International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a United Nations report.
Now is the time to turn our gaze toward Pyeongchang. While largely overshadowed by the just completed Asian Games, Korea has been hosting an important international conference in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.
A UN conference on preserving the earth’s dwindling resources has opened with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species is outpacing efforts to protect them.
The United Nations biodiversity conference underway in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, is
7 October 2014 | PYEONGCHANG | South Korea | When we last spoke to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), he identified private-sector engagement as a critical first step to halting habitat loss. That was 2012, and since then, tha ...
With human consumption of the planet's natural resources galloping away, natural habitats and species are being depleted at a pace faster than implementation of protective measures.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 07 (IPS) - With governments, activists and scientists tearing their hair out over the worldâ€™s impending crisis in biodiversity, the outgoing president of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) delivered a simple message to participants at the 12th Conf ...
The 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) kicked off yesterday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, with delegates attending from more than 190 countries to discuss biodiversity and develop strategies to conserve it.
7 October 2014 – The knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous people and local communities are key to halting biodiversity loss and achieving sustainable development, a United Nations official stressed today at a major meeting on biological diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed.
Marine conservationists often view fisheries as an enemy of sorts, vacuuming up fish with little thought to the long-term consequences and using equipment that also ends up killing other species, i.e. bycatch like sea turtles and marine birds.
Elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead, according to a new analysis released this past weekend.
ROME, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - If ever there was a need to prove that we are faced with a total lack of global governance, the U.N. Climate Summit, extraordinarily called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sep. 23, makes a very good case.
COLOMBO, Oct 6 2014 (IPS) - In pure numbers, the past few decades have been marked by destruction: over the last 40 years, Earth has lost 52 percent of its wild animals; nearly 17 percent of the world’s forests have been felled in the last half-century; freshwater ecosystems have witnessed a 75- ...
Coral reef expert says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site
Non-profit finds that while ‘organic’ products lack GM ingredients, many cereals, chips and infant formula contain them
I love bees. Everyone I know loves bees. And everyone knows bees are on the decline. But could it be that cities will come to their rescue?
A United Nations convention on biodiversity is underway in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The event should encourage more countries to include mainstream biological diversity in their development agendas and commit themselves to protecting species and restoring the ecosystem.
7 October 2014 – Implementing measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity is a worthwhile investment that will bring multiple economic and environmental benefits to countries, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.
As well as warming the atmosphere, carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and cars dissolve in the ocean, making it more acidic. - See more at:
Earth’s global leaders’ report card is in and they really need to work harder according to the United Nations.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is the world’s leading producer of vetiver. In the southwest of the country, vetiver production is hard to ignore
Most algae and animals that live on the seafloor can be sampled only by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep.
The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species.
Injecting trees with a concentrated form of garlic might help save trees in the UK from deadly diseases.
MORIGAON, India, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods.
From Miami to Washington DC, towns and cities on America’s east coast could see triple the number of tidal floods by 2030 as sea levels rise, say researchers
When British Capt. James Cook undertook his second voyage in the Southern Ocean in 1772, scientists on board measured the temperature 183 meters below the surface. It was colder than at the surface.
Many policymakers and scientists argue that North-South financial transfers in the order of $100 billion per year will be required to obtain commitments for greenhouse-gas reductions from developing countries and emerging economies, and to help protect poor countries from climate-related risks.
A joint effort among Fundación Jocotoco, Rainforest Trust, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), World Land Trust (WLT), and March Conservation Fund has added 1,187 acres to the Río Canandé Reserve, bringing protection to more than 6,100 acres of forest in the highly-threatened Chocó region of northw ...
New research traces the evolutionary origins of monarchs to North America, instead of South America as was previously hypothesized, and identifies a gene related to the butterfly’s distinctive orange-and-black appearance.
8 October 2014 – The global economy could be losing as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to stop ocean acidification, says a United Nations report launched today in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea (ROK).
A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—revealed that while this long-recognized pattern holds true for the sheer number of species, it does not for how different species make a living.
NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.
Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.
Ocean acidification is set to cost us $1 trillion by 2100 as it eats away at our tropical coral reefs.
Ocean acidification will cost the world economy more than $1 trillion annually by 2100, according to a U.N. report released this week. Changing the composition of the world's oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said.
Carbon dioxide emissions are dissolving in the ocean, making it more acidic and causing nearly $1 trillion worth of damage, according to a new report.
Rising carbon dioxide emissions are altering the pH levels of the ocean, with dramatic consequences for the marine environment and the people who depend on it, a group of British scientists has said.
Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- In Pennsylvania, one power company is preparing to remove more than 1,500 dying ash trees, damaged by the invasion of emerald ash borers. But ash trees, rotted from the inside out by the invasive insect, aren't just found overhanging power lines. They're everywhere.
China's 1600 wild pandas could suffer further losses thanks to legislation that would allow as much as 15 per cent of their habitat to be sold off for commercial uses.
Les océans du monde seront trop acides pour une grande partie de la vie marine d'ici la fin du siècle et les eaux canadiennes seront particulièrement touchées par le phénomène.
A study of the removal of two dams in Oregon suggests that rivers can return surprisingly fast to a condition close to their natural state, both physically and biologically, and that the biological recovery might outpace the physical recovery. In the end, the large pulse of sediment from dam rem ...
Because of its aggressive behavior and its harmful effects, the invasive prairie plant Lespedeza cuneata has been added to several noxious weed lists.
To help fight illegal poaching and trafficking, INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, has launched an environmental crimes unit in Africa.
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.
Scientists have long known that forest fragments are not the same ecologically as intact forest landscapes.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.
Li Bingbing is one of the most popular superstars in China, but the actress in the latest Transformers film likes to speak humbly of her roots - which, she says, have given her a strong awareness about nature and the environment.