biodiversity loss

a fisherman clears water hyacinth on lake victoria

Weeds flourish and fish decline in Lake Victoria’s ‘deadest’ corner

This part of Lake Victoria, near Kisumu in western Kenya, is choked with water hyacinth, putrid algae and other invasive plants. They flourish in the organic waste that drains in from cities and farms, creating poor conditions for fish to breed. Climate change intensifies the problems.

hurricane florence in north carolina in 2018

Climate and economic risks ‘threaten 2008-style systemic collapse’

Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says — The gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems. The study …

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Davos elite looks to ‘Globalisation 4.0’ to stem climate change

Business leaders say the next wave of globalisation must create social benefits as well as provide technical solutions to climate change — For business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week, ‘Globalisation 4.0’ holds the answers to one of the world’s biggest problems: climate change. The buzzword that will dominate the World Economic Forum …

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A new leaf: the hardy trees reforesting the Amazon

Scientists in Peru have found tree species that thrive in land poisoned by gold miners; now they have started planting — Flying above the Tambopata River in a single-engine Cessna turboprop, the panorama is desolate. Jungle rivers are ripped open into a delta of sand dunes and stagnant, discoloured ponds. Ant-sized bulldozers roll down mud …

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darling river in the murray-darling basin

Dumping 15m tonnes of salt at Queensland creek ‘considerable’ risk to water

Study concludes considerable likelihood waste from coal seam gas operations could contaminate Stockyard Creek in headwaters of Murray-Darling Basin — Plans to dump up to 15m tonnes of salt and other waste near a creek in drought-stricken Queensland carry a “considerable” risk of water contamination, a new study has found. Approved plans to expand a …

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Heat Waves, More Than Coral Death, May Cause Fish to Flee Reefs

A study over a broad swath of the Great Barrier Reef shows that warming waters directly cause fish and invertebrates to leave the reef, making it harder for coral to recover from bleaching events — It’s no secret that global warming is bringing dramatic changes to coral reef ecosystems. Scientists have widely believed that habitat …

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Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life

Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures — The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may have had a lasting impact upon even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found – amid warnings that the oceans around America are …

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Climate change to become ‘greatest pressure on biodiversity’ by 2070

The combined effects of global warming and land-use change could cause the world’s ecosystems to lose more than a third of their animal species by 2070, a new study finds — Climate change is expected to become the largest driver of biodiversity loss by the second half of the century, the research finds, surpassing the …

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