The Intha people who live on and around Inle Lake, in Myanmar, are renowned for their custom of fishing while rowing with one leg.
A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on Earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.
They made recordings of ambient noises at 42 reef sites at three different times of day, and compared these to habitat and fish community surveys taken at the same time.
A new WWF report says puts the annual gross marine product at $2.5 trillion, which makes it more valuable than all but six of the world's economies. But for all that, it is continually exploited.
As Earth Day turns 45, share your story about the natural or urban landscape you most want to save. The most compelling submissions will be featured in a Guardian video Climate change isn’t the future. It’s happening now and threatening some of the most remarkable ecosystems on the planet.
Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast.
When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world's richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the worl ...
Six decades ago, when Dick Sheldon first got into the oyster business, the tide flats of Washington states Willapa Bay were almost free of blight. There were no crabs (well, almost none) and Sheldon used to hike onto the mud at low tide, with a bucket for oysters
Marine scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg explains the rationale behind pricing the ocean.
In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums takes action against Japanese member representing aquariums that take dolphins from Taiji hunt
Tucked away in the Himalayas you'll find Bhutan -- one of the smallest countries in the world, but blessed with an abundance of natural treasures and beauty. It's a fairy-tale landscape.
On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak
Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammal
2015 is a fateful year for the international community’s development and climate goals.
After the European Union proposed Wednesday to allow its 28 member countries to decide individually whether they wanted to ban or allow the importation of genetically modified organisms, food industry groups and the U.S. government reacted promptly, and with some ire.
A petition has been filed urging the UN to create a legal framework requiring governments to make data from the genetic sequencing of plants freely available.
Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.
Researchers need to find ways to measure how the changes in climate are affecting biodiversity.
A study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses, reports Rainfore ...
India is planning to create three more tiger reserves in the country, environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the parliament on Tuesday. The development comes in the wake of a recent survey that showed that the tiger population is rising.
22 April 2015 – Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said today urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being ...
Tribal peoples are generally the best conservationists; they have managed their lands sustainably for many generations. Forcibly removing tribal peoples from their land usually results in environmental damage. Such removals are a violation of human rights and should be opposed by conservationists.
Earth Day is a moment to reflect upon global efforts to protect our planet and its species from a variety of threats. For many of us, this work is taking place right in our own communities - at the zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens that are a part of many of our lives.
NEWCASTLE, England, April 22 (UPI) -- The evidence against neonicotinoids is mounting. Two new studies -- both published this week in the journal Nature -- suggest the popular class of pesticides are decimating bee populations, both managed honeybees and wild bumblebees.
New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.
Farmers in tropical areas have long struggled to maximize their crop yields, but the strikes against them just continue to mount. To start with, they tend to lack storage and processing tools that industrialized countries take for granted — things like refrigeration, ovens, and grain elevators.
The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.
Illegal online trafficking in imperiled wildlife is rampant, and attempted controls are few and largely ineffective. Log on to most any international internet store that deals in wildlife or wildlife parts, and you’ll find a charnel house of endangered and protected species hawked openly or unde ...
Humanity faces two fundamental challenges this century. The first is to lift billions of people out of poverty and give them the opportunity to live healthy and dignified lives. The second is to ensure that this development does not destabilize the climatic and ecological systems that have enabl ...
After 45 protected years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is recommending that 10 of 14 species of humpback whales be removed from the US endangered list.
OSLO (REUTERS) - Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming.
The tragic capsizing of yet another boat in the Mediterranean, crammed to the rafters with people seeking refuge in Europe, underlines the need for action in the region.
(Reuters) - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.
Surging demand for natural rubber is decimating some of the world's most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystem services at risk, warn scientists writing in the journal Conservation Letters.
VALLE SIMPSON, Chile, Apr 17 2015 (IPS) - More than 100 women small farmers from Chile’s southern Patagonia region have joined together in a new association aimed at achieving economic autonomy and empowerment, in an area where machismo and gender inequality are the norm.
BANJUL, The Gambia, Apr 18 2015 (IPS) - It was five in the afternoon and Buba Badjie, a boat captain, had just brought his catch to the shore. He had spent twelve hours at sea off Bakau, a major fish landing site in The Gambia.
(Reuters) - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.
Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this ‘marginal hippy movement’ seriously
When it comes to conservation, charisma, convenience and national pride play a role in which species receive funding. Spiders and snakes? Forget about it.
AHMEDABAD: As now Kutch's 'swimming camels' have got recognition as a separate breed of camels, the experts hope that it would help in conservation and research efforts.
Restructure data-gathering and evaluation networks to address climate change, energy, food, health and water provision, say Yonglong Lu and colleagues.
At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.
MISSOULA, Mont., April 20 (UPI) -- Some climate models suggest runaway global temperatures will be held in check -- at least a little bit -- by the uptick in green growth enabled by a warming planet. In other words, the plant life encouraged by global warming will pull excess carbon dioxide out ...
19 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”
Wildlife activists are calling for a cull of feral cats in Australia's island state, Tasmania, where they are breeding out of control - outnumbering humans two to one and threatening livestock and native species.
People who have lived in Hong Kong for some time know it is full of surprises. For conservationists currently marking the city's inaugural Ocean Appreciation Month, the occasion for a stocktake shows how special our surrounding marine environment is. But these qualities are a cause for concern a ...
EZEIZA, Argentina , Apr 16 2015 (IPS) - Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.
Holding up her eagle feather, Roberta Price opens the conversation at Manoah Steves Elementary School in Richmond, B.C., with the ceremony of introduction. This is what she does to mark the beginning of her cultural teachings.