BERLIN, Jun 4, 2012 (IPS) - Land degradation poses a threat to all life on Earth including humanity. To stop the enormous loss of life-giving land, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is pushing for a sustainable development goal of Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD) to ...
Vast tracts of Australia's oceans have been formally declared as protected areas, as part of long-running efforts to establish the world's largest network of marine reserves.
Research led by UBC experts says stocks would rebound if subsidies were dramatically reduced
As part of efforts to mitigate the threat of invasive alien species in the Caribbean, the Government has allocated some $41 million to the project.
Alien mammals, including mink, wild boar, racoons, shrews and beavers, have invaded Europe to a greater extent than we thought.
From tiger mosquitoes to ragweed, more than 10,000 invasive species are putting increasing pressure on the natural world
Conservationists fear local extinctions of insects, as wet conditions leave many species of plants and animals struggling
A disease that has the potential to devastate the UK's ash tree population has been recorded for the first time in the UK's natural environment.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2012) — Biologists from Western University have discovered that insects recover from chill-coma by getting water and salt back where it belongs
AUSTIN, Texas, May 16 (UPI) -- Invasive "crazy ants" displacing native fire ants across the southeastern United States could have dramatic effects on the region's ecosystem, researchers say
KHUMBU, Nepal, Jul 21 2012 (IPS) - Every morning, as Gian Pietro Verza walks up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier in this Himalayan country’s north-east to take measurements, the wind makes colourful prayer flags flutter noisily. That same wind carries soot particles that are causing the ...
More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.
Expenditure on conserving bio-diversity should be looked as an investment for future and the present global economic crisis should not discourage countries on investing more on this front, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said here today.
A species of bee not seen in the UK for a quarter of a century is being reintroduced to the countryside.
The UK's only known resident population of killer whales is at risk of becoming extinct, marine life experts fear.
CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Fishing nets left or lost by fishermen, known as "ghost nets," are threatening wildlife -- especially sea turtles -- in the sea off Australia, scientists say.
NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say climate modeling predicts a much greener arctic in the coming decades with more trees and shrubs because of global warming.
Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.
Hyderabad : India's economic policies are destroying biodiversity and livelihoods on an unprecedented scale, civil society groups warned Tuesday.
Kota Kinabalu: The licensed tourist guides have been advised to update themselves on existing and latest tourism products in Sabah so as to enhance their knowledge and quality.
PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- NASA says satellite data shows the equatorial Pacific Ocean is now in its 10th month locked in what some call a neutral, or "La Nada" state.
Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.
Dec. 16, 2012 — Intense but small-scale polar storms could make a big difference to climate predictions, according to new research from the University of East Anglia and the University of Massachusetts.
Ecologists have urged government action to tackle the 'alarming' crisis of 'biodiversity destruction' in Spain as data reveals that the country is the most vulnerable in Europe.
A noted climate scientist says there is "no doubt" that climate change is "playing a role" in this year's series of record fires in the western U.S.
The government has announced that it will not sell off publicly owned forests in England.
Impacts of actions under Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a UN mechanism to stem deforestation and degradation – on biodiversity and carbon vary across forest types and landscape conditions, a new global assessment shows.
At the age of 12, she silenced the world for six minutes at the first UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. 20 years later, Canadian Severn Cullis-Suzuki has made her name known, and her voice heard.
Twenty years ago, the United Nations summit held in Rio de Janeiro paved the way for landmark agreements on the climate and the environment. This year's meeting, on the other hand, has been widely criticized for its lack of vision in the face of accelerating degradation of the planet. German com ...
Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment could have caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study has suggested.
A fifth of animals without backbones could be at risk of extinction, say scientists.
Hundreds of crown-of-thorns starfish found on a beach in southern Japan in January stranded themselves because they were starving, say researchers.
Scientists have discovered what is likely a new species of cricket that is the top predator of its lightless world: a cave in a Venezuelan tepui.
Scientists have mapped the evolutionary relationships among all 9,993 of the world's known living bird species.
A high-level panel has called for "urgent action" to safeguard the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by providing extra support to under-represented developing countries and focusing on sustainable development priorities.
This theme for this year’s World Environment Day is the ‘Green Economy' something the UN describes as “an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”
Team of scientists use radiometric dating techniques on Russian cave formations to measure historic melting rates
Central Africa has the newest World Heritage site. On Tuesday, the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (TNS) as a World Heritage Site for its density and diversity of rainforest wildlife.
The Zoological Society of London has compiled a list of the 100 species in the world most likely to go extinct, from Bulmer's fruitbat to the Asian unicorn.
National Geographic is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2013. Here is a selection of photographs published by the magazine and the stories behind them
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.
Scientists have created high-resolution carbon maps for 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 square miles) of forest across roughly 40 percent of the Colombian Amazon, greatly boosting the ability of the South American nation to measure emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, reports t ...
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.
Two Latin American companies have won the WWF Switzerland Tropical Forest Challenge, a competition that aims to highlight and support for-profit entities that have a positive impact on conserving tropical forests.
In an unprecedented show of concern, 2,600 (and rising) of the world's top marine scientists have released a Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs that raises alarm bells about the state of the world's reefs as they are pummeled by rising temperatures and ocean acidification, bot ...
The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said on Monday.
A survey carried out by the team of experts from the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) has identified 100 wetlands in northern Kerala.
Building on decades of experience in sustainable development, Henkel is intensifying its cooperation with all stakeholders to develop viable solutions for the future
World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average
Three of Hawaii's rarest birds have been detected at lower elevations along the volcanic summits for the first time in 30 years, a sign the endangered species may be holding their own against introduced diseases and climate change, scientists say.