The world has two basic tracks for keeping greenhouse gas emissions from rising dangerously high: take steady action now to taper off emissions, or allow emissions to increase over the next 10 to 20 years and then bring them down sharply, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...
A meta-analysis of ecosystems finds that species losses in any given place do not yet translate to large changes in the number of different species in that place.
A leading British naturalist has accused the Maltese authorities of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
Whether it's the aggressive Asian hornets that have colonised France or the ravenous slugs slithering across Sweden, invasive species are a growing problem in Europe. New legislation agreed upon last week aims to step up the fight against the aliens.
The effects of future heat waves on people living in Greater London in 2050 has been modeled in a study, which concludes that the risk of heat-related deaths could be significantly reduced if buildings were adapted properly for climate change.
[NEW DELHI] Climate policy experts from India have greeted the release of the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with ire.
Forest disturbance in Malaysia, Bolivia, Panama, and Ecuador surged during the first quarter of 2014, according to NASA data.
MEXICO CITY, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) - When Mexico’s climate change law went into effect in October 2012, it drew international praise. But what has happened since then?
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.
Those who reduce nature to a column of figures play to an agenda that ignores its inherent value – and seeks to destroy it
The government has said it is making good progress in culling coral-eating starfish that have been blamed for munching through much of the Great Barrier Reef.
Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.
Inside 30 years Vietnam has gone from importing rice to becoming the world’s second largest rice exporter. Over-use of pesticides is damaging the environment, but farmers in the Mekong Delta say they've found a solution.
22 April 2014 | Our global food systems pursue economic efficiency in production at the cost of environmental resilience, but our production landscapes rely on highly-interconnected ecosystems, and the local communities and other users who manage those resources need a wide range of products a ...
22 April 2014 – On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human ...
Half of the world’s farmers are women, but women only own about one percent of the world’s land. Similarly, women make up nearly 50 percent of the global fisheries workforce, but in most countries have little to no say in how fisheries are managed.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships should be a cornerstone of the post-2015 development framework if we are to tackle malnutrition globally
The list is dominated by the natural beauty and geological splendor of the West's big three: Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone.
DURHAM, N.C., April 18 (UPI) -- Seeds that sprout quickly are a boon for farmers and gardeners who value productivity and efficiency, but if diversity is your bag then you'll want to stick with wild plants featuring especially dormant seeds.
Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both.
Biologists are directing the evolution of corals to prepare them to fight climate change.
Forestry authorities in China have stopped commercial logging in the nation's largest forest area, marking an end to more than a half-century of intensive deforestation that removed an estimated 600 million cubic meters (21 billion cubic feet) of timber.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 22 2014 (IPS) - Hopefully, on Earth Day today, high-level ministers from all countries are thinking about what they can bring to the table at a key set of meetings on climate change in early May
Researchers say the large, smelly fruit grown could be a replacement for staple crops under threat from climate change
[NEW DELHI] A new algorithm for rapid screening of transgenic content could help cheaper and easier detection of genetic contamination of traditional crop varieties, food and feed, researchers say.
NEW DELHI – Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.
The pressing importance of figuring out how rising temperatures will affect people and places around the world
We're products of an industrial project, a project linked to fossil fuels. But humans have changed before and can change again
In order to chart the way forward for the implementation of key environmental issues in the country, civil society organisations converged on Abuja recently to assess the Rio+20 summit, Godwin Haruna writes.
SUVA, Fiji ---- Though Pacific Islands have mixed results with trying to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Fiji has performed a bit better.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Director of the UNESCO Office in Jakarta Hubert J Gijzen said welfare and environment can be aligned through sustainable development programs.
23 April 2014 – Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential ...
In today’s global economy, a workforce trained in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is recognised as a primary driver of growth.
The extinction risk faced by mammals is often in the limelight. But it may be surprising to learn that next only to primates, chelonians—or turtles and tortoises—are the world’s most imperiled vertebrate group
(Reuters) - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.
Feral invaders and the disappearance of outback land management practices driving species extinction
The UK's bee population is in rapid decline, and the consequences could be disastrous. Plans for a series of bee highways filled with grassland and wild flowers could be just what's needed to reverse that trend.
Years of drier conditions in the Congo River basin in central Africa appear to be affecting trees in the region’s vast rain forests, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence for the impending dangers of human-made climate change, policy decisions leading to substantial emissions reduction have been slow.
With over seven billion people inhabiting the earth and the population endlessly rising, food security is a mounting global issue.
Amendments to country's environmental protection are first in 25 years and will remove limits on fines for polluting factories
Campaigners dressed as penguins marked World Penguin Day outside Norway's parliament. They called on Norway and other nations active in the Antarctic to do more to save the world penguin population from a rapid decline.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 2014 (IPS) - The UN Ad Hoc Open ended Informal Working Group on ‘biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction’ (WG), which was initially convened in 2006, had its first meeting this year in New York from April 1 – 4.
THE Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to the second largest tropical forest on Earth. Now an online digital mapping system called Moabi is letting people view how the land is being used, to help protect the area from over-exploitation.
People are fascinated by scarce plants, fungi and animals, and have been documenting the rarity of species for a long time.
There was a trace of mischief in Michael Pollan’s smile as he took the stage of Wheeler Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, last week to introduce a lecture for a course that he co-teaches called Edible Education 101.
A new report emphasises that climate change will affect us all, and fundamental changes are needed to avoid the worst.
Ian Cheshire urges business to sign a communique aimed at negotiators meeting in Paris next year to thrash out a new binding climate deal
The latest United Nations report on climate change offers advice for international and national intellectual property policies relating to climate change mitigation technology.