A crucial proposal on protecting sharks and manta ray species has stirred debates and discussions ahead of a vote at the ongoing Bangkok conference on the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Forest officials and experts have expressed serious concern over illegal and unchecked harvesting of weni wel, Sri Lanka’s age-old multi-cure herb, by racketeers and profiteers driven by the high demand for it.
Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.
The rising level of noise in urban areas may be preventing some species of songbirds from setting up home in developed areas, a study has concluded
The French realise the need for a more inclusive policy which is better for both people and forests
The Forum Peduli Mangrove is supported by five Community Empowerment Organisations from regencies at the southern part of Benoa Bay in Bali. The Forum, to be launched in the next two months, aims to raise public awareness of the importance of conserving mangrove forests, encourage community acti ...
Much headway has been achieved in recent years in terms of local marine conservation, particularly the designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The export of polar bear skins, teeth and paws from Canada will continue unabated after a bitter debate at the world's biggest wildlife summit ended in defeat for a US proposal to outlaw the trade.
COPENHAGEN - Greenland's underground wealth is at the forefront of the Arctic island's parliamentary election on Tuesday amid worries over a potential influx of Chinese labour and the environmental consequences of mining.
Some of the world’s most endangered turtles have been given additional protection at the Cites conservation meeting in Bangkok.
Right now, cloning is not a viable conservation strategy. But some researchers remain optimistic that it will help threatened species in the future
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.
Mar. 10, 2013 — An international team of 21 authors from 17 institutions in seven countries has just published a study in the journal Natural Climate Change showing that, as the cover of snow and ice in the northern latitudes has diminished in recent years, the temperature over the northern land ...
Agriculture and Food Processing Minister Sharad Pawar Monday introduced the Agricultural Bio-Safety Bill-2013 in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament.
Tropical forests are unlikely to die off as a result of the predicted rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases this century, a new study finds
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 11 2013 (IPS) - “Canada is not a country, it’s winter,” Canadians say with pride. But the nation’s long, fearsome winters will live only in memory and song for Canadian children born this decade.
With temperatures rising and rainfall patterns shifting with global climate change, scientists are worried what may be in store for world’s tropical rainforests, home to the richest diversity of life on the planet.
THE market access for palm oil has become a growing debate of late, especially since global palm oil inventories from major producers are bursting at the seams.
Dar es Salaam — An agricultural research project spanning seven African countries has received financial assistance for a second phase to develop national diagnostic capacity for controlling devastating cassava diseases.
Deforestation is less likely to occur in areas of the Amazon rainforest that have been placed under strict protection than those that allow for controlled resource extraction, according to a new study published Monday in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sc ...
The coordinator of the Collaborative Action for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) project has said that the goal of the project is to support and enhance the conservation of globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems and associated biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa, through the reduction of t ...
Rwanda is facing a serious threat to its development. The costs of adapting to or mitigating the impacts of climate change, which will result in more landslides, floods and drought, may rise to $300 million a year by 2030.
Ghana’s Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr. H. S. Daannaa, has indicated that research into indigenous practices of any people, is key to sustainable development of their community and thus advocatedscientific knowhowof indigenous methods, to enableany form of development to be ...
The livestock sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s economic growth and sustained development remains to be fully exploited. Local supplies have been inadequate with an estimated 30% of the livestock slaughtered imported from neighboring countries.
Jane Parry wrote on this network in January about how genomics could help developing countries deal with disease. Her article provides a timely reminder of the health problems faced by all countries, but particularly developing countries.
Data from a climate vulnerability monitor for 184 nations are now available via an interactive online portal, making them more accessible to researchers, academics and policymakers worldwide.
GREENBELT, Md., March 11 (UPI) -- Growing seasons in Earth's northern latitudes are shifting and vegetation increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, scientists say.
NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- Coming decades could see delays in summer monsoon rains in the U.S. Southwest and northwestern Mexico that water crops for 20 million people, researchers say.
A team from Chester Zoo is heading to a remote, mountainous region in Nigeria to assess what species live in an area where few surveys have been conducted.
Mar. 11, 2013 — New research paves the way for the development of a vaccine for the Tasmanian devil, currently on the brink of extinction because of a contagious cancer.
Mar. 11, 2013 — It seems counterintuitive that clouds over the Southern Ocean, which circles Antarctica, would cause rain in Zambia or the tropical island of Java.
COLOMBO, Mar 12 2013 (IPS) - Sri Lanka has paused for breath after the extreme weather conditions last year that many associate with climate change.
(Reuters) - Tan-awan, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu, used to be a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit. Yet now they flock there by the hundreds - to swim with whale sharks, the world's largest fish.
178 nations at the world's biggest wildlife summit agree to strictly regulate trade in mahogany and rosewood timber
BANGKOK (AP) — A global wildlife conference has agreed to regulate international trade of several timber species threatened by illegal logging.
The rush around the world to plant crops used to produce biofuel has not only sparked a global food vs. fuel debate, but it’s also putting biodiversity at risk.
A COMMUNITY-BASED forest conservation program integrating local governance and sustainable social enterprises was concluded and turned over to upland residents in a ceremony held on March 12 at the Piazza Zicarelli Hotel in Gamu, Isabela.
Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace has welcomed the launch of a forest conservation pilot project by the world's second largest palm oil plantation company, Golden Agri-Resources, to protect high carbon stock forests in Indonesia
Washington — A $160 million loan will support reforms in Morocco's business environment to spur competitiveness and boost growth and job creation in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Poison is emerging as the latest and most dangerous threat to the survival of the last remaining wild tigers in Thailand.
Mar. 12, 2013 — Ongoing glacier loss in the Canadian high Arctic is accelerating and probably irreversible, new model projections by Lenaerts et al. suggest.
When temperatures keep my young sons and me from heading outside, we get our nature fix by looking through their bedroom window. Outside a scraggly tree-of-heaven, a weed native to Asia and common in vacant lots in New York City, presses up against the glass of our fourth floor Brooklyn apartmen ...
In September 2000, world leaders unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of specific targets for poverty eradication, universal primary school enrollment, gender equality, reduction in child and maternal mortality, combating major disease and ensuring environmental ...
Mar. 12, 2013 — Dog-strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum) is an exotic plant originating from the Ukraine and southeastern Russia that is becoming increasingly invasive in southern Ontario, Canada
Mar. 12, 2013 — Alex Pyron's expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles.
A study of an endangered turtle population suggests that a commonly used generic estimate for the smallest sustainable population of a species — 5,000 adults — is far too high.
Learning about wildlife will be a fun, interactive and three-dimensional experience for students, if the Museum and Zoos Department has its way.
Countries in the Middle East were hailed as leaders in the fight to save sharks at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) happening this week in Bangkok,Thailand.
When Australia unveiled a groundbreaking network of marine reserves to gird the continent last year, praise rained down from conservationists.
Wide-ranging reforms of the European Union's common agricultural policy – which could include new protections for natural habitats, or a partial return to some of the discredited subsidies that blighted previous decades – will be subject to a key vote on Wednesday in the European parliament.