“Delegates came to Cancun in the spotlight of recent international deals on climate change and sustainable development with the dual challenges of reversing dramatic decreases in biodiversity and delivering on their Aichi promises.
The government has decided to protect vast new expanses of land and sea. But bad planning and lax regulations are likely to limit, or even undermine, this conservation effort.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a new collaboration with the Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security to implement climate smart agriculture and food security throughout Central America.
In 2001, economists pegged the costs of damages caused by invasive species to agriculture and forestry at about $91 billion a year in India alone.
At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) earlier this month, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.
In 1999, a long-term biodiversity project started at the Azores Islands (Portugal, Atlantic Ocean), the Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (BALA) project (1999-2004). Its aim was to obtain detailed distributional and abundance data for a large fraction of arthropod faun ...
Mexican authorities and scientists are trying to save the world's smallest porpoise by capturing illegal "ghost" fishing nets.
A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected.
Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations
Scientists have confirmed the presence of a new population of the rare Myanmar snub-nosed monkey in China.
The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held in February 2014, was welcomed by environmentalists as a signal that world leaders were finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the pledge to establish three new marine Biosphere Reserves that will conserve important habitats in both the Pacific and Caribbean, including large parts of the Meso-American Barrier Reef and deep water zones in the Gulf of Mexico, at the 13th Conf ...
With 60 million people depending on its aquatic resources for food and livelihoods, the lower Mekong River Basin is threatened by rapid development that would adversely affect the people and wildlife within this region.
Kenya has won a bronze medal for its outstanding provision of information on biological diversity to the world. The country received the award during the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico.
Tonga is among Pacific Islands countries that have identified important marine areas that are ecologically or biologically significant, and Vava'u is one area that has sites that need protecting.
KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a factory in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, workers steam-cook beans in big metal containers, before cooling and packaging them for sale.
Sure, it's been a tumultuous year for the planet. But here are some environmental achievements to celebrate: renewable energy, protected oceans, and deconstructed dams.
SASKATOON — A group of conservationists says it’s time to act to save the Canadian Prairies, which they say are disappearing off the face of the Earth faster than the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Prominent scientists say researchers and policy makers need to focus more on adapting to warming and on controversial geoengineering techniques to limit it
Last month, researchers from the Universität Marburg reported mixing 12 enzymes from three spheres of life, including plants, humans and microbes, to create an artificial pathway that is more efficient at fixing CO2 than plants.
Over 50% of the products on supermarket shelves have palm oil as an ingredient. Its production has resulted in massive loss of virgin rainforests in South-East Asia. Now it’s threatening the forests of our North-East
Environmental activists across the world have demanded increasing roles for indigenous people and local communities in the bid to conserve biodiversity and ecological heritage.
At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature reserves.
The most complete global database yet of the world's lakes promises to help scientists better understand the important role of lakes in the Earth's complex environmental systems.
The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution.
Genetic research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback dolphins finds animals distinct from neighboring populations
Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply
[SANTIAGO] A global commitment endorsed by 33 non-governmental and state organizations has called for action to prioritize the control and eradication of invasive alien species (IAS), a key factor in the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide.
A battle is brewing in southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea: it’s the lionfish against all comers.
CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 14 2016 (IPS) - Synthetic biology, geoengineering and the recognition of ancestral knowledge are the issues that have generated the most heated debate in the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, which ends in this Mexican resort city on Friday Dec. 17.
14 December 2016: On Wednesday, 14 December, during the UN Biodiversity Conference, Working Group I (WG I) addressed draft decisions under the Cartagena Protocol on the roster of experts, cooperation with other conventions, the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), socioeconomic considerations and thi ...
WWF signs MOU in support of Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 (ABT1) to ensure people understand the value of biodiversity and take the steps necessary for its sustainable use.
A new report by two civil society groups explores what they say are discrepancies between European Union and provider country laws implementing the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources, which they say could lead to legal uncertainties for users and providers.
Assessing important sites for wildlife and identifying major threats is essential to prioritize conservation work.
WAISAI, Indonesia, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Waigeo brush-turkey, a rare species endemic to the Indonesia, has been captured on video for the first time.
12 December 2016 - The expansion of cities, pollution from mining and tourism are exacerbating challenges for waste management in mountain regions - but a new report led by UN Environment shows how policymakers can prevent it.
Invasive species on Hawaii Island may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and after death, a nutrient resource for other invasive scavengers, say investigators.
The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate and reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses alone is not enough to remove the risk.
Deep stores of carbon in northern peatlands may be safe from rising temperatures, according to a team of researchers from several U.S.-based institutions.
Scientists have discovered yet another “fantastic beast”. In a forest in central Western Ghats, India, researchers Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap and wildlife photographer Sumukha J.N. have found a new species of spider that looks like the magical sorting hat from the popular Harry Potter series.
Scientists and conservationists have long argued that, given the vast amount of degraded forestland in the tropics, large-scale and long-term restoration efforts are urgently needed, not just to help reverse historical trends of global deforestation but also to mitigate climate change and meet h ...
NEW DELHI, Dec 13 2016 (IPS) - Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today.
Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole
A British man will plunge into sub-zero waters in the Antarctic on Tuesday to campaign for the creation of three huge marine parks to stop overfishing.
Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.
Because of significant differences in the institutional arrangements, regulatory procedures, administrative capacity, and attitudes toward biotech crops, the amount of time required to complete the review of new biotech events varies significantly from one country to another.
Some elite US politicians’ denial of the science backing up climate change is worrying, the United Nations environment chief has said, adding that the fight against global warming would continue, even without the United States.
Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher.
Governors of California, Washington and Oregon say climate change is already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie
Think invasive species and images of chick-munching cats and rats immediately spring to mind. But many local extinctions have their roots in alien invaders of another kind: plants.