From dragonflies to bears, when it comes to lost species we ain't seen nothing yet.Biologists are getting rattled about growing evidence of "extinction debt" – the idea that there is a delay of decades or even centuries between humans damaging ecosystems and the demise of species that live there.
South Africa has announced that its Prince Edward Islands sub-Antarctic territory will be declared a Marine Protected Area.
Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.
Apr. 16, 2013 — A new type of soil property maps for Africa has been launched by ISRIC − World Soil Information in Wageningen, Netherlands. The maps are freely accessible.
Apr. 16, 2013 — The Huemul, a species of deer found only in the Latin American region of Patagonia, is bouncing back from the brink of possible extinction as a result of collaboration between conservationists and the Chilean government, says a new study.
[LONDON] Smallholder farmers in Africa must participate in research to ensure higher crop yields and to fend off hunger as the continent's population grows, according to a report published today (18 April).
A new study on extinction risk based on extensive data from 7 taxonomic groups and 22 European countries has shown that proportions of plant and animal species being classified as threatened on national Red Lists are more closely related to socio-economic pressure levels from the beginning than ...
A chorus of opponents, however, say the reforms will reignite the state's forest wars and threaten biodiversity and endangered animals.
THERE is not enough fresh water in South Africa to go around, and experts say water availability is the most important factor limiting agricultural production — yet farmers are often their own worst enemies when it comes to water management.
This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against.
Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the 'Great Green Wall' brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelih ...
Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) and the local community in West Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are striving to survive amid the limitations and poverty plaguing the area.
Nairobi, 17 April 2013 - Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities offers a golden opportunity to deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation, reductions in poverty, cuts in greenhouse gases, and improved well-being, accordin ...
In the lead up to Earth Day, Katie's Cards has announced that it will be unveiling its first Earth Day Ecard. The company prides itself on its eco-friendly service and has decided to take action in light of shocking statistics about levels of deforestation.
Survey reveals 11 to 16-year-olds are worried about how global waming will affect them, as well as children in poorer nations
SANTIAGO, Chile, April 16 (UPI) -- Conservationists say a resurgence of Chile's iconic but endangered Huemul deer represents a victory for environmentalists and the Chilean government.
LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Gray wolf numbers in the northern Rocky Mountains declined about 7 percent last year, the first drop since wolves were reintroduced in 1995, officials said
Conservationists in the United States say that fragments of lead ammunition continue to take a desperate toll on one of the country's rarest birds.
Apr. 15, 2013 — Researchers from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Natural History Museum, London (Thanit Siriboon, Chirasak Sutcharit, Fred Naggs and Somsak Panha) discovered many new taxa of the brightly coloured carnivorous terrestrial snails family Streptaxidae.
Apr. 16, 2013 — In the face of unprecedented deforestation and biodiversity loss, policy makers are increasingly using financial incentives to encourage conservation.
[BONN, GERMANY] Lack of data and poor communication by scientists may be keeping land degradation and desertification off the sustainable development agenda, experts warned the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference last week (9–12 April).
Rising agricultural profitability due to higher prices, improved crop productivity, and forest conservation itself could make it increasingly difficult for conservation programs tied to payments for ecosystem services to succeed, warns a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of th ...
Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the world, according to new research released by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD).
The surprising biodiversity that remains in oil palm plantations can and should be protected, say researchers.
The biodiversity of Europe today is largely linked to environmental conditions decades ago, according to a new large-scale study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Sharp reductions in short-lived airborne pollutants could significantly slow sea level rise before 2100, a new study finds.
The controversial Belo Monte Dam, which is under construction on the Xingu River in the Brazilian state of Pará, is roughly twenty percent completed. Belo Monte will displace over 20,000 people, gravely endanger the survival of indigenous peoples and local communities and cause irreparable envir ...
Australians will be happier, safer and healthier if they look after the nature spots in their cities, according to new research led by The University of Queensland.
IMAGINE a scenario where two communities of people are staying in two parcels of land one kilometre apart but separated by a highway. The communities have relatives on both sides and there is a petrol station on one parcel, while the other parcel has a supermarket.
