The topic of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “building a shared future for all life”. It celebrates all the efforts to bend the curve of biodiversity loss at a time when biodiversity is declining faster than ever in human history.
The illegal acquisition and consumption of wildlife are among the top global drivers of the decimation of some of the world’s most endangered species and a severe threat to the delicate balance between ecosystems and biodiversity.
Researchers are warning that people are funding their own extinction with at least $1.8 billion spent every year on subsidies that cause wildlife to be wiped out and climate change to rise, according to a new study.
The Government has allocated $65 million for the Soil Fertility Mapping Project, which aims to increase the productivity and quality of agricultural produce.
The 2-month-old critically endangered orangutan, still so tiny that infant-sized diapers hung loosely in front of his belly, clung tightly to a caretaker's fingers as she lifted him gently from her lap.
Talks are currently underway in Kenya on a new international treaty to tackle dramatic species loss. What exactly is at stake? Here's what you need to know.
A region of cooling water in the North Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, nicknamed the "Blue blob," has likely slowed the melting of the island's glaciers since 2011 and may continue to stymie ice loss until about 2050, according to new research.
Three-quarters of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the UN Secretary-General urged to end the ‘senseless and destructive war against nature’.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, together with a team of scientists, have released a new scientific paper showing that the previously presumed extinct species called Prasophyllum morganii, commonly known as mignonette leek orchid, has in fact been hiding in plain sight.
Banking giant takes a stab at caclulating biodiversity impacts of its financing activities for first time, as it looks to meet requirements of new French nature reporting law
University of Exeter scientists examined how Trinidadian guppies reacted to stress—did they freeze or flee?—and also measured their hormonal responses.
Swinburne scientists are using a football field-sized synchrotron light facility to examine individual grains of rice to help enhance global food security, nutritional value and the food safety of cereal grains.
Sir James Bevan expected to warn later today that England faces a ‘silent spring’ without action on nature loss. The boss of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan, is to deliver a speech later today warning how the biodiversity crisis poses an existential threat to the human race if left unadd ...
A new paper, published today in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, outlines a new botanical discovery in the genus Victoria, the famous giant waterlily genus named after Britain's Queen Victoria in 1852.
New work led by Carnegie's Petra Redekop, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, and Arthur Grossman probes the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which plants protect themselves from self-harm. Their findings, published by Science Advances, improve our understanding of one of the most-important biochemical proc ...
Australian Institute of Botanical Science researchers are working with the University of Queensland to figure out world-first ways to store wild and cultivated macadamia genetic material and ultimately ensure the long-term survival of the species.
For over two decades, bull sharks have called a Brisbane golf course home after, it's believed, a flood washed them into the course's lake in 1996.
The world's leading climate scientists have warned that inadequate adaptation efforts in regions facing the serious impact of climate change along with over exploitation of natural resources, rapid urbanization and social inequalities will have a devastating effect on 3.6 billion people and nature.
The Penuelas reservoir in central Chile was until twenty years ago the main source of water for the city of Valparaiso, holding enough water for 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Water for only two pools now remains.
Decision to move crucial talks to Montreal later this year spark renewed hopes crucial treaty to combat nature loss can be finalised
Through land clearing for agricultural farming, logging for products such as timber and paper, urban expansion, and infrastructural development, humans are destroying one of Earth’s most important natural resources: forests.
Anna Begemann is a researcher in the Governance Program at the European Forest Institute. From deforestation largely caused by agricultural encroachment in the Amazon, to devastating forest fires in Canada,
Climate change is an issue that affects everyone on the planet but women and girls are the ones suffering its effects the most. Why? Because women and girls have less access to quality education and later, job opportunities. These structural disadvantages keep them in poverty. In fact, women mak ...
Canada is known for its varied landscape, ranging from mountains and rolling plains, to rivers, lakes and Arctic tundras. It is therefore unsurprising that a great variety of animals make this region its home.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species, at least 37% of the world’s sharks and rays, 33% of reef corals, 26% of mammals (including mari ...
