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2017-02-23

Climate Change
BBC News, 2017-02-23
Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.
The Globe and Mail, 2017-02-23
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.
Scientific American, 2017-02-23
Scientists want to give the farming community better information about which crop strains are better suited to changing weather and soil conditions
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2017-02-23
'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 the future of agriculture.
UN News Centre, 2017-02-23
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 make production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits.
Chemicals and Pollution
UN Environment, 2017-02-23
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.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Deutsche Welle, 2017-02-23
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?
Endangered Species
United Press International (UPI), 2017-02-23
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.
Island Biodiversity
UNDP, 2017-02-23
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2017-02-23
New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures
Christian Science Monitor, 2017-02-23
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.
Science Daily, 2017-02-23
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.
Mongabay.com, 2017-02-23
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.

2017-02-22

Climate Change
CTV.ca, 2017-02-22
DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Science Daily, 2017-02-22
Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-02-22
ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) - Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report.
Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2017-02-22
With only 30 animals left, the vaquita is the world’s most endangered cetacean and one of the most endangered mammals.
Forest Biodiversity
Smithsonian, 2017-02-22
Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles Darwin
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Science Daily, 2017-02-22
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
New Scientist, 2017-02-22
It’s a dwarf with big eyes, big ears and a big voice. The newly discovered Angolan dwarf galago belongs to the bushbaby family, members of which are found all over sub-Saharan Africa.
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-02-22
SRINAGAR, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) - Mudasir Ahmad says that two decades ago, his father made a prophecy that the lake would vanish after the fish in its waters started dying. Three years ago, he found dead fish floating on the surface, making him worried about its fate.
Invasive Alien Species
South China Morning Post, 2017-02-22
A city in Chiba Prefecture has culled 57 monkeys at a zoo after finding they were cross-breeds of Japanese monkeys and rhesus macaques, which have been designated as an invasive alien species in the country and apparently pose a threat to the natural environment.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Science Daily, 2017-02-22
Africa's protected parks and reserves are capable of supporting three to four times as many wild lions if well funded and managed, according to a new report led by Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.
Reuters, 2017-02-22
Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday.
Phys.org, 2017-02-22
The mounting threats posed to the global environment by harmful human activities cannot be averted without effective legislation controlling those activities.
IISD, 2017-02-22
February 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam have produced a guide and animated film that offer “strategic guidance and inspiration” for the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forest resources.
United Press International (UPI), 2017-02-22
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Every year the forest gets farther away. According to researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, between 1990 and 2000, the average distance between any point the United States and the nearest forest grew by a third of a mile -- 14 percent.

2017-02-21

Climate Change
United Press International (UPI), 2017-02-21
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- New research suggests rising temperatures in small bodies of water, like ponds, could accelerate global warming.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-02-21
The temperature of the North Sea is increasing with climate change. Good news for immigrant species - bad news for cold-loving residents.
Science Daily, 2017-02-21
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease.

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