Can Walmart change the way wheat is grown in America?The company is trying to do just that. Here’s how:Start inside a Walmart store in Laurel, Md. On sale here are nearly 40 brands of flour, many more varieties of bread and countless other products made from wheat, including cookies, cakes, crac ...
NEW DELHI, India ---Primary production and processing in such sectors as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas exploration and utilities cost the world economy $7.3 trillion a year in damage to the environment, health and other vital benefits for humankind, a new United Nations-b ...
There is an abundance of evidence demonstrating that a growing number of travellers are paying heed to destinations that practice environmental management, biodiversity conservation, historic restoration and cultural preservation, one of world’s leading sustainable travel watchdogs will tell del ...
With the recent opening of the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the return of Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal® (MIM2013) at the Botanical Garden, the Montréal Space for Life is offering visitors an exceptional opportunity to reconnect with nature. It is a must-see for all those visitin ...
Luanda — In an important move to promote sustainable development across its national territory, the Government of Angola will step up its efforts to protect a vast natural area along the Atlantic coast.
Australia, a close neighbour of small, low-lying South Pacific states at the frontline of climate change, should be the first country to formally recognise climate change refugees, the country's main refugee advisory body has said.
The European Parliament has rejected a plan to rescue the EU's ailing carbon trading scheme.
Since the early 1990s, glaciers draining Antarctica's vast ice sheets have dumped ice into the ocean at an an eye-popping rate.Now, two new studies of ice cores from different parts of the continent are yielding important clues as to why the loss rates have been so high.
Apr. 15, 2013 — Disease-resistant wheat developed over the past half century helped ensure steady world food supplies, but a global team led by researchers from the University of Minnesota warns in a new paper that without increased financial support for disease resistance research, new strains ...
[BONN, GERMANY] Developing countries have much more to lose from land degradation than developed ones, as the economic value of dryland ecosystems — determined by factors including food and raw material production, ecosystem services and tourism — is far greater there, according to a study.
PUNE: As many as 25 pairs of the critically endangered forest owlet , which is endemic to India, will be colour-banded to study their distribution, population, demography and ecology.
The vast Mesoptomian marshes in southern Iraq were said to be the site of the original Garden of Eden. On their fringes have risen and fallen 12,000 years of Sumerian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Persian and Arab civilisations. Organised farming is thought to have began here, as did the first cities and ...
A new international study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher describes one of the most comprehensive analyses of Lepidoptera evolutionary relationships to date, and could have broad implications in the fields of genetics, agriculture and conservation.
The people of the Pacific Islands have a long history of living and coping with a highly variable climate and environment.Constraints faced by Pacific islands societies historically were not much different to the issues faced by many Pacific societies today: limited arable land, deforestation, l ...
12 April 2013 – Forest landscapes in drylands – known as dry forests – play a crucial role in tackling global challenges such as poverty and climate change and must by properly managed, participants at the United Nations Forum on Forests underscored today.
Devouring a tasty bushel of “mega-crabs” from the Chesapeake Bay is pretty good if you’re a big fan of the Maryland Blue Crab, but not so good if that enjoyment comes at the expense of the oyster population there.
If you know where to go in Toronto, you can shop for the most exotic of African bush meat: rodents from the forests of West and Central Africa, bats, even cuts of gorilla meat, an endangered primate. “It’s like a mini farmers’ market with tables set out,” said Justin Brashares, an associate prof ...
Today is Avurudu but have you heard the messenger of the New Year, the koha? �The song of the koha, or the Asian Koel, is a special part of the Avurudu season, like the Western cuckoo is termed the first harbinger of Spring.
A grand vision for the future of biodiversity research puts technological innovation at its heart, and calls for greater openness in data sharing, standardisation and citizen science.
PARIS, April 15 (UPI) -- An updated U.N. treaty governing the exploitation of deep-sea bioresources is urgently needed, EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki says.
Leading environmental figures, including the broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and the mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, have condemned government plans to drop debate about climate change from the national curriculum for children under 14 as "unfathomable and unacceptable".