As we move closer to the publication of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moons’s final report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a welcome new report by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) suggests research by the IDS-led Participate Initiative is having a positive impact on the Post-2015 p ...
Environmentalists, ecologists and others say the carp could decimate food chains and habitats in the Great Lakes.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 23, 2014 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis will have a leading voice contributing to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as the Federation was elected to the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) Bureau for COP 13 to be held in Mexico in 2016.
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.
Scientists have discovered how an invisible menagerie of microbes in permafrost soils acts as global drivers of Earth processes such as climate via gas exchange between soils and the atmosphere.
International trade with agricultural and wood products is an increasingly important driver of tropical deforestation.
Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding.
Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report.
Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest.
Invasive Species Council says Australia has not heeded lessons from decision to introduce cane toad in Queensland in 1935
Marrakech — By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.
Wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea concluded.
BRUSSELS — The 28 leaders of the European Union agreed early on Friday on targets for protecting the climate and generating greener power despite deep divisions among their nations over how to produce energy.
Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions
Two elephants lost their lives when they came in touch with an electric wire, suspected to be put up by villagers in India's northern West Bengal to protect their paddy crop.
A step change is needed in the amount of private finance available for sustainable development. The bad news is the financial sector is still headed in the wrong direction
Researchers may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, namely why glaciers in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas have remained stable and even increased in mass while glaciers nearby and worldwide have been receding.
Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest.
MARRAKECH, Oct 23 2014 (IPS) - By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.
BONN, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - The 410,000 people who took to the streets for climate action in New York City during the U.N. Climate Summit would have been outraged by the 90-minute delay and same-old political posturing at the first day of a crucial round of climate treaty negotiations in Bonn at t ...
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal’s western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla’ – a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.
As David Cameron prepares to join EU leaders to set new targets for emissions, energy savings and renewables, we look at the data and what it means for the UK
GOVERNMENT'S environment and planning agency has begun the process of updating the country's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which is expected to inform the island's development decisions and poverty-reduction strategies.
Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.
The snow leopard, like most of the world’s big cats, survives by keeping a low profile.
Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.
Delegates meeting under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Friday closed a two-week long meet held in South Korea after agreeing to a series of 33 decisions.
Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.
There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.
[MARRAKESH] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should do practical research that can help mitigate global warming effects and advance knowledge in regions such as Africa where climate systems are little understood, a UN official has said.
European countries devote small percentages of their national income to international aid, but these add up to colossal amounts — in the UK, for example, 0.7 per cent amounts to £11 billion a year.
On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did.
Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity’s relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing.
PANAMA CITY, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.
Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.
This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.
Agricultural biotechnology is an issue that is very important to the economy of a nation, and for developing countries, it is vital to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
22 October 2014 – The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.
DURHAM, England, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Animals shrinking in size and mass isn't exactly new. In recent decades, scientists have observed an inverse relationship between animal size and temperature averages.
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.
Later this month, Paraguay will host the 10th Iberoamerican Congress on Science, Technology and Gender
“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.
A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, ...
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 2014 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this gr ...
SAN JOSE, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.
Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite
As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...
20 October 2014 | What’s happening to Paraguay’s forest is, unfortunately, a well-told story. The forests are under pressure from a multitude of threats that are undermining its health. A changing climate continues to alter rain patterns and affect food security.