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#105106
2015-09-04

UN climate talks: Hints of compromise on key issue

Rich nations at UN climate talks are said to be edging towards a compromise on the thorny issue of loss and damage.

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#105107
2015-09-04

Ecologists wondering where the lions, and other top predators, are

Ecologists have discovered a pattern that is consistent across a range of ecosystems. They found that, in a very systematic way, in crowded settings, prey reproduced less than they do in settings where their numbers are smaller. Some scientists are already suggesting that it may well be the disc ...

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#105108
2015-09-04

Family tree for orchids explains their astonishing variability

Orchids, a fantastically complicated and diverse group of flowering plants, have long blended the exotic with the beautiful. Previously, botanists have proposed more than a half dozen explanations for this diversity. Now, research corroborates many of these explanations, but finds no evidence fo ...

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#105109
2015-09-04

Endangered fishing cat thought extinct in Cambodia, caught on camera

Asia’s Endangered fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) went missing in 2003, and was thought to be extinct in that nation. That’s why researchers were so delighted when the fishing cat showed up recently in candid shots snapped by their camera traps in two Cambodian preserves.

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#105110
2015-09-04

Older than the dinosaurs: Lamprey fish return to UK rivers after 200 years

An ancient fish blamed for the death of a king and served as a traditional royal dish is returning to parts of Britain where it has been absent for 200 years.

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#105111
2015-09-04

Led by Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf oil countries resist tough climate agreement

Saudi Arabia is being accused of trying to water down the climate agreement at international talks in Bonn this week. But the Middle East is vulnerable to the effects of climate change - and awareness may be growing.

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#105112
2015-09-04

Agriculture MEPs call for rejection of GMO plan

MEPs from the agriculture committee spoke out on Thursday (3 September) against a proposal by the European Commission to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the first legal protest following an already widely verbalised opposition to the plan.

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#105113
2015-09-04

Climate change resilience under stress

An advisory released this August by the US National Weather Service warned this year’s El Niño could be among the strongest ever recorded, lasting well into the first few months of 2016.

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#105114
2015-09-04

Tallying up the climate pledges: How close are current INDCs to reaching the 2°C goal

So far, 57 countries have submitted their INDCs for COP21 but their combined pledges aren't enough to keep global warming below 2°C. Experts say more ambition is needed.

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#105115
2015-09-04

UN talks inch forward as countries agree path to Paris

Work on building a global climate deal showed progress on the final day of a UN conference in Bonn, with officials chairing the process revealing they would release a new, slimmer draft text in early October.

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#105116
2015-09-04

Spotlighting sustainable development, ‘Global Goals’ campaign launched at UN

3 September 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups is uniting to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time to change the w ...

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#105117
2015-09-04

Celebrities, artists launch campaign backing U.N. development goals

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S upporters of global goals to end poverty and promote human rights, an agenda that goes before the United Nations this month, kicked off a massive campaign this week, saying publicity is key to winning the backing of world leaders.

News Headlines
#105118
2015-09-04

Cities: Friend or foe in the quest for sustainable development?

Newly released issue briefs for the Sustainable Development Goals “interactive dialogues” underscore this tension.

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#105119
2015-09-04

Intensifying agriculture threatens soil diversification

New research suggests that soil biodiversity is on the decline. 2015 is the International Year of Soils and the U.N. General Assembly hopes to increase awareness of soil's important role.

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#105094
2015-09-03

Europe to discuss deep-sea trawling ban to protect biodiversity

HOW deep is too deep? Europe’s most threatened ecosystem – the deep seabed – may get some relief this week when European Union officials discuss proposals on banning trawling below 800 metres. But are the proposals ambitious enough?

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#105095
2015-09-03

Many North American birds may lose part of range under climate change scenarios

Over 50% of nearly 600 surveyed bird species may lose more than half of their current geographic range across three climate change scenarios through the end of the century in North America, according to a study published September 2, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gary Langham and c ...

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#105096
2015-09-03

Government Subsidies for Agriculture May Exacerbate Deforestation, says new UN report

Nairobi, 3 September 2015 - An estimated 80 per cent of global deforestation occurs as a direct result of agricultural practices. Government subsidies, estimated at $200 billion annually, are often the key underlying drivers of forest loss worldwide, with policy makers rarely recognizing their i ...

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#105097
2015-09-03

Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

BONN, Sep 2 2015 (IPS) - After surviving the storm surge wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, women in evacuation centres found themselves again fighting for survival … at times from rape. Many became victims of human trafficking while many more did anything they could ...

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#105098
2015-09-03

Strong Words, But Little Action at Arctic Summit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sep 1 2015 (IPS) - After a one-day summit in the U.S. Arctic’s biggest city, leaders from the world’s northern countries acknowledged that climate change is seriously disrupting the Arctic ecosystem, yet left without committing themselves to serious action to fight the negativ ...

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#105099
2015-09-03

Japanese town's annual dolphin hunt starts

A small Japanese town kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

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#105100
2015-09-03

Climate change could displace up to a quarter of a billion people

As Germany grapples with an ongoing refugee crisis, delegates from around the world are also meeting in Bonn to negotiate a new climate treaty. A climate refugee advocate talked to DW about future perspectives.

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#105101
2015-09-03

Australian scientists sending robot after destructive starfish

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Scientists say the invasion of the crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) is responsible for as much as 40 percent of the decline in coral cover among Australia's Greet Barrier Reefs. That's why researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have put a spec ...

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#105070
2015-09-02

Heat and acid could squeeze trout out of southern Appalachian streams

A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater aquatic species for seven national forests in the southern Appalachians -- and up to a 20 percent lo ...

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#105071
2015-09-02

Rejection of GM crops is not a failure for science

Last week, Reuters reported that Germany is set to continue its moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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#105072
2015-09-02

Brazil’s deforestation alert system reports surge in Amazon forest clearing

Confirming what civil society groups have been saying for months, new data from the Brazilian government suggests a steep increase in deforestation over the past 12 months.

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