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#112292
2017-03-22

Almond-crop fungicides are harmful to honey bees

March 21 (UPI) -- Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator.

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#112293
2017-03-22

Wastewater should be recognized as a valuable resource, UN says on World Water Day

22 March 2017 – In a world where the demand for water continues to grow and the resource is finite, a new United Nations report argues that wastewater, discarded into the environment every day, once treated, can help meet the needs for freshwater as well as for raw materials for energy and agric ...

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#112294
2017-03-22

Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’– UN agency

21 March 2017 – Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have ...

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#112295
2017-03-22

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists.

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#112296
2017-03-22

Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study.

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#112297
2017-03-22

New species discovered: Protist parasites contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems

Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth.

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#112298
2017-03-22

In defining plantations as forest, FAO attracts criticism

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to define most tree plantations as forest cover in its assessments. Conservation groups are petitioning to change this – but it may not be so simple

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#112299
2017-03-22

Aggressive forest protection needed to meet US climate goals

A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more fre ...

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#112300
2017-03-22

Water, the Great Enabler

STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources.

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#112301
2017-03-22

'Better de-horned than dead' – zoo chops rhino horns to foil poachers

Czech zoo takes saw to the horns of its 21 rhinoceroses in response to deadly attack at Paris wildlife park this month

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#112302
2017-03-22

Can the dying Dead Sea be saved?

The lowest body of water in the world, famed for its health benefits, is disappearing, threatening livelihoods and nature.

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#112303
2017-03-22

Rusty-patched bee finally gets its endangered listing

After many delays, the bumblebee has finally become the first in the continental US to be listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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#112304
2017-03-22

Can the Amazon of Southeast Asia Be Saved?

The Mekong River Basin supports millions of people and some of the world’s richest biodiversity, but it must overcome many threats.

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#112305
2017-03-22

Ministry decrees Ogasawara coral extinct in red list of threatened species

The Environment Ministry has revealed its red list of threatened marine species for the first time, designating 56 as endangered species, including the sand tiger shark.

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#112306
2017-03-22

Indigenous people best custodians of threatened forests, studies show

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Granting formal land rights to indigenous people living in the world's tropical forests is among the most effective, but underused, ways to stop illegal deforestation that fuels violence, poverty and global warming, according to new research.

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#112307
2017-03-22

Research questions effectiveness of translocation conservation method

New research by University of Arkansas biologists suggests that supplementing the numbers of a threatened species with individuals from other locations might not be as effective for some species as previously thought.

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#112308
2017-03-22

How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. The technology and financial case for recovering wastewater are already there, says United Nations' University's Tamara Avellan.

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#112277
2017-03-21

South Africa’s San people issue ethics code to scientists

The indigenous people — known for their click languages — are the first in Africa to draft guidelines for researchers.

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#112278
2017-03-21

New ‘stone’ frog discovered in Vietnam

In the rugged limestone hills of northern Vietnam, scientists have discovered a new species of frog that looks like a small piece of rock.

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#112279
2017-03-21

Asia’s Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

NEW DELHI, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars.

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#112280
2017-03-21

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows

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#112282
2017-03-21

It's official: access to green spaces leaves you in the pink

People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.

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#112283
2017-03-21

Peru floods could be in line with climate change models, says climatologist Mojib Latif.

Peru is being hit by devastating flooding. Is it a natural weather cycle or an impact of climate change?

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#112284
2017-03-21

India grants Ganges and Yamuna rivers 'legal person' status

Two of the holiest rivers in India are each to be accorded the same legal status as human beings. A court ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna had a right to protection and that they could be parties to legal disputes.

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#112285
2017-03-21

CEPF investment in West Africa shines spotlight on Liberia forests

Sustainable forest management is everyone's business, forests are indispensable for life therefore he who plants a tree, plants life.

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#112286
2017-03-21

India's growing demand for goods impacts forests globally

Indian industry can play a key role in curbing carbon emissions and helping protect some of the world’s most valuable forests

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#112287
2017-03-21

Fish evolve quickly to take advantage of marine protected areas: UBC study

Fish can quickly evolve to get more benefit from the protection offered by marine protected areas, according to research from the University of B.C.

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#112290
2017-03-21

New crab species found climbing in Hong Kong trees

March 21 (UPI) -- Crabs do more than swim and scuttle across the beach. They climb trees.

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#112261
2017-03-20

Smarter use of resources can add $2 trillion annually to global economy

16 March 2017 – Smarter and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources today means the next generation will reap annual economic benefits of $2 trillion by 2050, while offsetting the costs of ambitious climate change action, new research released today by the International Resource Pane ...

