“Biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Unesco.
‘Tall wood’ construction is less carbon-intensive than concrete or steel, but it will likely take a major cultural shift for urban planners, builders, architects, and city dwellers to embrace wood construction on a large scale.
Efforts to safeguard pandas not only benefit the beloved bears, but can also help protect other species, boost biodiversity and fight climate change, a study has found.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.
The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.
At Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend, skiers were half naked. Guys were going shirtless. Girls were in bikini tops. Everybody was in shorts. Ski season in California has not ended and may not completely stop before the snow starts falling again in late autumn.
Government action isn't enough for climate change. Private actors - including corporations, civic and advocacy groups, private citizens, and even the Catholic Church - will be crucial to successfully cutting billions of tons of carbon and tackling climate change.
Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change.
Be prepared to pay more for airfare if climate change continues to alter weather patterns, increasing the frequency and severity of storms, say climate change and airline industry experts.
The Ministers in charge of environment, disaster preparedness, and agriculture yesterday held a consultative meeting with lawmakers that revolved around the effects of Climate Change.
OPINION: You can't help but stare open-mouthed and goggle-eyed at the Banyan trees of Vanuatu. They're immense. And spectacular. As much a feature of life on these islands as the Ni-Van people themselves. But one of the other regular features of life in Vanuatu are the tropical cyclones that pou ...
In Queensland, Australia, dugong populations are crashing as extreme weather events combined with increased river sediments from human activities are depleting the seagrasses they live on.
A young academic won a major award from the prestigious Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on Tuesday for his devotion to studying the lives of "creepy crawlies."
The hen harrier, an iconic bird of prey, is heading towards the brink of extinction in England, new figures suggest. There are just four breeding pairs left in England and numbers are declining elsewhere in the UK. Scotland is the traditional stronghold of these raptors, but numbers have fallen ...
The blue-winged Amazon was spotted by a travelling ornithologist in a remote region of the Yucatan peninsular in 2014. Experts writing in the journal PeerJ have now confirmed it is a previously undescribed species with a unique plumage colour and pattern and distinctive call. They also warned th ...
Scientists recently reconstructed the skin of endangered green turtles, marking the first time that skin of a non-mammal was successfully engineered in a laboratory, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study.
Conservationists in New Zealand work to save the Mahoenui Giant Wētā, a native Endangered insect threatened by invasive rodents.
For all the publicity over discoveries of “pizzly” bear hybrids, new research suggests polar bears’ genetic purity isn’t threatened by crossbreeding with grizzlies. But that doesn’t mean polar bears aren’t in trouble.
DELMAR — Town residents were generally supportive of the town’s open space planning efforts at the Bethlehem Town Board meeting on Wednesday, June 14, with the notable exception of a repeated concern that the town be respectful of large landowners’ rights.
The world's largest environmental network says Canada falls far short of protecting its marine resources compared to other developed countries.
Kerala Biodiversity Park, a joint initiative of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and the Science and Technology Museum, is all set to open in Thiruvananthapuram in August. Kerala can soon boast a unique park profiling its rich biodiversity
The Mountain Swainson-pea (Swainsonia recta) was once widely found in the state. However, domestic livestock grazing, clearance of land, and fertiliser use over time has dwindled the known population to just four plants that were struggling to survive in one small corner of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot ...
The St. Lawrence River is now officially considered an historic site. Premier Philippe Couillard designated the waterway as historic Thursday as he admired the view from aboard the Louis-Jolliet during a morning cruise. “It's unique in the world. What you see behind is probably one of the most b ...
The rhino breeding center near the entrance to Danum Valley Conservation Area sits like an oasis of calm against the cacophony of beeps, woots and zaps of the surrounding jungle.
Brazil - Land-use change represents more than 60 percent of Brazil’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the Amazon accounts for 65.2 percent of that amount, according to government figures, although those numbers are sometimes contested.
