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UN Issues Stark Warning On Pacific Drought Threat

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The United Nations says the looming El Nino threat could impact on more than four million people in the Pacific. FijiSun The UN’s Resident Co-ordinator, Osnat Lubrani, says communities and governments need to prepare now for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually… He says some countries are already implementing or drafting drought plans and the UN is ready to help co-ordinate this and to provide technical… Issues Stark Warning… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »

Could expanding forests be the key to our climate strategy?

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Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. William Moomaw  World Economic Forum When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation… Could expanding forests… Read More »

Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses

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Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and… — Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and… Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Việt… Valuation of climate… Read More »

Environment and Forestry Ministry launches book on maritime national parks

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The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia… The Jakarta Post “With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the… We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti…… Environment and Forestry… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »

Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s climate leaders, says study

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European leaders have vowed to continue fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced last night he was pulling the US out of the… Catarina Walsh World Economic Forum So what are EU states doing – or not doing – to contribute to the bloc’s pledge of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… According to a new study, only three European countries – Sweden, Germany and France – are doing enough to keep the EU on ... Read More »

Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans

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The ocean is full of plastic, a grim marker of the Anthropocene. There are floating, continent-size patches of it in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and there are newly formed ones in the Arctic. IFLscience New Scientist There are some uninhabited islands that are drowning in the stuff. Weirdly, though, scientists have come to the conclusion that, based on the amount of plastic we make every year, there is only about one… Bacteria Are Evolving… Read More »

Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

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The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in… Mahesh Acharya BBC Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards – including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards – were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, south of… Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat set the… Stockpiles of dead… Read More »

The 9 best state parks in Arizona

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ARIZONA is home to beautiful and rugged scenery, desert and mountain landscapes, natural bridges and spectacular caves, ancient archaeological sites and old mining towns. Emese Fromm  The 32 state parks were set aside to protect some of these places. Here are nine of them. 1. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Tonto Natural Bridge is one of the… The 9 best… Read More »

Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study

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Human noises are often 10 times that of background levels, impairing our enjoyment of natural parks and impacting animal behaviour, scientists have… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new research has… The racket is not only harming people’s enjoyment of natural havens, which are… Noise pollution is… Read More »

Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unravelling

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The polar region is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the… Jeff Tollefson, Nature magazine Scientific American The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the… The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise. The report, compiled by more than 90 scientists, documents the myriad changes already under way across the Arctic because of… Major Report Prompts… Read More »

Danish researchers help reveal heightened Arctic melting

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Latest SWIPA report is dour reading for nations facing rising sea level… CPH Post OnLine Some 120 researchers, including some from Denmark, are part of a comprehensive new report that reveals that the Arctic is melting much faster than… The report, ‘Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic’ (SWIPA), was published by the Arctic Council today and concluded that the… Danish researchers help… Read More »

Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

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‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across… Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed The Guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have… The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the… Great Barrier Reef at… Read More »

Baby ants have a host of unexpected superpowers

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The youngsters in ant nests take on so many important roles that some biologists think they might form a unique social… Sandrine Ceurstemont BBC No one would call a baby ant cute. They are not much to look at – the insects start life as unsightly worm-like larvae – and their behaviour is, frankly, terrifying: if they… Baby ants have… Read More »

Humankind can’t see the wood for the trees when it comes to clean air

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We depend on forests to regulate climate and keep our air clean, yet we destroy them at an increasing rate. Justin Adams assesses plans to restore the world’s woodlands Justin Adams Irish Examiner HUMANKIND has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on… Humankind can’t see… Read More »