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  • Study: Environmentally-friendly farming can increase productivity
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    A major new study involving researchers from the University of York has measured a global shift towards more sustainable agricultural systems that provide environmental improvements at the same time as increases in food production.
  • EDITORIAL: Genome editing poses a tricky regulatory challenge
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    The government has started working on legal and regulatory rules on dealing with genome-edited animals and plants. In developing a regulatory system to govern genome editing, a new type of genetic engineering that involves changing an organism's DNA, the government has to adopt an appropriately cautious, safety-first approach to ensure that there will be no harmful effects on biodiversity or human health.
  • Report Report: Corporate conservation, youth and disrupting luxury
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    The Report Report is a monthly wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and clean technology, produced by Corporate Eco Forum, a by-invitation membership organization comprised of large, global companies that demonstrate a serious commitment at the senior executive level to sustainability as a business strategy issue.
  • PHL taps Japan, Dutch expertise for smart city initiative-Neda
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Clark Green City and Bonifacio Global City are just tips of the iceberg, as the Philippines turns to Japanese and Dutch technology and expertise to come into the smart cities initiative in a big way.
  • The winners and losers of the historic California drought
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    A global hotspot for biodiversity and home to many threatened or endangered species in Southern California recently offered a unique look at how vital ecological hotspots respond to weather extremes brought on by climate change.
  • Chile's 'monkey puzzle' trees dying amid changing climate -scientists
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    (Reuters) - Scientists in Chile are studying the deaths of hundreds of the country's Araucaria, or "Monkey Puzzle," trees, which they believe may have been weakened by climate change and then killed off by disease.
  • Where will future migrants come from?
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    In times of desperation-after a hurricane flattens a community, for example, or droughts cause widespread hunger-people inevitably search for better lives and better opportunities elsewhere. In some cases, migrants may stream into cities or countries that are not prepared to support such a large influx. Chaos, suffering, and social tension can result.
  • Observing the 'inexorable death' of glaciers in real time
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Global warming is causing Switzerland's glaciers to melt. But how fast and with what effects? A new, dynamic glacier inventory makes the impact of climate change and the changing landscape visible.
  • Ecosystems are getting greener in the Arctic
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    In recent decades, scientists have noted a surge in Arctic plant growth as a symptom of climate change. But without observations showing exactly when and where vegetation has bloomed as the world's coldest areas warm, it's difficult to predict how vegetation will respond to future warming. Now, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have developed a new approach that may paint a more accurate picture of Arctic vegetation and our climate's recent past - and future.
  • The Arctic's thickest sea ice is deteriorating, alarming scientists
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Climate change and warm winds have caused some of the oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic to break apart, The Guardian reported Tuesday, calling into question just how long the region's "last ice area" will withstand ever-rising temperatures.
  • Earth in Danger of Tipping into 'Hothouse' State, Scientists Warn
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Global temperatures, already more than 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial indicators, are projected to rise by at least 0.17 degree Celsius per decade. The heatwaves scorching Europe and rapid glacier melting in Greenland offer further evidence that we should not be complacent about the 2-degrees Celsius cap set by the Paris Agreement. But recently, a team of international researchers led by Will Steffen, a climate scientist from Australian National University, published a major report, "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene," in PNAS that warns the climate accords may not be enough to stop Earth from tipping into an irreversible "hothouse" state.
  • Climate change makes pathogen 'offspring' more infectious
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    New research shows that pathogens that incubate at higher temperatures are more infectious. Yet the computer models that predict the spread of epidemics from climate change-such as crop blights or disease outbreaks-may not be taking into account this important factor when predicting their severity.
  • What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Climate change and other external forces are causing rapid marine community shifts in Japan's coastal ecosystems. Better understanding of species distribution dynamics, as driven by these factors, can improve conservation efforts and climate change management.
  • An Inter-Tribal 'Canoe Journey' Is Helping Scientists Fight Climate Change
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Indigenous tribes from Siberia and the Pacific Northwest gathered this summer to strategize their survival in the rapidly warming Arctic.
  • It's fun and easy to be green
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Avongro deputy chair Dr Liz Kington describes Activate the Wheatbelt as a program born from the organisation's focus on revegetating and regenerating. Her role is to work with a community of volunteers on annual Activate tree-planting events, re-vegetating cleared landscapes and reviving biodiversity habitat.
  • Mysterious eels travel thousands of miles. This scientist wants to uncover their secrets
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    American eels are slimy, sinuous creatures that slither their slender, scaled bodies through water both fresh and salty. But not much is known about this elusive eel, found in nearly every aquatic habitat in North Carolina-from the cold mountain streams and lakes of the Smoky Mountains to the marshes of the Outer Banks and beyond.
  • Giant Panda Numbers Go Up As Conservation Efforts Continue
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    China's giant panda population is growing after the country's efforts to save the rare species from going extinct, an official confirmed last week.
  • 7 Secrets That Forests Are Keeping From You
    [Publicat la: 20/08/2018]
    Where would you find the world's largest recreation center and the most natural supermarket? Forests wouldn't have been your first answer, would it?
  • Forestry review calls for less clear-cutting on Crown land
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    'Ecological forestry' would see ban on harvesting in parks, nature reserves and designated wilderness areas.
  • Ethiopia: Collective Efforts in Actualizing Redd + Program
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    According to a new study led by Princeton University, enhanced growth of the Earth's plants during the 20th century has caused a significant slowdown of the Earth's transition to being "red-hot." This study, the first to specify the extent to which plants have prevented climate change since pre-industrial times, found that land ecosystems have kept the planet cooler by absorbing billions of tons of carbon, especially in the past 60 years.
  • Call for public-private partnership in fight against invasive plant species
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    The Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) has called on private landowners to take a vested interest in the fight against alien invasive plant species, which are robbing the Eastern Cape's supply dams of critical run-off from rains.
  • Invasion of the Pathogens: How microbes and invasive species spreading them threaten the great outdoors
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    While camping in Virginia recently, I found I couldn't quite relax in the great outdoors the way I used to. I gazed at the tangled green flora beneath the trees, wondering which plant species were invasive. I squinted at my body's landscape, searching for ticks. I glanced nervously up at the clouds of mosquitoes, my neck and ankles suddenly itchy.
  • Indian Ocean tsunami: Nicobar Islands lost 97 percent of mangrove cover, uncovered unknown species
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Superseding initial reports that documented 60 to 70 percent mangrove cover loss, a new study reveals that in fact 97 percent of mangrove cover in the Nicobar Islands was razed due to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The mammoth natural disturbance triggered the emergence of potential habitats for restoring mangroves and uncovered hitherto unrecorded mangrove species in the Nicobar Islands. The study recommends measures to step up science-based mangrove restoration in a post-disaster scenario.
  • Greek Island to Be First in Mediterranean to Power Itself With Only Wind and Solar
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    The Greek island of Tilos is set to be the first in the Mediterranean to power itself entirely with wind and solar power, The Associated Press reported Sunday.
  • Beehive fences and elephants: Tanzanian case study offers fresh insights
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Given that elephant numbers are dwindling, creative solutions need to be found to reduce crop losses and improve the chances of elephants and people coexisting. Over the past eight years we have been trying to do just that. We have been collecting data on elephants - their consumption patterns and their impact on crops at a forested site in southern Tanzania. And we've been working with farmers to try and design ways of keeping elephants at bay. After some failures, we imported an idea from Kenya - beehives.
  • Bolivia's community-based tourism bolsters cultural identity
    [Publicat la: 21/08/2018]
    Community-based tourism has served to bolster cultural identity among Bolivia's indigenous communities, experts said.

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