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#115516
2017-12-08

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain.

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#115517
2017-12-08

Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

A budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new slopes and 113km of ski lifts through a Unesco world heritage site of “outstanding universal value”, according to documents obtained by WWF in a lawsuit.

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#115518
2017-12-08

Earth’s Hum: Scientists Record The Very Sound Of Earth—But Don't Know Why It Happens

Scientists have recorded the mysterious sound of the Earth deep underwater for the first time. The eerie hum is could be key to understanding the make-up of the planet itself—but no one knows what makes it.

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#115519
2017-12-08

Kenya Joins 40 Countries in Sea, Ocean Clean-Up Bid

Kenya has joined 40 other countries across the world in the fight against ocean and sea pollution as part of interventions to roll back the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet.

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#115520
2017-12-08

Why Antarctica Is So Important in a Warming World

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical lan ...

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#115521
2017-12-08

Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity

New research suggests an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after it was discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are actually genetically distinct from each other and can't simply repopulate if one group dies out.

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#115522
2017-12-08

Malaria cases rise as insecticide resistance spreads

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled.

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#115523
2017-12-08

Moving forward in Mexico

To meet the development and climate-change challenges of the future, the Mexican government is introducing important changes to institutions and policies. One main task is the coherent implementation of the sustainable-development and climate agendas.

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#115524
2017-12-08

These whales are stressed out. The proof is in their poop.

When a North Atlantic right whale swims into a submerged net or rope, it panics and rolls. This makes everything worse, tangling the fishing gear in the animal’s mouth or tightly wrapping it around the flippers or tail.

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#115525
2017-12-08

Flock tales from the coast

Birders identify rare species of migratory pelagic birds that have made a winter home on the hospitable shores of Arichal Munai and Dhanushkodi The onset of winter heralds the advent of migratory birds. It is the season when ornithologists flock the birding hotspots with cameras and binoculars, ...

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#115526
2017-12-08

Fire is raging in Ventura County – and climate change has its latest victims

An unbearable amount of Ventura county in southern California, where I was born and raised, is simply gone. And as I hear about site after site from my childhood simply disappearing into scorched earth, I am realizing that climate change is not only erasing the present, it is also destroying the ...

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#115527
2017-12-08

Advocates urge government to live up to climate change promises in 2018

One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got eight provinces and all three territories to agree to put a price on pollution as part of a national climate change plan.

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#115528
2017-12-08

The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

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#115529
2017-12-08

The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovat ...

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#115530
2017-12-08

Climate change from human activities is all around us

Climate, of course, is affected by many natural factors including the sun, El Niño/La Niña, and so on. We talk about such topics regularly in blogs and articles which your readers can readily find on the Observatory website. And yes, we also talk about climate change, the unequivocal influence c ...

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#115531
2017-12-08

Some 6.5 million people dying from global pollution – report

The State of the Environment Report has revealed that 6.5 million people die annually due to pollution, while 6,000 children suffer brain defects due to toxics in paints.

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#115532
2017-12-08

Tapping into the potential of the Sundarbans

We should feel compelled to protect its many riches, and allow it to nourish Bangladesh with its bounty.Every year, the Sundarbans contributes over Tk5,000 crore to Bangladesh.This is not surprising considering its unique ecosystem and biodiversity, which allows it to be one of Bangladesh’s most ...

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#115533
2017-12-08

Malawi: Women Control Over Land Improves Food Security in Karonga

Karonga — Women in Karonga have hailed Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for ensuring that women have access and control over land, a development they say has enhanced food security in their homes.

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#115534
2017-12-08

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

A leading research charity is inviting farmers to participate in a new project which is investigating how to maximise the performance of crop mixtures to improve yields while reducing the reliance on inputs.

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#115535
2017-12-08

Bear-human conflict prompts proposal for nature reserve

Increased conflict between the black bear population and villagers in a mountainous region of southwest China has prompted local authorities to create a proposal for a nature reserve to protect the species.

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#115536
2017-12-08

The future of crop engineering

Photosynthesis is the process underlying all plant growth. Scientists aim to boost photosynthesis to meet the increasing global demand for food by engineering its key enzyme Rubisco. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have succeeded in producing functional plant Rubisco ...

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#115537
2017-12-08

Road salt is bad for the environment, so why do we keep using it?

Marshes, streams and lakes lie alongside many of the roads and highways that zigzag across North America. Plants and animals inhabit these water bodies and can be exposed to many of the substances we put on those roads, including road salt.

