4 March 2015 – Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society o ...
The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
AS CHAOS from climate change ramps up in the coming decades, making floods, droughts and heatwaves commonplace, Europe will be ready. So says the European Environment Agency, which launched its five-year assessment of the state of Europe's environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week.
Engineers propose a new 600-ton threshold that could indicate when switching to 'low carbon' alternatives may actually increase emissions.
To better characterize the microbial activities in the thawing permafrost, scientists have reported on the application of multiple molecular technologies: "omics."
Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture.
Madagascar is a treasure trove of frogs. Located off the east coast of Africa, this large island nation has more than 500 species of frogs, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - Indigenous and wildlife conservationists have common goals and common adversaries, but seem to be struggling to find common ground in the fight for sustainable forests.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - The countdown has begun to September’s Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with world leaders discussing the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the United Nations Open Working Group.
As the globe warms and cities sprawl, hot city nights are likely to lead to more heat stress for humans than previously anticipated, say researchers.
Nazi and East German political elites went to great lengths to preserve the Schorfheide as their hunting grounds for decades. This pays off today: The area has turned into one of the most biodiverse places in Europe.
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson's remarks, as delivered, to the General Assembly today during an informal meeting to commemorate World Wildlife Day, observed on 3 March
Enormous amounts of time and effort are going into getting agreement on a strategy for sustainable development this September.
Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for the economy, water availability and Australia’s unique environment will be severe.”
With 65 percent of Africa’s labour workforce employed by agriculture coupled with aging farmers, climate change, drought and famine and the youth shunning agriculture, biotechnology may not be a panacea for food security in Africa but essential.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains.
MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It’s a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message.
Australia needs to consider allowing healthy koalas to be euthanised in order to control numbers in overpopulated areas, where the animals risk dying painfully from starvation, a koala expert says.
The ongoing loss of biodiversity in Africa is driven by a combination of human-induced factors, including a rising demand for and consumption of natural resources and pollution created by urbanization and industrialization.
The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa.
European Union member states have changed a European Commission proposal for climate action to 2030, highlighting uncertainty over the role of forests.
3 March 2015, Rome - The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day.
The implications of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol for trade, development and intellectual property was discussed with Ecuadorian parliamentarians, government officials and other users and providers of biological resources and related traditional knowledge.
The Mediterranean Sea is among the world’s great environmental jewels. The sea is highly saline, almost entirely enclosed by land and contains immense biodiversity.
Scientists from the universities of Granada and Warwick have published an article in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), in which they suggest one possible answer for the enigma of stability in complex ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest or coral reefs.
Coffee is the biggest cash crop propping up the hard-pressed economy of Central America and provides the only livelihood for millions of growers on tiny land holdings. But rising temperatures and extreme weather events have been taking their toll.
The only insurance against climate change impacts is ambitious global mitigation action in the long-run combined with large-scale, rapidly increasing and predictable funding for adaptation.
3 March 2015, Geneva, Switzerland
STANFORD, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- According to a new study, California's historic drought was caused primarily by climate change.
3 March 2015 – Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked World Wildlife Day.
Munching insects may halve the anticipated increase in forest land's ability to act as a carbon sink.
Around half of Europe’s rivers and lakes are still polluted, a major environmental review has found, despite a 15-year-old target to restore all the continent’s waters to good ecological health by 2015.
Drought linked to rising greenhouse-gas emissions helped to drive unrest in 2011, study finds.
BONN, Mar 1 2015 (IPS) - It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a “wildlife crisis”, and it is a crisis exacerbated by human activities, not least criminal ones.
World Wildlife Day aims to draw international attention to the problem of wildlife crime. Despite increased efforts to protect wildlife, poaching and illegal hunting are on the rise. Conservation expert Bradnee Chambers tells DW why wildlife crime needs to be taken more seriously.
The EU has declared war on plastic bags. But it will take more than symbolic gestures to save the environment.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, has announced that Seychelles is all set to become the first country in the world that has implemented a comprehensive spatial plan for its entire ocean territory.
Reports of elephants and rhino being massacred for their tusks or horns due to demand in Asia often make the headlines.
A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years.
The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of hu ...
Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.
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