US President Joe Biden has made tackling climate change a top priority. One of his first orders in 2021 was to appoint John Kerry as the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. The Biden-Harris Administration have, since then, pursued an environmental agenda, backed by a push for clear ...
Across vast swathes of the tropics from Southeast Asia to Africa forests have been felled in recent decades, but at least in some areas reforestation efforts are expected to be underway in coming years to restore biodiversity and create potent new carbon sinks.
An opinion poll carried out just before the 2021 UN climate conference COP26, found that 79% of UK respondents “would accept stricter rules and environmental regulations” imposed by their governments. And yet 44% “don’t think [they] really need to change [their] habits”.
The Forest department has planned a special project to eradicate prioritised invasive alien species from the forests of the State during the 2022-23 fiscal.
Located right across the Greek island of Chios, the Çeşme peninsula of Turkey lags behind the island in terms of its most famous product: mastic, a plant used in the production of chewing gums and as a spice in cuisines of the two neighboring countries.
According to a study performed by two researchers from Texas A&M University, sediment cores gathered from the Southern Ocean dating back 23 million years are offering better insight into how ancient methane escaping from the seafloor could have resulted in regional or global climate and environm ...
Mayra Estrella’s father always spoke to her about sea turtles. Growing up, she remembers hearing stories linking a pair of turtles to the very existence of the Comcáac people, the Indigenous people of which she and her father belong.
The Batwa Indigenous peoples lived in the Kahuzi-Biega forests of present-day Democratic Republic of Congo for centuries before Belgian colonial rule imposed formal change in 1937 with the establishment of the Zoological and Forest Reserve of Mount Kahuzi.
Pointing to the wildfires, drought and heat waves that have marked the start of 2022 in Argentina, environmental organizations call for adaptation, mitigation and effective laws to protect the ecosystem.
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest animal ever to inhabit Earth. Despite its gargantuan size, many aspects of its biology, behavior and ecology still elude us. This magnificent mammal spends most of its time below the ocean's surface, out of sight from scientists seeking to un ...
Southern Tasmania's tall eucalyptus forests are exceptionally good at taking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it into wood.
The closure of a gate at a national wildlife refuge in Denver about a decade ago ensured protection for bison, bald eagles and other wildlife inside, but also created a physical and metaphorical barrier for people living in diverse communities just outside the fence.
Whether it involves nectar-sucking butterflies or blood-sucking mosquitoes, the ingestion of liquid food has long been known for many insects and other arthropods.
Winters on the Canadian prairies can be brutally cold, but researchers at Western University and Natural Resources Canada have found that even a freezing polar vortex poses little problem for the invasive emerald ash borer.
A new dinosaur which formed part of an array of 'unusual' creatures has been discovered in Argentina.
Minute fossils unearthed in preserved charcoal point to the existence of an entirely unknown group of plants that were among the first to move onto land.
The carnivorous Venus flytrap can be anesthetized with ether. Some surprising parallels to anesthesia in humans emerge.
Australia is losing its birds at an alarming rate—one in six species are now threatened with extinction, predominantly due to climate change, land clearing and worsening bushfires.
Satellite images could offer a new way to monitor for avalanche threats to remote mountain communities, according to Aberdeen scientists studying a deadly Himalayan avalanche.
Storm Eunice is battering parts of the UK, felling trees and scattering roof tiles as forecasters warn of a “significant threat to life”. But is it caused by climate breakdown, and can we expect an increase in such disruptive storms?
This week a peer-reviewed study confirmed what many have suspected for years: major oil companies are not fully backing up their clean energy talk with action.
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a patient great tit, a hungry lemur, and a lucky escape for one humpback whale
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Tom Butime has said Uganda has been ranked among the top most biodiversity rich countries globally.
Chances are you’ve never heard of Eunice Foote, but she was the first person to document climate change. Five years before the man credited for discovering it.
The latest research into health-related risks associated with climate change has come in. Based on the contributions from more than 80 experts, the comprehensive study, entitled Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate:
Net-zero commitments exploded last year, with the number of companies making them doubling. Race to Zero, part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, estimated that net-zero commitments covered about 68 percent of the global economy in 2021, compared to just 16 percent in 2019, a mo ...
