Biodiversity offsetting involves trying to compensate for the damage to species and habitats caused by development such as expanding cities, constructing mines and building dams, by creating an 'ecologically equivalent' benefit elsewhere1.
Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The report card is in on the UN’s first set of global targets, the millennium development goals. And when it comes to reaching the world’s poorest with safe water and basic toilets, the grade is mediocre at best.
Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.
Field trials of GMO cotton, genetically modified Bt cotton, have been going on in three northern areas in Ghana, according to a news report published by the Graphic on Monday, 29 June 2015. With Ghana being a signatory to the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol, the very decision to approve the applica ...
A change in Myanmar’s second largest lake was noticed by 35-year-old fisherman, Ko Yan Naing, three months ago. He started to catch shrimp on Inlay Lake because he found it was getting harder to find fish.
A new Nelson City Council initiative will inject $6 million into a 10-year project to protect and restore biodiversity in the region. The Nelson Nature programme was launched today and mayor Rachel Reese said it would be one of the most holistic, all encompassing biodiversity projects carried o ...
The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.
Asia’s largest Catholic country has mobilised after the pope’s warning to tackle climate change, promising to gather 10m signatures for a petition that will be handed to world leaders at a Paris climate summit in November.
Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British scientist Dr Paul O'Donoghue, the real-time monitoring device has been welcomed by experts as ground-breaking and will help animals facing extinction, inc ...
Controlled burning is widely used to maintain biodiversity and enhance regeneration of important deciduous tree species such as oak and hickory, but a recent University of Illinois study found that this practice also increases the growth of an aggressive species of invasive grass.
Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the US economy – some estimates say $250 billion globally. These animals – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even some lizards and mammals—contribute to the agricultural system by spreading pollen to different plants so they can reproduce. And now, scienc ...
Loggerhead sea turtles have returned to lay their eggs at a historical nesting site in Pozzolana di Ponente, on the island of Linosa, in Sicily.
As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.
The options for how to spend your free time are almost endless, whether it's working out at the gym, curling up with a good book, or relaxing in front of the TV. But have you ever considered taking part in scientific research?
The head of the Marine Evaluation and Control Unit at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the stations monitored temperature fluctuations hourly throughout the year and assessed data related to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral diseases.
Australian scientists have warned governments against using biodiversity offsetting to meet existing conservation commitments.The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Martine Maron, , said research had shown that interest in offsetting – creating a similar environment or habitat in a d ...
As the national symbol of Angola, the giant sable antelope appears on everything from stamps to passports. But one place it is not found in abundance is in its natural forest habitat.
As the global demand for tires soars, so does the demand for natural rubber sourced from Hevea brasiliensis, the para-rubber tree. This rising demand is driving a rapid expansion of rubber plantations into biodiversity-rich forests and croplands of Southeast Asia, according to a new study publis ...
Protected areas are a bright spot in the management of Madagascar’s natural resources, and play a strategic role in the country’s economy and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.
An unprecedented coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies says immediate action must be taken by governments to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
Mayors and governors from major world cities on Tuesday will urge global leaders to take bold action at this year's U.N. climate change summit, saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global warming.
Renaissance. The word evokes an era of unprecedented enlightenment. A turning point of invention, fresh thinking and possibility. It’s happened in business before and is happening again, as the world’s businesses are rapidly aligning to a new set of rules that will render our old operating habit ...
A New Zealand court ruled that Kiribati man Ioane Teitiota, 38, was not facing persecution but noted that people affected by climate change could potentially be recognised as refugees
The genetic makeup of fish will be crucial in determining whether they will be able to deal with the world’s rapidly warming oceans, researchers have discovered.
Most life in the sea ultimately depends on photosynthetic plankton. Also known as microalgae, these tiny or microscopic organisms live near the surface and take their energy from the sun and pass it on through the marine food chain.
In the 1950s my grandparents moved my father and uncle out of the Bronx, New York, and into the New Jersey countryside on the other bank of the Hudson River. Growing up hearing stories from my dad about how felicitous it was to be plunked down into the open spaces and woodlands of the mid-centur ...
Palm oil is the world’s most popular edible oil. Consumption has grown spectacularly over the last few decades — from five million tonnes and 13 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 1980 to 57 million tonnes and 35 per cent of vegetable oil consumption in 2013.
