The United States cancels plans to auction off land for oil and gas exploration, Beijing’s air is thick with smog, and activists in Paris protest against climate sceptics.
Earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates that on average, urban environments contain disproportionately more threatened protected species in ...
[PARIS] India and Saudi Arabia have emerged as major opponents to the science behind a tougher global warming target that emerged over the weekend at the UN climate talks.
[PARIS] Pacific islands need to ensure that a goal to strengthen ocean data collection remains in the final UN climate deal now being negotiated so they can plan their survival, a meeting has heard.
British naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough has lent his name to a number of animal and plant species.
ROME, Dec 8 2015 (IPS) - The world today faces a crisis of climate and a crisis of development. Both are consequences of the nature of growth of the world economy over the last two centuries, especially during the recent period.
PARIS, France , Dec 8 2015 (IPS) - 53-year old Aleta Baun of Indonesia’s West Timor province is a proud climate warrior. From 1995 to 2005 she successfully led a citizens’ movement to shut down 4 large marble mining companies that polluted and damaged the ecosystem of a mountain her community co ...
One of the world’s largest oil producers is getting in the way of a deal and making implausible objections, say delegates and campaigners
China, Brazi and South Africa join India in refusing key report that state rich countries have already mobilised two-thirds of $100bn pledged for climate aid
Illegal ivory value has halved in China according to new research, leading to hopes that the demand which drives poaching in Africa might be on the wane.
NGOs say some of the COP21 sponsors stand diametrically opposed to the summit's aims. Big companies are bankrolling 20% of the conference's budget, which presents a conflict of interest.
An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the United States.
At the border between Togo and Benin, coexistence between people and animals hasn't been easy. A new biosphere reserve is helping.
Britain's wildlife is in an increasingly fragile state, with animals carrying out vital jobs for farmers being lost more rapidly than others, say scientists.
In the climate talks “blue zone”, in the Parisian district of Le Bourget, are the governments, their advisers and lawyers, big business and the financiers. Facebook has a stall, along with UN agencies and scientific bodies.
8 December 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a room full of business leaders that the global gathering will serve to share progress made in important areas and to establish even greater ambition for the future.
7 December 2015 – The United Nations and partners launched today a $5 billion initiative to expand renewable energy capacity in Africa as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris that saving energy is a triple-win in the battle against global warming.
Many new road and rail ‘‘development corridors’’ planned to crisscross Africa in the name of economic development could destroy the continent’s equatorial forests and savannahs, lead to many people invading protected areas and have only limited chances of increasing agricultural production, say ...
New national parks often mean that people, who have lived on the lands for generations are forced to leave. Authorities use economic incentives to gain their support but understanding their culture may be more important.
In the US you can buy and eat genetically modified apples that don’t go brown, potatoes that are less likely to cause cancer, and – as of recently – salmon that grow faster. But in Europe, 19 out of 28 member states have banned the growing of genetically modified crops altogether due to public c ...
[NAIROBI The youth and women in Sub-Saharan Africa countries have been asked to lead communities in championing adaptation and mitigation measures to cope with the effects of climate change.
Invasive species are making it to the Arctic, they just can’t survive there—yet.
PARIS, France, December 8, 2015 (ENS) – Urgent as the Paris climate conference is, the delegates paused today to pay tribute to the life, vision and accomplishments of Maurice Frederick Strong, who passed away November 28, on the eve of COP 21.
LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists in London have developed a genetically modified mosquito capable of quickly passing along infertility genes and diminishing local populations.
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Every year, as many as 100 million people are poisoned by arsenic-laced water in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. Concentrations in drinking water sometimes spike to 20, 30 or 100 times the levels considered safe by the World Health Orga ...
7 December 2015 – Calling climate change a defining issue of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told top government officials that the opportunity exists “to define our own destiny” at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris.
5 December 2015 – As the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) marked 'Action Day' with dozens of events happening throughout its sprawling venue in the north-east of Paris, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world “so urgentl ...
5 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today at the UN climate change conference (COP21) that a broad group of organizations will partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation.
4 December 2015 – Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much-needed climate-smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report launched today at Paris City Hall by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners.
4 December 2015 – A new report by Yale University finds that the combined greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments recorded in two United Nations-backed platforms by cities, regions and companies alone surpasses the global emissions of the iron and steel sector.
Questions linger before a final deal, Canada will play a big part in the home stretch, and Australia turns its focus to the rainforests.
On 5 December, negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Paris released a draft of an agreement to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions.
Spend any time in UN circles and the g-word is everywhere. Gender is paraded as a significant cross-cutting issue in the new Sustainable Development Goals and in ongoing climate negotiations, touching everything from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.
Bears hibernate during winters. So do some bats, squirrels, and many other mammals.
PARIS, Dec 6 2015 (IPS) - Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community.
Habitat destruction along routes taken by the world's migratory birds poses an increasing peril to these long-distance fliers, with a vast majority crossing terrain that nations are inadequately protecting, according to scientists.
Russia has pledged not to stand in the way of a deal at the Paris climate change conference, removing another obstacle to a potential agreement, the Guardian has learned.
A group of high-profile business leaders has challenged governments to set strong targets and not slam the door on limiting warming to 1.5C.
Wealthy nations have come under attack from developing countries over proposed financial commitments designed to help them deal with the effects of global warming.
Indigenous groups from across the world staged a paddle down the Seine river in Paris on Sunday, calling on governments to ensure Indigenous rights are included in the United Nations climate pact currently being negotiated in France.
Months ago, more than 20 Sei whales were reported stranded in Patagonia. Now, research in southern Chile has uncovered the full extent of the horror: It is possibly the worst disaster ever of its kind.
In the 1950s, the world happily chomped its way through two different varieties of banana. There was the Cavendish, the banana that we know and love today, and the Gros Michel, a smaller, sweeter variety.
Ministers from all over the world gather in Paris on Monday in a final push for a new global climate compact.
A COALITION of African countries and donors unveiled an ambitious initiative on the sidelines of a crunch UN climate conference Sunday to restore 100 million hectares (250 million acres) of degraded and deforested land by 2030.
PUNE: Deep in the evergreen forests of the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, researchers have recorded the presence of a population of the Giant African Snail, a native of East Africa that has come to be recognized as the second worst invasive alien species in the world.
Eels hold tight to their biological secrets, so much so that Aristotle mused that they must be sexless creatures spontaneously emerging from the “earth’s guts.” Now, at least one eel enigma is finally a step closer to being solved.
PARIS – Saturday December 5, 2015 – The Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard, announced today a contribution of $6 CAD million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the GEF-hosted climate fund for the most vulnerable countries.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Hippos were once thought by most biologists to be herbivores.
QUITO, Ecuador, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Deep in the hidden forests of the Andes are mysterious creatures still unnamed.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- In field tests, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found a class of herbicides called dicamba regularly drift onto plants in neighboring fields, affecting both the plants and pollinators.