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#110224
2016-09-28

Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys expected

Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, is expected to gain the highest level of species protection at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg.

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#110225
2016-09-28

Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread

Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.

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#110226
2016-09-28

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge

A study has highlighted the risk posed by projected climate change on the world's ability to grow enough food.

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#110227
2016-09-28

Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

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#110228
2016-09-28

Cuban crocodiles pose conservation conundrum

Genetic analyses of endangered animals reveal high level of interbreeding with hardier American species.

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#110229
2016-09-28

Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

With the disbanding of Colombia’s largest military guerrilla group, FARC, Colombia’s forests could come under pressure from developmental goals. Home to almost 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, Colombia is listed as a “megadiverse” country by the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is ...

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#110230
2016-09-28

Wildlife butchers of Belén: the town that serves up rare species for a few dollars

In this Peruvian shanty town endangered wildlife is sold daily at market, live or freshly cooked in gory detail by traders flouting lax enforcement. Stopping this growing illegal trade will be key to discussions at Cites this week

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#110231
2016-09-28

Rare bird being driven to extinction by poaching for its 'red ivory' bill

Helmeted hornbills’ solid red beak sells for several times the price of elephant ivory due to soaring demand on the Chinese black market

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#110232
2016-09-28

African elephants, rhinos central at CITES conference

For many endangered species, the race is on control illegal trade before they go extinct. Two high-profile topics being discussed in Johannesburg involve changing the level of protection for African megafauna.

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#110233
2016-09-28

China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

The world’s largest reforestation scheme may offer only marginal benefits for — or diminish — biodiversity, a study released earlier this month in Nature Communications revealed.

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#110234
2016-09-28

Bison report card shows gains in conservation efforts

Bison conservation across North American is steadily moving in the right direction, according to a 10-year report card released Tuesday by the American Bison Society in Banff, Alta.

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#110235
2016-09-28

Elements, Humans Put Eastern European Forests Under Stress

Climate change, acid rain, excessive logging and pest infestation threaten forests in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe. Local authorities are fighting back, and some of them are even seeking help from international environmental organizations.

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#110237
2016-09-28

Let's put endangered plants in the spotlight

It’s time we started shouting about illegal sales of endangered plants: it’s just as barbaric as the ivory trade

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#110208
2016-09-27

Rising ocean temperatures threaten baby lobsters

If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support, according to newly published research.

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#110209
2016-09-27

New discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.

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#110210
2016-09-27

Invest in marine economy, African ministers say

[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa should invest in research and development to promote blue economy — which includes marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, transport and tourism — for sustainable development, say African ministers.

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#110211
2016-09-27

Winners of 2016 UNESCO prize for sustainability education come from Cameroon, Japan and the United Kingdom

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has named the three laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) from Cameroon; the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan; and t ...

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#110212
2016-09-27

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct.

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#110213
2016-09-27

The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America. The nation boasts over one-quarter of the region’s remaining forest cover, about 20 percent of which is old growth situated squarely in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

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#110214
2016-09-27

Revealed: how senior Laos officials cut deals with animal traffickers

Evidence obtained by the Guardian shows how treasury coffers swelled with 2% tax on trades worth up to $45m including tigers, rhinos and elephants

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#110215
2016-09-27

South Africa: 'Saving endangered species is the responsibility of everyone'

As the 17th world wildlife conference opens, South Africa’s environment minister Edna Bomo Molewa explains the country’s commitment to protecting wildlife

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#110216
2016-09-27

Searching for sawfish following the clues of environmental DNA

What has a body like a shark’s, a saw protruding from its head and critically endangered status according to the IUCN?

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#110217
2016-09-27

Hippo Teeth Reveal Africa's Changing Plant Life

Poaching has had a severe impact on savanna ecosystems, and the proof is in the mouths of Uganda’s hippos.

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#110218
2016-09-27

Coffee and climate change: what you need to know

From tech solutions to crop diversification, our expert panel highlights how to support coffee farmers in the face of climate change

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#110219
2016-09-27

Soil modeling to help curb climate change

Soil is a major carbon pool, whose impact on climate change is still not fully understood. According to a recent study, however, soil carbon stocks and could be modeled more accurately by factoring in the impacts of both soil nutrient status and soil composition.

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#110220
2016-09-27

Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish

GAZI BAY, Kenya, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast, felling mangrove trees to make boats has long been a part of life.

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#110221
2016-09-27

UN highlights agriculture's potential to help address climate change and antimicrobial resistance

26 September 2016 – The role of agriculture should go beyond just generating food to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, the head of United Nations agriculture agency stressed today.

