The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was declared by the United Nations “to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.”
Chennai, May 21: The National Biodiversity Authority will come out with targets for protecting the diversity of living organisms in time for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in India in October, according to its Chairman, Dr Balakrishna Pisupati.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere, a study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found.
They may be trickier than trees for environmental protesters to chain themselves to, but it turns out that seagrass ecosystems hold as much carbon per hectare as the world's forests – and are now among its most threatened ecosystems.
U.N. Development Goals for better drinking water have already been reached, but a closer look shows that the measures fail to truly account for the lack of access to safe water
Parts of the developing world, particularly India and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, will suffer food shortages if their planned biofuels targets are implemented by 2020, a study has warned.
A year-and-a-half after a landmark summit that pledged to double the world's number of tigers by 2022, and still 65 percent of tiger reserves lack minimum standards of protection for the world's largest cat, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Scientists deploy "leaf packs" to survey threatened water quality in Peru.
A new lizard has been discovered in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to a paper in the African Journal of Herpetology, the new species was found hiding under a rock in the high grasslands of the Marungu Plateau, an area known for landmines.
COLOMBO, May 22, 2012 (IPS) - Addressing a group of journalists during a workshop in Bangkok, Ali Raza Rizvi, Asia head of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s regional climate change and resilience programme, noted that many Asian countries have become ‘disaster frien ...
IPS U.N. Bureau Chief Thalif Deen interviews Ambassador TOMMY KOH of Singapore, chair of the 1992 Preparatory Committee
HAVANA, May 21, 2012 (IPS) - Cuban climate change scientists have been sharing their research findings and experience over the past few years with the rest of the Caribbean islands, using PRECIS, a regional climate modelling system, to help design adaptation policies.
The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is urging the UK government to protect one of the last true frontier areas before it is damaged irreparably by human interference
The EU's food safety body ruled there is 'no specific scientific evidence' that the insect-resistant strain is harmful to health or the environment
As endangered as the African elephant, the pygmy hippopotamus or the panda bear, European eels are on the verge of disappearing forever. To help save the species, German rivers are being restocked with thousands of eels.
FRANKFURT, Germany, May 22 (UPI) -- German researchers say they've found a new frog species in Panama that dyes the fingers of researchers handling them a bright yellow.
The biggest environmental summit for a decade must make meaningful progress on global food security and sustainable agriculture, say researchers.
ScienceDaily (May 22, 2012) — New fish-tagging studies of young bluefin tuna in Atlantic waters off New England by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are offering the first fishery-independent, year-round data on dispersal patterns and habitat use for the popular game fish.
ScienceDaily (May 22, 2012) — Plants show a higher variation in chromosome numbers than animals do, mainly because of polyploidy -- the occurrence of more than two sets of chromosomes.
Crop diseases could be detected earlier and more easily if a new method that stamps a leaf with a colour-changing biosensor is successful.
Indonesia's moratorium on new forest concessions will not be enough to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target says the largest backer of the country's forest and climate action plan.
Washington, D.C.—Finding ways to value ecosystem health economically and to engage the world’s indigenous peoples in the process is key to saving biological diversity, a Worldwatch author suggests in the Institute’s most recent book.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry plans to increase the number of marine parks in Malaysia to 50 by 2020 from 42 currently.
Overfishing and exploitation of marine biodiversity would result in the disappearance of fish species in the next 50 years, warned M.F. Farooqui, Special Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, on Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 22 — The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched an appreciation programme on sustainable management of biodiversity on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity Tuesday.
Peshawar—Provincial Minister for Forest and Environment Wajid Ali Khan Tuesday said that exploding population across the globe is resulting in huge loss to biological diversity besides putting negative impacts on weather.
22 May 2012 – Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the fragile state of the world’s oceans, urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.
This year's International Day for Biological Diversity is dedicated to marine life. We must care for our oceans as we do our land
Today, May 22, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela celebrated the International Day of Biological Diversity by kicking off its third annual National Congress on Biological Diversity to coordinate environmental conservation efforts.
The presence of street lights substantially changes the ecology of ground-dwelling invertebrates and insects, research suggests.
PHOENIX, May 23 (UPI) -- A sneezing monkey and a fungus named for a popular TV cartoon character are on a list of the top 10 new species described in 2011, U.S. researchers say.
WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Three rare Florida panthers have been killed this week, bringing the total to 12 for the year as habitat for the cat shrinks, an environmental group says.
LONDON (Reuters) - Large-scale crop plantations are expanding at a rapid pace across southeast Asia, with multinational firms often benefiting the most at the expense of local communities and the environment, two U.N. rights experts warned on Wednesday.
ScienceDaily (May 23, 2012) — The evolutionary origin of turtles is one of the last unanswered questions in vertebrate evolution.
ScienceDaily (May 23, 2012) — If you've traveled to a forested national park out West in recent years, you may have noticed two things.
[RIO DE JANEIRO] Brazilian consumers came out on top for their awareness and understanding of both biodiversity and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), according to the results of a survey in eight countries released last week (19 May) in São Paulo.
The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) is one of the world's most endangered mammals, according to the first ever formal survey of the population, which found less than 100 sloths hanging on in their island home.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a coalition of Indonesian environmental groups known as Eyes on the Forest have released a new Google Earth-based tool that maps forests, land use, carbon stocks, and biodiversity across the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
UNITED NATIONS, May 23, 2012 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has invested heavily in the success of the upcoming U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), is publicly expressing his frustration at the lack of substantial progress on a final plan of action for a greener econo ...
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, May 23, 2012 (IPS) - Eli Fuller is a third-generation Antiguan who, for the past two decades, has been exploring the Antigua and Barbuda coastline.
The UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs says the challenge for the UN Earth summit must be how to 'green' the world economy
Care must be taken not to spread deep-sea creatures around the world during exploration of the remote ocean floor.
Once rare UK butterflies have been moving further north due to a pattern of hot summers, say researchers.
PHILADELPHIA, May 24 (UPI) -- Climate at nesting beaches of leatherback turtles affects survival of eggs and hatchlings, and they could be threatened by climate change, U.S. scientists say.
The once rare brown argus butterfly is on the move, expanding its range and numbers in the U.K.—and it’s all thanks to climate change.
The population of endangered California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) hit an important milestone last month, reaching a high of 405 birds—quite an achievement for a species that was down to its last 22 individuals just 25 years ago.
Greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 could rise to nine billion metric tons (9.92 billion tons) above what is needed to limit global warming as some countries look set to miss their emissions cut targets, a report by three climate research groups said on Wednesday.
ScienceDaily (May 24, 2012) — A seaweed considered a threat to the healthy growth of coral reefs in Hawaii may possess the ability to produce substances that could one day treat human diseases, a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has revealed.
Geoengineering research has a problem. That much should be clear following last week's cancellation of a field trial for the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) project. The solutions to this problem are not so obvious, but they must be found — and fast.
With its jumble of leaves and pointy, green, flower spikes, the plant known as pigweed or palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) isn’t much to look at. But to farmers in the southeastern United States, it is a formidable foe.