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May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture

May 17, 2016 — Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must be reduced to meet the Paris climate agreement's plan to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius in ... read more

Poor Countries to Bear Brunt of Climate Change Despite Emitting Least Carbon Dioxide

May 16, 2016 — Many of the world's poorest countries are expected to experience daily heat extremes due to climate change sooner than wealthier nations. New research shows that the poorest fifth of the global ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Mexican authorities are being called on to immediately and indefinitely close all fisheries within the habitat of Mexico's critically endangered vaquita porpoise. Only around 60 vaquitas ... read more

Frequency of Extreme Heat Waves on the Increase in Africa: Could Occur Annually by 2040

May 11, 2016 — Climate analysis shows that periods of unusually hot weather are on the rise for one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change, even if the increase in global average temperature remains at ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Climate change is melting glaciers, reducing sea-ice cover and increasing wildlife activity -- with some of the most dramatic impacts occurring in the northern high latitudes. New research projects ... read more

Global Scientific Community Must Secure Health of Planet, Report Urges

May 10, 2016 — The first annual State of the World's Plants report, which involved more than 80 scientists and took a year to produce, is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants ... read more

Industry Collaboration, Consumer Pressure Key to Stopping 'Conflict Minerals' Trade

May 10, 2016 — Responsible sourcing of raw minerals from conflict regions could be achieved if firms were to collaborate and if there was more pressure from consumers, a new report ... read more

United States Must Step-Up Forest Pest Prevention, New Study Says

May 10, 2016 — Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with ... read more

Four of Five British People Are Unaware of Ocean Acidification

May 9, 2016 — Just one in five people in Britain are aware of ocean acidification -- a consequence of carbon emissions that poses serious risks to sea-life -- a survey of 2,501 members of the public has ... read more

Exciting Ideas Won't Slow Climate Change If People Don't Buy in and Buy Them

May 9, 2016 — As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most sophisticated ... read more

Team Highlights Ways to Address Global Food System Challenges

May 6, 2016 — A new study presents strategies to address the complex challenges of producing food for a growing global population, while reducing environmental impacts and increasing resilience in the face of ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Scientists have completed a massive study that will help communities and countries of the Western Indian Ocean measure and restore fish populations while identifying the best policies for achieving ... read more

May 5, 2016 — The contents of historic coastal landfill sites could pose a significant environmental threat if they erode, according to a new study. There are 1264 historic coastal landfill sites in England and ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Framing the issue of climate change collectively is more effective than emphasis on personal responsibility, finds a new study. People are willing to donate up to 50 percent more cash to the cause ... read more

Skepticism About Climate Change May Be Linked to Concerns About Economy

May 4, 2016 — Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Findings from a new study challenge assumptions about leopards' status, including particularly worrying declines in Asia. Researchers suggest that the species has lost nearly 75% of their ... read more

As Global Temperatures Rise, Children Must Be Central Climate Change Debates

May 4, 2016 — Forecasts suggest that by 2050, the world could see 200 million environmental migrants, many of whom would be children. And yet, children are largely left out of discussions about appropriate ... read more

May 4, 2016 — The oldest surviving species of vertebrates, such as the cane toad and the California sea lion, which have endured past extreme environmental events, will be more likely to adapt to future climate ... read more

A Climate Warming Warning: Warmer Temperatures Are Affecting Lakes in the Oilsands Region

May 2, 2016 — Scientists have identified climate warming as the dominant driver of an increase in algal growth in the Athabasca oilsands region of northern ... read more

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