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Indigenous people seek leadership, respect in biodiversity battle | Indigenous Rights News

Montreal, Canada – Indigenous communities are demanding a leadership role in the protection of global biodiversity, as a United Nations conference on saving critical ecosystems is putting a spotlight on the importance of Indigenous stewardship of land and waters. Calls to put Indigenous rights and decision-making at the heart of biodiversity initiatives have grown louder …

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Scientists Uncover Biological Explanation Behind Why Upper Respiratory Infections Are More Common In Colder Temperatures

Researchers at Mass Eye and Ear and Northeastern University have discovered a previously unidentified immune response inside the nose that fights off viruses responsible for upper respiratory infections. Further testing revealed that this protective response becomes inhibited in colder temperatures, making an infection more likely to occur. The new studypublished December 6 in The Journal …

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The fight for fairness in the scientific exploitation of natural resources

Countries from the Global South are demanding that wealthy nations share the benefits of the biological resources extracted from their lands that are then used for medical, agricultural or industrial purposes. Known as “biopiracy”, the issue is a major roadblock at the UN’s COP15 talks on biodiversity. In 2016, Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva spoke …

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UN Adopts Resolution Against Anti-Satellite Tests

Chief of Space Operations at US Space Force General John Raymond testified before a hearing in July on Russia’s use of an anti-satellite weapon. Photo: Shawn Thew (AP) Yesterday, an overwhelming majority of countries voted in favor of a United Nations resolution against tests of anti-satellite (ASAT) missile systemswith Russia and China voting against its …

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NASA’S ICON Space Weather Satellite Has Suddenly Gone Silent

An artist’s depiction of the ICON spacecraft.Illustration: NASA A three-year-old NASA satellites lost touch with ground controllers two weeks ago and is now wandering through low Earth orbit without supervision. Unfortunately, the space agency fears the worst. NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission has not communicated with ground stations since November 25 due to some …

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Government to establish federal environmental protection agency in major overhaul of Australia’s environmental laws

The federal government has committed to a landmark overhaul of Australia’s environmental laws in a move Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek says will reverse the decline of Australia’s environment and “leave it in a better state than we found it”. Key points: The review of Australia’s environmental laws was originally handed to the Morrison government in …

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Cosmetics Europe launches sustainability eco initiative Commit for Our Planet to drive sustainable beauty collaboration and change

Launched today, Commit for Our Planet​ had been created by Cosmetics Europe with 27 founding industry partners*​, including Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive and L’Oréal, and five supporting trade association partners**​. Under a structured framework, the eco initiative featured specific commitments across three themes – climate, packaging and nature – designed to help drive progress across the full …

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2-Million-Year-Old DNA Reveals Ancient Greenland Ecosystem

An illustration of Cape Copenhagen 2 million years ago.Illustration: Beth Zaiken A team of scientists sequenced the most ancient DNA yet, found in permafrost in the northernmost reaches of Greenland. The DNA is 2 million years old, blowing past the previous record for the most ancient DNA by a million years. The genetic material came …

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Calls for consumers to make eco-friendly Christmas tree choices this silly season

It’s a sparkling and tinsel-wrapped tradition around the world: the Christmas tree. Key points: Experts say to counteract the emissions from making a plastic tree, it needs to be reused for 15 years Some Christmas tree farmers offer a mulching service and will recycle live trees after the silly season Environmental agencies are urging people …

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Many waiting for smaller trash cart ahead of new Denver trash fee launch

DENVER — In just a few weeks, the City of Denver will launch its “pay-as-you-throw” trash model with the new year. Passed by city council earlier this year, the new model will offer recycling and composting for free, and then charge between $9 and $21 depending on which size of cart a resident opts for. …

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