After being misidentified and sitting in a museum drawer for more than seventy years, a group of bird specimens collected in Colombia and Venezuela has been determined to represent a previously unknown species, now dubbed the Perijá Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus).
Taxonomists undertaking the daunting task of compiling a list of every species in the sea say that there are 228,445 known marine organisms. The team from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has eliminated 190,400 previously listed species, because they were duplicate identities.
African governments must do more to control the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops that could affect smallholders, says a report by Friends of the Earth International.
Soil plays a big role in the global carbon cycle, but how much or how quickly forest soil carbon pools decline after logging is poorly understood.
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside and replacing other crops and cattle.
Forests are not only habitat for innumerable species of animals and plants - they are also the source of many products we humans rely on
Researchers from ZSL and the Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, surveyed 43 farms in China and worked with the Shaanxi Province Fisheries Office to investigate the Chinese giant salamander farming industry
This spring more cranes will be fledged in Britain than for 400 years. Not only that, it’s probable that, in a remarkable instance of nature healing itself, cranes will be breeding in more places in Britain than since the execution of King Charles I in 1649.
Member states to the United Nations convention on desertification are meeting in Cancun to discuss what can be done to stop soil degradation. One possibility is crops bred to withstand drought.
The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest
An initiative has been launched to help improve smallholder farmers' access to a wider array of modern, more productive food crop varieties.
Swiss researchers have discovered how chameleons accomplish their vivid colour changes: they rearrange the crystals inside specialised skin cells.
The increasing strength of winds over the Southern Ocean has extended its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, effectively delaying the impacts of global warming.
Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.
Protecting Mangrove Forests Good For Environment And Economy: UN Global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
(Reuters) - EU politicians on Wednesday will sign a new law on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for a wave of approvals after years of deadlock.
People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods. Karl Mathiesen reports from the frontline of climate crisis
First beaver colony to live free in England for centuries should be able to stay on Devon’s River Otter after being tested as clear of Echinococcus multilocularis
Inclusive sustainable development can be realised only when all human rights – including gender equality – are protected, respected, and fulfilled.
India’s prime minster will cooperate closely with small island states on work towards a global climate change pact, he said today.
Bonobo poop matters. Well, maybe not the poop itself, but what’s in it.
Florida, one of the states most susceptible to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, verbally banned state environmental officials from using the term “climate change,” an investigation revealed. But the Sunshine State isn’t the only U.S. state that has attempted to “outlaw” climate ...
Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.
A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.
AVALON, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- In 1999, the Catalina Island fox was nearly wiped out by a canine distemper epidemic.
We are standing on the edge of a new world where warming is poised to accelerate at rates unseen for at least 1,000 years.
When I was a child, my mother used to tell me over and over: “Eat a carrot, it’s good for your sight.”
There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.
Social scientists are debating how best to shift public opinion on global warming
Birdwatchers the world over can be found hiking through fields and forests, binoculars and guidebooks in hand. Three passionate 'birders' talk about their fascination with our feathered friends.
Ecuador's mountain forests are a hotspot of rich biodiversity, but many species are threatened by increased deforestation and fragmentation.
Recent news brings yet another example of hubris followed by crisis followed by tragedy.
Twenty years ago, the adoption by 189 governments of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action marked a turning point in the history of women’s rights. This progressive blueprint remains a powerful source of inspiration in the effort to realize equal opportunities for women and girls.
Global revenue from tourist visits to protected areas is high enough to allow more of this money to be spent on conservation, a study has found.
Restoration of wetlands can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is shown in a report that has been written in part by researchers from the University of Gothenburg.
The good news is tempered by the fact that satellite data show ice levels in the rest of the Arctic -- and overall -- are at their lowest levels this winter.
Four oil palm plantations connected to the same company are proposed for Peru’s northern Amazon. Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm, according to NGOs.
Perching on the side of an old power station chimney with St Paul’s Cathedral to the north and the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, to the east is not where you might expect to glimpse the world’s fastest bird. Yet Tate Modern, and London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Hous ...
For more than a decade it has been a mystery as to what is causing eucalypt trees to die on the Monaro in south-east, New South Wales.
As the world marked International Women's Day on 8 March, a new report by the United Nations says that world leaders have failed women and girls in achieving gender equality, and that climate change is one key factor that undermines these efforts.
Do we still need to celebrate Women’s International Day? The answer is probably in episodes of violence, everyday situations, words and deeds in many places of the world that indicate the contempt for women’s rights or disrespect of women as human beings.
In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be introduced to three unfenced estates later this year.In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be intro ...
The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time - yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us?
THE Southern Ocean is one of the least studied aspects of the planet, but thanks to a shoal of bright yellow sea robots, local scientists are beginning to learn more about its complex interplay with the world’s climate.
Incessant tribal warfare reduced the village to smouldering ruins.Yet like the metaphorical phoenix, it would rise from the ashes, albeit almost 200 hundred years later, to reclaim its place in Suva history.
MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.
It is Montreal and the year is 1896. The city, with its half a million citizens, is alive and vibrant and enjoying one of its greatest periods of growth.
Last Sunday morning, Bryan Ang woke up onboard his floating fish farm on the Johor Strait between Malaysia and Singapore to find nearly all his stock had died.
Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.
3M has announced a new sustainability policy that will reduce the impact of its fiber-sourcing practices on forests and wildlife.