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#103303
2015-03-27

Media coverage of UN climate science reports: why it matters

Is climate change an uncertain science, ideological struggle or opportunity? The way it is framed affects public perception

News Headlines
#103304
2015-03-27

Amazon becoming less of a safety net against climate change

Carbon absorption in basin has halved since 1990s; unclear whether other forests will follow

News Headlines
#103305
2015-03-27

Earth Hour 2015: UN dims lights to focus attention on climate action, sustainability

28 March 2015 – The United Nations will go dark later this evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action o ...

News Headlines
#103284
2015-03-26

30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey

Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.

News Headlines
#103285
2015-03-26

Climate refuges found where corals survive, grow

As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel the disappearance of reef-building corals, a new study finds there may be some climate refuges where corals will survive in the future.

News Headlines
#103286
2015-03-26

Mexico’s club mosses at risk of extinction

In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.

News Headlines
#103287
2015-03-26

Indonesia's biodiversity-protected areas no match for encroachers, finds study

Indonesia's biodiversity-focused protected areas are failing to slow deforestation, while other categories have achieved mixed results, according to a new study by National University of Singapore researchers.

News Headlines
#103288
2015-03-26

Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

News Headlines
#103289
2015-03-26

UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view

News Headlines
#103290
2015-03-26

African elephants facing 'extinction,' Botswana summit hears

The Africa Elephant Summit involving 20 nations has opened in Botswana with renewed warnings that the giant creature's numbers are falling dramatically. Poachers supply ivory illegally to Asia, particularly China.

News Headlines
#103291
2015-03-26

Rising sea levels threaten Sundarbans forests

Environmentalists have urged the Bangladeshi and Indian authorities to work out an urgent action plan to save the Sundarbans forests.

News Headlines
#103292
2015-03-26

Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change

Leaders and representatives of 30 European cities will gather in Paris on Thursday to declare their commitment to “clean” policies to fight climate change.

News Headlines
#103293
2015-03-26

River health revealed in 'shocking' figures

Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to Environment Agency figures.

News Headlines
#103273
2015-03-25

Study identifies bean varieties immune to climate change

CALI, Colombia, March 25 (UPI) -- Will beans be around in 50 years? Or will they be global warming's first agricultural casualty? A new study has identified several varieties of beans that are best suited to survive coming decades.

News Headlines
#103274
2015-03-25

Study: Only two intact forests left on Earth

RALEIGH, N.C., March 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests the world's forests are more fragmented than ever before. Analysis by researchers at North Carolina State University showed that if one were to be dropped randomly into one of the world's many forests, there would be a 70 percent chance of be ...

News Headlines
#103275
2015-03-25

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.

News Headlines
#103276
2015-03-25

Key to the long-term storage of dissolved organic carbon in the deep ocean

Researchers have made strides in the understanding of the mechanisms governing the persistence of dissolved organic carbon for hundreds or thousands of years in the deep ocean.

News Headlines
#103277
2015-03-25

(Comment) Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded.

News Headlines
#103278
2015-03-25

France plans to lobby for agricultural tech at COP 21

France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.

News Headlines
#103279
2015-03-25

Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building ...

News Headlines
#103280
2015-03-25

Going wild: The impact of tourism on nature

Wildlife tourism generates billions of dollars in revenue every year - boosting local economies and creating employment. But what is the cost to the animals that become the star attractions?

News Headlines
#103281
2015-03-25

Hybrid termite threatens Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- A pair of termite species -- two of the some of the most destructive pests in the world -- have joined forces in Florida, mating and forming hybrid colonies. Entomologists in the Sunshine State are worried the tag-team termite could make its way to elsewh ...

News Headlines
#103257
2015-03-24

New UN-backed report finds ‘far too high’ levels of elephant poaching across Africa

23 March 2015 – An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new United Nations-backed report warned today.

News Headlines
#103258
2015-03-24

Non-native plants pose 'no threat' to UK flora

Non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because impacts are limited to localised areas, a study has suggested.

News Headlines
#103259
2015-03-24

Ocean circulation changing: Ten years of ocean monitoring uncovers secrets of changing UK winters

A groundbreaking project to observe and analyse regular data about ocean circulation and how it impacts on Britain’s climate has reached a ten-year milestone, giving valuable new insights into how ocean currents can affect global warming.

