A group of prominent scientists, policymakers, and corporate leaders released a statement Wednesday warning that if the world doesn’t set greenhouse gas emissions on a downward path by 2020, it could become impossible to contain climate change within safe limits.
In the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes, indigenous farmers gather at the top of mountains the night after the winter solstice — not to enjoy the view, but to forecast the timing and quantity of rains.
Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the upcoming Hamburg G20 summit of the world's largest economies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers on Thursday following the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Paris climate pact.
ARIS (AFP) - Multinationals worth US$3.5 trillion and financial institutions managing US$25 trillion in assets pledged on Thursday (June 29) to follow new guidelines for disclosing exposure to climate change risk in both operations and investments.
As Toronto moves to boost its resiliency to increasingly severe storms, council is only days away from a vote that could decide the city's course in the long-term fight against climate change.
Areas of Antarctica that are permanently without ice could increase by up to 25 per cent by the end of the century because of climate change.
On Wednesday, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement that its researchers along with Fisheries Administration employees and local residents spotted six eggs of the Siamese Crocodile in Sre Ambel District in the southern province of Koh Kong.
To prevent fire ants from breeding in Japan, it is vital that surveillance be stepped up at border entry points such as airports and ports, and that any ants found be thoroughly exterminated.
WASHINGTON — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday.
Tourism is on the rise in Sri Lanka, after a three-decade war that kept travelers away from the island nation ended just eight years ago. After landing in Colombo, tourists tend to stay in one of the resorts on the coastline, complete with ocean views and curry-lined buffets, before moving to a ...
Deloitte Access Economics has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56 billion, with an economic contribution of A$6.4 billion per year. Yet this figure grossly underestimates the value of the reef, as it mainly focuses on tourism and the reef’s role as an Australian icon.
How do we know our food is fairly and sustainably produced, and safe to eat? European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis talks to DW about glyphosate, food waste and animal welfare.
Coral exposed to radioactivity from nuclear bomb testing could hold the key to a cure for cancer, according to new research. The marine invertebrate at the bottom of the ocean floor has remarkable resistance to radiation exposure, say scientists.
A rare tree in Sheffield which is home to a threatened butterfly species will be felled despite experts advising it could be saved. A wildlife charity has criticised the 'disappointing' decision to remove the 120-year-old Huntingdon Elm on Chelsea Road, in Nether Edge.
The Abidjan Convention has called on all its member states to be part of the ongoing negotiations towards establishing a global legally-binding agreement aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of the marine biodiversity areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in London is being monitored in real time using new, automated smart detectors.
The term biodiversity is something that can feel elusive and intangible. Yet we know that it is one of the most critical issues in food today. Biodiversity loss is often talked about in quantifiable ways, using staggering numbers and percentages to describe the breeds and varieties that are disa ...
“Biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Unesco.
‘Tall wood’ construction is less carbon-intensive than concrete or steel, but it will likely take a major cultural shift for urban planners, builders, architects, and city dwellers to embrace wood construction on a large scale.
Efforts to safeguard pandas not only benefit the beloved bears, but can also help protect other species, boost biodiversity and fight climate change, a study has found.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.
The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.
At Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend, skiers were half naked. Guys were going shirtless. Girls were in bikini tops. Everybody was in shorts. Ski season in California has not ended and may not completely stop before the snow starts falling again in late autumn.
Government action isn't enough for climate change. Private actors - including corporations, civic and advocacy groups, private citizens, and even the Catholic Church - will be crucial to successfully cutting billions of tons of carbon and tackling climate change.
Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change.
Be prepared to pay more for airfare if climate change continues to alter weather patterns, increasing the frequency and severity of storms, say climate change and airline industry experts.
The Ministers in charge of environment, disaster preparedness, and agriculture yesterday held a consultative meeting with lawmakers that revolved around the effects of Climate Change.
OPINION: You can't help but stare open-mouthed and goggle-eyed at the Banyan trees of Vanuatu. They're immense. And spectacular. As much a feature of life on these islands as the Ni-Van people themselves. But one of the other regular features of life in Vanuatu are the tropical cyclones that pou ...
