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Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
Scientists to grow a crop of camelina plants genetically modified to produce fish oils that could be used in health supplements
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Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
(Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
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Ikea plans 'green' meatballs to help tackle climate change

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
Recipe for Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs could be changed in order to cut carbon emissions, retailer reveals
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Costs of Climate Change May Prove High for Future

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
LONDON - Economists and scientists may have seriously underestimated the "social cost" of carbon emissions to future generations, according to a warning in the journal Nature.
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Policy: Bring sustainable energy to the developing world

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
More than one-third of people in the world start life without access to electricity and clean fuels for cooking, heating and lighting1. United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon was one of them, studying at night by a dim, smoky oil lamp as a boy in 1950s post-war Korea.
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Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
16 April 2014 - Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters.
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Weird and mysterious: scientists find new shark species

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body? It has those, too.
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Declining catch rates in Caribbean Nicaragua green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists.
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Saving Caribbean Tourism from the Sea

CBD News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 00:00
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches - and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them - from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.
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Zimbabwe: Gender Equality Key for Sustainable Development

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
Gender equality is a prerequisite for sustainable development as it offers equal opportunities for men and women in improving their lives and communities, a senior government official has said.
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French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
(Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment
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UN: REDD+, green economy are inseparable; concerns for equity remain

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world is transitioning to a green economy, but the many synergies between greater sustainability and the forest-focused REDD+ mechanism are underutilized, according to a recent United Nations report.
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Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability - UN

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
William Tell, in popular legend, takes a stand against a system that undermined his human dignity - tyranny and oppression. He refused to bow down before the hat of the evil bailiff Gessler, but was then forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow.
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Diverse gene pool critical for tigers' survival, say experts

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
Increasing tigers' genetic diversity -- via interbreeding and other methods -- and not just their population numbers may be the best solution to saving this endangered species, according to research.
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Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon "Tsunami"

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.
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Q&A: Agriculture Needs a 'New Revolution'

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
ROME, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - The Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015 is fast approaching, but according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), poverty still afflicts one in seven people - and one in eight still goes to bed hungry.
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SIS contributes to raising awareness of sustainable development

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
The State Information Service (SIS) participated in the 3rd International Conference of Natural Resources in Nile Basin countries, which was held on Monday 14/4/2014 at the headquarters of the Institute of African Research and Studies at Cairo University.
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In Mexico, Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to aid forum

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
15 April 2014 - With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.
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Five fears about GM corn

CBD News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 00:00
The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?
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Invasive alien species: tackling the threat to our biodiversity

CBD News - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 00:00
One of the worst threats to Europe's biodiversity and ecosystems is plant and animals species coming from other countries and continents, which frequently cause the near extinction of native species
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