Bishops from Africa meeting in Kenya released a statement on Tuesday calling on governments to take “urgent and ambitious” action to protect biodiversity. This is the first-time prelates from the continent have taken a collective, public stance on climate.
United Nations negotiators have begun talks in Nairobi towards reaching a new global pact for protecting nature and wildlife, after a previous round of talks in March failed to make progress.
Indigenous leaders traveled this week to Nairobi to demand that the UN biodiversity summit officially recognise the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their central roles in protecting biodiversity.
Mauritanian diplomat and head of the UN body to combat desertification Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed interim executive secretary of UN Climate Change.
The Indigenous Sengwer people in Kenya’s Embobut Forest have gone through a drastic change in livelihood, from hunting-gathering to herding and commercial farming in the forest, leading to tensions with forestry officials.
Every morning, just after dawn, small-scale fishers Ettel Lattouche and Rafael Hernández head to the beach with their fishing gear to eke out a living. Together, the couple venture deep into the ocean off Punta Uva, a small town on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, and hope to return with s ...
Britain’s largest butterfly may be at risk from fungal pathogens that have caused a drastic die-back of the rare plant on which its caterpillars feed.
For the first time in 30 years, legislation has been put forward to address catastrophic wildlife loss in the EU. Legally binding targets for all member states to restore wildlife on land, rivers and the sea were announced today, alongside a crackdown on chemical pesticides.
Carlsberg is to conduct its biggest trial of recyclable fibre beer bottles across Europe. The bottles are made of a wood-based fibre shell and a plant-based polyethylene furanoate (PEF) polymer lining.
The causes and effects of climate change are global – carbon emissions anywhere in the world endanger people everywhere. As a result, since 1979, climate and weather extremes have caused 2 million deaths and mounting economic losses. Additionally, in the future, climate change is expected to cau ...
Researchers conducted an online study across four waves with 2,898 participants in the Fall of 2020. During the first wave, participants read reports that reflected scientific consensus on issues involving climate change before moving on to the second and third waves where they read a scientific ...
Have you ever seen red snow, like the crystals themselves are bleeding? Then you might have seen algae known as "snow blood," a phenomenon that accelerates Alpine thaw and that scientists worry is spreading.
Rising temperatures are melting the Arctic sea-ice on which polar bears hunt, limiting their access to food. A recent study has found a remote population of polar bears that have adapted to hunt on chunks of glacier ice.
Humans have a tendency to believe everything will be pretty much the same in the future as it has been in the past. No surprise since generally speaking that was pretty true in the past and while things changed, they did not change so radically or with such severe consequences as they are now.
Scientists say that climate change was likely to have made the rains that unleashed catastrophic flooding across Bangladesh worse. While South Asia's monsoon rains follow natural atmospheric patterns, the rains will become more erratic and torrential as global temperatures continue to climb, sci ...
Over the past month, Rani has been exhausted all the time. As the mercury has soared beyond 42 degrees Celsius in Delhi, life in her tin-roofed, poorly ventilated home made from mud and corrugated iron has made it difficult to sleep.
Most people won’t thank you for posting them a dead mosquito. But for Canadian scientist Dan Peach, each squished mozzie is another valuable data point in his quest to find out how far the insects are travelling as a result of climate change.
The oceans are teeming with countless forms of life, from the world's largest creature—the blue whale—to miniscule microorganisms. In addition to their vast numbers, these microorganisms are also crucial for ensuring that the entire eco- and climate system work properly.
Natural processes cycle carbon between the atmosphere, ocean, and land. This was a finely balanced system until human activities began to increase the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to unprecedented levels, disrupting this balance and the ability of natural systems to respond.
The biodiversity crisis is rising up the political agenda as Brussels pushes ahead with legally binding targets to cut the use of pesticides and improve natural ecosystems, despite objection from farmers who argue that they face “cumulative crises” following coronavirus and the war in Ukraine.
The fourth open-ended working group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework underway in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is expected to pave the way for a new era of enhanced protection of species to realize sustainability development.
In a new global study of more than 46,000 species of trees, an international team of researchers has shown that many tree species are under substantial pressure and poorly protected. The research team, headed by Aarhus University, has also studied how this situation can be improved by means of a ...
For the fourth time, beginning June 21, representatives from 196 countries are sitting together to discuss the best plans and a post-2020 framework to save the shrinking biodiversity of our sick planet, under the banner of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
Researchers are relieved that a pivotal summit to finalize a new global agreement to save nature will go ahead this year, after two-years of delays because of the pandemic. But they say the hard work of negotiating an ambitious deal lay ahead.
