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Urban Biodiversity for a resilient urban future

In fast expanding urban areas, pollution and waste management pose a serious threat to the health and overall quality of life of citizens. Predicted impacts of climate change and disasters only escalate the problem, especially in coastal megacities and hill stations. Urban biodiversity contributes to provisioning of ecosystems services leading to amelioration of urban microclimate, mitigation of the impact of disasters, public health, and enhancement of the overall quality of life of…


Added by Neeraj Khera on September 11, 2013 at 11:10 — No Comments

A mosquito genus new to Sri Lanka discovered

MRI researchers say since these species were known to eat the larvae of other mosquitoes, more studies being done to find out whether they could be used in the control of deadly dengue – Malaka Rodrigo 

Two species of mosquitoes belonging to a genus new to Sri Lanka have been discovered, scientists at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) have announced. The mosquitoes of this genus, known as Topomyia, are found in countries like India and Thailand. These species are…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Lanka among world’s top 20 shark killers

An international study has placed Sri Lanka among top 20 countries that catch sharks.

Noting that these 20 countries account for 80% of the world’s annual shark catch, a report based on the study puts the survival of many shark varieties in their hands.

Shark fins laid out to dry in Negombo

This report titled “The future of the Shark: A Review of Action and Inaction” was produced by the wildlife trade…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on August 12, 2013 at 10:18 — No Comments

Indigenous people seek recognition in REDD+ activities


Added by Blasio Douglas Namale on August 2, 2013 at 14:14 — No Comments

Nairobi Dam: daunting task to rehabilitate water reservoir

By Douglas Namale:

Frosty smell, plastic bag heaps, pigs, aquatic weeds, arrow-roots and sukuma wiki plantains, describe the status of Nairobi Dam. The sixty-year old water reservoir whose objective was to provide potable and emergency water supply for the city populace is now a health hazard.  The once acclaimed water sport resort where Nairobi’s elite converged to merry in early 1990s sailing, diving and fishing, is now a marshy farmland.…


Added by Blasio Douglas Namale on August 2, 2013 at 14:09 — No Comments

15,000 kilograms of discarded fishing nets stored for re-use


On behalf of the ECNC Group, Aquafil and Star Sock

The Netherlands – The Healthy Seas initiative’s call for used and discarded fishing nets has brought in 15 tons of nets this summer. The salvaged nets are being stored in the first Healthy Seas depot in Scheveningen harbour, the Netherlands, and will be offered for recycling at the end of the salvage season.

In March this year, the Healthy Seas partners…


Added by Wijnja on July 31, 2013 at 12:40 — No Comments

The WAR for STEEL: A documentary on Government repression for POSCO


A documentary by Basudev Mahapatra, India

Added by Basudev Mahapatra on July 20, 2013 at 18:55 — No Comments

As the Africa Carbon Forum 2013 gets underway in Ivory Coast this week, the global carbon market situation is “very poor”, especially for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

A CDM official at the Climate Change Unit, ministry of water and environment, Arthur Ssebbugga-Kimeze says the money paid for each credit is still very low.

Ssebbugga-Kimeze says “the amount of money you get per credit is less than a US dollar, probably even less than fifty cents of the…


Added by Paschal B. Bagonza on July 4, 2013 at 16:20 — No Comments

If we cook these tiny wasps, we put the heat on hundreds of other species

From the wings of tiny creatures hang the fates of hundreds of bird and mammal species, and perhaps even entire rainforests. They are fig wasps and they play a disproportionate role in the grand drama of life on Earth. They shape our own story too because of this. But new research warns that these insects could be “extremely vulnerable” to global warming.

This matters because each of the 750+ species of fig tree (Ficus species) relies utterly on particular species of fig wasp…


Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 9:05 — No Comments

Unhappy endlings: What tales of the last days of extinct and dying species can bring to our own story

They are all now dead and can never be replaced but at least they got names. Martha, Benjamin and Incas… Booming Ben and Lonesome George. They wer endlings, each one the last known member of its species. Their names remind us that we have epic tales to tell of the decline and fall of entire species.



Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 8:59 — No Comments


Before 1996, Baruwa community in Alimosho area of Lagos Nigeria depended on their groundwater for drinking and domestic use. All that changed when they discovered that the more than 180 wells in the area had suddenly become greasy and smelly.

The traditional head Haliju Baruwa said they were alarmed when their domestic…


Added by Vivienne Irikefe on April 1, 2013 at 22:19 — No Comments

Environmental impacts of disposable diapers and sanitary towels

Much of what we buy and use are disposables. From medical and electronic waste to kitchen and dining products, the list goes on.

Throwaway products are usually made from paper, plastic and cotton, but plastic items are by far used the most.

Though some disposables can breakdown rapidly others like throwaway diapers cannot.…


Added by Vivienne Irikefe on April 1, 2013 at 22:14 — No Comments

FSC certification helps stop the ‘bleeding’ in Tanzanian forests

Photo by John Kabubu

The sound of a saw cutting deep into the kiaat tree (Pterocarpus angolensis, also called “bloodwood”) in a forest in Kisangi village fills the air. Sweat drips from the body of 56-year-old Rafii Hashim as he pushes the saw rhythmically back and forth to ensure a smooth cut. The birds are chirping,…


Added by John Kabubu on March 20, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

NGOs and businesses launched the initiative 'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear' which will turn recovered fishing nets into socks

Aquafil (, the ECNC Group ( and Star Sock ( have together established the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative.

The main objective of this Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas and oceans for the purpose of…


Added by Wijnja on March 18, 2013 at 12:36 — No Comments

What happens to forests when the wildlife disappears?

Last year I brought you the story of Lambir Hills National Park, a Bornean forest in which I used to live and work, where hunting and other pressures have forced into extinction much of the biggest wildlife species (see The near empty forest that proves conservation is failing).

It describes how recent surveys had failed to find 20 percent of the park’s resident bird species and…


Added by Mike Shanahan on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 — No Comments

Its Full speed ahead for Fisheries policy and institutional reforms in the South West Indian Ocean

Photo by: John Kabubu

The Western Indian Ocean State’s efforts to help bring about improved marine fisheries reforms and governance in the South West Indian Ocean range states are beginning to bear fruit following a recent decision to reform the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission from an advisory body to a full management…


Added by John Kabubu on March 15, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Manta ray struggles for survival

Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’, writes Malaka Rodrigo�

A giant “maduwa”, or manta ray, was netted last week by fisherman in Welipatanwila, Ambalanthota, on the South coast. The ocean creature was pregnant and weighed 1,500 kilograms. A week earlier, another manta ray was caught by fishermen in Akkaraipattu, on the East coast. Both sea…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 2, 2013 at 9:51 — No Comments

Powered by Nature: social media student competition for nature-based solutions to energy challenges

Today, IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication and Alcoa Foundation announced the launch of the Powered by Nature competition in which European communications students are challenged to co-create a social media campaign. The goal of the final campaign is to raise awareness of “natural solutions” for energy and encourage the young generation to become "powered by nature". Students will work together with experts from environmental…


Added by Liza Drius on February 12, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

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