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  • Polyester fibres are being found in areas as remote as the Arctic Ocean
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The Arctic has long proven to be a barometer of the health of our planet. This remote part of the world faces unprecedented environmental assaults, as climate change and industrial chemicals threaten a way of life for Inuit and other Indigenous and northern communities that rely heavily on seafood and marine mammals for food.
  • Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Air pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to mass migration in the future, said a leading barrister in the wake of a landmark migration ruling, as experts warned that government action must be taken as a matter of urgency.
  • Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Millions of birds travel between their breeding and wintering grounds during spring and autumn migration, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. These journeys often span incredible distances. For example, the Blackpoll Warbler, which weighs less than half an ounce, may travel up to 1,500 miles between its nesting grounds in Canada and its wintering grounds in the Caribbean and South America.
  • Climate change adaptation: Cost to at least quadruple for developing countries in 3 decades
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The annual cost of adaptation to the effects of climate change for developing countries is estimated to at least quadruple by 2050, according to the United Nations Adaptation Gap Report, 2020. The currest cost for these countries is in the range of $70 billion (Rs 5.1 lakh crore), and may rise to $140-300 billion in 2030 and $280-500 billion in 2050, the report published on January 14 said.
  • Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like?
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean - known as La Niña - began to emerge in the second half of the year. The Earth's mean surface temperature in 2020 was 1.25°C above the global average between 1850 and 1900 - one data point maybe, but part of an unrelenting, upward trend that's largely driven by greenhouse gases from human activities.
  • Climate change: Impacts and way forward
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    As our climate continues to change, farmers struggle to grow crops, putting terrible pressure on the ability of the human to feed itself. Scientists warns that climate change could shrink the global food supply. Climate change causes erratic weather patterns and extreme temperatures. This significantly threatens farmers' ability to sustainably produce and ensure harvesting quality crops.
  • Feature: Putting local people at the centre of climate change adaptation
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Drawing from a wide range of case studies, Lucia Scodanibbio provides evidence for why climate change adaptation must be locally-led in order to be effective.
  • 'The New Climate War' Exposes Tactics Of Climate Change 'Inactivists'
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Sometime around the fifth century B.C., the Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu wrote in his highly quotable treatise The Art of War, "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
  • Ancient Oceans Were Surprisingly Resilient to Climate Change - But Things Are Different Today
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests. Scientists used geological samples to estimate ocean oxygen during a period of global warming 56 million years ago - and found "limited expansion" of seafloor anoxia (absence of oxygen).
  • Pope's adviser says Covid has highlighted 'existential' climate risk
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The pope's newly appointed scientific adviser said the coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to face up to the "existential risk" of the climate crisis.
  • 2020 was Earth's second-hottest year, just behind 2016
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    It's official: 2020 ranks as the second-hottest year on record for the planet, knocking 2019 down to third hottest, according to an analysis by NOAA scientists.
  • Changing resilience of oceans to climate change
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests.
  • Why we can't tackle the crises of 2020 in isolation
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    In January 2020, climate change took centre stage at Davos as one of the biggest global challenges facing business and governments alike. And indeed, climate disasters resulted in more than $175 billion in economic losses last year, leading to thousands of casualties and tens of millions displaced by raging wildfires, floods, and storms.
  • Final search for critically endangered Canterbury beetle turns up nothing
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The last trip by researchers to hunt for a beetle threatened by a controversial dairy conversion has been unsuccessful. But they say it may still be too soon to write the species off.
  • Large mammals make soil more fertile in tropical forests
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The White-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) is a boar-like hoofed mammal found throughout Central and South America. These animals roam the forest in bands of 50 to 100 individuals, eating a wide variety of foods. In Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest, they prefer the fruit of the jussara palm Euterpe edulis.
  • Trail-4 Biodiversity Rich, Gift Of Nature To Islooites: Amin
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam Friday said Trail-4 of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) was a biodiversity rich track and a gift of nature to the Capital's residents.
  • Bla bla bla for biodiversity - Climate Weekly
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Well sure, we all know that feeling. It's true that governments' record of protecting biodiversity is weak - none of the Aichi goals set in 2010 have been fully met. But given that one of the biggest barriers to restoring nature is a lack of cash, the pledges and financial initiatives announced were not immaterial.
  • Biodiversity protection must be included in all EU policy, says Greens
    [released on: 14/01/2021]
    The test for the EU's biodiversity strategy will be whether all EU legislation matches its ambition on nature protection, Green lawmakers argued in an environment committee debate about the strategy on Thursday (14 January).
  • 75% of Australia's marine protected areas are given only 'partial' protection. Here's why that's a problem
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    A global coalition of more than 50 countries have this week pledged to protect over 30% of the planet's lands and seas by the end of this decade. Their reasoning is clear: we need greater protection for nature, to prevent further extinctions and protect the life-sustaining ecosystems crucial to human survival.
  • Glass frogs living near roaring waterfalls wave hello to attract mates
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Most frogs emit a characteristic croak to attract the attention of a potential mate. But a few frog species that call near loud streams-where the noise may obscure those crucial love songs-add to their calls by visually showing off with the flap of a hand, a wave of a foot or a bob of the head. Frogs who "dance" near rushing streams have been documented in the rainforests of India, Borneo, Brazil and, now, Ecuador.
  • Phytoplankton factory in the Argentine Sea
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    The Goldilocks zone typically refers to the habitable area around a star where conditions are right for the existence of liquid water and possibly life. But on Earth, the South Atlantic Ocean has its own kind of Goldilocks zone. In spring and summer, conditions in the Argentine Sea off Patagonia often become just right for phytoplankton, and populations of the plant-like organisms explode into enormous blooms.
  • Cuba updates inventories of vegetal biodiversity
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Experts from the Eastern Center of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (BIOECO) registered on Friday the inventory update of vegetal species in coastal terraces of Baconao Biosphere Reserve after a decade of research.
  • Measuring the belowground world
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    If you asked people which group of animals is the most abundant on earth, hardly anyone would know the right answer. Ants? Fish? No, and not humans either. The answer is nematodes, also known as roundworms. Four out of five animals on earth belong to this group, and the reason hardly anyone is aware of the fact is that they live underground, invisible to us.
  • How hitchhiking worms choose their vehicles
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Tiny worms that live inside fig trees use the fig wasp as a 'vehicle' to hitch rides from one tree to another by crawling into the wasp's gut without harming it. This relationship has existed for millions of years. But how do these worms?called nematodes?choose their wasp vehicles? What cues do they use to check for co-passengers? A new study from the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) provides some answers.
  • One, two, tree: how AI helped find millions of trees in the Sahara
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    When a team of international scientists set out to count every tree in a large swathe of west Africa using AI, satellite images and one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, their expectations were modest. Previously, the area had registered as having little or no tree cover.
  • Celebrity power undermining global conservation efforts, scientists warn
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Leading scientists have warned that global conservation is being undermined by celebrity power after they suffered death threats and abuse in a hostile dispute over trophy hunting.
  • Snakes evolve a magnetic way to be resistant to venom
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    Certain snakes have evolved a unique genetic trick to avoid being eaten by venomous snakes, according to University of Queensland research.
  • Changes in nutrient storage and metabolism help fruit flies reach maturity
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    RIKEN developmental biologists have analyzed the transitions that precede metamorphosis in fruit fly larvae using experiments and mathematical modeling1. They have also identified the survival strategies underlying these transitions. While conducted on fruit flies, their study may have relevance for other species, including humans.
  • Bangladesh zoo seeks mate for lonely Kanchi the Rhino
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    A lonely rhinoceros at a Bangladesh zoo is looking for new love after losing her partner seven years ago, but pandemic travel restrictions are hampering her keeper's attempts to play matchmaker.
  • Vampire finches: how little birds in the Galápagos got a taste for big bird blood
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    For most people, the word "vampire" brings to mind Dracula or perhaps slayers such as Blade or Buffy; or maybe even the vampire bats of South America. Few will think of a small and rather lovely bird-the finch.
  • Haribon: improved conservation can prevent pandemics
    [released on: 15/01/2021]
    As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to put millions of lives around the world at risk, Haribon Foundation calls to address ecosystem disturbances linked to disease outbreaks and prevent future pandemics.