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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh 15.12.2014 NPR Health Science
Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.
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Rosemead cemetery aims to be a model of drought-tolerant landscaping 14.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Australia Commits To Green Climate Fund After Prime Minister Abbott Changes Mind 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, a major policy reversal for the embattled former climate-change skeptic. The pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the latest in a string of stinging policy reversals for Abbott, whose struggling conservative government has hit record low approval ratings. "I've made various comments some time ago but as we've seen things develop over the last few months I think it's fair and reasonable for the government to make a modest, prudent and proportionate commitment to this climate mitigation fund," he told reporters in Melbourne. The money for Australia's contribution to the fund will be allocated from its foreign aid budget, Abbott said, and was greeted as a welcome surprise at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The GCF is a major part of a plan agreed in 2009 to raise financial flows ...
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Minnesota back yards host a prairie revival 10.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
More landowners are committed to restoring grasslands in their backyards
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The wonders of orchids: Beautiful, smelly and sexy 10.12.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Darwin would have been amazed by the leaps in our knowledge about his favourite flowers, cleverly described in Darwin's Orchids: Then & ...
No 'Time For Tinkering' On Climate Change Action, Says UN's Ban Ki-Moon 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal due in Paris in a year's time to limit rising world greenhouse gas emissions. "This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation," he said. Despite signs of progress, "I am deeply concerned that our collective action does not match our common responsibilities." "We must act now," he said. He welcomed signs of action, such as more businesses favoring carbon ...
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Building BRICS in Restoration—The China-Brazil Landscape Restoration Exchange 9.12.2014 WRI Stories
Brazil’s Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro has been celebrated for over a century as an example of large-scale restoration. But it’s less than one-thousandth the size of China’s 4-million-hectare (nearly 10- million-acre) restoration of the Loess Plateau. While the Chinese project is much bigger, Brazil can boast of restoring lands rich in biodiversity. What can Brazil and China learn from each other from their experiences in landscape restoration? A new long-term cooperation between... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Possible hope in Western battle against cheatgrass 7.12.2014 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A century-long losing battle has been waged in the West against an invasive weed that is responsible for massive wildfires and threatens native species and rangeland....
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First carnivorous-plant fossil is 40 million years old 2.12.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
First carnivorous-plant fossil is 40 million years old
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United Nations Climate Talks Resume In Lima As Pressure For International Agreement Mounts 1.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together Monday in Lima for the last main stop of the U.N. climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year. The slow-moving talks have gained momentum in the past two months with pledges from the world's top carbon polluters — China, the U.S. and the European Union — to limit their emissions in the next 10-15 years. "This sends an important signal for the rest of the world to come forward as early as possible with their own contributions," EU negotiator Elina Bardram said Sunday in Lima. "We have 12 months and the clock is ticking." India, Japan, Russia and Australia are among the major emitters that have not yet presented pledges for the new deal. By getting pledges on the table well ahead of next year's climate conference in Paris, governments hope to pave the way for the landmark climate agreement they failed to reach five years ago in Copenhagen. The goal is to slash the greenhouse gas emissions — ...
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Are Humans Going Extinct? 1.12.2014 Truthout.com
Without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. (Image via Shutterstock )August, September and October were each the hottest months ever recorded, respectively. Including this year, which is on track to become the hottest year ever recorded, 13 of the hottest years on record have all occurred in the last 16 years. Coal will likely overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, and without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. This is dramatically worse than even the most dire predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which predicts at least a 5-degree Celsius increase by 2100 as its worst-case scenario, if business continues as usual with no major mitigation efforts. Yet things continue growing worse faster than even the IPCC can keep up with. Scientific American has said of ...
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8 Strange New Spider Species Found on Indian Tiger Reserve 1.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Eight potentially new species of spiders have been found living in India’s Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, a park near the southwestern coast of the ...
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South Africa Turns To New Breed Of Anti-Poaching Crime Fighters 29.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Venom and Killer. These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a suspect's vehicle or follow the spoor of armed poachers in South Africa's besieged wildlife parks. Dogs are a small part of an increasingly desperate struggle to curb poaching in Africa, where tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered in recent years to meet a surging appetite for ivory in Asia, primarily China. In South Africa, poachers have killed more than 1,000 rhinos this year, surpassing the 2013 record. Countries and conservationists are trying more robust patrols and surveillance, community programs and other tactics against criminal gangs that sometimes benefit from official corruption. As the conflict rages, elite dogs and handlers are drilling at an anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg. The course prepares canine units to find firearms or contraband, track suspects in the undergrowth and abseil in ...
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U of M researchers study tilling, encourage no-till practice to preserve soil nutrients 29.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Mama Mia Mantis 27.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Will global warming bring more butterflies to northern Europe; can more species now live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We have to allow for changing habitat and even habitat preferences, if we are going to face the true character of global warming, drying environments or melting ice.
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Dutch Heath Authorities To Kill 8,000 Ducks To Prevent Bird Flu 22.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
AMSTERDAM, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. "It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003," when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals -- 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear that the close proximity of the farms ...
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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers 22.11.2014 NPR: Saturday
It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.
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Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water 22.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent ...
Sewer, water rates to rise 19.11.2014 Durango Herald
After no public comment about significant proposed increases in water and sewer rates, Durango city councilors agreed Tuesday to proceed with city ordinances to up the charges.The average household’s total increase for water and sewer services will be about $22.60 per month in the winter – which reflects domestic usage but...
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Hang Out With The Shedd Aquarium's Precious New Sea Otter Pup (WATCH LIVE) 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just can't get enough of Pup 681, the abandoned sea otter pup who arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium late last month ? You're in luck. At 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Shedd and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which originally discovered the pup on Coastways Beach in September, will co-host a Google Hangout On Air session to update the public on 681's progress in the weeks since she arrived at her new permanent home in Chicago. The "poolside" session will be moderated by journalist Bill Kurtis. Follow the action above, or register for the hangout to ask questions or make comments. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #puphangout. Want to see how far little 681 has come in just a few weeks? Watch the pup learning how to swim shortly after she arrived at the Shedd, and check out some of her baby photos, ...
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