After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world’s largest rain forest.
April 18 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a flu-fighting compound in the skin mucus secreted by a colorful South Indian frog species.
New research that takes a look at the reliability of traditional survey methods finds that there are ways to improve how wildlife populations are estimated.
ROME, Apr 13 2017 (IPS) - Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to t ...
ROME, Apr 12 2017 (IPS) - Nearly 50 per cent of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa is due to natural disasters, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth, warns the African Union through its ground-breaking extreme weather insurance ...
A new report finds that about half the food consumed in Europe contains pesticide residues. The EU's food safety authority says there is no danger. Environmentalists aren't convinced.
Before we overhaul the Endangered Species Act, we should better understand what it means to deliberately allow a species to go extinct.
Spiders capable of diving, jumping, and dancing (and one the size of a human face) were among the new species discovered.
European and US scientists have worked out how the Northern hemisphere keeps cool – so be grateful for the trees, and especially for the forests.
Romania is home to almost two thirds of the EU's old-growth forests. But vast areas of these ancient woodlands have been destroyed in recent years.
Liana and other vines are proliferating in the rainforests of Central and South America, and their spread is impeding the ability of trees to sequester carbon dioxide. Now, researchers are trying to determine the impact of this phenomenon on climate change.
Wildlife advocates are on a mission — to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
An international team of citizen scientists and researchers has identified a major contributor to the dramatic decline of migratory shorebird populations in Australia.
A recent high court ruling in India that gives the Ganges personhood status may lead to environmental redemption.
The Vancouver Aquarium has discontinued the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in a bid to cut down on the tonnes of marine debris that ends up in our oceans each year.
April 17 (UPI) -- A handful of inland cities in the United States are likely to be significantly impacted by inland migration as people flee rising sea levels. According to new research out of the University of Georgia, cities like Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix could see large influxes of people ...
April 11 (UPI) -- New research suggests California's weather is defying the odds.
British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt.
[SYDNEY] The increasing use of groundwater for irrigation poses a major threat to global food security and could lead to unaffordable prices of staple foods.
Home to one of the largest African rhino horn consumer bases in the world, a 17-piece graffiti campaign around Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City conveys a simple message: “Save the rhinos.”
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS) - The Group of 77 is calling for the creation of a new and dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the UN’s strategic plan on forests for the period 2017-2030.
MONGU, Zambia, Apr 12 2017 (IPS) - Ivy Nyambe Inonge, 35, is the treasurer of Mbeta Island Integrated Fish Farm in Senanga district. Her group won the first prize in Zambia under the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF)
FOUR finless porpoises from Poyang Lake in east China have been relocated to waters in a nature reserve in Hubei Province.
CHUKUT KUK, Arizona, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he impacts of climate change stretch from the loss of polar bear habitat to African crop failures to threatening a seasonal festival among Native Americans that they believe is critical to keep the world in balance.
Canada is alone among the world’s countries in issuing a blanket rejection of all proposed changes to an international convention on the trade in endangered species that would better protect animals and plants threatened with extinction.
11 April 2017 – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking t ...
Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 21, 2017): The Tyler Prize Executive Committee will award the 2017 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement to pioneering Mexican ecologist Professor José Sarukhán, for his scientific contributions to the field of biological diversity and institution-building.
April 12 (UPI) -- The intelligence of elephants continues to surprise and impress scientists. New research shows elephants have "body awareness," meaning they recognize their bodies as impediments in problem solving situations.
April 10 (UPI) -- Researchers in Japan have identified two new orchid species on the island of Okinawa. Scientists described the new species, Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis, in the journal Phytotaxa.
A draft 25-year government plan sets out a bold vision for nature in England, but campaigners say it lacks policies.
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests.
[SAN JOSÉ] Decision-makers in Central America lack the scientific information they need to incorporate into climate change mitigation programmes, especially those designed to help small farmers.
New research provides yet more evidence that granting indigenous and other local communities formal title to their traditional lands can be a boon to efforts to conserve forests.
Red list entries swell to 67 species as conservationists call for urgent action to save birds of Britain including warblers, curlews and puffins
There's big money in the illegal ivory trade - and that means it's an often bloody business. DW joins an anti-poaching unit on patrol in Zimbabwe to find out how they've been able to combat poachers and save elephants.
Achieving global biodiversity targets will be a strong contribution to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a ...
The Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Lab, led by Dr Stefano Cannicci at the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS) and School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has recently discovered, described and named a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab from Hong Kong, Ha ...
Water is life, yet climate change and certain public policies may be endangering its future in America, a nonprofit group warns in a new report
April 11 (UPI) -- Whales can't survive without communication. They rely on their communication skills to locate mates, coordinate migrations and find food.
Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.
A team of economists and ecologists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. This new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity
Last week the Brazilian government reduced the budget for the Ministry of the Environment by 43 percent. The ministry now has a budget of 446 million Brazilian reals ($141 million).
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 10 2017 (IPS) - Microscopic soil organisms could be an environmentally friendly way to control crop pests and diseases and even protect agriculture against the impacts of climate change, a leading researcher says.
Large numbers of rhinos once roamed parts of Nepal, but poachers and a civil war decimated the population. Now the country is working to protect existing rhinos while trying to grow the population.
Across Canada, the last of the snow and ice is melting away from a vast expanse of farmers’ fields, making way for the planting of this year’s crops.
Oceans, and the future of Pacific island peoples, are in grave peril, but we have tried and tested solutions
President Macky Sall of Senegal has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country.
BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits project has successfully included the very first biodiversity tax incentive for protected areas in an annual tax return.
Life beneath the waters of the Amazon is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the world’s largest rainforest.