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#115539
2017-12-08

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

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#115540
2017-12-08

Gaps in required curricula may explain differences in climate change acceptance among college graduates

The average American college student has just a 17 percent chance of learning about climate change before graduation through required core courses. The finding may help explain why having a bachelor's degree doesn't always lead to increased acceptance of human-caused global warming, according to ...

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#115485
2017-12-06

Biodiversity surprises at bubbly deep-sea cold seeps along Cascadia fault

A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) graduate student Sarah Seabrook that uses scientific data and samples from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) focuses on the extent, variability, and complexity of species—from microbes to tubeworms—found at deep-sea cold seep habitats along the Cascadia ...

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#115486
2017-12-06

GCU, Canadian varsity sign accord to document biodiversity

Government College University Lahore and the University of Guelph Ontario, Canada on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a reference library of DNA barcodes of animals, plants and fungi to research and document biodiversity in Pakistan.

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#115487
2017-12-06

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

PARIS, France – For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos that killed nearly half a million people last year, mostly in Africa.

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#115488
2017-12-06

Gene-drive technology needs thorough scrutiny

At a meeting in Montreal, Canada, this week, scientists and green campaigners will be among those discussing how a gene-editing technology could influence the environment. And although it might not always be obvious, both critics and advocates of the technique — called a gene drive — tend to agr ...

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#115489
2017-12-06

Could this geoengineering venture help save the ice caps?

With hundreds of cities and businesses pledging to bend the curve on carbon emissions by 2020, scientists and researchers are looking into how to buy time against climate change wherever they can find it. One way is by seeking opportunities to slow the rapid warming currently underway.

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#115490
2017-12-06

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

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#115491
2017-12-06

Climate change: who is tackling global warming?

Two years after a landmark deal to tackle climate change was struck in Paris, some countries appear to be taking their commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions more seriously than others.

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#115492
2017-12-06

Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Areas of the ECA Region: A contribution to the Umbrella Report on adaptation to climate change in ECA

Climate-related hazards are increasing in Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and geographical variations notwithstanding, most societies are faced with the need to adapt by trying to minimize negative impacts while seizing on the few positive effects.

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#115493
2017-12-06

How American cities and states are fighting climate change globally

Since the Trump administration announced last June its intended withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, attention—and hope—has turned to America's cities and states.

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#115494
2017-12-06

It's good to be rare, for some species

When most people think of rare species, they think of endangered ones that humans have caused to be rare through habitat loss, poaching, climate change and other disturbances. But some species have always been rare -- occurring in small densities throughout their range -- throughout their evolut ...

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#115495
2017-12-06

Earthquake reveals impact of sea-level rise

How is sea-level rise going to change coastal ecosystems? Will corals and seagrass drown? Will mangroves be swamped? Until significant sea-level rise takes place, these questions are hard to answer. But back in 2007 a large earthquake in the Solomon Islands gave scientists an unusual chance to m ...

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#115496
2017-12-06

COMMENT: GMO technology in Uganda

The recent article in The Independent magazine (October 31 2017) titled “Tears and Cheers over New GMO Law” left me, as a farmer and a science journalist, disappointed. It carried negative and misleading sentiments about agricultural biotechnology.

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#115497
2017-12-06

UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.

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#115498
2017-12-06

Extreme fieldwork, drones, climate modeling yield new insights about Greenland's melting ice sheet

A new UCLA-led study reinforces the importance of collaboration in assessing the effects of climate change.The research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insights about previously unknown factors affecting Greenland's melting ice sheet, a ...

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#115499
2017-12-06

Sea lions have unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish

Astounding footage of Galapagos sea lions hunting was perhaps the highlight of the latest Blue Planet II. For the first time ever, these marine mammals were filmed working as a pack to drive tuna fish in to shallow, rocky waters where they could be caught. Yellowfin tuna are typically able to ou ...

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#115500
2017-12-06

Cooling climate drove evolution of the Tasmanian devil and its relatives

A big drop in global temperatures 12-14 million years ago may explain the evolutionary success of Australia's unique marsupial carnivores, a new study has found.

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#115501
2017-12-06

New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a top-to-bottom rainforest survey unprecedented in its comprehensive approach.

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#115502
2017-12-06

Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests

Researchers on an expedition that tracked endangered tigers through Sumatran jungles for one year have found that tigers are now clinging to survival in low-density populations. The team's findings have renewed fears about the potential for extinction of these elusive predators.

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#115503
2017-12-06

The largest land organism is … a fungus

The largest terrestrial organism on the planet is a fungus called Armillaria solidipes – or honey fungus. The largest honey fungus identified in North America is in Oregon. It measures 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) across! That’s considerably bigger than the biggest giant sequoia or African elephan ...

