Recent droughts, hurricanes and floods have made us more and more aware of the reality of climate change, and the disastrous environmental effect of our industrialized, materialistic civilization.
Hyderabad: Green cover is dwindling rapidly in the state, and Hyderabad is the worst hit when compared to other cities, according to data released by the Forest Survey of India and the AP Forest department.
“Dilli ke Patrakar” (journalist from Delhi). In spite of staying with the Saharia community in a hut (locally known as pataur) for over a year, extending support and help in the relocation and rehabilitation of villagers from within the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary and of my subsequent, more than 10- ...
Earth Day is 43 years' old today, a milestone marked by one of Google's annual doodles dedicated to the event. The day of environmental awareness has been marked by a Google doodle for as long as I can remember, from melting polar ice in 2007 (a prophetic nod to the record Arctic melt that year) ...
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- A study tracking mountain lions in the Central California mountains found their behaviors are being affected by human development, researchers said.
Activists and scientists have long warned that our overstretched planet is reaching an environmental tipping point after which humanity will face cataclysmic consequences.
2012 seems set to go down in history as the year in which climate change became real for the United States. Over a period of six months, New York City flooded, the biggest drought in half a century settled into the Midwest, and wildfires burned 9.3 million acres in one of the worst fire seasons ...
This year’s Earth Day theme is on climate change, and leaders from many countries are making a determined effort to prevent global temperatures from rising even further and to respond to drastic changes in the weather worldwide.
Recognizing the power of information to shape better policies, guide development programs and increase accountability, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with leaders of six multilateral financial institutions, announced today that they would strengthen inter-agency sharing and collaboratio ...
HONOLULU, April 19 (UPI) -- White sharks sometimes seen in waters around the Hawaiian Islands have come from as far as the Pacific coasts of California and Mexico, researchers said.
Campaigners say the Brazilian government is failing to protect one of the world's most endangered tribes.
Earth's regional climate zones will shift more quickly in response to warming as the globe grows hotter in coming decades, according to a study published online in Nature Climate Change on Sunday1.
REYKJAVIK, Apr 22 2013 (IPS) - Since the controversial Karahnjukar dam in East Iceland was brought into operation in 2006, conditions in the downstream Lagarfljot lake have become much worse, according to information gathered by the energy company Landsvirkjun. Some of the changes are irreversib ...
Happy Earth Day! It’s been 43 years since Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson celebrated the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It’s not yet a federal holiday, but Earth Day is celebrated by schoolkids from coast to coast (along with many adults).
For many people, the term biodiversity might seem highly technical and irrelevant to their day to day concerns. If you think that, think again. It may just save your life.
The park, located in the eastern mountainous region of Jamaica, is one of the country's first and most important protected areas and was nominated for inscription to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage List in 2011.
Top United Nations officials today urged the 193 Member States to renew their pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth marking the day selected by the world body to promote harmony with nature and sustainable development.
Kampala — In recent years, governments in the East African Community (EAC) have blamed the problem of fish depletion in lakes on the use of illegal equipment that catches immature fish.
Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness about and support for environmental protection. It was initiated by Gaylord Nelson, an American Senator and Environmentalist in 1970. This day brought in its wake the passing of acts like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the ...
World Intellectual Property Organization delegates are meeting once again this week to try to advance a text that could become an international instrument to protect traditional knowledge. Substantial work needs to be done on the draft text, and developing countries generally favour a legal bind ...
LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- Pollinating insects, vital to global food supplies, face a "cocktail" of multiple pressures putting their survival at risk, a British-led study indicated.
BOULDER, Colo., April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's climate zones are shifting and being repositioned at an accelerating pace with global warming, a U.S. study says.
[SANTIAGO] Preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could have the added benefit of cutting the spread of malaria, according to a new study.
Academics warn government it could be condemning marine environment to 'years of overexploitation and degradation'
Rome — The first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources was adopted last week by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems.
The hills of Thanedar-Kotgarh lie four hours from Shimla, the capital of this Himalayan state in northwest India
The National Biodiversity Authority and Norway Government’s Division of Nature Management will set up a Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law.
The Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi (AgFor) project works for improved, sustainable and gender-equitable use of agroforestry and forestry products. Improving smallholder systems and markets through projects emphasizing the productivity and sustainability of forestry and agroforestry,
Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets.
Small-scale farmers produce food for 70% of the global population. Yet, they are some of the world's poorest and most food insecure people. Alternatives to conventional farming should be embraced to improve subsistence farmers' yields and to ensure adequate food production for the growing global ...
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Tuesday blamed the widespread insecurity in different parts of the country on the phenomenon of climate change.
A study that aimed to protect the interests of forest dwellers by measuring the value of biodiversity and improving communications with policymakers has had a profound impact due to an innovative public awareness campaign, scientists have said.
The past 100 years were among the warmest on record, coming on the heels of a long period of global cooling, according to a new analysis of temperature variations over 2,000 years.
In this fast-growing city of 6.7 million people, roads littered with garbage are a common sight. Cairo’s poor drainage systems produce contaminated pools of stagnant water, and the main thoroughfares are jammed with cars emitting thick, black clouds of diesel exhaust.
Historically recognized for its natural beauty, Mexico is one of only 12 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. Its immense land area abounds with countless species of flora and fauna. Numerous mountain ranges traverse its landscape, quenching rural and urban areas’ thirst for precious water.
Manila, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently reported that the Philippines continues to rank higher in human development than other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and is also making progress in the attainment of the Millen ...
After an intense day of drafting led by member country experts in small groups in closed rooms, the World Intellectual Property Organization secretariat released a new set of draft articles of what could become an international instrument aimed at protecting traditional knowledge.
Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.
Rainforests that have been affected by even low-intensity fires are far more vulnerable to invasion by grasses, finds a new study published in special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know that Thursday is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.
BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said
Indonesia is maintaining its efforts to place two of its agriculture-based products — palm oil and rubber — on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) list of environmentally friendly goods despite rejection by some members.
The participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization has become compromised as the voluntary fund allowing the organisation to invite indigenous peoples representatives is running dry.
Luanda — The MPs with National Assembly, which gathered on Thursday in Luanda in the 6th ordinary plenary session, discussed and approved unanimously the adherence of Angola to conventions of Basel, Bamako, Ramsar, Abidjan, to Nagoya protocol and Accord on the conservation of Gorillas and its Ha ...
Kochi: It was a tradition in Kerala to wait for the vitthum kaikottum (seed and spade) call of the Indian cuckoo, which was the indication for farmers to begin sowing operations as the rains would not be long in coming. But that was then. Today, new species of birds have descended on the state, ...
Thrissur: Concerns of an impending environmental apocalypse, has led the Kodungallur educational sub-district to launch environmental parliaments in all schools under its jurisdiction to involve the younger generation in environmental conservation. The move, a first of its kind in the state ...
The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.
The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed that need to be protected, say scientists.