Thousands of ethnic minority women in the world's poorest countries are dying from HIV/Aids, TB, malaria and complications in pregnancy and childbirth, yet their deaths remain hidden because governments and international bodies fail to record their health outcomes.
TANZANIA has been selected by the UN as a model in the energy sector and will be a lead advisor in the sector for the post 2015 development agenda, the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo has said.
Exploring a tropical biodiversity hotspot where lemurs, chameleons and the cat-like fossa abound is not a bad way to skip out on winter.
Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting calls to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients.It is believed that such a shift would help to improve society's relationship with the Earth and restore human and environmental health.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a new publication aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world's food and nutrition security.
Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold.
L’Oreal is the latest in a growing list of global companies that aims to eliminate forest destruction from all its supply chains; environmental groups welcome the move but call for deadline to be moved forward
The ubiquitous shallow icy lakes that dominate Alaska's Arctic coastal plain have undergone a significant change in recent decades
Soy traders and producers in the Brazilian Amazon agreed to extend a moratorium on soybeans produced in recently deforested areas for another year, reports Greenpeace.
Last year, after decades of fighting, environmentalists and the forestry industry reached a landmark agreement that added 170,000 hectares of old-growth forest in Tasmania as a part of a World Heritage Site.
A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.
KASUR, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- With several species of vultures on the verge of extinction in Pakistan, largely because of veterinary drugs used on cattle, an environmental group is investing in a captive breeding program it hopes will contribute to the recovery of the iconic birds.
Anne Juganaru, Secretary of State within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, tells The Diplomat-Bucharest how important it is to protect Romaniaâ€™s biodiversity and how can it be correlated to the sustainable development of the country
SOUTH KOREA - The government of South Korea and FAO have agreed to work closely together to promote responsible fishing
Traditional food consumed by rural communities contain nutrients that are lacking in high- and middle-income countries
With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects
Allan Savory's idea for a grazing revolution is radical and yet simple: Mimic the behavior of natural herds that once grazed the grasslands to prevent soil degradation and desertification – and safeguard the world's food supply.
KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Focusing on the issue of climate change and its effects on bio-diversity, Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) is planning to introduce a 15-year "Bio-diversity strategy and implementation plan."
How many species are enough to support human life? Regrettably, we don’t yet know. But we need to find out.
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Greenland's fastest-moving glacier is accelerating, moving ice from the Greenland ice sheet into the ocean at the fastest speed ever recorded, scientists say.
CANTERBURY, England, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- People in communities in western India say they are prepared to relocate their homes and families to help conserve tigers, British researchers report.
Is organic farming better for the environment than conventional farming? Despite a decade of study a clear picture is still lacking, because most organic farming goes on where scientific studies have yet to reach.
One of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Total, has committed to leave the planet's UNESCO World Heritage Sites untouched, according to the United Nations.
Number of heat-related deaths projected to increase in UK as temperature rise, with elderly people most at risk
BOGOR, Indonesia — The final meeting of the 30-member UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is convening to address the last of 32 themes to be considered as part of the formulation of the SDGs. The role of forests is one of those themes.
LONDON ― During the Cold War, the certainty of “mutually assured destruction” steered the nuclear arms race away from catastrophe: a would-be attacker would face immediate retaliation, inevitably ending in both sides’ annihilation.
The World Intellectual Property Organization committee working on ways to protect genetic resources and traditional knowledge opened a weeklong meeting yesterday by gathering country ambassadors to try to inject momentum into discussions.
Relatively unnoticed by the media, a broad spectrum of consultations and talks are currently unfolding as the community of nations endeavours to agree on a new sustainable development agenda that can ensure equitable socio-economic development.
The world’s 63 biggest cities have almost doubled the activities they undertake to reduce climate change since 2011, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. officials propose taking the Oregon chub off the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, which would make it the first fish de-listed due to recovery.
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Coastal regions globally may face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding in the coming century with climate change, British scientists say.
LIMA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Smithsonian Institution say scuba divers have found a new, fiery-red coral species off the coast of Peru's Paracas National Reserve.
Thanks to its excellent growth, the Canadian lodgepole pine has become a popular feature of forestry in Northern Sweden.
As the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which deals with the physical science of climate change, is launched this week (30 January), SciDev.Net speaks to Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the panel’s chair, about science and the climate po ...
The genus Bombus consists of over 250 species of large, nectar-loving bumblebees. Their bright coloration serves as a warning to predators that they are unwelcome prey and their bodies are covered in a fine coat of hair—known as pile—which gives them their characteristically fuzzy look.
SAN JOSÉ, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Meeting Costa Rica’s self-imposed goal of being the first country in the world to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 will depend on the priority given this aim by the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in April.
SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
(Reuters) - Germany will abstain in an upcoming European Union vote to approve cultivation of genetically modified maize of type 1507, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.
The Coalition’s direct action climate plan is flawed in its design and could undermine international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a Senate committee into the policy has heard.
Exactly one year since Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company switched off the bulldozers and agreed to halt deforestation, the firm has warned that its efforts could be in vain unless there are similar steps from its competitors and the country's government.
Jakarta. While starting to enjoy its status as a middle-income country, with a relatively fast economic growth rate, Indonesia is facing a number of serious challenges to the sustainability of its agricultural sector and related food security.
How do we get the most out of our marine reserves? The government is in the process of reviewing Australia's network of marine protected areas. The review focuses on zones that exclude recreational fishers, and whether those fishers can be allowed back in.
Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans. But are they working? Now, thanks to a six-year survey involving over one hundred divers, we know that the global system of marine protected areas still has much to achieve.
World Intellectual Property Organization member countries are working to get past their differences this week toward agreement on a way to protect genetic resources from biopiracy.
4 February 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, have announced that the Gulf country will host a high-level meeting in May to generate momentum for concrete actions to b ...
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost the level of biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study has shown.
Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.
Extreme weather — including massive storms such as Typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, and severe floods and droughts — is likely to become more frequent and intense as global warming accelerates1.
An ambitious plan to save the world's tropical forests by valuing them for the carbon the store may fail to reduce deforestation unless governments and multilateral institutions significantly scale up financial commitments to the program, argues a new report published by the Global Canopy Progra ...
Analysis of satellite imagery has cleared up a controversy over whether the Amazon rainforest 'greens up' during the dry season.