In Queensland, Australia, dugong populations are crashing as extreme weather events combined with increased river sediments from human activities are depleting the seagrasses they live on.
A young academic won a major award from the prestigious Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on Tuesday for his devotion to studying the lives of "creepy crawlies."
The hen harrier, an iconic bird of prey, is heading towards the brink of extinction in England, new figures suggest. There are just four breeding pairs left in England and numbers are declining elsewhere in the UK. Scotland is the traditional stronghold of these raptors, but numbers have fallen ...
The blue-winged Amazon was spotted by a travelling ornithologist in a remote region of the Yucatan peninsular in 2014. Experts writing in the journal PeerJ have now confirmed it is a previously undescribed species with a unique plumage colour and pattern and distinctive call. They also warned th ...
Scientists recently reconstructed the skin of endangered green turtles, marking the first time that skin of a non-mammal was successfully engineered in a laboratory, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study.
Conservationists in New Zealand work to save the Mahoenui Giant Wētā, a native Endangered insect threatened by invasive rodents.
For all the publicity over discoveries of “pizzly” bear hybrids, new research suggests polar bears’ genetic purity isn’t threatened by crossbreeding with grizzlies. But that doesn’t mean polar bears aren’t in trouble.
DELMAR — Town residents were generally supportive of the town’s open space planning efforts at the Bethlehem Town Board meeting on Wednesday, June 14, with the notable exception of a repeated concern that the town be respectful of large landowners’ rights.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION and ecotourism in Jamaica have received an exciting boost, with the June 20 official opening of a 300-metre-long Biodiversity Boardwalk at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in St Ann.
The world's largest environmental network says Canada falls far short of protecting its marine resources compared to other developed countries.
Kerala Biodiversity Park, a joint initiative of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and the Science and Technology Museum, is all set to open in Thiruvananthapuram in August. Kerala can soon boast a unique park profiling its rich biodiversity
The Mountain Swainson-pea (Swainsonia recta) was once widely found in the state. However, domestic livestock grazing, clearance of land, and fertiliser use over time has dwindled the known population to just four plants that were struggling to survive in one small corner of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot ...
The St. Lawrence River is now officially considered an historic site. Premier Philippe Couillard designated the waterway as historic Thursday as he admired the view from aboard the Louis-Jolliet during a morning cruise. “It's unique in the world. What you see behind is probably one of the most b ...
The rhino breeding center near the entrance to Danum Valley Conservation Area sits like an oasis of calm against the cacophony of beeps, woots and zaps of the surrounding jungle.
Brazil - Land-use change represents more than 60 percent of Brazil’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the Amazon accounts for 65.2 percent of that amount, according to government figures, although those numbers are sometimes contested.
Concerned over the degradation of forests and to improve the quality of rainforests officials and ecologists attached to the Tirunelveli forest division are now working on recent satellite images and research papers dating back to 1970s.
It was a Tuesday in early February 2015 when Sylvie Gravel walked into her colleague Paul Makar’s office carrying printouts that would mystify both of them. The two scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada were staring at computer model forecasts of ozone gas. Up in the Earth’s atmosp ...
It's one of the tiniest organisms on Earth, but also one of the most abundant. And now, the microscopic marine bacteria called Prochlorococcus can add one more superlative to its list of attributes: It evolves new kinds of metabolites called lanthipeptides, more abundantly and rapidly than any o ...
We’ve all heard of chameleons, squid and octopus using pigments to blend in with their surroundings, but what about becoming completely invisible? To become actually see through, and appear as if you aren’t there, you need to either allow light to travel through you unimpeded, or bend light arou ...
It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in southern Spain last year. The soil had broken down into fine white, lifeless sand, and a landscape of rock and dying orange and lemon trees stretched ...
London: Climate change may negatively impact the sea turtle population, as warmer temperatures could lead to higher numbers of females and increased nest failure, scientists have warned.
Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during midwinter, it is also the darkest.