Agricultural and food industries are an important part of the Australian economy and national identity. They are set to remain so as global demand for food rises over the next four decades.
In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the reactor at Chernobyl exploded during a routine maintenance test, setting off a shining plume of smoke that made the sky glow for miles. Residents in the area would later describe the rainbow light from the deadly explosion as the most sublime vision they ...
Promoting safe, satisfying and fulfilling visitor experiences, ensuring environmental and cultural protection, strengthening biodiversity, and providing employment opportunities and fair pay are some of the strategies for sustainable tourism laid down in the Kerala Perspective Plan-2030 unveiled ...
Aviation experts argue that, technically, bumblebees, those lumbering bombers of the insect world, do not have the wing size or the wing speed to lift their hairy bodies off the ground, let alone achieve the miracle of free flight.
At a time when good news seems so hard to come by on the global stage, try stepping back and looking at some of the larger, more positive trends that do exist. This is the data that says the planet isn’t doing so badly in some respects, and that people’s lives, if looked at on a big scale, have ...
Islamic Finance can serve as a strong and non-traditional source of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to global experts.
As a husband and father of two children I am deeply concerned about the kind of world they are going to live in when they grow up. I have often despaired in recent years about the terrible environmental legacy my generation will be leaving them, so I was heartened when I read of German Chancello ...
The atmosphere is warming. Ice is melting. Droughts are worsening; seas are warming, rising and acidifying. We’re past theory and well into measurement on those points. Pope Francis recently observed that “[n]ever have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.” ...
On a boat drifting through a swampy reed plantation in the Polish Baltic, Szymon Smolczyński surveys his blanket of green crops destined to heat northern European homes.
As elephants get hunted at unprecedented rates, their numbers are shrinking fast. Five countries have decided to work together to improve their chances of survival.
Top UN officials visited Africa’s largest gene bank, which conserves traditional seeds that can play a critical role in advancing sustainable development on the occasion of the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Three students and one professor from the University of Kansas, USA, arrived in Honiara the first week of June and prepared for an adventure into the Solomon Island bush. The research team, led by Dr. Robert G. Moyle, came to the islands to conduct a biodiversity survey of Malaita.
A new partnership was formed to set-up the Center for Philippine Biodiversity Journalism (CPBJ) to increase the quality and quantity of biodiversity reporting at the same time help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of key biodiversity areas and wildlife throughout the Philip ...
China’s southern Yunnan Province straddles the Myanmar border where the Mekong River flows, and the lowland tropics meet montane forests. This region is valued not only for its high biodiversity, but also its ability to support multiple distinct rainforest types at various elevations.
THE increasing number of countries and airlines that have banned the import and transport of hunted animal trophies has caused alarm in SA’s hunting industry, with predictions of economic harm, job losses and hampered rural development.
A recent series of zero deforestation promises by palm oil and consumer giants is great news for the campaigners who have worked tirelessly to push towards explicit policies – but now the real work of cleaning up the supply chain begins.
A decades-old weir set up in the Hangang River in Seoul is in hot water over what environmentalists call its outdated efficacy and increasing ecological damage, as it has recently been pointed to as a possible culprit for the threatening green tide that persists in the river.
Do you know what a bromeliad is? Whether growing on the samaan trees around the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, clinging tenaciously to a telephone wire or nurtured in our garden or home, most of us see bromeliads everyday without knowing what they are.
The former US vice president and climate champion Al Gore has made a rare criticism of Barack Obama as Royal Dutch Shell prepares to drill an exploratory well in the Arctic Ocean, denouncing the venture as “insane” and calling for a ban on all oil and gas activity in the polar region.
It’s no secret that Africa is vulnerable to climate change. After all, regions within the continent are already familiar with devastating droughts and severe floods, and climate change will only make extreme weather worse.
Some of my best friends are climate scientists. This is handy, because I'm not a climate scientist myself – I am just a nosy person, who can justify asking people what they think about their world by calling my nosiness 'psychological science'.
Everyone seems to agree the earth's temperatures are on the rise and storm cycles have increased both in number and ferocity as climatic changes have occurred. Admittedly there are arguments as to the cause of these changes but prevailing science seems solidly on the side of man's intervention i ...