MALAGA, Spain, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - José María Gómez squats and pulls up a bunch of carrots from the soil as well as a few leeks. This farmer from southern Spain believes organic farming is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals – it’s a way of life, he says, which requires creat ...
President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no real threat of massive industrial development in the region, but forward-thinking conservationists foresaw ...
Mwanza — The Zanzibari government is mulling over a decision to elevate the status of two tourists attractions of Bawe and Changuu (Prison) Islands into protected reserves. The aim is to protect both marine and the biodiversity of the two islands including security in a multi-million dollar tour ...
The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.
Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.
Voluntary guidelines established by the Chinese government won't be enough to curb rampant timber smuggling by Chinese companies, putting 'responsible' actors at risk of having their reputations tarnished, argues a new campaign by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forestry official.
Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found eelgrass beds could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets.
A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet, a stronghold for species like orangutan, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and clouded leopards among tens-of-thousands of other. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever.
Extreme weather like the drought currently scorching the western US and the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 is becoming much more common, according to new scientific research.
Warmer ocean currents will have far-reaching consequences for decades to come, study says
This iconic species should be listed under the Convention on Migratory Species and specific protection measures agreed
A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate.
Ugandan population is mainly comprised of youth with about 78% of the population below the age of 30 years. An uncomfortably big majority of these youth find themselves entrenched in unemployment.
District-level competitions in schools highlighting the importance of conservation of biodiversity will be conducted as part of the ‘‘Biodiversity Congress for Children’’ being organised by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) with the objective of creating conservation awareness among sch ...
Poaching, poisoning and the theft of animals may sound like activities from Britain's past, but modern gangs are muscling in on the act.
For thousands of years turtles have been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments and diseases. Originally published in the journal Radiata and recently republished HerpDigest David S. Lee and Liao Shi Kun write, “[In Chinese culture] turtles are symbolic of long ...
Oil palm plantations and other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve—Aceh's largest peat swamp, and home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. The lack of clear boundaries, and construction of roads bisecting the area has fostered encroach ...
Seismic events aren't rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. But in March of 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated a bit more than usual because of ...
9 August 2014 – Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”
NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it was time for developed nations to "walk the talk" in addressing climate change with four BASIC nations jointly asking rich countries to take lead in dealing with the pollution induced global warming in accordance with their "historical responsibilities.''
India has had a tremendous rate of industrial development and urbanization over the years. Although development is essential for the nation’s growth, it has often been at the cost of some environmental detriment without the consideration that development and environment can work hand in hand
New evidence from liverworts and beetles shows how the rise of flowering plants 100 million years ago created ideal conditions for a boom in terrestrial life.
Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region.
The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame.
Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants.
The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people.
Traditionally a symbol of wealth and luxury, public attitidues towards shark fin are changing in China, according to a new report
Social and environmental awareness among Indian consumers has led to more cause marketing, but are companies ignoring one of the most pressing social issues - poverty?
A giant and extremely venomous jellyfish found off Western Australia’s north-west coast has researchers stumped because it appears to have no tentacles.
The only way to save the long-suffering elephants of Africa is to close every ivory market on the planet and destroy all ivory stockpiles, according to a bold new essay in Conservation Biology.
Not many students in their final year of a PhD program are running press events in Europe for an ice cream-making machine. When I caught up with Brian Machovina he was still jet-lagged from the latest product launch of “Yonanas” in Germany, and girding himself for a return to his desk and his du ...
New satellite data from NASA suggests that deforestation is sharply increasing in Bolivia and Mekong countries during the second quarter of 2014.
A lake has miraculously appeared in a desert region in southern Tunisia. Scientists are at a loss to explain how the water got there, and, as journalist Naveena Kottoor explains, they're warning locals to keep away.
After seeing stocks of unsold food, a farm manager in Northern California has started a social media venture that connects farmers with local consumers to stop food waste.
"The forest is the life of my people, the trees are like the pores in our skin, the water is like the blood that flows through us…the forest is the mother of my tribe,” Aleta told IPS.The winner of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, she represents an expanding international movement against e ...
Rising temperatures may be seen as universally beneficial for non-native species expanding northward, but a Dartmouth College study suggests a warmer world may help some invaders but hurt others depending on how they and native enemies and competitors respond.
Economic activity, as in this floating mariculture installation at Sanya, is having a dramatic effect on the health of China's seas.
Africa is the last frontier for global investment, and beverage companies in particular are moving in quickly. One of them is Coca-Cola, which has long used its distribution network to help deliver medical supplies in countries such as Ghana and Tanzania. Now the company promises to invest and a ...
The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negoti ...
More than 300 secondary school students in Rwanda were trained in environment protection and sustainable development during the previous term.
NEW DELHI: Efforts are on to increase India's forest cover to one-third of the land area, environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
(Reuters) - African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years of deadlock.
Trees from America, Japan and southern Europe will be planted in Britain's forests to avoid them shrinking by 40 per cent by 2080 because of climate change
Marine noise has been studied for it's impact on whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Might it also impact smaller creatures too? Eels, for example.
Doncaster man, 44, was visiting Dalby forest when he was bitten by the adder, Britain's only venomous snake
Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity
Canada announced new economic and travel sanctions against Russian banks and high-ranking officials Wednesday, just ahead of Russia issuing its own ban on Canadian agricultural products.
Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.
Kremlin decree restricts EU and American products for up to one year, while acknowledging move may lead to food price rises