The growth of mountain ranges on New Zealand's South Island directly influenced the evolution of different freshwater fish species in the region, according to new research. The study provides an example of how natural changes in Earth's landscape and topography can help shape and increase local ...
Paris, 11 December 2015 - By promoting policies in favour of ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain regions, countries could build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of communities living in these high-altitude areas as well as that of millions of others living downstream, concluded a serie ...
As part of an multi-disciplinary study, a team of researchers found that climatic changes, an increase in agricultural land use and population growth in the Himalaya Mountain basins could have negative impacts on water availability, further stressing a region plagued by natural disasters and foo ...
The village of Godavari sits on the southern slopes of Kathmandu Valley, a short ride from Nepal’s capital.
While the study of changes in the Himalayas and conservation of its ecosystems remains confined to research, this year, ‘Himalaya Diwas’ was a call for the conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems to be taken up as a public campaign.
On the tip of Borneo stands the World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu, which like other tropical mountains is known to be a hotbed of biodiversity.
23 June 2015 – Mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, according to a newly released United Nations-backed publication, which also highlights technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples.
Full genome reveals surprising level of inbreeding and could aid conservation efforts.
The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa.
Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success.
SANTIAGO, Feb 4 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s more than 3,000 glaciers are one of the largest reserves of freshwater in South America. But they are under constant threat by the mining industry and major infrastructure projects, environmentalists and experts warn.
The Western Ghat is called “a treasure trove of biodiversity” and “the water tower of Peninsular India”. It is one of the global ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity.
Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.
BINDO GOL, Pakistan, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster.
KATHMANDU, DEC 12 - Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains.
ENVIRONMENTAL experts have identified strategic actions to address key issues of conservation and development challenges of biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.
Arusha — The first Africa Mountains Regional Forum closed Friday at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, and called upon African states to develop and implement mountain-specific policies and laws and mainstream sustainable mountain development in their national development agenda.
The Western Himalayas are a haven of sorts to numerous rare and threatened species of flora and fauna. The nine year long wait to help protect this haven finally ended a few days ago, when the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) was granted the World Heritage site status by ...
China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say.
As global demand for medicinal remedies intensifies, Indian experts say many endemic species of wild medicinal plants from the Himalayas are being over-farmed. Some of the affected plants may never grow back they say.
[KATHMANDU] China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development.
Mountains have been described as islands of biodiversity surrounded by an ocean of monocultures and human-altered landscapes.
Climbers will have to bring down 8kg of extra waste or face legal action as government tackles rubbish mountain in Himalayas
11 December 2013, Rome - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today.
Kamal Bawa's journey to understand and protect the biodiversity of the towering Himalayas began half a century ago, when he was young and traveling into the fabled mountain range's eastern foothills.
Mount Kilimanjaro got its name from the Swahili words Kilima Njaro meaning “shining mountain”, as revealed on its famous ice cap at the top.
The Sahyadris app is an immersive experience, which taps the full potential of the iPad as a story telling medium. It acts as a “showcase” for the Western Ghats, a mountain range found parallel to the western coast of southern India.
The continental ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch (ca. 2.6 million–11,700 years before present) did not reach what is now the southeastern United States. The colder climate in the higher Appalachians of North America during this period, however, supported plant communities that were quite diff ...
Instead of wearing mountains down, evidence from Europe's high Alps shows that glaciers shield summits from erosion, acting as a protective lid.
Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.
Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country.
Around St. Catherine’s Monastery, encircled by the high South Sinai mountains, lie hundreds of Bedouin gardens nested in the nearby wadis, or valleys. These gardens, which were initially built during the Byzantine period by monks, hermits and settlers from around the Mediterranean, have been the ...
Jan. 7, 2013 — Though churning smokestacks, cud-chewing cows and gasoline-burning vehicles are contributing constantly to greenhouse gas emissions, there are also many processes that do the reverse, pulling molecules like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come.