Some are flamboyant exhibitionists, others are furtive lurkers who blend in with their surroundings. Coloured vibrant orange or just plain beige, butterflies fluttering around a lush garden or wild meadow are always an idyllic summer sight.
For a city to slash its emissions to zero may seem like a pipe dream, but 100 EU cities have committed to doing just that by the end of the decade.
An estimated 13 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are facing severe hunger as the Horn of Africa experiences its worst drought in decades, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday.
International Day for Biological Diversity: 139 countries get head start on efforts to reverse species loss. With global biodiversity loss at dangerous levels, 139 countries have received a lifeline to fast-track efforts to conserve, protect and restore species and ecosystems as soon as a new gl ...
Of the hundreds of thousands of different types of plants, most of them are symmetrical in some way. But have you ever seen a perfectly symmetrical flower?
Researchers have listed fifteen areas of concern, emphasizing the need to tackle these issues. Examples include the mining of lithium from the deep sea, exploitation of species found in deeper waters, and the unforeseen effects of wildfires across different ecosystems.
Namibia intends to sell off 170 of its elephants in order to control herds that were progressively colliding with humanity in December 2020 and has claims to over 24,000 elephants.
The first North Atlantic right whale of the season has been spotted in Canadian waters, triggering a fishing closure in parts of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the endangered species.
Scientists have now confirmed that a certain well-known tree in Southeast Asia is actually two species, not one. Indigenous people in Borneo, however, have known this all along.
Two flowering plants have been multiplying rapidly in Antarctica as the climate crisis has warmed the summers, a study found.
The world lost a Cuba-sized area of tropical forest in 2021, putting it far off track from meeting the no-deforestation goal by 2030 that governments and companies committed to at last year’s COP26 climate summit.
Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers were found dead after being caught in traps on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400, authorities said Monday.
Chile’s climate is extremely diverse, from hot and arid in the tropical north to glaciers and alpine tundra in the south. Being a narrow strip of land between mountains and sea makes for small microclimatic zones and dynamic conditions.
Climate change disproportionately impacts the world’s most vulnerable people. To address this, we need a justice-oriented worldview that places empowerment, protection and equity at the forefront.
Climate change may not be an issue synonymous with cybersecurity, but there is a growing need for the security sector to recognize and address the impact a changing climate is having.
A framework for identifying the most vulnerable marine species will boost global conservation and policy efforts against anthropogenic climate change.
Climate change has been peeking round the corner, when several countries took some steps to counter the damage done. However, experts have only warned that several parts on earth will only continue to reel under severe heatwave conditions as maximum temperatures continue to soar.
Nothing can top the resilience of Africa’s people; in the face of adversity, Africa responds with boundless creativity designed to benefit an entire region, or better, the entire continent. This is true of many situations — but for right now, we’re going to look at how it rings true for the cont ...
We've been conditioned to think of animals and plants as our primary sources of proteins, namely meat, dairy and eggs or tofu, beans and nuts, but there's an unsung category of sustainable and nutritious protein that has yet to widely catch on: insects.
The Ocean is the planet’s largest ecosystem, regulating the climate, and providing livelihoods for billions. But its health is in danger. The second UN Ocean Conference, due to take place in June, will be an important opportunity to redress the damage that mankind continues to inflict on marine ...
In 1972, acid rain was destroying trees. Birds were dying from DDT poisoning, and countries were contending with oil spills, contamination from nuclear weapons testing and the environmental harm of the Vietnam War. Air pollution was crossing borders and harming neighboring countries.
Six months ago, negotiators at the United Nations’ Glasgow climate summit celebrated a series of new commitments to lower global greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
All living things on Earth are connected to support and maintain life cycles, therefore biodiversity is extremely important for the functioning of ecosystems on the Earth.
The Earth is mainly a water world — more than 70 percent of its surface is covered by oceans — and yet we know so little about what resides beneath the waves.
The Amazon rainforest may be nearing a "tipping point" of dieback, the point where rainforest will turn to savannah, a new study shows.