Colombo, May 27 (IANS): Sri Lanka is facing a mixed score card with regard to its progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the latest Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released here.
The United Nations (UN) and World Bank (WB) agree that Azerbaijan has made a significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN member countries and all leading development organizations in the world.
Conservationists have been warning about the loss of biodiversity in the wild for years, but according to Zakri Abdul Hamid, head of the United Nations’ new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), diversity loss is also occurring under the watchf ...
Last week, Namibia was one of two countries that celebrated Biodiversity Action Day. This year, the celebrations which included tours in the Namib Desert, were held at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre situated in the Namib Naukluft Park. The theme for this year's National Biodiversity Ac ...
Your loyal pooch may be bringing a whole world of bacteria into your home — but don't panic. Research suggests that exposure to a wide variety of microbes may be good for us.
The state Biodiversity Board’s initiative, Shanthi Sthal, involving creation of man-made forests in private lands, is catching up.
Earlier this month, Australia’s Big Four banks copped a serve over their support of the coal and gas extraction industries, focusing attention on the ways large banks' investment decisions can put the future of the Great Barrier Reef at risk.
Officials of the Department of the Environment are participating in a workshop in attempt to establish the linkages between international environmental agreements and Belize’s national development agenda.
Late in 2011, a team of 14 scientists published a groundbreaking paper in the prestigious journal Science. The paper, entitled Global Seabird Response to Forage Fish Depletion – One-Third for the Birds provided convincing evidence that seabirds begin to suffer when the food available in the ocea ...
Nearly all of the member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) will attend the week-long workshop to further cooperation and understanding on international ocean forecasting capabilities and needs in the Indian Ocean.
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, made one of his strongest speeches yet on the dangers of a warming planet when he warned this month that climate change is "the greatest risk we have ever faced". Action must be taken now, the Prince said, because the risk of doing nothing is "too great."
In early 2012 once-in-a-century floods submerged swaths of Great Britain and Ireland, causing some $1.52 billion in damages. Then in June record-high temperatures in Russia sparked wildfires that consumed 74 million acres of pristine Siberian taiga.
Combating climate change effects should be integrated into every ministerial agenda and not left to the Ministry of Natural Resources (Minirena) alone, the Natural Resources minister has said.
Label this one under the category of the news that’s not too surprising, but somewhat depressing nonetheless. In an effort to provide “fair and balanced” coverage on climate change, the mainstream press and media “routinely cites climate contrarian think tanks without reporting their ties to the ...
New climate projections for the Congo Basin have renewed the call for informed and collaborative responses to climate change in Central Africa
GENEVA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Work on reducing the risk of disasters cannot be separated from efforts to tackle climate change and to move towards more sustainable development, an international conference on disaster risk reduction agreed this week.
Does giving to animal causes take funds away from humans in desperate need?
What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.
Following his recent visit to Namibia, members of the African caucus to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) met with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Dr James Anaya, to brief him on the issues affecting the San, Khoi, Batwa and Babuti indigenous peo ...
Rajouri/Jammu,May 23 (Scoop News) –Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University’s Centre for Biodiversity Studies (CBS) celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity which has been declared by the United Nations and celebrated all over the world for the promotion of biodiversity issues.
LONDON – Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected.
Chinese scientists have acquired new insights into how white tigers get their colouration.
Villagers in rural Hunchun have mixed feelings about initiative's initial success in boosting population of endangered big cat
The United Nations designated May 22 as the “International Day for Biological Diversity,” to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. “Water and Biodiversity” is this year’s theme.
KOLKATA: Electronic fence and mobile squad to keep elephants and gaurs off train tracks and forest villages in North Bengal, drive elephants away from human settlements in forest areas of Rupnarayan, Kharagpur, Bankura and Purulia, rescue and transport leopards from North Bengal, install nylon n ...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to improve its floodplain management, consider water conservation and focus on harnessing the power of excessive rains to solve its water crisis, said experts at a ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Biodiversity and ecosystem services have an important role to play in attaining the sustainable development goals relating to food security, water, energy and poverty eradication, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity said at Headquarters today.
FIJI joined billions of people around the world in marking World Biodiversity Day yesterday in Colo-i-Suva.
A publication on water management, Watering Biodiversity, Ecosystem released by the National Biodiversity Authority, calls on the government to take up ecologically viable water management strategies to help bring down the cost of water.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa today, 22 May 2013 on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), launched the Mining and Biodiversity Guideline: Mainstreaming biodiversity into the mining sector, in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.
SWAT: The University of Swat marked International Day for Biodiversity on Wednesday with a call to conserve medicinal plants from northern Pakistan.
NECKER ISLAND, British Virgin Islands (AP) — Surrounded by a turquoise sea and a menagerie of exotic animals on a billionaire's private island, political and business leaders gathered Friday to back an initiative aimed at expanding protection for the Caribbean's imperiled coasts and waters.
(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed him for his charm and political skill as marshal of her vision of a 'green revolution' in Europe's biggest power market. A year on, Peter Altmaier finds himself spurned by many environmentalists, disdained by industry and viewed coolly by a public w ...
It sounds intuitive: Of course global warming should lead to more—and more powerful—tornadoes.
With one indigenous language dying out every two weeks, with indigenous livelihoods under threat and with indigenous children being routinely excluded from school, the Africa Caucus of indigenous peoples has appealed to UN member states to take concrete steps to promote and protect the rights of ...
A leading scientist has rated Indonesia’s water management policies as among the worst in the world, and called for greater use of research and technology improve access to the precious resource for drinking and irrigation
Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today.
On each expedition on The Healing Journey, Jon Waterhouse uses canoes to travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. This summer, he’s working with indigenous leaders in So ...
WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered what may be the world's largest methane seep on the ocean floor, where life thrives under extreme conditions.
May 22, 2013 — Large-river specialist fishes -- from giant species like paddlefish and blue catfish, to tiny crystal darters and silver chub -- are in danger, but researchers say there is greater hope to save them if major tributaries identified in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study become ...
May 22, 2013 — Two new minute spider species have been discovered from the Sichuan and Chongqing, China.
The world's poorest countries are in a dispute with developed nations, including the United States and European Union members, over their special rights to bypass intellectual property rights when accessing key technologies — a provision that is about to expire.
MEXICO CITY, May 22 2013 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s recommendation to consider using edible insects as a food source to combat hunger may have particular repercussions in Colombia and Mexico, two Latin American countries that have a tradition of eating insects and a high deg ...
JAMAICA has been ranked fifth among islands of the world in terms of endemic plants. The country also enjoys a high level of endemism for animal species. It has:* 98.2 per cent of the 514 indigenous species of land snails and 100 per cent of the 22 indigenous species of amphibians.
"If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us" - David Suzuki.
Luanda – The Ministry of Environment Tuesday in Luanda appealed to all Angolans to contribute with a patriotic feeling and national citizen spirit to the protection and preservation of the large biological diversity, with a view to the country’s sustainable development.
Chennai: Despite Tamil Nadu being endowed with biodiversity including rich flora and fauna, the growing commercialisation has exerted severe pressure on these resources putting some of these in danger of extinction.
Gobabeb — Namibia's environment has started turning into an enemy that conspires with nature, while poor farming practices, excessive mining and deforestation have contributed to environmental degradation, according to the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga.
It is independent producers who have the most to lose from this latest bizarre EU directive, so let's hope it is never enforced
Speech competition, nature photography and painting competitions among students from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will be held here at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) today (Wednesday).