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.
Baldwin Lonsdale describes category five cyclone Pam as ‘a monster that has hit Vanuatu’, wiping out development
Hanoi, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Protective authorities of wild animals in danger of extinction focused today to eliminate false beliefs that the horns of rhinos and elephants possess extraordinary medicinal powers.
Naturalists decamp to remote Amazonian region to try to classify some of the many thousands of unidentified Guianan species
Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there
Nature groups urge birders to join campaign to ensure untouched forest stays that way
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Russia’s Siberian south, near the border of Mongolia, the world’s largest freshwater lake is shrinking.
Thought to be the worst natural disaster in living memory to hit Vanuatu, Cyclone Pam has killed at least eight people and dozens more are feared dead with the most remote of the country's 65 south Pacific islands not yet reached by emergency crews.
America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.
In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Tanzanian government have launched an ambitious new initiative to protect East Africa's largest population of elephants (Loxodonta Africana).
HARARE, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - African wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the continent, covering more than 131 million hectares, according to the Senegalese-based Wetlands International Africa (WIA).
Camera traps in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveal that Africa’s lesula monkey is ‘one of the few good news stories in primatology’
The Dead Sea could dry up by 2050. Israel and Jordan are planning to develop a pipeline from the neighboring Red Sea to solve the problem - but could this make the situation for the Dead Sea worse?
By the end of the century, the woodlands of the Southwest will likely be reduced to weeds and shrubs. And scientists worry that the rest of the planet may see similar effects.