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#115504
2017-12-06

As sea levels rise, 'ghost forests' expand

In the marsh lands of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, you may stumble across a spooky sight: hundreds of dead Atlantic white cedars poking out of the water. Some people call these places “ghost forests”.

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#115505
2017-12-06

How Superstitions and Myths Affect Animal Conservation

When someone says “endangered species,” you probably think of rhinos, tigers, and maybe turtles, to name just a few. It’s alarming how our planet’s animals can disappear so quickly. What exactly is an endangered species? It is when a species of animal or plant is at very serious risk of extincti ...

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#115506
2017-12-06

Instagram Will Alert Users Of Possible Harmful Behavior To Animals Or The Environment

As a social networking website that focuses on photo sharing among members, Instagram has developed some very strict guidelines when it comes to images it deems offensive or inappropriate. Any form of nudity, whether real or digital is also prohibited to be posted.

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#115507
2017-12-06

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt and the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UNESCO Regional Bureau ...

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#115508
2017-12-06

Day Three of the Environment Assembly: highlights

World governments called for “rapid, large-scale and co-ordinated action against pollution” on Wednesday, capping the United Nations Environment Assembly with a strong commitment to protect human health and our common environment from an existential threat.

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#115509
2017-12-06

Oceans are under the greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's oceans are currently facing the greatest threat in history, Sir David Attenborough has warned. In the final episode of Blue Planet II, Sir David issues a warning to viewers over the state of our oceans which are being hugely damaged by climate change, plastic pollution and over fishing.

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#115510
2017-12-06

Algae and krill may be a tough sell for European consumers

People will need to be persuaded to eat new types of seafood if we are to extract more food from the oceans and feed growing human populations, according to fishing industry experts.

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#115455
2017-12-05

California's dry regions are hotspots of plant diversity

The first "big data" analysis of California's native plants, using digitized information from more than 22 herbaria and botanical gardens around the state, provides some surprises about one of the most thoroughly studied and unique areas in the country.

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#115456
2017-12-05

Tackling the growing challenge of soil pollution

Soils are the foundation of our food system, and the basis for many of the ecological processes on which we depend. The conservation and sustainable management of soils is essential to our goals of eliminating food insecurity and tackling climate change, while at the same time maintaining the re ...

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#115457
2017-12-05

Climate change is radically reshuffling UK bird species, report finds

Climate change is radically reshuffling Britain’s birds, with some species disappearing while new migrants are settling. Timings are being reset too, with egg laying getting earlier in the year, while autumn departures for warmer climes are delayed by up to a month.

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#115458
2017-12-05

The World Heritage State of Conservation Information System – 5 Successful Years !

Five years ago, on 5 December 2012, the World Heritage State of Conservation Information System was publicly launched. This database offers a trove of reliable information on the state of conservation of natural and cultural World Heritage properties since 1979 and the threats they have faced in ...

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#115459
2017-12-05

Oxygen Surge 400 Million Years Ago Helped Trigger an Explosion in Biodiversity

Scientists have linked a surge in Earth’s oxygen levels some 455 million years ago with an explosion in biodiversity on the planet, as nature took advantage of the extra breathing space to transform marine life and develop new species.

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#115460
2017-12-05

France tops global food sustainability index

More than 30 countries are ranked across the three pillars of sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food loss and waste, in a league table created by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition.

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#115461
2017-12-05

Want to save the world? Start by eating less beef

Cows are like the Humvees of the animal world; they're not very efficient, at least when it comes to producing food for humans. A hectare of land that would be able to grow 1,500 or 2,000 pounds of protein from peanuts or soybeans per year can only support about about 82 pounds of beef protein. ...

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#115462
2017-12-05

Why thousands of snakes are invading Bangkok homes

A plunger won’t help you here—unless you have one hell of a swing. As the Times reports, Bangkok officials received 31,801 calls this year alone from frightened residents seeking help in removing snakes from their homes. The jump in calls is said to be in part due to an extra wet rainy season, b ...

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#115463
2017-12-05

Soil Preservation Highlighted During Celebration Of World Soil Day In Tura

The annual World Soil day was celebrated by KVK Indian Council of Agriculture Research in collaboration with the state agriculture department at the DLRSL research centre in Sangsanggre, Tura on Tuesday with experts stressing on the need to protect the soil from pollutants such as pesticides.

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#115464
2017-12-05

World Soil Day: tips on how to improve soil quality and fertility

The Soil Association is calling on smallholders, allotmenteers and gardeners to come to the aid of soil this World Soil Day. One third of the world’s arable soils are degraded and 75% of that is severely degraded.

