While conservation areas have helped European biodiversity to flourish, there needs to be more connection between protected areas, along with greater attention to the needs of individual species.
Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated—by as much as 70 percent.
BOGOR, Indonesia — Climate policy will require greater engagement from the scientific community — and an upcoming high-level forum can help to chart “where the science-policy interface needs to go on forestry issues,” said Louis Verchot, Director of Forests and Environment Research at the Center ...
Bees, beans, biodiversity - Bonn. Germany's former capital showcases its role as the UN city and environment capital of Europe this week with an international conference on biodiversity.
16 September 2014 – Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released today by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and econ ...
Global turmoil and violence in Iraq and Syria will join climate change as key topics at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opened Tuesday.
New Delhi: The Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth.
A ghost lives in the Daintree Rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia.
Each tree species has its own bacterial identity. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied the genetic fingerprints of bacteria on 57 species of trees growing on a Panamanian island.
The expansion of the invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug has been the focus of recent research.
When the United Nations Climate Summit begins on 23 September in New York City, US President Barack Obama will be there.
In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge.
PENANG, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit Sep. 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth.
Antarctica poised for record high as figures show Arctic sea ice was millions of square kilometres below long-term average
At a UN-organized meeting in Bonn, experts are discussing the plight of endangered sea turtles. Expert Colin Limpus told DW climate change is just the latest human-made factor making life tough for turtles.
Politicians will put the world economy at risk if they fail to tackle climate change, a global commission has warned.
Dr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chairman of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee, has been named as one of the three individuals to be awarded the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014.
New Delhi, Sep. 16 (ANI): Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today said that the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth.
The Samoan government is working with villages to protect their forests from increasing threats of climate change, unsustainable land use and invasive species.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 2014 (IPS) - The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations this year.
Heard of the the blobfish or the Canadian blue-grey tail dropper slug? They aren’t exactly the world’s cutest species.
KARNAL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.
Demand for powder from the ‘superfruit’ could boost farmers’ incomes, slow deforestation and protect biodiversity
About 20,000 participants are expected to gather at the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, slated for Sept. 29-Oct. 17 in an eco-friendly district in South Korea, the local unit of the organizing committee said Monday.
Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper has reported.
As rising sea levels, drought and disasters scrub some of Earth’s most picturesque places off the map, the first climate refugees apply for asylum. But the UN doesn’t grant refugee status for victims of climate change. Where will they go?
Gujarat city on India’s west coast is preparing to cope with twin disasters brought on by rapid growth and global warming
(Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.
All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media.
Local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation, researchers say.
Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research.
With a new analysis of land regions, climate researchers are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.
Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.
Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife.
JIQUILISCO, El Salvador , Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador’s most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
Water management in Central Asia has long been a controversial issue. It is a region where major rivers cross international borders and water and energy production are closely intertwined.
Experimental ecosystem accounts constructed in Mauritius bring together a broad range of data, and can help assess sustainable development policies with respect to ecosystem capital resilience, and adaptability to climate change—a critical issue for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) facing t ...
Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations' progress in both of its critical missions -- peacekeeping and development: Hardship often leads to conflict, and the worsening impacts of climate change are causing hardship. That is what makes the UN Climate Summit on September 23 so imp ...
Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation.
Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certi ...
At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets. Over the past decade, a majority of the illegal clearing of forests has been in response to foreign demand for ...
A new report finds political rivalries, economic competition and nationalism are hampering efforts to solve Central Asia's growing water and energy needs; a situation that may lead to conflict says analyst Deirdre Tynan.
(Reuters) - The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, the latest assessment by scientists across the world has said.