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#110154
2016-09-26

Camera traps in Angola capture rare photos of big cats, honey badgers, elephants

MENONGUE, Angola, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Conservationists have revealed an impressive series of new images from one of the largest camera trap surveys in Africa.

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#110155
2016-09-26

Invasive species may reduce the spread of disease

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Invasive species may not be all bad. New research suggests the introduction of non-native species can reduce the spread of disease.

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#110156
2016-09-26

Zambia's front line between elephants and humans

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, the BBC's Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

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#110157
2016-09-26

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study.

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#110158
2016-09-26

How’s my target species recovering? A new tool to help you evaluate

Much of field biology and resource conservation work includes monitoring biodiversity, whether it is plant growth, animal movement, population dynamics, or response to human activity.

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#110161
2016-09-26

Revealed: the criminals making millions from illegal wildlife trafficking

A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country.

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#110162
2016-09-26

African elephant numbers plummet during 'worst decline in 25 years’

African elephant population has contracted by around 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, study finds

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#110163
2016-09-26

Farming mega-mergers threaten food security, say campaigners

Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers

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#110164
2016-09-26

Animal trafficking: the $23bn criminal industry policed by a toothless regulator

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species finds itself confronting powerful networks, but has no detectives, police powers or firearms

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#110165
2016-09-26

CITES considers tighter monitoring of trade in eels

JOHANNESBURG – An international panel on wildlife products adopted a draft resolution Sunday to collect data on the eel trade as stocks dwindle.

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#110166
2016-09-26

Delving into drivers of deforestation

Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the plantation side tend to argue that planting is done on already ...

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#110167
2016-09-26

Decline in northern bird populations 'serious', say bird experts

A new report shows the results of the latest continental bird count are alarming, and birdwatchers say it's a dire situation even in the North

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#110168
2016-09-26

Bird migration used to show importance of conservation

From places as far as Alaska in the US, they fly more than 10,000 kilometers to the southwest to reach Lake Limboto in Gorontalo, northern Sulawesi.

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#110169
2016-09-26

India to play leading role in combating climate change: Sushma Swaraj

India, which will ratify the landmark Paris climate deal next month, today said it will continue to play a leading role in combating climate change but asked developed nations to fulfill their responsibilities through more contribution to finance and technology transfer.

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#110170
2016-09-26

Japanese interest in climate change falters, especially among young: survey

Japanese people are less interested in climate change now than nine years ago, a government survey has shown.

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#110171
2016-09-26

Soaring peregrine falcon population pivotal to conservation discussions

Wildlife conservationist Peter Ewins remembers finding abandoned nests and broken eggs when he searched for peregrine falcons in the 1980s in places where they had nested for centuries.

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#110172
2016-09-26

CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales

Delegates at the Cites meeting here in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

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#110131
2016-09-23

Bird flu poses threat to penguins - scientists

Scientists are warning of new threats to penguins on Antarctica from diseases spread by migratory birds.

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#110132
2016-09-23

Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'

Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.

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#110133
2016-09-23

Scientists solve singing fish mystery

When California houseboat residents heard their low, submarine hum in the 1980s, they thought it might be coming from noisy sewage pumps, military experiments or even extraterrestrials.

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#110134
2016-09-23

Different tree species use the same genes to adapt to climate change, researchers find

Both pine and spruce use the same suite of 47 genes to adapt to geographic variation in temperature, and to appropriately time acquisition of cold hardiness -- a trait that allows plants to tolerate the adverse conditions of winter -- large-scale analysis has revealed.

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#110135
2016-09-23

Whalesong, interrupted

Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines’ Babuyan Islands.

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#110136
2016-09-23

Norway's wolf cull pits sheep farmers against conservationists

Norway’s recent decision to destroy 70% of its tiny endangered population of wolves shocked conservationists worldwide and saw 35,000 sign a local petition. But in a region dominated by sheep farming support for the cull runs deep

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#110137
2016-09-23

Terns flee warming temperatures in epic migration north to Alaska

Researchers on north-west coast of Alaska startled to discover Caspian terns an incredible 1,000 miles further north than species had been previously recorded

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#110138
2016-09-23

Ratifiying the Paris agreement will be a major step but must be the first of many

Making the accord legally binding is not enough to guarantee the world keeps warming within agreed limits. That will take much more - not least ending our reliance on fossil fuels

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#110139
2016-09-23

CITES conference: Future of wildlife at stake

The future of world's most threatened wild species will be discussed at the wildlife conference in South Africa.

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#110140
2016-09-23

The most important conservation event you’ve never heard of is about to start

The eyes of the environmental world are turning to South Africa, where more than 2,000 government representatives from all over the world will be meeting later this week.

