Gobabeb — Namibia's environment has started turning into an enemy that conspires with nature, while poor farming practices, excessive mining and deforestation have contributed to environmental degradation, according to the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga.
Whenever Savithri, a resident of south Chennai lifts a drink of water she sends a silent “thank you” to the sea near her home. “This is the latest gift from the sea,” she says with feeling.
Interested in Costa Rican biodiversity? A new app claims to be the easiest way to find out about Costa Rican species.
Governments must ensure food security is top of the development agenda as global population expands from 7 billion to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, the chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) told Forests News at a conference in Rome.
In 1968, during the six-month siege of Khe Sanh — one of the most bitterly fought battles of the Vietnam War — a special U.S. Air Force outfit flew defoliation missions. Called the Ranch Handers, their motto was: "Only you can prevent a forest."
FLORENCE, May 20 2013 (IPS) - As the global agricultural sector is faced with ever-greater challenges, the question of how to reform and improve the sector is a controversial and difficult one. So Terra Futura, a three-day exhibition and conference on agricultural good practises held annually in ...
ESSEX, England, May 20 (UPI) -- Britain's University of Exeter says it has taken its marine biology lecture classes to a new level -- 60 feet beneath the sea off Indonesia, to be exact.
VARANASI: Even as the world gets set to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on May 22, the Ganga continues to be threatened by pollution.
NAIROBI, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The UN Environment Program (UNEP) agency said Monday China is currently a strategic and significant player in the advancement of green transformation and sustainable development globally.
Ecologists have urged government action to tackle the 'alarming' crisis of 'biodiversity destruction' in Spain as data reveals that the country is the most vulnerable in Europe.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 20 (UPI) -- Blue whales, the world's largest animal almost hunted to extinction in the 19th Century, are making a comeback in waters off New Zealand, scientists say.
Humanity has a second chance to stop dangerous climate change. Temperature data from the last decade offers an unexpected opportunity to stay below the agreed international target of 2 °C of global warming.
May 17, 2013 — A new Dartmouth College study finds human-caused climate change may have little impact on many species of tropical lizards, contradicting a host of recent studies that predict their widespread extinction in a rapidly warming planet.
May 17, 2013 — For decades, ecologists have assumed the worst invasive species -- such as brown tree snakes and kudzu -- have an "away-field advantage."
Before we get started, a warning. What you’re about to read is going to sound at first like something cooked up by the same folks who gave us the oxymoronic (and otherwise moronic) advertising slogan “Clean Coal.” It will sound like a fantasy story even a Fox News anchor would not dare announce: ...
SPOTTING a spoon-billed sandpiper was not on the agenda, but it happened. The first sighting in nine years in Penang, one might argue that only someone as bird-crazy as David Bakewell, an environmental consultant and avid birdwatcher, could have spotted it.
Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago.
Human-caused changes to our biosphere—the global total of the world's ecosystems—are now so great and alarmingly rapid that human lives and societies undoubtedly face epic challenges in the near future as our biosphere deteriorates, planetary boundaries are reached, and tipping points exceeded.
LILONGWE, May 20 2013 (IPS) - Lloyd Phiri, a fisherman from Senga Bay on Lake Malawi’s shores in Malawi’s central region, knows that the lake’s water levels are dropping. He can see it in his catch, which has shrunk by more than 80 percent in recent years.
The first common crane egg laid in western Britain for more than 400 years has been given a round-the-clock guard
SOUTH Africa faces many economic, environmental and social challenges. Inflation, constraints of energy, water and food, and a 24.9% unemployment rate are just a few.
A women's fish farming project that emphasises conserving biodiversity on Lake Victoria, has been hailed by the UN Development Programme Administrator, Helen Clark.
On a rooftop in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, two students are collecting soil samples from boxes planted with species from two native plant communities:
In the past 53 years, carbon dioxide levels have risen globally approximately 22 percent. Much has been written about how the rise in greenhouse gases is bad for the environment, but less has been said about how these gases can help some plants flourish.
With a limberness that defies his 69 years, Frank Mirarchi heaves himself over the edge of a concrete wharf and steps out onto a slack, downward sloping dock line bouncing 20 feet above the lapping waters near Scituate, Mass.
Kibaha district authorities may not know exactly how much of their remaining indigenous forests are being illegally harvested but they see the size of bare land that was otherwise covered by trees increasing at an alarming rate. They have decided to deal with the situation.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — In a bid to safeguard biodiversity and the Caribbean’s tourism-based economy, regional political leaders and corporate executives will gather Friday on billionaire Richard Branson’s private island with the aim of protecting 20 percent of the region’s coastal resources by 2020.
UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2013 (IPS) - Migratory birds, which play an important role in the complex web of life known as ecosystem services, are under threat as never before, with some species facing extinction within the next decade.
AUSTIN, Texas, May 16 (UPI) -- Invasive "crazy ants" displacing native fire ants across the southeastern United States could have dramatic effects on the region's ecosystem, researchers say
The UK's spring butterflies are being welcomed by enthusiasts, but weeks later than they usually arrive.
German researchers have discovered the biological keys to the success of an invasive species, wreaking havoc across Europe and the US,
Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a 30-meter resolution forest cover data set that could boost efforts to track deforestation and forest degradation. 9
Suggestions that global warming has stalled are a "diversionary tactic" from "deniers" who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world's best-known climate scientist.
This morning, 30 students from Saint Theresa College Girls’ Secondary, Mriehel, received awards in recognition of their contribution to biodiversity protection in the Maltese Islands.
Chennai: While foresters have looked the other way, roads have been built without authorisation and in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.
Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. Police in Kutai Kartanegara have seized 1,100 metric tons of coal allegedly mined illegally from a protected forest, but have not made any arrests in the case.
An environmental activist in Gabon is facing jail time and a $10,000 fine over his campaign against a Singaporean agroindustrial giant's plan to develop tens of thousands of hectares in oil palm, timber, and rubber plantations in the Central African nation.
Conventional methods of agriculture and cattle-breeding cannot feed the world population. They are not sustainable, pollute the environment, are responsible for reducing biodiversity and have a damaging effect on human health
15 May 2013 – The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the international non-profit organization Slow Food today agreed to promote traditional cooking and locally produced food as part of a project to boost incomes for small farmers and rural communities.
When David Booth spotted his first seadragon he thought the colourful 40 centimetre-long fish looked like an intergalactic hybrid: half alien, half animated seaweed. "They are amazing things," the marine ecologist says.
It’s easy to forget that global warming doesn’t just refer to the rising temperature of the air. Climate change is having an enormous, if less well understood, impact on the oceans, which already absorb far more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner spoke yesterday to the European Economic and Social Committee and other European civil society representatives on the subject of "Advancing Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20".
Imo State Government has expressed willingness to partner the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office to enable the state realise her goals and success by target year 2015.
Countries are barely funding social protection, gender equality and climate change programmes, crucial for meeting sustainable development goals after 2015, a report by Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) said on Thursday.
The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on Wednesday said the Arctic biodiversity has degraded.
A quarter of a century ago, scientists could justifiably take some sense of satisfaction from their ability to set in motion policy shifts towards protecting the global environment.
New Delhi: The environment ministry is likely to extend yet again the deadline for states to submit site-specific proposals for the declaration of eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) for around 102 national parks and 515 wildlife sanctuaries in the country, a ministry official said on Wednesday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands, officials said Thursday. Environmentalists praised the move but said the government must do more to curb the nation's burgeoning production of greenhouse gases.
Leonardo DiCaprio raised a record breaking $38.8 million from a charity art auction on Monday. The 38-year-old actor requested specially-made work from 33 artists - including the elusive Banksy - as well as offering one of his own paintings by Andreas Gursky to sell at his 11th Hour auction at C ...
SOUTH Africa was the third most biodiverse country in the world, but had given birth to none of the "cool" business solutions to saving biodiversity, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s CEO, Yolan Friedmann, said on Wednesday.
VICTORIA, British Columbia, May 15 (UPI) -- Climate change and warming oceans are gradually changing which fish are being featured in seafood markets around the world, Canadian researchers say.
Scientists have developed the first map of the world's most unique and most endangered mammals and amphibians.
May 15, 2013 — African frogs, originally imported for early 20th century pregnancy tests, carried a deadly amphibian disease to the U.S., according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
MANAGUA, May 15 2013 (IPS) - Mayangna indigenous communities in northern Nicaragua are caught up in a life-and-death battle to defend their ancestral territory in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve from the destruction wrought by invading settlers and illegal logging.
Biological Diversity or ‘Biodiversity’ refers to the variety of all living things on Earth—all species, genetic resources and ecosystems, and how they function and interact. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of life in the Pacific—our plants, animals, and ecosystems are essential for livelihoods o ...
The Sirumalai reserve forest, a rare wildlife habitat and home to rare species of medicinal plants, is being denuded of its trees for large scale cultivation.
Rwanda is hosting a four-day Global Environment Facility expanded constituency workshop which is an international forum organized by Global Environment Facility (GEF), a fund for projects to improve the environment, especially projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international water ...
In an attempt to promote eco friendly issues, a group of enthusiastic youngsters, in the city, have launched Green Youth Brigade here on Tuesday. “Biodiversity, the natural biotic capital of the earth, is fundamental to the fulfilment of human needs and vital for the survival of this planet. Bio ...
Growing up in Chapel Hill, [North Carolina] I was always interested in nature and I tried to think of careers that could enable me to indulge that hobby. So when I was at UNC, I majored in zoology and thought about being a wildlife veterinarian as a way to be outside.
Imagine taking 6-20 plates of food and dumping them in the trash, perfectly fresh and edible. Off they go to the landfill. Obviously, none of us would behave so wastefully.
The agricultural sector in South Asia needs to massively raise crop yields to feed its booming population. India has long used chemical pesticides and fertilizers to do that. But organic farming is slowly making inroads.
Few members of the UK public are comfortable with the idea of injecting aerosols high into the atmosphere to help slow down climate change, a study has found.
With unpredictable annual rainfall and drought once every five years, climate change presents challenges to feeding Ethiopia. Adapting to a warming world, the potato is becoming a more important crop there – with the potential to feed much of Africa.
Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, report that increased melting of the Greenland ice sheet — and to a lesser extent, ice loss in other parts of the globe — have helped to shift the North Pole several centimetres east each year since 2005.
The Indonesian government has officially extended its moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions in 65 million hectares of forests and peatlands for another two years.
The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) has lined up a range of fun filled learning activities and public awareness talks to mark International Day for Biological Diversity.
The London Zoo recently put out a call to collectors that doubled as the animal version of a personals ad. The zoo was looking for females of the Mangarahara cichlid, a species of fish so rare that none are thought to exist in the wild, and one that is in critical danger of going extinct entirel ...
The methodology has been tested in Ebro river basin and can lead to conclusions about the reliability and vulnerability of systems to water scarcity, as well as to diagnose their possible causes and to propose solutions.
Last Thursday, the eight-country Arctic Council was reminded of the issues they face by an event faraway in Hawaii. For the first time in probably three million years, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged above 400 parts per million for an entire day.
A stunning new species of pit-viper has been discovered in the cloud forest of Honduras. The venomous snake is described in the journal ZooKeys.
The bleached bones of seabirds are telling us a new story about the far-reaching impacts of industrial fisheries on today's oceans.
BILMA, Niger, May 15 2013 (IPS) - The Bilma community has mined the salt pans in the massive Ténéré desert region in northern Niger for centuries. But the threat of the ever-encroaching desert has become a real concern as locals here struggle to cope with a decline in salt prices
WASHINGTON, May 14 2013 (IPS) - A consumer protection group here is accusing U.S. diplomats of engaging in a concerted and at times forceful advocacy campaign on behalf of genetically modified seeds and even specific biotechnology companies, particularly aiming to influence governments in develo ...
(Reuters) - A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm (27 inches), an international study said on Tuesday.
