(Seychelles News Agency) - The president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, has pledged to triple his country’s marine protected areas and set up a legal framework to defend local communities’ rights to manage their own fishing grounds.
Bonn — So great are the contrasts between the frozen empty expanses of the far north and Africa's baking deserts, steamy rain forests and savannahs that any direct connections between the two seem far-fetched - if they indeed exist at all.
4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of ...
Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, says Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary."
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soil degradation holds back African farmers, costing them $68 billion annually and threatening to stall vital food production, a leading agriculture expert said on Thursday.
One of the world’s most endangered crocodilians, the Cuban crocodile, is facing a genomic identity crisis.
Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options.
More than a century after Mark Twain argued that the Mississippi River could never be tamed by engineers, dams and dikes constrain the great waterway.
As the UN’s key Climate Change Conference, COP 20, gets under way this week in Lima, Peru, new figures show a significant drop in global investment in climate mitigation and adaptation.
LIMA, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - The international community’s post-2015 development agenda will depend, in key aspects, on whether the delegates of 195 countries meeting now at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital reach an agreement to reduce global warming, since climate change affects all human ...
LIMA, Dec 3 2014 (IPS) - African countries fought hard for the Kyoto Protocol not to die on African soil at the 2011 Climate Change Conference in South Africa, but they say it is now languishing in limbo because developed countries are taking what they called “baby steps” towards ratification of ...
(Reuters) - The European Union agreed a compromise on growing genetically modified crops on Thursday that gives nations the option to ban them, even if EU authorities have approved them for cultivation.
As activists mark Wildlife Conservation Day, elephants and hippopotamuses are trampling over farms and crops in northern Cameroon. Authorities face a difficult balancing act - conserve wildlife or protect property?
The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.
World Soil Day (Dec 5, 2014) concludes a week-long series of events in Dijon bringing together international scientists.
NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- For junk food-loving insects, New York City is the place to be. According to new research, urban-dwelling bugs -- millipedes, ants, spiders and cockroaches -- roaming a 150-block stretch of the Broadway/West Street corridor consume the equivalent of 60,000 hotdogs each ...
An "awareness gap" about emissions from livestock could hamper efforts to curb climate change, a report warns.
Researchers have identified DNA elements in maize that could affect the expression of hundreds or thousands of genes
It takes just 10 years for a single emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) to have its maximum warming effects on the Earth.
Seven years ago, Tanka Maya Magar, who lives on the outskirts of Belbari, a town in Morang district in eastern Nepal, suddenly had to do something she had never done before.
Carbon emissions from human activities are the big player in global warming, and scientists have long known that tropical forests are vital for sequestering excess carbon.
VICTORIA, Honduras , Dec 3 2014 (IPS) - The town’s dynamic mayor, Sandro Martínez, assumed the commitment of turning the Honduran municipality of Victoria into a model of food and nutritional security and environmental protection by means of municipal public policies based on broad social and co ...
Vietnamese are protesting plans to build a cable car through remote Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park that could carry 1,000 visitors an hour to Son Doong cave
Global temperature will continue to rise to dangerous levels, unless emissions are reduced. Germany economist Ottmar Edenhofer says a price on carbon is the answer.
Deep in the woods at Alley Pond Park in Queens is a laboratory that looks like something out of a weather fanatic’s wild imagination.
Declining status of energy security another cause for optimism in Peru climate talks
Last month, more than 6,000 government, business, and civil society leaders gathered at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, to discuss the future of protected areas.
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned.
1 December 2014 – The international community “must write history” on climate action and build momentum towards a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015, a senior United Nations official declared today as she opened a two-week UN climate conference held in Lima, Peru.
Research has identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted.
Urban environments are changing rapidly. People who live in cities are faced with risks and vulnerabilities that depend as much on socioeconomic factors, like access to health care, as they do on exposure to climate change and variability.
Fierce predatory sharks rule the oceans from the apex of the food pyramid. But climate change may be tougher than these marine hunters, a new study suggests. - See more at: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1201-willoughby-ucsc-sharks-climate.html#sthash.smb2sNPg.dpuf
LIMA, Dec 1 2014 (IPS) - At the 12-day climate summit that began Monday in the Peruvian capital, representatives of 195 countries and hundreds of members of civil society are trying to agree on the key points of a new international treaty aimed at curbing global warming.
Australia will cut its funding to the UN Environment Programme (Unep) by more than 80%, it has been reported.
EU says mandatory carbon emissions cuts should be set for all countries, whereas US wants individual countries to be free to adjust the scale and pace of reductions
PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain said, with the potential to end the heated debate over genetic modification.
1 December 2014 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples identified a number of ongoing challenges remaining in Paraguay as she ended an eight-day official visit to the country on Friday.
As climate negotiators gather for two weeks of talks in Lima, Peru, indigenous communities living in an Andes Potato Park dedicated to preserving biodiversity warn that global warming is forcing them to change centuries-old agricultural practices.
28 November 2014 – As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreemen ...
UN climate negotiators are meeting in Peru to try to advance talks on a new global agreement.
SYDNEY, Dec 1 2014 (IPS) - Rampant unsustainable logging in the southwest Pacific Island states of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, where the majority of land is covered in tropical rainforest, is worsening hardship, human insecurity and conflict in rural communities.
UN climate negotiations opening in Lima on Monday have the best chance in a generation of striking a deal on global warming, diplomats say.
From 1 to 12 December, Peru will host the 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - the latest in a series of meetings by the UN's decision-making body on climate action.
WASHINGTON — After more than two decades of trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal.
Scientists monitoring Canada’s process for identifying and protecting endangered wildlife say the system is floundering because the federal government is taking too long to list species that are deemed at risk while not doing enough to improve the status of those that are already listed.
A Forestry expert has warned that Solomon Islands forest will inevitably become a “sunset industry” facing almost a complete depletion of forest resources from 2015 up to the late 2020’s.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – His corn and bean fields ravaged by drought, Nicaraguan farmer Leonel Sánchez Hernández grudgingly found a new harvest: tarantulas. He gets a little over a dollar for each of the hairy critters, which breeders sell overseas as pets.
According to new research, education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change.
Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle -- for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification -- have been observed for decades.
A light has been shone on the world of fungi through a global study that reveals the staggering and previously unknown diversity of species.