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2020-03-20

Climate Change
UNEP, 2020-03-20
When you see a new car, you might think of the speed it can attain, the sound system on offer, the upholstery, or its range, if electric. But have you ever stopped to think about the greenhouse gas emissions created by its manufacture—including mining the metals and moulding the plastics that go into its construction?
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Namibian (Namibia), 2020-03-20
Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change as heavy rainfalls and floods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe during 2019, among others, have shown.
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Grist, 2020-03-20
Comparing the coronavirus pandemic to climate change is a fraught endeavor. Using one crisis to illustrate the dangers of another typically doesn’t work. For the most part, people only have the mental bandwidth for one life-threatening, world-altering crisis at a time. (Even one’s a stretch, if personal experience is any indication.)
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Yale Climate Connections, 2020-03-20
This month’s original YCC “This Is Not Cool” video shows how several experienced climate scientists are handling the emotional and personal feelings that many feel in grasping the potential adverse effects of runaway climate change. In the current global context posed by the coronavirus pandemic, there are striking similarities between the COVID-19 disease and risks posed by climate change.
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World Economic Forum, 2020-03-20
This year, World Water Day is focused on the interconnectedness of water and climate change. Water is the primary resource affected by climate change, with repercussions on the supply of drinking water, sanitation, and water used for food and energy production. Or in other words, as suggested by climate-change experts, “If climate change is a shark, then water is its teeth”.
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Counter Punch, 2020-03-20
The corona virus pandemic is no accident. Like past global epidemics, it’s a warning that nature has had it with the ecocidal proclivities of man. These outrageous actions are changing climate and are warming and threatening planet Earth. Nature (the Earth) is fighting back. Climate change is sowing pandemic diseases.
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PresnaLatina, 2020-03-20
Scientists at the University of California, USA, on Thursday confirmed the increase in melting ice and rising sea levels in Greenland as a result of climate change. The results of a study published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters warn that this situation is higher than that recorded annually between 2002 and 2019, which threatens to influence the rest of the planet.
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Straits Times, 2020-03-20
A new research centre focusing on how nature can be harnessed to help tackle climate change will be set up by the end of 2020 at the National University of Singapore (NUS), in a move that underscores the Republic's interest in being part of a global push to learn more about nature-based solutions.
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Devex, 2020-03-20
Despite being one of the oldest diseases in the world, malaria also remains one of the deadliest, killing 400,000 people — mostly children — every year. That is fueled in part by its ability to develop resistance to man-made drugs and insecticides, even as health experts continue the search for new tools.
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Nature World News, 2020-03-20
Climate change and its consequences have radically changed the way we view the world. We are all aware of how flimsy our products now are. The good old days of durable appliances and heavy-duty equipment and gadgets are but nostalgic memories of yesteryears.
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Agriculture and Biodiversity
The Ecologist, 2020-03-20
An ageing population of farmers, huge barriers to land ownership and an unprecedented environmental crisis sparks renewed investment in small, ecological farms.
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Genetic Literacy Project, 2020-03-20
How we farm can guard against climate change and protect critical wildlife — but only if we leave single-crop farms in the dust, according to a new Stanford study.
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Business and Biodiversity
Mongabay (India), 2020-03-20
To ensure that businesses in India are responsible, sustainable and respect basic human rights, the government of India is in the process of finalising its National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP). The zero draft of NAP, which has been public for over one year, is now under the final stages of extensive consultations with stakeholders led by the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA).
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Communication, Education and Public Awareness
BirdLife, 2020-03-20
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita provides an update on measures taken, impacts on the wider conservation world, and the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Eco-Business, 2020-03-20
The mainstream news outlets of the four countries were similar in their heavy use of government sources. The crowding out of voices that can provide alternative viewpoints could have major implications, researchers say.
