Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, according to a new study. But those negative effects in vegetation growth will be largely offset, the research predicts, by an earlier start to the spring growing season and war ...
With only 60 individuals left in northern Madagascar, the northern sportive lemur is on the brink of extinction. Worldwide, more than half of all primates are endangered. If any did die out, their disappearance could alter their ecosystems in unpredictable ways, with unknown consequences for oth ...
The northeastern Australian state of Queensland is home to lush tropical forests, unique wildlife, and rivers that feed into the largest reef system in the world.
Together, two eco-certification programs and one clear-cutting moratorium reduced deforestation by up to 23 percent on participating plots. The most effective program, run by the Forest Stewardship Council, also entailed the greatest collaboration between industry and conservation groups.
Amid the glitz and glamour, among the serious messages cutting through the swathe of Oscar razzle-dazzle - was also the urgent need to combat climate change.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Most Americans are willing to pay more taxes to support biodiversity conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a national survey conducted by researchers at Duke University and the University of Virginia.
TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's wealthy cities received a large part of the $323 billion governments spent on measures to adapt to climate change last year, but vulnerable cities in the developing world are falling behind, said a study published on Monday.
Shark fin soup has become a symbol of mistreatment of marine life. Sharks caught for their fins are tossed back into the sea.
Between 1901 and 2010, global sea levels rose an average of 0.19 meters, or roughly seven inches. Over the next century, they’ll continue to rise—but at this point, that’s one of the few things scientists know for certain.
A broader understanding of “forestry” can lead to greater reach and more powerful impact, says Center for International Forestry Research director-general Peter Holmgren.
It was a big week for two hardship cases in the animal kingdom - manatees and monarch butterflies. Both are on the rebound.
Four years in the slammer. That’s what those found guilty of wildlife crime could face if a European plan to combat illegal trade in animal parts is approved
Kuala Lumpur - 26 February, 2016 - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global asse ...
A new article warns of the dangers of increasing water salinity for human health and freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes, etc.) and the economic cost arising from a lack of public policies to tackle this problem.
In the deep abysses of the ocean, small swirls of water can wield great power. Like the proverbial butterfly flap that stirs up a hurricane, this chaotic turbulence has long been thought to lift up water in the ocean’s interior to drive currents that stretch across the globe.
Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday, after being nominated four times previously.
Washing infected frogs in an anti-fungal drug bath reduced mortality rate and extended lifespan of population, and could buy valuable time to save species from extinction, research shows
OSLO Feb 28 (Reuters) - A global scientific group on Sunday launched a three-year assessment of mankind's impact on nature to help protect plants and animals from threats ranging from pollution to climate change
SAN JOSE – It has long been said that we know more about the moon than we do about the oceans. After all, 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon but only three have been to the deepest part of the sea.
Countries adjacent to the North Pole such as Canada and countries in Northern Europe, which are developed countries, are obsessed with the beauty of their heritage landscape.
In the past two decades, water frogs have spread rapidly in Central Europe.
3-year Study Will Measure Progress as 2020 Deadline Nears for Reaching Biodiversity Goals; Will Be Guided by Newly Adopted Approach for Evaluating Biodiversity-Related Policy Options; IPBES Elects Sir Robert Watson as Chair of New Bureau
First Nations and Inuit communities in the North are coping with growing despair over climate change, a problem observers are connecting to mental health and social problems.
The Philippines cemented itself as the world's biodiversity hotspot for Rafflesia "corpse flowers" as a new species of the usually pungent-smelling blossom was just discovered in Nueva Ecija.
South Africa has announced plans for a major expansion of “national parks in the sea”, by creating a new 70 000km2 network of marine protected areas.
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- For the first time in ten years, scientists have confirmed the illegal release of an alien fish in Japanese waters.
Ambushed! Japanese pygmy squid have been filmed releasing ink when hunting shrimp – using it both as a smokescreen and distraction.
The seas around the UK and the rest of northern Europe take up a staggering 24 million tonnes of carbon each year.
First assessment from intergovernmental body set up to track world's ecosystems suggests curbing pesticide use to save bees.
The “year of the monkey” dawned recently in China – and with it, a trendy new exotic pet.
Director of country’s biggest whaling company says his fleet will not be hunting this season because of problems exporting the meat to Japan
Scientists have made an international call to change water quality standards, with the aim of protecting biodiversity from salt pollution of freshwater.
A leading Canadian scientist says Canada is on the front line of climate change, and researchers are studying once-in-a-century weather events to predict what can be expected in the future.
Today the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to crack down on wildlife trafficking within the EU and strengthen the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities.
As rhino deaths have soared across South Africa, in Balule reserve the Black Mambas patrol of local women has achieved a 76% reduction in poaching since 2013. Now there are plans to extend the award-winning scheme
The body that regulates wildlife trade is taking steps to improve the treatment of animals captured and sold around the globe.
For many grocery shoppers, supermarket aisles have become a quite confusing place.
People that don’t live in Africa tend to learn about wildlife conservation in easy-to-understand terminology. But safeguarding animal species like lions is often more complex than mainstream media sound bites would have their audiences believe.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Important invertebrate pollinator species, like the honeybee and butterfly, are under a threat of extinction due to a number of environmental pressures, many of them man-made, a new study found.
MOSCOW, Idaho, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- New research suggests bee hives require a certain number of bees to be successful, a threshold or "critical bee size."
The first computer simulation that grows realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees has been developed by scientists.
Global seed companies are failing to meet the specific needs of female farmers and provide them with the plants they need, according to a study launched today.
Sequencing of the bean genome will be key not only for improving beans production but also for a better conservation of Ibero-American genetic varieties
Traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don't fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase, a new analysis suggests.
Scientists have provided the first experimental evidence1 that rising carbon dioxide emissions are harming coral reefs in the wild.
Nicholas Stern calls on scientists, engineers and economists to help policymakers by better modelling the immense risks to future generations, and the potential for action.
TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone.
A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.
In 1969, about 900 tourists visited the tiny Caribbean island of Roatán, off the coast of Honduras. In 2000, about 100,000 visited. In 2011, more than 1,000,000 people came.