Dec. 19, 2013 — As China increases its forests, a Michigan State University (MSU) sustainability scholar proposes a new way to answer the question: if a tree doesn't fall in China, can you hear it elsewhere in the world?
WARSAW, Poland (20 December 2013) — Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland.
Mangroves are disappearing worldwide. Burma, a country with some of the highest mangrove diversity, is no exception. This country once possessed the largest mangrove forests of the region, mostly in the Irrawaddy Delta, but as pointed out by The Irrawaddy on Dec. 4, the Delta’s mangrove forests ...
The lowland Mayan forests of northern Guatemala teem with wildlife — toucans, macaws, howler monkeys, and even the fabled jaguar. This is a forest reborn, as nearly 2,000 years ago it was completely deforested by the ancient Mayan civilization. Nature and time have allowed a second chance for th ...
British peats will shrink away in the face of climate change and disappear from many regions of the UK, a team of leading experts has found.
Scientists say climate change will not affect all regions of the world equally – especially when it comes to fresh water. The latest computer models indicate some places will get a lot less, while others get a lot more.
Dec. 19, 2013 — Specific types of fish farming can be accomplished with minimal or no harm to the coastal ocean environment as long as proper planning and safeguards are in place, according to a new report from researchers at NOAA's National Ocean Service.
Africa’s leaders have in their hands a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the international development agenda, not just for their continent but for the whole globe.
Even for an imperiled species, the Mangarahara cichlid was on its last fins. The colorful fish was thought to have vanished from the wild, and only two individuals remain in captivity—both aging males. But thanks to a serendipitous chain of events, a small population was discovered in Madagascar ...
As the world becomes more urbanized, researchers and city managers from Baltimore to Britain are recognizing the importance of providing urban habitat that can support biodiversity. It just may be the start of an urban wildlife movement.
Over the past few years we have been promoting short haul travel, encouraging our people to travel in a more affordable and easier way to our neighbours in ASEAN. In this respect, Malaysia has introduced the 3-2-1 Heritage Tour package -- three UNESCO heritage sites (Melaka, Penang and Borobudur ...
We hope that during the revelry of the Christmas holidays, enough of us took time to share the grief of our brothers and sisters in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Dominica, who suffered great damage from deadly floods.
Species populations have to become stable in order for those creatures to expand their geographical ranges in response to global warming, according to new research published Sunday in the online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change.
Chris Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic on the phone a few days ago. He’s had plenty of time to reflect on the two-week UN climate negotiations in Warsaw in November.Those talks yielded only modest progress on a range of policy proposals to mitigate global warming in advance of the next climat ...
Current farming methods rely too much on expensive chemicals such as fertiliser and pesticides; agroecology combines the best of ecological science and farmers’ knowledge to develop more sustainable food and farming.
Local extinctions have occurred across a variety of habitats on every continent, affecting a gamut of species from large predators such as the wolves of North America, to tiny amphibians like the Kihansi spray toad of Tanzania.
In the new year, social issues will form an important part of the agenda — including health, water, environment and the rising cost of living.
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Atmospheric scientists say they're on their way to the western tropical Pacific Ocean to study the region's "global chimney" effect on the world's climate.
Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers.
With a wild population estimated at fewer than 400 individuals, South Africa’s riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is just a hare’s breath away from extinction.
Jan. 7, 2014 — Conservation of a protected or endangered species requires frequent monitoring and the dynamic techniques biologists utilize to ensure the survival of threatened animals.
Jan. 3, 2014 — Business gets blasted for not only ignoring the world's environmental problems, but for contributing to them.
Jan. 7, 2014 — Florida State University researchers have spearheaded a major review of fisheries research that examines the domino effect that occurs when too many fish are harvested from one habitat.
Jan. 6, 2014 — The cockroach in the genus Ectobius is a major textbook example of an invasive organism, and it is the most common cockroach inhabiting a large region from northernmost Europe to southernmost Africa.
Scientists working in Africa have uncovered a new crocodile species hiding in plain site, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
A "systematic and comprehensive" approach is needed to understand the impact of human behavior on the world's public health, according to a new report.
SANTIAGO, Jan 4 2014 (IPS) - An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.
Destructive fishing practices have decimated the once abundant seahorse population in Cambodia. One organization has stepped in to save the fragile animals by boosting marine conservation and education.
NEW YORK, USA --- Fiji's capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Peter Thomson Monday addressed the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals.
Ecologically pure nutrition is a challenge of modern world, but this crucial issue sometimes puts the mankind face to face with many problems, and using genetically modified organisms (GMO) is believed to be the best way out.
The giants of the U.S. food industry who have spent millions fighting state-by-state efforts to mandate new labels for genetically modified organisms are taking a page from their opponents and pushing for a federal GMO law.
COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The recent appointment of a new head for Indonesia’s fledgling REDD+ Agency, tasked with reducing climate-changing emissions from deforestation, is expected to accelerate tree planting and other efforts to protect forests in the Southeast Asian nation, as w ...
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Ground was broken Wednesday in New Orleans on a facility to house roaming animals conservationists say they hope will repopulate threatened species.
8 January 2014 – As United Nations-led talks on outlining the future global development agenda continue to progress, UN agency officials joined representatives of mountain countries and organizations today at Headquarters to encourage mountain-specific policies in sustainable development strateg ...
In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.
Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion.
Jan. 8, 2014 — Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Jan. 7, 2014 — Understanding forest biodiversity and how carbon dioxide is stored within trees is an important area of ecological research.
Jan. 6, 2014 — According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities' extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits.
Worldwide, large swaths of land lay barren in the wake of agricultural expansion, and as global forest cover continues to decline, carbon and water cycles, biodiversity, and human health are impacted.
Warmer temperatures are forcing emperor penguins to make gravity-defying journeys out of their traditional breeding grounds
Ban enters its 13th year in island state, helping to promote an image of state's products
LIMA, Peru (9 January 2014) — The economic and political conditions in Peru favor an increase in deforestation, despite the country having set a target of zero net deforestation by 2021, a new study shows.
Tribal rights advocates and rainforest defenders are using community mapmaking to protect ancestral land
Indigenous and local knowledge is set to play a major role in biodiversity and ecosystem management, a meeting of an intergovernmental body has heard.
Populations of large carnivores such as lions, wolves and bears are declining in ecosystems around the planet, changing the face of landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic while also putting humans at risk, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Science.
The lack of predators on islands made it easier to approach the lizards because of their underdeveloped flight response.
India is scrambling to protect its beleaguered tiger population after several big cats tested positive for a virus common among dogs but deadly to other carnivores, experts said.
Researchers studying the mental health and well-being of Inuit populations in coastal Labrador say rising temperatures are having damaging psychological effects on people in traditional communities.
WASHINGTON, Jan 11 2014 (IPS) - Top diplomats and retired U.S. military officials are urging Western and African governments to step up the global fight against illegal wildlife poaching.