Syria's civil war has forced scientists to request the first-ever withdrawal of seeds from a Doomsday vault built in the Arctic to safeguard the world's food supplies, officials said Friday.
Lurking in the law books and policy annals of many countries around the world, subsidies aimed at helping farmers produce food more efficiently often end up leading to the loss of forests, according to a report released by the United Nations earlier this month.
25 September 2015 – Addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today, Pope Francis spoke at length on a variety of global issues and urged leaders to make decisions in the face of conflict and environmental mismanagement.
25 September 2015 – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.
27 September 2015 – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported today that ahead of an upcoming United Nations climate conference in Paris, world leaders have voiced broad support for reaching a durable agreement that will accelerate investments in clean energy and spur a global, low-carbon transform ...
GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- According to NASA satellite data, phytoplankton populations are shrinking. Diatoms, the largest and most common form of the plant-like microorganisms, have declined 1 percent per year from 1998 to 2012.
Putting out birdfeed in Britain's gardens is shifting the migration of one particular winter visitor, the blackcap, scientists say.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 2015 (IPS) - Brazil and Germany, the two largest national economies within their respective continents, are taking the lead in tackling climate change through outstanding policies and bilateral relations, according to experts.
Sustainable Development Goal number 15 aims at halting deforestation by 2020. It might sound ambitious - but even that, environmentalists say, is not enough. At debate is the definition of "forest."
As world governments meet this week to set goals for eradicating poverty and create sustainable development opportunities, we are marking Climate Week NYC with a particular focus today on forests.
The University of Guam Marine Laboratory leads the way in research to demonstrate how scientists help managers measure the effectiveness of marine conservation efforts.
UN’s aim of ending global poverty, hunger and gender inequality by 2030 has a long way to go after the millennium development goals’ patchy results
As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting these changes in a landscape they know intimately.
BRUSSELS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers in Europe are confident in algae's future as a sustainable energy source.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile , Sep 22 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not alw ...
After a decade of dramatic global health and economic advances, world leaders are set to adopt a sweeping agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and child mortality and spur efforts to slow climate change and preserve the environment..
22 September 2015 – The United Nations Secretariat Building in New York will be illuminated this evening with massive projections relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ahead of the three-day special UN summit beginning on Friday.
After a long and controversial wait, the U.S. government decided not to place the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
A rock climber has photographed two of the notoriously shy black-flanked rock wallabies in the Kalbarri National Park, the first sighting since 1995
Researchers have identified and mapped five priority sites that can be used to focus conservation efforts and bring back the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos from the brink of extinction.
Some of the world’s most prominent companies are expected to set a long-term target on Wednesday of powering their operations entirely with renewable energy, the latest in a wave of commitments suggesting that corporations are becoming more serious about battling global warming.
In a couple of weeks, the World Intellectual Property Organization will hold its annual General Assembly.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Researchers at Australia's James Cook University have found a cheap and readily available antidote for the plague of reef-eating starfish invading the Great Barrier Reef.
Female farmers suffer from a double disadvantage of a lack of access to funds and labour, which leads to their farms being much less productive than those headed by men.
Conservation group IUCN wants Indonesia and international donors to take urgent action to save ‘weirdest of all rhinos’
Climate change will put coastal areas from Sydney to California at increased risk from erosion and flooding, independent of sea-level rise, a new study suggests.
A NUMBER of major companies — from PepsiCo to Walmart to U.P.S. — have recognized that corporations have a responsibility to address the causes of climate change before it is too late.
Climate Council says weak government action on climate change was undermining defence force’s ability to respond to severe weather events
The involvement of both regional and central government involvement is essential to reverse desertification in the northern Kunene Region, says Dr Axel Rothauge.
United Nations: India's success in sustaining high growth and poverty alleviation will substantially contribute to achieving the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, a top policy adviser to the Indian government has said.
Climate change might be killing millions starfish in 'one of the worst marine disease events ever recorded'
The Kayapó people of the Amazon are excellent guardians of the forest but big business interests and a change to Brazil's constitution could threaten the ecosystem they have managed to preserve until now.
When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched 15 years ago, the environment was largely an afterthought. The MDG goal that addressed environmental concerns was awkwardly designed and lacked ambition.
FALLON, Calif. —Fourth-generation rancher Loren Poncia calls himself a soil geek, and California wants to pay him for it.
Since seabirds rely on healthy oceans to feed and thrive, scientists consider them excellent indicators of the marine ecosystem’s health
China's struggle -- mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect: In China's case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean -- by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheape ...
The ancient art of silk production, or sericulture, was first introduced to Kenya in 1904.
Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest carbon polluters, said on Monday it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is still being damaged by the effects of climate change and farming, a report says. It says efforts to improve water quality are falling far short of the targets that have been set.
The unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals next week will be a milestone moment for our collective future.
Moshi — The environmental stakeholders have been called upon to regroup and forge the way forward in tackling environmental degradation in Kilimanjaro region.
When male birds emerge each spring in clearings called leks, they strut and cluck and puff their strange chests. They flare their tail feathers, do combat with competitors, whatever it takes to win the heart of one of those sweet little hens who seem to be barely paying attention.
As elephant poaching in Africa by organised crime gangs using high-tech equipment rises, those working to stop their extinction in the wild have turned to technology too.
BURLUBARU, KANDHAMAL: Kanigalaru Majhi's food stocks are running out.
The tragedy of the commons is thriving in our oceans. A fisherman aiming to maximize profit or provide for his family contributes to over-harvesting. A community looking to cut costs turns a blind eye to wastes entering coastal waters.
The overall condition of the Great Barrier Reef's inshore marine environment remains poor, the latest report card has shown.
New York – Leaders from the United Nations joined Academy Award-nominated actor and activist Alec Baldwin to announce the 21 winning initiatives of this year’s Equator Prize, an international award that recognizes outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature and strengthen res ...
LUND, Sweden, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers in Sweden say climate change in the arctic is caught in a vicious circle -- a feedback loop of warming and melting, melting and warming.
17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.
As the climate warms, many plants face an uphill struggle for survival. A new study indicates that this is particularly true wherever they face increased competition from plants that have migrated to their habitat due to climactic changes.