Migratory birds may be spreading viruses that cause bird flu around the world, say scientists.
Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have discovered a way to map 'reed die-back' using satellites and aircraft.
[LONDON] Liberia’s government must do more to award land rights to forest dwellers to protect natural resources from exploitation and encroachment of palm oil plantations, warns a report published by a global coalition pushing for forest policy reform.
Some termite species erect massive mounds that look like great temples springing up from the world's savannas and drylands.
NEW YORK, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) - A recent study suggests that one of the multiple threats to coral reefs contains both the problem and solution.
BUENOS AIRES, Feb 5 2015 (IPS) - If cities have souls, the Argentine capital’s is turning more and more grey. Real estate speculation, the fencing in and paving of parks, and the installation of private bars and restaurants in public squares have changed the face of the city.
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite a scientific consensus that human activity is causing the planet to warm up, ingrained attitudes among Americans mean policy changes on global warming are unlikely, academics said in a new study.
Wolves are hunted, culled and poached across Israel’s north. But in the Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, a dangerous minefield provides an unlikely wildlife reserve where the animals are now thriving
Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough’s hawkweed, just days after a genus of endangered plants was also named after the naturalist.
Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.
Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible wildlife, important fisheries, and tourism.
In Uganda – as in most African countries – more than 85 percent of families live in rural village conditions, where small-scale backyard poultry operations are ubiquitous.
NEW DELHI: In a strong message to developed nations which are historically responsible for global warming, India today said the "very critical issue" of "differentiated responsibilities" should be resolved to reach an agreement on climate change.
The cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.
Bird flu may not have been the cause behind the deaths of 47 birds at Sultanpur sanctuary in Gurgaon recently. Officials now suspect something more lethal.
The government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples
The world’s mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, could be under threat from the most diminutive of foes − a tiny mussel invading from China.
Seychelles' efforts to rid itself of the invasive red-whiskered bulbul has been dubbed a success by conservationists who are now confident that the bird is no longer a threat to the Indian Ocean’s archipelago’s biodiversity.
The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this region its name, marks the place of origin for maca; a small, pungent root whose famed aphrodisiac quality has driven demand beyond the wildes ...
Desertification is a growing problem in many parts of the world, mostly owing to common human activities such as agriculture, animal husbandry (grazing), and groundwater use. It’s a common topic of discussion in some fields of scientific research (and elsewhere) how best to address this issue.
Perth is not a big part of the national consciousness, although its growth has sparked some interest. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics projections are remarkable—the population will reach three million by the early 2020s, surpass Brisbane later that decade and hit five million by 2050, ...
Pressure is mounting on the UK government and opposition parties to commit to creating at least one massive marine reserve in the Pacific or Atlantic to protect rare and threatened whales, sharks, fish and corals ahead of the general election.
Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo in California, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialised collar.
Critics say it will destroy one of the island’s few remaining untouched green spaces, block a natural green corridor used by dozens of species and bring 10,000 more cars to a region plagued by traffic congestion
Kenya’s Rift Valley, a rich source of geothermal power, is now being touted as the answer to the country’s energy problems. But most of the drilling sites are in natural parks, the source of important tourism income. Kenya is facing trade-offs as the growing need for power comes into conflict wi ...
The coastlines and islands of Bab Al-Mandeb (“Gateway of Anguish”)—a strait separating southwest Yemen from Djibouti and Eritrea, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden—provides refuge for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year.
The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change, and could be “severely damaged” unless the Australian government bans the dumping of waste from dredging, according to a report released on Monday by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
Killer shrimp, creatures that indiscriminately slay other animals without eating them, may soon join the list of invasive species living in the Great Lakes, a new study finds.
Ghana Museums and Monuments Board has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust aimed at forging closer collaboration to strengthen their managerial roles in preserving the country's historical sites and cultural heritage.
Sweden's biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss - and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, ...
Brazil's east coast, the Mata Atlantica, is home to the unique Pau-Brasil tree. A creative approach, well coordinated programs and the help of the local population are essential in the fight to save it from extinction.
We humans tend to assume we rule the Earth. With our advanced tool making, language, problem solving and social skills, and our top predator status, we like to think of ourselves as the dominant life form on the planet.
2015 is a key year for global cooperation, with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the replacement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the global climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, write Clara Brandi and Dirk Messner from the German Deve ...
The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today.
For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest.Storms, droughts, floods, and spells of extreme heat or exceptional cold: all can destroy wealth, ravage harvests, force people off land, exacerbate ancient rivalries and unl ...
Climate change deniers received a stunning blow this year from none other than Pope Francis, who announced a papal encyclical calling for action on global warming in 2015.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says climate change is making disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve.
Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...
In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...
MONTREAL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A new study predicts future invaders of the Great Lakes basin -- should stronger environmental protections not be enacted -- and one of them is the killer shrimp. It's not quite as frightening as a killer bee or killer shark, but it could be much more ecologically deva ...
LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A range of stressors, including disease, parasites and pesticide exposure, have been implicated in the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder.
Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species.
There's more to Darwin's finches than meets the eye. Famously, the 14 species found on the Galapagos islands are distinguished from one another largely by differences in beak shape.
A crowdfunding campaign for a project to pluck water out of thin air for use in African villages has failed to reach its US$100,000 goal.
Sustainable development is an elusive concept, one that is open to interpretation and difficult to define, let alone measure. UN negotiators therefore have a challenging task: how to specify a clear set of indicators to track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before they are finalised in ...
NAGAPATTINAM, India, Feb 12 2015 (IPS) - Geeta Selvaraj and a few other women take turns to prepare meals with just one large gas cooker in a tiny shop.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations, in a sustained political hype, is touting 2015 as a likely breakthrough year for several key issues on its agenda – primarily development financing, climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk-reduction and nuclear non-proliferation.
How do you catch a poacher? In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo - which is famous for its elephants and mountain gorillas - a special dog unit is tracking and capturing illegal hunters.
Geoengineering, the deliberate, large-scale technological manipulation of the Earth’s systems, has been proposed for years as a panacea to dealing with climate change.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — IT was near the United States-Mexico border that we attracted the attention of the Mexican military. My scientific colleagues and I — American and Mexican — were there to conduct research on large carnivores when we were stopped by several officers with rifles slung over their s ...