ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Australia's Flinders University have come up with a novel solution to the problem of mercury pollution -- a polymer made of industrial waste.
"I already seen that movie, it doesn't end well, it doesn't, it gets really nasty." So said Venezuelan negotiator Claudia Salerno in a tense session here at the Bonn climate talks on Thursday evening.
Mexico is bracing for Patricia. This morning, the Category 5 hurricane officially clocked in as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere – and close to the theoretical maximum strength for any tropical cyclone on our planet.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 2015 (IPS) - Civil society groups have expressed disappointment over the outcome of the final round of U.N. climate change negotiations in Bonn — 38 days ahead of the upcoming summit in Paris.
Scientists from the UK's National Oceanography Center (NOC) have set their sights on unmasking the ocean's 'twilight zone' - the area between 100 and 1000 meters deep where a small amount of the sun's light can still penetrate.
Raging Indonesian forest fires have advanced into dense forest on Borneo and now threaten one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, say conservationists.
Puget Sound’s endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.
Wetlands store large amounts of carbon and thus help to protect climate - but large areas are being lost to industry and agriculture. Austria is trying to change that - and is finding novel ways to protect its wetlands.
There are just 79 scientists per million Africans, compared to 4,500 per million people in the United States
The UN’s ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals include a target to halt biodiversity loss by 2030.
The red squirrel has been in severe decline in the UK but one island has completely eliminated grey squirrels to promote a red resurgence.
The survival of a rare frog species known as the Caucasian parsley frog (Pelodytes punctatus) depends on the nutritional value of bat guano, a recent study revealed.
With the backdrop of massive peat land fires sending carbon into the atmosphere and the fast-approaching U.N. climate talks, environmental advocates expect today's visit between Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and President Obama to touch on climate change and deforestation challenges.
BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Most of the largest animals in Earth's history are now gone -- dinosaurs, mammoths, megalodons, whales. And gone with them are their sizable bowel movements. Scientists say that's bad news for Earth's fertility.
POTSDAM, Germany, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- In a new paper, climate scientists argue that the disagreement over how to combat climate change isn't all that complex. Effective solutions would fall into place, they say, if a single major economy would step up and lead on the issue.
BOSTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Heat waves in the Persian Gulf are dangerous enough as it is. Climate scientists say they are likely to become deadlier if efforts aren't taken to slow global greenhouse emissions.
The lion may be losing its position as king of the savannah.
We’re set for catastrophic climate change that exceeds 2°C of global warming even with the emission cuts pledges made ahead of the Paris climate summit in December. But there’s a way out.
While there is no doubt that climate change is affecting many organisms, some species might be more sensitive than others.
BOYARSHIN, Bangladesh, Oct 26 2015 (IPS) - Twice a week, 20-year-old Kulsum Begam, a young mother of two, spends over three hours gossiping with the neighbours.
A new study published in Nature by scientists at Stanford and UC Berkeley has made waves for its finding that thus far we have dramatically underestimated the damage human-caused climate change will do to the global economy.
At least two defenders fighting against environmental destruction around the world were killed each week last year. Many more people engaging in peaceful struggles to protect nature regularly face down serious threats or violence.
The news is full of announcements about newly discovered forms of life. This fall, we learned of a 30,000-year-old giant virus found in frozen Siberia.
The Headline Target of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 is: Halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restore them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.
The Indian purple frog is an endemic, unique species that occurs exclusively in the southern portion of the Western Ghats.
Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body.
LANZHOU, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Researchers from Lanzhou University in northwest China's Gansu Province released research on climate change in the world's dryland regions recently.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals highlight the need to protect the oceans, coastlines and small-scale fishermen. However, this may be in conflict with ASEAN’s bid to reach the targets set out in the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint.
QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The first time in history, an adult American eel has been spotted and documented in the Sargasso Sea. The discovery brings a bit of closure to a scientific mystery more than 100 years old.
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- With so many stories of imminent ecological collapse, mass extinctions and dwindling biodiversity, it's nice to get a little good news now and again.
27 October 2015 – Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years according to the United Nations, with levels of acute need across all humanitarian sectors having already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, and which are projected to become far more severe in 2016.
Where did all the fish go? Strong climatic events, such as this year’s El Niño, can force king penguins to travel further in search of fish, threatening their very survival.
The island nation of Kiribati is one of the world's most vulnerable to rising sea levels. But residents may have to leave well before the ocean claims their homes.
Policies that secure intellectual property rights (IPRs) for agricultural innovations often fail to encourage technology transfer to developing countries or increase crop yields, a study shows.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 28 2015 (IPS) - “This plant heals 150 ailments, like diabetes, high blood pressure and gastritis. It’s prepared as an infusion or blended with water, and you take it every day,” says Clemente Calixto, a traditional indigenous healer in Mexico, holding up a green leafy branch.
At least 80 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, David Cameron and Narendra Modi, will join talks aiming to forge a new global climate deal
Consensus builds among scientists though review of evidence also finds there is not enough data on whether pesticide causes population decline
BANGKOK — Nothing erases development as suddenly and severely as natural disasters.
Forests around the world are whittled away as trees are felled for lumber, land is cleared for agriculture, and fires ravage landscapes.
Seals in the Wadden Sea area of the North Sea were once in danger of dying out. Now they are thriving.
The European Commission on 27 October published its work programme for 2016. This document appears to show that the Juncker Commission’s thinking has evolved since it took up office a year ago and there is some suggestion that after one year in office, President Juncker and his Commission are st ...
SEATTLE, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Trout retire too. But unlike humans, who tend to work their lives in cities to retire to the country or the coast, Alaskan sea trout save up fat to trade their ocean adventures for the full-time tranquility of freshwater.
Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.
Senior Buddhists have called on world leaders to agree a new climate change agreement at a conference in Paris next month.
Carnivorous birds, which help stem spread of disease by eating carcasses that would otherwise rot, targeted by poachers
A group of researchers has analyzed the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and says the way they are phrased is too complex. Could clearer writing speed up action on global warming?
Oct. 28 is National Chocolate Day. Unfortunately, the universally beloved treat faces an impending shortage crisis due to unsustainable supply chain models and climate change.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has projected that by 2028 India will be the world’s most populous country, with 1.45 billion people.
Wildfires crackled across Siberia this summer, turning skies ochre and sending up enough smoke from burning pines to blot out satellite views of the 400-mile-long Lake Baikal.
An island nation in the Pacific Ocean that's smaller than New York City has created an ocean reserve that's bigger than California.