Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales.
We know that humans first started to migrate our of Africa around 60,000 years ago, what we’ve never been entirely sure of is what caused the to do it. New research led by a geoscientists from the University of Arizona has found however that the reason touches on a subject hat’s very much in the ...
While climate change and human exploitation are drowning many deltas around the world, Greenland is experiencing the opposite: warming temperatures enabled its deltas to thrive.
The Recent rash of hurricanes to affect the Caribbean has lent urgency to efforts to shore up the climate change preparedness of Jamaica's multi-million-dollar tourism industry.
Kenya's rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.
When it comes to the global wildlife trade, conservationists have a long list of things to be worried about. They might need to add hippos to the top of that list.
With generations of experience conserving land and forests, indigenous people’s knowledge about climate change could help inform decisions at next month’s United Nations climate talks, but their environmental wisdom is often ignored.
Researchers find that the decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable. Even based on optimistic future carbon emissions estimates, they predict a 72 % reduction of the periglacial zone in their study’s northern Europe region.
Researchers from the Universities of Turku and Helsinki, Finland, have discovered the prey species of adult dragonflies and damselflies, as modern laboratory techniques enabled the study of the insects' diet. In the study, prey DNA was extracted from tiny dragonfly droppings and the researchers ...
We’ve heard plenty about the rapid and dramatic loss of coral reefs over the last decades — estimates are that about 20 percent of coral worldwide is already gone. Parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lost more than 70 percent of their coral by 2016, and some scientists are calling coral loss ...
Arunachal Pradesh, blessed with the pristine beauty of nature, is all set to woo tourists from across the globe by boosting air, rail and road connectivity and developing infrastructure
In a world of 7.5 billion people facing widespread development and environmental challenges, diverse actors are taking action so that all people can attain a minimum standard of well-being without exceeding planetary capacity. Through the UN, goals to support these actions have been set for: bio ...
Among the largest primates in the Americas and with one of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom, howler monkeys are iconic species of South American tropical forests. They live in several types of forest ecosystems, from dry to riparian and rainforest. Although the forests they inhabit are be ...
The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups.
Vegetarians and vegans often point out that cows' methane-filled burps are bad for the planet. But some supporters of organic and free-range farming argue that, while this may be true for intensively-reared livestock, the emissions cows make can be offset by allowing them to graze - which encour ...
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios – an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population.
Flights all around the world will be encountering lots more turbulence in future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.
One of the world's most elusive species of songbird may be so hard to spot because it never existed in the first place, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.
Two types of habitats, reefs and caves, are to form the basis of proposals for further protected marine areas, bringing Malta in line with EU requirements for the Natura 2000 marine network.
In a move that is being cheered by environmental activists, the BMC has decided to form Mumbai's first Biodiversity Management Committee. According to sources, a 23-member team will be formed under the Superintendent of Garden Department to preserve the city's biodiversity.
Acting like a human lung, the ridge helps the city in its gaseous exchange, removing tonnes of carbon dioxide, which the city exhales and giving off life-supporting oxygen.It also helps in groundwater recharge, regulates temperature and acts as a sound barrier
Scientists from RUDN University have classified the distribution of soil microorganisms at different latitudes from tropical to temperate forests. The results of the study were published in Functional Ecology.
The 5 Gyres Institute’s pilot program takes high school students on ocean expeditions to show them how to collect and analyze plastic trash – with the goal of inspiring careers as scientists, policymakers and advocates.
An environmentally minded New Zealand chef is selling hundreds of plates of imported jellyfish a month after becoming frustrated that the seafood is being wasted in his homeland.
More species urgently need to be considered for inclusion on the EU's 'List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern', stresses a new study published on 3 October 2017 in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Sorghum packs a nutritional wallop, and bestows food security on half a billion people in Africa and South Asia. Cultivated in semi-arid and arid climate, it is a staple food for people in developing countries, and is also used in developed countries as animal fodder.
The fossil of a marine reptile that lived 199 million years ago has been identified as a newborn that ate squid as its last meal. The reptile was an ichthyosaur, which gave birth to live young.
New international research led by The University of Manchester has highlighted that learning from previous periods of climate change is essential if we are to understand the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to global warming.
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed, has said that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are key to addressing climate change and other global concerns.
Camera trap footage has shown, for the first time, that a threatened bat species in Malaysia is an important pollinator of durian trees (Durio zibethinus).Past research in other parts of the world has shown that certain bats do pollinate durian trees, and insects may also play a role. But until ...
The King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown is celebrating this week after winning their fifth Green Flag. To mark the achievement, the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Paul Gogarty, attended a ceremony at the school where the flag was raised.
Companies such as Unilever, Mars and PepsiCo are part of a new collaborative partnership aiming to develop free science-based decision tools that improve farm-level sustainability reporting metrics and data collection.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has urged Uganda to embrace agroecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems.
The rare Leisler's bat has taken up a maternity roost in Galloway Forest Park, the second confirmed site for it in Scotland. The grouping of female bats come together in a location in late summer to have their pups.
FORESTS and oceans account for a bulk of the country's pristine natural resources and are considered wholly important in maintaining a healthy ecosystem as well as bringing revenue for Fijians.
The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean ecosystems.
There’s always been some risk to investing. But climate change is posing a new kind of threat to investors. Kapur: “They see this as a risk to their portfolio and there’s no way to diversify away from this risk.”
Climate policies that target agriculture and forests could lead to increased food prices. But reducing deforestation and increasing soil carbon sequestration in agriculture could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding risk to food security, according to new research publish ...
The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be greater risk for fires on nearly every continent.
Global climate change could be behind the rise in blue-green algae blooms across northern Ontario, at least according to a renowned Canadian ecosystem scientist.
Some have argued that consensus messaging is counter-productive. Here’s why they’re wrong.Unfortunately, humans don’t have infinite brain capacity, so no one can become an expert on every subject. But people have found ways to overcome our individual limitations through social intelligence, for ...
According to a new study from the Universal Ecological Fund, the impact of climate change is already taking a huge toll, causing severe economic damage. In the past decade, climate change (which president Trump believes to be a hoax) cost the United States $240 billion a year. Weather extremes a ...
Mercury pollution has a long legacy in the environment. Once released into the air, it can cycle between the atmosphere and ecosystems for years or even decades before ending up deep in the oceans or land.
The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study suggests.
Experts at the Science Journalism Workshop in South Africa expressed concern over the threat posed by litter in the world’s oceans, a clear and present danger they warned could alter the ecosystem, render important aquatic animal species extinct, and threatens human existence. Martins Ifijeh who ...
Good fathers make for healthier kids, according to a study of some of nature's best fathers: marmosets.Fathers in colonies of the common marmoset, a small New World primate, split child care duties with their mates, but not all marmoset dads are equally fatherly.
From the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, scientists have described two new species of Pisonia trees — a group of notorious “birdcatcher trees” known to produce sticky seeds that can entangle (and sometimes even kill) birds.
Grazing livestock is linked to climate change. They can boost the sequestration of carbon in some locally specific circumstances. At the global level, they are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, directly linked to global warming. The conclusion: Eat less meat and dairy products.
The world's tropical forests are so degraded that they now emit more carbon into the atmosphere than they capture, countering their role as a carbon sink, according to a study that highlights the urgent need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Half of the world’s rainforests have been felled in a century. If deforestation carries on at the same rate, they may be gone in 100 years. Food companies are a big part of the problem; agriculture is the largest single cause of forest loss. And they are also part of the solution, with hundreds ...