Although conservationists globally have been campaigning over the past few years for the use of alternative sources of energy such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) other than fuel wood, indications are that it is still very much in vogue in the Sahel country of Burkina Faso.
The view that increased crop production is the strategy most likely to achieve global food security could in reality allow farmland to encroach on valuable ecosystems, have a disastrous impact on forests and might not solve food security and nutrition problems, scientists say.
New research shows that humans have been transforming the earth and its ecosystems for millenniums — far longer than previously believed. These findings call into question our notions about what is unspoiled nature and what should be preserved.
A RENOWNED regional expert has advised farmers to limit the use of chemical fertilisers in order to contribute to protecting the environment and climate against polluting agents.
As people continue to flood into Western Australia, more and more pressure is being put on the services and facilities they expect the city to offer.
‘Missing the wood for the trees’ is a popular English proverb, which is commonly used when one goes after a minor detail and resultantly misses the larger picture. But in its origin must be the fact that a forest as an ecosystem and a whole is much larger and important than mere collection of tr ...
THE world’s worrisome decline in biodiversity is well known. Some experts say we are well on our way toward the sixth great extinction and that by 2100 half of all the world’s plant and animal species may disappear.
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is leaving no stone unturned in protecting the environment and enhancing the biodiversity of the Capital.
JAKARTA, May 11 (UPI) -- Conservationists said the critically endangered Sumatran tiger may go extinct from the Jambi province on Sumatra, Indonesia, in a decade.
More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.
Wildlife charities are calling for tighter regulations to protect seabirds from a group of chemicals that caused hundreds of seabirds to be washed up off the south coast of England.
Buckthorn, listed as an invasive species in the US, is understood to release a chemical into the environment that reduces successful hatching
ROME -- The UN has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects.
Even as concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history last week, a new study in Nature Climate Change warns that thousands of the world's common species will suffer grave habitat loss under climate change.
The sunlight poured through the canopy, casting dappled shade over Makara, a large silverback mountain gorilla, as he cast his eyes around the forest clearing, checking on the members of his harem.
UN World Heritage Committee to rule on whether fossil fuel industry threatens Australia's reef, but its coral is already in peril
Unless urgent action is taken to reduce carbon emissions, more than half of common plants and a third of animal species around the world are likely to see their living space halved by 2080, predicts a new study
Lions are becoming a threatened species. Trophy hunters and the loss of savannah grasslands have drastically reduced the number of prides. Scientists and conservationists are calling for improved protections for lions -- even if that means fenced-in enclosures.
Welcome to The Conversation’s series on megatrends, exploring the compelling economic, social, environmental, political and technological issues facing Australia, as part of the CSIRO’s new report, Our Future World 2012.
The dreaded amphibians are marching south towards Broome, and the Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB) group say they are invading bilby habitat systems for the first time.
While diplomats are trying to find consensus on an international instrument to protect traditional knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organization, some countries are establishing systems to protect their traditional knowledge domestically.
Prince Charles has attacked corporate lobbyists and climate change sceptics for turning the Earth into a "dying patient", making his most outspoken criticism yet of the world's failure to tackle global warming just when the heir to the throne is assuming a growing number of the duties of what is ...
Lesser known than coral reefs, marine seagrass ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and are powerhouses when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide.
A newly established global panel onbiodiversity faces being sidetracked by niche interests and northern agendas if it does not tread carefully, a meeting has heard.
Work has started on the Lower Se San 2 Dam, a 400-megawatt hydropower project whose vast reservoir will force thousands to move.
SYDNEY, May 9 (UPI) -- A new system for identifying ecosystems at high risk of degradation is similar to the influential Red List for threatened species, Australian researchers say.
London Zoo is appealing to fish keepers to try to find a mate for a critically endangered, tropical species.
The UK's first national collection of tree seeds has been established, which scientists say is crucial as a growing array of pests threaten native species.
[MONTEVIDEO] South America has got its first think-tank aimed at providing climate change knowledge to decision-makers to help them design tools tailored to local needs.
Communicators and journalists complement one another and should work together to promote public understanding of scientific knowledge.
Continuing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest could undermine agricultural productivity in the region by reducing rainfall and boosting temperatures, warns a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
The Prince of Wales has criticised "corporate lobbyists" and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a "dying patient", in his most outspoken attack yet on the world's failure to tackle global warming.
Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21- ...
WHILE South Africa’s bees are still not in crisis, the agricultural sector should take steps to avert a predicament similar to that faced by bees and the crops they pollinate in Europe and North America, says Agricultural Research Council senior researcher Mike Allsopp.
Civil Society Organizations says it is shocking that Zambia will not meet the Millenium Development Goals despite have raised so much dust about the 2015 target
It’s the same story all over the country; we are polluting our lakes and rivers with no concern for mankind or the flora and fauna they harbour. River Noyyal is in bad shape; so is the Vaigai. The Ganges’ is yet another sad story.
In the middle of the South Atlantic, there's a patch of sea almost devoid of life. There are no birds, few fish, not even much plankton. But researchers report that they've found buried treasure under the empty waters: ancient DNA hidden in the muck of the sea floor, which lies 5000 meters below ...
Rio de Janeiro: A group of scientists aboard a submarine capable of diving to depths of 6,500 meters discovered an "oasis" of biodiversity around the South Atlantic's largest undersea mountain, located off the coast of Brazil.
Scientists at Chester Zoo say their work has achieved a rhino baby boom. The researchers have spent the past five years carefully monitoring the hormone levels of their resident female rhinos in order to work out the best time to introduce them to a potential partner. And after a decade during w ...
With many of the world's ecosystems threatened or endangered by human activities like logging and urbanization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published its criteria for a new "Red List" of endangered ecosystems today (May 8) in the journal PLOS ONE.
France's national centre for agricultural research for development plans to set up more local partnerships to study topics agreed with organisations in developing countries "for the benefit of the world's poorest people and with a view to ensuring sustainable development".
With the launch of a US$ 3.83 million eco-tourism wetland conservation project, the Maldives continues to push forward with climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, aiming to serve as a model for small island states.
Hard-engineered sea walls have a limited life span. Could saltmarshes and mangroves offer a different approach to buffering against storm surges and coastal erosion?
New Delhi: The Planning Commission plans to link funding allocations to states to their environmental management, and is putting in place an index to gauge performance.
An isolated population of Arctic foxes that dines only on marine animals seems to be slowly succumbing to mercury poisoning.
A quarter of grouper fish species face extinction or are near threatened because of overfishing and poor management of coral reef fisheries, and a further 30 per cent are so understudied there is not enough data to assess how threatened they are, according to a study.
MEXICO CITY, May 8 2013 (IPS) - In the 2011 action-thriller “Unknown”, scientists are persecuted by the biotech industry because they plan the open release of a drought- and pest-resistant strain of maize that could help eradicate world hunger.
DHAKA, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Adaptation and mitigation. Identified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and by scientists as the two major responses to address the problem, these were also the twin preoccupations of a climate change conference held recently in Dhaka.
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Life is difficult enough for communities on the remote southern Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Another week of international climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany last Friday, but there was little mid-level bureaucrats could do when world leaders remain in thrall to the fossil fuel industry, say environmentalists.