The UK environment secretary is to lobby the EU to relax strict restrictions on growing GM crops for human consumption for fears of being "left behind", it emerged on Wednesday.
Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear.
Beekeepers around the United States have been experiencing an unusually high level of colony die-off and a group of Washington State University (WSU) researchers has just announced a plan to preserve the survival and biodiversity of honey bee colonies by creating a sperm bank for the tiny insects.
The seafloor is our planet’s most biodiverse realm. It is in the sea that life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago. It is in the sea where 34 of the 36 known phyla of animals remain to this day, 15 of which are exclusive to the world’s oceans. And it is in the sea where myriad opportunitie ...
Hyderabad: It is estimated that the city has lost one-third of its green cover owing to encroachments, road widening and diverting forest lands for commercial purposes.
BANGALORE: Ever wondered why the country is fast losing its forest cover? The simple answer is that large tracts of forest land are being handed over to public and private agencies in the name of development projects.
Resurrection biology could bring back extinct birds and even mammoths. Naysayers say it would take cash away from conserving existing species, but don't backup their claim
Two neighbouring mosques mark the first October morning in rural north-east India. The united prayer calls of both Muslim and Hindu faiths capture the hope that surrounds the rice harvest.
Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, Doug and Sandi Groves live in a rustic bush camp with three fully-grown African elephants.
As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.
Yet another high-level panel has designed yet another “roadmap” to universal prosperity and a hunger-free world – by 2030. A new set of goals is likely to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
STOCKHOLM (AP) - The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday.
KEIGHLEY, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Asian tigers are facing a potentially deadly threat from a virus carried by domestic dogs, a wildlife expert with a British organization has warned.
June 10, 2013 — Agri-environment schemes aimed to promote biodiversity on farmland have positive effects on wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies.
Marrakech — HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, presided, Monday morning in Marrakech, over the signing of three partnership agreements in the field of environmental education.
June 10, 2013 — It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, according to researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University.
Without better governance, a robust science program, and stronger regulations for extractive industries and hydroelectric developments, Canada’s massive Mackenzie River Basin could continue to face destroyed landscapes and massive bills for environmental clean-ups, an international panel of expe ...
[NEW YORK] Representatives of some of the world's indigenous people have raised concerns that the global development agenda — including the UN's Millennium Development Goals and their planned successors — is being implemented without their full consent and participation.
In this column, Smita Nakhooda, a research fellow with the climate and environment programme of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), writes that although developed countries have on paper donated billions of dollars to Fast Start Finance (FSF), conflicting ways of counting have resulted in ...
SYDNEY, Jun 8 2013 (IPS) - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean, at 165 million square kilometres, inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life. Without it, livelihoods and economies would collapse, hunge ...
HADIJA Mtungakoa, a 38- year-old mother of three, wears a broad smile as she prepares food on her energysaving stove. She explains joyfully how it has helped reduce her reliance on firewood she gathers from the nearby Amani Natural Reserve in Tanzania's Muheza District.
SYDNEY - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean at 165 million square kilometers inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life.
LONDON – Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events.
According to a newly published study carried out by scientists from Southampton Solent University for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet’s most perilous oceans with the most accidents between 1999 and 2011 are the South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and ...
The oceans are some of the world’s most vital and productive natural resources, impacting our food supply, climate, biodiversity and global economy.
AS world leaders gather at the high profile "Hunger Summit" in London this week to endorse the spate of on-going initiatives to "modernise" African agriculture, farmers from 37 countries across the continent have slammed these efforts as "a new wave of colonialism".
FOOD security in Zimbabwe is under threat from multiple factors, but these are not insurmountable with sufficient attention and careful planning. Pricing is the biggest factor crippling the production of maize - the country's staple - and the focus crop in this piece.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on Saturday to cooperate in fighting climate change by cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the White House said a statement.
The decrease in Arctic ice as a result of global warming has already taken it’s toll on polar bears, leaving them with fewer habitats and increased difficulty in finding food. But scientists have now discovered a larger, and potentially more lethal, threat to the Arctic mammal.
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is planning a project for the eco-restoration of the heavily polluted Pampa river and Karamana river.
GABÈS. Tunisia, Jun 7 2013 (IPS) - The story of Gabès and the local phosphate industry follows a plot that is all too familiar: an underdeveloped town located in an industrial region boasts one major lucrative industry with high output and export values, but the local population and surroundings ...
Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. New analysis by ecologists at UC Santa Cruz demonstrates that even higher levels of biological diversity are necessary to maintain ecosystem health in larger landscapes over long peri ...
While all and sundry were busy celebrating World Environment Day 2013 on Wednesday, June 5, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) decided to join in on the party a day late.
With a PhD in the foundations of quantum theory, Dr. Vandana Shiva has led an unusual life for a physicist in the 21st century.Thirty years ago, Dr. Shiva dedicated her life “to the seed.” She founded Navdanya, the movement for seed saving in India. And the movement has since gone global.
The environmental and development agendas need to be brought together and integrated for our future. Sharing resources more equitably and abating unequal levels of consumption is the only way we can keep within the Earth’s means.
If the great Scott Fitzgerald were to have walked into the grand plenary hall of the Durban climate conference in 2011 to announce once again, “show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy,” all fingers would have pointed to the tiny Indian contingent in the room.
Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs.
UN experts recently issued suggestions for a new development agenda for after 2015. Aid organizations say the new plan is too focused on economic growth, rather than looking at the reasons for current problems.
Paris - Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combating local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday.
To promote biodiversity and ecological stability, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging the public to get involved in planting trees.
"At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state..." says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke
Food security is a complex socio-economic issue, intricately linked to human health and sustainable economic development. Historically, large sections of the world’s population continued to experience hunger, exacerbated by human activities or natural phenomenon or a combination of both.
Soil is becoming endangered.This reality needs to be part of our collective awareness in order to feed nine billion people by 2050, say experts meeting here in Reykjavík.
The threat of climate change is looming over Mount Kailash and Mansarovar, considered holy by four religions.
VENICE, Jun 5 2013 (IPS) - On the quay leading to the Arsenale exhibition complex, a block of ice melts in a rare blast of spring warmth. Elsewhere in the city, coconuts were bob on the choppy waters of the canals during the opening week of the 55th Venice Biennale.
The Government should increase the budgetary allocation to climate change-related activities if Uganda is to achieve Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan 2010-15.
Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a study published this week in the online science journal Nature Communications.
To get through the long, tedious hours sitting in the fossil archives at the University of California-Berkeley, Jason Head would listen to the hypnotic sounds of The Doors.
Water and biodiversity play a significant role in sustaining human life and ensuring welfare. They are essential for securing food, medicines, energy and building materials.
ALLAHABAD: The theme of the World Environment Day, on June 5, this year has been decided as 'Think, Eat and Save'.