When Africa’s Great Green Wall is finished, it will cross 11 countries, from Senegal and Mauritania in the west to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the east.
Manmade climate change and large-scale alteration of the landscape are affecting the planet and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend.
Cambodia’s Royal Turtle (Batagur affinis), also known as the Southern River Terrapin, is one of the world’s most endangered turtles and is now facing threats to its very survival due to habitat loss caused by increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest.
Thousands of tusks from illegally killed elephants and rhinos will be set in flames in Nairobi National Park to highlight the plight of the world's iconic endangered species.
Antarctic regions are natural laboratories to study biodiversity and the impact of climate change. In Antarctica, some marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the ocean acidification due to an excess of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
With spring in full bloom, and both humans and B.C.'s animal populations enjoying warmer weather, the Invasive Species Council of B.C. (ISCBC) has declared May Invasive Species Action Month.
Until now, it was thought features of human sleep such as rapid eye movements were seen only in mammals and birds.
A mysterious virus that has decimated tilapia fish stocks in Ecuador and Israel has finally been identified by an international team of scientists.
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 2016 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food’ is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers’ Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world’s cri ...
Spain must end the overuse of underground water that is deteriorating the natural habitats of Doñana National Park, the European Commission has warned this week.
From industrial concessions to community forests, new research looks at what constitutes responsible forest management.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Latin America's largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights, a former head of Brazil's forestry service has said.
Canadian scientists have collected stories from more than 90,000 people whose traditional ways of life rely on nature, in an effort to capture signs of climate change where weather stations are absent.
The animals are expanding northward as the Arctic heats up, yet new diseases of a warmer world are taking a toll
In January 1966, the first ship carrying "citizen-explorers" arrived in Antarctica. At the time, only a handful of leisure travelers had ever considered visiting the world's most remote land mass.
Turtles, seabirds and dolphins who make Maltese territorial waters their home are to be further protected thanks to the creation of eight new marine protected areas.
Urban wildlife is surprisingly understudied. We tend to know more about animals in exotic places than about those that live in our cities.
MAINZ, Germany, May 2 (UPI) -- Temperature and sea level aren't the only things expected to rise as a result of climate change. As heat becomes more extreme in some parts of the world, scientists expect a significant rise in the number of climate refugees.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2016 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.
Inspired by Cecil the lion, activists have begun an uphill struggle to convince Unesco to do for wildlife what it already does for places – and create World Heritage Species
The EU's executive has developed the bloc's first integrated policy for the Arctic, focusing on 39 actions. The proposals center on the environment, sustainable development and international cooperation.
Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.
A new study found that vulnerability of deep-sea biodiversity to climate change's triple threat -- rising water temperatures, and decreased oxygen, and pH levels -- is not uniform across the world's oceans.
The US House approved a $300 million budget to help restore the Great Lakes, which are still being impacted by the unpredictable presence of invasive species.
Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest.
Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.
Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching
Last week, delegates from six Arctic nations and other countries with major fishing fleets met in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans to prohibit commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until scientists can find out more about the fish stocks and how they are changing.
Corals and humans utilize the same inflammation-causing molecule, indicating it's been a part of immune systems for a half-billion years
A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.
Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest.
Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.
In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.
Perhaps on this year's World Penguin Day we have more cause to celebrate than in years past.
Using a new model, researchers predict that many forests across the US are ill-suited to withstand drought conditions likely to face the country in the coming century.
World Tapir Day (WTD) occurs every 27 April to highlight tapirs – long-snouted herbivorous mammals, species of which can be found in South America, Central America and South East Asia.
A few months after I began working full time as an environmental journalist in 2009, I found myself in Malaysian Borneo. I spent a day with a small group of conservationists and officials driving through a seemingly endless expanse of oil palm before coming to the lower Kinabatangan River.
The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.
Bears help Japanese cherry trees flee rising temperatures by giving their seeds a lift uphill inside their guts.
New Zealand’s extremely rare kakapos (Strigops habroptila) have received a much-needed boost.
Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks
The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.
It's been argued that how much we know about climate change is unrelated to how much we care about addressing it.
Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely
Once thought to be extinct, environmentalists were thrilled to come across a small population of the Madagascar Pochard in the depths of the Madagascan jungle. The challenge now: how can they protect it?
Last year, the Paris climate talks rightly drew enormous scrutiny as the world’s leaders once again hammered out a deal to try and halt the creeping disaster that is climate change.
The diversity of life on Earth—which provides vital services to humanity (1)—stems from the difference between rates of evolutionary diversification and extinction.
LUND, Sweden, April 26 (UPI) -- Call someone a birdbrain and they're liable to be offended. Despite their diminutive noggins, many bird species are quite intelligent.