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#110141
2016-09-23

EU position for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

What is the EU’s position on ivory trafficking? The EU is concerned about the current levels of ivory trafficking and elephant poaching and is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle this problem.

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#110113
2016-09-22

FEATURE: Two panda cubs, two little girls and the Sustainable Development Goals

20 September 2016 – What do two panda cubs and two Fijian girls have to do with the Sustainable Development Goals?

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#110114
2016-09-22

Guyana emerging as a ‘green State,’ President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the President of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner in international ...

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#110115
2016-09-22

Survival secret of 'Earth's hardiest animal' revealed

Researchers have discovered a genetic survival secret of Earth's "hardiest animal".

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#110116
2016-09-22

Greenland ice is melting seven percent faster than previously thought

The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been affecting scientists' calculations of ice loss in the Greenland ice sheet, causing them to underestimate the melting by about 20 gigatons (20 billion metric tons) per year.

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#110117
2016-09-22

Time running out to save world’s most endangered porpoise, environmentalists warn

There were as many as 570 vaquita in the world back in 1997, but now there are fewer than 60 left — and the species is facing extinction in the very near future if we don’t take immediate action, environmentalists are warning.

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#110118
2016-09-22

Starting Line Draws Nearer for Global Climate Agreement

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 2016 (IPS) - The Paris Climate Agreement is on the verge of coming into force after 31 nations officially deposited their instruments of ratification here Wednesday, more than doubling the number of countries which have joined so far to reach 60.

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#110119
2016-09-22

Conservationists and MPs call for a total UK ban on ivory sales

Group including William Hague, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking write to prime minister Theresa May saying recent crackdown on sales of ivory less than 70 years old does not go far enough

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#110120
2016-09-22

Global coral bleaching event might become new normal, expert warns

The worst global bleaching event on record could simply be the new normal, according to one of the foremost experts on coral reefs and their response to warming oceans.

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#110121
2016-09-22

Paris climate goal will be 'difficult if not impossible to hit'

Top scientists meeting in Oxford this week say they see few scenarios that would meet the Paris target to limit temperature rise to 1.5C

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#110122
2016-09-22

Paris Agreement could be sealed at lightning speed

More than 30 countries ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York. Although this crosses the 55-country threshold, larger emitters still have to join for the treaty to enter into force.

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#110123
2016-09-22

What’s Killing Native Birds in The Mountain Forests of Kauai?

The few remaining species of native forest birds left on the Hawaiian island of Kauai have suffered population declines so severe – 98 percent in one case – that some are near extinction.

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#110124
2016-09-22

Scientists discover half of Asia's protected areas too small for snow leopard survival

A new scientific report has confirmed that the snow leopard is running out of room to survive, with nearly 40% of all protected areas across the species' range too small to support even a pair of breeding snow leopards.

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#110125
2016-09-22

Rhino Wars: A Short History on #worldrhinoday

World War I and World War II left an indelible mark on the psyche of the world. Nations were destroyed, then formed, and countries, borders and international laws were created in the aftermath of these historic events.

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#110126
2016-09-22

Proposed marine protected areas concern Nova Scotia fishermen

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to double the number of marine protected areas around Nova Scotia next year

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#110127
2016-09-22

The rush to ratification of the Paris Agreement

At the time of writing, according to the UNFCCC website tracking ratifications of the Paris Climate Agreement (PA), we currently have 60 Parties and 47.76 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounted for.

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#110128
2016-09-22

Brief: Nagoya Protocol Gains Members, Implications Spread Ripples

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced early this month that five new countries ratified its protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, bringing membership to 85 countries.

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#110130
2016-09-22

Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade

The UN body that oversees trade in endangered species, says it will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants.

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#110098
2016-09-21

Agricultural R&D is on the move

The geographical distribution of food and agricultural research and development (AgR&D) is changing.

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#110099
2016-09-21

Saving Bangladesh’s last rainforest

When most people think of Bangladesh’s native ecosystems, the Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest — are probably the first thing that come to mind.

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#110100
2016-09-21

Scientists say Amazon biodiversity could help fuel Fourth Industrial Revolution

Scientists say that the Amazon’s rich diversity of life and the knowledge of its indigenous peoples could be paired with recent advances in biological, digital, and material science technologies to further fuel the Fourth Industrial Revolution currently underway.

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#110101
2016-09-21

Microsensor-Fitted Locust Swarms? Sci-fi Meets Conservation

NEW DELHI, Sep 19 2016 (IPS) - Every November, India’s Gahirmatha beach in the Indian Ocean region develops a brownish-grey rash for 60 to 80 days. Half-a-million female Olive Ridley turtles emerge out of the waves to lay their eggs, over a hundred each. For the sheer numbers, this arrival is ha ...

