UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - After almost 10 years of often frustrating negotiations, the U.N. ad hoc committee on BBNJ decided, by consensus, to set in motion a process that will result in work commencing on a legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable u ...
DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Dead zones -- massive stratified columns of oxygen-deprived water -- could become the new normal in oceans around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. New research, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, links ancient climate change to dead zon ...
A team of California scientists believes a far-flung Okenia rosacea bloom -- along with a slew of other marine species spotted north of their typical ranges -- may signal a much larger shift in ocean climate and a strong forthcoming El Niño.
The US public trusts scientists and supports science. But scientists and non-scientists are concerned about the state of children’s science education, and researchers are dismayed about the state of US science, according to a poll released on 29 January.
A smartphone app called IFA Krishi Nepal has been designed to inform Nepali farmers about agricultural techniques, livestock disease, the weather and market prices, SciDev.Net reported earlier this month.
We live in a world of constant beta,” explains James Anderson, communications officer for the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Forests program.
Sainsbury’s offers the most with 163 certified products, but despite rising consumer demand Tesco stocked 18, Morrisons eight and Lidl just seven sustainable seafood products
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - The new initiative Regions Refocus 2015, housed at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, draws attention to the systemic and structural shifts required to achieve sustainable development.
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).
Public belief in the reality of climate change has risen in Britain, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.
Field research in a limestone cave in the Brazilian savanna recorded the first obligate cave-dwelling flatworm of the suborder Continenticola in South America.
A new study of marine organisms that make up the 'biofouling community' -- tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships' hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world -- shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification.
The UN is mooting the inclusion of genetic resources in guidelines for national climate change adaptation plans to support food security in developing countries.
The world's migrating monarch butterfly population has bounced back slightly from its record low last year, but the new numbers are still the second smallest on record.
BRASILIA, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - With the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of this year to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set priorities for the next fifteen years, 2015 will be a crucial year for the future of global development.
Poll finds 15% say climate change is major threat in next two decades, jumping to 29% for people with direct recent experience of flooding
Giant pandas are an endangered species with a population of just 2,000 animals. Now they face a new threat: Two pandas at a Chinese breeding center have died of canine distemper, a virus related to measels.
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development.
Paloma Durán, director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund at the United Nations Development Programme, answers questions about the lessons the UN has learned on bringing in businesses to achieve development goals
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 ...
BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Declining pollinator populations could push a quarter of the world's population back toward malnutrition, especially in developing countries where poverty is common and food is scarce.
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C.
Canine distemper, a viral disease that's been infecting the famed lions of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, appears to be spread by multiple animal species, according to a study published by a transcontinental team of scientists.
Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.
Since the 1950s, plantations and second-growth forests in China have been locally managed by village communities as collective forests, which today account for 58 percent of China's forestland.
NEW YORK, Jan 27 2015 (IPS) - The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem.
The EU has imposed sanctions on imports from Sri Lanka's fisheries after the country failed to curb illegal fishing.
Europe has been cheated of a proper debate on how food is grown; that must change
Using satellite images to study changing patterns of surface water is a powerful tool for identifying conservationally important "stepping stone" water bodies that could help aquatic species survive in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.
NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.
For millions of years, large parts of the marine biotas of the North Atlantic and North Pacific have been separated by harsh climate conditions in the Arctic.
AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Polar bears do more than just star in Coca-Cola commercials. Occasionally, they eat and mate (the two great joys of animals' lives). But according to a new study, mating has been getting a bit harder for polar bears in recent decades -- or more accurately, getti ...
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group has told the government.
As Northeasterners hunker down to weather tonight’s potentially record-breaking winter storm, they may also want to brace themselves for even more severe nor’easters in the future
Most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms.
Science can provide the best evidence on many questions: how likely is a disease to spread? How likely is a new seed to produce greater yields? How likely is a training programme to produce better jobs?
Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries.
NAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.
Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive more public attention and cash
Kampala — A parliamentary commission wants the management at the National Forestry Authority to take action against all encroachers in the central forests reserves in the country.
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.
In many parts of the world, Uganda inclusive, women’s rights to land and property are denied. The existing laws give women fewer or less secure rights than men, and inequitable and discriminatory attitudes and practices undermine them.
Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests.
In literature, crows and ravens are a bad omen and are associated with witches
New reserch may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years
On 1 January, a new environmental protection law (EPL) took effect in China. It is the nation's first attempt to harmonize economic and social development with environmental protection.
The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the ...
MOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland.
Populations of smew drakes, which number less than 200 in the UK, are growing twice as fast in Special Protection Areas