warming Arctic

As if the ravages of climate change were not catastrophic enough already, polar bears have another danger to watch out for: toxic pollutants. A study found that risk from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic is low for seals, but high for polar bears, especially the cubs.

News Headlines
#111526
2017-01-06

Amazon Indigenous REDD+: an innovative approach to conserve Colombian forests?

Some indigenous communities in South America have been working on a way to participate in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) on their own terms. In 2009, Colombia began to create the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradat ...

News Headlines
#111505
2017-01-04

Are 'open source' seeds necessary for a resilient food system?

Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space.

News Headlines
#111506
2017-01-04

New Look at Rivers Reveals The Toll of Human Activity

The Yellowstone River has its headwaters in the mountain streams and snowy peaks of the famous U.S. national park with the same name, and makes an unfettered downhill run all the way to the Missouri River, nearly 700 miles away. It is the longest undammed river in the Lower 48 states.

News Headlines
#111507
2017-01-04

Obama's 'historic' conservation legacy beats Teddy Roosevelt

Elephants, sharksand toads have one thing in common. All of them have benefited, in some way, from the presidency of Barack Obama.One of the lesser known legacies of the US president is his record as a conservationist.

News Headlines
#111508
2017-01-04

North-South divide in science may hinder action on climate change

Northern domination of science relevant to climate-change policy and practice globally and lack of research led by Southern researchers in Southern countries may hinder development and implementation of global agreements and nationally-appropriate actions.

News Headlines
#111509
2017-01-04

Mega-Trends’ Like Climate Change Best Tackled With Private Sector Help: New UN Chief

António Guterres says more engagement with the private sector and civil society will be key to the United Nation’s effectiveness. n Sunday (1 January 2017), António Guterres officially took over the reins at the United Nations from Ban Ki-moon as the organisation’s ninth-ever top boss.

News Headlines
#111510
2017-01-04

Biodiversity Loss: Global ‘Threat Maps’ Reveal Impact Of Human Consumption On Wildlife

Earth is currently in the midst of a very serious biodiversity crisis. Although estimates of the exact number vary widely, scientists now believe that the rapid loss in species we are seeing today is anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the extinction rate when humans weren’t around.

News Headlines
#111481
2016-12-19

FSC certification gives boost to rainforest community

IWOKRAMA, Guyana – It’s late afternoon in Fairview village, an indigenous Amerindian community in the heart of Guyana’s tropical rainforest. School is over for the day and children are playing outside.

News Headlines
#111482
2016-12-19

Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains

Two new analyses show that companies reliant on agricultural commodities like beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy have underestimated the risk of deforestation in their supply chains and are unlikely to achieve their current time-bound goals for severing ties with forest destruction.

News Headlines
#111483
2016-12-19

More than 150 new species found in Greater Mekong region

Scientists have discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature report. The discoveries included plants and a frog so small it can sit on one's fingertip

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#111484
2016-12-19

On the hunt for dynamite fishers in Tanzania

Holiday idyll or crime scene? In Tanzania, dynamite fishers toss up to 50 bombs a day into the coral reefs - using a technique that, in theory, is outlawed. A task force is hoping to put an end to the dangerous practice.

News Headlines
#111485
2016-12-19

UN nature summit calls for urgent farming, forestry, fishery reforms

BirdLife International today welcomed a decision by the UN Biodiversity Conference to pursue environmental reform in the farming, forestry and fisheries sectors, but underscored the need for stronger ambition and accelerated implementation by national governments.

News Headlines
#111486
2016-12-19

Cancun COP13 Biodiversity Summit Closes on Positive Note

CANCUN, Mexico – The United Nations Summit on biodiversity ended on a positive note on Saturday in Mexico after 14 days of work to progress towards reaching a larger number of Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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#111487
2016-12-19

Developing Countries Kick, As UN Ratifies, Gene Drives, Synthetic Biology

The just concluded United Nations 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological (CBD) has ratified the use of synthetic biology and Gene Drives despite opposition from developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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#111488
2016-12-19

Unifying Indigenous Karen to Preserve Sacred Forests and Cultural Heritage

On a misty morning in late November 2016, 77 community representatives from Karenni State as well as from all seven Karen districts gathered in the Karen village of Paw La Pu in Mutraw District, following a week-long trek from the Salween River.

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#111489
2016-12-19

Camel population dwindles due to smuggling, diseases

JAIPUR: Given the current scenario, the camel (Camelus dromedaries), the 'State Animal' of Rajasthan, may soon figure in the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. .

News Headlines
#111490
2016-12-19

Farmers in Sudan battle climate change and hunger as desert creeps closer

Haphazard rains and increasing desertification in the eastern state of Gedaref are destroying previously fertile soil and leaving villagers unable to farm

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#111491
2016-12-19

Barramundi populations at risk from acid oceans

Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.

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#111492
2016-12-19

Mexican Caribbean’s new biosphere does not address major threats in the region: NGOs

Civil organizations warn that the recent protected natural area Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean decree left out the main threats the area is currently facing.

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