Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa.
Today is International Forest Day, which was launched by the United Nations March 21, 2012 to promote the importance of forests and trees. In recognition of the designation, below are ten facts about forests.
To mark the Day’s fourth anniversary, Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), sit down together in a special three-part video interview series to discuss the challenges ...
CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, dri ...
World Meteorological Organisation says unprecedented rate of change sends a powerful message to world leaders to implement the Paris deal to cut emissions
Polish ecological organizations are up in arms over plans to reintroduce large-scale logging in the protected Bialowieza forest in the east of the country, in response to a massive spruce bark beetle infestation there.
Indonesia's government will convert a former gold mining site located in the east of the country into a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos, after 15 examples to the near-extinct species were spotted in the area.
21 March, 2016, Rome - FAO today launched a new programme aiming to enhance the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests.
Lima, 19 March—The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March.
Belgium-sized area around northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing in bid to conserve sharks and unique habitat
21 March 2016 – The Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise, the UN weather agency warned today upon ...
Until the late 20th century, a typical landscape in the Sahel - a transitional zone in Africa that lies between the Sahara desert and the savannahs - would include baobab and acacia trees and a sparse grass cover.
Mar 17 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan) - The year 2015 will be remembered for two landmark global agreements. In September, UN member states endorsed the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Later, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agr ...
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 15 2016 (IPS) - Last year we watched with cautious optimism as UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the new Sustainable Development Goals, and called upon the world to meet them.
February 2016 saw global warming records tumble with new data suggesting more Australians think humans are the cause
The province is investing $13 million in two initiatives to help indigenous communities address climate change.
LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – If the world continues to postpone taking ambitious action on climate change and doesn’t take advantage of a wide range of technologies to reduce emissions, the new Sustainable Development Goals will be much harder to achieve, a Berlin-based resear ...
When visiting the volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of West Africa, one is immediately struck by how unusual these tropical islands are.
At the end of 2015 Forest & Bird (BirdLife New Zealand) launched its new strategic plan. It is ambitious and based on the vision of, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ecological resilience being at the heart of everything the community does. Its mission is to protect and restore nature.
What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? All of them are rather habitat specialists, with no specific ecological demands, they tend to have modest requirements when it comes to habitats and larval host plants.
In 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad founded Lindblad Travel with a mission to explore the world; that included sending the first expedition cruise to Antarctica in 1966
A high-level breakfast in the margins of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York, gave delegations from around the world the chance to debate the rich and complex relationship between culture, gender, and human rights.
Mexican, Canadian agencies work to preserve Cuatrociénegas wetlands
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 20 (UPI) -- Biologists have discovered a new species of butterfly occupying Alaska's interior -- the first in 28 years. Researchers believe the hardy species is a hybrid of two ancient species uniquely adapted for life on the Last Frontier.
It’s an evolutionary icon – but it may be tough to prevent it from going extinct.
RUMURUTI, Nairobi, Mar 16 2016 (IPS) - For two decades, Dickson Kamau only grew maize on his 0.5 hectare (ha) of land earning himself the nickname Kamau wa mbembe or Kamau who owns maize in his native Kikuyu language.
Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment has said it will stop breeding killer whales, and those currently at its parks will be the last.
South for the winter, north for the summer - that's the migration pattern for many birds. This behavior is changing - to the delight of birdwatchers. But what does it mean for our feathered friends?
With some of the world’s richest ecosystems hanging in the balance, scientists are turning to technologies like 3D printing.
MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said.
Just as athletes stressed by exercise breathe more efficiently over time, trees stressed by a slowly warming climate can alter how much carbon dioxide (CO2) they release into the atmosphere, a new study suggests.
Land degradation occurs in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high-income countries.
Subsistence hunters in the Arctic have long taken to the sea ice to hunt seals, whales, and polar bears.
[NAIROBI] Environmental experts have appealed to African governments to adopt policies that promote the sustainable management of forest and wildlife resources to conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 17 (UPI) -- Groups of people often band together in times of trouble. The same holds true in animal kingdom.
According to a new study, strict wildfire control has changed the forests in the eastern U.S. over the past century, leading to less drought resistance. Researchers are warning this could make them more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2016 (IPS) - The Paris agreement means countries and corporations will be compelled to act much more quickly on making agricultural commodity production more sustainable.
Species has increased in number but only to 12% of its original population and faces further threat from climate change
Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice
At the southern tip of the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos, a gorge known as Las Grietas is home to a species of parrot fish: a brilliantly colored creature about 18 inches in length.
Access to fresh fruit, vegetables and many other foods could be dramatically limited due to climate change by 2050, according to a new report published in the medical journal the Lancet.
International Forest Day, which takes place on March 21st, is an excellent reason to celebrate the forests in Israel and raise people’s awareness of the importance of the forests in our world.
Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life’s essentials for people, animals, and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands, and its longest coastline.
White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
The UN agencies and African Union experts are meeting in Zimbabwe to draw up plans to avert severe food crises in 27 African countries where millions need food aid. At least 4 million Zimbabweans urgently need assistance
UNEP-UNDP partnership builds resilience to climate change in one of the world's most vulnerable countries
CREVE COEUR, Mo., March 14 (UPI) -- A group of scientists at universities in the United States and Canada are aiming to raise $8,500 by March 24 for the Joshua Tree Genome Project, an effort to sequence and study the Joshua tree's genome.
Sea-level rise could force three times as many people in the US from their homes by the end of this century as previously thought, according to an analysis of population trends.
The United Arab Emirates is to fund three research teams from around the world to work out how to make it rain over the Arabian Desert.
Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson criticised the proposed cuts to CSIRO climate science in a speech made last night at the University of Melbourne's Sustainable Society Institute.