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  • This International Agreement Could Lead To Pandemics Worse Than COVID-19
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Imagine if China had refused to share Covid-19's genetic sequences with other countries. Vaccine development would have been delayed indefinitely. Monitoring the virus would have been next to impossible.
  • Can Grazing Antelope Regenerate South Africa's Coastal Vegetation?
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    On July 29, 2020, five eland antelope ambled through the gates of a vineyard on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. They didn't come for the wine, but rather to graze.
  • Country diary 1921: deadly impact of upstream pollution
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    There has been a wretched mishap in the vale which runs down to the sea between the great caverned rocks. Through this vale, celebrated for its beautiful nestling village, its old church and nunnery, its plume-like elms housing a rookery, its banks of primroses and violets and ferns, there runs a charming little trout-stream.
  • The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Ahead of Earth Day, the Guardian is partnering with newsrooms around the world in a joint initiative calling on journalists to treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is
  • A Focus on Climate Change
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    High temperatures and blazing sunshine: while Freiburgers enjoy the hot days of summer by bathing lakes, plant life faces other challenges. What strategies do plants develop to adapt in the context of climate change? How can forests be helped to cope with climate change?
  • Extreme Rainfall Statistics May Shift as U.S. Climate Warms
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Precipitation data and high-resolution modeling suggest that extreme rainfall events under a changing climate will be shorter, more intense, and more widely spread out.
  • Indonesia's net-zero emissions goal not ambitious enough, activists say
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    The Indonesian government has announced a plan that puts the country on a path toward carbon neutrality by 2070, but activists say the timeframe is too long to make a positive contribution in the fight against climate change.
  • Cyclone Seroja demolished parts of Australia-a warming world will bring more of the same
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Tropical Cyclone Seroja battered parts of Western Australia's coast on Sunday night, badly damaging buildings and leaving thousands of people without power. While the full extent of the damage caused by the Category 3 system is not yet known, the event was unusual.
  • Boris Johnson told to get grip of UK climate strategy before Cop26
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Boris Johnson must urgently take control of the UK's presidency of vital UN climate talks, amid a shower of green policy setbacks and growing concern over the lack of a coherent all-government climate strategy, senior international figures have said.
  • Tech stars tackle landscape restoration in the Aral Sea in innovative competition
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    For the week of 5-9 April, entrepreneurs from around the world gathered on Zoom to go head-to-head with proposals on how to fix one of the world's largest environmental disasters. At stake: the fast-disappearing Aral Sea, the livelihoods and public health of millions of people, and a USD 5,000 prize.
  • Nestlé joins billion-dollar industry initiative tackling Southeast Asia deforestation
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    The Nestlé group has joined a major industry initiative in Southeast Asia targeting the protection and restoration of over 500,000 hectares of tropical forests playing a central role in palm oil production, reports Neill Barston
  • Malayan tigers to go extinct if no drastic action is taken
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Malayan tigers will go extinct in the next five to 10 years if no drastic action is taken to address its population decline, said Taiping Zoo and Night Safari director Dr Kevin Lazarus.
  • Leatherback turtles under threat as government considers 'development' in Little Andamans
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    A 58-page, undated "vision document" for the "sustainable development" of the Little Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal was produced by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, a think tank of the Government of India.
  • Costa Rican Beekeepers Alert About Possible Extinction of All Bees in Less than 15 Years
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    In a petition addressed to President Carlos Alvarado and to heads of Agriculture, Health and Environment, the Costa Rican Beekeepers Association requests the prohibition of the powerful insecticide Fipronil, because, if not, the poisoning death rate registered during the last twelve months in Costa Rica will continues and by the year 2035 all the bees would have disappeared in our country".
  • Why India and Nepal's forest fires are worrying scientists
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    The lush-green mountains in the background usually make the famous Nainital lake in Uttarakhand state of northern India more picturesque. But for several weeks now haze from forest fires has hidden the mountains, and the lake's beauty has visibly shrunk.
  • Rich world's demands fell poorer world's forests
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    The tropical forests maintain global climate and nurture the riches of nature. The rich world's demands are destroying them. The world's great ecosystems ? moderators of climate, nurseries for evolution ? are still being destroyed in the service of global trade, to meet the rich world's demands. Once again, researchers have confirmed that the wealthy nations are in effect ploughing savanna and felling tropical forests at a distance.
  • Interview: Why vanilla may be key to protecting our forests
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Maureen is a biologist and has spent many years studying the way that chemicals in the environment can impact our hormones, but when Maureen was volunteering in Madagascar her outlook suddenly changed.
  • Rare European vultures being poisoned by livestock drug
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    A recently approved veterinary drug has been confirmed as the cause of death of a vulture in Spain. Conservationists say the incident could be the tip of an iceberg, and warn that the drug could wipe out many of Europe's vultures as well as harming related species, including golden eagles.
  • Indian Researchers Have Found a New Species of Butterfly in Western Ghats
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Researchers have discovered a new species of butterflies namely - sinhala ramaswamii sadasivan 2021 - adding to the expanding list of butterflies in India. The new taxon of Lycaenid butterfly belonging to the Nacaduba genus was discovered by researchers in the Agasthyamalais in the Western Ghats a decade ago.
  • France to ban some domestic flights where train available
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights that can be made by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures.
  • How Biodiversity Can Prevent Pandemics
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    For years, some scientists have argued that despite its benefits, biodiversity poses a major risk to human health, because the sheer variety of species in biodiverse landscapes creates greater opportunities for new pathogens to develop.
  • Time for governments to take biodiversity loss as seriously as climate change
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Together with climate change, the world is also facing a biodiversity crisis, which has failed to capture the same attention. But efforts made by governments to tackle the climate crisis show that action is possible when there is sufficient political will, writes Janice Weatherley-Singh ahead of a UN convention on biological diversity.
  • Australian Deep-sea Reef Study Could Uncover New Species
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Australian researchers have embarked on an expedition to explore previously undocumented deep-sea coral reefs off the country's north coast.
  • 'Aphrodisiac' of the ocean: how sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Overfishing and smuggling of this crucial animal are affecting biodiversity and the livelihood of local fishers in Sri Lanka.It's after sunset in Jaffna when Anthony Vigrado dives into the waters of Palk Bay, scanning the seafloor to collect what seems to be prized treasure. What he comes back with are sea cucumbers - long, leathery-skinned creatures that are increasingly valuable and the source of his income for the past 12 years.
  • The hottest number in conservation is rooted more in politics than science
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Right now, in the conservation movement, a lot of people are fixated on a single number: 30. The US and more than 50 other countries have pledged to conserve 30 percent of their land and water by 2030 as a means to help thwart the biodiversity crisis.
  • Study unlocks how wild bees can survive habitat pressures
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    A research team led by University of Oregon biologist Lauren Ponisio has uncovered how native bee species may be best equipped to survive intensive agricultural practices and climate change in California's Central Valley.
  • Conservationists may be unintentionally spreading pathogens between threatened animal populations
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But scientists say there is a high risk that these relocations are accidentally spreading diseases and parasites.
  • Shift in diet allowed gray wolves to survive ice-age extinction
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Gray wolves are among the largest predators to have survived the extinction at the end of the last ice age around11,700 years ago. Today, they can be found roaming Yukon's boreal forest and tundra, with caribou and moose as their main sources of food.
  • Study finds rapid evolution in foxgloves pollinated by hummingbirds
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Researchers have found common foxgloves brought to the Americas have rapidly evolved to change flower length in the presence of a new pollinator group, hummingbirds. The findings are published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology.
  • New study: Thick sea-ice warms Greenland fjords
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    A new study led by Stockholm University Assistant Professor Christian Stranne shows that thick sea ice outside the fjords can actually increase the sensitivity of Greenlandic fjords to warming. Stranne and a team of researchers from Sweden, Greenland, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Canada have reported on expeditions to two distinct fjords in northern Greenland during the 2015 and 2019 summers.
  • Butterflies hedge their bets when times get tough
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Understanding how organisms deal with an uncertain future may help identify which species are most vulnerable to climate change and which are best at managing the risk. In a paper published recently in the journal Evolution, Macquarie University ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Darrell Kemp reveals that no single strategy may prove "best" under such circumstances.
  • Picking up baby birds can do more harm than good
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    After hatching in spring, baby birds sometimes end up on the ground, but that doesn't necessarily mean they need help.It depends on how old they are, how long they've been on the ground and whether they are injured, said Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service wildlife specialist. Identifying the age of a bird is crucial in how you deal with one.
  • "You Can't Fight Fire, You Have to Work With It"-In Australia, These Women Are Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge to Protect Their Land
    [released on: 08/04/2021]
    Australia just endured the worst flooding it has seen in 60 years, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes in Sydney, New South Wales, and up the North Coast. For many, the experience was painfully familiar; these were the same communities impacted by Australia's "Black Summer" wildfires of 2019 and 2020, which burned through 13.6 million acres, killed billions of animals, and released more carbon into the atmosphere than the continent does in a year.
  • 'We are made invisible': Brazil's Indigenous on prejudice in the city
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Contrary to popular belief, Brazil's Indigenous people aren't confined to the Amazon Rainforest, with more than a third of them, or about 315,000 individuals, living in urban areas.
  • These People Are Losing Their Gods to Climate Change
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    As Uganda's mountainous ice caps melt, ethnic groups are losing the traditional belief systems that have sustained them for thousands of years.
  • Native communities confront painful choice: move away, or succumb to rising waters?
    [released on: 12/04/2021]
    Throughout Indian Country, where cultures are tied to land and water, plans to relocate are under way as the climate crisis worsens At any moment, on any school day, the entire future of the Quileute Tribe is at risk. The Quileute tribal school is located within a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean, which has been a source of life for the Quileute people since the beginning of time.