3 September 2016 – Visiting the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of that country and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.
The Eastern gorilla -- the largest living primate -- has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
A rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed -- from food and fertilizer to pharmaceuticals and industrial gels -- is driving the rapid growth of an industry that could easily and needlessly drop into some of the same pitfalls previously experienced in both agriculture and fish farming.
The world’s largest ocean research and protection area, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was launched in Hawaii on 31 August amid criticisms of its impact on trade and fishing innovation.
In 2015, at least 1,338 rhinos were illegally killed for their horns across Africa. Of these 50 rhinos were killed in Zimbabwe.
To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance,
HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA , Sep 5 2016 (IPS) - “You don’t convert your own house in a tourist site,” said Oussou Lio Appolinaire, an activist from Benin, wearing a traditional outfit in vivid yellows and greens. He was referring to opening up to tourists places that are sacred to indigenous people.
At three times the size of California, the scope of the Papahānaumokuākea reserve has also highlighted how little of the world’s oceans are protected
IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease
New studies show that climate polarization is on the rise in the US; WSJ climate coverage is full of denial.
The World Conservation Congress - the largest environment decision-making forum - is taking place in Hawaii. Ocean and climate change are high on the agenda.
The world's largest living primate, the Eastern gorilla, has been listed as under threat of extinction in the annual Red List of endangered species.
LAIKIPIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deep within the Mukogodo forest in central Kenya, a community of traditional hunter gatherers are working with the government to help expand forests and crack down on illegal logging and poaching using ancient conservation techniques.
An interview with Manuel Guariguata, CIFOR Principal Scientist and Team Leader – Forest Management and Restoration
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has downgraded the status of the giant panda from endangered to vulnerable, thanks to conservation efforts spearheaded by China. But Beijing says there's more to be done.
Scientist famous for her work with chimpanzees, and her team, show forest dwellers in Tanzania digital maps of their home from above that reveal loss of tree cover, encouraging them to replant and to manage resources better
The joint report by IUCN-International Union for Conservation for Nature, WWF and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) examines the results of the work of an IUCN-led independent panel of scientists, which has been advising Sakhalin Energy - one of the largest companies operating in the ...
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 5 September (IUCN) – Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, according to what has been called the most ...
Honolulu, HI – As more voluntary certification standards are adopted for a wide range of materials, such as forestry, fisheries and palm oil, not all of them are effectively delivering environmental and social impacts, according to a new publication released yesterday at the IUCN World Conservat ...
With 14.7 per cent of the Earth’s land and 10 per cent of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target, according to a new report by UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched at the IUCN Wor ...
New guidelines launched at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress aim to support the management of areas recognised simultaneously under several international designations, all of which have environmental conservation at their heart.
BRUSSELS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- To learn the art of sustainable, pathogen-free farming, one group of researchers has turned its attention to the ambrosia beetles, a species of tree-dwelling beetle that has been cultivating fungi for 40 million years.
Large-scale conversion of forests to crop lands is disrupting India’s rainfall, a new study has found.
Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials say
As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low.
A new report from WWF says that while palm oil plantations drive destruction of biodiverse tropical forests, most substitute vegetable oils use even more land. The solution is to reduce demand - and maybe oil from algae.
Coffee could become extinct by 2080 if global warming continues to worsen, according to a report by The Climate Institute.
Ecosystems across the world are in peril as a result of global warming and the need for urgent action to safeguard biodiversity and protect against the impacts of climate change was emphasised as the largest conservation gathering in the world kicked off here yesterday
Subject to continuing population decline due to various factors, an endemic cave-dwelling spider from the Azores is considered as Critically Endangered. To provide a fast output potentially benefiting the arachnid's survival, scientists make use of a specialized novel publication type feature, c ...
What’s small, green, famously healthy, and deceptively destructive? An avocado, believe it or not. The benign-looking fruit has captured worldwide attention in recent weeks after revelations that America’s insatiable taste for guacamole is prompting farmers to chop forests in central Mexico - an ...
The World Conservation Congress opened up its 10-day conference Thursday on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach.
In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less?
Will an international instrument protecting genetic resources get in the way of the world’s preparedness to fend off the next influenza pandemic?
No, it’s not the Olympics. It’s the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. The 10-day event began Thursday in Honolulu and continues until Sept. 10. Speakers include everyone from Jane Goodall to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The world’s largest conservation conference gets underway in Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 2 2016 (IPS) - A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.
President Obama addresses the leaders of the Pacific Islands and representatives of the IUCN Congress on climate change, his expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument and other protected areas in the U.S., and his administration’s focus on clean energy.
Honolulu, HI — In an effort to address an estimated US $200-300 billion annual funding gap in conservation, civil society organisations, private and public sector financial institutions and academia joined forces today to launch the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) during ...
Despite global evidence that confirms a healthy environment is critical for helping alleviate poverty, building more inclusive economies and underpinning sustainable societies, the world’s biodiversity is continuing to decline.
HONOLULU, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The giant panda has been officially removed from the endangered species list, the international body for species protection said on Sunday.
One of the first efforts to systematically assess how cities are preparing for climate change shows that city planners have yet to fully assess their vulnerability to climate change, leaving serious risks unaddressed.
The world’s 230 watersheds have critical functions in providing water to ecosystems and human communities. But like any natural resource, they are susceptible to degradation from a wide variety of factors from damming and local pollution to climate change.
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 1 2016 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has stressed the urgency of tackling climate change in a speech to Pacific leaders in his home state of Hawaii.
Across Africa, poaching is on the rise. Progress is being made here and there, but the battle to save the largest animals on the Earth is far from being won
The IUCN World Conservation Congress starts today in Hawai’i. Eleven of the world’s leading environmental organisations pledge to use new “common language” to map and save important nature on Earth.
Illegal trade in wildlife products will not end in Africa unless governments and policy-makers are willing to translate policies into concrete actions backed by tough stance on the illicit trade, conservationists have said.
Africa's labour productivity is rising, and trade between Africa and the rest of the world has increased by 200 per cent since 2000. At least a dozen African economies have expanded by more than 6 per cent per year for the past six years, earning the nickname, "Africa's Lion Economies."
HONOLULU ― Days after creating the largest marine protected area on the planet, President Barack Obama on Wednesday traveled to Hawaii to address those attending the world’s largest conservation event, highlighting his administration’s expansion of the nearby monument and the need to swiftly com ...
The World Conservation Congress passed with overwhelming support a motion today denouncing the killing of whales under the guise of science.
The world is slipping away -- 3C at a time. It is clear climate change is occurring. To tackle it, world leaders and scientists have agreed that we need to limit the global average temperature rise to...