In 2012 in China, the 27,325-acre Laohegou Land Trust Reserve, was designed to link several existing reserves in Sichuan’s Pingwu County—home to golden snub-nosed monkeys, Asian golden cats and the highest density of endangered giant pandas in the world.
Contrary to the popular belief, smallholder farms feed most of the world, not industrial-scale farming. Consider the following statistics.
Continents and oceans in the northern hemisphere began to warm with industrial-era fossil fuel emissions nearly 200 years ago, pushing back the origins of human-induced climate change to the mid-19th century.
Late last year, nearly 200 nations came together in Paris to reach a critical global climate agreement. The Paris climate agreement demonstrated that the international community can come together and successfully tackle a grave environmental problem of global scope. It is now time for the intern ...
An international team of researchers have shown that vulnerable coral populations in the eastern tropical Pacific have been completely isolated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean for at least the past two decades.
[THIRUVANANTHAPURAM] Following scientific determination that Tiger moth, or Asota caricae, is responsible for unexplained fevers, researchers in Kerala state have begun developing a kit capable of quickly diagnosing lepidopterism, a disease caused by moth allergens.
In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species, hoping to put a dent in the thriving trade in its body and parts which was pushing the world’s largest fish toward extinction.
Environmental audit committee calls for ban after hearing that microbeads harm marine life and enter the food chain
Extreme weather in Mexico this year has killed an estimated 7 percent of the monarch butterfly population. The long-term survival of the butterfly may be threatened.
Five years ago, just after archaeologist Marcy Rockman joined the National Park Service’s new climate change response program, the GOP-controlled Congress slashed its budget by 70 percent.
What to do about the African elephant poaching crisis looms large ahead of next month’s major international wildlife trade meeting.
Recently, a tomato insect pest, Tuta absoluta, swept across Nigeria, devastating tomato fields and leading to immeasurable financial losses and emotional trauma. T. absoluta originated from the Andean region in South America.
In December 2015 in Paris, the world's leaders agreed to keep global average temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial values.
Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world's poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows.
Hydropower development is booming, with controversial projects unfolding across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
An unnatural balance of nutrients threatens biodiversity in a survival of the fittest scenario, according to the results of a world-first global experiment published in the prestigious Nature journal.
Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests.
MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 2016 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-ori ...
As tourists continue to pursue animal sightings, are other types of conservation being overlooked?
Asia Pacific - Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific.
Climate change is the “greatest global health threat of the 21st century,” so it is incumbent that physicians take a stand to protect their patients, one of the world’s leading human-rights advocates says.
In a new study, scientists who study the largest ice mass on Earth – East Antarctica – have found that it is showing a surprising feature reminiscent of the fastest melting one: Greenland.
Conservation of intertidal habitat -- 65 percent of which has been lost over the last 50 years -- is critical to the survival of countless birds during migration on the East Asian Australasian Flyway.
Kigali - Rwanda has stepped up efforts to conserve endangered mountain gorillas in a bid to tap tourism revenues hinged on conservation.
Scientists say their research shows that two subspecies of songbirds found only on the Galápagos Islands should be elevated to full species status.
New maps show that between 1993 and 2009, human pressures on the environment did increase, but at much slower rates compared to population and economic growth.
Scientists have discovered two new species of bioluminescent deep-sea fish off New Zealand.
Corals around the world are bleaching.
Huge swathe of new “protected natural area” in Peru’s Amazon is included within an oil and gas concession run by Canadian company
To meet growing demand for food, Cambodian farmers have been increasingly resorting to the use of chemical fertilizers and some banned pesticides. But many are concerned about their negative effect on public health.
As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians of national parks face the herculean task of stopping it
The sun is riding high by the time we polish off a plate of puris and parval bhaji topped with a sickly-sweet, thickly curled jalebi.
The European grapevine moth, first spotted in California in 2009, has been declared eradicated on US soil. It took seven years' worth of effort and over 65 million dollars of federal funding to defeat the insect.
Ghana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.
Tanzania has a target of attaining middle income status by 2025. Various strategies have been developed to facilitate achievement of the national target namely through the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 (TDV), Second Five Years Development Plan 2016 to 2021 and the global Sustainable Developme ...
LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A logged forest isn't a lost forest, new research reveals. In recent surveys, scientists from Imperial College London found a surprising number of endangered species living in logged forests in Borneo.
Sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global surface temperatures, according to a new paper.
'Ecosystem canaries' can provide early warning signals of large, potentially catastrophic, changes or tipping points in ecosystems, say researchers.
A new article explains how the country's environmental licensing is under threat from proposed laws and constitutional amendments.
[JAKARTA] Rapid conversion of natural forests in mainland South-East Asia have put more animals at risk of extinction but are not making it to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species.
WINDHOEK, Aug 18 2016 (IPS) - Let us start with some good news. Sort of. The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming to an end.
Insect infestations have killed tens of thousands of trees, already suffering from a severe El Niño drought
A report from the Isro says land degradation—broadly defined as loss of productivity—is estimated at 96 million hectares, or nearly 30% of land
Farmland expansion is responsible for over 90 percent of global deforestation and degradation, while agriculture, forestry and other land uses contribute up to 24 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
A biodiversity survey in the waters of Ataúro Island, situated 36 kilometres (22 miles) north of Timor-Leste's capital Dili, conducted by NGO Conservation International (CI) in July has revealed that the island hosts the highest average fish diversity globally.
It was in the mid-20th century when the American agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug showed us how to make wheat and rice stems shorter, to increase their yield. He's often referred to as the Father of the Green Revolution and his breakthrough meant food was suddenly more abundant across much ...
PERTH, Australia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Though the factors triggering rising seas may be harming the planet's marine species, more ocean water isn't necessarily a bad thing. New research suggests for some coral reef systems it may be beneficial.
PERTH, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers at a university in Australia discovered a school of massive goldfish migrating between Western Australia waterways.
17 August 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.
Control and eradication of invasive species could prevent as much as 75 percent of all island-level extinctions predicted for globally threatened vertebrates