The European Food Safety Authority has published its initial risk assessment of using insects as a source of protein for human consumption and animal feed.
VALPARAÍSO, Chile, Oct 8 2015 (IPS) - Seafood offers a large amount of animal protein in diets around the world, and the livelihoods of 12 percent of the global population depend directly or indirectly on fisheries and aquaculture.
WASHINGTON DC, Oct 8 2015 (IPS) - Last week, India announced its new climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, or INDC.
Scientists have unravelled the secret to why elephants rarely get cancer despite their large size.
In a study published Wednesday, researchers suggests that a northern lizard species has greater reproductive success because of climate change.
The scientific community has helped to generate the momentum behind the sustainable development goals. By linking evidence to policy in timely, thoughtful and sensitive ways, scientists can now contribute to the task of implementation.
Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.
Detecting how changes in one spot on Earth -- in temperature, rain, wind -- are linked to changes in another, far away area is key to assessing climate risks.
From Hawaii to Papua New Guinea to the Maldives, coral reefs are bleaching — in so many regions that the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially declared a global bleaching event on 8 October. The event, the third in recorded history, is expected to grow worse ...
A third global bleaching of coral reefs is underway following a massive and persistent underwater heatwave
Tribal leaders welcome Colombia's plan but say it leaves out key part of forest management — the people who live there
Taxonomy usually refers to the theory and practice of describing, naming and classifying living things. Such work is essential for the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.
LIMA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Twenty of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, will form a new group on Thursday to press for tougher action to curb warming.
Oct. 5 — The refugee crisis that has sent hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe this year is overwhelmingly fueled by civil war, threats from terror groups and poverty.
As a child, Joan Buchanan always anticipated the summer holidays, when she would accompany her parents to the farm to reap a range of crops which would be flourishing after the May/June rains.
Crop yields are down by half in the Illinois town that produces 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin, threatening to deprive Americans of their beloved pie
Good news for seabird conservation in Portugal, as the country's government approves the designation of two new Special Protection Areas (SPAs).
7 October 2015 – The genome sequences of thousands of rice varieties have been placed with a United Nations-backed treaty on plant genetics by the world’s leading rice research institute to help boost plans to set up a global data exchange for crop genetic resources, according to the Food and Ag ...
Scientists feared they were on a grim mission. Biologists searching Mexico's Sea of Cortez for the world's most endangered marine mammal—a tiny porpoise called the vaquita—worried they might already be too late.
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru.
Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris
As the largest country in the Western Hemisphere, Canada has a special role to play in tackling the threat of global climate change. Canadian cities, which are on the front lines of this battle, must help lead the way.
The Indonesian government is asking major palm oil companies to row back on the historic “no deforestation” pledges they made at last year’s United Nations climate change summit, officials and company sources say.
Nairobi, 7 October 2015 - A project aimed at integrating the economic value of ecosystems into government policies has identified almost one billion dollars of benefits in four pilot countries, the importance of ecosystem conservation to the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Hoesung Lee of South Korea has been named the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with assessing climate science.
It’s good news for two of the world’s rarest salamanders: Finca Chiblac salamander (Bradytriton silus) and the long-limbed salamander (Nyctanolis pernix).
Rachel Kyte says governments at the 2009 summit agreed funding for developing countries by ‘picking a $100bn figure out of the air’
Around a third of wild Australian marsupials, and nearly half of wild wombats, have active herpes virus infections, suggests the largest study of its kind.
A report released last month finds that some human impacts on the natural world are slowing, and others have even started to decline.
7 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change.
Removing humans from what is now the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor has allowed wildlife to return.
The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei - hog-nosed rat - has "distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats", they said.
A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced 200 years ago.
SAN JOSE, Oct 5 2015 (IPS) - Seen for years as passive actors in the fight against global warming, more than 100 countries of the Global South have submitted their national contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising their economies.
Almost a third of cactuses are at risk of extinction because of threats including illegal trade and a spread of farms in arid areas, a new study has found.
Umiujaq (Canada) (AFP) - Residents of the sub-Arctic village of Umiujaq wistfully remember the good old days, when the ice-fishing season was long and the catch bountiful.
For many plants and animals, the Sonoran Desert would be an inhospitable place. But for the flat-tail horned lizard, it’s home.
Wild plants can protect themselves from pests, but scientists think this immune system has been bred out of domesticated crop plants. Now, they're trying to figure out how to bring it back.
The fate of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee dedicated to finding solutions to protect traditional knowledge, generic resources, and folklore is being actively discussed informally at the organisation’s general assembly.
Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences.
Following an unprecedented collaborative effort to save the sage grouse, some conservationists are calling for environmental protections that take humans into account.
3 October 2015 – Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not ...
3 October 2015 – The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Divisions over money between rich and poor countries re-emerged as nations submitted their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.
It’s a landslide. More than half the 28 countries in the European Union, including Germany and France, have decided to ban their farmers from growing genetically modified crops. Several regions, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have also joined the movement.
India says that it will produce 40% of its energy from sources other than fossil fuels by 2030, and will reduce the intensity of its carbon dioxide emissions by roughly one-third.
Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are members of indigenous communities, many of whom depend on the land around them to survive.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2015 (IPS) - At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño, Oxfam has reported.
Plans put forward by the local people will ban fishing in over 600,000 sq km of the Pacific ocean
Species new to science found in the Eastern Himalayas over the past five years include 133 plants, 26 species of fish, 10 new amphibians – and one mammal