A First Nation band is reviving the age-old practice of controlled burning in order to improve the health of forests and restore the population of the wood bison in a corner of northeastern B.C.
A shift to plant-based diets is one strategy to help the world meet its food demands by the year 2050, according to a new study that says crop yields are improving too slowly to satisfy meat-eaters' appetites.
ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - The world needs a more sustainable food production system based on knowledge that prioritises the conservation of natural resources to boost agricultural yields over the heavy use of pesticides and other chemical inputs, say experts promoting the concept of agroecology.
"Alien" species - also known as "non-natives" - are plants and animals living in an area that they are not normally found in, having either been deliberately or accidentally introduced by man.
VANCOUVER - The world's birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine and their ongoing decline should serve as a warning signal of a global environment in peril, says an international report on the state of the world's birds.
Sun-powered craft that went around the world will now gather data on how global warming is affecting the Gulf Stream
(Phys.org) —Anthropologists can and must play a vital role in climate change studies, a UC Santa Cruz professor and a former UCSC doctoral student argue in an influential scholarly journal. The role of anthropology in the study of climate change has long been overlooked, they write.
Each year, between the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of old growth forests, humans put about 10 petagrams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. A petagram is one quadrillion grams. Ten petagrams is equivalent to the mass of Halley's comet, to put it in perspective.
Azerbaijan, along with 189 Member States, endorsed the Millennium Declaration at the UN Summit in September 2000 which embodied eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) defining a common framework for making a difference in people's lives by 2015.
Researchers and policymakers have a lot to learn in designing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies from smallholder farmers in the Amazon, says Miguel Pinedo-Vásquez, scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Director of International Programs at ...
UNITED NATIONS, June 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the East Rennell area of the Solomon Islands has been placed on a list of endangered sites due to logging's effect on the ecosystem.
Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.
What does a wolf in Yellowstone National Park have in common with an ambush spider on a meadow in Connecticut?
Migratory shorebird populations are at great risk from rising sea levels due to global climate change, warns a recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
TARAWA, Kiribati, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - A growing chorus of politicians, scientists and environmentalists are urging President Anote Tong of Kiribati to actually do what he claims was already done in 2008: create the world’s most effective marine protected area in a remote archipelago in the Centr ...
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - The powerful tractors and other farm machinery that landowners recently used to block roads at a dozen points from north to south in Brazil illustrated the economic clout of big agriculture, which rose up against the demarcation of indigenous reserves.
Environment minister's call for growing GM crops to solve food crisis seen as 'propaganda for agribusiness'
Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven't. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this "puzzle" might force scientists to alter what could be "fundamentally wrong" models.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Tuesday that Madhya Pradesh government did not consult it before levying the 2 % biodiversity tax on industries of the state.
I am working with the government of Bhutan to help the country become the world’s first wholly organic country. I am also working to redefine the economic paradigm to focus on the happiness (gross national happiness) and well being of its people and the health of its environment, instead of narr ...
Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming. But 90% of the estimated 660,000 global deaths caused by malaria in 2010 were also in Africa, and agricultural development can play a role in its trans ...
The green credentials of biofuel crops have been sullied in recent years. Rienk van Grondelle believes the answer to the world's clean energy needs will be super-efficient algae
Agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss in two new research papers.
A hairy crab named after David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic millions of years ago.
Zoos are usually thought of as entertainment destinations. As a place to take the kids on a nice afternoon, they are sometimes perceived to lack the educational heft of an art museum or a theatre.
Undercover pictures taken by Greenpeace show a harpooned whale being cut up for meat likely to be exported to Japan
Campaigners fear lobbying by industry and farmers' unions will weaken plans to limit role of food crops in biofuels production
The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
June 17, 2013 — The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Highlighting global warming and climate change as real challenges and threats resulting from undue human and industrial misuse and abuse of the ever diminishing forest resource, Minister of Internal Affairs Morris Dukuly has proposed a national program to protect the forests of Liberia.
While gorillas are on the brink of being extinct in other African countries, Rwanda has given great importance to preserving Mountain Gorillas, and this comes along with a series of celebrations rooted in the African culture- the naming ceremonies- locally known as 'Kwita Izina'
The world can satisfy its growing appetite for meat and animal-based products without upsetting livelihoods, especially of developing country farmers, or worsening climate change.
Inuit knowledge and culture have played major roles in the design and function of the $142 million High Arctic Research Station planned for Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
The final report of a cross-party inquiry into Australia's biodiversity and climate change produced only “weak and ineffective” recommendations and was a missed opportunity to act, the Australian Conservation Foundation said.
Hyderabad city improved its points in City Biodiversity Index (CBI) from 39 points in October 2012 to 59 points this month.
WASHINGTON – Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.
NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say global action is needed to improve responses to the threat of drought around the world.
DUBAI, Jun 18 2013 (IPS) - Environmental campaigners are urging the Angolan government to halt plans to mine diamonds inside a national reserve that is home to the world’s last wild population of a rare antelope, the Giant Sable.
HAVANA, Jun 17 2013 (IPS) - “How much is a species worth? What is the price tag on the services provided by a river or a forest?” These are the questions biologist María Elena Perdomo is asking to encourage Cubans to take account of environmental costs, which may apparently be incorporated in th ...
World Heritage Committee says reef will be listed as threatened ecosystem unless government takes steps to protect it
June 17, 2013 — Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.
Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.
Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella organisation of farmers, NGOs and intellectuals working on farm-related issues, has debunked the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2013, demanding that it be scrapped in its present form.
As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems.
ISLAMABAD: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will be celebrated today (Monday) to promote public awareness and the implementation of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa.
The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.
Logging in temperate zones may release more greenhouse gases than previously thought by destabilizing carbon stored in forest soils, argues a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 15 2013 (IPS) - The Caribbean has the unenviable reputation as one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, a situation exacerbated by climate change and vulnerability that experts warn could have significant economic consequences if unaddressed.
Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status
Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.