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  • Climate action is critical to change agricultural landscape: FAO
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    "As populations rise, urbanization increases and incomes grow, the agricultural sector will be under mounting pressure to meet the demand for safe and nutritious food," Mr. da Silva explained.There will be "no sustainable future without eradicating poverty and hunger," the United Nations agriculture agency chief spelled out on Monday, launching the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) latest flagship publication, on the world's Agricultural Commodity Markets.
  • Every Flower Needs a Bee
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    "Plant flowers in your soil", the forum from the Bees and Insects area, introduced the Bee The Future campaign to the public: 100 hectares for the future of bees, a project by Eataly, Slow Food Foundation, Arcoiris, and the University of Palermo.
  • Searching for clues on extreme climate change
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    The remains of a buried pine forest at the foot of Mont Saint Genis in Southern France yield insightful information on a drastic climate change event. The pine tree stand initiated around 12,900 years ago during the relatively warm "Allerød" period, and continued growing into the cold snap of the "Younger Dryas" period. Researchers at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, together with international colleagues, have for the first time combined classic tree-ring width measurements with chemical (stable isotope) analyses of carbon and oxygen in tree-rings to reconstruct climate variables.
  • Paris global warming targets could be exceeded sooner than expected because of melting permafrost, study finds
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    The world is on course to exceed global warming limits set out in the Paris climate agreement much earlier than previously thought, scientists have warned, following the first comprehensive study of the impact of melting permafrost.
  • New efforts in motion to save endangered rhinos
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    While the number of rhinos poached in KwaZulu-Natal has decreased from last year, all hopes are pinned on the largest biobank for rhino genetics, currently being built to help save the endangered species.
  • Two hundred endangered Pickersgill's Reed frogs released in KwaZulu-Natal
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    Two hundred captive-bred endangered Pickersgill's Reed frogs have been released in Mount Moreland and Prospecton in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Nature in Fagara? Mountains: The Subalpine Spruce Forests in Romania
    [released on: 17/09/2018]
    The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is one of the most important and widespread tree species in Europe. This large coniferous tree has a long tradition of cultivation and is preferred for replanting for its economic value. But with its expansion outside of the areas where it naturally occurs, its vulnerabilities become more visible.
  • Indian tea estate gets world's first 'elephant-friendly' tag
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    A tea estate in India has become the first in the world to produce "Certified Elephant Friendly Tea" after research by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and the University of Montana in the United States.
  • This is how much of the planet should be set aside for wildlife to avoid mass extinction
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    Half of the planet needs to be given over to wildlife by 2050 to preserve the ecosystems and animals from mass extinction, scientists have said. Two expert biologists published an editorial in the journal Science this week, explaining the vital link between preserving natural habitat and the survival of humanity itself.
  • Marine forests - Natures own carbon capture and storage
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    Kelp forests and seagrass meadows soak up carbon dioxide and help protect our coasts against rising seas. Just two reasons why we should learn to love our marine forests.
  • Jellyfish robots to be used to monitor fragile coral reefs
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    A soft robot jellyfish that can swim through openings narrower than its body could be used to monitor delicate delicate environments in the ocean, scientists have said.
  • Science: More than 4 billion birds stream overhead during fall migration [Report]
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    Using cloud computing and data from 143 weather radar stations across the continental United States, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers can now estimate how many birds migrate through the U.S. and the toll that winter and these nocturnal journeys take. Their findings are published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
  • How honeybees maintain protective clumps under stressful conditions
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    A team of researchers at Harvard University has discovered the means by which honeybees keep their temporary clumps intact during adverse weather conditions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of honeybee behavior in their lab and what the found.
  • Tropics are widening as predicted by climate models, research finds
    [released on: 18/09/2018]
    Scientists have observed for years that the Earth's tropics are widening in connection with complex changes in climate and weather patterns. But in recent years, it appeared the widening was outpacing what models predicted, suggesting other factors were at work.