Land just upstream of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota was leased for copper mining — until the plan was recently scrapped.
At the end of January, torrential rains poured over parts of the South American state of Ecuador. As a result, an oil pipeline in the eastern province of Napo in the Amazon region was severely damaged — thousands of liters of oil began to leak out and contaminate the surrounding soil.
Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri presents UAE's vision for inclusive COP28 at Munich Security Conference. Dubai, UAE: Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, wrapped up a four-day visit to Germany, where she discussed opportunitie ...
‘Fast Fashion’ is a term used to define a highly profitable and exploitative business model that is “based on copying and replicating high end fashion designs”. The clothes are mass-produced, with workers often working in inhumane conditions, and are purposefully designed to be frail with a limi ...
Urban greening is often touted as a way to tackle both heatwaves and floods in cities. This includes through green roofs, living walls, vegetated urban spaces, private and community gardens, habitat corridors, bushland and parks.
Flowers are one of the most striking examples of diversity in nature, displaying myriad combinations of colours, patterns, shapes and scents. They range from colourful tulips and daisies, to fragrant frangipani and giant, putrid-smelling corpse flowers.
With reddish-pink, brushstroke-like smudges on its wings, legs and large downward-curved beak, the greater flamingo is a stunning bird to watch, particularly in flight as part of a large flock.
An Afro-Caribbean community on the southwest coast of Colombia has helped establish a new marine protected area that will create more sustainable fishing and hunting practices while ensuring that one of the country’s most undisturbed ecosystems withstands outside threats of deforestation and pol ...
Invented by the region's Moorish rulers 1,200 years ago, Valencia's irrigation system is now a model for sustainable farming.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden has lost its "Newton's apple tree" to Storm Eunice. Garden curator Dr Samuel Brockington said the tree was planted in 1954 and had stood at the Brookside entrance of the botanic garden for 68 years.
More than 7,000 native Irish trees, including 1,800 saplings of the endangered Burren pine, have been distributed to landowners in County Clare as part of a new biodiversity initiative that aims to create dozens of mini woodlands across the county.
A census is underway by the Ministry of Environment to determine the current situation of the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat, an endemic species which is on the brink of extinction.
A dietary delicacy in some countries in Africa and Asia, the pangolin is also prized for its scales, which are used in folk and traditional remedies to treat various ailments.
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.
In 1938, a British engineer and amateur meteorologist made a discovery that set off a fierce debate about climate change. Scientists had known for decades that carbon dioxide could trap heat and warm the planet. But Guy Callendar was the first to connect human activities to global warming.
COP26 saw an overdue recognition of the need to prioritise adaptation to climate change, with countries committing to double 2019 levels of adaptation finance by 2025, which is the first ever globally agreed adaptation finance goal.
Glaciers are disappearing, gigantic craters form in Siberia as the previously frozen ground thaws, the sea is threatening to swallow entire islands, floods cause large damages to people and economy, heat waves periodically destroy crops and can reach dangerous levels for people’s health.
For almost two millennia, it has withstood man and beast. But, as it celebrates its 1,900th anniversary this year, archaeologists fear it may be facing its most dangerous foe: climate change.
Everyone in the UK should be legally entitled to equal access to nature, wildlife campaigners will tell the government.
A leading Emirati environmentalist has joined the advisory board of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration project. Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, secretary general of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said she was honoured to be selected.
Seychelles has taken another step to reaffirm its contribution to ocean science and leadership among small island developing states with the nomination of President Wavel Ramkalawan as one of the two patrons of the Ocean Decade Alliance.
Everybody is familiar with melodious songs of whales or the chirps of dolphins, but scientists have discovered much more music made by underwater life, some of which has eluded explanation for some time
There is limited data on the extent and impact of marine litter in the Western Indian Ocean region; Flipflopi and partners will map the extent of marine litter in the ocean and around the UNESCO heritage site of the Lamu archipelago; the baseline study will be used to inform potential interventi ...
India and France have agreed on a Roadmap on Blue Economy and Ocean Governance with the aim to contribute to scientific knowledge and ocean conservation and ensure that the ocean remains a global common, based on the rule of law.