The development program for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable palm oil is poised to accelerate following the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The population of polar bears in parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada has declined by about 40 percent in the first decade of the 2000s, a new study says.
Two weeks in a row. Last week the US and China agreed to cut their emissions. This week the world's big economies have thrown their weight behind the Green Climate Fund – another shot in the arm for a world consensus on climate change action.
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 2014 (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.
Following a new update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, over 22,000 species of animals are threatened with extinction, an increase of 310 species from the last update.
19 November 2014 ¦ New York/GENEVA - Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from WHO on behalf of UN-Water.
The Titicaca water frog is very large and entirely aquatic and makes its home in the high-altitude rivers that flow into Andean lake for which it is named.
joined the Asia Protected Areas Partnership that aims to promote best practices, share lessons learnt and develop innovative solutions to conserve the protected areas in the region.
On the day an updated Red List of endangered species is published, Australia announces a bold new conservation initiative in national parks
The world's oceans need expanded regions where fishing is barred to help preserve fragile ecosystems and protect them from what one leading biologist dubbed "a silent storm" driven by climate change.
CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The acidification of lakes in Canada in recent decades, caused mostly by industrial pollution, is pushing freshwater habitat into "an entirely new ecological state," researchers say
GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The sharp knives of sushi chefs and the hungry mouths of sashimi lovers have helped drive the bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction.
New work shows the limitations of long-used research methods in tropical rainforest ecology and points to new technological approaches for understanding forest structures and systems on large geographic scales.
DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.
Field plots in the Amazon are often not representative of the habitats surrounding them, potentially biasing extrapolations made across the region, argues a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Even if the world stopped cutting down forests, carbon dioxide emissions from land use change would still pose a major challenge, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change.
Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.
A new inspirational way to engage people to become environmentally active has emerged. Instead of sending messages of loss and destruction, companies are trying to inspire the next generation with positive messages.
Working with the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank helped the Brazilian Government implement a series of protected areas that have reversed deforestation in the Amazon and returned benefits to communities.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – In Kenya, residents living around Lake Bogoria in Baringo County have received Kenya shillings 2.3 million, about USD 26,000, as royalties paid by a Danish bio-enzyme company.
TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.
The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to support the implementation of the Government of Mozambique's Conservation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.
Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.
Gabon has once again made headlines for a bold conservation initiative.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 2014 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.
The World Parks Congress is underway in Sydney. The global gathering, from November 12-19, aims to set the agenda for protecting the most valuable areas on Earth over the next 10 years.
Snakes, butterflies, and a number of exotic fish are on the brink of extinction, according to the latest list of the world's most endangered species.
CLIMATE change is real, "Climate change" affects more than just a change in the weather, and it refers to seasonal changes over a long period.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has added Pacific bluefin tuna and American eel to its new list of species at risk of extinction.
Despite being a biodiversity hotspot, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Tajikistan has remained a poor country.
Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in ...
One of the sessions this week at the World Parks Congress presented the outcomes of a workshop I facilitated in September in Doula, Cameroun.
13 November 2014 – While the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations ...
Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).
THE world's oceans are the hottest they've ever been in the modern record. An analysis shared exclusively with New Scientist suggests that the global slowdown in the rise of air temperatures is probably over, and we are entering another period of rapid warming.
There's a sense of déjà vu at the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney this week, where it was announced that the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas.
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects.
For every 1C of global warming lightning strikes will increase by about 12%, new research shows, but scientists don’t yet know where increases will occur
We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.
Conservation groups often highlight species or ecosystems at risk. An effort launched on 14 November turns that approach on its head, seeking for the first time to systematically recognize the world's best-managed protected areas, which offer the most favourable conditions for flora and fauna.
Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
China's anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world's most ecologically fragile places, according to studies.
Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.
Some of the world's largest companies are making progress in disclosing and addressing deforestation risk within their commodity supply chains, but much work is left to be done to shift to more sustainable practices, argues a new report from the Climate Disclosure Project.
INTERNATIONAL visitors to the World Parks Congress, which starts today in Sydney, may have taken their first close-up look at Australian conservation while they were still in the air.
Sydney - Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warned on Thursday.
While China and the US have agreed on reduced emissions targets, Australia's commitment to tackling climate change is faltering.
In Bolivia, Mother Earth has the right to life, biodiversity, clean water and air, equilibrium, restoration and pollution-free living. That law, passed in 2012, gives humans the duty to protect those rights.
(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side.