They say that oil and water do not mix … but now scientists have discovered that – under certain circumstances – it may be possible.
A critical feature of many multicellular lifeforms on Earth are hard, biological structures, such as animal bones and snail shells that are made from minerals. Tiny fossils recently discovered in Canada have pushed back the oldest known evidence of "bio-mineralization" to 810 million years ago.
Scientists freely acknowledge they don't know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the one pummelling southeast Texas.
New genetic technologies are enabling scientists to identify traits that may help corals survive warming ocean temperatures that threaten the survival of coral reefs critical to marine ecosystems.
As Seychelles looks for ways to grow its economy further, officials have steered towards the idea of Marine aquaculture (Mariculture). Mariculture refers to the culturing of marine species in sea pens, on the seafloor, or suspended in the water column or in on-land, man made systems such as pond ...
Greenland is an important cog in the global climate system. It’s also especially vulnerable to climate change, writes Kathryn Adamson, a senior lecturer in physical geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The UN’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review a plan by Samoa and Sri Lanka to include blue sharks under Appendix II of the treaty in October.
Biomimicry is increasingly becoming the go-to resource for solving technology’s biggest problems. From the gecko’s sticky webbed feet to the kingfisher’s needle-shaped beak, Mother Nature’s resources seem inexhaustible.
What do a kingfisher, cocklebur pods and a Namibian beetle have in common? Besides being living organisms, they have all served as inspiration for creative human technologies to solve challenging problems.
The one bright spot amid the generally gloomy news about climate change, and the Trump administration’s resistance to doing anything about it, is the determination of a number of state governments to take action on their own.
The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies.
Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in the scientific journal Nature showing that North Atlantic hurricane power was strongly correlated with the temperature of the tropical Atlantic during hurricane season, and that b ...
The rise of the Internet of Things and other mobile technologies offers humanity the opportunity to truly advance their efforts in preserving and saving the environment in more innovative and relevant ways.
Agencies of the United Nations (UN) join efforts in a new world project to contain marine biological invaders spread by boats throughout the planet. In the opinion of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to counter the embedding of sea organisms in the hulls of boats 'is a fundamental ...
Lessons in geology and biodiversity have greatly helped guides at El Nido Resorts (ENR) in Northern Palawan raise awareness and appreciation among visitors for the unique features of Bacuit Bay, where three of the four island-resorts in the ENR collection are located.
In 2012, Rebecca Vega Thurber looked at the results of the large underwater experiment she had been running for three years—and was disappointed.Since 2009, her team had been traveling to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. In some spots, they exposed the corals to nitrogen and phosphorus, to s ...
Trees in cities reduce air pollution, absorb carbon, and protect people during heatwaves, saving megacities more than $500 million a year in healthcare, energy costs and environmental protection, according to new research.
Morogoro — Energy sources in developing countries remains a major issue as a big percentage of the population continues to depend on firewood and charcoal for their fuel needs.
Around the world, the 'slow food' movement has been working to conserve traditional food practices and biodiversity by promoting local produce.East Maitland chef Amorelle Dempster is the leader of Slow Food Hunter Valley and international councillor for Slow Food Australia, non-profit organisati ...
Sharjah: An injured bird of prey from the falcon family, was given a new lease of life and was helped to fly again over the Kalba mountains, thanks to the efforts of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPPA) in Sharjah.
Tourism, the second-biggest contributor to Nelson Mandela Bay’s regional economy, is set for a major boost in the next five years and beyond.
As Arctic snows melt earlier in the year, insects are emerging ahead of schedule. That’s bad news for some migratory songbirds, such as the red knot, that depend on the bugs as fuel before their long flights south.
A new citizen science survey aims to shed light on that fixture of summertime in the outdoors: the wasp. Though much maligned, these fascinating creatures perform a vital ecological role, say scientists.
Scientists are piecing together clues about the life of the dodo, hundreds of years after the flightless bird was driven to extinction. Few scientific facts are known about the hapless bird, which was last sighted in 1662.