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The Star, 2020-03-20
Greenland, Antarctica melting six times faster than in 1990s. This article illustrates a major problem in some science reporting: a failure to convey the urgency of the climate crisis. It says melting ice could impact “hundreds of millions of people by the end of the century.”
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BBC News, 2020-03-20
Programmes, such as Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth II series, boost people's awareness and interest in species, a study has suggested.Despite lacking an overt conservation message, the programmes stimulated people to find out more about the species featured in the broadcasts.
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China Dialogue, 2020-03-20
The ongoing spread of Covid-19, which is thought to have originated from a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, is focusing increased attention on human interactions with wildlife. scientists pointed to pangolins as a possible source of the virus, although new research has now questioned this link. The critically endangered mammal, most likely illegally smuggled into China for use in traditional Chinese medicine and as bushmeat, was one of many wild animal species thought to be on sale in the Wuhan market.
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Endangered Species
Mongabay.com, 2020-03-20
As part of the World Wildlife Day celebrations, experts from around the world gathered in New York to participate in the Wild Ideas panel (powered by the UN and Jackson Wild Film Festival) to discuss the global biodiversity crisis and the impacts of climate change
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ABC (Australia), 2020-03-20
The number of Africa's critically endangered black rhinos has risen by nearly 800 over a six-year period, according to a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Mongabay.com, 2020-03-20
By supporting programs aimed at securing the economic well-being of communities in Nigeria’s Cross River state, the European Union hopes to help protect Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli), Africa’s most threatened great ape.
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Forest Biodiversity
Landscape News, 2020-03-20
Let’s start at the beginning – or, at least the beginning according to what evidence we have. The world’s first trees are believed to be the Archaeopteris, fern-like trees that grew into 10-meter-high forests across the terrestrial Earth some 360 million years ago during the Late Devonian Period.
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Greenpeace, 2020-03-20
When I think of the forest, I remember playing in it. We would build huts of sticks and moss, and vehicles from bamboo trees. Getting lost in the forest was a real adventure. We used to turn the forest into a navigation game. We could get a sense of orientation without a compass or a GPS.
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National Catholic Reporter, 2020-03-20
The same forest destruction that accelerates climate change can also encourage the emergence of diseases such as the coronavirus, indigenous peoples' leaders said March 13 as they criticized Cargill and other multinational companies for replacing forests with soy, palm and cattle plantations.
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Modern Ghana, 2020-03-20
An environmental civil society group has called on Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the Chief Executive Forestry Commission, to protect Ghana’s forests and waters for use by the present and future generations in order to save Mother Earth from ecological devastation and the debilitating effects of climate change.
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China Daily (China), 2020-03-20
Big ecosystems, including reefs, more vulnerable to climate change, study says. The Amazon rainforest is often referred to as the lungs of the Earth. But this vast lifeline that pumps oxygen into the atmosphere could cease functioning within the next 50 years, according to a new study.
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Natural Resources Defense Council, 2020-03-20
The health and future of our forests is inextricably tied to our own. While, too often, we view the value of forests through the lens corporate revenue, this International Day of Forests on March 21st, it’s worth remembering their true worth.
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CIFOR, 2020-03-20
We’ve heard a lot about ambitious tree planting initiatives in recent months. Laudable as these may be – and we offer congratulations and celebrate the community-minded impetus behind them – we need a lot more than tree planting to restore degraded landscapes and to save the world’s forests.
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Gender and Biodiversity
The Ecologist, 2020-03-20
Women’s organising in Kyrgyzstan serves as an example of the inseparable linkages between gender, environmental and economic justice. The sheer scale of the challenges faced by our planet is difficult to comprehend, but there is now at least recognition of the fact that ecological and social crises must be tackled together.
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Global Taxonomy Initiative
The Conversation, 2020-03-20
Finding a species that’s entirely new to science is always exciting, and so we were delighted to be a part of the discovery of two new sixgill sawsharks (called Pliotrema kajae and Pliotrema annae) off the coast of East Africa.
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