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Mongabay -yesterday

Seychelles extends protection to marine area twice the size of Great Britain

Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean famous for its turquoise waters, giant tortoises and wondrous birds, has extended protection to 400,000 square kilometers (154,000 square miles) of its seas, an area twice the size of Great Britain. The move fulfills the country’s long-standing pledge to safeguard 30% of its marine waters. “Seychelles’ marine ecosystem […]...

USFS -2 days ago

What's new in wetland hydrology

WETLAND HYDROLOG¥ is a new and unique field of study in watershed 111anagentent research. Watershed managPmc11t needs are generally assoeiated with dry soil couditions or mountain nn•as where water is either a limited re;;ource or a flood producer, rather than with level areas where soils are saturated mueh of the time. Yet new rP earch in wetland hydrology in the Lake States and in the outheas...

timberbiz -5 days ago

Defence Forces Operation Bushfire Assist completed

Australia’s Defence Forces formally ceased Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020 yesterday having completed the emergency and recovery tasks requested by state and local authorities. Source: Timberbiz Defence has been assisting with the bushfire efforts since early September 2019 by providing wide-ranging support as part of the national response. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked all perso...

ScienceDaily -6 days ago

Under extreme heat and drought, trees hardly benefit from an increased CO2 level

The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. This finding was obtained by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ...

CBD -6 days ago

Fish ponds and water harvesting: climate-smart farming comes to Kenya

It might not be clear why a fish pond project should take root in a region surrounding the great Lake Victoria. After all, as the second largest freshwater lake in the world, it should be able to support the fish and the people that depend on its resources....

CBD -6 days ago

This new kind of plastic is made to degrade in seawater

At five sites in the world's oceans, plastic waste accumulates in large swirling gyres, the largest of which is three times the size of France. Millions of tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, damaging marine ecosystems, harming ocean animals and entering the human food chain....

CBD -6 days ago

Microplastics found in 4 of 5 bivalve species investigated in Nordic waters

An extensive Nordic research project has looked at microplastics in marine bivalves from 100 sites spread throughout much of the Nordic waters. The study showed that microplastics were found in four of the five bivalve species investigated, and that there was a huge variation in the occurrence and type of microplastics....

CBD -6 days ago

Seychelles protects 30 percent of territorial waters, meeting target 10 years ahead of schedule

Seychelles has legally designated 30 percent of its territorial waters as marine protected areas 10 years ahead of international targets, President Danny Faure said at the signing of legal document on Thursday....

Mongabay -7 days ago

In race for a sustainable alternative to plastic, Indonesia bets on seaweed

BALI, Indonesia — It’s just after sunrise here in Bali, and a group of locals are preparing to sail their wooden boats out to a bay off Nusa Lembongan, a small island southeast of the tourism hotspot. They’re neither fishermen nor tour guides. They’re farmers, cultivating a watery crop that promises to be part of […]...

CBD -7 days ago

England could face droughts in 20 years due to climate breakdown - report

England is in danger of experiencing droughts within 20 years unless action is taken to combat the impact of the climate crisis on water availability, the public spending watchdog says....

CBD -7 days ago

World Water Day 2020: Desalination technologies provide safe and sustainable drinking water

UNESCO estimates that around 2.2 billion people live without access to safe, clean drinking water. By 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year....

CBD -7 days ago

Coronavirus and Climate Change: Observing World Water Day

The theme of this year's World Water Day, observed on 22 March, is water and climate change. The issue has taken on greater urgency, given the global spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, responsible for over 13,000 deaths worldwide to date....

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