The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests
BONN, Germany, June 17 (Xinhua) -- It is not a matter of technology, finance or manpower, but lack of knowledge about land that mainly blocks the actual efforts of human society to fight against desertification, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ( ...
On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification, 17th June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world community to invest in soil.
17/06/2015 Milan, Italy Land degradation is a growing threat to global security, according to Ms Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, who spoke today at the global observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification at the EXPO Milano, in Italy.
Ségolène Royal says Nutella is made using palm oil, which is contributing to deforestation, and urged Ferrero to make the spread with ‘other ingredients’
Studying human’s close living relatives, chimpanzees, has offered tons of insight into the evolution of human intelligence — for example, researchers now know that human babies and chimp babies use similar gestures.
In 2000 the United Nations set a range of eight goals to end things like extreme poverty, child mortality and women dying in childbirth by 2015. Unfortunately we’re not there yet.
With infectious diseases increasing worldwide, the need to understand how and why disease outbreaks occur is becoming increasingly important.
A significant increase in exposure to green spaces resulted in a 5% increase in the development of children's working memory
Researchers have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80 percent.
The uproar over Tim Hunt’s remarks on ‘girls’ in the lab shows why gender awareness in science journalism matters.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - With less than six months to go before the next full United Nations Conference of the Parties also known as COP 21 – widely regarded as a make-or-break moment for an agreement on global action on climate change – Caribbean nations are still hammering out t ...
MELVILLE, South Africa, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan.
Invasive species usually spell trouble for isolated ecosystems but in the Galapagos, an archipelago of islands off the coast of Ecuador that Charles Darwin credited with inspiring his theory of evolution, giant tortoises are in love with non-native fruit and grass species that appear to be keepi ...
For decades, scientists have relied on an established formula to measure the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change.
Sediment gathered from a lake in Romania has recorded the environmental changes linked to changes in the political landscape, a study shows.
Supermarkets could help to save rare endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan by increasing the price of products containing palm oil providing the money raised went to forest conservation, a study has found.
KALEMBOULI, Burkina Faso—The people of Kalembouli, a village of about 1,000 people in southern Burkina Faso, have no doubt that weather patterns are changing and that this is taking its toll on their landscapes – and their lives.
China's State Forestry Administration (SFA) has pledged to fight desertification as the country faces a tough battle against encroaching sands.SFA deputy head Zhang Yongli told Xinhua that China has 1.73 million square kilometers (1.73 billion hectares) of land is classified as undergoing desert ...
Many animal species, including humans, live and breed in groups with complex social organizations.
In the Brazilian Amazon, getting back to nature may really be the healthiest option.
As the international development community works to define the post-2015 agenda, many questions arise regarding the feasibility of measuring progress toward the sustainable development goals: How big are the data gaps, and how can we fill them?
SEATTLE, June 16 (UPI) -- The health of mollusks on both the East and West coasts has already been damaged by spikes in ocean acidification. And researchers say, as global warming continues, acidification will only get worse.
At their recent summit in Germany, G7 leaders agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, but along Senegal’s coast, the consequences of climate change are already tangible. The Petite Cote coastline is suffering severe land loss due to erosion.
Biodiversity may be key for reducing disease and crop pests. As infectious diseases increase worldwide, it's important to find out what may reduce instances of these diseases and now, scientists may have figured out one way.
Like most fathers of teenage children, I am often accused of being out of touch. While my work takes me to many places, geographic and esoteric, my children do have a point: It is fair to say that much of the world of popular culture passes me by.
Currently, there is no law at the federal level to check import of genetically modified (GM) seeds in the country. In absence of a law, the country is fast becoming a dumping state for GM seeds being produced by multinational corporations.
Chancing upon a rare species of animal does not happen every day. But seeing two "lost" species in an expedition is nothing short of an exciting (re)discovery.
A myth ties the origins of tea to an errant gust of wind that blew tea leaves into a Chinese emperor’s hot water more than 4,700 years ago.
The global economy grew strongly last year without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, suggesting that government regulations, carbon markets and existing technologies are starting to bite in the battle against climate change.
The observatory will provide relevant data and information that will enhance planning, policy, and decision-making. It will support effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation within the region, in line with the mandate of the environmental sector of the EAC that is to prom ...
New legislation on collecting plants from the wild should help us realise the value of biodiversity.
11 June 2015 – The head of the International Labour Organization today opened a summit meeting devoted to tackling climate change as a unique opportunity for job creation and economic growth, saying that up to 60 million jobs can be created in a greener, low carbon economy if the right policies ...
Scientists observe polar bears in Arctic eating dolphins for the first time ever, blaming reduction of sea ice for broadening animals' diet
It's sale day in Meserani village.Tall, athletic men are standing in the middle of a vast, flat plain that's easily the size of multiple football ovals.
Emmanuel de Merode, director and chief warden of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was driving through the forest last year when three men stepped out of the shadows and opened fire. He escaped—but only after being seriously injured.
Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.
Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.
It turns out that tiger sharks are more like birds than fish when it comes to their migration patterns.
Madagascar: the world’s “eighth continent” and fourth-largest island; a country that offers both promise and paradox for conservation.
For four years, the Forest Department has been removing the exotic weeds and invasive species proliferating in the forests of The Nilgiris biosphere, but lack of manpower and financial resources is pegging back the effort.
ISLAMABAD: National Food Security and Research Minister Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday called on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to play its role in assisting developing countries to implement the Post 2015 Development Agenda, ensure food security and nutrition and eradicate e ...
With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis
The worldwide demand for legumes, one of the world's most important agricultural food crops, is growing; at the same time, their production has been adversely affected by drought.
To some scientists studying climate change, boreal peatlands are considered a potential ticking time bomb.
A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.
Researchers have identified a new way to produce aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could deliver substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
Unfortunately for the yellow-breasted bunting, the small songbird with the bright yellow belly is considered a delicacy in China. High demand has caused an alarming decline in the population.
A recent study published in the journal Conservation Biology makes a strong case for a new approach to conservation planning that uses much more robust data sets in order to better protect birds, plants, and animals.
A partial agreement has been reached at the Bonn climate talks on a project protecting forests, seen as crucial in absorbing global greenhouse gases.