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#115465
2017-12-05

Finding ways to manage soils, improve farming

THE EDITOR: TT joins the international community, and in particular the Global Soil Partnership, in observing World Soil Day today. We do well to note that this year, the Partnership has chosen to focus on the following theme: “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground.” This has tremendous s ...

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#115466
2017-12-05

New Healthy Soil Guide Gives Cooks a Better Recipe for Climate Change

December 5 marks the United Nations’ World Soil Day, which recognizes the crucial role soil plays in human health, food production, and climate change mitigation. To mark the occasion, Diana Donlon, director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS)’s Soil Solutions program, spoke with Anthony Myint a ...

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#115467
2017-12-05

A Conversation About Climate Change, Cop23, And The Future Of The Pacific Islands

This past November, Fiji presided over the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which met for its 23rd annual Conference of the Parties. However, on account of the country's capital city, Suva, being too small to host the conference, the UNFCCC moved COP23 to Bonn, Germany, the ...

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#115468
2017-12-05

In Senegal and West Africa, villages fight climate change

Across western Africa, people in rural communities are taking the future into their own hands with local initiatives to fight climate change and pollution, and improve public health and education.

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#115469
2017-12-05

Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change

As our climate changes, human creativity has been turning to solutions to problems ranging from restoring water supplies to rebuilding failing ecosystems. In interviews, six scientists discussed their efforts to slow or even reverse changes brought by warming. Their comments have been edited and ...

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#115470
2017-12-05

Bahamas, Jamaica Among Most at Risk From Climate Change: Moody's

The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit implications of climate change. The Solomon Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are equally at risk, according to analysts at Moody’s Investors S ...

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#115471
2017-12-05

Climate change is set to cause severe turbulence for passengers worldwide

Get plane sick? Feel a bit panicky about being 39,000 feet up? Fear the dreaded “turbulence” announcement? Well, thanks to global warming, your ride is likely to get worse.

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#115472
2017-12-05

Blue Planet 2: David Attenborough offers stark warning against climate change and pollution during finale

Over the last few weeks, Blue Planet II has been impressing viewers around the country, quickly becoming the most-watched television show of 2017.

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#115473
2017-12-05

Virginia Tech entomologist discovers invertebrate that comes in more color combinations than any others

The new millipede that Paul Marek discovered is as pretty as it is dangerous. The thumb-sized millipede that crawls around the forest floor of Southwest Virginia's Cumberland Mountains has more color combinations than any other millipede discovered.

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#115474
2017-12-05

UN seeks to tackle ‘ocean Armageddon’ of plastic pollution

Gutted fish spill plastic bottle tops from their stomachs. Turtles pounce on plastic film floating in the water, mistaking it for jellyfish. Seabirds spend days scouring oceans for food for their young – and bring back plastic instead. A UN environmental summit in Nairobi has brought to the surf ...

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#115475
2017-12-05

Antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution among biggest emerging health threats, says UN Environment

Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to discharge of drugs and particular chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from UN Environment that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in the environmental space.

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#115476
2017-12-05

Study sheds new light on how animals and plants respond to changes in the environment

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered that living creatures' responsiveness to changes in the environment can evolve and depends on the conditions they experienced in their past.

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#115477
2017-12-05

Stronger storms hamper ability of streams and rivers to clean up pollution

Freshwater streams and rivers naturally clean up some forms of pollution originating from urban and agricultural areas, but increased storm intensity reduces this ability, which underscores the need to improve the management of nonpoint sources of pollution and storm water management, according ...

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#115478
2017-12-05

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding.

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#115479
2017-12-05

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More than 20 rice, wheat and yam plants have been listed as threatened on the latest version of the IUCN's Red list.

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#115480
2017-12-05

Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists

Croaks and chirps. Even whistles and barks. These are some of the sounds that Australian frogs make, and local biologists are hoping members of the public will help record them on a new app called FrogID. It is part of a conservation effort to better track 240 frog species around Australia.

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#115481
2017-12-05

Overuse of antibiotics in farming is a major new threat to human health, says UN

Antibiotics that has spilled from farms into the natural environment may be a bigger factor in spreading resistance to life-saving drugs than previously thought, report says

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#115482
2017-12-05

World Soil Day: Reflecting on Soil Health’s Growing Recognition

Today, on World Soil Day, I reflect on my years growing up in agriculture. My family’s dairy farm relied on our precious soil to grow the feed for the cows and keep us in business year after year. This was not easy in South Eastern Wisconsin, due to our heavy, clay soils, highly erodible hills a ...

