2020 is an important horizon for achieving international biodiversity targets.
Scientists say an ancient bee extinction which occurred about 65 million years ago – at the same time that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an unknown event – could shed some light on the current decline of the bee population.
A Nature study published this month shows, as SciDev.Net reported, that the tropics are likely to be the first region to face dramatic temperature rises.
The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is not called a giant for nothing: it weighs as much as a large dog and grows longer than the world's biggest tortoise.
SOUTHERN GOBI REGION, Mongolia , Oct 24 2013 (IPS) - Decades of international and local collaboration have brought the Tahki or Asian Wild Horse back from the brink of extinction and reintroduced herds to Mongolia’s Gobi desert and grasslands. However, the country’s other wild equine – the Mongo ...
The UN climate change chief says it would be too 'politically difficult' to negotiate national allocations of carbon emissions
Conservationists want to turn parts of Europe back into wilderness, teeming with wild horses, lynxes and native bison. But there are varying interpretations of what "wilderness" means and conflict over how much it should be managed.
The European Parliament has voted against new subsidies for the fishing industry, opting to deliver funds to conservation research and the protection of fish stocks instead. Nina Wolf from OCEAN2012 is happy at the news.
The South Pacific is about to get the world’s biggest national park
Aberystwyth University signs agreements with Seoul National University to share miscanthus germplasm, based on principles of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to help boost bioenergy production and combat climate change.
BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Geologists say a study of temperatures in the Canadian arctic shows the last 100 years were warmer than any other century in at least the past 44,000 years.
KAMPALA, Uganda, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Uganda's lions, central to the country's tourism industry and a symbol of Africa, are disappearing from the country's national parks, conservationists say.
The past week has provided further evidence of short-term outlooks dominating business. Energy companies have been criticised for price hikes far above inflation that squeeze consumers without any significant indication that any of the additional margin will be invested in green measures.
Oct. 23, 2013 — A new article reveals coral animals produce the 'smell of the ocean' -- influencing cloud formation and protecting themselves against rising seawater temperatures.
After over 25 years of internal conflict ended in Sri Lanka in May 2009, the country finally seemed poised to capitalise on its beautiful beaches and tropical landscapes. Named as the New York Times top tourist destination in 2010, and receiving similar accolades from the Lonely Planet in 2013, ...
Oct. 24, 2013 — In Australia's Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researchers Rebecca and Doug Bird.
Oct. 24, 2013 — The Mississippi River Basin is home to much of the United States' fertile crop land. Though we need our food and energy crops, their production has led to an increase in the levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in our water sources
Oct. 23, 2013 — People are bad at getting a grip on collective risks. Climate change is a good example of this: the annual climate summits have so far not led to specific measures.
Farming boom in the Dakotas is resulting in large areas of wetland wildlife habitats being converted to arable
BOGOR, Indonesia (27 October 2013) — Debates about REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) are skirting a fundamental issue by failing to discuss what actually causes deforestation in the first place, a media analysis has found.
Oct. 25, 2013 — Protection in the Medes Islands marine reserve started more than 25 years ago. Dusky grouper, zebra seabream and European seabass have practically reached their carrying capacity, whereas brown meagre is still approaching population stabilization and common dentex is still increa ...
A multidisciplinary scientific board have been appointed to advise the UN secretary-general on science, technology and innovation, it was announced last week (18 October).
Around the world, forests are being cleared to make room for farmland. But in Central America you can find encouraging examples of agriculture that supports human life and is also forest-friendly.
VICTORIA, Guyana, Oct 26 2013 (IPS) - Theola Fortune can recall how residents of Victoria would ridicule her and others every time they went into the east coast village to warn residents about the importance of mangroves and the need to protect them.
The study shows that there are only five countries in the EU, where forests cover more than 50% of total land area – Sweden (76%), Finland (72%), Estonia (61%), Slovenia (60%) and Latvia (56%).