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#112262
2017-03-20

Catching up to the Ruby Seadragon: new species raises new questions

The ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) avoided scientific detection for so long due to its deepwater habitat and the fact that bodies changed color after they perished.

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#112263
2017-03-20

How a UN platform to stop biodiversity loss could up its game

Biodiversity, the variety of plant, animal and microbial life on Earth, is still declining. For many years there have been calls for some sort of scientific body or initiative to be set up to encourage the international community to shoulder its responsibilities over biodiversity.

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#112264
2017-03-20

Building a wall to keep the desert out

A plan for an ambitious 'green wall' of trees stretching across 11 countries aims to fight back the Sahara. But progress is slow on the decade old project.

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#112265
2017-03-20

Sustainable tourism in Armenia

While the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Armenia is struggling to manage and make the best out of the potential of this sector

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#112266
2017-03-20

Climate change key suspect in the case of India’s vanishing groundwater

New study links India’s water crisis to the impact of climate change, which has weakened recent monsoons.

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#112267
2017-03-20

New research fellows to combat climate change in Africa

[ACCRA] A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges.

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#112268
2017-03-20

Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists say

Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation.

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#112269
2017-03-20

On front line of climate change as Maldives fights rising seas

White sand circles picked out by the sun in sparkling blue seas are the first signs that my plane has arrived at the Maldives, a tropical paradise spread over almost 1200 islands.

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#112270
2017-03-20

Sea turtles of São Tomé: Selling what can’t be sold

Sea turtles have the dubious honor of being one of the few animals that rank high globally on both the charisma scale and the dinner menu.

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#112271
2017-03-20

Indonesia steps up fight against biopiracy

Though it may sound like a conspiracy theory, the Indonesian government has taken seriously allegations that foreign researchers have used all kinds of ways — including disguising themselves as tourists — to steal the nation’s genetic resources.

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#112272
2017-03-20

'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth.

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#112251
2017-03-17

Stepping on their paws: study explores recreation’s unfun impacts on wildlife

In a video posted on YouTube on February 6th, a woman fishes a juvenile shark out of the waters of the Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago-cum-national park off Brazil’s north-eastern coast, wrestling with it as it thrashes furiously.

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#112252
2017-03-17

Haddock from UK waters removed from sustainable seafood list

It is among the most popular fish in the UK, but haddock may soon be off the menu in some fish and chip shops because of dwindling stocks.

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#112253
2017-03-17

50 years needed to restore Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by cruise ship: Indonesian minister

JAKARTA - It will take 50 to 100 years for the Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by a British cruise ship to be restored, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters on Friday (March 17).

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#112254
2017-03-17

Despite population growth and management challenges, hope for forests in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In Ethiopia’s ever-expanding capital of Addis Ababa, the massive afromontane forest coverage on the city’s outskirts could be under threat from the increasing urban population, which is more than 3.4 million and growing.

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#112255
2017-03-17

Communities in Mexico step up to protect a disappearing forest

Comprising around 1.9 million hectares in Mexico and Guatemala, the Lacandon is regarded as one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.

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#112256
2017-03-17

Large mammals ideal ambassadors for conservation

By conserving megafauna, we also conserve birds, amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of ecosystem processes

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#112257
2017-03-17

Mexico meeting to bring world together on disaster prevention

Two years have passed quickly since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction kicked off one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the United Nations: the all-encompassing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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#112258
2017-03-17

From entanglement to invasions of alien species—the harm caused by marine litter

Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities.

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#112259
2017-03-17

Sea Ice Retreat Could Lead to Rapid Overfishing in the Arctic

A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem.

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#112240
2017-03-16

China's 'airpocalypse' linked to Arctic sea ice loss

The air pollution that lingered over eastern China for nearly a month in 2013 has been linked to the loss of Arctic sea ice the previous autumn.

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#112241
2017-03-16

13,000 acres of cloud forest now protected in Colombia

The cloud forest ecoregion of the Colombian Andes is arguably the most biodiverse in the world. A moist climate, varying altitudes, and high rates of endemism create idyllic conditions for life.

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#112242
2017-03-16

Caribbean Stakes Future on Climate-Smart Agriculture

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 16 2017 (IPS) - As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, spec ...

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#112243
2017-03-16

Stopping global warming is only way to save Great Barrier Reef, scientists warn

Improvements to water quality or fishing controls don’t prevent underwater heatwaves damaging coral, studies of mass bleaching events reveal

News Headlines
#112244
2017-03-16

Scientists miscalculate penguin population

Good news for Adélie penguins - the species of Happy Feet fame - as scientists revise their numbers upwards by millions.

