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  • Wasps as an effective pest control for agriculture
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Common wasp species could be valuable at sustainably managing crop pests, finds a new UCL-led experimental study in Brazil.The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that social wasps are effective predators that can manage pests on two high-value crops, maize and sugarcane.
  • From coffee to cosmetics, companies are looking for ways to protect the plants their products are made from
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    "The food system that we've built over the last century is a dead end for the future," said Emmanuel Faber, CEO of French food and beverage corporation, Danone, at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September. He lambasted the current overreliance on technology and the fact that two-thirds of the global food supply depends on just nine kinds of plants.
  • The haunting reality of ocean plastics
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    While most of us might not think about ghosts again until next Halloween, the same can't be said for ocean activists and fishers. According to a new report by Greenpeace, abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) - commonly known as "ghost gear" - makes up about 10 percent of the plastic waste in the world's oceans.
  • How to see stars and tackle light pollution in your own backyard
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The dark skies of the great outdoors help people to see the wonders of space, either with the naked eye or using telescopes. That's why observatories are usually placed in high altitudes or remote locations, where there's often outstanding natural beauty and little light pollution.
  • Expedition to Peru captures climate history trapped in ice-before it is gone
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    From the summit of Huascarán, the highest mountain in Earth's tropics, the valleys of the western Andes look placid and peaceful-calming, even. The signs of climate change-of the melting glaciers throughout the Andes, of the changes to the local villages' water supplies-are not immediately evident.
  • Created micro-climate of biodiversity that is secure from climate change: Manoj Kumar
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Several recent research studies and assessments by the United Nations have underlined that runaway climate change is increasing hunger and inequality. A UN special rapporteur has warned of "climate apartheid" due to widespread displacement and hunger. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Manoj Kumar, a corporate banker-turned-social entrepreneur, talks about how the world could address both poverty and hunger through his Araku Coffee project in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, where nearly 100,000 farmers have developed mini forests along with their coffee plantations that are regenerating lost biodiversity and developing as successful businesses.
  • The Intergenerational Ethics of Climate Change
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    A decade ago, Professor Stephen Gardiner published his pathbreaking A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Global Environmental Tragedy. Gardiner anticipated the central issue raised today by the climate strikers: that the environmental damage caused by climate change we've created will be greater in the future than it is today.
  • Talking about climate change is the right thing to do by bushfire victims
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    In a week when all Australians are concerned for the lives and property of residents and firefighters in NSW and Queensland, who continue to face the threat of catastrophic bushfires, climate change must be part of the discussion.
  • Climate change: British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    British Airways has launched a review into a money-saving practice which increases its greenhouse gas emissions. It follows a BBC investigation exposing "fuel tankering" by airlines - in which planes are filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at destination airports.
  • What are the links between climate change and bushfires? - explainer
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The link between rising greenhouse gas emissions and increased bushfire risk is complex but, according to major science agencies, clear. Climate change does not create bushfires but it can and does make them worse. A number of factors contribute to bushfire risk, including temperature, fuel load, dryness, wind speed and humidity.
  • The Prestigious «Albert I» Medals for services to protect the Oceans reward Two Outstanding Global Citizens
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Each year, the Oceanographic Institute, Albert I Foundation, and with the support of the Prince of Monaco honour the great names of the marine world who by their commitment and their work contribute to make known, love and protect the ocean.
  • A little humour might help with climate change gloom
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Climate news can be depressing. What if we used humour to introduce climate change issues while allowing young people to remain politically engaged?
  • Emperor penguins 'could be wiped out by climate change within 80 years'
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Emperor penguins could be wiped out by climate change within 80 years, warns a new study. The fate of the birds - some of the most striking and charismatic creatures on Earth - is largely tied to the fate of sea ice which they use as a base for breeding.
  • The forests of the Amazon are an important carbon sink
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The world's tropical forests store huge quantities of carbon in their biomass and thus constitute an important carbon sink. However, current estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide stored in tropical forests of the Amazon vary largely. Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have developed an approach that uses recent satellite data to provide much more precise estimates of the amount of biomass in tropical forests than in the past.
  • Discover the mangrove forests inside Chennai's Adyar Poonga
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Inside the Adyar creek and estuary, we explore mangrove islands and a world of fish, turtles, and snakes, beneath their gravity-defying roots There are three ways to watch the dense green mangrove forests that distinguish Adyar creek and estuary: up, close, and personal.
  • Diet for healthy people, healthy planet too costly for some
    [released on: 08/11/2019]
    At US$2.84 per head per day, the 'ideal diet' would be beyond reach for nearly 1.6 billion people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, researchers say.
  • Incredible Footage Reveals Orcas Chasing Off The Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The great white shark is often viewed as the most hardcore thing in the ocean. The top of the food chain. The silent slayer in the dark. But evidence is increasingly emerging that even the great white isn't safe. In fact, these fish too are prey.
  • Study shows cover crops and perennials do not necessarily increase carbon storage in soil
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The ability of cover crops to stimulate microbes deep in the soil of farm fields leads to significant gains in water quality but does not necessarily increase the capacity of soil to store carbon, according to a recently published study from Iowa State University scientists.
  • 7 Indigenous Technologies Changing Landscapes
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    Indigenous ways of managing landscapes have often been framed as the antithesis to progress. But most Indigenous communities hold intimate place-based knowledge, gained across generations, which is an ideal starting point for addressing contemporary challenges such as biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change.
  • UN spends millions from climate change fund on flights, hotels
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    The United Nations has allegedly been spending its Green Climate Funds on business class travel and lavish hotels, new reports show. This year alone, the Green Climate Fund's core staffing figures reached US$65 million (AU$94.3 million), and its broader administration bill exceeded US$200 million, Sky News revealed.
  • UNCCD COP 14 solidifies India's commitment towards sustainable order
    [released on: 11/11/2019]
    In order to protect the ecological balance of the world, it is of utmost importance to realize the importance of land and its well-being along with realizing the ill-impact of desertification and deforestation that result in the degradation and poor health of the lands paving way for a drought - like situation that holds the potential to impact the health of billions of people.