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  • Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's new found virtues their lives are steadily improving."Now, my future is here. There is no need to go abroad" to find work, said Fethi Gueldasmi, 40, whose family's revenues have been growing thanks to what agronomists and biologists now call the "green gold".
  • How to eat to save the world
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    There is not a country in the world that is not grappling with the serious health and environmental consequences of its citizens' diets. There has to be a better way to feed everyone well and sustainably.
  • This unique map shows which rivers are most polluted with plastic
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Every year, approximately eight million metric tons of plastic enters the world's oceans - the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic every single minute.
  • Can Our Individual Plastic Footprint Stop The Ocean Of Waste From Submerging Us?
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Plastic production will increase by 20,000% in 40 years if we keep things how they are. Plastic is everywhere. Over the years it became one of the most used material, and it got to a point where the cars and planes we travel on are made at 50% by plastic, or where it is more common for clothes to be made of polyester and nylon rather than of wool or cotton.
  • It's not just microbeads - these are the beauty ingredients that are still polluting our oceans
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Remember January 8th 2018? No? Well, it was a great day, namely because the UK government banned the production of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics, including shower gels, soaps and face wash.
  • Food webs alter as warmer seas change colour
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    The Blue Planet is to get a little bluer as the world warms and climates change. Where the seas turn green, expect an even deeper verdant tint, new research suggests.
  • Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Thousands of schoolchildren and young people in the UK have taken part in climate strikes with the support of a former UN climate chief, who said it was "time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth".
  • Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can't humans see the writing on the wall?
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    I stood behind a worn shopping center outside of Crystal Springs, Florida, looking for the refuge where a hundred manatees were gathered for winter. I found them clustered in the emerald-colored spring, trying to enjoy a wedge of sunlight and avoid the hordes of people like me, boxing them in on kayaks and tour boats, leering over wooden decks.
  • Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Are the UK's school strikes for climate change the moment that British youth finally wakes up to the "climate emergency"? It may not represent a paradigm shift just yet, but the speed and scale of this young person's movement does make it feel more than a momentary splutter of impotent anger.
  • We need to urgently mitigate climate change effects
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    The tragic reality is that the earth is reaching a tipping point faster than ever before and this will affect all of us. The atmospheric temperatures are expected to increase across the globe and rainfall may increase or decrease, depending on location.
  • 'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament
  • Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new study in Science.
  • Meal kits cut food waste but packaging is a problem, study finds
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Home delivery meal kits can slash food waste by more than two-thirds, but suppliers need to switch to reusable packaging to make them environmentally friendly, researchers say.
  • « Dans 75 % du territoire, la nature va plutôt mal »
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Si la France dispose d'un grand nombre d'aires protégées, bénéfiques pour la biodiversité, la situation globale est loin d'être satisfaisante. Entretien avec Jean-Philippe Siblet, chargé du patrimoine naturel au Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, président du groupe liste verte en France.
  • New species of non-venomous keelback snake found in Arunachal Pradesh
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Recent discoveries such as a new species of burrowing eel, a new sub-subspecies of endangered hog deer and several species of frogs, geckos, diatoms and insects, have put the northeastern region of India in the limelight. This time, researchers from Help Earth and the French National Museum of Natural History have discovered a new species of keelback snake in Arunachal Pradesh. Northeast India is home to about 110 species of snakes, with over half of them being found in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • This Newly Discovered African Tarantula Has a Rude-Looking Horn on Its Back
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    While many people's reaction to big hairy spiders is usually "AHHH", you've got to admit, this spider's odd-looking back appendage does look rather amusing. The peculiar and previously undocumented protrusion belongs to the tarantula Ceratogyrus attonitifer found in Angola, Central Africa.
  • New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region's fragile ecosystem.
  • Plastic bringing waves of alien crabs and fish to shores around the world, scientists warn
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Hundreds of alien species are being carried around the world on a tide of ocean plastic, posing a significant threat to native wildlife.Crabs, clams and even large fish are among the creatures hitching a ride on top of or inside plastic vessels, crossing vast stretches of ocean.
  • Sur la Côte Bleue, la faune marine reprend ses droits
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Le parc marin de la Côte Bleue, à quelques milles de Marseille, fait partie des dix sites français inscrits sur la « liste verte » de l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature.
  • Biodiversity of Hindu Kush Himalayas will plummet by 2100
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    It's not just the snow and ice that's disappearing on the roof of the world. Animals and plant species, crop diversity and ecosystem diversity are disappearing in one of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots. This is the evidence presented in the landmark ICIMOD assessment report on the state of the region released last week.
  • Proposed bill seeks to ensure more protected areas in Seychelles
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    A new bill to replace the National Parks and Nature Conservancy Act is being proposed in Seychelles to ensure more protected areas in the island nation.
  • Marine Protected Areas To Expand
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    MORE than 10 years ago, the government committed to protecting and effectively managing 20 percent of our marine environment by 2020 to ensure a healthy marine environment and sustain livelihoods in fisheries and tourism.
  • 'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators
    [released on: 14/02/2019]
    New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators.
  • Preserved leaves reveal 7000 years of rainfall and drought
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland's rainfall was like over the last 7000 years - including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought.
  • The smallest skeletons in the marine world observed in 3-D by synchrotron techniques
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Coccolithophores are microscopic marine algae that use carbon dioxide to grow, and release carbon dioxide when they create their miniature calcite shells. These tiny, abundant planktonic microorganisms could therefore be seriously impacted by current increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Finland can't keep its promise to halt biodiversity loss by 2020, admits Tiilikainen
    [released on: 15/02/2019]
    Finland will be unable to fulfil its commitment to stop biodiversity loss by 2020, concedes Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment. The Finnish government adopted an ambitious strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in December 2012, stating that the main objective of the strategy is to halt biodiversity loss in Finland by 2020.