The annual UN climate conference gets underway in Lima, Peru on December 1. It is more important than ever. Negotiators will hammer out the nitty gritty of a new World Climate Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions.
Panama, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Panama's biodiversity is seriously threatened and it is very likely that this trend continues in the future, said the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Urgent action required to save white-throated snapping turtle amid fears that loss of eggs and hatchlings is crippling the population, says Queensland researcher
Sub-Saharan Africa’s long-term food security faces a number of threats.
From Guatemala to Indonesia, bold action by women in communities threatened by extreme weather shows there is an alternative to costly international schemes
Poll suggests acceptance of climate change science rising - and most don't see Canada as a laggard
Bengaluru: Warning that floods like the ones which ravaged Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Odisha are imminent between now and 2090, a report of The Royal Society, London, has suggested effective and affordable options to reduce the damage likely to be wrought by such extreme weather conditions.
Scientists say new channel will herald arrival of more invasive species, with potentially harmful impact on region as a whole
UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists had always assumed gray seals only preyed on fish. Though there had been the odd sighting of what looked to be seals attacking porpoises, there was no conclusive corroborating physical evidence.
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
Proposals for the first trials to cool the planet include cloud brightening and spraying aerosols into the ozone layer. They might start in just two years
A new study has pulled together research into the most diverse place on earth to demonstrate how the organisms below-ground could hold the key to understanding how the worlds ecosystems function and how they are responding to climate change.
Once on the brink of extinction with only a few fish remaining, Snake River sockeye salmon are regaining the fitness they need to rebuild wild populations.
Preliminary data released by the Brazilian government suggests that deforestation in Earth's largest rainforest slowed 18 percent over the past year.
SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world
Two decades after Kenya lost valuable enzymes from lakes in the Rift Valley to unscrupulous researchers, who sold the material to companies for manufacture of chemicals, the government has initiated a project that will ensure the proceeds of the sale of harvested enzymes benefit local communities.
Canada's Arctic islands could be ice-free for months each year by the end of the century, triggering starvation and reproductive failure.
Scientists have captured what is believed to be the first photographic evidence of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).
Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.
The deep ocean seems so remote that it is difficult to imagine any sort of human-generated change making an impact on deep-sea life.
But challenges remain for United Nations meeting in run-up to a new 2015 emissions treaty.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support it ...
It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them. And it played out again in Berlin as 21 countries—including the United States—pledged nearly 9.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. body tasked with helping developing countries ...
MANILA, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat.
SAN JOSE, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.
Gut parasite will increase in prevalence across northern Europe as temperatures rises, leading to honey bee losses
From Bluetongue disease in sheep to Rift Valley Fever in camels, researchers say that animal diseases are sparked and spread by climate change. What causes them, and what can people do to prevent them from spreading?
Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- According to a new report by BirdLife International, more than 350 of the planet’s most important bird natural habitats are being threatened and could possibly be lost forever.
A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find.
Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.
Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.
Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.
Primatologist and plant geneticists have studied the dispersal of tree seeds by New World primates. Primates can influence seed dispersal and spatial genetic kinship structure of plants that serve as their food source.
In the world's driest rainfed wheat region, researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.
When millions of monarch butterflies take to the sky and fly thousands of kilometres from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, the view is breathtaking. But over the last few decades, their numbers have plummeted, and last year hit an all-time low.
Chameleons are an unmistakable family of wonderfully bizarre reptiles. - See more at: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1124-hance-chameleon-crisis.html#sthash.wtzspXi2.dpuf
Sea ice in the Antarctic is much thicker than previously thought, according to new data obtained by robotic submarines.
WINDHOEK – The ways and means of how to protect and promote innovations and developments from the use of Namibian genetic resources for food and agriculture to extract maximum benefit from them was placed under the spotlight last week when role players in the industry staged the first ever works ...
Deep underground, Yemen’s old, natural sources of clean, fresh water are drying up. Its reservoirs are depleted faster than they are replenished; its groundwater levels plummet by six meters a year in crowded, mountainous regions outside the cities of Sana’a, Taiz, Dhamar, Amran and Sa’ada.
JAKARTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher -- named after the Indonesia island it's found on -- was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness.
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.
Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and 35 percent of Liberia.
(Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.
UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them?
Wildlife including giraffe, rhino and zebra are under pressure from roads, railways, factories and houses
AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday.
Sparrows and starlings are disappearing at an alarming rate in Europe. Richard Inger of the University of Exeter talks to DW about what is behind the decline and what can be done to stop it.