25 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint announcement made today by the Governments of China and the United States on the significant steps each country is aiming to take to address climate change.
Scientists devised a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identified the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots, information that can inform conservation strategies.
Fifteen years ago, the global effort reflected in the Millennium Development Goals raised hopes for a more sustainable future – as well as doubts and controversies about the value of those goals.
David Cameron says cash spread over five years will come out of foreign aid budget as he meets Ban Ki-moon and François Hollande at UN
Brazil becomes first major developing country to pledge an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ahead of Paris climate talks
As part of a new climate action plan, Paris went car-free this past Sunday. Among other things, the French capital intends to build out bicycling and renewable energy to cut emissions. Can it become a model green city?
Long-tongued bumble bees are rapidly evolving in a warming world, in ways that threaten their intimate partnerships with long-tubed flowers.
27 September 2015 – Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather by the scores at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the General Assembly's annual General Debate, with a small island State that symbolizes the combat against climate change – an urgent threat to global susta ...
27 September 2015 – Marking the observance of World Tourism Day, senior United Nations officials are spotlighting the transformative potential of one billion tourists and their increasing capacity to help boost socio-economic and environmental development.
The Wadden Sea in Europe is a vast coastal wetland comprising tidal flats, islands, salt marshes and other habitats. It stretches over 450 km along the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark and at almost 10,000 square kilometres, it is one of the largest wetlands in the world.
The illegal trade of flora of Southeast Asia is larger than previously thought, spurring the call for more attention to be paid to this important form of biodiversity.
The shift in the perceived role of corporations as solely profit generators to agents for positive change has become clearer than ever before with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A lack of investment will derail efforts to ensure Africa's farmers can feed future generations in the face of climate change, a report has warned.
Gains made in the fight against malaria in East Africa could be set back, by an invasive plant species.
As carbon emissions continue to rise, scientists project forests will grow faster and larger, due to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which fuels photosynthesis. But a new study finds that these projections are overestimated.
EU embargo on trade, possession and transport of 37 invasive species filed at the WTO, but conservationists say species omitted for commercial reasons pose a major threat to biodiversity
After years of reduced fishing, cod numbers have risen above dangerously low levels – but conservationists say don’t rush to the chippie just yet.
Protecting people and planet, promoting prosperity: Achim Steiner, head of the UNEP, talks about how to integrate sustainability in development - and why that's important - as world leaders meet to adopt new goals.
Far from falling into quiet, darkened slumber, the waters of the Arctic are bustling with activity during the long polar night - from brightly glowing krill to seabirds on the hunt.
Syria's civil war has forced scientists to request the first-ever withdrawal of seeds from a Doomsday vault built in the Arctic to safeguard the world's food supplies, officials said Friday.
Lurking in the law books and policy annals of many countries around the world, subsidies aimed at helping farmers produce food more efficiently often end up leading to the loss of forests, according to a report released by the United Nations earlier this month.
25 September 2015 – Addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today, Pope Francis spoke at length on a variety of global issues and urged leaders to make decisions in the face of conflict and environmental mismanagement.
25 September 2015 – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.
27 September 2015 – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported today that ahead of an upcoming United Nations climate conference in Paris, world leaders have voiced broad support for reaching a durable agreement that will accelerate investments in clean energy and spur a global, low-carbon transform ...
GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- According to NASA satellite data, phytoplankton populations are shrinking. Diatoms, the largest and most common form of the plant-like microorganisms, have declined 1 percent per year from 1998 to 2012.
Putting out birdfeed in Britain's gardens is shifting the migration of one particular winter visitor, the blackcap, scientists say.
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 2015 (IPS) - Brazil and Germany, the two largest national economies within their respective continents, are taking the lead in tackling climate change through outstanding policies and bilateral relations, according to experts.
Sustainable Development Goal number 15 aims at halting deforestation by 2020. It might sound ambitious - but even that, environmentalists say, is not enough. At debate is the definition of "forest."
As world governments meet this week to set goals for eradicating poverty and create sustainable development opportunities, we are marking Climate Week NYC with a particular focus today on forests.
The University of Guam Marine Laboratory leads the way in research to demonstrate how scientists help managers measure the effectiveness of marine conservation efforts.
UN’s aim of ending global poverty, hunger and gender inequality by 2030 has a long way to go after the millennium development goals’ patchy results
As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting these changes in a landscape they know intimately.
BRUSSELS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers in Europe are confident in algae's future as a sustainable energy source.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile , Sep 22 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not alw ...
After a decade of dramatic global health and economic advances, world leaders are set to adopt a sweeping agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and child mortality and spur efforts to slow climate change and preserve the environment..
22 September 2015 – The United Nations Secretariat Building in New York will be illuminated this evening with massive projections relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ahead of the three-day special UN summit beginning on Friday.
After a long and controversial wait, the U.S. government decided not to place the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
A rock climber has photographed two of the notoriously shy black-flanked rock wallabies in the Kalbarri National Park, the first sighting since 1995
Researchers have identified and mapped five priority sites that can be used to focus conservation efforts and bring back the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos from the brink of extinction.
Some of the world’s most prominent companies are expected to set a long-term target on Wednesday of powering their operations entirely with renewable energy, the latest in a wave of commitments suggesting that corporations are becoming more serious about battling global warming.
In a couple of weeks, the World Intellectual Property Organization will hold its annual General Assembly.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Researchers at Australia's James Cook University have found a cheap and readily available antidote for the plague of reef-eating starfish invading the Great Barrier Reef.
Female farmers suffer from a double disadvantage of a lack of access to funds and labour, which leads to their farms being much less productive than those headed by men.
Conservation group IUCN wants Indonesia and international donors to take urgent action to save ‘weirdest of all rhinos’
Climate change will put coastal areas from Sydney to California at increased risk from erosion and flooding, independent of sea-level rise, a new study suggests.
A NUMBER of major companies — from PepsiCo to Walmart to U.P.S. — have recognized that corporations have a responsibility to address the causes of climate change before it is too late.
Climate Council says weak government action on climate change was undermining defence force’s ability to respond to severe weather events
The involvement of both regional and central government involvement is essential to reverse desertification in the northern Kunene Region, says Dr Axel Rothauge.
United Nations: India's success in sustaining high growth and poverty alleviation will substantially contribute to achieving the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, a top policy adviser to the Indian government has said.
Climate change might be killing millions starfish in 'one of the worst marine disease events ever recorded'