Concerned over the degradation of forests and to improve the quality of rainforests officials and ecologists attached to the Tirunelveli forest division are now working on recent satellite images and research papers dating back to 1970s.
It was a Tuesday in early February 2015 when Sylvie Gravel walked into her colleague Paul Makar’s office carrying printouts that would mystify both of them. The two scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada were staring at computer model forecasts of ozone gas. Up in the Earth’s atmosp ...
It's one of the tiniest organisms on Earth, but also one of the most abundant. And now, the microscopic marine bacteria called Prochlorococcus can add one more superlative to its list of attributes: It evolves new kinds of metabolites called lanthipeptides, more abundantly and rapidly than any o ...
We’ve all heard of chameleons, squid and octopus using pigments to blend in with their surroundings, but what about becoming completely invisible? To become actually see through, and appear as if you aren’t there, you need to either allow light to travel through you unimpeded, or bend light arou ...
It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in southern Spain last year. The soil had broken down into fine white, lifeless sand, and a landscape of rock and dying orange and lemon trees stretched ...
London: Climate change may negatively impact the sea turtle population, as warmer temperatures could lead to higher numbers of females and increased nest failure, scientists have warned.
Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during midwinter, it is also the darkest.
Seychelles is putting climate change issues higher on the national agenda through strengthened cooperation and increased involvement with all partners in the process, a top official said.
On Feb. 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah’s Ark for the world’s food varieties was intended to assure that, even in a worst-case scenario, our irrepl ...
A new study published Thursday in the journal Science explains why bird eggs come in different shapes and sizes. It says that this happens because eggs are shaped according to the birds’ flight behavior.
Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp "tribes".
President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomas, welcomed a delegation from Italy to the UN North Lawn Garden on June 1, where they will be taking up permanent residence.
Happiness isn't the only emotion that can help you stay healthy as you age. How excited, amused, proud, strong and cheerful you feel on a regular basis matters, too.
HELENA, Mont. — After 42 years on the endangered species list, the Yellowstone grizzly bear — whose numbers have grown to more than 700 from fewer than 150 — will lose its protected status, the Interior Department announced on Thursday.
The world’s first forest city has begun construction in China, and the innovative project to fight pollution holds great hopes in the eyes of environmental enthusiasts who aim to make the earth a better and safer place to live in. The green city will be built in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China ...
The American writer, Sidney Sheldon, the seventh-best-selling fiction author of all time, once advised his readers, "Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived." These days, let alone making the earth a better place, man could not even preserve what is there when he arrives; he ...
The Kolayad grama panchayat here could not have done a better job for its biodiversity conservation and environmental protection than firm enforcement of decisions to ensure compliance.
The University-based Conservation Biology Research Group has confirmed the presence of the an invasive alien fresh water species, the red swamp crayfish, at Chadwick Lakes, while warning of the implication it has for biodiversity.
JAKARTA — The Indonesian government can’t restore one of the country’s best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week.
"Somewhere between a quarter and a third of all marine species have some part of their lifecycle in a coral reef."So if we wipe out coral reefs, we are going to crash the ecologies of the oceans. It is that serious."
Much of the CO2 we emit through the burning of fossil fuels actually ends up in the ocean, making the water more acidic. Ocean acidification happens particularly fast in cold water. That spells trouble for creatures living in our northern waters – including cold water corals. How do they cope as ...
Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly worldwide as the number of tourists continues to grow and as we, as travellers, seek out new and more enriching personal experiences with local cultures and wildlife.
The world’s most popular coffee bean, arabica, is under threat in the country where it was first found.
Khartoum, Sudan - She's seen it before. The images of dry, cracked lands; dead trees; animal corpses; hungry children and lines of people waiting for food assistance are not new to her. The current drought and resulting food crisis affecting millions across the Horn of Africa are painful reminde ...
A team of scientists led by the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia are leading research to protect wildlife by using satellite data to identify monkey populations that have declined through hunting.