KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 2015 (IPS) - This month saw an important milestone reached by the U.N.’s young Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Publication of its first public product.
At the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.
Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations
The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.
US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.
Next-generation sequencing allows for the creation and analysis of vast amounts of data about populations and their responses to shifting environmental conditions, including climate change.
In a part of the world that is experiencing the most dramatic increase in temperature and climate change, two very similar species of animals are responding very differently.
"Long ago, when animals were gente…" Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine.
(Reuters) - The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra
Senators accept global warming is not a hoax but fail to recognise human activity is to blame, nearly 27 years after scientists laid out man’s role
The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.
Abuja — THE proximity of Nassarawa state to the nation's capital was to be an advantage when there was massive demolition in the Federal Capital Territory in the year 2004, as most of the displaced persons found solace in the state.
An apparent link has been established between human population density and vegetation cover and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans.
The world's top biodiversity body has initiated a number of assessments designed to help politics act on conservation.
They’ve gone to logging and housing—but especially to climate change, says a new study.
US scientists are asking the public to join them in their quest to mine the Earth's soil for compounds that could be turned into vital new drugs.
Visitors to northern forests in coming decades probably will see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a new study shows.
Study suggests Canadian government strategy is not enough to preserve caribou population in the boreal forest.
[ZARAGOZA] Dedicated investment in science and technology will be needed to have any chance of reaching the proposed water and sanitation-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, delegates at the UN-Water conference in Zaragoza, Spain, heard last week
Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World ...
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.
Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.
Dramatic habitat loss by 2020 due to climate change threatens the population of the planet's most endangered chimp subspecies, according to new research.
"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, a 21% increase on the previous year, officials have said.
India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.
The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, researchers have suggested.
As Earth warms, scientists have been focused on how glaciers melting will affect sea level rise. But, another lurking impact is the amount of carbon that will be released when glaciers melt.
You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species.
When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.
Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December
How can species-rich nations protect their natural wealth and local knowledge when commercial companies come knocking for biological resources to develop crops, cures and cosmetics? A global treaty may have the answer.
19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort sho ...
Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.
The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.
We need a global effort to end extreme inequality. The gap between rich and poor isn’t just a moral question, it damages the economy
16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.
The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.
Agriculture has surpassed deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in Global Change Biology.
Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.
The rise in sea levels may be accelerating
An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.
Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action
Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris.
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.
19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.
Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. In the ocean, where scientists count only 15 or so such losses, the numbers currently aren't nearly as dire.