Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to US scientists.
Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes.
Ensuring that the world's food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies.
Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.
WASHINGTON, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn’t know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn’t know when or what amount would be required to cover them.
MANILA, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - When Tinay Alterado’s team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk for ...
Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’
CHEETAH Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest running cheetah conservation programme in existence, marks its 25th anniversary in July.
BOGOR, Indonesia—A tropical forest: A habitat for wildlife, untouched by humans? Or trees ripe to be cleared for profit?
Global campaigns to protect the world's forests have raised awareness of the devastating consequences of illegal logging of tropical hardwoods and the clearing of Amazonian and Indonesian rainforests for the cultivation of agricultural crops. In Africa, too, tropical forests face a range of threats.
Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percen ...
We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets
Florida manatees have been in the news a lot recently as a result of abnormally low temperatures in the Southeast U.S. this winter leading to rescue operations.
During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new “ground-breaking” report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth’s biodiversity
Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species.
Almost one in 10 of Europe's native wild bees face extinction, according to the most comprehensive expert assessment so far.
The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub-surface water.
Ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could reduce up to 82% with a minimum impact on agricultural production, a new study concludes.
Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions.
For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.
A delicacy in China, the sea cucumber is endangered due to overfishing. But there appears to be little will to save the unglamorous creature.
As the first international meeting for the conservation of snow leopards gets underway in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, India could do a lot more to promote conservation of snow leopards and habitats
BOGOTA, March 19 (UPI) -- An odd-looking hummingbird called the blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) was thought to be extinct. It hadn't been seen in some 69 years.
During February, the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, revealed a new "ground-breaking" report entitled, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, which demonstrates human health benefits yielded from protecting Earth's biodiversity.
The UK is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a breed of Arctic bird over the past 130 years, say scientists.
Eighty two researchers from more than 20 countries collected data from major lakes in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Oceanic region.
Conservation biologists studying the effects of bushmeat hunting in Africa have criticised a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report for making unrealistic claims about the chances of protecting wildlife from commercial hunters.
KARACHI, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.
KINGSTON, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies.
Dramatic change is required in both public perceptions and the way in which government manages the environment
Setting aside protected forests isn't enough to stop deforestation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new study by scientists at the National University of Singapore.
LANSING, Mich., March 18 (UPI) -- A new study suggests common additives in plastics advertised as biodegradable don't actually help products break down any faster than their non-biodegradable counterparts.
Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research from the University of Warwick, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Chester Zoo has found.
How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, a 1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.
With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs.
There's a new cat in town. For the first time since 1996, conservationists have proof of a lion roaming the wilds of the Central African country of Gabon.
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - In the wake of the fire that destroyed more than 34,000 hectares of forests, some of them ancient, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region, the authorities will have to put out flames that are no less serious: the new socio-environmental catastrophe that will e ...
Reserve in Solihull, West Midlands aims to reverse population decline in the prickly animal due to habitat loss
The president of the Seychelles on Monday called on the international community to "wake up" to climate change after a massive tropical cyclone devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
Targeting young people between the ages of 9 and 14, the competition aims to raise awareness on energy consumption and energy savings.
In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.
Talata Volonondry is a small village with big aspirations. Located just 26 kilometers from Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, the small community is being transformed into an eco village.
Tiny populations of invasive species such as Asian carp start their domination of new ecosystems by hanging out at local landmarks, according to a new study.
Shift in farming techniques reduces number of households eating one or no meals each day.
The Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago.
We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has endorsed early warning and risk reduction systems for the world's vulnerable nations. At a UN conference in Japan, he said two thirds of disasters stemmed from climate change.
Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity.
As Myanmar opens for business, a new report has found forest conversion for commercial agriculture is spreading at an alarming rate with devastating results for the country’s ethnic minorities and biodiversity.