An Australian naturalist has photographed a rare, nocturnal parrot that has not been caught alive for more than 100 years.
July 4, 2013 — Fossil fuel companies have been funding smear campaigns that raise doubts about climate change, writes John Sauven in the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine.
Biofuels' impact on global food security can be lessened by linked food and energy policies, says a panel of independent experts that is also calling for more research and development.
Researchers identified the most underfunded countries globally for nature conservation in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week.
RIACHÃO DO JACUIPE, Brazil, Jul 4 2013 (IPS) - The first surprise on arriving at Abel Manto’s farm is how green it is, in contrast with the dry brown surroundings. His beans and fruit trees seem oblivious to the persistent drought in the semi-arid hinterland of northeast Brazil, the worst in 50 ...
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report.
Recent expeditions by the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Zoology to the Yunnan Province of China have uncovered the existence of a new species of long-horned beetle.
A new series of films aims to protect Uganda's great ape species (mountain gorillas and chimpanzees) by bringing entertaining and educational movies to a rural audience living on the edges of Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
MEXICO CITY, Jul 3 2013 (IPS) - A year after endorsing the principles of the green economy at the Río +20 summit, Latin America is making little progress towards sustainable development models, according to experts.
Government claims the cull is to protect fish stocks, but campaigners say seals are clubbed to death for their fat and fur
(DA NANG Vietnam) - The Department of Biodiversity Conservation of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a seminar to introduce Circular No.08/2013/TT-BTNMT dated May, 2013 on June 21, 2013 in Hanoi.
Blue and beaked whales' behaviour is disturbed by simulated navy sonar, according to two published studies.
Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming
July 2, 2013 — Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study.
July 1, 2013 — One out of 10 people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.
In another sign of the global biodiversity crisis, the IUCN Red List has added 715 species to its threatened categories of Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered in this year's update.
WASHINGTON, Jul 2 2013 (IPS) - Environmental safety groups are stepping up efforts to prevent a reportedly dangerous yet widely used herbicide from being sold in the United States, even as the country’s primary environmental regulator is considering increasing the amount of the herbicide allowed ...
The European Commission has prepared a draft regulation to implement an international protocol to prevent biopiracy, leading two nongovernmental organisations to publish an opinion piece voicing concerns about it.
LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate change may affect the evolution of bacteria at the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, a U.S. study indicates.
The atmospheric carbon left over from nuclear bomb testing could help scientists track poached ivory, new research has found.
There's now only one cetacean species to be found in the Yangtze river, and it is in serious danger of extinction. The conservation status of the Yangtze finless porpoise – the world's only freshwater porpoise – has been upgraded to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red L ...
All species of sawfish around the world could soon gain full protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, a move that comes just in time for the iconic but critically endangered creatures.
The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such as soya beans and sugar cane in the hope of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey Ewa; her Environment counterpart, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, and stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology applications have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his effort in fast-tracking the progress made in the expeditious passage of ...
The Seafood Watch, first created by Monterey Bay Aquarium in the late 1990s, is arguably the best-known guide to sustainably-caught seafood in the U.S. Listing seafood choices in three categories—green (best choices), yellow (good alternatives), and red (avoid)—the guide informs consumers of the ...
UK's first national adaption plan sets out economic opportunities of increasingly more extreme weather, as well as the risks
It is a bedrock principle of the conservation community that the world spends only a fraction of the money necessary to properly protect global biodiversity, the panoply of species on the planet dwindling in the midst of what many describe as an “extinction crisis.”
PORT MORESBY, PNG --- THE United Nations Development Program-Global Environment Fund (UNDP-GEF) will aid Papua New Guinea (PNG) with U$D12 million to protect its biodiversity.
The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.
PLAYERS FROM Jamaica's conservation sector have come out against the inclusion of Manatee Bay in St Catherine among the likely areas for development, as Government opens applications for integrated resort developments (IRDs), which are intended to grow the hotel sector.
Reaching forest sustainability is a challenge that could benefit from recently developed modelling tools designed to assist policy makers in their decisions
The latest released report titled “Green National Accounting Framework for India” by a committee chaired by Sir Prof. Partha Dasgupta has brought the need for measuring national wealth as a part of the national income accounting framework of countries.
A public lecture on “The conservation of agro-biodiversity as a response to climate change” was held last Friday at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan City.
On May 22, 2013, the Federal Court from the State of Acre in Brazil (which is North of Brazil) handed down an important decision involving alleged access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
June 27, 2013 — Human influences through global warming are likely to have played a role in Australia's recent "angry" hot summer, the hottest in Australia's observational record, new research has found.
June 27, 2013 — Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans -- a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."
June 27, 2013 — Arizona State University researchers have discovered for the first time that temperature determines where key soil microbes can thrive -- microbes that are critical to forming topsoil crusts in arid lands.
Defra pledges to introduce a national pollinator strategy after huge pressure for a bee action plan from scientists and public
The Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launched the second phase of a major biodiversity and sustainable development partnership, and announced new projects in ten countries.
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to address the enormous and growing costs of climate change.
New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada.
BUSINESS and environmental activists are worlds apart — ideologically opposed, distrustful and antagonistic over each other’s motives, right? Those of us who have followed the high-profile daredevil actions of the anti-whaling, anti-palm oil or anti-nuclear campaigners may agree. But the acrimon ...
The world’s primary forests have declined by almost four per cent in the past ten years with the vast majority of these losses in the tropics.However, in it’s latest interim report, the State of the Tropics grouping of 12 leading research institutions in 11 countries says the rate of loss in the ...
SUVA, Fiji – The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has wrapped up a month-long coral reef research expedition in Fiji.
Despite its rich natural biodiversity, the country is failing to tap the true potential of traditional and herbal medicine, experts have said.Studies have shown 9,600 out of 30,000 species of indigenous plants had medicinal properties.
Public hearings are under way in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Budget cuts to the UK environment department Defra have prompted one of the country's biggest conservation charities to call for a fresh way of funding wildlife protection.
June 26, 2013 — A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Gover ...
Amid the current debates around hunger, food security and nutrition, some international development experts are calling for the 'gender gap' to be closed.  What does this mean and how can it be done? The World Bank may have the answer.
If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60%, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields.