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  • The hidden £120 billion costs from Britain's food
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Ever since the 'green revolution' in the mid-twentieth century, when moves towards increasing intensification, specialisation and scale in food production led to huge increases in agricultural output, policy attention has focused on the importance of agricultural productivity.
  • Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date. The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.
  • How carbon farming can help solve climate change
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
  • How We Can All Help Solve The Single-Use Plastic Waste Epidemic In Our Oceans
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    On Saturday I unexpectedly found myself live on the BBC News 24 channel to talk about the potential tax on single-use plastics that was rumoured to be announced in the UK budget the following week. I was also able to talk about our imminent launch, on 23 November, of a fun, but ultimately serious, Social Media campaign that I, alongside the sustainability awards scheme, the Global Good Awards, are running.
  • Productive cities: toward a new biopolitics of cities
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The idea of the productive city emerged with the development of industrial capitalism. In this way, the productive model imposed its own logic on cities, which came to be regarded as passive receptacles harbouring economic activities. Cities were supposed to furnish enterprises with basic resources such as transportation networks, reasonably priced property, affordable labour, or sites separated into monofunctional segments.
  • Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Nature itself can be the best defense against climate change for many species-at least in the short term­-according to a study published in the journal Ecology Letters from the University of California, Davis.
  • Germany's Climate Innovators
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Energy production, food, mobility, waste: Four videos highlight German innovation in these key areas - projects that, each in their own way, protect the climate. Say hello to Germany's climate innovators.
  • U.N. plan strengthens women's role in climate action
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Last week marked a milestone in the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment. In Bonn, world leaders at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP23) under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed and adopted the first ever Gender Action Plan to not only recognize but also strengthen and empower the role of women throughout climate action and policy.
  • Climate change may be making bearded dragons less intelligent
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Lincoln in the U.K. has found evidence suggesting that as the planet heats up due to global warming, the bearded dragon may become less intelligent. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes exposing incubating bearded dragons to warmer than normal air temperatures and then testing their intelligence.
  • Wanted: A plan of action on climate migration
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The agenda at the COP23 climate conference over the past two weeks has been dominated by the questions of climate finance, and the nitty gritty of the Paris rulebook, as well as issues such as climate risk insurance, which rose to prominence.
  • Addressing Climate Change One Stove At A Time
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The secret to Jollof rice is good tinned tomatoes and plenty of spices, or so we've been told by Vivian, a food vendor we met in Ghana, who works at Sweet Mother's restaurant to support her family.
  • Worldwide increase in methane bubbles due to climate change
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Never before have such unequivocal, strong relationships between temperature and emissions of methane bubbles been shown on such a wide, continent-spanning scale.", says biologist Sarian Kosten of Radboud University.
  • We don't need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution.
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Near midnight, during an expedition to southwestern Ecuador in December 2013, I spotted a small green frog asleep on a leaf, near a stream by the side of the road. It was Atelopus balios , the Rio Pescado stubfoot toad. Although a lone male had been spotted in 2011, no populations had been found since 1995, and it was thought to be extinct.
  • Our disappearing biodiversity
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and the Tasmanian tiger - what do they all have in common? They are extinct. But how many animals have died out? And how many more will? Global Ideas takes a look.
  • Let slip the dragonflies of war
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The world's military training zones double as conservation zones. The only worry is the threat of peace. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.
  • WWF names environmental economist as new board president
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    The announcement came during a board meeting Sunday attended by Sukhdev. He will succeed Yolanda Kakabadse, who had served two consecutive four-year terms. Sukhdev played a key role in a major green economics study called "The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity" commissioned by the G-8+5 and hosted by UNEP. According to WWF, his work on sustainability and the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity has earned him international acclaim, including awards upholding sustainable development.
  • To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    There is growing concern that the world's oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.
  • Pledge to conserve biodiversity by setting up marine protected areas
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Department Secretary Sohail Akbar Shah has stressed the need to develop and implement a broad-based fisheries policy, which is mandatory for accelerated development of the fisheries sector in Sindh.
  • Flower Disguises As Mushroom Get Pollinated
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    In a study published in Ecology, scientists in Japan have discovered that the flowers of the Aspidistra elatior plant mimic the shape and smell of mushroom to attract pollinators.
  • How dinosaur scales became bird feathers
    [released on: 22/11/2017]
    he genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists. By expressing these genes in embryo alligator skin, the researchers caused the reptiles' scales to change in a way that may be similar to how the earliest feathers evolved.