Apr. 29, 2013 — A University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study suggests that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes consuming foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, chicken and salad dressing, and avoiding saturated fats, meat and dairy foods, may be linked to preserving memo ...
Apr. 29, 2013 — The Finnish Meteorological Institute has updated its estimates concerning the impact of rising sea levels on the Finnish coast. Post-glacial rebound and changes in Earth's gravity field protect the Finnish coast against rising sea levels, especially in the Gulf of Bothnia. In the ...
Apr. 29, 2013 — Nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park.
Although the term "giant mole rat" may not immediately inspire love, the mole rats of Africa are a fascinating bunch. They spend practically their entire lives underground building elaborate tunnel systems and feeding on plant stems.
WASHINGTON, Apr 29 2013 (IPS) - Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterise international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organised crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools ...
The Prime Minister once promised to lead "the greenest Government ever". Today, the government can – and must – live up to the David Cameron's rhetoric by supporting the European Commission's proposal to protect bees and other pollinators by suspending the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
At the weekend I took a load of junk from the garden shed up to the local recycling centre. Use of the Ballyogan facility costs €30 per car. Of course, there are always cheaper options. I could have headed instead for the Dublin mountains, found a quiet spot and dumped my detritus there instead.
There is a lake in San Joaquin Valley – or there was one once. It was the largest lake in the valley, but by 1899 the lake was a dry bed except for some surrounding wetlands and during occasional flooding.
More than 160 researchers across 10 European countries joined together, in what is being hailed as the first international project to focus on ocean acidification and its consequences.
To protect the environment and instill the culture of preservation in the residents of Ogun State, the wife of the governor, Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun recently launched the Going Green Initiative.
The main goal has been achieved for World Intellectual Property Organization delegates who started last week with the task of improving a document to become an international instrument protecting traditional knowledge. Consensus has not been met on core issues, but a cleaner text has emerged, re ...
AS the world marked Earth Day on Monday April 22, an African scientist said rural communities would bear the brunt of climate change.
Plants help to slow climate change by emitting gases that form of clouds, creating a 'sunshade' over the planet, scientists have discovered.
WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Sea surface temperatures on the continental shelf off the U.S. Northeast and Canada have reached their highest levels in 150 years, researchers say.
HELGOLAND, Germany, April 27 (UPI) -- German scientists say they hope to replenish the lobster population off the German island of Helgoland with the help of offshore wind farms.
A vote in the EU has paved the way for the European Commission to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths in scientific studies.
Apr. 28, 2013 — As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki.
SUNDAY VISION -The National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill being discussed before the parliamentary committee on science and technology lacks the necessary safeguards to protect interests of farmers and favours multinational companies.
Apr. 25, 2013 — The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs).
Apr. 25, 2013 — A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Edward L. Webb of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is calling for the global adoption of a method to identify areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise.
[LONDON] Concrete solutions must be drawn up to overcome the challenge of funding public-interest and investigative science journalism, amid the crisis in traditional print media and a decline in the number of specialist science reporters, a meeting in London heard this week (23 April).
In Climate Myths: The Campaign Against Climate Science, Dr. John J. Berger deconstructs the climate change denialists' myths in simple, easy-to-read terms.
Indonesia is maintaining its efforts to place two of its agriculture-based products — palm oil and rubber — on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) list of environmentally friendly goods despite rejection by some members.
The participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization has become compromised as the voluntary fund allowing the organisation to invite indigenous peoples representatives is running dry.
Luanda — The MPs with National Assembly, which gathered on Thursday in Luanda in the 6th ordinary plenary session, discussed and approved unanimously the adherence of Angola to conventions of Basel, Bamako, Ramsar, Abidjan, to Nagoya protocol and Accord on the conservation of Gorillas and its Ha ...
Kochi: It was a tradition in Kerala to wait for the vitthum kaikottum (seed and spade) call of the Indian cuckoo, which was the indication for farmers to begin sowing operations as the rains would not be long in coming. But that was then. Today, new species of birds have descended on the state, ...
Thrissur: Concerns of an impending environmental apocalypse, has led the Kodungallur educational sub-district to launch environmental parliaments in all schools under its jurisdiction to involve the younger generation in environmental conservation. The move, a first of its kind in the state ...
The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.
The wild Carneddau ponies of Snowdonia are a unique breed that need to be protected, say scientists.
Apr. 25, 2013 — After years of scientific uncertainty and speculation, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show exactly how trees help create one of society's predominant environmental and health concerns: air pollution
Apr. 25, 2013 — Songbird populations can handle far more disrupting climate change than expected. Density-dependent processes are buying them time for their battle.
Results of a study presented this month revealed that the economic value of dryland ecosystems is higher in developing than developed countries, putting pressure on policymakers to prioritise dryland conservation in low-income nations.
Natural hybrid grass cuts water run-off by 50%, can feed livestock and resist extreme weather
The past 100 years were among the warmest on record, coming on the heels of a long period of global cooling, according to a new analysis of temperature variations over 2,000 years.
In this fast-growing city of 6.7 million people, roads littered with garbage are a common sight. Cairo’s poor drainage systems produce contaminated pools of stagnant water, and the main thoroughfares are jammed with cars emitting thick, black clouds of diesel exhaust.
Historically recognized for its natural beauty, Mexico is one of only 12 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. Its immense land area abounds with countless species of flora and fauna. Numerous mountain ranges traverse its landscape, quenching rural and urban areas’ thirst for precious water.
Manila, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently reported that the Philippines continues to rank higher in human development than other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and is also making progress in the attainment of the Millen ...
After an intense day of drafting led by member country experts in small groups in closed rooms, the World Intellectual Property Organization secretariat released a new set of draft articles of what could become an international instrument aimed at protecting traditional knowledge.
Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.
Rainforests that have been affected by even low-intensity fires are far more vulnerable to invasion by grasses, finds a new study published in special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know that Thursday is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.
BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said
The National Biodiversity Authority and Norway Government’s Division of Nature Management will set up a Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law.
The Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi (AgFor) project works for improved, sustainable and gender-equitable use of agroforestry and forestry products. Improving smallholder systems and markets through projects emphasizing the productivity and sustainability of forestry and agroforestry,
Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets.
Small-scale farmers produce food for 70% of the global population. Yet, they are some of the world's poorest and most food insecure people. Alternatives to conventional farming should be embraced to improve subsistence farmers' yields and to ensure adequate food production for the growing global ...
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Tuesday blamed the widespread insecurity in different parts of the country on the phenomenon of climate change.
A study that aimed to protect the interests of forest dwellers by measuring the value of biodiversity and improving communications with policymakers has had a profound impact due to an innovative public awareness campaign, scientists have said.
For many people, the term biodiversity might seem highly technical and irrelevant to their day to day concerns. If you think that, think again. It may just save your life.