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Feathers in Flames: the species being snuffed out by forest fires

A provocative new art exhibition, provided thanks to Saatchi, shows the true cost of the man-made forest fires in Indonesia. By Alex Dale Indonesia’s rainforests are some of the oldest in the world, and some of the most diverse, too. Despite the archipelago occupying just 1% of the world’s land area, over 10% of the world’s plant and bird species …

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Save Enfeh the potential endangered ancient salt pools and beach

On 9 May 2017 , at American University of Beirut ( AUB ) Architect & Landscape Department , lead by Professor Architect Gabriella Maria , jury reviewed with student, professors & experts , the students visions and proposals for saving Enfeh , potential Endangered ancient salt pools and beach front at East Mediterranean Coast of Lebanon , important for migrating …

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Nations Meet in Bonn to Take Forward Guidelines for Fully Implementing Paris Agreement

In a next round of UN climate change negotiations, nations are meeting from 8 – 18 May 2017 to further develop the guidelines needed to fully implement the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement now and over the decades to come. Issues under discussion range from ensuring transparency on the reporting of climate action by nations to the provision of …

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Winner and Highly Commended Finalists – Global Wetlands Youth Photo Contest 2017

“Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events” was the theme of the Wetlands Youth Photo contest, organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2 February to 2 March 2017. Due to climate change, extreme weather events such as storms, floods and droughts are on the increase. When well-managed, healthy wetlands absorb and store excess rainfall and store …

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Centuries of tree taxonomy informs today’s restoration

Have you ever asked yourself, “what kind of tree is this?” Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has – 60,065 times.  BGCI just created a database called GlobalTreeSearch to help answer this question, and to support global research, conservation, and botanically-based interventions including forest landscape restoration (FLR). Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the organisation that represents the world’s botanic gardens, engaged …

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Earth Hour 2017: UNITING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE PLANET

  An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 billion impressions in 24 …

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Forests key to mitigating climate change

Drought and unsustainable practices are placing forests at risk, yet they are crucial to the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming. By Tim Radford Researchers have reminded the world’s governments that forests will play a vital role in mitigating the effects of climate change – provided policies are robustly pursued and reported with transparency. But even …

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Pesticides are “global human rights concern”, say UN experts urging new treaty

Two United Nations experts are calling for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. They say: “excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security.” The Special …

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States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should …

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“Lebanon Climate Act” Encourage NGOs and Municipalities to design innovative climate change projects

Lebanon Climate Act initiative organized on the 10th of February 2017, a training session for private companies, NGOs and Municipalities, at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. This session is the second round of a series of sessions aiming to deepen the knowledge about the mechanisms to tackle climate change, and …

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