The 20th century marked the great space race between Russia and the United States for domination in space exploration. Now the 21st century marks a new race: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo competing for leadership on plant-based renewable plastics.
Nairobi — From managing coastal erosion, to tackling pressures on food supply, a new initiative launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will aim to support communities across Africa in adapting to the impacts of climate change.
One of the founding environmental members of a landmark forest agreement has pulled out in frustration.
The king of the African savannah is in serious trouble because people are taking over the continent’s last patches of wilderness on unprecedented scale, according to a detailed study released this week.
A combined team of scientists from Europe and South Africa have discovered that pollinator services of large agriculture fields can be enhanced with a simple cost-effective measure, that involves the creation of small patches of native plants within fruit orchards.
A place of outstanding wildlife value may be destroyed if in return someone is paid to create a habitat elsewhere
DOHA, Qatar (6 December, 2012)_Countries need to ensure that their forest monitoring activities under REDD+ move beyond just measuring carbon emissions and changes in forest area – they should be integrated with monitoring of other forest values like biodiversity and rural social conditions, sai ...
ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2012) — The catastrophic drought last year in the Horn of Africa affected millions of people but also caused the extremely late arrival into northern Europe of several migratory songbird species, a study published December 6 in Science shows.
As they hail Pakistan's first comprehensive national science, technology and innovation (ST&I) policy, the country's science leaders are hopeful of effective implementation and funding.
As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth's changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world's poorest regions.
Norway will deposit another $180 million into Brazil's Amazon Fund after the Latin American giant reported a third straight annual drop in deforestation, reports Bloomberg.
DOHA, Qatar, Dec 6 2012 (IPS) - United Nations climate talks are on the edge of collapse Thursday, according to a coalition of civil society and representatives from half of the world’s countries.
Delegates on the crucial final day of a fortnight-long UN conference report 'frustratingly slow progress'
Birds in popular carol The Twelve Days of Christmas are disappearing from countryside at alarming rates, scientists say
The Africa Centre for Biosafety, ACB supported by Food and Water Europe and the Gaia Foundation, recently wrote to UK Ministers for International Development, Business and Environment, asking for evidence for the basis of UK overseas aid policy.
For a millennium, the majestic, lily-white polar bear has lorded over the frozen wastes of the Arctic. But if two Russian experts are to be believed, the enigmatic "monarch of the ice" could be extinct in 25 years due to global warming and human incursions into their traditional habitat.
Aid and environment groups have criticised the outcome of the U.N. climate talks in Doha as a betrayal of the poorest people who are suffering the worst impacts of more extreme weather and rising seas.
At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair.
U.N. climate talks have approved a "gender balance" goal that would increase women's participation in the negotiations, with experts hoping this will make climate change policy more responsive to women’s needs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week released a long-anticipated report by its Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, also known as AC21.
Are all the environmental laws and regulations accomplishing anything? Sometimes progress is not apparent, so it is good news that a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found an association between reductions in fine particulate matter and improved life exp ...
The Union government is revising the National Biodiversity Action Plan and setting national biodiversity targets for 2020, Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority, has said.
Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change.
Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A New Zealand conservation group says an international fisheries agreement could help save the albatross, among the largest seabird species, from extinction.
The latest summit to stop climate change, held in Doha, Qatar, over the past two weeks has been roundly slammed.
Conditions in the Arctic, where several environmental records were broken this year, are slipping rapidly from bad to worse as the pace of climate change accelerates in that region
In 2012, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 137 new relatives to our family tree, enriching our understanding of the complex web of life on Earth and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Malaysian Sunda clouded leopard, one of the world's most elusive cats, has been captured in close-up on video shot by a vacationing biologist, scientists say.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- South Africa says it has signed an agreement with Vietnam intended to combat the rising illegal slaughter of rhinos for their horns.
Researchers say they have unlocked the genetic secrets of honey bees' high sensitivity to environmental change.
Two UNESCO (the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) projects to strengthen capacity and the democratisation of decision-making on science policy in the developing world are facing funding constraints.
Bushmeat consumption, or "wildlife hunted for human consumption," poses a significant threat to wildlife conservation all across the globe.
One of the major concerns about the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degrdatation (REDD+) program is that it could prioritize conservation of high carbon ecosystems like peatlands over high biodiversity landscapes, effectively shifting conservation funding away key wildlife-rich areas.
DOHA, Qatar, Dec 11 2012 (IPS) - Rich countries came to the U.N. climate talks in Doha intent on delaying needed action on climate change for another three years and a still to be hammered out new global treaty.
The biodiverse nation, with 25% of its land protected as reserves, becomes first Latin American country to ban hunting
The costs of climate change can be mitigated if economic activity moves in response
When a hurricane forced the Nautilus to dive in Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” Captain Nemo took the submarine down to a depth of 25 fathoms, or 150 feet. There, to the amazement of the novel’s protagonist, Prof. Pierre Aronnax, no whisper of the howling turmoil could be ...
One of the biggest challenges for big African wildlife like lions, elephants, and buffalo is movement across native habitat that is increasingly being encroached on by humans.
Climate change is pushing tundra grizzlies into Arctic communities where they would not normally be seen, raising issues about human safety and conservation of the bears.
(Reuters) - Can Europeans, who have balked for years at many U.S. food imports, accept a free trade agreement with the United States that opens the door for imports of genetically modified crops and chickens cleaned with chlorine?
Increasingly extreme weather is worsening food insecurity, displacement and other problems for rural families in Bangladesh, effectively robbing them of basic human rights, argues a report released on Monday.
The speed with which the government of President Federico Franco - appointed by Congress following a parliamentary coup that ousted President Fernando Lugo (2008-2012) on June 22 - approved the commercial release of five varieties of transgenic corn and two of cotton is causing mixed reactions i ...
A five-day meeting on fisheries ended last week (6 December) amid complaints that big fishing nations have blocked efforts to curb tuna overfishing and ignored scientific advice.
Trees can live hundreds, even thousands of years. But the problem is that these trees aren’t making it to old age and according to a new study, big, old trees are in decline throughout the world which can have detrimental impacts to forest ecosystems.
A new list from Climate Counts -- a non-profit organization which aims to bring businesses and consumers together to address climate change -- ranked businesses on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease their carbon footprints.
Greenpeace is willing to sacrifice children’s health, especially in the developing world, for brazenly ideological ends, reports Jon Entine of the Genetic Literacy Project.
LONDON: A US scientist has offered a radical solution to global warming by suggesting that we could refreeze the Arctic using a few modified jets.
The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19bn (£12bn) a year and is threatening the stability of some governments according to new research.
An increasing body of evidence suggests that ash dieback - the disease which has killed trees across Europe and is now in Britain - originated in Japan.