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  • BEST Workshop on National Biodiversity - Law Enforcement
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, facilitated a Biodiversity - Law Enforcement Workshop in relation to the implementation of the project entitled: "Strengthening Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in The Bahamas," January 23-24, 2020, at SuperClubs Breezes.
  • Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    For organic farms, size matters: not so much the size of the farm itself, but the size of the neighboring fields.A large-scale analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Jan. 27 found that organic agriculture sites had 34% more biodiversity and 50% more profits than conventional agriculture sites, even though the organic sites had 18% lower crop yields.
  • Deep Decarbonization: A Realistic Way Forward on Climate Change
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Global emissions have soared by two-thirds in the three decades since international climate talks began. To make the reductions required, what's needed is a new approach that creates incentives for leading countries and industries to spark transformative technological revolutions.
  • Climate change helped spawn East Africa's locust crisis
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    An alien species visiting Earth in the year 2020 would be forgiven for assuming that humankind had succeeded in pissing off some kind of vengeful God. This month alone, mega-wildfires ripped through Australia, massive king tides swept California shorelines, and, now, billions of desert locusts have descended on East Africa in an insect storm of biblical proportions. But climate change, not an angry deity, is to blame.
  • Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    If you were planning to drink your way through the climate apocalypse, here's some unfortunate news: Just as climate change threatens homes, food and livelihoods, so does it threaten the world's supply of wine.
  • Vanishing giants, sustainable straws, rewilding success: 3 stories you may have missed
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    The Story: In a recent study, researchers discovered that freshwater megafauna - any vertebrate marine animal or fish over 30 kg (66 pounds) - have declined by 88 percent across the globe in recent years, reported Rachel Nuwer for The New York Times.
  • MOROCCO: Twinning with EU to improve environmental protection
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Morocco is committed to working in partnership with the European Union in the context of environmental protection. A twinning agreement has therefore been signed between the two parties and aims, among other things, to bring Moroccan regulations on environmental protection into line with those of the EU.
  • Fallen trees sought to help restore salmon streams
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    A Vancouver Island non-profit society is looking for more than 1,000 pieces of wood and fallen trees in its project to restore salmon habitat in rivers around the island. Megan Francis, operations manager with Central Westcoast Forest Society, says natural timber that falls into rivers is an extremely important part of fish habitat.
  • Massive effort to document the genetics of European forests bears fruit
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Faced with deforestation, climate change, invasive pests, and new diseases, many trees are in trouble. Foresters and conservationists are scrambling to save them, but can't protect every stand of woods. And prioritizing which places-and even which individual trees-warrant preservation has been a challenge.
  • Biodiversity in grave danger: what can be done in 2020?
    [released on: 27/01/2020]
    Taking action to stem biodiversity loss was the focus of several events, reports and activities in January-important reminders that 2020, the "Super Year" for nature, is a real opportunity to stop and indeed reverse ecological devastation.
  • 'New' wasp species found during expedition to Amsterdam park
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    The Vondelpark in Amsterdam is home to a hitherto undiscovered species of wasp, which has now been named after it, the Parool reported this week.
  • Norway pledges to go green; becomes the first country to ban deforestation
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    There is one more reason to visit Norway now if you were searching for one. While the Scandinavian nation has always been nature-rich and a stickler to conservation, it is all set to turn greener. Yes, as per a newly-announced move, Norway is now the first country in the world to ban deforestation, making it perfect for those who love to travel to greener spaces.
  • Endangered cheetahs can return to Indian forests - court
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    India's top court has said cheetahs can be reintroduced in the country, 70 years after they were wiped out. Responding to a plea by the government, the Supreme Court said African cheetahs could be introduced to the wild in a "carefully chosen location".
  • Ten years to save the #Ocean
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Today (28 January), 102 environmental organizations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF are launching the 'Blue Manifesto'. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines.
  • The Pacific Ocean's Acidification Is So Severe, Dungeness Crabs' Shells Are Dissolving
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    With the Pacific turning acidic in nature, Dungeness crabs residing in the coastal areas of the ocean are reportedly first to be affected by the ocean's acidification. The Dungeness crab is important to the source of income for fisheries located in the Pacific Northwest but low pH levels in the crabs' habitat are resulting in damage to its sensory organs and shells.
  • Earth's Most Biodiverse Regions Are Collapsing
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    The tropics are the most biodiverse part of the world. Some tropical rainforests are home to more species than entire continents, and tropical coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any marine ecosystem on the planet.
  • These scientists created a 'cloud curtain' in Peru's tropical forests to mimic the future
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    How do you make clouds suddenly disappear? Sunny days aside, what may seem like a question from a 1950s love song is actually one of science.
  • Study of Amazon forest carbon reveals indigenous territories, protected areas under siege, yet remain best climate solution
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    A new study using innovative technology to measure carbon emissions caused by forest degradation and disturbance--rather than deforestation alone--suggests that Indigenous territories (ITs) and protected natural areas (PNAs) in the Amazon are emitting formerly undetected amounts of carbon, yet their net emissions remain low, allowing them to outperform other land categories across the nine-nation region.
  • Beating the heat in the living wings of butterflies
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    A new study from Columbia Engineering and Harvard identified the critical physiological importance of suitable temperatures for butterfly wings to function properly, and discovered that the insects exquisitely regulate their wing temperatures through both structural and behavioral adaptations.
  • Glass frogs reappear in Bolivia after 18 years
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    A rare species of frog native to the eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes has been spotted in the South American country for the first time in 18 years, the investigation team that made the discovery told AFP.
  • Humans not always to blame for genetic diversity loss in wildlife
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Conservationists should be wary of assuming that genetic diversity loss in wildlife is always caused by humans, as new research published today by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) reveals that, in the case of a population of southern African lions (Panthera leo), it's likely caused by ecological rather than human factors.
  • Why Venice is actually a textbook case for flood prevention
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    When the worst floods since 1966 submerged the city of Venice in November 2019, the blame was laid on its incomplete mobile flood gates. They have been under construction since 2003 but were not ready in time to save the Italian city.
  • How you can get hotels to use less plastic
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    The 23-year-old sales associate was traveling for work, thirsty from the plane trip, and ready to set aside his personal commitment to sustainability to gulp down water from the single-use plastic bottles he always finds in his hotel rooms.
  • Old Growth Forests Are Vital to Indigenous Cultures. We Need to Protect What's Left
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    The B.C. government is reviewing its policies to manage the province's old growth forests and seeking public input.This should be the opportunity for the government to start righting the mistakes of the past.
  • Seeds of hope: Young volunteers replant Tunisia forests
    [released on: 28/01/2020]
    Around 40 young Tunisian volunteers gather on a bare hill in the central region of Siliana. Their weekend mission-revive a burned forest by planting Aleppo pine shoots.