Researchers have developed software that can listen to recordings of a rainforest and tell us what animals are there, and importantly, what animals are not. The new technology is free online for anyone to use and conservationists are taking advantage of it.
Although President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to vet the long awaited biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria's dream of achievin ...
Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. some $70 billion in direct damages and lost economic output. This is, obviously, a lot of money — Sandy was the second most expensive hurricane in U.S.
In recent weeks, millions of North Pacific krill, a species of tiny crustacean that makes up a crucial part of the ocean's food chain, have washed up along the shores of Northern California and Oregon--the largest die-off that's ever been recorded in the region.
Biodiversity brings benefits worth at least 40 million a year to the Isle of Man according to a recent study, but this is the tip of the iceberg as this only includes habitats on land, based on limited statistics.
Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.
A chaque béninois son arbre tel est le mot d'ordre et l'implication pratique des engagements pris par le Chef de l'Etat lors la dernière Conféérence des Parties Rio + 20 tenue à Rio de Janeiro au Brésil en 2012.
SAN DIEGO, July 16 (UPI) -- California condors, an endangered species, have a complex system of interactions based on dominance to help them survive, wildlife scientists say.
BRUSSELS, July 16 (UPI) -- The European Union says farmers will be legally banned from applying a widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population to their crops.
If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather and, perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change.
July 16, 2013 — Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
July 16, 2013 — Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent's first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pe ...
Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 17 2013 (IPS) - In less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A pilot initiative is currently underway in 15 municipalities.
Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations.EU governments banned the use of agricultural insecticide fipronil to treat maize and sunflower seeds, the European Commission said on Tu ...
With the farm bill in flux, it’s looking more and more likely that the environment will take a hit. The Conservation Reserve Program, which recently accounted for 7 percent of farm bill funding, essentially pays farmers to produce wildlife, instead of producing crops. Since there’s no market tha ...
Biodiversity in Denmark is suffering because of the large and intensive agriculture industry, biologists and environmental organisations say.
SUVA, Fiji, July 15 (UPI) -- Fiji's largest marine reserve has more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, evidence protected areas are good for sharks, conservationists say.
International talks on establishing huge marine reserves in Antarctica have failed to reach a consensus.
July 15, 2013 — A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms.
The recent UN high-level panel report on the post-2015 development agenda alludes to the potential of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) in development.
While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.
In the next few months, the beating of fragile fiery orange and black wings will transport the monarch butterfly south.
MEXICO CITY, Jul 16 2013 (IPS) - Jungles, forests, mangroves, swamps and lagoons are natural carbon storehouses or “sinks” in the Caribbean regions of Mexico. But now studies are being conducted to measure their capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 15 2013 (IPS) - If the studies conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) are true, then by 2025, Caribbean countries will witness a significant increase in Category 4 and 5 hurricanes from the present level of 1.4 annually to four.
The governments of Peru, Colombia, and Chile are all facing unprecedented levels of development, much of it in environmentally sensitive and valuable areas. This week, they will be meeting with the private sector and environmentalists to hammer out an agreement on biodiversity offsetting.
A prominent biologist says that nature can cope with the destruction of thousands of hectares of forest that have burned in northern Quebec in recent weeks but she’s not so sure about the effects of human meddling.
Western Ghats Task Force has recommended that a comprehensive protection and development plan be prepared for and implemented in the 13 existing medicinal plant conservation areas (MPCA) involving eco-restoration and people’s participation.
Nairobi — With the country's food security and farmers' livelihoods at risk from climate change, Kenya has divergent policy options. One is reliant on deploying new technologies as well as improving and expanding use of fertilisers and pesticides; while the other would turn to indigenous knowled ...
Bees, so crucial to our food supply, are dying off at alarming rates. CALS researchers are taking a close look at everything from the microbes in their hives to the landscapes they live in to identify in what conditions bees thrive.
Segundo Guevara’s wooden cabin sits near the top of the lush mountain, surrounded by massive trees, sweet mist and -- of course -- coffee plantations, which emit a familiar sweet scent that seems exotic here on these steep hills.
After Hurricane Hazel, which killed dozens of people in 1954, Torontonians made strong decisions through their local and provincial governments – such as banning development from flood plains and creating conservation authorities – that proved extremely effective in preventing a repeat of the ma ...
Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, explorer and Oscar-winning director James Cameron, and Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson are calling on nations to grant protection to waters off Antarctica at an international meeting in Germany this week.
They are creatures that inspire fear and fascination in equal measure.But most of all, snakes are misunderstood.Now, a new mobile application has been developed to help educate people in Singapore about the different varieties found on their doorstep.
KOLKATA, JULY 12: Rainforest Alliance (RA), the international organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable agricultural practices, would like to step up its footprints in India.
The government is stepping up monitoring of a disease thought to pose a serious threat to UK oak trees.
Global warming threatens to put many species on thin ice. But changing temperatures seem to have sparked new life in a group of Antarctic sea sponges.
Reefs, dunes and marshes are key to protecting lives and property against storm surges and long-term sea-level rise.
NAIROBI , Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - REDD – reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – would seem to be a mitigation strategy that perfectly matches Africa’s needs.
ROME, Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - FAO is currently supporting two seemingly contradictory projects in Caribbean countries: while one seeks to promote organic production, the other involves the use of chemical fungicides to fight black sigatoka, the worst enemy of this key food crop.
PROGRESO, Mexico , Jul 12 2013 (IPS) - Towns on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are behind schedule on the design and implementation of plans to face the challenges of climate change, in spite of the urgency of measures to reduce vulnerability
'Now there is hope', says director of conservation programme that has tripled wildcat's numbers in Andalusia
A study has shown that the speed of evolutionary change is far outstripped by the rate of global warming, meaning many creatures will face extinction
Jellyfish infestations along beaches worldwide are troubling tourists and scientists alike. It is a creature that thrives on over-fishing and pollution. But how dangerous is it for the ecosystem?
MADAGASCAR is perhaps best known to most people as the setting of the eponymous animated film. But the isolated island in the Indian Ocean, near the southern tip of Africa, has long been famous among zoologists as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.
SASSANDRA, Ivory Coast (AFP) - It was a brutal end to a long-term problem. Faced with the dilemma of trying to save a protected forest, which had become home to thousands of people, the Ivory Coast government turned to force.
Seeing the urgency of preserving and protecting the communal forest from encroachment, commercialization, and land conversion, a barangay in the municipality of Sablan in Benguet has crafted its own forest management plan.
For generations, Europe, the United States and other industrialised countries have thrived under an economic model focused on growth and wealth creation. Many developing countries have also followed this example with striking success. It is easy to think that such a well-proven formula will alwa ...
Nigerians will begin to cultivate genetically modified (GM) crops in commercial quantity very soon, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said.