News Headlines
#112245
2017-03-16

Monitoring programmes underestimate human impact on biodiversity

Whether orchids or mammals, insects or slugs and snails: nowadays there are a large number of animals and plants under observation.

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#112246
2017-03-16

Glyphosate 'will destroy the whole ecosystem'

The widely used weed killer glyphosate does not cause cancer, according to a controversial EU assessment. It's still highly toxic for biodiversity and should be banned, says Karl Bär of the Munich Environment Institute.

News Headlines
#112247
2017-03-16

The business case for soil

Nobody likes dirty business, but the business world must get to grips with dirt. Soil provides food, fibres and fuels, and regulates water resources and climate.

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#112248
2017-03-16

'Billion tree tsunami' surges across northern Pakistan

Years of tree felling reduced Pakistan's forests to under 2 percent of its land area. A planting project backed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan aims to turn around deforestation.

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#112249
2017-03-16

Helping China Rethink Its Approach to Conservation

U.S. ecologist Gretchen Daily is working with the Chinese government to rethink its network of national parks and protected areas.

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#112250
2017-03-16

No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching

British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base.

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#112230
2017-03-15

Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines

Monarch butterfly declines cannot be attributed merely to declines in milkweed abundance, researchers report.

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#112231
2017-03-15

Increase in extreme sea levels could endanger European coastal communities

Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.

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#112232
2017-03-15

A makeover for the world's most hated crop

Oil palm has a reputation as an environmental menace. Can the latest genetic research change that?

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#112233
2017-03-15

Keeping up with the Juncos: How birds thrive or die in the suburbs

Ten-year-study finds that it depends on the bird whether it can handle the transition from forest to suburb.

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#112234
2017-03-15

Americans live increasingly farther from forests — which is a problem for wildlife

Americans living in the continental United States looking to get out into nature have a longer drive ahead of them than they would have had in the early 20th Century.

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#112235
2017-03-15

Why did the toad cross the road?

Warmer spring-like temperatures have kicked off this year's toad migration. But as toads are crossing roads, many end up dead before they can reach their spawning grounds. A group in Bonn is helping them survive.

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#112236
2017-03-15

Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change

BANDAR AL-ROWDAH, Oman -- The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.

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#112237
2017-03-15

The EU must take the lead in linking agricultural trade to the SDGs

Once again trade in agriculture is expected to dominate the agenda and the EU must play a key role.

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#112238
2017-03-15

Nature-based approaches to help reduce disaster risks

The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region.

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#112239
2017-03-15

Large freshwater species are at the greatest risk of extinction

March 15 (UPI) -- Megafauna species living in freshwater habitats are some of the most vulnerable to extinction, new research shows.

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#112216
2017-03-14

Rapid decline of Arctic sea ice a combination of climate change and natural variability

The dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is caused by a mixture of global warming and a natural, decades-long atmospheric hot spot over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.

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#112217
2017-03-14

First fluorescent frog found

Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds.

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#112218
2017-03-14

The west’s throwaway culture has spread waste worldwide

Packaging – much of it single-use food wrapping – has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. Manufacturers got us into this mess, but it’s up to us to dig ourselves out – and here’s how

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#112219
2017-03-14

Saving Kosovo’s brown bears

Global Ideas takes a look at Kosovo's Bear Sanctuary Prishtina, where freed bears can live and relearn natural behaviors after a law ended mistreatment and inadequate captivity in the country in 2010.

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#112220
2017-03-14

Iconic musician Paul Simon announces tour supporting biodiversity

DURHAM, North Carolina – Listening to Paul Simon talk is a little like listening to him sing. His voice is melodic and soothing; his words are thoughtful and evocative, capable of penetrating both heart and bones

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#112221
2017-03-14

Flowering times shift with loss of species from a grassland ecosystem

Scientists have documented many cases in which the timing of seasonal events, such as the flowering of plants or the emergence of insects, is changing as a result of climate change.

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#112222
2017-03-14

Changing climate could worsen foods’ nutrition

A dinner plate piled high with food from plants might not deliver the same nutrition toward the end of this century as it does today.

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#112223
2017-03-14

Climate change threatens giant panda recovery

When you think of climate change and wildlife, your mind probably turns to thoughts of corals bleaching, frogs going extinct or skinny polar bears trapped on land.