The summit was originally planned for Kunming, China, in 2020. It was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequently split into two parts, with the first part successfully completed in Kunming in October 2021 and the second meeting in Kunming taking place this spring.
Major UN talks aimed at striking a deal on safeguarding nature have been moved from China to Canada. The COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference began as virtual, online talks in October last year.
A United Nations summit on biodiversity (COP 15) will be held in Canada instead of China, organizers announced Tuesday, the second major international event to be moved from China because of its strict anti-coronavirus policies.
The UK will lead ambitious calls to protect nature at a UN meeting to agree global biodiversity targets in Nairobi this week - in line with UK’s domestic leadership through its Environment Act.
The second phase of the United Nations' negotiations over the world's new biodiversity conservation goals through 2030, known as COP 15, has been relocated from the Chinese city of Kunming to Montreal, Canada according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The meeting is scheduled for Dec ...
The second part of the COP15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be relocated to Montreal, Canada, from December 5 to 17, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment confirmed on Tuesday.
As talks on a global deal to protect nature begin in Nairobi, Kenya, countries need to create a new conservation designation for Indigenous Peoples’ land
Across the endless savannah dotted with flat-topped acacia trees, Mara Siana Conservancy in western Kenya teems with elephants, giraffes, zebra and impala, alongside the Maasai people who inhabit the area with their vast herds of livestock. But this wasn’t always the case.
Wetland conservation should feature as an independent topic of discussion in the negotiations at the upcoming biodiversity and climate change conferences for effective carbon sequestration, according to a new report.
Decision to move crucial talks to Montreal later this year spark renewed hopes crucial treaty to combat nature loss can be finalised
As the health of Earth’s ecosystems sits increasingly on a knife-edge, negotiators from across the world will descend on Nairobi next week to untangle disagreements in the draft text for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) – the 10-year, make-or-break roadmap designed to arrest and ...
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.
Nature is at a tipping point. Over the last century, human activities have destroyed nature at an alarming rate. The 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 2019 report highlighted that around one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction, underlinin ...
On the ground with the BirdLife Partnership's policy team, Amy McDougall (BirdLife’s Global Biodiversity Policy Coordinator) explains how we’re influencing the CBD meeting in Kenya and why it is so important. It’s time to build consensus and thrash out a framework to save nature.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II found that global warming is putting biodiversity and ecosystems at risk of extinction. These findings are in line with the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook from the CBD and the range of IPBES reports.
Humans are having an unprecedented and unparalleled impact on the natural world. Around 70% of land and 87% of the ocean have been “significantly altered” by humans. Food production for humans takes up to half of the planet’s habitable surface.
A second extreme heat event of the year is searing Spain and southern France, with temperatures hitting highs not normally recorded until July or August and experts warning summer heatwaves are happening earlier and more often.
Throughout the day Virender Sharma splashes water from a bucket on to the sheet he has pulled over his lilies, tuberoses, carnations and gerberas in an attempt to protect them from the hot, dry wind sweeping through Delhi.
Africa must embrace renewable energy, and forgo exploration of its potentially lucrative gas deposits to stave off climate disaster and bring access to clean energy to the hundreds of millions who lack it, leading experts on the continent have said.
The discovery came as a team of researchers were combing the shores of the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canaries. Time and again, set against the sparkling waters that lapped the Playa Grande, they spotted clumps of hardened tar, dotted with tiny, colourful fragments of plastic.
The penguins lie in orderly, evenly spaced rows, wings splayed, their trademark glossy blue plumage dulled by sand. There are 183 in all, carefully collected by local people, laid out and photographed for later investigation.
Researchers are combing through thousands of whale photos to help protect a calving site off Western Australia’s coast that was severely impacted by the whaling industry.
Tadpoling is a thing of the past in many suburban creeks, as humans encroach on frogs’ territory. But there is a way to lure them back – frog hotels.
For a long time, the great ocean explorers used sight to reveal the secrets of the marine environment, downplaying its acoustic aspects. Indeed, the ocean has long been considered a place devoid of any sound.
Conservationists have long recognised the significance of engaging locals in safeguarding the ecosystems they live off, but assessing those relationships can be hard because of time and resource constraints.
The first agreement is for a five-year project that aims to develop and enhance national spatial biodiversity assessments, planning and prioritisation (SBAPP) processes and products across four Southern African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Malawi).