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UN Fears 'Irreversible' Damage To Natural Environment

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GENEVA — The UN warned on Monday that "massive" loss in life-sustaining natural environments was likely to deepen to the point of being irreversible after global targets to cut the decline by this year were missed. As a result of the degradation, the world is moving closer to several "tipping points" beyond which some ecosystems that play a part in natural processes such as climate or the food chain may be permanently damaged, a United Nations report said. ... Read more about UN Fears 'Irreversible' Damage To Natural Environment

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Reduce, Recycle, And Replant - Data Highlights On Restoring The World's Forests

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The world's forests, which cover a third of Earth's land area, provide us with many essential services. They absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and give us oxygen, limit soil erosion, aid in flood control and aquifer recharge, and host a wealth of biodiversity. But as human populations have grown, so, too, have the demands placed on these natural systems. ... Read more about Reduce, Recycle, And Replant - Data Highlights On Restoring The World's Forests

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World Needs Clean Energy Revolution: UN chief

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UNITED NATIONS — Rich and poor nations need a "clean energy revolution" in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said here Wednesday.

 

The Druzhba thermal power station in Sofia ... Read more about World Needs Clean Energy Revolution: UN chief

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World Will Completely Miss 2010 Biodiversity Target

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Species classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as "threatened" increased by 2.1 percent in 2009, as 365 species were added to the organization's Red List of Threatened Species. Only 2 species were removed from the list. Since 1996, a total of 47,677 species of animals, plants, fungi, and protists (a group that includes protozoans and most algae) have been evaluated by the IUCN, and 17,291 of these are now considered threatened—a full 36 percent. ... Read more about World Will Completely Miss 2010 Biodiversity Target

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Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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Countries with the greatest unmet sanitation and water needs most often receive little or no aid. WASHINGTON, D.C. /CSRwire/ - Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched today by UN-Water and the World Health Organization (WHO). ... Read more about Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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African Agriculture Suffers From Erratic Climate

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  • Climate change hurting African crop yields
  • Farmers complain rains no longer predictable
  • Africa needs development to adapt, experts say

By Tim Cocks and Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN, April 20 (Reuters) - From Africa's humid jungles and cocoa plantations to its growing semi-deserts and wilting maize fields, erratic weather linked to climate change may be ruining subsistence crops and export commodities alike. ... Read more about African Agriculture Suffers From Erratic Climate

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First, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch; Now The Great Atlantic Patch

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Mike Melia, Associated PressSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

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NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made last month the warmest March on record, according to NOAA. Taken separately, average ocean temperatures were the warmest for any March and the global land surface was the fourth warmest for any March on record. Additionally, the planet has seen the fourth warmest January – March period on record. ... Read more about NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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By VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN (AP) BERLIN — The European Space Agency is launching a sophisticated satellite that scientists hope will help them pin down the effects of global warming on the Earth's ice packs more precisely by accurately measuring the thickness of ice. The CryoSat 2 mission, which starts Thursday after years of delays, will be able to pinpoint details of changes in polar ice so scientists can better understand the alarming picture of the world's retreating ice caps. ... Read more about EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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