Each summer, female monarch butter-flies flutter around their breeding grounds in northern North America in search of nectar, a mate, and a milkweed plant on which to lay eggs.
Gawking is not considered impolite in Uganda. For a first time visitor, in fact, it is entirely expected, because there is much to gawk at.
There is a strong case that in order to be healthy, communities need to be ecologically sustainable. Many of the actions that could be taken to make communities and societies more sustainable have what we call health co-benefits.
UN secretary general hails ‘people’s agenda’ as member states finally assent to targets lauded for poverty pledge despite scepticism about implementation
The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.
Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.
ACTON, Australia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A new brightly colored flat lizard species has been discovered in South Africa. The scientists describing the newly identified creature have decided to name it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
3 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy.
The UK government has welcomed President Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gases and boost clean power.
A new agreement between 193 countries is set to clamp down on wildlife crime. Last week’s UN resolution upgraded the seriousness of such crime, putting it on a par with trafficking people and arms – a development that campaigners hope will take the issue out of its environmental niche and make i ...
The World Glacier Monitoring Service, domiciled at the University of Zurich, has compiled worldwide data on glacier changes for more than 120 years.
Year-round, supermarket refrigerators, freezers, and shelves are stocked with bountiful supplies of affordable fish, but at what price to the environment and human wellbeing?
The death of Cecil the lion has sparked donations of more than £500,000 to an appeal founded by a team of conservation researchers.
Forget about finding the needle in the haystack. An even more complicated task might be counting all the hay on the farm.
Victoria’s yellow-lip spider-orchid isn’t quite what you’d expect: it’s tiny, green and grows a potato-like tuber. It’s also vanishingly rare.
A recently published special issue of the Journal of Heredity focuses on case studies of real-world applications of conservation genetics in Latin America, from nabbing parrot smugglers to exposing fraudulent fish sales.
The United Nations member states have endorsed an agenda on sustainable development up to the year 2030. The ambitious, wide-ranging plan is to be ratified next month at a meeting of heads of government.
Some fish seem to be capable of adapting rapidly to climate change. In fact, they might even thrive in the warmer oceans of the future, growing bigger and healthier than they can at present-day temperatures.
Forests across the planet take years to rebound from drought, storing far less carbon dioxide than widely assumed in climate models
People in Africa and Asia are more likely to consider global warming a personal threat if they notice changes in the local temperature, according to an analysis based on a survey of 195,000 people from 119 countries.
The White House has organized an initiative to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to combating climate change. The result: a total of $140 billion in new funds from more than a dozen leading U.S. companies. The effort was the latest in a series of actions taken by the White House on cli ...
There’s another wolf in the world, according to results published yesterday in Current Biology. The discovery of the species, called the African golden wolf (Canis anthus), effectively increases the number of living canid species from 35 to 36.
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe , Aug 2 2015 (IPS) - With the U.N. Climate Change conference later this year in Paris fast approaching, Zimbabwe’s climate change commitments face the slow progress on an issue that continues to stalk other developing countries – climate finance.
Hundreds of businesses including eBay and Nestle back federal rules to cut emissions and encourage a switch away from coal to renewable energy
(CNN)—Cecil the lion was among a group of endangered species honored on a canvas 1,250 feet tall on the Empire State Building.
The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September.
A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.
Yaounde — Marking a shift away from the growing trend of abandoning sustainable life styles and drifting from traditional customs and routines, Joshua Konkankoh is a Cameroonian farmer with a vision - that the answer to food insecurity lies in sustainable and organic methods of farming.
Natural and cultural sites in Africa are under threat from poaching, uncontrolled human development, invasive species and civil unrest.
The land beneath our feet holds huge, largely untapped potential for rapid gains in both the fight against climate change and efforts to achieve the SDGs.
People who spend time in aquariums could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study has suggested.
BERKELEY, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Scientists in California have called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately halt salamander imports until there's a concrete plan to detect and isolate the fungus that's decimated amphibians in Europe.
30 July 2015 – Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly today urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply an ...
North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive "green belt" that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals.
Scientists at University of California Davis and San Francisco State University have discovered that the combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acutic ...
LONDON, Jul 31 2015 (IPS) - The importance of mangroves in protecting coastal areas under threat due to sea level rise caused by climate change may have been underestimated, according to new research.
30 July 2015 – The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, today stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - With the enthusiasm of the recent Financing for Development conference behind us, the central issues and many layers of what is at stake are now firmly in sight. In fact, a complex issue like hunger, which is a long standing development priority, remains an ev ...
Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance.
In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought.
We all know that if you are spending more than you earn, there is a tipping point from which you can never recover. It is the point of bankruptcy. The same is true of productive natural resources like land.
BANGKOK— Scientists say the Southeast Asia’s rapid development is driving deforestation in the vital Mekong Subregion, and threatening scores of species in one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.
[NAIROBI] African rivers emit a vast amount of greenhouse gases, a major paper on this understudied topic reveals.
29 July 2015 – The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different clima ...
After years of talk, the palm-oil industry is looking into adopting environmental standards. Such rules must be strong, and need to be implemented.
Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report.
Researchers tested for resistance to 10 antibiotics among cattle and 18 wildlife species to explore key attributes and behaviors that may increase exposure and allow resistance to move among humans, animals, and ecosystems.
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 2015 (IPS) - The U.N.’s highly ambitious post-2015 development agenda, which is expected to be finalised shortly, has come fire even before it could get off the ground.
The growing clamor in the United States over whether and how to label foods that have been genetically modified is fueled by emotions and politics, not science, a sociologist said Wednesday, less than one week after Congress passed a bill that banned states from mandating labels on genetically m ...
In September, the United Nations' General Assembly is set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a highly anticipated event in global development. The Open Working Group has been crafting a comprehensive package of goals and targets that can drive global efforts towards a sustainable ...