When indigenous rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully manage their forests - and make crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.
CAMBRIDGE, England, May 16 (UPI) -- There's now more evidence that the process of natural selection reduces genetic diversity.
Amid the ongoing threat of coral bleaching and deaths, researchers decided to study large changes in the fish population that coincided with this phenomenon. They discovered that this degradation can directly affect how fish learn to avoid predators.
A team of international researchers from the Netherlands, France, Australia, Poland and Russia found that climate change is putting too much pressure to robin-sized migratory birds forcing them to alter their migratory timeframe and affecting their size.
Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful?
It is impossible to look out over the winding waterways and lush green wetlands of the magnificent Okavango Delta and fail to understand the importance of conserving the natural world.
Ninety per cent of Norway's two million pairs of cliff-nesting seabirds are located in nesting colonies above the Arctic Circle. But why are these colonies located exactly where they are? Much of the 1200-km stretch of coastline from the Arctic Circle to Norway's easternmost point, on the Russia ...
Environmentalists today sounded caution over the latest WHO report, which showed that Delhi was not the most polluted city as per 2013-14 data, saying it does not give the right picture. Greenpeace India campaigner Sunil Dahiya said the 2014 WHO report, under which Delhi earned the tag of being ...
European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.
The introduction of alien species is a major problem for the Galapagos Islands, to which the British naturalist Charles Darwin brought immortal fame with his book on evolution, On the origin of species.
There is a longstanding disagreement amongst conservationists about whether or not it makes sense to focus efforts on protecting species that are popular with us Homo sapiens.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 12 2016 (IPS) - Facing the bleak prospect of millions of its citizens being displaced in coming years due to storms and sea level rise caused by climate change, Bangladesh is building up existing coastal embankments in a bid to protect coastal lands and people.
UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2016 (IPS) - Jack Norton was on a glacier in northern India. A seemingly impenetrable fortress of sweeping ridges and towering walls of granite, capped by hanging glaciers. It seemed, he said, that nothing could touch it, nothing could beat it down.
More than half of beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses, with deadly mite infestations and harmful land management practices piling on pressure
Zoo Berlin has a fresh focus on helping protect wild animals in their natural habitat. Among other projects, it's sponsoring efforts in Congo to protect humanity's closest relatives: Bonobos.
Climate change is tipped to alter New Zealand's wines, shift crops and present new challenges for forestry and farming.
Conventional wisdom claims that culling is an effective tool for the conservation of endangered predators. But a newly-published study argues that culling may actually encourage poaching of endangered predator species
Zimbabwe’s plan to sell its wildlife could hasten the decline of Africa’s endangered wild dogs.
A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).
Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification.
Coral reefs around the world are in deep trouble.
Hoesung Lee, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, voices hope in battle against 2C increase in warming but warns of ‘phenomenal’ costs
In addition to the estimated $9bn damage to Fort McMurray, ‘the beast’ will affect forests, carbon emissions, air and water pollution and waste
Last week, a group of researchers published saddening news about “sudden oak death,” spread by an invasive water mold, that has killed over a million trees in coastal California.
Local and state government institutions in the jurisdictions where REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is being implemented are bearing financial burdens, says a forthcoming study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which might threaten t ...
The federal government is about to do something it hasn’t done much of for years: hire scientists – a lot of them.
EXETER, England, May 11 (UPI) -- Researchers say earthworms create the unusual and elaborate mounds found in the tropical wetlands of South America.
A study of one of the world's most important domesticated animals - the dromedary camel - has revealed how its genetic diversity has been shaped by ancient trade routes.
The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora.
As governments and researchers race to develop policies and technologies to make energy production more sustainable and mitigate climate change, they need to remember that the most sophisticated endeavors won't work if they're not adopted.
The Brazilian soy industry has indefinitely extended a landmark moratorium on rainforest clearing for soybean production.
SRINAGAR, India, May 10 2016 (IPS) - Trudging barefoot on his two-acre piece of land, 57-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad has little hope of growing any crops this year due to the sudden dry spell that has struck Kashmir’s winter.
UNITED NATIONS, May 9 2016 (IPS) - Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.
Report’s author says many media outlets have misinterpreted the science by conflating sea-level rise with climate change
Global report highlights threat to food security and medicine supplies but also reveals 2,000 new species are discovered each year
Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away.
Editorial: Africa and its people have been suffering a lot with recurrent poverty, war and diversified insecurities for centuries. Many agree that this suffering is not due to lack of resources. The continent is blessed with Potentials of its Land, Rich Heritages and its People.
Six more islands have large swaths of land, and villages, washed into sea as coastline of Solomon Islands eroded and overwhelmed
Bird song has fascinated scientists for decades. Songs can be intricate, loud and, as it turns out, very important for reproductive success. In many species the males with the most complex songs secure the highest quality breeding territories and mates, and end up producing the most young.
10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to ...
While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite their claims, threaten biodiversity.
AS the dry season sets in, a season in which wildfires literally go wild, a joint public-private sector committee has begun mobilising resources to ramp up actions that prevent fires doing just that - going wild. Wildfires can be greatly destructive.
Everyone has heard about climate change caused by fossil fuels, which threatens to raise Earth’s average surface temperature by about 3-5°C by the year 2100 unless we take major steps toward mitigation.
In sharing his experience while at the recent US Caribbean Central American Energy Summit in Washington, DC, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said issues of climate change and the environment will have to be taken more seriously if the country is to see real development.
Isle de Jean Charles is a coastal island near the mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana. Climate change is causing the island to vanish under the waves and so residents are getting ready to move to higher ground.
Helping at-risk communities adapt to climate change impacts is an important part of the Paris Climate Change agreement, but adaptation will not be complete without considering disaster risk.
The only peer-reviewed study examining the environmental impacts of Nova Scotia land-based fish farms has found some negative effects on downstream ecosystem.
A grand vision of eliminating water scarcity looks attractive for tens of millions of people in the desert cities of central Iran worried about drought. Ambitious water transfer projects are being put in place to answer a call from President Hassan Rouhani.