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Agriculture and Biodiversity
allAfrica.com, 2017-02-28
While many Kenyans are grappling with an acute food insecurity occasioned by the prolonged dry spell, a move by Uasin Gishu County residents to engage in shamba system is paying off with millions of shilling generated from the initiative.
Chemicals and Pollution
EurActiv.com, 2017-02-28
UN Environment launched their global campaign #CleanSeas last Thursday, (23 February), with a goal to rid oceans of microplastics by 2022.
Forest Biodiversity
Mongabay.com, 2017-02-28
On the surface, the Republic of Congo appears to be making strides toward both conservation and economic development. But the process of becoming an emerging economy is not without its growing pains, especially
Phys.org, 2017-02-28
We've long known that diverse stands of trees tend to be more productive than monocultures. What we haven't known is why. In a paper published today in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Université du Québec à Montréal show the talent behind the trait:
Invasive Alien Species
Science Daily, 2017-02-28
An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Guardian (UK), 2017-02-28
According to a blog post on the home page of the tourism giant Mantra Group, a “family holiday in Queensland would be incomplete without a visit to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world”.
Smithsonian, 2017-02-28
Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questions
Mongabay.com, 2017-02-28
The emerging field of the environmental humanities provides researchers with the tools and frameworks to understand the interplay of environmental change, justice and power. Mongabay spoke with one of its leading practitioners.


Climate Change
BBC News, 2017-02-27
The UN’s new climate chief says she’s worried about President Donald Trump - but confident that action to curb climate change is unstoppable.
Cities and Biodiversity
Eco-Business, 2017-02-27
Urbanisation has never resonated stronger among countries – developed and developing alike – than now.
Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Deutsche Welle, 2017-02-27
Environmental degradation and climate change are threatening the livelihoods of local communities living near the Sahara. An ambitious greening plan aims to prevent the spread of desertification in the region.
Forest Biodiversity
CIFOR, 2017-02-27
In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
United Press International (UPI), 2017-02-27
Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a bacterium that plays the role of arsenic detoxifier in the sponge it calls home. The bacterium is Entotheonella and its common host is Theonella swinhoei.
Polar Biodiversity
National Geographic, 2017-02-27
Is the extraordinary polar bear going the same way as the dodo? A large flightless bird, the dodo was last seen in the 1600s, when it was most likely clubbed on its island home by protein-starved sailors looking for some meat for their cooking pot.
Mongabay.com, 2017-02-27
Feral cats now inhabit virtually the entire Australian landscape, and have been implicated in multiple recent mammal extinctions by conservationists.
Guardian (UK), 2017-02-27
Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’


Climate Change
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2017-02-24
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 causing economic disruptions.
Deutsche Welle, 2017-02-24
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.
Invasive Alien Species
Scientific American, 2017-02-24
The fall armyworm has rapidly spread across the continent and is wreaking destruction on staple crops
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2017-02-24
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.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2017-02-24
The deep ocean floor, Earth’s largest habitat, will be starved of food by the end of this century, scientists have warned.
News.com.au, 2017-02-24
Over-hunting sharks is detrimental for fish at every level of the food chain, West Australian scientists have found.
Migratory Species
Phys.org, 2017-02-24
New information on the migration patterns of the Great Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran, will help to protect this endangered species, scientists suggest.
Polar Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2017-02-24
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.
Tourism and Biodiversity
In Depth News, 2017-02-24
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.


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.

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