Environmentalists and human rights campaigners have sounded the alarm at radical plans to ease conditions for World Bank loans, enabling more than $50bn (£29bn) of public money a year to be made available for large power, mining, transport and farming projects.
Putting a price on the ecosystem would help conserve biodiversity , but this approach also spells danger for those resources, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti.
A European Union funded SmartFish programme has confiscated 300 kilograms of explosive, impounded 50 fishing vessels and prosecuted five cases of illegal fishing in Indian Ocean during the past 24 months.
Sawfish are the most endangered group of marine fish in the world, largely thanks to overfishing and habitat loss. Formerly abundant, they have disappeared from many countries' waters, and in many others they are scarcely holding on.
Montreal has been selected as one of five global hubs for a United Nations project called Future Earth, an ambitious 10-year initiative to build and connect international research on the environment and sustainable development — and to find ways to intensify and accelerate the impact of that res ...
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called on Germany and China to take the lead in establishing a partnership to promote sustainable development.
The economy and capital markets are on an unsustainable footing, but a lack of UN policy focus means progress towards sustainability is grinding along in first gear
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has warned that the current international condition has not been conducive to sustainable development despite many countries incorporating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into their national development plans.
Despite those impressive advances, the world is facing new development challenges. For this reason, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the MDGs in 2015 must expand the list of health goals to include non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – the world’s #1 killer.
Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena.
The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.
EXCLUSIVE / Europe will benefit as much as Africa, if it uses its public purse to fund climate mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing world, the UN Environment Programme’s executive director has told EurActiv.
The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.
Community conservation projects have been re-shaping the European landscape for the last few decades. Now, the movement is making its next big leap - acting in concert with policy makers to boost sustainability.
The 48 least developed countries (LDCs), described as the poorest of the world’s poor, want to be an integral part of the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion.
England is still not doing enough to tackle the risks from climate change, government advisers say.
It's a world record nobody wants. Not only is Indonesia deforesting faster than any other country, the coming El Niño looks set to take the country's forest loss to record levels.
India’s new government certainly seems to be cracking on with its job. Within two weeks of taking office, environment minister Prakash Javadekar had rolled out an online system to speed up approvals for development projects that might have environmental impacts.
Plant-eating tropical fish species are causing serious damage to algae and kelp forests in sub-tropical and temperate regions around the world, an international team of experts warn.
There is almost nothing left of Europe's famed forests, those that provided for human communities for millennia and gave life to the world's most famous fairytales
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, introducing a new United Nations-backed report outlining pathways major industrial economies can use to cut their carbon emissions by mid-century, called today for broad cooperation and “bold” action or the world will face dangerous and irreversible climate disruption.
Poland is “the real challenge” to a European agreement on carbon cutting targets for 2030, the UK energy secretary has warned.
The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe, a report says.
Reptiles whose gender depends on temperature must become more widespread to survive the effects of climate change, according to new research.
An invention which allows farmers to monitor the quality of their farm from a smartphone app will undergo its first full-scale test across Tasmania.
In what appears to be corruption in high places, the international body charged with protecting endangered species has turned a blind eye to massive illegal trade of endangered Great Apes.
A new study of the flow of water around China's many provinces has revealed an alarming disparity in access. Climate change concerns have the environmentally conscious country already trying to balance this water wealth, but researchers are suggesting that there is a better way.
The latest draft of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals is radical in its suggestions, but we will need a radical shift in institutional structures to achieve them, says David Satterthwaite.
India recorded an increase of 5,871 sq km in its forest cover in the past two years with West Bengal contributing over 60% of the total rise in green area.
According to the Economic Survey, India, like many developing countries, has not even utilised its fair share of the earth’s carbon space, nor has it achieved basic minimum standards of living for its entire population.
Crowdsourcing could help to identify emerging development issues and ensure the global development agenda is more representative of views from the global South, says a prototype of a planned one-stop-shop report compiling science advice for development.
Call it the wonder plant – a flower that can either absorb toxic metals and radiation out of the soil or prevent most of them from entering its system and be safe to consume, depending on the variety
The International Seed Treaty held a celebratory high-level event recently to mark the tenth anniversary of its entry into force.
Study suggests switching to organic fruit and veg equivalent to adding one or two portions a day – but findings are controversial
The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn – which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested.
Trees absorb CO2 and trap carbon molecules, and countless are lost as forests are felled around the world. So why not plant as many as we can?
Road construction, the promise of employment, and the conversion of forest to farmland – the effects of logging tropical forests are often not confined to the boundaries of the concessions, where, in the best case, a timber company has gained legal access to harvest trees. Along the Congo River ...
China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.
Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced more than $210 million to conserve nature in more than 50 countries, including an anticipated $40 million to combat wildlife trafficking, as a first measure in the Agency's first-ever Biodiversity Policy.
Oceans around the globe could inject an extra $50 billion into the world's economy -- if fisheries were sustainably managed, a new report backed by Prince Charles shows.
Farmers face a balancing act when deciding how much fertilizer to apply. Applying too much wastes money and adds to nutrient runoff problems. Applying too little reduces yields.
Development research remains far too academic and disconnected, with a “minuscule fraction” ever reaching local communities in a useable form, experts say.
The office of the Special Assistant to the President on School Agricultural Programme and the Federal Ministry of Environment have pledged to work together to curb threats posed by desertification in the country.
Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds
The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for the poisoning of "a plague" of rats and stoats which it says threatens the country's native wildlife.
The positive message from a scientific report for the UN Climate Summit is that the tough task of cutting greenhosue gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees is definitely achievable by following a set of bold, practical steps.
Shade-grown coffee is regarded as a form of permaculture, in which coffee is grown under a canopy of native trees in full to moderate shade cover. This allows native vegetation to persist, thereby reducing the impact of agriculture on the natural landscape.
Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries
Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.”
In the wake of recent reports pointing to a likely depletion of sea ice in Antarctica, we examine the long-term ramifications of global warming on the country's coastline.