A UK zoo has announced the birth of a bonobo ape - one of only 11 births of the endangered animal in zoos across the world in the last year.
Gaps in our information about biodiversity means we are at risk of focussing our conservation efforts in the wrong places.
The wetlands are this Indian city’s free sewage works, a fertile aquatic garden and, most importantly, a flood defence – but they’re under threat from developers. One environmentalist is leading the resistance
Researchers have produced a timescale of how projected climate change is set to alter the face of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.
On a cool, fog-shrouded mountain of Costa Rica, a biologist is finding that warming temperatures are becoming an increasing problem for one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth.
Studies of how climate change might affect agriculture generally look only at crop yields -- the amount of product harvested from a given unit of land.
In a vault kept at −18 °C in Fort Collins, Colorado, more than 5 million seeds now lie frozen in time — destined to wait for up to 50 years until evolutionary scientists earn permission to experiment with them.
Male-headed households continue to own more land and wealth than female-headed households in developing countries, but the picture may be reversing in cities, researchers have found.
Climate change could wipe out 60 per cent of bean production in Sub-Saharan Africa, and decimate banana and maize crops in the region, a study warns.
Ebo Forest is comprised of nearly 2,000 square kilometers (about 770 square miles) of lowland and montane forest in southwestern Cameroon, a large portion of which has been disturbed by human activity.
Kampala / New York, Mar 7 2016 (IPS) - Anna Gamusi, has been growing ‘matooke’ – plantains – for over 20 years. She originally learnt how to grow them in her home village of Busolwe in Eastern Uganda, but says that they are no longer grown there.
Severe rainfall has increased throughout the world’s wettest and driest regions and is set to intensify this century, new research suggests.
Historic icon, convenient resource or environmental vandal – brumbies are both revered and reviled across our continent.
Laikipia — A Kenyan wildlife conservancy organization said on Monday it has opened a new corridor which will enable wildlife species cross a main government road safely without bringing risks to local communities.
The Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute said that the unavailability of sufficient gene banks and lack of technological support are among the challenges to collect and conserve microbes and animal species in a safe places.
The Philippine government has officially approved a more stringent set of regulations to manage the propagation and sale of biotechnology seeds in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.
March 8 is International Women's Day -- a time to stop, reflect, appreciate and champion women around the globe.
As we eat and celebrate this International Women's Day, let's pause to think about how women are involved in producing food. Why? Because focusing on women involved in agriculture will enable us to tackle the key issues of our time - gender inequality and climate change.
The World Economic Forum estimated last year that at the current slow rate of progress, it will take until 2133 to close the global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics.
Researchers have found new clues about the deadly white-nose syndrome, a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in North America.
There can't be many early morning urban running routes that result in a hyena or two lumbering past you. But that's what I get after lacing up my trainers and heading out before dawn in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Pushed out of the limelight by cuddly koalas and kangaroos, Australia's less glamorous native bats and rodents have failed to catch the eyes of scientific researchers, a new study shows.
An underwater research craft has spotted a "ghostlike" octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii, a discovery that highlights how little is known about the deep sea, a U.S. zoologist said on Saturday.
LAIKIPIA, Kenya, March 7 (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan wildlife conservancy organization said on Monday it has opened a new corridor which will enable wildlife species cross a main government road safely without bringing risks to local communities.
Team spotting three of the critically endangered species in Sirguppa taluk provides evidence of bird breeding in the vast grasslands.
If the world's only surviving wild horses had a say in the matter, they might opt for a cosy stable and fresh daily oats, scientists studying them joke.
The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations, providing relief to farmers and importers worried that any delay would spark a food crisis.
When the world adopted the newest climate agreement during the United Nations climate change conference — or COP21 — in Paris, France, last December, an urgent warning was sounded: The effects of climate change will only worsen if nothing is done to address the problem.
HARBIN, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The forest coverage of northeast China's Greater Hinggan Mountain forest zone, the country's largest, has been expanding thanks to better protection and a ban on commercial logging in natural forests.
The findings, conclusions and preliminary recommendations of a European Commission initiative on the conservation and sustainable use of genetic diversity are to be presented in June, the Commission has announced.
Climate Change would cost the Pacific nearly 72 billion US dollars if issues are not addressed appropriately, according to Papua New Guinea's Climate Change and Development Authority acting director.
As changes in the eco-system increase the intensity of natural disasters and threaten economic stability, water and food shortage will catalyse civil unrest and conflicts, thereby hindering the government’s ability to properly manage its resources
8 March 2016 – Senior United Nations officials from around the world are marking International Women's Day with calls to “Step It Up” with more resources and greater political action to achieve gender equality by 2030.
Bolivia’s second largest lake has vanished into thin air. In December, Lake Poopó became a dry salt pan and its largest lake – Lake Titicaca – is heading towards trouble, too.
Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, has been murdered, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.
Hong Kong’s white dolphins will die out entirely unless the government sets out clear targets to widen protected waters in a conservation action plan scheduled for release later this year, environmentalists have warned.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef face permanent destruction due to El Nino, scientists warn. A so-called coral bleaching event is affecting reefs all around the world. Loss of coral reefs would impact millions of people.
The term "invaders" doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live.
The most promising interventions to reduce emissions in tropical forest-rich countries like Indonesia, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may not lie in the forest at all.
(CNN)—Yellowstone grizzly bears are emerging from their winter hibernation to news that wildlife officials no longer consider them threatened.
In this month’s issue of Scientific American, Stephen S. Hall tells the story of how the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR could transform the agricultural industry.
In order to meet the SDGs, we need a clear and ambitious overarching EU strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda. All aspects of EU policy, from trade to agriculture to finance, will be affected and EU decision-makers must begin to ensure that happens today, writes Geneviève Pons.
There are more than twice as many orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra as we thought, according to a new survey. But deforestation and development could still see their numbers plummet over the next decade.
3 March 2016 – “Time is running out” to end wildlife poaching that threatens some of the world’s most iconic species, such as elephants, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked its World Wildlife Day.
Global warming will make it harder for people to eat more fruit and vegetables, leading to 500,000 deaths in 2050 that would otherwise have been avoided, according to a modelling study.
The number of elephants being killed for their ivory has stabilised but overall species numbers have continued to decline.
The widespread use of certain insecticides by farmers is making the chemicals less effective at fighting malaria-spreading mosquitoes, a paper shows.
WWF, the world’s largest conservation organisation, has been accused by leading tribal defence group Survival International of inadvertently facilitating serious human rights abuses against pygmy groups living in Cameroonian rainforests.
In a remote area of Germany covered by a blanket of snow, wild European bison - the largest mammals in Europe and one of the most endangered large mammals in the world - roam and graze freely on a prince's property.
Proposed coalmines in Queensland, including the huge Adani Carmichael project, would destroy the majority of the remaining habitat of the threatened black-throated finch, according to research.