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#112224
2017-03-14

Opinion: Hunger on the Horn of Africa is not caused by climate change

It's a familiar sight in parts of East Africa - starving children, desiccated carcasses and parched landscapes. 17 million face the threat of hunger. It's a man-made crisis, says Ludger Schadomsky

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#112225
2017-03-14

The deforestation dilemma

Despite advanced monitoring systems, global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining.

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#112226
2017-03-14

Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism

Environmentalists and academics estimate that Indonesia might suffer losses of US$18.6 million from damage to coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua, caused by the Caledonian Sky cruise ship earlier this month.

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#112227
2017-03-14

Spiders top the global predator charts

Biologists have calculated that the global population of spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.

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#112204
2017-03-13

Climate Change Making Kenya’s Droughts More Severe

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 2017 (IPS) - The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.

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#112205
2017-03-13

SPARKS Plugs Gap in Caribbean Climate Research

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 11 2017 (IPS) - On Nov. 30 last year, a new high-performance ‘Super Computer’ was installed at the University of the West Indies (UWI) during climate change week. Dubbed SPARKS – short for the Scientific Platform for Applied Research and Knowledge Sharing – the computer is ...

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#112206
2017-03-13

Drought and forest loss cause vicious circle in the Amazon

If dry seasons intensify with man-made climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss increases even more and could put the Amazon rainforest further at risk, an international team of scientists found.

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#112207
2017-03-13

Twenty-three countries unite in Abu Dhabi to conserve the dugong

ABU DHABI // Delegates from 23 of the 40 countries that the dugong calls home have gathered in the capital to find better ways to protect the illusive sea animal.

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#112208
2017-03-13

'They died of thirst': Extreme conditions wipe out forest over 1000 kilometres

The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australia's northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures.

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#112209
2017-03-13

In race to curb climate change, cities outpace governments

Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction.

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#112210
2017-03-13

Zimbabwe: How Women Farmers Are Battling Climate Change – Analysis

Chengetai Zonke lost much of her maize crop to drought last year. When it came to planting again, she decided to reduce her stake in what has become a recurrent climate change gamble.

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#112211
2017-03-13

Zoos are prisons for animals – no one needs to see a depressed penguin in the flesh

In an age when David Attenborough can virtually take us inside an elephant’s bottom, is there any or conservational value to keeping animals in captivity?

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#112212
2017-03-13

Ecotourism imperative for sector development

Indonesia has set itself an ambitious target of attracting 20 million tourists by 2019. In 2016, there were around 12 million foreign tourists so achieving this target seems somewhat of a stretch.

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#112213
2017-03-13

Rapid global loss of life-sustaining coral amid ocean warming alarming scientists

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES – There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves.

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#112214
2017-03-13

More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk, study says

March 13 (UPI) -- Increased human activity over the last few decades has slowly created a fresh water crisis that now looms for nearly 100 million people in Egypt, a scenario that scientists say could ultimately make the entire region uninhabitable by the end of this century.

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#112188
2017-03-10

Scientist details the indirect effects of an invasive species in guam

The indirect impacts invasive species can have in an ecosystem, new research confirms. This study focused on the brown treesnake, whose introduction to the forests of Guam has led to difficulties for local tree species to reproduce.

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#112189
2017-03-10

Significant declines in Colorado River flows likely to continue as temperatures rise

A new study suggests that Colorado River flows have already declined due to rising global temperatures and are likely to experience further declines in the future.

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#112190
2017-03-10

The Indigenous ‘People of Wildlife’ Know How to Protect Nature

ROME, Mar 10 2017 (IPS) - In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community — the Il Lakipiak Maasai (“People of Wildlife”) — which owns and operates the only community-owned rhino sanctuary in the country.

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#112191
2017-03-10

British-owned cruise ship wrecks one of Indonesia’s best coral reefs

One of the main coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an Indonesian island chain home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity, was severely damaged last week when a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship smashed into it at low tide, according to an official report.

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#112192
2017-03-10

Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running

Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year’s dramatic death rate

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#112193
2017-03-10

What is a species? Ornithologists consider ways to define it.

With organisms gradually evolving into new organisms over the history of life on Earth, drawing a distinction between species can be challenging. One biologist proposes a new way of looking at the question.

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#112194
2017-03-10

EPA chief says carbon dioxide not 'primary contributor' to climate change

In an interview on CNBC this morning, Pruitt raised doubts over whether or not carbon dioxide is the main driver behind climate change. Asked if CO2 is the "primary control knob for climate," Pruitt said he wouldn't agree with that assessment.

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