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#112072
2017-02-24

Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

ROME, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) - The Netherlands announced that it will work with Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and ...

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#112073
2017-02-24

Scientists plan to save 50 key coral reefs from climate disaster

Coral reefs are dying and there is no global plan to save them…until now. Scientists want to focus on saving 50 of the most important reefs to help them survive climate change.

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#112074
2017-02-24

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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#112075
2017-02-24

Deep Oceans Face Starvation by End of Century

The deep ocean floor, Earth’s largest habitat, will be starved of food by the end of this century, scientists have warned.

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#112076
2017-02-24

African Countries Mobilize to Battle Invasive Caterpillars

The fall armyworm has rapidly spread across the continent and is wreaking destruction on staple crops

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#112077
2017-02-24

There's a giant crack in an Antarctic ice shelf. Should we be worried?

An accelerating crack in the ice shelf known as Larsen C, the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, has grown by 17 miles since the beginning of December, according to multiple news reports, including a recent article in the New York Times.

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#112078
2017-02-24

Sustainable Tourism Can Make World Cleaner and Greener

MADRID | NAIROBI | BONN (IDN-INPS) - Whether it is a chic, zero-emission hotel in Milan where toiletries are 99 per cent biodegradable, or Gaansbai in South Africa, where conservation of native flora and fauna is a community-wide priority, sustainable tourism is growing fast across the globe.

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#112079
2017-02-24

Sharks guardians of biodiversity: WA study

Over-hunting sharks is detrimental for fish at every level of the food chain, West Australian scientists have found.

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#112080
2017-02-24

Hammerhead shark migration gives new hope for conservation

New information on the migration patterns of the Great Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran, will help to protect this endangered species, scientists suggest.

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#112053
2017-02-23

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

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#112054
2017-02-23

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.

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#112055
2017-02-23

How cathedral termites got to Australia to build their 'sky-scrapers'

They build among the tallest non-human structures (proportionately speaking) in the world and now a pioneering study has found the termites that live in Australia's remote Top End originated from overseas -- rafting vast distances and migrating from tree-tops to the ground, as humans later did.

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#112057
2017-02-23

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for th ...

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#112058
2017-02-23

Renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson calls for preserving half of Earth to save biodiversity

The current issue of Sierra, a magazine published by the Sierra Club, contains a bold — perhaps unrealistic — “manifesto” by the eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson calling for preservation of half the planet in an undisturbed, natural condition in order to save beleaguered nonhuman life on Earth.

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#112059
2017-02-23

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures

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#112060
2017-02-23

Climate change doubles size of northern lakes, pushes bison off habitat

New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes in a northern protected area to nearly double in size, forcing a herd of at-risk bison off some of their best habitat.

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#112062
2017-02-23

Gene Catalogues Aim to Help Crops Survive Climate Change

Scientists want to give the farming community better information about which crop strains are better suited to changing weather and soil conditions

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#112063
2017-02-23

Can Australia's wicked heat wave convince climate change deniers?

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?

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#112064
2017-02-23

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency

22 February 2017 – Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to m ...

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#112065
2017-02-23

Manatee population rebounds: time to take it off the endangered species list?

A recent survey found a record 6,620 manatees in Florida, but opinion remains divided as to whether the species has truly made a comeback.

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#112066
2017-02-23

Japan consumption habits harming 700 rare, endangered species

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese consumption habits are detrimental to more than 790 endangered and rare species of plants and animals, according to a university economist.

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#112067
2017-02-23

Oceans and small island states: First think opportunity, then think blue

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.

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#112068
2017-02-23

Red squirrels: 5,000 volunteers sought to save species – and help kill invasive greys

Wildlife Trusts’ biggest-ever recruitment drive will see volunteers monitor populations, educate children – and bludgeon grey squirrels to death

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#112036
2017-02-22

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.

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#112038
2017-02-22

Seven new species of night frogs from India including four miniature forms

Scientists were surprised by the relative abundance of the 4 new miniature species and believe that these frogs were overlooked because of their insect-like calls and secretive habitats

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