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Climate Change
National Post (Canada), 2020-02-21
At least 9,000 years ago, humans began domesticating corn for the first time near Tehuacan, in the central Mexican state of Puebla, laying the foundation for permanent settlements in the Americas.
Science Daily, 2020-02-21
In several new studies, University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researcher Katharine Mach and colleagues explore the importance of learning and knowledge in environmental decision-making and the different ways in which scientific knowledge can become more relevant and useful for societies
Guardian (International Edition), 2020-02-21
In February last year our gardening team were out clearing snow’ There are beautiful signs of spring popping up in the grounds of the hospice where I work. It’s hard not to have mixed emotions: it is beautiful, especially bathed in bright winter sunshine, but knowing it’s only early February means we could just as quickly have deep snow next week
Guardian (International Edition), 2020-02-21
The flow of the Colorado River is dwindling due to the impacts of global heating, risking “severe water shortages” for the millions of people who rely upon one of America’s most storied waterways, researchers have found.
Climate Home, 2020-02-21
African nations are among the most vulnerable to climate change, with ever more heatwaves, droughts and floods disrupting water and food supplies on the world’s poorest continent.
Guardian (International Edition), 2020-02-21
The recent explosion of interest in tree restoration has transformed the climate change conversation. Although the trillion tree campaign – – is now in the realm of politicians and influencers (Greta Thunberg: Davos leaders ignored climate activists’ demands, 24 January), it emerged from scientific literature. But what exactly did the science show?
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Slow Food, 2020-02-21
Gardening and small-scale agriculture has been our basic activity to produce food for thousands of years. In our current food systems, we are far from this reality and far from the understanding of what it takes to grow food while respecting nature, the environment, and communities.
Outlook, 2020-02-21
Organic farming and environment conservation through protection of forest resources in Odisha has made Professor Radhamohan, a Padma Shri award winner this year, an icon beyond the boundaries of his state. Many come to his not-for-profit organisation, Sambhav, based in Nayagarh district to learn from his varied experiences on conservation of soil, water and forest resources.
Sky News, 2020-02-21
A swarm of desert locusts is destroying crops and threatening the livelihoods of farmers in Pakistan's Punjab province. The country, which is facing its worst locust infestation in two decades, declared a national emergency earlier this month.
Chemicals and Pollution, 2020-02-21
With the recent fracking boom causing low gas prices, fossil fuel companies are seeking other ways to bolster their profits—by making more plastic. Just as the world is starting to address its enormous plastic pollution problem, these companies are doubling down on plastic, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
UNDP, 2020-02-21
Judges and organizers of the World Wildlife Day 2020 Film Showcase have unveiled the finalists of this year’s contest, highlighting 57 outstanding films, picked from a total of 345 entries. The seven final laureates will be announced on 3 March, during the World Wildlife Day celebrations at a high-level event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Endangered Species
Pursuit, 2020-02-21
Australia’s season of bushfires shows us just how easily our unique biodiversity and ecosystems could be wiped out. Now is the time for long-term planning for climate change to protect them
Forest Biodiversity
The Ecologist, 2020-02-21
Have we forgotten the inherently tangled, interdependent nature of ecosystems, the ecological value of old-growth, the microcosm of habitats provided by diversity?
Global Taxonomy Initiative
Mirage News, 2020-02-21
A fossilised insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists from McGill University and the University of Gdańsk to identify a new hairy cicada species that lived around 100 million years ago.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Oceano Graphic Magazine, 2020-02-21
Sweden has become the newest member of the UK’s Global Ocean Alliance, which looks to help drive urgent action towards the 30by30 target, which would safeguard 30% of the ocean by 2030 and so helping to protect marine wildlife., 2020-02-21
At least 26 per cent of our oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, a University of Queensland-led international study has found.
BBC News, 2020-02-21
Scientists say they have seen a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals - a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.
Migratory Species
Down to Earth, 2020-02-21
Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), spoke to Down to Earth on the functioning of the convention at the sidelines of the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Edited excerpts:
Post-2020 framework
Dialogo Chino, 2020-02-21
Dubbed by some the “other COP”, UN negotiations over revised biodiversity targets and a new international framework for nature restoration and conservation (COP15) have not had the same media or political profile as those on climate change
Research and Science, 2020-02-21
The structure of vegetation and stream distance are important factors to consider in order to protect the biodiversity of forest arthropods, as stated in an article now published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. The study concludes that farther from a river course, the conditions are better for the communities of arthropods in the forests, since they need a cool and wet microclimate., 2020-02-21
Prioritising and tracking the protection of countries' ecosystems—from wetlands to reefs, forests and more—is critical to protecting Earth's biodiversity., 2020-02-21
A Simon Fraser University-led research team has found significant evidence that human activity in estuaries is impacting juvenile Pacific and Atlantic salmon. The team's review of 167 peer-reviewed studies (from an initial search of 13,000) identified negative impacts from several stressors, including the effects of flood-protecting tidal gates, pollution and habitat modification., 2020-02-21
Scientists have recovered DNA from a well-preserved horned lark found in Siberian permafrost. The results can contribute to explaining the evolution of sub species, as well as how the mammoth steppe transformed into tundra, forest and steppe biomes at the end of the last Ice Age., 2020-02-21
In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of international researchers led by University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa postdoctoral fellow Jamie Caldwell used a statistical technique typically employed in human epidemiology to determine the ecological risk factors affecting the prevalence of two coral diseases—growth anomalies, abnormalities like coral tumors, and white syndromes, infectious diseases similar to flesh eating bacteria., 2020-02-21
Cornell researchers have found a new species of soil bacteria—which they named in memory of the Cornell professor who first discovered it—that is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including the cancer-causing chemicals that are released when coal, gas, oil and refuse are burned.
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Construction Canada, 2020-02-21
Civiliti, Land Italia, Table Architecture, and Biodiversité Conseil have won a special jury prize from the National Urban Design Awards in the ‘sustainable development’ category for the master plan of a biodiversity corridor in Saint-Laurent, Qué.


Climate Change
Grist, 2020-02-20
Is “overkill” a suitable name for the environmental crimes leading to irreversible climate change and the total extinction of life on our planet?
Mongabay (India), 2020-02-20
A grim prophecy made years ago by climate scientists and experts is coming true now. World over, the effect of disasters is displacing more people as compared to other reasons for displacement like conflict and violence.
Business and Biodiversity, 2020-02-20
The cause of regenerative agriculture is being trumpeted by many of the world’s largest food companies. Two of the most vocal champions of this movement, General Mills and Danone North America — both of which have set specific targets — in recent weeks extended their support to farmers in their supply chains that are picking up these practices.
Daily Mirror, 2020-02-20
Strategy experts suggest that Sri Lanka’s tea industry should consider adopting the blue ocean strategy for profitably and sustainability.