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Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Mercury in the environment changes the way birds sing.
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Help small island states win their battle against climate change

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Earth's fate is inextricably linked to 52 nations threatened by rising sea levels - the rest of the world should not let them drown
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Number of Threatened Coral Species Jumps From 2 to 22

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
A ruling by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bumps the number of protected coral species to 22.
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Saving the Atlantic Forest would cost less than 'Titanic'

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Want to save the world's most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot, it's actually less than it cost to make the film, Titanic. A new study published today in Science finds that paying private landowners to protect the almost-vanished Atlantic Forest would cost Brazil just 6.5 percent of what it currently spends ever year on agricultural subsidies.
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Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
SAO PAULO - Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.
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Elephants smell better

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
A new Japanese study suggests that elephants have a better sense of smell than any other animals on earth, even dogs. A researcher from the University of Tokyo found that African elephants have the most olfactory receptor genes ever found in one species. The animal with the second most smell detectors was the cow, which still only had half the number of smell receptors.
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Mussels May Be the Chicken Feed of the Future

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
STOCKHOLM - Swedish farmers and scientists have realized that ground domestic mussels - 'musselmeal' - could replace other sources of protein in chicken feed. Today, Sweden imports GMO-free soy from Brazil, which is both expensive and contributes to deforestation. Fishmeal is another controversial source, as overfishing is a major international concern.
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Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Police in Langkat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Three suspects were detained during last week's operation, while their accomplices remain at large. Dozens more animals reportedly obtained from dealers in Medan are still unaccounted for.
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Large Dams "Highly Correlated" with Poor Water Quality

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
WASHINGTON, Aug 29 2014 (IPS) - Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.
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Indonesia's national airline to start using palm oil biofuel

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia, says it will start mixing palm oil-based biofuel with its jet fuel as part of an initiative to "reduce" carbon emissions, reports The Jakarta Post.
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Tiny Beads Found In Shampoo And Exfoliants Are A Threat to the Sydney Harbour

CBD News - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 02:00
Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.
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Climate change's health toll: 'We can save millions of lives, even now'

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there's a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO's Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be adressed.
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For Caribbean, no Climate Policy without Water Policy

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Amidst growing concern over the impact of climate change on water resources worldwide, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region's plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
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How Do We Save Vanishing Old-Growth Forests?

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found no-where else. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests-also known as old-growth forests-are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it according to a new paper in Conservation Letters.
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Kishanganga dam to affect ecosystem: official

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
MUZAFFARABAD: Apart from adverse impact to be caused by India's Kishanganga dam project on Pakistan's irrigation system and energy sector schemes, conservationists are worried about its devastating effects on biodiversity and ecosystem in Neelum Valley
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WildLeaks: a whistlebower platform for poaching and wildlife crimes

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
Many witnesses of poaching or other wildlife crimes remain silent, fearing retribution. An anonymous whistlebower platform aims to change that. The WildLeaks project is turning information into action the ground.
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Modern conservation shaped by early Amazon explorers

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
Many of our ideas about the natural world and environmentalism can be traced back to two trailblazing 19th century explorers who continue to inspire scientists heading to the Amazon rainforest to identify new species
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Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27 2014 (IPS) - Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management.
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Where should the roads go? New map offers a solution to the 'Pandora's Box of environmental problems'

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
Roads make it possible to bring goods to market, to get to the office, to log a forest, to hunt its wildlife. Without roads, human society as we know it could not exist. However, to build roads, trees must be cleared and swamps drained, shrinking valuable wildlife habitat and fragmenting populations in the process. A new study, published today in Nature, unveils an innovative map that defines which areas of the world would best be used to build roads - and which should be left alone.
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The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua's big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin?

CBD News - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 02:00
A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography, allowing ships for the first time to bypass the long and perilous journey around Cape Horn by simply cutting through a continent. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to compete with the infamous canal, building a 278-kilometer (173-mile) canal through Nicaragua.
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