Ever more farmers in Vietnam's Mekong Delta are facing tough decisions as a result of saltwater intrusion in their rice fields. But some argue it's just nature undoing human changes to the land.
SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- Some 20,000 government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world gathered in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday for a U.N. environmental convention on biodiversity, the environment ministry said.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - A five day meeting in the Republic of Korea, beginning Monday, will provide an opportunity for the global biodiversity community to make progress on the safe transboundary movement of Living modified organisms (LMOs) in the direction of lessening trade distort ...
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global warming in Africa may soon move bond markets.
25 September 2014 - Among several speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean region addressing the General Assembly today, Peru"s President, Ollanta Humala Tasso, outlined in his address several ways his country was making strides in sustainable development without straying away from the fun ...
BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.
A coalition of NGOs criticized on Tuesday the involvement of large companies — which, according to the NGOs, are the cause of deforestation — at the UN 2014 Climate Summit in New York, saying the companies would only hinder efforts to save the forests.
Typical cave-dwelling organisms, unpigmented and eyeless, were discovered in a karst area located in northeastern Brazil.
The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics.
The one-day United Nations Climate Summit wrapped up in New York. They were held to lead up to meetings in Lima and Paris.
On Monday, the European Union adopted a legislation that will tackle the rapidly growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species.
How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York.
After an extremely small migration last year, some scientists worried the 3,000-mile monarch migration (though not the species itself) might be coming to an end.
After 11 gruelling hours of announcements, pledges and promises, there was a clear sense in the New York headquarters of the United Nations that the wheels on the climate change bus had been set in motion.
It was always meant to be more about marshalling enthusiasm for a cause than making firm pledges. And, on that front, the United Nations-convened climate summit on 23 September delivered
Norway pledges $300 million if Peru tackles deforestation crisis by 2021
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which bans commercial fishing, to be expanded to six times its current size
Using machines to sow rice directly, devices to inform when to irrigate, and phone messages warning of infestations, farmers are learning to adapt to climate change.
Jeffrey Sachs outlines how the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals can and should address the intersecting issues of sustainability, poverty, and the need for good governance.
Amore Pacific, Korea's biggest cosmetics maker, has provided strong support to an area that is unfamiliar to many ㅡ biodiversity.
In order to fulfil the sustainable development objectives of food security and resource efficiency, it is essential to support research in agricultural science, says CGIAR chief executive Frank Rijsberman.
The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference titled "Beyond 2015: An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations" at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
As world leaders gathered at the U.N. to talk about global warming, mayors set about actually doing something about climate change
Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel says leaders failed to rise to challenge after day of impassioned speeches at UN
On Tuesday, more than 100 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to open a climate summit meeting that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes will provide momentum to a new round of negotiations toward a global environmental agreement to be signed in Paris next year.
OSLO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Brazil has refused to sign an anti-deforestation pledge, dealing a blow to the Climate Change summit in New York.
UNITED NATIONS — President Obama, emboldened by his use of executive powers to fight climate change at home, challenged China on Tuesday to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming.
23 September 2014 – Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “ ...
Earth's soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.
Cargill, one of the world's largest agricultural companies, has extended its zero deforestation commitment for palm oil to all commodities it produces.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2014 (IPS) - Speaking to more than 120 heads of state at the U.N. Climate Summit, actor and newly appointed U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio made clear the long-ranging impact of the attendees’ decisions.
The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.
Greg Barker, David Cameron’s former top climate change aide, criticises heads of state for no-show at New York dinner
Leonardo Di Caprio, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out to energize the weary UN climate talks and turn world attention to the dangers facing the planet. And he succeeded.
The global economy hasn’t just opened up new markets for humans, it’s been a catalyst for bringing species to into habitats where they don’t belong.
Two major international agreements will be signed in 2015, making it an important year for climate change: a new legally binding global treaty on climate change and a new sustainable development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals.
Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), tells SciDev.Net that the future development agenda and its SDGs must be universal and apply not just to developing countries.
The last few weeks have seen several write-ups on the pages of newspapers in Nigeria about genetically modified crops (GMCs), food (GMF) and other products (GMPs).
Do indigenous groups need saving from poverty? And why do they come into conflict with conservationists seeking to protect their land?
In the beginning, Europe was forest country. Most of it is long gone, but a touch of the old world still survives in the Russian north.
(CNN) -- The first item on the long list of issues to be addressed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week: Climate change.
(CNN) -- No nation is immune to the impact of climate change but it is the world's poorest that will be hit the hardest. A fair and inclusive global agreement to combat climate change is a moral imperative. Time is of the essence for Africa.
(Reuters) - With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue.
NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in New York to discuss sustainability, climate change and what his company is doing to make the world a greener place.
Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.
STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 2014 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear ...
The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for greater support to indigenous peoples whose economic and social empowerment is a prerequisite for the kind of sustainable development that can transform struggling rural areas in developing countries.
18 September 2014 – Just days before United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes his much-anticipated climate summit, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets are calling on Governments to take action that supports, rather than limits, inves ...
The tropical rabbitfish, which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns.