User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
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UAE highlights efforts on biodiversity protection 5.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
UAE highlights efforts on biodiversity protection
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On International Day, UN spotlights indigenous peoples' right to education 10.8.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 9 : To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior United Nations officials are calling on Governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind as the journey to achieve the new UN Sustainable Development Goals gets under way.
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Amazon and eBay hosting ads for banned invasive species 6.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems Amazon and eBay appear to be openly breaking the law by hosting listings to ship banned invasive species to the UK, the Guardian can reveal. Both eBay and Amazon have previously been criticised for hosting ivory traders, but the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) rates invasive species as a more significant threat to biodiversity than poaching for animal parts. In February, the CBD said there was an “urgent need” to control the vast, unregulated network of online traders who buy and sell these pests across the ...
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The alternative city guide to Pretoria, South Africa 10.3.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Our alt city South Africa series heads to Pretoria, a subtropical Highveld metropolis that has shed its former role as apartheid capital and is now developing its own youthful and diverse culture
Alternative guides to Joburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban

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Would it be so bad to wipe out mosquito that spreads Zika? 20.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The species Aedes aegypti is currently responsible for spreading the Zika virus through the Americas and also infects humans with dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. Should there be an effort to get rid of Aedes aegypti?
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Would It Be A Bad Thing to Wipe Out A Species ... If It's A Mosquito? 20.2.2016 NPR News
Should we get rid of the Zika-spreading Aedes aegypti species? Or is it just never a good idea to eradicate a critter?
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Most natural history specimens wrongly named? 17.11.2015 New Kerala: World News
London, Nov 17 : As many as 50 percent of all natural history specimens held in museums across the world could be wrongly named, according to a new study by researchers from Oxford University and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence 23.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence. How do you tell two species apart? Let’s say you’re investigating a bird with two populations. One lives in the savanna, the other in the forest. The savanna population eats grasshoppers, but the one in the forest eats beetles. The savanna bird is big-bodied with a curvy beak; the forest bird is smaller with a straighter beak. Is this enough to determine you’re dealing with not one, but two species? Probably. But how about you look at the genetics? Lo and behold, the animals’ DNA shows that the birds have been separated by 6 million years – easily making it two species. Now, let’s say we’re not talking about birds here, but elephants. African elephants. Suddenly, things get messy. Really messy. And political. And ...
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Hemp vs. marijuana: Minnesota researcher finds genetic difference 21.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"We think that this genetic discovery has some policy implications and should be considered as efforts are underway to open the door to commercial hemp cultivation," said plant biologist George Weiblen.
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Nagoya Protocol: plant hunters need to step up to this new challenge 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
New legislation on collecting plants from the wild should help us realise the value of biodiversity, writes Robbie Blackhall-Miles The earliest recorded instance of plant hunting was in 1495 BC when the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut sent her botanists to Somalia to collect incense trees for her; time ticked on. The Romans brought to the UK such iconic species as corn cockle and field poppy from southern Europe, Britain’s countryside was never the same again. In 1580, Sir Francis Drake is said to have introduced the potato to Britain; life changed immeasurably. By the Victorian era plant hunters were putting themselves at considerable risk to explore the farthest corners of the world with the intent of bringing often rare, botanical treasures to the UK. These are the garden plants you and I now grow. They travelled in the biblical belief that man had a god given right to the world’s natural riches: “...and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock ...
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International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development 23.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development' at newkerala.com.
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Enviro groups protest BLM plans for increased fracking in Colorado 14.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Environment groups are protesting federal plans that would allow increased oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing on public lands in western ...
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NSW election 2015: on frantic final day of campaign, Baird ahead of Foley in polls - live! 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In the last full day of campaigning ahead of the NSW election, Mike Baird’s Coalition government leads Labor on a primary vote of 45% to Labor’s 34% with Greens steady on 11%. Follow it live...

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Are there too many sustainable development goals? 20.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets

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Cannabis: what's in a name? 4.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Recent studies have used “hash” and “skunk” to describe varying strengths of cannabis. Amir Englund explains the complexities of cannabis strain variation Cannabis tends to be subdivided into 3 different species: Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. However, these are merely terms used to describe the typology of the plant (it’s “looks” – shape, height, bushiness, and the like) rather than a specific distribution of its cannabinoids. When looking at the genome of the plant it becomes apparent that they all fit under the same species Cannabis sativa L, which is also evident as the different types can “mate” with each other (crossbreeding). Users often make the claim that “sativas” produce a more “head-high” while “indicas” a more “body-high”, and that this could potentially be because of differences in THC content and CBD/THC ratio. However, there is no evidence to support the notion that CBD/THC ratios differ among the different types. Furthermore, nowadays there has been extensive crossbreeding which would ...
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Suez canal scheme ‘threatens ecosystem and human activity in Mediterranean’ 30.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Scientists say new channel will herald arrival of more invasive species, with potentially harmful impact on region as a whole Continue reading...
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World not on course to meet 2020 biodiversity targets 9.10.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Out of 20 biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010 few are on track – some are even further away from being realised than they were four years ...
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Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion 8.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
Lost revenue from tourism and other industries help make the economic case for governments to start acting to stop ocean ...
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Indian scientist gets 2014 Midori prize for Biodiversity 9.9.2014 CNN-IBN: World
An evolutionary Indian ecologist, Kamal Bawa has won the prestigious USD 100,000 Midori Prize for biodiversity for his pioneering research, including in climate change in the Himalayas.
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North Korea urged to resume inter-Korean cooperation 19.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
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