News Headlines
#103260
2015-03-24

Global water use may outstrip supply by mid-century

Population growth could cause demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current use levels continue.

News Headlines
#103261
2015-03-24

World's fragmented forests are deteriorating

The world's forests are fragmented and deteriorating, states a new paper published in Science Advances.

News Headlines
#103263
2015-03-24

World's top zoo organisation accused of links to Taiji dolphin slaughter in Japan

Conservationists take World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to court for allegedly sanctioning a deal with fishermen in which dolphins were selected for capture

News Headlines
#103264
2015-03-24

Forest conference sows hope for restoration

Germany is a major contributor to greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change. But in 2011, the country launched a reforestation initiative. From an international conference, DW examines some first results.

News Headlines
#103266
2015-03-24

No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development

The year 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous one. In September, world leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap for social, environmental and economic progress that will re-define development for the next decade and beyond.

News Headlines
#103268
2015-03-24

Africa’s Conservation Miracle: The Return of the Rhinos

Habitat destruction. That’s almost always the answer to a question of wildlife conservation. Why has this species declined? Why has that species gone extinct? Because the place where it lives is being or has been destroyed.

News Headlines
#103269
2015-03-24

Sustainable development guru seeks active Indonesian role on climate change

Jeffrey Sachs, the noted American economist now championing global sustainable development, on Wednesday urged Indonesia to take an active part to ensure success in ongoing international diplomacy over climate change, sustainable development goals and their international financing.

News Headlines
#103244
2015-03-23

Burmese pythons are dominating the Everglades

Biologists say that as the snakes proliferate and continue to prey on unsuspecting animals, ecological balance in the Everglades will suffer.

News Headlines
#103246
2015-03-23

World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

News Headlines
#103247
2015-03-23

UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.

News Headlines
#103248
2015-03-23

Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact'

Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.

News Headlines
#103249
2015-03-23

World's most iconic ecosystems: World heritage sites risk collapse without stronger local management

Without better local management, the world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers.

News Headlines
#103250
2015-03-23

Cutting-edge tool helps predict impact of invasive species

Researchers have published results of a powerful new tool that could give ecologists new ways of tackling problems posed by deadly invasive species like Asian carp and Zebra mussels.

News Headlines
#103251
2015-03-23

Push for soil indicators to help monitor SDGs

A group of land and soil specialists has proposed three indicators to measure soil health that they say could help the UN monitor its future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

News Headlines
#103252
2015-03-23

High-Tech to the Rescue of Southern Africa’s Smallholder Farmers

DURBAN, South Africa, Mar 22 2015 (IPS) - Agriculture is the major employer and a backbone of the economies of Southern Africa.

News Headlines
#103253
2015-03-23

The GM crops debate moves to Africa – and it’s just as noisy

It is strange to see an apparently ordinary field surrounded by a seven-foot steel fence topped with barbed wire.

News Headlines
#103254
2015-03-23

Mosquitoes could bring deadly tropical diseases to the UK as climate change kicks in

Malaria, dengue fever and other deadly exotic diseases could become an established part of British life in a matter of decades, public health experts have warned.

News Headlines
#103255
2015-03-23

On World Meteorological Day, UN chief stresses need to mitigate climate change patterns

23 March 2015 – With extreme weather and changing climatic patterns taking a heavier toll on the planet, mitigating and adapting to them remains “among the great tests of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he stressed the need for timely, reliable information to further stre ...

News Headlines
#103221
2015-03-20

Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to US scientists.

News Headlines
#103222
2015-03-20

Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom

Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes.

News Headlines
#103223
2015-03-20

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

Ensuring that the world's food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies.

News Headlines
#103224
2015-03-20

Bottom trawling reduces size of commercially important flatfish

Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.

News Headlines
#103225
2015-03-20

Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn’t know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn’t know when or what amount would be required to cover them.

News Headlines
#103226
2015-03-20

Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement

MANILA, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - When Tinay Alterado’s team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk for ...

News Headlines
#103227
2015-03-20

Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’

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