Moose and water buffalo do a lot of munching and trampling, so it might seem a bad thing that these large animals have escaped their native realms and invaded other regions. But there appears to be an upside to their walkabout across the planet.
We humans have tried to dominate this planet and the earth has served as the basis for the material wealth enjoyed by many in the developed world. As our population has grown dramatically over the past hundred years, the planet’s ability to handle all of our needs has come under stress.
Beliefs in magical creatures can impact the protection of biodiversity, and the field of conservation needs to consider them seriously, researchers have warned.
There are more American chestnut trees in Ontario than researchers expected to find, but the number of new trees is not large enough to stop the decline of the species, University of Guelph researchers say.
David George Haskell is nothing if not a patient observer. In the course of one year, he stood watch over a single square meter of old-growth forest in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches biology and environmental studies at the University of the South. Those observations resulted in Haskell’s ...
A rare mammal has been discovered living in Western Australia (WA) decades after it was thought to have been wiped out of the region.The distinctive black-footed tree rat was spotted by chance last year on a seasonal monitoring trip when a researcher went on night time stroll.
Trees in cities reduce air pollution, absorb carbon and protect people during heat waves, saving megacities more than $500 million a year in health care, energy costs and environmental protection, according to new research.
Twelve years of data on the health of two Atlantic bottlenose dolphin populations paints a grim reality concerning the wellbeing of the Atlantic Ocean. The research, published as two companion review papers July 24 in the scientific journal Diseases in Aquatic Organisms (here and here), compiles ...
Scientists in London, Ont. have released a record number of eastern spiny softshell turtle hatchlings into the wild in the largest single attempt in Canada to bring the endangered species back from the brink of extinction.
Australian prisoners are caring for animals that have been abandoned, attacked by predators, hit by cars or even seized in a drug bust as part of a rehabilitation programme.
One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it’s a delicate critter.
WITH THIS summer's heat providing a glimpse of what a changing climate bodes for Jamaicans, environmental interests have again emphasised the need to take water security seriously in the longed-for decision on a boundary for the Cockpit Country.
Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London's Green Park.
The second edition of the 'Kwita Izina' Gala Dinner will take place on August 26 ahead of the official 13th Gorilla Naming ceremony slated for September 1 in Musanze District, Northern Province. Nineteen baby gorillas will be named.
Plate tectonics shape the Earth's dynamic surface. But when did these dynamics first emerge? And will the present-day continents last forever?
The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.
Scientists on Wednesday unveiled an extinct species of toothless, whiskered and objectively cute mini-dolphin that plied Earth's oceans some 30 million years ago.
Recently, a large number of pythons have been found near human habitats, especially in Chittagong which saw 30 pythons caught over the past two years.Why are the snakes, which are generally wary of humans, migrating to populated areas? The answer is evident – food crisis and deforestation.
First it wreaked havoc on our tea, then coffee. Now sparkling wine—both cava and champagne—is under threat from climate change.
If you want to sample the world’s first animal to be genetically engineered in the name of dinner, good luck finding it. If, on the other hand, you would never eat such a thing – good luck avoiding it.
A recent study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, reveals that the investments and resources allotted for conservation only partially tally with the levels of biodiversity in the European Union. Thus, countries such as Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and the Czech Republic receive less f ...
There is little doubt that our climate is changing, but what if the effects on the world’s plants and animals won’t be as bad as we think? By Mark Piesing
The Brazilian government has dismantled an Amazonian national reserve bigger than the size of Norway and has opened the area up for mining.
A record number of 448 flamingo chicks hatched at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi during these summer months, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Tuesday.
Throughout history, Islam has contributed innovative ideas that have helped advance world civilization. The al Hima initiative in Jordan is one such example. This ancient practice is currently being revived as a land management (natural resource management) strategy in pastoralist areas of the M ...
Key statistics about the world's animal and plant life could present a misleading picture about the natural world according to new research from the University of St Andrews.