A federal appeals court ruled that a certain population of bearded seals can be granted endangered species status even if it is not currently facing extinction.
KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia -- Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.
Congo Basin - Evidence of Pygmy culture in sub-Saharan Africa dates back more than 20,000 years. With forests playing an integral role in Pygmy lives, a traditional diet staple and source of protein is wild meat – also known as bushmeat.
Genetically modified crops will be grown across England after Britain pulls out of the European Union, under plans being drawn up by ministers.
Populations of many birds that migrate between Eurasia and Africa are in decline, and species that depend on wetlands are especially in trouble.
SYDNEY, Australia — Australia will have more extremely hot days and a longer and fiercer fire season, and parts of the continent will spend more time in drought as rainfall decreases, according to a report by top government scientists released on Thursday.
Countries including US, Europe, Australia vehemently oppose small hunts by coastal communities but Japan says are unjustly barred from a traditional food source
The WWF's new Living Planet Report is ready for you to read - and for inspiring action. Its findings are heartbreaking, yet also encouraging. Its message is clear: the time to act is now.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Every once in a while, oyster-eaters, clam-eaters and consumers of other bivalves may happen upon a tiny, nearly transparent crab. While these parasitic stowaways may all look the same, there are a variety of species.
Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Conservation groups dismayed as Japan and other pro-whaling nations vote against plans for a protected area for whales, dolphins and porpoises
Hailed as a significant call for action, the pope’s encyclical has not had the anticipated rallying effect on public opinion, researchers have found
Animal migrations are among the world's most awe-inspiring natural phenomena.
Earth is distinguished from all other known planets by the presence of a warm, salty ocean that covers over 70% of its surface.
Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.
BELLINGER RIVER SNAPPING turtles have been seen mating in their new home at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, giving hope to researchers working to save the critically endangered species.
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking and retreating at record rates, threatening to further accelerate sea level rise.
Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".
It’s no secret that many mammals face a dire future, as we humans hunt them to satisfy our desire for protein, medicines and animal parts.
Seismic surveys for offshore oil exploration began a day earlier than scheduled in the Atlantic-Caribbean waters, very close to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site, angering environmentalists, tourism groups, and other stakeholders.
Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.
Fears that climate change is triggering a coffee killing fungus which could wipe out plantations are unfounded, a new study suggests.
How Adaptive Collaborative Management is breaking cultural taboos in Uganda and empowering women
INU - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article about the critical condition of the forests in Iran.
American ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus flytrap.
Studying the response of living organisms to climate change is essential in the face of what increasingly looks like an irreversible trend.
Last year a company set up by an Italian former scuba recycled more than 5,000 tons of discarded nets into nylon for apparel brands including Speedo
With the conflict finally over, the Colombian government must turn its attention to protecting biodiversity and natural resources
Historically, conservationists have protected species by placing large swaths of land into preserves and parks. However, only 13 percent of the world's land area is located in protected natural land.
Populations of coral reef fish in shallower, more vulnerable habitats likely owe at least some of their sustainability to the prodigious reproductive abilities of large, old counterparts that dwell at greater depths, a recent study suggests.
Travel website TripAdvisor, and its booking service Viator, will no longer sell tickets to tourism experiences that allow petting or touching of wild animals, the company announced on October 12.
Number of nesting Manx shearwaters almost triples in three years after a project, backed by Prince Charles, sucessfully kills off the rats that eat the birds’ chicks and eggs
Under a proposed new trial, private property owners could help protect Australia’s endangered species – and the idea has gained the support of entrepreneur and AG founder Dick Smith.
Scientists have demonstrated a new technique for designing effective wildlife migration corridors while reducing the costs of conservation.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation leads Burundian farmers into adopting farming techniques that help them to cope with climate change.
Brazil houses nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest and one-third of all the tropical forest left on the planet — forest that represents 30 percent of the solution to climate change.
RANAPUR, India, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the tribal women of Gunduribadi village, in India's eastern Odisha state, an early morning patrol is essential to conserve their forest, but what they are protecting goes far beyond food security or even their livelihoods.
Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clay
Developing the confidence of local communities and a BirdLife Partner to work together to protect their environment has brought encouraging changes for nature and people.
EXETER, England, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The sensory systems of fish are short-circuiting, and a new study blames climate change.
Research by the University of Southampton shows that a change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the world.
The United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) has now approved more than US$1 billion for projects to help developing countries to tackle the effects of climate change — although almost none of the money has yet been handed out.
The arapaima (Arapaima gigas) is the largest freshwater scaled fish in the world, topping out at 2.75 meters (9 feet) and weighing up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) – at least, those are the largest ones we’ve recorded in the muddy waters of the Amazon Basin.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2016 (IPS) - Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Japanese fleets have killed more than 300 minke whales in the Southern Ocean despite a court ruling and three-decade-old ban
Rats are a major problem in Jakarta. Now the city is trying to combat the pests by paying its residents a bounty.
What do conservationists do when they can’t do surveys, can’t implement grass-root activities, can’t meet with local people or government representatives to talk about environmental issues and policies?
In a letter seen by the Guardian, European parliament president, Martin Schulz, warns EU chief, Jean Claude-Juncker, that inaction over a stalled review of the EU’s nature directives is jeopardising EU biodiversity targe
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Along the west coast of South America the small nation of Guyana sits nestled roughly south of Venezuela and north of Brazil. Referred to as the “Lost Land of the Jaguar” in a 2008 BBC TV documentary, Guyana is one of six countries that comprise the much-revered Guiana Shield.
Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an international treaty that aims to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to keep increases below 1.5 degrees.