Have you ever experienced the presence of unwanted household pests like spiders, mice, rats, cockroaches, termites, bats, bees, crickets, ants or any other creatures not welcome indoors? If so, what were they? Was it possible to get rid of them, and if so, how?
Forest Bathing. What’s that, you may ask. It is a Japanese technique that promotes the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku.
An exhibition titled ‘Mountain Marvels’ kicked off on Wednesday at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) to highlight the beauty of the hills and mountains of the country.
Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.
Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most of the damage.
From knowing where animals live, to which plants provide what medicinal benefits, communities around the world hold expert levels of knowledge on their local environments.
High in the snowfields atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, things are not as pristine as they used to be. Dust from the desert Southwest is sailing into the Rockies in increasing quantities and settling onto the snow that covers the peaks, often streaking the white surface with shades of red a ...
WITH THE DEVASTATING extreme weather events in the southern United States, the Caribbean and elsewhere this year, it is ever more vital that, while providing humanitarian support and restoring communities, we do not lose sight of innovative solutions to cutting carbon dioxide that can help reduc ...
Designer Stella McCartney and ex-sailor Ellen MacArthur are calling for the fashion industry to rethink textile production methods to radically reduce the amount of waste it produces.
In places struggling with poverty and unemployment, carbon pollution is often not the number one concern. But with a new program, California plans to demonstrate that solutions to these problems can go hand in hand.
New Zealand’s new government plans to create the world’s first humanitarian visa for climate refugees. If the policy goes ahead, 100 Pacific Islanders could be granted access to New Zealand on the basis that their lives are at risk from rising seas.
In a new publication in the journal Nature, Indre Zliobaite and Mikael Fortelius from the University of Helsinki and Nils Christian Stenseth from the University of Oslo present a new interpretation of one of the classic hypotheses of evolutionary theory, the Red Queen's Hypothesis, proposed by L ...
Antidepressants are making their way into our lakes and rivers—and they're making freshwater fish less fazed by predators.
An earthworm cut in two parts can survive and regenerate. For humans, the loss of limbs is a severe problem that can only be treated by complex surgery. However, among animals, there are numerous examples of self-healing mechanisms, especially among invertebrates. How these regeneration mechanis ...
“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programm ...
A temple in Patparganj had an unusual visitor on Wednesday. A white adult Egyptian vulture, rarely seen in Delhi’s skies over the past several years, found its way to a Hanuman temple in the area, where it was spotted by the priest, Bharti Baba.
In June, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier appeared at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City to promote his Lonely Whale Foundation’s campaign against plastic straws, a billion of which are used each day worldwide with an untold number ending up in the sea.
From the outside, the pinecone fish is a colorful yet fearsome beast. On the inside, it's downright spooky. A new scan of a fish of the genus Cleidopus, posted on Twitter, looks like the re-creation of a monster from a sci-fi horror flick. In actuality, the scan reveals the tough, spiked armor o ...
The animal world is home to a menagerie of complex models and systems. When we as humans try to recreate some of these elements, it is known as biomimicry. Doing so can help solve complex human problems.
Soil health and productivity is declining at unprecedented rates, but a new international scientific approach has been developed for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation.
Miles below the surface of the Mariana Trench, marine life looks totally different from what most people are used to. Instead of big or menacing, the creatures that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are quite small, translucent, and scaleless. At such depths, few organisms are able to survive, ...
Eleven innovative biological sciences initiatives from East African countries have been awarded US$6 million to scale up their technologies into viable businesses.
The varied sex lives of a type of green algae have enabled a University of Adelaide researcher to test a theory of why there are males and females.
The extensive Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan protected area will be created on the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean territories. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, ...
The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Africa-team Project has come out with activities to enhance climate change adaptation in the Upper West region and Koutiala in Mali as its way of giving back to society.
It looks like an alien creature, but these pictures actually show a newly-discovered sea monster that lives deeper in the ocean than any other fish.
Every week, a whopping three million new people are moving to live in a city. That’s equivalent to the current population of San Diego or Kiev transplanting themselves into urban areas every seven days; it’s almost a new Moscow or Rio de Janeiro every month.
Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or you think glitter truly is the herpes of the craft world (once it's on you, it never comes off), some scientists are now claiming that glitter is a hazard to the environment.
FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.
The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research.
Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking.
Over the coming months, Greener Ideal’s “Urban Jungle: Nature’s Solutions for Resilient Cities” blog series will explore the intersection between nature and cities - and explore the disruptive innovation underway to make urban life more regenerative and sustainable.
UN Environment today made Yemeni engineer Omer Badokhon a Young Champion of the Earth for his work on biogas plants which could improve thousands of rural livelihoods in his war-stricken homeland.
Islands are incredible. Some, like Hawai’i, are forged by volcanoes. Others, like Isla Mona, are born from the collision of continental shelves. In some cases, like the Palauan Rock Islands, islands are formed atop ancient coral reefs.
According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are approximately 850 million visits to American museums every year, more than the attendance to all the theme parks and major league sporting events combined (a measly 483 million).
The NSW government has committed to the delivery of nearly five million trees in “green” infrastructure, increasing Sydney’s tree canopy by 384,615 trees per year until 2030. Launching the government’s draft policy, Greener Places, Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said that gree ...
Mzuzu — The Regional Tourism Office in Northern Region has expressed concern over the wanton cutting down of trees at Misuku Hills in Chitipa, saying the malpractice is endangering the survival and preservation of endangered bird and tree species.
São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe.
AS we are bombarded by scare tactics against plants with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) like Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and Bt eggplant, we do not realize that almost everything we eat, many of the medicines we take, the cotton-based apparel we wear, the detergents we use in washing ...
To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.
The red kite has become more common in the past 30 years in the UK, thanks to conservation schemes. But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress.
Tancítaro looks and feels like a typical Mexican town: There is a central square with a bandstand and a little church. A mariachi band is playing as I arrive. The music is part of a funeral procession with Tancítaro residents watching on.
"The taste of stockfish is life... We can't cook without stockfish." That's the verdict of women at the bustling Onyingbo market in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, as they carefully choose pieces of the specially dried cod.
Yellow-spotted river turtle eggs are a delicacy in Peru. Communities who once collected the eggs to eat themselves are now selling them for ever higher prices, pushing the turtles to the brink of extinction.
The Indonesian government will next year launch a 10-year program to save the critically endangered helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), a bird driven to the verge of extinction because of poaching for its distinctive casqued beak.
Climate change is pushing the wintering grounds of millions of migratory birds north from Africa into the Middle East, Israeli experts report. 500 million birds are staying put in parts of Israel that used to serve as a pit stop along their migration route south. Frequent droughts and desertific ...
From flooding to heat stress, cities are facing worsening climate-related challenges.Cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate pressures worldwide, with poor communities hit hardest.
The recent COP 23 United Nations climate change talks exposed a serious divide among parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement over the rules of implementation of the accord to combat global warming.
You can count on your fingers the number of years it takes for a bird species to visibly evolve, biologists are discovering.Two new studies add to increasing evidence that even large, long-lived animal species can adapt physically and genetically to changes in their environment — and even give r ...
Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues.Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals.