BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Declining pollinator populations could push a quarter of the world's population back toward malnutrition, especially in developing countries where poverty is common and food is scarce.
Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C.
Canine distemper, a viral disease that's been infecting the famed lions of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, appears to be spread by multiple animal species, according to a study published by a transcontinental team of scientists.
Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.
Since the 1950s, plantations and second-growth forests in China have been locally managed by village communities as collective forests, which today account for 58 percent of China's forestland.
NEW YORK, Jan 27 2015 (IPS) - The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem.
The EU has imposed sanctions on imports from Sri Lanka's fisheries after the country failed to curb illegal fishing.
Europe has been cheated of a proper debate on how food is grown; that must change
Using satellite images to study changing patterns of surface water is a powerful tool for identifying conservationally important "stepping stone" water bodies that could help aquatic species survive in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.
NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.
For millions of years, large parts of the marine biotas of the North Atlantic and North Pacific have been separated by harsh climate conditions in the Arctic.
AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Polar bears do more than just star in Coca-Cola commercials. Occasionally, they eat and mate (the two great joys of animals' lives). But according to a new study, mating has been getting a bit harder for polar bears in recent decades -- or more accurately, getti ...
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group has told the government.
As Northeasterners hunker down to weather tonight’s potentially record-breaking winter storm, they may also want to brace themselves for even more severe nor’easters in the future
Most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms.
Science can provide the best evidence on many questions: how likely is a disease to spread? How likely is a new seed to produce greater yields? How likely is a training programme to produce better jobs?
Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries.
NAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.
Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive more public attention and cash
Kampala — A parliamentary commission wants the management at the National Forestry Authority to take action against all encroachers in the central forests reserves in the country.
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.
In many parts of the world, Uganda inclusive, women’s rights to land and property are denied. The existing laws give women fewer or less secure rights than men, and inequitable and discriminatory attitudes and practices undermine them.
Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests.
In literature, crows and ravens are a bad omen and are associated with witches
New reserch may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years
On 1 January, a new environmental protection law (EPL) took effect in China. It is the nation's first attempt to harmonize economic and social development with environmental protection.
The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the ...
MOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland.
Populations of smew drakes, which number less than 200 in the UK, are growing twice as fast in Special Protection Areas
How to overcome weak global growth has been one the most hotly debated issues at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.
A new study is the first to incorporate empirical estimates of climate change impacts on economic growth in models
'Cloudburst boulevards' and innovative bowl-shaped parks are designed to protect the city from rising sea levels
The question of how the world can end extreme poverty and improve human wellbeing will take on new urgency in 2015, as the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire and a new set of goals—the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs)—are finalized.
Seoul will seek international support to create an ecological park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during a conference in Switzerland this week.
Jan 26 (Reuters) - A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.
DEKALB, Ill., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- It shouldn't be all that surprising at this point -- living organisms defying the odds, that is.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Two subglacial Greenland lakes thought to be stable -- pockets of icy water accumulated over many years -- are now gone, drained in a matter of weeks. And scientists aren't exactly sure why or what it means.
What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate.
Borneo consistently makes the list of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots” – areas full of a wide variety of forms of life found nowhere else, but which are also under threat.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 2015 (IPS) - This month saw an important milestone reached by the U.N.’s young Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Publication of its first public product.
At the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.
Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations
The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.
US scientists say they have taken the first step towards making "safer" GMOs that cannot spread in the wild, using synthetic biology.
Next-generation sequencing allows for the creation and analysis of vast amounts of data about populations and their responses to shifting environmental conditions, including climate change.
In a part of the world that is experiencing the most dramatic increase in temperature and climate change, two very similar species of animals are responding very differently.
"Long ago, when animals were gente…" Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine.
(Reuters) - The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra
Senators accept global warming is not a hoax but fail to recognise human activity is to blame, nearly 27 years after scientists laid out man’s role
The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.
Abuja — THE proximity of Nassarawa state to the nation's capital was to be an advantage when there was massive demolition in the Federal Capital Territory in the year 2004, as most of the displaced persons found solace in the state.
An apparent link has been established between human population density and vegetation cover and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans.
The world's top biodiversity body has initiated a number of assessments designed to help politics act on conservation.
They’ve gone to logging and housing—but especially to climate change, says a new study.
US scientists are asking the public to join them in their quest to mine the Earth's soil for compounds that could be turned into vital new drugs.
Visitors to northern forests in coming decades probably will see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a new study shows.
Study suggests Canadian government strategy is not enough to preserve caribou population in the boreal forest.
[ZARAGOZA] Dedicated investment in science and technology will be needed to have any chance of reaching the proposed water and sanitation-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, delegates at the UN-Water conference in Zaragoza, Spain, heard last week
Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World ...
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.
Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.
Dramatic habitat loss by 2020 due to climate change threatens the population of the planet's most endangered chimp subspecies, according to new research.
"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, a 21% increase on the previous year, officials have said.
India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.
The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, researchers have suggested.
As Earth warms, scientists have been focused on how glaciers melting will affect sea level rise. But, another lurking impact is the amount of carbon that will be released when glaciers melt.
You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species.
When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.
Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December
How can species-rich nations protect their natural wealth and local knowledge when commercial companies come knocking for biological resources to develop crops, cures and cosmetics? A global treaty may have the answer.
19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort sho ...
Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.
The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.
We need a global effort to end extreme inequality. The gap between rich and poor isn’t just a moral question, it damages the economy
16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.
The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.
Agriculture has surpassed deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in Global Change Biology.
Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.
The rise in sea levels may be accelerating
An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.
Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action
Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris.
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.
19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Following the contours of the mountain saves the birds precious energy, and also improves their chances of catching an updraft.
Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. In the ocean, where scientists count only 15 or so such losses, the numbers currently aren't nearly as dire.
This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.
ZARAGOZA, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their deve ...
Jan 15 (Reuters) - - Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.
Winter is the dark season and colder than cold in the Arctic north. But climate warming is giving scientists the chance to find out what goes on in the Arctic ocean during the Polar night.
When we consider the state of wildlife on the planet, the general consensus is that humanity hasn't had the best track record with species extinctions.
The recent leaking of a new draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has prompted vigorous debate over the merits of tourism development in protected areas.
15 January 2015 | On a daily basis, logging trucks rumble up an offshoot of Brazil's Highway 364, laden with muddy trunks illegally harvested from the Zoró Indigenous Territory, at the southern edge of the Amazon Rainforest, along the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.
The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.
When it comes to determining the size of giant squid and other large sea animals, humans have a tendency to exaggerate, a new study suggests.