Ministers and business leaders urge EU to create a low-carbon economy in Europe to spur investment
The Antarctic is one of earth's last wildernesses, yet its seas are under increasing pressure from commercial activity and climate change. A meeting in Hobart could provide long-term protection for the Southern Ocean.
Taxonomic descriptions, introduced by Linnaeus in 1735, are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. Now there is a new futuristic method for describing new species that goes far beyond the tradition.
The area affected by illegal gold mining in Peru's south-eastern Amazon region increased by 400% from 1999 to 2012, according to researchers using state-of-the-art mapping technology.
Many sins are committed in the name of development. We are becoming aware that much of what were hailed as achievements over the past few centuries were actually “sordid boons.” Curiously, the words ecology and economics have a common root, okios, which means ‘habitat’ in ancient Greek.
A dedicated Global Landscapes Forum to coincide with upcoming international climate change talks in Warsaw will highlight the benefits of taking a holistic approach to land-use management and could give the strategy a key role in efforts to curb global warming, an international climate negotiato ...
Australia's most loved environmental asset, the Great Barrier Reef, has faced many threats over the years. Everything from marine pollution to predatory starfish have endangered the world heritage listed site. Now massive port development s and dredging are fuelling concerns and UNESCO is consid ...
Communities on stunning Halmahera Island in North Maluku that have acted as the custodians for biodiversity for generations are being economically displaced for a nickel mine. A recent report reveals that they have been failed by weak legal enforcement processes and international human rights me ...
I am standing at the scene of a massacre like no other. Last year, like every year since 2006, a tenth of all Amur falcons were killed here. That’s an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 a day for the 10 days the birds spend in Nagaland, en route their winter migration from Russia to the southern part of ...
KOLKATA: A project to reintroduce salt-tolerant rice varieties - post Aila - that helped Sunderbans' farmers fortify themselves against similar calamities in future has struck a chord with an eminent jury comprising leading climate change scientists.
(CNN) -- Scientists have found what they're describing as a "lost world" on the northern tip of Queensland, Australia, hosting at least three previously undocumented species, including a frog that makes love in the rain.
From 19-27 October 2013, IMARES Wageningen UR, organised a research expedition to the Saba Bank, to investigate the ecological functioning of the Bank. Thirty-three 50m long transects resulted in more than 2000 images of the reef, and over 5000 fish counts of almost 100 fish species.
LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A study of the Brazilian Amazon shows more than 30,000 miles of roads -- a major factor in deforestation and habitat loss -- were built in just three years.
EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Global warming and resultant forest disturbances may have a silver lining for one threatened species, Canada's grizzly bears, researchers say.
Communities living alongside the world's tropical forests can estimate an area's carbon stocks as effectively as hi-tech systems, a study has shown.
Oct. 28, 2013 — A new study offers an explanation for the extraordinary run of wet summers experienced by Britain and northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012.
790 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, nearly a fifth higher than last year's record toll, reports the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Provided two to three days of training, forest communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure biomass and other data needed to assess REDD+ projects, finds a new study published in the journal Ecology and Society.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 27 2013 (IPS) - A centuries-old system for ensuring water security is making a comeback in the Caribbean.
The National Committee on Biosafety (NCB) yesterday officially released the country’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop, brinjal, which is infused with pest-resistant gene.
An innovative, non-lethal approach to pest management has the potential to become a "game-changer" in providing lasting and effective control in a wide range of insect and animal pests, according to New Zealand scientists developing the technique.
A UN mechanism that purports to involve forest-dependent communities in preventing forest loss to curtail greenhouse gas emissions is failing to do so, finds a new study.
In early 2011, Conservation International (CI) dubbed the forests of New Caledonia the second-most imperiled in the world after those on mainland Southeast Asia. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1029-hance-rap-new-caledonia.html#PEGyDghZ2hiutj5h.99
Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.
ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- DNA studies of endangered sea turtles point to loss of genetic diversity caused by recent human exploitation, Australian scientists say.