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  • Promoting food production that values ecosystems
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Kenya is looking to develop agricultural activity that recognizes the benefits of biodiversity and climate-friendly land management.UN Environment and the National Museums of Kenya have agreed to work together to develop policy reforms in agriculture that take into account the value of ecosystems. A scoping workshop for the three-year German-funded project entitled Supporting Biodiversity and Climate-friendly Land Management in Agricultural Landscapes will take place on 21-22 February 2018. Other collaborating countries are Colombia, Tanzania and Thailand.
  • Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to tackle the problem.
  • Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40 percent
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.
  • Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Gotham Greens' boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like "Windy City Crunch," "Queens Crisp," and "Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg," it's clear the company is selling a story as much as it is selling salad.
  • Cities of the future could be a forest of 'Plyscrapers'
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Standing in the heart of Tokyo, it will be 70 stories tall and 1,148 feet, or 350 meters, high. It will also be a mixed development tower block with residential, retail and business spaces. And, of course, it will be made out of wood.
  • Climate projections show a warmer future for the Pacific northwest
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest levels projected in the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "business-as-usual" scenario.
  • Climate change reception cloudy
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Ecosystem, biodiversity and ozone layer - for a layman in Zimbabwe these, among other technical jargon related to the environment and climate change, are complex words, which despite being publicised lack importance as they do not address the urgent "bread and butter" issues they are faced with each and every day.
  • 5 ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Agriculture is central to the Indian economy. It accounts for 50per cent of the country's employment and 18per cent of its GDP.
  • Roundup: Kenya's major towns facing water crisis as climate change bites
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Several towns across Kenya, including the capital Nairobi, are facing an acute water shortage following a prolonged dry spell in the East African nation.
  • Kenya's climate change plan leaves out poor people - lobbies
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Several groups want Kenya's strategy to fight climate change revised to include projects that can directly help poor people. The environment lobbies say the strategy only focuses on large-scale infrastructure projects such as building more geothermal plants for energy production.
  • Food insecurity in Africa is "very strongly related to climate change"
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN has warned that hunger in Africa is being made worse by the impacts of climate change.
  • 'It's our home': Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    The word "pygmy" conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms.
  • How honeybees make the internet work
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Computer engineers study the mathematics of how to optimize complex systems. In one example, they face a logistics challenge known as the "travelling salesman problem:" how can a hypothetical salesperson visit every city on their route in the shortest distance?
  • 22 plants, 16 animals listed as threatened in Himachal
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has identified and listed 22 plant and 16 animals species as "threatened", an official said on Monday. Separate committees of experts were notified by the board in December 2016 to identify the plants and animal species facing extinction, the board's member secretary, Kunal Satyarthi, said."On the basis of their report, a list of 38 species was prepared for issuing necessary notification by the Centre," he said.
  • Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    A team of international scientists is due to set off for the world's biggest iceberg on Wednesday, fighting huge waves and the encroaching Antarctic winter, in a mission aiming to answer fundamental questions about the impact of climate change in the polar regions.
  • Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades'
    [Publicat la: 19/02/2018]
    New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of "extinction cascades," where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.
  • Scientists Complete Butterfly Evolutionary Tree
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    An international team of lepidopterists has compiled the most comprehensive evolutionary tree for butterflies to date. The results appear in the journal Current Biology.
  • Research finds evolutionary 'secret sauce' against climate change
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Research suggests hares and jackrabbits hopping along in the Rocky Mountains demonstrate the "secret sauce" for how animals can adapt to a new climate. (Wikimedia commons)
  • Cracking the genetic code for complex traits in cattle
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    A massive global study involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.
  • Origins of land plants pushed back in time
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from "pond scum" about 500 million years ago, according to new research.
  • Ministry of Environment and Tourism
    [Publicat la: 20/02/2018]
    Query: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism seems to want to take over the whole country and turn it into a park. There is almost nowhere to go anymore, where you don't need a permit and vast areas of the country are cut off from citizens. What kind of country is Namibia becoming and for who?