Protected areas safeguard biodiversity, ensure ecosystem functioning, and deliver ecosystem services to communities. However, only ~16% of the world’s land area is under some form of protection, prompting international calls to protect at least 30% by 2030.
At the end of February this year, the world’s governments signed on to a statement that was startling in its strength and clarity. “The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and planetary health,” reads the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...
It got really, really hot early last summer in California’s Central Valley. For days, temperatures spiked above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, well over the 30-year average.
The changes in human behaviour associated with the spread of COVID-19 infections have changed the urban environment. However, little is known about the extent to which they have changed the urban climate, especially in air temperature (T), anthropogenic heat emission (QF) and electricity consump ...
Climate change may not be an issue synonymous with cybersecurity, but there is a growing need for the security sector to recognize and address the impact a changing climate is having.
The midyear UN climate conference “56th session of the Subsidiary Bodies” will take place from 6 to 16 June 2022, in Bonn. These sessions focus on means of implementation and policy requirements in preparation of the COP in November. This triangulation is hoped to act as a catalyst to ensure no ...
With climate change intensifying the push to migrate, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on Thursday urged countries to absorb all asylum seekers.
If international shipping were a country, its emissions would be the sixth largest in the world – larger than Germany’s. The EU is thankfully beginning to regulate these emissions through a number of policy proposals under negotiation, including a marine fuel standard (the FuelEU Maritime) and a ...
Dr. Susan Clayton, a Psychology Professor at The College of Wooster, shares how climate change can negatively impact mental health.
China this week released three top-level documents on fighting climate change, doubling down on its plan to produce more renewable power and expand green financing to meet the country’s carbon neutrality goals by 2060.
Coral reefs around the world are in growing danger due to rising temperatures connected with climate change. But in Florida and the Caribbean, marine biologists are racing to fight a new deadly threat. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
As we know, the Arctic tundra won't be around much longer. Climate change is causing the sea levels to rise, and the ice to melt, which is also, in turn, wiping out the plant and animal species that live there. And unfortunately things aren't much different in Siberia.
Age Hammeken Danielsen has hunted narwhals since he was a child. He and his father would travel along Greenland’s fjords on a small motorboat, armed with rifles and harpoons and dressed in polar-bear fur trousers and sealskin boots to insulate them against the freezing weather.
One ecologist counted 160 dead wild birds while walking round a Scottish loch, and figures from other countries are just as worrying. As he walked along the shoreline of a Highland loch on a fine May evening, ecologist and wildlife photographer Peter Stronach could hardly believe what he was seeing.
One group of termites are habitual seafarers, suggests new research. The wood-munching insects crossed the world’s oceans at least 40 times over the past few tens of millions of years. The termites probably set sail accidentally, rafting inside pieces of wood washed out to sea.
As the world community prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm+50), which lay the foundation for modern environmental diplomacy, a triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution is puttin ...
Invasive species are becoming a global concern. In the last 20 years, the number of non-native species in European waters has increased to almost 1,300. The issue is most acute in the Mediterranean Sea, which is home to 69 per cent of them and although only 10 per cent are categorised as invasive.
Recovery plans designed to prevent the extinction of almost 180 threatened species and habitats, including the Tasmanian devil, were scrapped by the Coalition in one of Sussan Ley’s final acts as environment minister.
In the introduction to his new book, conservation biologist David Shiffman quotes Senegalese forestry engineer and conservationist Baba Dioum: “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught,” Dioum says.
On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we look at Indigenous peoples’ long relationship with, and stewardship of, marine environments through two stories of aquaculture practice and research.
The UN Environment Conference Stockholm +50 will be an important opportunity to draw attention to how several global crises are connected, says Elizabeth Maruma Mrema from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
The People’s Committee of central province of Quang Ngai has assigned the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with relevant agencies and localities for measures and a plan on preserving rare monkeys on Hon Tra Island in Binh Son district’s Binh Dong Commune.
The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has officially started, and NASA scientists are working with partners at NOAA, FEMA and other organizations to help communities prepare for these storms and respond to their aftermath.
Electric organs help electric fish, such as the electric eel, do all sorts of amazing things: They send and receive signals that are akin to bird songs, helping them to recognize other electric fish by species, sex and even individual.
The Lancet Planetary Health released the report, “Pollution and health: A progress update,” on 17 May 2022. The report finds that pollution is responsible for approximately nine million deaths per year, corresponding to one in six deaths worldwide, making it the world’s largest environmental ris ...
Thirty years ago tomorrow, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development opened in Rio de Janeiro. Nearly 200 countries met for 11 days and four international agreements were signed. But has it made any difference?
