HIGHER demand for ivory in international markets has been blamed for increased poaching and destruction of natural resources in Tanzania.
A new study finds that climate drives a large part of African diarrhoeal disease and increases the threat to vulnerable communities.
LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- The length of the summer melt season in part of Antarctica has been getting longer, and increasing ice loss, for the last 60 years, British scientists say.
The Conservative government is pulling out of a United Nations convention aimed at fighting droughts and desertification in Africa, making Canada the only country in the world to leave the agreement.
DUNDEE, Scotland, March 27 (UPI) -- Some pesticides may be damaging the brains of bees, inhibiting the ability to learn and remember floral smells in their search for food, British scientists say.
Mar. 26, 2013 — Increasing tourism and the spread of marine invasive non-native species is threatening the unique plant and marine life around the Galapagos Islands.
[BARILOCHE] Argentina's government has launched a research and development (R&D) strategy that could result in R&D investment rising from 0.65 to 1.65 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) by 2020.
Areas in the Amazon where there is conflict over land tenure have higher deforestation rates than places where land rights are secure, finds a new study that assesses the effectiveness of indicators used to gauge the success of protected areas in Brazil.
As hedgehogs all over the United Kingdom wake up from their winter hibernation, activists will be carefully counting their hogs.
MÁLAGA, Spain, Mar 27 2013 (IPS) - Spain has more large-scale plantations of genetically modified seeds than any other country in the European Union (EU).
House sparrow and starling numbers dropping at alarming rate, but prolonged winter brings new species to backyards
Could switchgrass become a game changer in the northeastern U.S., where the cost of home heating oil makes for a costly winter year after year?
Energy bills have been going up. We know that average duel fuel bills have increased by 13 per cent in real terms since 2010. People struggling to make ends meet are hit hard by these rises.
CLIMATE change is a threat to international peace and security and calls for an address to the environmental challenges being experienced worldwide, Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister Francis Nhema has said.
When former Chinese President Hu Jintao announced a plan to build a more beautiful China, caring for the nation's 3 million square kilometers of marine territory was no small part.
A big difference between the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 agenda is that extensive efforts are being made to find out what matters most to the poor.
Ghana’s Report on Post- 2015 Development Agenda for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is expected to be finalized and sent to the United Nations (UN) for the special session of the General Assembly this year.
More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health, unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.
These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton ...
NEW DELHI: A different type of Holi will be seen in Lakshwadeep. A group of marine biologists having recently observed the phenomenon of coral spawning — popularly also called 'sex on the reef' — will be spending all of Wednesday observing the rare occurrence.
More than 30 years after Thomas Lovejoy coined the term "biological diversity" and made projections about global extinction rates, the chairman of the Heinz Center for Biodiversity is still trying to get the world's attention about the dwindling number of animals inhabiting the earth.
DURHAM, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- Scientists say genetics have helped them identify two new species of mouse lemur, tiny saucer-eyed primates native to the African island of Madagascar
Mar. 25, 2013 — Although it's known that construction of homes in suburban areas can have negative impacts on native plants and animals, a recent study led by University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologist Susannah Lerman suggests that well- managed residential development such as provided by hom ...
[BUENOS AIRES] The loss of wild pollinators from agricultural landscapes could threaten global crop yields, a study has found.
The Peruvian government has declared an environmental state of emergency after finding elevated levels of lead, barium, and chromium in the Pastaza River in the Amazon jungle, reports the Associated Press.
Sri Lanka’s fame as a global amphibian hotspot got a further boost last week with the discovery of eight new amphibian species.
The St. Francis’ Satyr is small, brown, and fabulously rare. Once found across North Carolinian sedge meadows, the federally endangered butterfly is now restricted to a few square miles.
It's circa 2050 and shoppers are stopping off at Ikea to buy fine wine made in Sweden.A Nordic fantasy? Not according to climate experts who say the Earth's warming phase is already driving a wave of change through the world of wine.
A one-degree rise in temperature could spell doom for a rare Australian possum within a decade, potentially making the tiny, long-tailed marsupial the continent's first victim of climate change, researchers said.
THE Brics member states have been "far too timid" in their adoption of pro-poor, renewable energy development, Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo said in Durban on Monday.
Malta has become inured to the curse of creeping urban development that has destroyed so much of its natural landscapes and environment.
EMERGING powers, including the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are developing countries.
Scientists say it is possible that there have never been fewer butterflies in Britain since it was first inhabited by humans
BEIJING, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Chinese scientists say mapping a key genetic code for bread wheat could improve the crop's productivity and ability to withstand extreme conditions
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., March 25 (UPI) -- Scientists who've sequenced the genome of a type of endangered lemur living in Madagascar say it will help guide conservation efforts for the species.
The government is to plant a quarter of a million ash trees in an attempt to find strains that are resistant to the fungus responsible for ash dieback.
Mar. 24, 2013 — Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate "biofuel crops" from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted.
Mar. 25, 2013 — In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel.
[COTONOU, BENIN] New research from West Africa challenges the widely held view that African and Asian 'farmer rice' varieties have only local value owing to their poor ability to adapt to adverse environmental conditions.
The UK government's chief scientist has said that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods and droughts over the next 25 years.
Mar. 25, 2013 — A female great tits' (Parus major) appearance is shown to signal healthy attributes in offspring in a paper in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology.
Mar. 25, 2013 — Getting enough to eat is a basic human need -- but at what cost to the environment?
A group of biologists and conservation scientists meeting in Sumatra warned that potential changes to Aceh's spatial plan could undermine some of the ecological services that underpin the Indonesian province's economy and well-being of its citizens.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 22 2013 (IPS) - How much water does it take to turn on a light? It took 10,000 litres to make your jeans. Another three big bathtubs of water was needed for your two-eggs-toast-coffee breakfast this morning.
Environmental factors contribute to 30% of Africa's disease burden and hinder the continent's development
Geoengineering schemes that aim to slow global warming by seeding oceans with iron to boost carbon dioxide-absorbing phytoplankton may not lead to long-term sequestration of the important greenhouse gas, finds a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The renowned theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, once said that if he had just one hour to find a solution on which his life depended, he would spend the first 55 minutes defining the problem. Once he knew the right question to ask, he could solve the problem in less than five minutes.
A new conservation tool could ensure the location of marine protected areas is fair to everyone who fishes, say researchers.
Governments, businesses and civil society must commit to protect forests by reducing deforestation, preventing environmental degradation, and providing sustainable livelihoods for all of those who depend on this precious ecosystem, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
For the second year running, the Government of India’s Economic Survey has a chapter on ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change’. This appears to signal an increasing acknowledgment of the ecological impacts of development, confined to a few desultory pages in previous Surveys.