Biological Diversity or ‘Biodiversity’ refers to the variety of all living things on Earth—all species, genetic resources and ecosystems, and how they function and interact. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of life in the Pacific—our plants, animals, and ecosystems are essential for livelihoods o ...
CODRINGTON, Barbuda, Nov 30 2012 (IPS) - Local scientists are warning the tiny 62-square-mile island of Barbuda is becoming one of the most vulnerable spots on earth to the consequences of climate change.
Guernsey is working to meet the aims of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the environment minister has said.
Islands seem to have it all: ample sunshine, white sand beaches, and species you can’t find anywhere else on Earth.
Environmentalist organizations have used images from South Pacific islands to illustrate the disastrous effects of rising sea levels. But a group of French researchers has found that the problem is much more complicated: The islands are also being pulled under by shifting tectonic plates.
MIGOMBANI, Zanzibar (AlertNet) – The East African archipelago of Zanzibar is attempting to win “environmental independence” from Tanzania by joining an organisation that promotes the sustainable development of islands in the Indian Ocean.
ScienceDaily (Apr. 9, 2012) — In the ecosystems of islands with high mountains, endemic animal and vegetation species are twice as isolated, making them even more exclusive. A European study with Spanish involvement confirms this, which adds the factor of altitude to wider biodiversity.
PORT-LOUIS , Mar 19, 2012 (IPS) - Rani Murthy, a public officer who lives in Plaines Wilhems, central Mauritius, wakes at three every morning to wait for the water tanker from the Central Water Authority so that she can collect water for cooking and household chores.
THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Mar 14, 2012 (IPS) - When Hurricane Luis, a category four storm, lashed the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla on Sep. 4, 1995, its forceful waves eroded all of the beaches, leaving vast areas of the shoreline carpeted with dead sea grass and debris torn from the coral reefs.
Ancient DNA has been used to show the remarkable recovery of King Penguins on Macquarie Island, following their decimation by blubber oil industries last century.
Pacific islands must build capacity for their own environmental monitoring to tackle both local and global problems
MAJULI, India, Dec 8, 2011 (IPS) - Majuli island on the Brahmaputra river in the eastern Indian state of Assam is quickly losing its landmass to erosion. Majuli has long been regarded as one of the largest inhabited river islands in the world along with Ilha de Marajo of Brazil.
NEW YORK, Nov 17, 2011 (IPS) - Long before the Pacific will rise to a level that will leave its estimated 30,000 islands submerged, most of them might be severely affected by frequent flooding and storms.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2011) — Scientists led by Ben Evans of McMaster University have documented the rapid evolution of new fanged frog species on the island of Sulawesi, near the Philippines.
Conservationists have embarked on a three-month trip to one of the remotest places on Earth in a bid to eradicate rats from a Polynesian island where they threaten to drive an endangered seabird to the edge of extinction
ScienceDaily (June 15, 2011) — A new survey of barrier islands published earlier this spring offers the most thorough assessment to date of the thousands of small islands that hug the coasts of the world's landmasses.
A sub-Antarctic island and its surrounding waters appear even richer in marine animal species than the legendary Galapagos Islands, scientists now reveal.
An environmental catastrophe is unfolding on Christmas Island, the site of Australia’s latest suspected mammal extinction
STERILISING giant tortoises and setting them free on a precious eco-site may not sound like the ideal way to restore a Galapagos island to its former glory. But it's one that seems to be working on Pinta Island, the original home of famous giant tortoise "Lonesome George".
Scientists searching for long-lost frogs in Haiti’s forests came face to face with the critically endangered La Hotte glanded frog, which sees the world through unusual, sapphire-colored eyes.
Les îles Marshall, un archipel d'îles et d'atolls du Pacifique dont beaucoup sont à moins d'un mètre au-dessus du niveau de la mer, veulent construire un mur pour se protéger des eaux.
Kiribati, a small nation consisting of 33 Pacific island atolls, is forecast to be among the first countries swamped by rising sea levels. Nevertheless, the country recently made an astounding commitment: it closed over 150,000 square miles of its territory to fishing, an activity that accounts ...
Rising over 2,500 meters from Kenya's northern desert, the Mathews Range is a sky island: isolated mountain forests surrounded by valleys. Long cut off from other forests, 'sky islands' such as this often contain unique species and ecosystems. Supported by the Nature Conservancy, an expedition i ...
At the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) we are very concerned that Unesco's decision last week to remove the Galapagos from the "World Heritage Sites In Danger" list may give the impression that the natural wonders of the islands are no longer threatened.
A United Nations panel has voted to remove Ecuador's Galapagos Islands from its list of endangered sites.
CARTI SUGDUB, Panama, June 12 (Reuters) - Rising seas from global warming, coming after years of coral reef destruction, are forcing thousands of indigenous Panamanians to leave their ancestral homes on low-lying Caribbean islands.
A new geological study has shown that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking.