Malasia to Build New Biomass Refinery

Nov 12, 2013 2 Comments by

Malaysia has announced plans to build the world’s second refinery capable of converting biomass waste into usable products. The announcement came on November 4th, 2013 at the High Level Forum on Biodiversity and Development Post-2014 in Kuala Lumpur. The announcement furthers Malaysia’s attempts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals and the forthcoming Sustainable Development [...]

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Prof Kamal Bawa to Lecture at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Sep 25, 2013 No Comments by

On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, Umass Boston Professor of Biology Kamal Bawa will be giving a lecture and panel discussion entitled Himalaya: Biodiversity, People, and Global Change. The discussion will be held at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and will feature photos and stories from Professor Bawa’s and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur’s latest book, Himalaya: [...]

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Science Magazine Special Issue: Climate Change, Natural Systems, and Past Environmental Conditions

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments by

On August 2, 2013, the journal Science published a special issue on the effects of climate change on natural systems, with an emphasis on how paleorecords–data relating to past environmental conditions–inform current knowledge on the biological and physical impacts of climate change. The issue contains four News stories that detail ongoing studies of past and future climate [...]

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UNEP Builds Partnerships to Combat Desertification in China, Mongolia, and Central Asia

Aug 05, 2013 No Comments by

On August 5, 2013, the UN Environment Programme announced that UNEP and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Beijing-based Elion Foundation, a NGO that supports desertification control, local community development, and education in the Kubuqi region–China’s seventh largest desert–and in other areas of China, Mongolia, and Central [...]

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World Bank Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments by

As climate change talks at Bonn wind down, the World Bank has contributed its own scientific input to the ongoing conversation. On June 19th, the World Bank released a new report entitled Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience. Focusing on the impacts to the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, [...]

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National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowships Available

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments by

The National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for graduate student fellows for their Campus Ecology Fellowships program. The program grants monetary fellowships to graduate students to work with their school communities to help address ecological impacts both on and off campus. The deadline for applying is July 14th, 2013. This year, the fellowships are organized around [...]

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