Nitrogen emissions have tripled over the last 100 years as a result of industrial and agricultural growth.
Although the extent of winter Arctic sea-ice has been the smallest on record this year, it is unclear yet whether its volume will also mark a new low.
Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".
Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found.
Overgrazing and poor soil management are depriving grasslands of essential nutrients such as phosphorus, a study warns.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations has begun negotiations for a new legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdiction.
Herd ‘coming home’ under treaty between North American tribes that seeks to return bison from Canada to Montana
The Quito rocket frog, once thought to be extinct, hangs on to survival in a patch of forest beneath an active volcano. As Cotopaxi threatens to erupt, three scientists set out to rescue the tiny amphibian from oblivion.
On a brisk late February day, some bulge with maple sap while others sport little sap icicles.
An ambitious National Climate Change Policy to build a Resilient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in February.
Farmers and scientists are finding ways to improve soils and increase food security. Here are seven influential projects and programs helping to restore the world’s soil.
Conservationists who work to save rain forests typically focus on pristine stands—the dwindling number of patches where the buzz of chainsaws has yet to echo.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.
Newly examined video of Kemp's ridley sea turtles, which are found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, shows that the species' recovery from endangerment has stalled at less than one-tenth of historic nesting levels.
SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- A beach isn't really a beach without sand. Unfortunately, over time, beaches lose their sand to the wind and waves.
No fewer than 100 rights groups and faith-based organisations have opposed attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.
SOME common migrating birds – including the blackcap, (pictured above) – are staying in the UK for two weeks or more longer than half a century ago.
Pity the Javan warty pig. Highly endangered in its native Indonesia, the ungulate could do with some research support. But in 2014, it garnered just one academic paper, not nearly as many as were published on the wild boar, a global species in no danger of extinction.
Tests suggests some varieties of olive trees appear to be resistant to an invasive pathogen posing a serious risk to Europe's olive industry.
A group of scientists has backed a federal plan to restrict the trapping and gunning down of bears and wolves in Alaska’s wildlife refuges, in the face of bitter opposition from the state government.
Extreme droughts could lead to widespread death of eucalypts from embolisms, researchers say.
Antarctica is the last landmass on Earth that remains almost entirely undisturbed by human presence, except for a few scientific research stations. Is its wildlife at risk from a growing influx of cruise-ship tourists?
Looking down from an elevation of 400 kilometres or so, Vancouver Island appears to be covered by a mostly intact jade-green forest from one end to the other.
Mostafa K. Tolba, a U.N. official who was considered the father of the Montreal Protocol, the agreement intended to save the ozone layer that is widely known as part of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, died March 28 in Geneva. He was 93.
30 March 2016 – Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.
If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare.
The adolescent orangutan was captured in the forests of Sumatra by a soldier at the height of the Aceh province civil war for independence.
Climate change and pollution behind major decline in German butterfly species, says new study.
Researchers say the new projection isn't set in stone but urge communities to consider the worst case scenario in developing adaptation plans.
U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.
The proposed guidelines for regulating eco-tourism close to eco-sensitive zones of national parks have sparked a controversy with stakeholders cautioning that it will spell doom to wildlife in the State.
When the indigenous ‘Jumli Marsi’ variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection farmers had little choice but to substitute it with the Chandannath 1 and 3 hybrids that originate in China.
India has supported the process to develop an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and stressed that the rights of nations, including freedom of the high seas, are important and should not be restricted.
Leonardo DiCaprio is using his star power and big social media following to help spread the word of a critically endangered species.
30 March 2016 – Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.
A coalition of scientists and environmental groups has asked the Obama administration to designate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say
Bowing to public and fishing industry pressure, the Obama administration recently reversed an earlier decision to allow oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast.
LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- Most farmers and gardeners welcome the arrival of ladybirds -- or ladybugs, as they're known in the United States. But the beetles are actually invasive, and one species, the harlequin ladybird, is taking over fast.
Populations of the most common bird species in Europe and the US are being altered by climate change, according to an international study.
Agricultural expansion is quickly chewing up native vegetation in the vast wooded savannas of Brazil's Cerrado biome, and a new study shows that those changes in land use are altering the region's water cycle.
Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that University of California, Riverside researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a decade.
A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private sector is considering ways to introduce safeguards in construction contracts to protect the island’s rich biodiversity, which is threatened as economic growth gathers pace amid a building boom.
It's no secret that global biodiversity is not evenly spaced over the planet’s surface. Much of it is concentrated in hotspots, many of which are in places that are relatively remote, making it difficult for scientists to gather detailed information on species’ habitats and distribution.
Economic and population growth on top of climate change could lead to serious water shortages across a broad swath of Asia by the year 2050, a newly published study by MIT scientists has found.
The Southwest China Germplasm Bank of Wild Species under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Yunnan Province is a research and preservation institution for rare and endangered plants.
The southern tip of Africa is washed by two oceans: the Indian and Atlantic oceans. This should allow South Africa to benefit economically from various activities through developing the ocean economy. Fisheries, tourism and maritime activities are some of the sectors that can underpin the economy.
What are the practical steps to push for recognising the rights of indigenous people around the world? Our expert panel shares their thoughts
Dramatic, diverse, and spectacular are just some of the words visitors use to describe New Zealand’s Kermadec region, which has borne witness to Polynesian voyagers, European migrants, whalers, and now, many of the world’s leading marine scientists.