The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Highlighting global warming and climate change as real challenges and threats resulting from undue human and industrial misuse and abuse of the ever diminishing forest resource, Minister of Internal Affairs Morris Dukuly has proposed a national program to protect the forests of Liberia.
June 17, 2013 — The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
While gorillas are on the brink of being extinct in other African countries, Rwanda has given great importance to preserving Mountain Gorillas, and this comes along with a series of celebrations rooted in the African culture- the naming ceremonies- locally known as 'Kwita Izina'
The world can satisfy its growing appetite for meat and animal-based products without upsetting livelihoods, especially of developing country farmers, or worsening climate change.
The final report of a cross-party inquiry into Australia's biodiversity and climate change produced only “weak and ineffective” recommendations and was a missed opportunity to act, the Australian Conservation Foundation said.
Inuit knowledge and culture have played major roles in the design and function of the $142 million High Arctic Research Station planned for Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Hyderabad city improved its points in City Biodiversity Index (CBI) from 39 points in October 2012 to 59 points this month.
WASHINGTON – Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.
NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say global action is needed to improve responses to the threat of drought around the world.
DUBAI, Jun 18 2013 (IPS) - Environmental campaigners are urging the Angolan government to halt plans to mine diamonds inside a national reserve that is home to the world’s last wild population of a rare antelope, the Giant Sable.
HAVANA, Jun 17 2013 (IPS) - “How much is a species worth? What is the price tag on the services provided by a river or a forest?” These are the questions biologist María Elena Perdomo is asking to encourage Cubans to take account of environmental costs, which may apparently be incorporated in th ...
World Heritage Committee says reef will be listed as threatened ecosystem unless government takes steps to protect it
June 17, 2013 — Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.
Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.
Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella organisation of farmers, NGOs and intellectuals working on farm-related issues, has debunked the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2013, demanding that it be scrapped in its present form.
As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems.
The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.
Logging in temperate zones may release more greenhouse gases than previously thought by destabilizing carbon stored in forest soils, argues a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 15 2013 (IPS) - The Caribbean has the unenviable reputation as one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, a situation exacerbated by climate change and vulnerability that experts warn could have significant economic consequences if unaddressed.
Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status
Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.
Climate change abroad will have a more immediate effect on the UK than climate change at home, a report says.
ISLAMABAD: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be celebrated today (Monday) to promote public awareness and the implementation of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa.
While the national government remains slow to deal with climate change, many cities have been moving ahead.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mobilising global action around the great challenge of our time: sustainable development. It is a call that the world must heed.
When Calestous Juma was 9 years old, floods inundated his family’s village. Port Victoria sits on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria, just shy of the Ugandan border.
Luanda — The Environment Ministry, through its Cross-border Committee, Thursday in Luanda, presented the Mayombe Forest Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan designed for the preservation of the ecosystems and forests.
London - Unmanned drones, instead of being harbingers of death, should become a vital technological tool in the conservation fight and in delivering vital goods to remote areas, the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh heard.
(Phys.org) —In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues, according to an article by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.
Environmental activists have responded with alarm to new data showing Indonesia has the third-biggest area of land in the world given over to foreign control since 2000, warning of dire implications to the country’s rainforests, wildlife and indigenous communities.
The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid insecticides ‘may be just the tip of the iceberg’, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Research conducted by the University of Sussex’s Professor Dave Goulson reveals that soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds ...
NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve from videos that featured bats being butchered for food and defecating into a popular drink, and stories of how bats may spread lethal disease.
Between a quarter and a half of all birds, along with around a third of amphibians and a quarter of corals, are highly vulnerable to climate change.
June 13, 2013 — Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves, not icebergs calving into the sea, are responsible for most of the continent's ice loss, a study by UC Irvine and others has found.
The High-Level Panel's goal for girls and women is a moment to celebrate, but there is still work to do to unleash girls' unique potential
Peru has made its comprehensive deforestation data available to the public. The data shows that while more than 100,000 hectares have been cleared in the Peruvian Amazon on annual basis since 2005, the rate of clearing has slowed in recent years
China's agricultural authorities issued biosafety certificates to three new overseas varieties of genetically modified soybeans on Thursday, allowing them to be imported as raw materials for domestic processing.
United Nations — With less than three years before a 2015 deadline, the developing world is largely expected to miss one of the U.N.'s key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger.
The Chagos Islands marine protected area is the largest of its kind in the world, encircling the dozens of tiny islands of the Chagos archipelago that lie in thousands of miles of Indian Ocean between Madagasgar and Asia.
Newly collected eggs give the Schaus butterfly a chance
Whether it's swapping coffee for cocoa in Central America or bracing for drought in Sri Lanka with a return to ancient water storage systems, findings from a new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) chart a path for farmers to adapt to c ...
With time running short to agree a post-2020 international deal to tackle climate change, a new report warns that inaction puts the world at risk of greater climate volatility.
On Monday, Amory Lovins, physicist, environmentalist, and unassuming colossus of the green movement, appeared in London to talk about energy use.
Dodoma — THE government has called upon all Tanzanians to rally behind its efforts in planting trees and preserving water sources and wetlands to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Call it a cod comeback, or at least the beginnings of one. The fish has been so over-exploited that eco-conscious consumers avoid it, but North Sea stocks are now rising.
Named after the Roman hero Hercules, Heracleum mantegazzianum captures attention with its impressive foliage: huge, sharply lobed leaves; hollow, hairy, purple-splotched stems, four inches in diameter; and towering umbrella-shaped white flowers that bloom in late spring.
Devastating reports of wildlife poaching have once again surfaced in the media. Poaching is seen as a perennial problem as the report also illustrates that environmental crimes are among the most serious and profitable forms of transnational organised crime in Asia.
Before making changes to ocean management, it helps to know something about the status of living creatures and ecosystems you’re trying to use sustainably.
A warming world will present Punxsutawney Phil and his cousins with a host of new challenges, possibly enough to put some species at risk of extinction.