The word “biodiversity,” to some, first brings to mind the elephants, tigers and deer in intact forests. To some others, it’s the vast coral reefs and vibrant fish in clear waters.
As spring phases into summer in North America, with trees flowering and birds migrating, nature seems abundant. In fact, however, the Earth is losing animals, birds, reptiles and other living things so fast that some scientists believe the planet is entering the sixth mass extinction in its history.
In 2019, Ethiopia famously planted 350 million trees. The same year, Turkey planted 11 million of its own. It’s no exaggeration that tree-planting has taken root around the world as a popular fix for the climate crisis through campaigns like the Trillion Trees initiative and Bonn Challenge, but ...
Human beings have been altering habitats—sometimes deliberately and sometimes accidentally—at least since the end of the last Ice Age. Now, though, that change is happening on a grand scale.
Scientists have come up with a new classification scheme for mountain belts that uses just a single number to describe whether the elevation of the mountain belt is controlled mainly by weathering and erosion or by properties of the Earth's crust, i.e., the lithospheric strength: the "Beaumont n ...
Nothing drives hurricane experts crazier than the sentiment, "Oh, it's just a Category 1." It's not just an annoying attitude, it's a deadly one. Hardly a hurricane season goes by without a fresh example of a low-category storm causing more trouble than people expected.
Extant studies have noted that China's ability to peak carbon emissions by 2030 has something to do with the economic growth rate and suggested a slowdown in economic growth in China to help peak carbon emissions. However, none of them gives a quantitative account for such a relationship.
A Kobe University research group has shed light on how low-frequency tectonic tremors occur; these findings will contribute towards better predictions of future megathrust earthquakes.
The United States has set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% by 2030. Are we on track to succeed?
Flies, mosquitoes, dust and even microplastics—spider webs capture whatever travels through the air. Researchers at the university have now for the first time tested if they can get an overview of plastic particles in the air by examining the eight-legged creatures' catch.
Because environmental justice screening tools will affect community members impacted by disproportionate environmental burdens, soliciting input from the environmental justice community is crucial to developing and using screening tools, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.
Earth Change Observation Laboratory, a research group operating at the Taita Research Station in Kenya and on Kumpula Campus in Helsinki, investigates environmental change with the help of field surveys and remote sensing datasets.
Comfortable urban public spaces play an important role in shaping healthy behaviors and raising well-being among citizens. Given the context of climate change, unplanned urbanization, and the worldwide air-borne pandemic, there is prominent concern about comfort in urban planning and municipal p ...
A new capability to identify urban neighborhoods, down to the block and building level, that are most vulnerable to climate change could help ensure that mitigation and resilience programs reach the people who need them the most.
Fossils of a strange early giraffoid have revealed the key driving forces in giraffe evolution, according to a study led by researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Analysis of long-term monitoring data for almost 1,500 species in Finland shows that four decades of climate change has led species to shift between the "better" and "worse" parts of their climatic niches, and that these impacts were most pronounced at higher latitudes.
Giant kelp forests around the world have struggled to stay healthy in recent decades, with some vanishing altogether. But along Patagonia's rugged southwestern coast, giant kelp are thriving, showing remarkable stability for almost 200 years. New research suggests frequent marine cold spells cou ...
Globally rising temperatures and the browning of lakes, i.e. changing color due to increased dissolved organic material, can both inhibit and promote algal growth in northern lakes. This is shown by Isolde Callisto Puts in her thesis that she defends on Friday 3 June at Umeå University in Sweden.
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple entities in Indonesia and the U.S. has found that allowing Indigenous people to participate in management of protected marine areas is more effective than simply assessing penalties for violators. In their paper published in the journal Science Adva ...
Warm, wet weather conditions and changing climate negatively influence the nectar intake and nutritional health of honey bees, but maintaining large tracts of grassy natural habitat with flowering plants around apiaries may help to mitigate the detrimental effects of climate, according to a new ...
Almost half the planet’s land surface needs extra conservation protection if the biodiversity crisis is to be halted, a major new study has found.
Snow in the European Alps is melting and invasive plant species are outcompeting native Alpine plants, satellite imagery has shown. Both findings will reinforce climate change, say scientists.
More than half the world's food supply relies on just three types of grain: maize, wheat and rice. But supplies are tight - and not just due to the war in Ukraine. Models show that climate change is affecting harvests - and far more than previously thought.
Ecologically disastrous conditions in the Gulf are the latest sign of the dangers that climate change and other related factors pose to the Middle East.