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#115483
2017-12-05

Why gender is important for biodiversity conservation

A recent meeting in Bangkok hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity developed training materials to advance gender inclusion in biodiversity planning in the Asia-Pacific region.

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#115423
2017-12-04

Scientists prepare for loss of mountain glaciers

Mountain glaciers sustain complex ecosystems and provide water and hydroelectricity for billions of people worldwide.But they are shrinking at unprecedented rates, and scientists still know surprisingly little about the combined effects that this could ultimately have across entire ecosystems an ...

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#115424
2017-12-04

The Ethiopian Banana That Flourishes In Drought and Heat

At first glance, Ensete ventricosum may look like a banana plant, with huge green fronds and a towering, thick brown pseudostem. But if you peel these orange, banana-cousin fruits, watch out: Instead of a pale, mushy interior, this banana-like fruit consists almost entirely of large, teeth-crack ...

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#115425
2017-12-04

Binoculars out as migratory birds flock to the capital

At the Yamuna Biodiversity park. Photos: (Expres Photo by Gajendra Yadav) At the Yamuna Biodiversity park. Photos: (ExpresPhoto by Gajendra Yadav) On a wintry morning, the clever kotwal paid a visit, overlooking the large expanse of reed bed , As Reported By IE.

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#115426
2017-12-04

Kenyan sea turtle manages lucky escape from humanity's plastic binge

Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting.

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#115427
2017-12-04

Attenborough calls for action on plastic waste to save 'future of humanity'

Sir David Attenborough has called for action on plastic waste clogging up the world's oceans after a baby albatross was killed by a toothpick in his latest documentary series.

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#115428
2017-12-04

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

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#115429
2017-12-04

US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies

Technology could be used to wipe out malaria carrying mosquitos or other pests but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban

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#115430
2017-12-04

New app helps tourists discover beautiful ecotourism destination in Romania

Tourists can now discover Romania’s beautiful ecotourism destination Colinele Transilvaniei (the Hills of Transylvania) with the help of a mobile app launched by WWF Romania in partnership with Mioritics Association.

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#115431
2017-12-04

‘De-extincting’ the mammoth is a real possiblity, say scientists – but why would we want to?

We all remember the story: scientists find a way to bring dinosaurs back to life and populate an island theme park with the cloned creatures – but things don’t go to plan, and before long the prehistoric beasts are on the rampage

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#115432
2017-12-04

The True Cost of a Dead Elephant

MAUN, Botswana—When the rains finally come to this corner of southern Africa, the land is transformed. Dry rivers flow again. Boreholes fill. Springs seep to the green surface.

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#115433
2017-12-04

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to endangered species – and the UK is a key player

You might not have heard of a pangolin, but they are widely claimed to be the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world.

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#115434
2017-12-04

Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we ca ...

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#115435
2017-12-04

With the right tools, we can mine cities

From 1900 to 2010, the amount of materials accumulated in buildings and infrastructure across the world increased 23-fold. We are depleting our resources at unprecedented rates. Instead of extracting dwindling raw materials from nature at ever-increasing cost, the time has come to start re-using ...

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#115436
2017-12-04

Crop gene discovery gets to the root of food security

Researchers from The University of Queensland have discovered that a key gene which controls flowering time in wheat and barley crops also directs the plant's root growth.

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#115437
2017-12-04

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical lan ...

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#115438
2017-12-04

The way we were—climate and human evolution

It has been an extraordinary year of explorations and discoveries at the Earth Institute. During the month of December, as 2017 draws to a close, we will be sharing stories that highlight some of the outstanding work of our researchers.

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#115439
2017-12-04

Undersea topography generates hot spots of ocean mixing

Using underwater robots in the waters surrounding Antarctica, scientists at Caltech have shown that the intersection of strong currents with the slope of landmasses rising from the ocean floor makes a significant contribution to the mixing of different waters in the Southern Ocean. A study on th ...

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#115440
2017-12-04

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do.

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2017-12-04

Consortium eyes NZ islands for genetic trials on pests

Islands around New Zealand have been eyed up for field trials using genetically-altered rodents in experiments to be funded by the United States' military's most advanced science research agency, documents show.

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#115442
2017-12-04

Virtual reality for bacteria

Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a computer. The interdisciplinary team including experimental biologist Remy Chait and mathematician Jakob Ruess (now at the Institut Past ...

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2017-12-04

Protecting our planet

Climate change is a scientific fact, and its effects are already being distinctly felt around the world, threatening human health, the places we inhabit, and the sustainability of our socioeconomic systems.

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