Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the 'Neutral Theory of Biodiversity'. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.
Caribbean islands, like T&T, need to protect their eco-sensitive natural resources against increasing threats such as climate change and overfishing to ensure sustainability.
On Africa Day, 25 May 2014, Ban urged leveraging continent's potential for the good of all people. The world must do more to unleash Africa's full potential in agriculture, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said while also urging the continent's leaders and development partners ...
SUVA, Fiji--- There is a need for proper monitoring and accountability for all commitments and actions agreed to by the international community for the benefit of all Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
26 May 2014 – Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation's weather agency today confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.
The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat.
Could Australia have had schools of mysterious, technicolour purple jellyfish swimming off its shores all along without anybody noticing?
JAKARTA, May 27 2014 (IPS) - Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world’s third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
Yale researchers have found that the two terms, often used interchangeably, generate very different responses
Australia's Parliament House welcomed islanders from Pacific nations likely to be threatened by rising sea levels. The group of islanders performed a cultural dance in traditional dress and spoke about their concerns regarding climate change action.
The government has announced that it will increase the area of nationally-protected land in an effort to promote eco-tourism. The expansion will focus on islands in Rwanda.
LONDON, May 27 (UPI) --Global warming may not be so great for polar bears and ski bums, but the warming climate in Europe is lending a competitive advantage to light-colored butterflies and dragonflies.
CHOBE RIVER, Namibia, May 27 (UPI) --The Burchell's zebra, a southern subspecies of the plains zebra, travel a total of 300 miles every year from Namibia to Botswana and back.
As tropical forests take over abandoned agricultural land, scientists expect these new forests to mop up industrial quantities of atmospheric carbon.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has roundly criticized Australia's proposal to remove 74,000 hectares of temperate rainforest from the World Heritage Committee.
CAPE TOWN, May 28 2014 (IPS) - To curb greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa wants to put a tax on carbon emissions from big polluters.
(Reuters) - Climate changes that have made Montana streams much warmer over the last 30 years are helping invasive trout push their native cousins toward extinction, researchers said on Tuesday, saying study is an example of global warming reducing biodiversity.
Rapid reduction of sea ice level due to climate change hitting population as hunting ground recedes
Opposition to genetically modified crops is fierce, but how much of the anti-GM stance is based on science?
A tourism operator from the Great Barrier Reef has come halfway around the world in a last-ditch attempt to save his business.
(Seychelles News Agency) - African islands are capable of setting an example in terms of sustainable development, especially in light of 2014 being designated the year of Small Island Developing States by the United Nations.
United Nations bureaucrats work hard to ease the woes of the world. Apart from war, they also tackle poverty, climate change, inequality, joblessness, weak governance, discrimination, shabby schools and crumbling hospitals.
I first met Victoria Tauli-Corpuz 11 years ago in Rome. An indigenous Filipina activist, Vicky was attending a meeting on indigenous peoples' rights at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations rural development agency where I work.
A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar, scientists report.
Large ocean waves can travel through sea ice for hundreds of km before their oscillations are finally dampened, scientists have shown.
The interests of rich countries can seem to dominate climate change negotiations, but a study that models such talks as a ‘bargaining game’ shows that side deals among poorer nations could boost chances of an international agreement.
Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide.
On 14 April 2014, the Council of the EU adopted a regulation that will affect researchers throughout Europe, by enabling ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.
Strong winds fractured a sheet of melting ice near Barrow, Alaska, one April afternoon, cutting a three-man whaling crew adrift in the Arctic Ocean.
Nairobi — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other High-Level Representatives from 160 UN Member and Observer States, UN Heads of Agencies, Business and Civil Society Set to participate.
SOME 31 leaders of major Nigerian businesses have agreed on the establishment of a common platform that will enable them jointly promote sustainable development initiatives and programmes across the country.
UNESCO Sites are symbols of our work in support of sustainable development.
29 May 2014 – The head of the United Nations agency on human settlements today said he hoped thousands of cities around the world will join forces to sign a compact to strengthen cooperation in tackling climate challenges when the UN convenes a summit on the issue four months from now.
In recent decades, Peru has experimented with policy reforms to promote more sustainable forest management. At the same time, donors and NGOs have introduced community forestry initiatives that have tried to encourage rural people to participate legally in the forestry sector.
Canada has been “dragging its heels” on commitments to create marine protected areas and ranks last on the list of countries with the longest coastlines in terms of the amount of ocean where human activity has been restricted to preserve biodiversity.
Conservationists in Brazil are challenging football's governing body Fifa to do more to protect the animal that inspired this summer's World Cup mascot.
By 2100 southern England will be drenched by five times as many sudden summer deluges as it is today, probably causing more flash floods, according to an advanced climate model. Other parts of the world are likely to experience similar increases in downpours, and global warming will be to blame.
Field campaign in Panama will study whether lianas help trees to survive lightning strikes.
In May 2014, a Pakistani court directed the national bio-safety committee to suspend issuance of new licences for growing GM crops until there was a proper legislative framework and adequate facilities for testing and screening.
The U.S. government will put financial support behind an initiative that offers finance for emissions-reducing forest conservation projects.
Jun 2 2014 (IPS) - It is now two years since Mexico passed the General Law on Climate Change, a landmark piece of national environmental legislation.
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 2 2014 (IPS) - Despite a raft of legislation dealing with the environment, African countries are still falling short when it comes to enforcing the legal instruments that respond to challenges posed by climate change, researchers say.
The Ministry of Environment and Water hosted today (1 June, 2014) "The Regional Workshop of Capacity Building for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing" in collaboration with the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in City Seasons Suites Dubai.
At the end of his first year in office, President Obama flew to Copenhagen and made a big promise: that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2020 — a bold and risky pledge that hinged on a balky Congress to make it possible.
A major roadworks scheme is being further delayed because of the discovery of an "incredible population" of rare native crayfish.
2 June 2014 – United Nations officials today welcomed the initiative announced by President Barack Obama to limit emissions from power plants in the United States, voicing their hope that it will spur other countries to take concrete action to combat climate change.
3 June 2014 – Urgent action to better manage the genetic diversity of forests – under pressure from climate change, exploitation and conversion for other uses – is needed to ensure that the benefits they provide will survive, the United Nations said in a first-of-its-kind report released today.
The summer flounder – one of the most sought-after catches on the U.S. East Coast – is stirring up a climate change battle as it glides through the sand and grasses at the bottom of a warming North Atlantic.
Scientists have found that Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been in over two decades.
The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops.