Although President Barack Obama did not make a stop in the heart of the continent in a recent trip to Africa, the U.S. administration is taking a new responsibility in this region.
Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual UN climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming.
A new tool that tracks global forest change shows that the Earth's forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate -- and Canada is among the countries where much of that loss is taking place.
UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming.
Nations meeting in Warsaw at UN talks have agreed a significant step forward towards curbing emissions from deforestation.
Sometimes wildlife likes it dirty. When farmers in Northern Ireland cut the amount of fertiliser leaking from their land into Lough Neagh, the UK's biggest lake, the upshot was a dramatic decline in the number of migrating birds spending winter there.
Nov. 24, 2013 — Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined a growing number of airlines looking to curb the international shark fin trade by banning the transport of shark fins and other shark products on their aircraft.
WARSAW, Nov 24 2013 (IPS) - The U.N. climate talks in Warsaw ended in dramatic fashion Saturday evening in what looked like a schoolyard fight with a mob of dark-suited supporters packed around the weary combatants, Todd Stern of the United States and Sai Navoti of Fiji representing G77 nations.
WARSAW, Nov 22 2013 (IPS) - In Maputo, a port city on the Indian Ocean in Mozambique, 44 percent of the 1.2 million inhabitants live in poverty, making them even more vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise, floods and cyclones. But despite their severe poverty, their day-to-day experience g ...
Disappointed by lack of progress in Warsaw, Peter Altmaier demands concrete action from bigger industrialised nations
The croaking sounds of frogs after rain, so common a decade ago, is now drowned by the whine of mosquitoes, and new research suggests that the decline in tadpole stocks is fuelling the alarming rise in mosquito numbers and diseases such as dengue.
After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally.
To a casual observer of the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, last week, it was a battle between Polish coal miners determined to hang on to their jobs, and the people of the Philippines, who would rather not lose their lives to the tempests likely unleashed by clim ...
“In China victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup.” This October 19 headline in the Washington Post was one that marine conservationists had been waiting decades to read—and the story inside delivered, reporting a 50 to 70 percent decrease in consumptio ...
Nov. 25, 2013 — The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions.
Revisions that take effect today remove protections for 80% of endangered freshwater species.
[WARSAW] The UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have made progress in several areas, including the contentious issue of loss-and-damage as well as the opening of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, which can now respond to requests from developing countries for advice and assistance on t ...
The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 25 2013 (IPS) - Even as weather extremes bedevil Caribbean farmers, Ramgopaul Roop has turned his three-acre fruit farm into a showcase for how to beat climate change.
High court in Auckland rules against Kiribati man's claim for asylum over rising sea levels caused by global warming
National symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes victim of country's long-running war, IUCN says
Canada has given the go-ahead to commercial production of genetically modified salmon eggs, bringing the world's first GM food animal closer to supermarkets and dinner tables.
National Resistance Movement legislators will Monday discuss the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012, a piece of legislation seen as intended to promote the use of genetically modified foods.
The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region due to climate change could range from 2.9 percent to as high as 12.7 percent of annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Nov. 25, 2013 — British cities -- unlike their counterparts on the mainland -- are taking the lead in making plans to curb and handle the impact of climate change.
NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An all but forgotten species of ape is threatened by human activity and habitat loss, an assessment by U.S., African and European wildlife researchers found.
It has been a bad year for Africa’s elephants. Thousands have been killed as poachers rush to cash in on soaring ivory prices, which have reached hundreds of dollars per kilogram.
Poaching by its very nature happens out of sight and out of hearing of most people. But in the forests of Africa, someone is listening.
The editor of a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report has concluded that smallholder farmers must be involved in biotechnology and innovation research to reduce poverty.
Google Earth has been once again used by researchers for scientific discovery.
Mangrove cover in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta declined by nearly two-thirds between 1978 and 2011, leaving coastal areas more vulnerable to disasters like Cyclone Nargis, which killed 138,000 people in 2008, finds a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.
Melting sea ice is forcing polar bears on to dry land – and, increasingly, into contact with humans
NEW YORK – Tacloban in the Philippines has now joined the growing list of cities – including New Orleans, Bangkok, Moscow, New York, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Port-au-Prince, to name just a few – pummeled in recent years by climate catastrophes.
The Deccan Development Society (DDS), which is working on various crop improvement programmes, has succeeded in forging alliance with several African nations for research and development of millet cultivation.
PARIS, France, November 27, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Kenya say thousands of wildebeest have returned months early from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, a move they say is rare.
BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Warming may make large reef fish feel it's too hot to swim, threatening survival activities including feeding and finding mates, Australian researchers say.
A new species of wild cat has been identified in South America using molecular markers, researchers claim.
[RIO DE JANEIRO] Despite the ocean’s importance for the planet, it usually takes a back seat in political discussions about global issues, like climate change. The World Ocean Assessment study aims to change that by providing policymakers with the scientific data they need to make informed decis ...
NEW DELHI, Nov 28 2013 (IPS) - Food security activists who secured a moratorium on introducing genetically modified brinjal (aubergine) into India fear that their efforts are being undermined by the release of GM brinjal in neighbouring Bangladesh.
CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba , Nov 28 2013 (IPS) - The 18 communities in Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, have long survived on the abundant local hunting and fishing and by producing charcoal. But that is no longer possible, due to climate change.
The regional Green government plans to create a national park in the northern Black Forest, much to the consernation of many locals. Although well-intentioned, the state project has unleashed a culture war
When it comes to climate change — and communicating about it — people seem to lose sight of a simple, longstanding fact about the human mind: It is split into two parts.
The case of Ioane Teitiota, the first person to ever apply for refugee status due to climate change, has been rejected. His lawyer Dr. Michael Kidd says industrialized nations have to take responsibility.
Global policymakers cannot rely on the private sector to provide the finance to combat climate change; governments must lead
BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Researchers say a new species of Brazilian wildcat has been hiding in plain sight, within the DNA of an already known species called the tigrina.
Planned EU cap on biofuels produced from food crops to be raised from 4.7% to 7% for 2020
For the first time in more than 50 years, a team of wildlife film-makers has been permitted to venture deep into Burma's barely penetrable jungles.
WARSAW, Poland (28 November 2013) — Forest governance often means addressing the inconsistencies of land, tree and resource management, a process that can be complicated by interactions among governments, the private sector and civil society, according to scientists.