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2017-08-23

Climate Change
Quartz, 2017-08-23
First it wreaked havoc on our tea, then coffee. Now sparkling wine—both cava and champagne—is under threat from climate change.
iNews, 2017-08-23
There is little doubt that our climate is changing, but what if the effects on the world’s plants and animals won’t be as bad as we think? By Mark Piesing
Biosafety and Biotechnology
Guardian (UK), 2017-08-23
If you want to sample the world’s first animal to be genetically engineered in the name of dinner, good luck finding it. If, on the other hand, you would never eat such a thing – good luck avoiding it.
Forest Biodiversity
Dhaka Tribune, 2017-08-23
Recently, a large number of pythons have been found near human habitats, especially in Chittagong which saw 30 pythons caught over the past two years.Why are the snakes, which are generally wary of humans, migrating to populated areas? The answer is evident – food crisis and deforestation.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2017-08-23
Plate tectonics shape the Earth's dynamic surface. But when did these dynamics first emerge? And will the present-day continents last forever?
Phys.org, 2017-08-23
Scientists on Wednesday unveiled an extinct species of toothless, whiskered and objectively cute mini-dolphin that plied Earth's oceans some 30 million years ago.
EurekAlert, 2017-08-23
A recent study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. Thus, countries such as Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and the Czech Republic receive less funding than they would be entitled to as per their biodiversity.
United Nations
allAfrica.com, 2017-08-23
The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.
allAfrica.com, 2017-08-23
The second edition of the 'Kwita Izina' Gala Dinner will take place on August 26 ahead of the official 13th Gorilla Naming ceremony slated for September 1 in Musanze District, Northern Province. Nineteen baby gorillas will be named.

2017-08-22

Climate Change
The Conversation, 2017-08-22
The next stage of humanity’s fight to reduce greenhouse emissions may revolve around seaweed, according to tonight’s episode of ABC’s Catalyst, presented by Professor Tim Flannery, which asks the question “can seaweed save the world?”
CNBC, 2017-08-22
Warmer waters as a result of climate change could shrink the size of fish by 20 to 30 percent, a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has claimed.
Biosafety and Biotechnology
TriplePundit, 2017-08-22
Scientists have been arguing for decades over how to best fill the world’s food basket.Transgenic food producers maintain that the world needs today’s technology to protect — and increase — its food production. Genetic modification has in some cases extended the life of perishable foods like tomatoes and made it easier to safeguard crops from blight and disease.
Chemicals and Pollution
Phys.org, 2017-08-22
It's morning. Brush your teeth. A quick shower, shampoo. Going to the beach? Get on the sunscreen. OK, ready to roll. You've just sent countless microscopic plastic bits swirling down the drain, through the sewer system and into the nearest water body.
Independent Online (South Africa), 2017-08-22
Researchers who travel the globe documenting the presence and impact of plastics on the world’s oceans and all their marine life have discovered a new ocean “garbage patch” in the South Pacific which they say covers millions of square kilometres.
Cities and Biodiversity
Phys.org, 2017-08-22
Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, including southern Ontario.Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in places like Toronto, where 44.6 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Business Mirror (Philippines), 2017-08-22
‘Many species in our country were already extinct before I was born,” lamented Sophea Chhin, a young biodiversity information specialist from Cambodia. Nevertheless, he said, there’s always new species waiting to be discovered—protected and conserved.
Forest Biodiversity
Science Codex, 2017-08-22
Tropical forests contain more than one-half of all plant and animal species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at the highest rate of any forests worldwide. Furthermore, many of the most threatened tropical species are restricted to 20 or so biodiversity hotspots, which are sites that have lost more than 70 percent of their original habitat.
Mongabay (India), 2017-08-22
When portions of a previously contiguous forest are carved away, so-called “fragmented forests” are created, and now-isolated species find it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy and sustainable population. Species in fragmented forests start to head toward extinction within in less than a decade.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Hindu (India), 2017-08-22
Four-year conservation project supported by German environment ministry Kochi is among the three Indian cities selected for the implementation of a biodiversity conservation project supported by Germany.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
CBC (Canada), 2017-08-22
The first scientific exploration of two rare glass sponge reefs off British Columbia's coast has revealed one healthy reef and one mostly dead, ancient reef.
Smithsonian, 2017-08-22
Some 650 million years ago, algae took over the seas, which may have been a needed spark in the formation of complex life. In our planet's infancy, life was pretty tiny. Simple, single-celled critters (mostly bacteria) dominated the seas. But from these microbes eventually evolved the many creatures that stomp the earth today—from sharks and snails to labradoodles. But what kickstarted that change? A new study suggests suggests one possible answer: algae.
Guardian (UK), 2017-08-22
Report reveals improvement but also details danger posed by tourist-generated pollution, oil extraction and climate change.ust below the surface of the turquoise sea, coral flutters majestically amid schools of puffed up porcupinefish and fluorescent blue and yellow angelfish.
Phys.org, 2017-08-22
The vulnerability and conservation value of sub-tropical reefs south of the Great Barrier Reef - regarded as climate change refuges – has been highlighted in a new study.
Polar Biodiversity
Select Science, 2017-08-22
Polar regions are the most isolated place on Earth, uninhabited due to their harsh climate conditions. The study of this regions’ unknown bioaerosols biodiversity can bring a lot of answers to better measure the impact of our urban civilization to these desert areas.
Research and Science
Phys.org, 2017-08-22
Key statistics about the world's animal and plant life could present a misleading picture about the natural world according to new research from the University of St Andrews.
Gulf News, 2017-08-22
A record number of 448 flamingo chicks hatched at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi during these summer months, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Tuesday.
Ecologist (UK), 2017-08-22
Throughout history, Islam has contributed innovative ideas that have helped advance world civilization. The al Hima initiative in Jordan is one such example. This ancient practice is currently being revived as a land management (natural resource management) strategy in pastoralist areas of the Middle East and North Africa and is being seen as a bulwark against climate change, desertification and drought.

2017-08-18

Climate Change
Vox, 2017-08-18
The world’s nations have agreed, almost unanimously, to try to limit the rise of global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less over preindustrial levels. Is that still possible? Climate campaigners, scientists, and politicians frequently insist it is. All we need, they say, is political will. But that’s not all we need. There’s something else, something we talk about much less.
Guardian (UK), 2017-08-18
Virtually all governments know that climate change is happening, and polls show most people do too – with those living in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa particularly worried. The question is not whether global warming is happening, but what we are going to do about it. There are, and need to be, many answers to this.
Guardian (UK), 2017-08-18
For years, Kuwait’s climate has been steadily heating up. In the summer months, the Gulf state now frequently touches 50C, and was last year awarded the grim prize of being the hottest place on earth, when temperatures reached a staggering high of 54C.

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