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World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

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IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted Saturday, September 10, at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.  Continue reading World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

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A Kenyan ranger guards a stack of elephant tusks, intercepted before entering the illegal ivory trade. A new domestic ban was backed by most of the 217 members of the IUCN and may help save elephants that are now rampantly being poached. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa

September 11, 2016 — Following three days of political maneuvering, disagreements and walkouts, delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) congress in Hawaii agreed on a text that calls on countries to close the internal trade of ivory “as a matter of urgency”.  Continue reading Ban on domestic ivory trade passes at international summit

Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

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Delegates from several countries opposed a proposed ban on domestic ivory trading. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

As coalition of countries, including the US, push for resolution to end ivory trade, Japan, Namibia, South Africa and Canada raise concerns at Hawaii meeting

September 10, 2016 — A resolution to end the domestic trade in ivory has descended into acrimony at a major conservation summit, with a handful of countries, including Japan and South Africa, objecting to the proposed ban.  Continue reading Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

World’s carbon dioxide concentration teetering on the point of no return

Future in which global concentration of CO2 is permanently above 400 parts per million looms

May 12, 2016 — The world is hurtling towards an era when global concentrations of carbon dioxide never again dip below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone, as two important measuring stations sit on the point of no return. Continue reading World’s carbon dioxide concentration teetering on the point of no return

NOAA and NASA team up to investigate strongest El Niño on record

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California’s Folsom Lake was nearly depleted by drought in 2015 and is now nearing capacity. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
Two agencies’ survey via land, sea and air will hopefully help improve weather forecasts and models that predict the longer-term impact of climate change

March 5,2016 — America’s two leading climate science agencies are conducting an unprecedented survey via land, sea and air to investigate the current El Niño event and better understand its Continue reading NOAA and NASA team up to investigate strongest El Niño on record