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  • Resistance to genetically modified seeds in Africa
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Seeds modified in a lab are often touted as a means to boost agriculture and food security in Africa. There is some resistance on the continent and debate on preserving its traditional seed base instead.
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NITROGEN POLLUTION
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Meeting the world's growing food and energy needs while minimising nitrogen's negative impacts is one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century. Over the past century, the world's population has increased four-fold. We all need to eat and more than half of us eat food grown with synthetic nitrogen fertilisers.
  • Greenery to be used in ways that enhance natural environment, residents' well-being
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    New Housing Board (HDB) projects will incorporate greenery in a more deliberate way than before, using the landscaping to provide not just green spaces, but also to enhance the natural environment and the well-being of residents.
  • A meditation of society and climate change
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    If the Paris Agreement represents humanity's best plan to fight climate change, then Amitav Ghosh's book is a meditation on what this actually entails. Published in 2016, the same year the Paris Agreement went into force, "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable" analyzes climate change from a cultural, historic and politics lens.
  • Climate Change is Coming For The Internet
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Climate change is given plenty of coverage here, and by now you're all more than well aware of what we stand to lose. But, as these things so often are. it's going to be worse than you think. In a new way this time, though!
  • Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study from Lund University in Sweden. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found that around 30 percent of cited studies were clustered around only two research stations in the vast Arctic region.
  • Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Walking among the cedars on a mountain slope in Lebanon feels like visiting the territory of primeval beings. Some of the oldest trees have been here for more than 1,000 years, spreading their uniquely horizontal branches like outstretched arms and sending their roots deep into the craggy limestone.
  • Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years - this is what it means for conservation
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Though hugely endangered by hunting, the orangutan isn't as ecologically fragile as we once thought. This new understanding opens up new conservation opportunities
  • Netwinged insects: The invisible caretakers of forests
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Insects are known more for the harm they cause than for the good they do. But diverse families of insects are doing the job of protecting forests from sap sucking, root chewing, flower gorging and fruit mauling creatures. Lesser known among such insects are the netwinged insects and their close cousins the snakeflies, dobsonflies and fishflies.
  • Species diversity can have positive and negative impacts on disease
    [released on: 18/07/2018]
    Biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate as infectious diseases increasingly spill over from wildlife to humans. Disease ecologists fervently debate whether biodiversity loss leads to an increased disease risk. Now, a University of Montana researcher has published a new study with some answers.
  • Great Barrier Reef Is Losing Its Ability to Recover From Disturbances
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    The Great Barrier Reef, off Australia's east coast, is the world's largest and most spectacular reef system, but it's currently facing a number of dangers that threaten its very existence.
  • Global study of world's beaches shows threat to protected areas
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    A first-of-its-kind survey of the world's sandy shorelines with satellite data found that they have increased slightly on a global scale over the past three decades but decreased in protected marine areas, where many beaches are eroding.
  • Balancing ecosystem services brings trade-offs
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Using the Amazon as a case study, researchers have explored the tradeoffs between four ecosystem services - agricultural production, carbon storage, biophysical climate regulation, and biodiversity. Their results highlight the difficulty of managing landscapes for multiple environmental goals, but could also help guide complex decisions and balance priorities.
  • New study puts a figure on sea-level rise following Antarctic ice shelves' collapse
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    An international team of scientists has shown how much sea level would rise if Larsen C and George VI, two Antarctic ice shelves at risk of collapse, were to break up. While Larsen C has received much attention due to the break-away of a trillion-tonne iceberg from it last summer, its collapse would contribute only a few millimetres to sea-level rise. The break-up of the smaller George VI Ice Shelf would have a much larger impact. The research is published today in the European Geosciences Union journal The Cryosphere.
  • Long-term changes crucial in charting future of ecosystems
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Changes in ecosystems that happen over years can often go unnoticed. That is why long-term research is important in restoring and managing the Florida Everglades and other vulnerable ecosystems, according to a new Florida International University study.
  • Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    The prospect of the Gulf Stream slowing down and even stopping altogether has worried many experts in recent years. Some believed that this would cause a rapid cooling around the world with resulting global chaos. But this new study finds the Gulf Stream go-slow will have a significant impact on planetary temperatures, but not in a chilled out way.
  • Baby snake 'frozen in time' gives insight into lost world
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    The fossil of a baby snake has been discovered entombed inside amber. The creature has been frozen in time for 99 million years. The snake lived in what is now Myanmar, during the age of the dinosaurs. Scientists say the snake fossil is "unbelievably rare".
  • First-ever habitat connectivity report using species data shows positive impact of policies on butterflies
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Butterflies are benefitting from environmental action to increase their habitats, scientists have argued following a pioneering government report.
  • Nigeria: Mohammed Advocates New Approaches for Realising 2030 Agenda
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has called on governments and development stakeholders to adapt new approaches for realising the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.
  • India Fast Becoming a Pillar of Global Growth & Stability
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    It is with great pleasure and pride that I interact with you this afternoon as India's Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, to share some thoughts on India's extremely ambitious, and arguably the world's largest planned urbanization programme under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
  • 'Embed the essence of 2030 Agenda into everything,' UN chief urges at close of Global Goals forum
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    We need to embed the essence of the 2030 Agenda into everything that we do," said Secretary-General António Guterres. The UN chief stated that the Forum has been a time to recommit to the 2030 Agenda, assess where we are and what needs to be done ahead. At the HLPF, More than a thousand government, business and civil society leaders have been taking stock of progress made towards meeting the 2030 Global Goals, and what help countries need to accelerate progress.
  • Nasr participates in HLPF session on investing in human capital to achieve SDGs
    [released on: 19/07/2018]
    Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr participated in a session on investing in human capital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of activities of the High-Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF 2018).