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.
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.
A study on how natural and human-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake.
BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Bladderworts are a genus of carnivorous plants that prefer freshwater environs or very wet soils. And as a new study finds, at least one bladderwort variety -- in terms of genomics, anyways -- does more with less.
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.
Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have discovered a way to map 'reed die-back' using satellites and aircraft.
KAPURTHALA: Not only has least diversity in bird species been observed at Kanjhli - the smallest Ramsar site of Punjab - but the wetland has been found to be in a bad shape during the recent Asian Water-bird Census (AWC).
29 January 2015 – The world's network of lakes, rivers and streams that provide fish and fresh drinking water to millions of people must be better managed in order to safeguard their ongoing contribution to healthy diets and the global economy, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizatio ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Two subglacial Greenland lakes thought to be stable -- pockets of icy water accumulated over many years -- are now gone, drained in a matter of weeks. And scientists aren't exactly sure why or what it means.
(Reuters) - The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra
Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action
Tiny synthetic fibres from clothes, cleaning cloths and consumer products are getting stuck inside fish in ways that other microplastics are not.
[SANTIAGO] The Interoceanic Canal that will run through Lake Nicaragua could kill life in the vast lake and have other serious effects on the country’s environment and economy unless safeguards are put in place, an independent international panel of experts has warned.
CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The acidification of lakes in Canada in recent decades, caused mostly by industrial pollution, is pushing freshwater habitat into "an entirely new ecological state," researchers say
A study of the removal of two dams in Oregon suggests that rivers can return surprisingly fast to a condition close to their natural state, both physically and biologically, and that the biological recovery might outpace the physical recovery. In the end, the large pulse of sediment from dam rem ...
A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health.
The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96% of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old. Conservationists say that human activity has driven the birds to one remaining wetland, but t ...
BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The battle for the country's wetlands rages in China as farmers eager to boost meager incomes butt heads with government initiatives to preserve biodiversity.
Science turns legacy of poor Soviet agricultural practices into opportunities for purification, better irrigation and healthier rivers
Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish.
A skydiving gecko, a fish with genitals in its head and a cave-dwelling spider that has lost its eyes are among the 367 new species that have been discovered in the Greater Mekong region of South East Asia over the past two years, according to the WWF wildlife charity.
Europe's rivers are awash with organic chemicals that can kill or subtly harm aquatic life, according to the most extensive survey yet of pollution in the continent's major river basins.
Scientists have found that Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been in over two decades.
In less than a century, humanity destroyed the Aral Sea. It is one of the most emblematic environmental disasters. But now it seems the sea has collapsed at least twice before, and recovered both times.
A type of freshwater algae, known as "rock snot," that infiltrates river bottoms and clumps on rocks is not an invasive species introduced into waterways by humans, a new study finds.
As California's San Joaquin River meanders down from the Sierra Nevada across the Central Valley toward the San Francisco Bay, it loses water to farms and communities along the way. Now, amid drought, a national river conservation agency is calling on California to manage the San Joaquin's much- ...
Europe intends to slice through its last wild rivers with a series of dams. The new hydropower stations will deliver much-needed power to the region, but may also change the face of the Balkans forever.
Few places in the world keep their secrets as well as Northern Nevada. Ask anyone driving across the northern half of the state along U.S. Highway 50 (widely referred to as the “Loneliest Road in America”) what they saw, and the most common reply will be “a whole-lot-of-nothin’.”
FROM above it looks like a meandering yellow scar. On either side lie lush green polygons – the irrigated fields of the Mexicali valley just south of the US border, where tomatoes, cucumbers and onions grow in what should be a desert. The dusty smear running in between used to be the Colorado ri ...
ALAPPUZHA, (India), Mar 6 2014 (IPS) - Farming, tourism, poor fishing practices along with misdirected policies are muddying the famous backwaters of Kerala, one of India’s best known holiday destinations. Nowhere is this misuse more visible than in and around the 95-km-long Vembanad Lake.
Footage of a family of beavers filmed in a Devon river is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years
Bwabwata — The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will in the next two years start to finalise the draft national policy on wetlands to provide the policy framework and guidance to the management of wetlands.
MINSK, 31 January (BelTA) - The nature reserves Vydritsa, Kozyansky and Pripyatsky National Park have been included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, Natalia Minchenko, the head of biological and landscape diversity at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment o ...
The key to clean waterways and sustainable fisheries is to follow nine guiding principles of water management, says a team of Canadian biologists.
Biologist says most recent attempt to net creature in the Xochimilco network of lakes resulted in none being found
Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there.
Jan. 14, 2014 — A relatively unknown, hidden, artificial stream, called a "flume," located in the basement of the Idaho Water Center at Broadway and Front streets in downtown Boise is the site of a collaborative research initiative by scientists from Boise State University and the University of ...
Improving the biodiversity of ponds and lakes in malaria-endemic regions could offer a powerful and sustainable way to control malaria.
Dec. 9, 2013 — Biologist André Frainer shows in his thesis how important aquatic species richness is to the functioning of northern stream ecosystems. He defends his results at Umeå University in Sweden on December 6.
BEIJING, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- China's largest desert freshwater lake is drying up at an accelerated rate due to coal mining and climate change, researchers say.
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.
The Ganges is India's holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world's most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of its winter water birds in the past decade, researchers at Queen's University Belfast say.
[NAIROBI] Pollution and overfishing in Lake Victoria have become so severe that scientists believe they threaten the health and livelihoods of millions of East Africans.
Oct. 14, 2013 — New research published today in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews has found the first evidence that large rivers control desert sands and dust in Northern China.
A new assessment of the ecological status of Finland's waters shows that 85% of the surface area of our lakes and 65% of our rivers are in a good or very good state. However, three-quarters of the surface area of our coastal waters are in a worse state. The main problem is eutrophication.
Oct. 1, 2013 — Citizens have been reserved a major role in initiating, planning and implementing water management measures.
In the Lower Basin of the Sanaga River in Cameroon, near Lake Ossa and the Douala-Edea National Parks, manatees swim and float about like round, potato-shaped mermaids.
An estimated 80 percent of Asia’s rivers are considered “sick,” meaning they suffer from pollution and the uncoordinated development of water resources. As conservationists rethink strategies to save rivers, young researchers in Manila are finding promise in an age-old watershed preservation app ...
Conservationists say that habitat loss, predation by American mink, and changeable weather are to blame.