AHMEDABAD: "If the Government of Gujarat keeps allotting land arbitrarily to industries, 62% of the state's land will be acquired by industrial corridors and corporates in just 15 years. Where will you grow crops then?
Luanda - The World Environment Day is celebrated today, June 5, established in 1972 by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), at the opening of the Stockholm Conference (Sweden) on Human Environment.
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India is one of the fastest-growing major economies and has been deemed as a developing country. But still the demons of poverty, illiteracy, corruption, malnutrition, and inadequate public healthcare thwart India’s growth.
A new species of scorpion Tityus (Atreus) crassicauda has been discovered from the extraordinarily biodiversity rich region of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world’s most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.
The New South Wales and Federal governments are working together on a plan to better consider the impact of mining on biodiversity in the Upper Hunter.
For the first time in India, a university has embarked upon an ambitious three-phase biodiversity project. Titled ‘Haritha Nikunjam’ (abode of greenness), the project undertaken by the Mahatma Gandhi University is intended at broadening the biodiversity base of the campus.
Oil palm plantations in Malaysia are causing threatened forest frogs to disappear, paving the way for common species to move in on their turf, scientists have revealed.
A LOCAL company has helped to make the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair 2013 the first travel industry fair in Africa to offset unavoidable carbon emissions.
Vietnamese conservationists have accused that officials and businesses are using the excuse of "economic development" to pose major deforestation threat to Vietnam.
JOHANNESBURG, 4 June 2013 (IRIN) - Poor health and losses in productivity caused by malnutrition are costing the global economy US$500 per person per year, or a staggering $3.5 trillion annually, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Johannesburg — Competing players in the tourism industry in southern Africa are putting aside their rivalry in pursuit of a common goal - a big boost in tourist numbers to the region
The “páramos” or high plateaus of Ecuador, a crucial source of water, are showing signs of extreme fragility and a troubling loss of capacity to conserve this vital resource and sustain the survival of numerous species found nowhere else on earth.
The worrisome decline in biodiversity is well known. Experts say that by 2100, half of all the world’s plant and animal species may disappear. Yet one of the most important threats to biodiversity has received little attention — though it lies under our feet.
New research suggests that climate change is starting to keep early birds from getting the worms.
The federal Coalition’s policy of planting millions of new trees will do little to offset Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions, a study by leading climate change scientists has found.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that a lake on an island off the coast of Queensland has been relatively untouched by changes in climate for the past 7000 years, and has so far also resisted the impact of humans.
THE amount of food we throw away is staggering – one-third of all food produced globally. Currently, 1.3 billion tonnes of food worth around US$1 trillion (RM3.1 trillion) fails to make it from farm to table, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
Alien invasive plants that strangle out South Africa’s natural flora have been the target of teams of weed controllers for exactly one century this year.
For developing countries all around the world, the clock is running out on a set of key goals to be met by 2015. A new report finds that some nations have made admirable progress, while others are lagging behind.
Penguin-snatching foxes are no match for Maremma sheepdogs, bred to guard against wolves in Italy's mountains.
The flora and fauna of the American west coast is generally believed to be well explored and studied. However, a new study and a taxonomic assessment of the octocorals from the north eastern Pacific Ocean proves such assumptions wrong, with two new beautiful and colourful species of soft corals ...
THE Philippines is set to receive P720 million in grants from the German government for two environmental projects aimed at enhancing protected-area management and promoting a national system for emission reduction from deforestation and forest degradation.
When talking about effectiveness of arguments used in biodiversity protection issues, the framing and context seem to be of primary importance. This was the main outcome of the first stakeholder meeting of the EU FP7 project BESAFE, which took place on 23-24 May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.
While some scientists spend their lives studying the rainforest or the ocean, Jessica Green considers ecosystems closer to home: offices, classrooms and even bathrooms.
The India archipelago of Nicobar Islands, home to around 1, 800 animal species and some of the world’s most endangered tribes, has now been declared as a world biosphere reserve.
The world's largest REDD+ project has finally been given the go-ahead by the Indonesian government after spending three years in limbo.
Imagine a place where food is scarce, where you don’t get three meals a day, let alone your favourite fruits. A place where you have to go to bed hungry because there isn’t anything available to cook.
Global environmental organization Greenpeace, together with scores of national and local NGOs, is urging the Indonesian government and the community to focus on sustainable development and implement sustainable fisheries management.
Severe floods and drought are forcing thousands of people in Bangladesh to flee from their homes to Dhaka.
Some research has shown that the effects of changes in the climate may be weak or even non-existent. This makes it easy to conclude that climate change will ultimately have less impact than previous warnings have predicted.
People living in remote Australia are likely to be more severely affected by climate change than other sectors of the national population.
I was in sixth grade, and I needed to do a science-fair project. I was worried about the environment even then — unseasonably warm winter days used to send me into paroxysms of anxiety — and given that the year was 1990, the environmental issue to be worried about was acid rain.
Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals and henipaviruses and lyssaviruses (two ...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is currently working to establish a Marine Protected Area to further conserve and safeguard the coral reefs and marine life in the Sultanate. The project is expected to be launched this year, Borneo Bulletin reported.
Indonesian President Yudhoyono has presented a report to the head of UN Ban ki Moon on targets achieved and how to pay for unachieved targets as specified in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for which 24 leaders including Liberian President Ellen Johnson and Britain's Prime Minister David ...
“A promising start.” That’s how many call the 12 new goals proposed by a panel of leaders handpicked by the United Nations to frame the future development agenda, while others fear that the targets could get watered down as we get closer to the 2015 deadline for completion of the Millennium Deve ...
Did the hunting of fruit-eating birds lead to the shriveling of tree seeds, asks the journal Science in its latest issue. This can damage, beyond previous estimates, already-stressed tropical rainforests.
Last week the Queensland parliament passed laws relaxing land clearing and opening up national parks to cattle grazing. Victoria has proposed similar clearing changes. It’s no surprise more clearing is bad news for the environment, but it also has negative implications for farmers and the Federa ...
An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits, reports Forest Trends, an NGO that helped support the project.
Despite the significance of forests in helping preserve biodiversity, combating climate change and supporting people’s livelihoods, Pakistan has not paid much heed to protecting its forest cover since independence, which has resultantly been depleting at alarming rates.
This week in New York City, the 27 members of the high-level panel of eminent persons appointed by the U.N. Secretary General will deliver a report providing recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda.
A commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030 is one of the key recommendations from an international panel co-chaired by David Cameron.
Thirty sub-Saharan African countries appear to have accelerated progress towards meeting the millennium development goals (MDGs) over the past three years, according to analysis from anti-poverty group ONE, which aims to up-end perceptions of the region as wholly off track.
A coral-killing starfish has begun infesting a channel of water in the Philippines famed for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world, the government said Friday.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Beverly Rose-Forbes, says protecting the country’s traditional resources is of paramount importance, particularly in relation to misuse by third parties.
This city in northern Australia brought them together to share their experiences this week.
A Monash University ecologist is assisting in an international study into birdlife in an environmentally threatened area of China.