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#110102
2016-09-21

UK to crack down on illegal ivory sales

New initiative closes loophole allowing dealers to claim ivory from recently killed elephants is antique without providing proof of age

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#110103
2016-09-21

'Red tape' locking small island states out of billions in climate funds

Commonwealth initiative aims to enable countries such as Vanuatu and Fiji to access $100bn pledged in Paris climate talks

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#110104
2016-09-21

Theresa May: UK to ratify Paris climate change deal this year

Prime minister uses maiden UN speech to make emissions pledge which will be received with relief by green campaigners

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#110105
2016-09-21

Do animals mourn their dead?

Whales, chimps, dogs - animals seem to suffer when they lose a beloved companion or offspring. Do animals understand death, and do they grieve like humans? Or are we just projecting our understanding on their behavior?

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#110106
2016-09-21

Climate change means land use will need to change to keep up with global food demand, say scientists

Without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas, new research suggests.

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#110107
2016-09-21

Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Release of floodwaters washed farmed non-native species into river, where they will compete with wild fish

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#110108
2016-09-21

On World Rhino Day, We Pay Tribute To A Threatened Species

Today (23 September) is World Rhino Day. Founded in 2010 by WWF-South Africa, the day has grown into an "international success," with events worldwide bringing attention the plight of the rare animals.

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#110109
2016-09-21

Endangered Waters: saving Europe’s most iconic fish species

Young researchers at the forefront of innovative fisheries research work at the interface between fishing communities and conservationists

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#110110
2016-09-21

Philippine Bleeding-heart doves flutter at the brink, but NGOs respond

The 7,100 islands of the Philippine Republic, scattered across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, teem with life.

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#110111
2016-09-21

Climate Change Pushing Need for Better Agriculture Data

BANGKOK — Climate change and its pressure on agriculture to adapt is adding fresh urgency, say experts, for accurate data amid a fast changing agricultural landscape.

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#110112
2016-09-21

‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark ...

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#110081
2016-09-20

'Let mangroves recover' to protect coasts

Allowing mangrove forests to recover naturally result in more resilient habitats that benefit both wildlife and people, say conservationists.

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#110083
2016-09-20

Voluntary certification standards have far to go, say experts

A expert assessment of a globally popular alternative to regulation – voluntary certification standards systems – has found that results are not always effective.

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#110084
2016-09-20

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays

The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays, a coalition of five philanthropic organizations, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.”

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#110085
2016-09-20

Threat to honeybees as Asian hornet's arrival on UK mainland confirmed

Invasive species has been spotted in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, with attempts under way to locate nests

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#110086
2016-09-20

Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show

Controversial Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) could make it harder for governments to favour clean energy over fossil fuels as part of efforts to keep temperature rises to 1.5C

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#110087
2016-09-20

Climate change could shrink habitat of 90pc of Australia's eucalypt species

It may be harder to spot a mountain ash in parts of Australia's mountains or some species of mallee trees in the outback within 60 years as climate change causes the range of many species of eucalypts to shrink or even disappear entirely, new research suggests.

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#110088
2016-09-20

Working together to save the Arctic: 20 years of Arctic Council

Julia Gourley, America’s senior Arctic official, tells DW how the far North is changing in light of melting sea ice and newly discovered resources. The Arctic still remains a peaceful place, she says. For now...

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#110089
2016-09-20

Preserving the addax, a desert survivalist

The addax could be mistaken for a ghostly mirage in the Sahara Desert. But this antelope is perfectly adapted to survive harsh conditions there.

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#110090
2016-09-20

Balsam fir may disappear in New Brunswick due to climate change, says prof

New Brunswick may see softwood species such as balsam fir and black spruce disappear from the province's forests over the next 80 years or so, says a forestry professor.

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#110091
2016-09-20

New study examines where and how climate change is altering species

Like a casino dealer shuffling the deck, climate change is starting to reorder species from the grasslands of Argentina to ice-free areas of Greenland.

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#110092
2016-09-20

It’s time to help communities adapt to climate change

In East Timor, drought is devastating small farmers, but preparing and building resilience could help

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#110093
2016-09-20

Plant diversity alleviates the effects of flooding on crops

In grasslands, growing plants in higher diversity fields may help alleviate the negative impacts of flooding.

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#110069
2016-09-19

Mauritius' 'blue economy' under threat from climate change

Fishermen at the port are unable to deal with the consequence of climate change and the coastal erosion caused by pollution and illegal fishing.They complain that the working conditions have become difficult adding that they have no other alternative means.

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