The world’s third-largest area of ice is about to undergo a systematic investigation
Researchers from the University of East Anglia have helped create the first report to show how Britain’s landscape and wildlife are under threat from climate change and extreme weather. Read more at http://scienceblog.com/63035/u-k-coastline-biodiversity-under-threat-from-climate-change/#TrotWQb ...
Deforestation in the Amazon region could significantly reduce the amount of electricity produced from hydropower, says a new study.
Sustainability is often not given enough thought in development initiatives. The head of the UN Development Program, Helen Clark, says that needs to change and calls for a "new paradigm" for sustainable development.
A satellite that can ‘weigh’ the earth’s forests has just been given the go-ahead by the European Space Agency. Biomass, as it will be known, is expected to launch in 2020. The spacecraft will carry a novel radar system that is able to sense the trunks and big branches of trees from orbit.
Four oil palm firms join hands with Sabah to ensure wildlife continues to thrive and forests flourish in Malua.DEEP within the heart of Sabah lies the 34,000ha Malua Forest Reserve. It has been previously logged but regeneration over the years means that it is still a significant area of rainfor ...
The Commonwealth Government will provide an additional $94.5 million over five years to help implement the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement.
We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.
David Cameron is to launch an 11th-hour bid to save a major UN report on the future of international development amid fears among aid groups that it has turned into "a bit of a car crash".
In the consultations about what will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015, there is pressure on politicians and political commentators to come up with the next "new" idea.
'iRecord Ladybirds' a free mobile phone app is launched today to help monitor the impact of the invasive Harlequin ladybird on the UK's native ladybird species. The app was produced by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology working with the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol.
Bauchi State needs over N50 billion to tackle the perennial water scarcity being experienced in the state. Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Sani Muhammad Burra, said this yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalist in Bauchi.
After Ghana becoming a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in 1992, it has a mandate to implement anything under this protocol, especially when the country has passed into law Ghana’s Biosafety Bill (Act 831) on 31st December 2011.
Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption
In a stark reminder of our failure to bring man-made greenhouse gases under control, scientists reported last week that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed a level we think we haven’t seen for 3 million years.
BEIJING, May 13 (UPI) -- Urbanization in eastern China has a significant impact on the observed surface warming that plays an essential role in regional climate change, scientists say.
CANCUN, Mexico, May 13 (UPI) -- A study of snow and ice on Mount Everest shows the world's highest mountain peak is shedding its frozen cloak as glaciers retreat with warming, researchers say.
BARKING deer, unicorn-like creatures, and shy, forest-dwelling oxen weighing as much as a small car... The bizarre menagerie reads like something out of The Lord of the Rings, yet each of these animals was either recently discovered or may still reside in Vietnam's forests.
May 13, 2013 — Many entrepreneurs claim that they care about sustainability, yet they make decisions that are harmful to the environment.
In an unusual bid to stop a series of dams that will flood their rainforest home, a group of tribesmen in Borneo are urging King Harald V of Norway to call one of his subjects home
SYDNEY, May 14 2013 (IPS) - Mining and port development coupled with decreasing water quality along Australia’s north-eastern coast are threatening the continent’s World Heritage-listed tourist drawcard, the Great Barrier Reef.
If global temperatures increase by more than two degrees Celsius, it could have a dramatic impact on the biodiversity of both plants and animals, according to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Climate Change.
Kota Kinabalu: The licensed tourist guides have been advised to update themselves on existing and latest tourism products in Sabah so as to enhance their knowledge and quality.
Myanmar could lose up to a third of its remaining natural forestry within the next two decades if current practices continue, according to a report released by WWF earlier this month.
LUCKNOW: Ghariyals at Kukrail wouldn't be lonesome now. To give them company would be tigers, primates, birds, hippo and others. A new zoo, more than twice as big as the Prince of Wales zoological gardens in the heart of the city, is on the cards at Kukrail. It would be constructed on a 80 hecta ...
Although conservationists globally have been campaigning over the past few years for the use of alternative sources of energy such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) other than fuel wood, indications are that it is still very much in vogue in the Sahel country of Burkina Faso.