BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered two new species of peacock spiders, a brightly colored group of spiders belonging to the jumping spider family (Salticidae) -- the largest family in the order Araneae.
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.
Satellite data suggest that forest loss accelerated in the past 20 years, contradicting the United Nations' reports that it decreased.
In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas.
Todd Stern says failure to produce a significant deal at UN climate change summit would be damaging but ‘I don’t think that’s going to happen’
The recent global warming 'pause' is partly due to a naturally-occurring cyclical cooling of the Pacific Ocean, say a team of scientists, who add that the pause is unlikely to last much longer.
What do Ebola and terrorism have to do with turtles? Along the Kenyan coast, quite a bit. Both are causing numbers of tourists to drop - and the impacts on wildlife conservation could be severe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.
In addition to Valentine’s Day, the month of February also commemorates the birthday of an important biology researcher of the modern era: Charles Darwin.
GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- On one side of the Atlantic is one of the driest splotches of land on Earth. On the other side is one of the wettest and most fertile. Despite the miles of open ocean separating the Sahara and Amazon, the two locales do share a commonality -- nutrient-rich dust.
25 February 2015 – When leaders and decision makers from across Asia and the Pacific gather next month in Japan to discuss how to reduce disaster risks, their top priority will be to build resilience in a region that saw some 80 million people affected and nearly $60 billion in economic losses i ...
Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs..
"WE REMEMBER the elephants. It was frightening," 10-year-old Moses told me as we walked amid the tea gardens on the lower southern slopes of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa. "But they are locked up now. We are safe when we walk to school."
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.
[KAMPALA] An ongoing project that encourages African farmers to plant beans as food and fertiliser could help counteract the impact of limited fertiliser take-up across the continent as highlighted in a recent report.
HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity.
Unarmed Black Mambas recruited from local communities are guarding nature reserve inside the Greater Kruger national park
Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success.
TORONTO -- A concerted national effort to plant the traditionally unloved milkweed is needed to reverse a precipitous decline in the monarch butterfly population, conservationists say.
Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- University of Florida researchers have confirmed the presence of a deadly parasite in three non-native species of snails that have colonized South Florida.
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.
24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found.
Researchers say that the first study to attempt to gauge global visitation figures for protected areas reveals nature-based tourism has an economic value of hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and call for much greater investment in the conservation of protected areas in line with the valu ...
Streams within approx. 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides.
(Reuters) - A team of researchers studying insects in Africa has named a newly discovered species of wasp with a distinctive yellow-and-black pattern after Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.
Vast tracts of Africa and of China are turning into dust bowls on a scale that dwarfs the one that devastated the US in the 1930s, one of the world’s pre-eminent environmental thinkers has warned.
Based on a USAID Values at Risk (VAR) report released this week, researchers from the World Resources Institute (WRI) examined the economic impact of climate change on key livelihood sectors - such as agriculture, fisheries, and rural infrastructure - of the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) which ...
LONDON, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A crackdown on corruption in the water sector and increasing investment in infrastructure are essential to avoid conflicts over water, "life's most vital resource", a United Nations University report said on Tuesday.
UN delegates charged with elaborating text for a post-2015 development agenda began work last week in New York on its declaration component. The section has been slated by a number of stakeholders as having a key role to play in outlining the multilateral vision or narrative for sustainable deve ...
23 February 2015 – Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment
MOSCOW, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The number of endangered Amur leopards at a Russian animal reserve has nearly doubled in seven years, the World Wildlife Federation announced Monday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Biodiversity requires small predators, and plenty of them -- not small like a weasel, but small like a dragonfly.
23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.
The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes -- the plants they normally serve, researchers report in a new study.
Reuters) - U.S. shellfish producers in the Northeast and the Gulf of Mexico will be most vulnerable to an acidification of the oceans linked to climate change that makes it harder for clams and oysters to build shells, a study said on Monday.
Villagers of the high desert of Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state used to harvest bountiful crops of barley, wheat, fruits, and vegetables in summer.
The aim of the corridor is to improve the protection of the environment, its biodiversity and the climate. Santos would like the project to be a transnational one, involving Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.
Last month's welcome news of a boom in the size of India's tiger population has been called into doubt by a fresh study
CAIRNS, Australia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers studying the Great Barrier Reef have found that corals there don't discriminate between real prey like plankton and faux food like microplastics.
The high seas—the vast roiling ocean that reaches beyond a coastal states’ 320-kilometer exclusive economic zone, or EEZ—is Earth’s largest biosphere.
ROME, Feb 23 2015 (IPS) - Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality.
EPULU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Deep in the jungle, Col. Lucien Gedeon Lokumu is rallying his troops. About 50 men stand in mismatched uniforms while Lokumu attempts to inspire them with a pitch-perfect sermon: We’ve got to stabilize the forest, but not at the expense of the people who cal ...
The day I first set foot in a tropical rainforest, in Malaysia in the early 1980s, I experienced something profound.
Exciting research has revealed some plants have the ability to alter soil types, suggesting opportunities may exist to re-engineer WA's hostile soils to better suit agricultural purposes.
Sir David Attenborough and a group of broadcasters, conservationists and MPs have called on the Chinese president to bring his country’s ivory trade to an end and save the African elephant from extinction.
(Reuters) - On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops.
MIGRATORY songbirds in East Asia are in trouble, according to new research. The study calls for national action and international cooperation to deal with threats, as well as more monitoring and research to help understand and protect this unique migration system.