Local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation, researchers say.
Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research.
With a new analysis of land regions, climate researchers are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.
Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.
Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife.
JIQUILISCO, El Salvador , Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador’s most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
Water management in Central Asia has long been a controversial issue. It is a region where major rivers cross international borders and water and energy production are closely intertwined.
Experimental ecosystem accounts constructed in Mauritius bring together a broad range of data, and can help assess sustainable development policies with respect to ecosystem capital resilience, and adaptability to climate change—a critical issue for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) facing t ...
Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations' progress in both of its critical missions -- peacekeeping and development: Hardship often leads to conflict, and the worsening impacts of climate change are causing hardship. That is what makes the UN Climate Summit on September 23 so imp ...
Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation.
Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certi ...
At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets. Over the past decade, a majority of the illegal clearing of forests has been in response to foreign demand for ...
A new report finds political rivalries, economic competition and nationalism are hampering efforts to solve Central Asia's growing water and energy needs; a situation that may lead to conflict says analyst Deirdre Tynan.
(Reuters) - The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, the latest assessment by scientists across the world has said.
With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and ne ...
The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.
NEW DELHI: The European Union today sought flexibity in a key principle in the climate change talks which says that the developed nations are more responsible in tackling the global warming as they are historical carbon emitters.
Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made the biggest jump last year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, raising alarm bells about society's inaction on curbing global warming.
On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments - first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 milli ...
Best estimates put the number of pygmy elephants in Malaysian Borneo at approximately 2,200, but no one can be sure how many have lost their lives in recent years as palm plantations encroach further and further into the rainforest. What is clear is that if the loss of their forest habitat conti ...
Satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso
Animal succumbs to effects of anaesthetic after her attack on a man reignited debate over woodland repopulation programme
Once plentiful on a tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) was declared extinct in 1997 as one of the world’s first recorded direct casualties of climate change. But last month, a monitoring team found a population on one of the atoll’s islands, surpr ...
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, the United Nations today reported, urging unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.
On 10th September in Parliament, Zac Goldsmith MP, Stanley Johnson, the RSPB, the Blue Marine Foundation and the Pew Trusts presented a pamphlet calling on the Government to commit to creating Marine Protected Areas around three of its Overseas Territories: Pitcairn, Ascension, and South Georgia ...
In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emiss ...
Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.
Humans are killing off species thousands of times faster than nature creates them, new research finds.
9 September 2014 – The United Nations weather agency today voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to.
R. Kamal Bawa, president, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India, and distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston, is among the three winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014.
Scientists have developed a way to identify island habitats that face the greatest threat from invasive pests, such as rats and feral cats.
Using a wildlife version of fitness trackers, biologists can finally measure how much energy animals need to stay alive.
Transnational drug trafficking organizations in Honduras – such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas – are displacing indigenous tribal groups and destroying critical forests and wildlife habitats.
What if we could reduce worldwide deaths from disease, starvation, and disaster while improving the health of people everywhere? According to the World Health Organization, we can.
NASA is developing a new probe that will create a unique 3D map of all the world’s forests, in an attempt to improve understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and the mitigation of climate change.
Cambridge, Mass. — In France, children grow up hearing the story of the 100 times good cake: A cat and a dog preparing a cake start from the idea that if the cake has 100 delicious ingredients, it will be “100 times good.” So they make a cake with strawberries and cream, garlic and pepper (and t ...
The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the rarest fish in the world. Found only in a single, tiny limestone cavern in the Devils Hole geothermal pool about 100 km east of Nevada’s Death Valley National Park, these fish have the smallest known geographic range of any vertebrate in the wild.
Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.
Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday.
With the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion, civil society actors in Europe are calling for a firmer stance on human rights and gender equality, including control of assets by women.
A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.
EL MAYOR, Mexico , Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - In their language, Cocopah means “river people”. For over 500 years the members of this Amerindian group have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora and the U.S. state of Arizona.
Once plentiful on a tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) was declared extinct in 1997 as one of the world’s first recorded direct casualties of climate change. But last month, a monitoring team found a population on one of the atoll’s largest island ...
After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country's Tourism and Art's Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenu ...
Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, ...
314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change