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Climate Change
BBC News, 2019-09-19
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, a report from Christian Aid highlights what they term the "climate injustice" endured by Pacific island participants.
Eco-Business, 2019-09-19
Small island states such as Fiji and Jamaica are using innovative approaches to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change. Developed countries must do more to help them and other islands—including by leading the global effort to mobilise climate finance.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2019-09-19
With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90% by 2050, producing close to $24 trillion in returns, a coalition of 50 organisations said on Thursday.
Montreal Gazette, 2019-09-19
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante will address the United Nations on Sept. 23 at the opening of the UN’s climate summit, the mayor’s office announced on Thursday.
World Economic Forum, 2019-09-19
Prompted by extreme weather, calls for corporate climate action have been growing in volume and intensity – from regulators, governments, investors and youth.
The Economist, 2019-09-19
From one year to the next, you cannot feel the difference. As the decades stack up, though, the story becomes clear. The stripes on our cover represent the world’s average temperature in every year since the mid-19th century.
Scientific American, 2019-09-19
If environmental reports published this year were connected to an alarm system, the sound inside the United Nation's Manhattan headquarters would be deafening—we are facing a five-alarm fire. Myriad reports warned us we must take immediate action to ensure a sustainable supply of clean food, water and air to a human population projected to rapidly grow to 10 billion, all while stemming a globally catastrophic loss of biodiversity and averting the worst economic impacts of a changing climate.
Republic World, 2019-09-19
In a position paper published on Wednesday, China has stated that it will try and convince other countries to come forward and support “nature-based solutions” to fight the cause of climate change. The statement came ahead of the United Nations Summit that is to be held in New York. This initiative by China is to gain attention at the UN Climate Action Summit which will commence on Monday.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-19
The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.
Governance, Law and Policy
Clean Energy Wire, 2019-09-19
In its 2019 environmental report, the German environment ministry identifies climate change and biodiversity conservation as two of the "most pressing challenges of our time." The report also focuses on sustainable mobility, stressing that transport accounts for almost a third of Germany's final energy consumption and almost a fifth of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, and that the sector is far from living up to the national climate targets., 2019-09-19
Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, 2019-09-19
A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish populations are native to lakes in national parks.
Research and Science
Xinhua (China), 2019-09-19
An international team of scientists found that a collision in the asteroid belt 470 million years ago diversified life on Earth. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances showed that the breakup of a major asteroid between Jupiter and Mars filled the entire inner solar system with enormous amounts of dust., 2019-09-19
The deep, cold waters off the rocky coast of Point Sur, California, are home to an unexpected community of organisms that most people associate with tropical settings—corals. Scientist Charlie Boch and his colleagues recently compared different methods to restore deep-sea coral by transplanting live coral fragments and measuring their survival rates. The experiment was conducted on Sur Ridge, 60 kilometers (37 miles) offshore and 800 to 1,300 meters (2,624 to 4,265 feet) below the ocean's surface., 2019-09-19
Ancient, distinct, continent-sized regions of rocks, isolated since before the collision that created the Moon 4.5 billion years ago, exist hundreds of miles below the Earth's crust, offering a window into the building blocks of our planet, according to new research., 2019-09-19
For the first-time ever, scientists have deployed animal-borne cameras on pangolins—the world's most trafficked wild mammal.They look like an armored anteater (they're not, though they do eat ants), curl up in a ball like an armadillo, but are more closely related to dogs.
Tribune India, 2019-09-19
Since the 1990s, our planet has lost nearly three million square kilometres of wilderness areas—parts of the world where human impact has been absent or minimal, according to a study which found that conserving such regions can cut the Earth's extinction risk by half.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j), 2019-09-19
On a sunny Monday afternoon in August, the Shinnecock Indian Reservation's beach in Long Island, New York, resembled one of the postcard-perfect beaches in the nearby Hamptons. Except, there weren't any sunbathing tourists around. The coastline was quiet and serene with several inlets flowing into a nearby pond, surrounded by lush greenery and a thick forest. Amidst this sprawled a cemetery where tribal members have been buried for centuries.


Climate Change
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-18
Greenland’s ice melt has been adopted by the world as a bellwether for climate crisis, but the impact on biodiversity has been overlooked. At an ice station on a remote Arctic glacier, scientists are looking to the smallest of life forms to predict the pace of species extinction, 2019-09-18
Super-corals from extreme reefs can acclimatize to temperatures much lower than their natural environment but struggle to cope with their home reefs becoming hotter due to climate change, according to a global research team led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia., 2019-09-18
Variation in lobster molt timing has been increasing in recent years, and is related to changing ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, according to a new University of Maine study—one of the first to provide a quantified time series for when the crustaceans annually shed their shells., 2019-09-18
From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown.It's no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet's downfall, either. A deeper issue underlies each one's part in the malaise enveloping the planet's ecosystems—and its origins date back to long before the industrial revolution., 2019-09-18
As a new sense of urgency to act on climate change rises—through calls for climate emergencies and green new deals—it is vital that we limit pushback while encouraging action.
Harvard Business Review, 2019-09-18
The human and health impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Extreme weather events are disrupting more and more lives and businesses while also exacerbating chronic health conditions like asthma, expanding the range of infectious diseases, and worsening mental illness. In 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that to avoid catastrophic changes to our climate, we need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and get to net zero emissions by 2050.
New Scientist, 2019-09-18
“IT’S very fast. We are confronted with the reality of the retreat,” says glaciologist Luc Moreau about the rapidly vanishing ice at France’s biggest glacier. We are looking at the unmistakeable fingerprint of climate change as told by the historical photos hanging in a hotel overlooking the Mer de Glace, the “sea of ice” near the Alps’ highest summit, Mont Blanc.
Yale Climate Connections, 2019-09-18
Food may be a universal language – but in these record-breaking hot days, so too is climate change. With July clocking in as the hottest month on Earth in recorded history and extreme weather ramping up globally, farmers are facing the brunt of climate change in croplands and pastures around the world.
Biosafety and Biotechnology, 2019-09-18
The federal government has identified biotechnology as one of the technological tools the government plans to apply to ensure it adequately caters for the food demands of the growing population.
Chemicals and Pollution
Newsweek, 2019-09-18
These heartbreaking photos reveal the devastating impact of the plastic crisis that is blighting the planet's oceans. The images, which have been taken by photographers around the world, show everything from turtles trapped in fishing nets to dead whales with their bellies full of debris.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-18
The Guardian today launches an ambitious year-long project focusing on biodiversity and the variety of life on our planet. The Age of Extinction will report on our current catastrophic species loss and examine solutions to tackle the wildlife extinction crisis
Convention on Biological Diversity
Guardian (UK), 2019-09-18
The evidence is unequivocal: biodiversity, important in its own right and essential for current and future generations, is being destroyed by human activities at a rate unprecedented in human history.