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Heron Island research shows green sea turtle gender ratios in the southern Great Barrier Reef

It’s long been a concern for conservationists that green sea turtles are facing the existential threat of a “man drought”. Key points: There is hope Heron Island is bucking a trend of rapid feminization in the world’s green sea turtle population New research, using drones, has found the adult mating population gender ratio is equal …

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Why the ‘ugly duckling’ of nature conferences is about to have a coming-out party in Canada

Once upon a time in Rio de Janeiro, twin treaties were born. One was designed to halt climate change; the other to save nature — forests, rivers, oceans, prairies, bogs, tundra, and every other wild place, and all the animals that depend on them. The “parents” of the two treaties, international delegates at the 1992 …

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Divisions remain on plastics treaty as UN talks close in Uruguay | United Nations News

The first round of negotiations on a global treaty to halt plastic pollution has ended in a split on whether goals and efforts should be global and mandatory, or voluntary and country-led. More than 2,000 delegates from 160 countries met in Uruguay for the first of a planned five sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee …

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Prince William Shares Why He’s A ‘Stubborn Optimist’ About Our Planet’s Future

I am an optimist. A stubborn optimist. I believe in the power of human ingenuity and I’m thrilled to bring The Earthshot Prize to the US This week, in Boston, we want to demonstrate what we can all do to help put the world on a path towards a stable climate, where communities, nature and …

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Why has Australia opposed danger status for the Great Barrier Reef?

On Tuesday (November 29), a joint report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Center (WHC) expressed concern about the status of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia, recommending that it “be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.” Citing “major threats that could have deleterious …

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Can the super-rich save biodiversity hotspots by buying them?

The less-untouched Indonesian island of BaliPhoto: WILLY KURNIAWAN (Reuters) Sotheby’s is auctioning development rights to what its own literature calls “one of the most intact coral atoll ecosystems left on Earth“: a group of 100 Indonesian islands that are home to irreplaceable biodiversity. At a time when billionaires like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are queuing up …

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Huge ‘Cell Phone Towers in Space’ Pose Major Threat to Radio Astronomy, Scientists Warn

A trail left by BlueWalker 3 satellite over Kitt Peak National Observatory.Photo:: KPNO/NOIRLab/IAU/SKAO/NSF/AURA/R. Sparks: The BlueWalker 3 satellite recently unfurled its massive array of antennas, becoming one of the brightest objects in the night sky. The potential to launch more of these low Earth orbiting satellites has astronomers concerned about the effect on data gathered …

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Ho Chi Minh City’s plastic ‘habit’ leaves piles of waste | Environment News

Ho Chi Minh City – Kieu Anh Tran heads down a small alley to her workshop in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District. Inside, her team is busy washing used plastic tarpaulins, cutting patterns, and sewing the discarded material into backpacks, tote bags, and wallets. In Vietnam’s southern city and commercial hub, there is …

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