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  • UN Environment wins prestigious award for new work on food, agriculture and biodiversity
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    On the occasion of World Food Day, the World Future Council announced the 2018 Future Policy Award winners. The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies on an international level. UN Environment (TEEBAgrifood) was among this year's winners, as recipient of the Vision Award.
  • Ocean plastic is a big problem. Blockchain could help.
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    The world's oceans are awash in plastic, and the problem is only getting worse. Each year, 8 million metric tons of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, and that's on top of the 150 million metric tons already in marine environments. The debris ensnares seabirds, starves whales and infiltrates the entire marine food chain - including humans, too, when we eat seafood.
  • Climate change endangers dozens of World Heritage sites
    [released on: 16/10/2018]
    Pull out your passport and pack your bags for the sunny Mediterranean. But hurry. You've got a lot of traveling to do if you're going to see some of the historical wonders of the world before climate change further damages them, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature
  • Bill Gates launches effort to help the world adapt to climate change
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    In Bangladesh, low-lying and vulnerable to yearly flooding, farmers are shifting from raising chickens to raising ducks. Ducks can swim.
  • What's in a Half a Degree? 2 Very Different Future Climates
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    A mere half a degree could spell the difference between the Arctic being ice-free once a decade and once a century; between coral reefs being almost entirely wiped out and up to 30 percent hanging on; and between a third of the world's population being exposed to extreme heat waves and a tenth.
  • Climate changes require better adaptation to drought
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    Europe's future climate will be characterised by more frequent heat waves and more widespread drought. Heat and drought will both challenge crop production, but drought in particular will be a problem-especially for spring sown crops such as maize.
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Gazing monkeys image wins
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    Two snub-nosed monkeys are pictured resting on a stone and staring intently into the distance. What are they looking at, and what are they thinking? It turns out they are watching a big barney between members of their troop.
  • When drought and extreme heat strike forests at the same time
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    The frequency of extreme weather events is going up around the world, and droughts and heatwaves are no exception. When the globe warms by 3-4 degrees - a possibility during this century under a 'business as usual' scenario - about 40 percent of the world's land surface is predicted to experience drought. The tropics are all set to experience high temperatures as the new normal.
  • Can we balance conservation and development? Science says yes
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    For too long, dire messages and gloomy assumptions about the fate of the planet have lent an air of hopelessness to one of the biggest challenges facing society. Conservationists feel stymied. Businesspeople feel villainized. We have come to accept the view that preserving the planet and growing the economy are mutually exclusive.
  • Gene Editing Makes Inroads Into Big Agriculture Amidst Growing Extinction Concerns
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    A controversial and unproven gene-editing technology touted as a silver bullet against malaria-bearing mosquitos could wind up being deployed first in commercial agriculture, according to experts and an NGO report published Tuesday, 16 October.
  • Yunnan regulation protects biodiversity
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    The southwestern province of Yunnan has passed a regulation protecting local biodiversity. The regulation, passed by the fifth session of the Standing Committee of the 13th People's Congress of Yunnan Province, is the first local regulation in China on biodiversity protection.
  • World Food Day: Fish gone, people gone
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    On World Food Day, WWF warns against the dramatic impact of overfished oceans on people around the globe. Currently, 33 percent of fish stocks are overfished (in the Mediterranean it is 85 percent) with a further 60 percent at maximum capacity with no possibility to increase catches without overfishing the stock. At the same time, more than three billion people rely on fish as an essential source of protein.
  • Arctic ice sets speed limit for major ocean current
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice. Each summer, as the ice melts away, the exposed gyre gathers up sea ice and river runoff, and draws it down to create a huge reservoir of frigid fresh water, equal to the volume of all the Great Lakes combined.
  • Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    A new larval fish database collated over the last 30 years will be used to measure marine ecosystem state and change as well as seasonal patterns of various fish species.
  • New research identifies two types of drought across China and how they evolve
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    Flash drought is a rapidly intensifying water deficit process accompanied by high temperatures in a short period of time. Recently, heat extremes have become more frequent in a warming climate, and have substantially increased the occurrence of flash drought, which threatens crop yields and water supply.
  • The impact of microplastics on the environment unclear, study suggests
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    Scientists say there is not yet enough evidence to conclude that microplastics do or do not cause harm to the environment, following a review of more than 300 global studies.
  • India's flower that blooms every 12 years
    [released on: 17/10/2018]
    One of the rarest flowers in the world, the Neelakurinji blooms just once every 12 years in India's south-western state of Kerala, when it covers the hills in a violet hue.