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Changes in Weather Patterns Need Swift Action to Save Ghana’s Agriculture

By Francis Npong

Pearl Millet is one of the hunger breaker crops in parts of Northern Ghana. Often referred to as savannah vegetation, northern Ghana records a maximum of 55mm of annual rainfall. In some case less of this…

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Added by Npong Balikawu Francis on June 6, 2015 at 19:58 — No Comments

Our Africa Our Resources

A new initiative launched across Africa by African professionals known as Our Africa Our Resources (OAOR) to protect and conserve African natural resources from exploitation and unsustainable use. We are a group of middle-aged and young Africans networking across Africa for protection, conservation and management of African Natural resources.

OAOR have virtual presence and coordinators in Nigeria, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Cameroon,…

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Added by Amos Smith on May 27, 2015 at 18:45 — No Comments

Bangladesh’s major cities await Air Quality Index

Continue reading at http://www.unb.com.bd/air-index

Added by Md Rafiqul Islam on May 25, 2015 at 13:40 — No Comments

The Wild West for Wildlife

Continue reading at http://www.dhakacourier.com.bd/the-wild-west-for-wildlife/

Added by Md Rafiqul Islam on May 25, 2015 at 13:10 — No Comments

The empty forest where 100+ bird species are feared extinct

In the latest study to report rapid loss of wildlife, researchers estimate that 106 bird species have disappeared from an area of forest. Continue reading at Under the Banyan

Added by Mike Shanahan on February 24, 2015 at 10:11 — No Comments

Trout decline hits Himalayan communities

My latest article in thethirdpole.net

 

"Unchecked construction, pollution and illegal fishing  has led to a sharp decline of trout in rivers and lakes, a major source of food and livelihoods for mountain communities in northern Pakistan...........…

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Added by Mohammad Zubair khan on February 17, 2015 at 14:40 — No Comments

NEW FILM ON THREATS TO BIO-DIVERSITY IN YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trinkets-and-beads-the-sequel/x/9431146

Sequel to the award-winning film about oil companies in the Amazon. 20 years later Big Oil is back!

A  compelling feature-length film that will combine footage from 20 years ago and from…

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Added by CHRISTOPHER WALKER on January 13, 2015 at 0:09 — No Comments

Small farms, big values... My latest article!

Dear Friends,



Happy to share with you my latest article, co-authored by Ajit Panda, titled "Small farms, big values," published in the LEISA India magazine latest issue.  



A brief intro to the article:  Small scale farmers, many of whom are themselves among world’s hungry people, feed the world’s majority. In fact, family farmers not only produce the major share of the food consumed but…

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Added by Ranjan K Panda on December 30, 2014 at 18:03 — No Comments

From starvation deaths to surplus

Farmers of Kashipur region in Odisha revived traditional practices to deal with ecological ruin and malnutrition
GROWING CROPS had never been easy in…
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Added by Basudev Mahapatra on November 15, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Communicating Biodiversity #cbdcop12

Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, hosts the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity October 6-17.

This event is one the most important on the globe for those keen on protectingbiodiversity. When reports estimate losses of 40 percent of all land and sea animals since 1970, an action plan needs to be crafted…

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Added by ron mader on October 10, 2014 at 3:22 — No Comments

JRS Announces Five New Grant Awards for Access to Biodiversity Data

SEATTLE, Washington -- August 12, 2014 -- The JRS Biodiversity Foundation today announced the five grant recipients from its January 2014 call for innovative grant proposals in the field of biodiversity informatics. These grants cover diverse approaches to collecting and creating access to biodiversity knowledge and underscore the foundation's commitment to advancing biodiversity informatics, investment in sub-Saharan Africa, and to capacity building to increase knowledge of…

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Added by Izzy Phillips on August 13, 2014 at 18:52 — No Comments

JRS Announces Two New Grants to Support Biodiversity Information in Africa

SEATTLE, August 8, 2014 -- The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is pleased to announce the funding of two new awards that expand upon the outstanding work of two previous grants. JRS awards funding to the Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Benin) and to Tulane University (USA) to continue important work in the foundation's focus region of Africa.  "JRS is excited to extend our partnerships and capacity building in Africa through the continued development of Benin's biodiversity information portal and by…

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Added by Izzy Phillips on August 13, 2014 at 18:51 — No Comments

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Date:
July 24, 2014
Source:
Stanford University
Summary:
The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 25, 2014 at 19:08 — No Comments

San Diego's Newesr Non-Profit Teams Up With National Geographic

I am pleased to announce that we have set up an ocean nonprofit group focused on shark related citizen science projects called Ocean Sanctuaries.org.



The first project, uses a pattern recognition algorithm to identify Sevengill sharks, called 'Wildbook' which as been used successfully to identify whale sharks.



The second, and most recent project, is one in which we have been selected by National Geographic to test their newest citizen science tool, called Fieldscope, which… Continue

Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 — No Comments

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Michael Bear

Enter the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where citizen scientists from all over the world (without Ph.Ds or white lab coats) can enter data about their bird sightings and even discover new species.

“Collecting the observations of everyday birders for scientific use is a hallmark of the Lab. Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels help gather the data needed to capture the big picture about the distribution and abundance of birds.…

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Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:22 — No Comments

Healthy Seas 'fish net' socks available in Kaufland stores

18-06-2014

PRESS RELEASE – HEALTHY SEAS

ECNC Land & Sea Group, Aquafil and Star Sock

 

The European retailer Kaufland will be the first partner…

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Added by Wijnja on June 18, 2014 at 9:09 — No Comments

Importing Nepal's community Forestry Ideas to West Africa

Bringing Nepal’s community forestry Ideas to West Africa

A long journey it was indeed, from Liberia to Southeast Asia. And finally, I arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport and headed strict to the Kathmandu Guest House. I was four days late for class.

The purpose of my visit, to form part of Future Generations Graduate School class 2014 term III residential to gain insight into the successes leading to Sustainable Community Based Natural Resource Management in…

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Added by Amos Smith on June 12, 2014 at 17:36 — No Comments

Climate Change Adaptation: Illiterate Farmers Go Back to School



some community farmers learning basic numerals, modern agric practices, picture Francis Npong…

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Added by Npong Balikawu Francis on May 9, 2014 at 12:51 — No Comments

Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for traditional New Year

Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season becoming the messenger of Biodiversity to announce the dawn of the spring. (photos by Susantha Udagedara) 

This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 17, 2014 at 6:18 — No Comments

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