13 February 2015 – A key milestone on the route to a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached today in Geneva, with a week of United Nations-facilitated discussions among over 190 States ending with successful conclusion of the negotiating text for a binding treaty expected to be a ...
Scientists are tracking snails from space in a bid to combat the spread of parasitic disease in Africa.
Scientists who study ideas to engineer the climate to mitigate global warming say we should be ready to deploy an armada of instrumentation when Earth has its next major volcanic eruption
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts is a predictable result of climate change.
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.
As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders -- workers of less than three to seven acres -- with the rest in gene banks.
The entire ecosystem of Mo’orea, a volcanic island in French Polynesia, will be captured in a computer model that seeks to understand how climate change and human activities affect the local environment.
In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and expensive.
GENEVA, Feb 13 2015 (IPS) - Food security has become a key issue of the U.N. climate negotiations this week in Geneva as a number of countries and observers raised concerns that recent advances in Lima are in jeopardy.
WINDHOEK – In an attempt to keep Namibia’s biodiversity healthy and resilient to threats, a conservative estimate of N$494 million is required to fully implement the second strategy and action plan over the next nine years.
With climate change the number one environmental concern facing mountain communities, sustainable labelling schemes can help to attract tourists and preserve delicate landscapes
Australia's leading science body has reissued its climate change booklet in a bid to improve public understanding of the contentious subject.
The role rainforests play through storing carbon in the battle against climate change is well understood, but Deakin University scientists now believe the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.
Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers
NAIROBI, Kenya—Enforcing sustainable logging and assigning a monetary value to the carbon stored in forest concessions managed under the REDD+ mechanism will not be enough to curb deforestation in Central Africa.
COLUMBIA, Mo., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Some scientists suggest the best way to beat the Asian carp is to eat the Asian carp. But the question remains whether diners will oblige.
About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, say scientists.
More than 30 British insect species have been newly classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.
Once again, 2014 demonstrated the fact that underdevelopment and poverty in large swathes of the world produce a range of intensifying crises that know no borders.
The document, which runs to 86 pages, builds on draft text discussed at climate talks in Peru last year.
Droughts lasting decades that make the dust bowls of the 1930s look like a picnic will begin to hit south-western and central regions of the US within the next 50 to 100 years. And the primary cause of the droughts will be global warming.
Native bees in San Francisco provide adequate pollination to crop plants such as tomato plants, new research shows.
In a tiny area of an isolated archipelago in the southwest Pacific lives a unique tree species on the precipice of extinction.
COPENHAGEN, Feb 13 2015 (IPS) - Right now, the United Nations is negotiating one of the world’s potentially most powerful policy documents.
Failure to factor climate change into long-term investment and planning risks leaving countries across sub-Saharan vulnerable to droughts, floods, heatwaves and rising sea-levels
HANOI— Vietnam’s transformation from poverty to a fast growing economy has taken its toll on the environment, but those who will be worst affected - young people - are taking action to change things.
Microbes in the ocean take up massive amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to the global carbon cycle and affecting climate change
ROME, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aboriginal people around the world faced growing displacement over the last decade as property values rose and large companies pushed onto traditional territories to extract resources, a U.N. specialist on indigenous peoples' rights said.
KEYLONG (HIMACHAL PRADESH): A movement that a handful of woman activists started in the early 1980s to save forests in the Himalayan terrain of the picturesque Lahaul Valley, populated mainly by Buddhists, has yielded the fruit of labour.
The proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal set of goals to guide international development to 2030 - will struggle to achieve their stated policy objectives without clearer, more measurable targets, according to a new report released today by the International Council for ...
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a new genetically modified variation of the fruit -- approved Friday for growth in the United States -- also keeps the spoiling away. At least for a while.
Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...
In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...
MONTREAL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A new study predicts future invaders of the Great Lakes basin -- should stronger environmental protections not be enacted -- and one of them is the killer shrimp. It's not quite as frightening as a killer bee or killer shark, but it could be much more ecologically deva ...
LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A range of stressors, including disease, parasites and pesticide exposure, have been implicated in the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder.
Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.
There's more to Darwin's finches than meets the eye. Famously, the 14 species found on the Galapagos islands are distinguished from one another largely by differences in beak shape.
A crowdfunding campaign for a project to pluck water out of thin air for use in African villages has failed to reach its US$100,000 goal.
Sustainable development is an elusive concept, one that is open to interpretation and difficult to define, let alone measure. UN negotiators therefore have a challenging task: how to specify a clear set of indicators to track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before they are finalised in ...
NAGAPATTINAM, India, Feb 12 2015 (IPS) - Geeta Selvaraj and a few other women take turns to prepare meals with just one large gas cooker in a tiny shop.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations, in a sustained political hype, is touting 2015 as a likely breakthrough year for several key issues on its agenda – primarily development financing, climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk-reduction and nuclear non-proliferation.
How do you catch a poacher? In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo - which is famous for its elephants and mountain gorillas - a special dog unit is tracking and capturing illegal hunters.
Geoengineering, the deliberate, large-scale technological manipulation of the Earth’s systems, has been proposed for years as a panacea to dealing with climate change.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — IT was near the United States-Mexico border that we attracted the attention of the Mexican military. My scientific colleagues and I — American and Mexican — were there to conduct research on large carnivores when we were stopped by several officers with rifles slung over their s ...
Barcelona — Governments, companies and investors still have significant work to do if they are to stop global supply chains causing deforestation and worsening climate change, a tropical forest think tank said on Wednesday.
Nepal’s forests store more than 500 million tonnes of carbon, new government research has revealed. This is equivalent to about two thirds of India’s total emissions in 2011.
Ministers accused of watering down commitment to ban controversial shale gas exploration in protected areas
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III is seeking more private investments that aren't just income-generating but also use the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.
NEW DELHI: Global Environment Facility (GEF) that supports UN objectives on protecting environment and addressing climate change concerns, has agreed to undertake pilot projects in four Indian cities for promoting green practices in urban areas.
Sweden's biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss - and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, ...