The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.
Agriculture has surpassed deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in Global Change Biology.
Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.
The rise in sea levels may be accelerating
An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.
Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action
Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris.
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.
19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.
Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. In the ocean, where scientists count only 15 or so such losses, the numbers currently aren't nearly as dire.
This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.
ZARAGOZA, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their deve ...
Jan 15 (Reuters) - - Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.
Winter is the dark season and colder than cold in the Arctic north. But climate warming is giving scientists the chance to find out what goes on in the Arctic ocean during the Polar night.
When we consider the state of wildlife on the planet, the general consensus is that humanity hasn't had the best track record with species extinctions.
The recent leaking of a new draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has prompted vigorous debate over the merits of tourism development in protected areas.
15 January 2015 | On a daily basis, logging trucks rumble up an offshoot of Brazil's Highway 364, laden with muddy trunks illegally harvested from the Zoró Indigenous Territory, at the southern edge of the Amazon Rainforest, along the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.
The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.
When it comes to determining the size of giant squid and other large sea animals, humans have a tendency to exaggerate, a new study suggests.
North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost.
Researchers in Queensland have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.
The most significant current threat to western dry forests is from insect outbreaks and droughts, not wildfires, research shows
The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper.
BINDO GOL, Pakistan, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster.
After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels
More than a thousand global development aid and philantropic organisations around the world launched a campaign today (15 January) named action/2015, which is likely to be one of the largest ever launched.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.
Cutting down or burning native forests and starting intensive agriculture -- that is, industrial-scale farming, designed to produce high yields of crops and/or animals -- can accelerate erosion dramatically, reports a newly-published study from researchers at the University of Vermont.
Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas
People love the monarch butterfly, with its beautiful orange and black wings and its endlessly intriguing migratory journey. But some may be loving it to death.
Politicians are "cowardly" in their repeated ignorance of scientific evidence that may be unpopular with the public, Sir Paul Nurse has said.
Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime
The EU has given governments more power to decide whether to plant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.
An analysis of 727 studies reveals that there have been more instances of rapid, catastrophic animal die-offs over the past 75 years.
Weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns, experts say.
China’s booming aquaculture industry is increasingly dependent on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, a practice that depletes wild fish stocks.
A charcoal-rich product called biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting the trendy substance to the test.
Numbers should be used to engage stakeholders, not benchmark nations’ progress
Women hold up half the sky, so goes the Chinese saying. Yet in the developing countries of Asia, they do not get half the credit for it.
Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs.
NTUNGAMO DISTRICT, Uganda, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - A report published last month by the Montpellier Panel – an eminent group of agriculture, ecology and trade experts from Africa and Europe – says about 65 percent of Africa’s arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production.
Across Australia - and the world - the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le Roux, a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University.
A new project attempts to find solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders using methods from medicine and urban design.
What's New: The latest research on little auks, sometimes called "penguins of the north," reveals a surprising response to a rapidly warming Arctic: The birds make up for food lost to the effects of climate change by catching prey that were stunned by the cold water running off melting glaciers— ...
Global warming threatens coral reefs around the world. Matthias Hammer, director of Biosphere Expeditions, talks to DW about involving local communities in reef conservation in the Maldives.
Building new roads and widening existing ones in India’s 619 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries may be barred, with the government accepting most of the recommendations of a panel report.
(Reuters) - Rare wolves in the American Southwest will be allowed more room to roam but some could be marked for death if they prey too heavily on elk and deer prized by hunters, under a rule issued by federal officials on Monday.
Dar es Salaam — A surge in illegal logging is devastating native forests in coastal Tanzania's Rufiji district, despite efforts by authorities to curb forest losses, officials said.