More than a third of all compost sold in the UK in 2021 was peat dug from carbon-rich habitats, new data has revealed. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), which opposes a ban on peat sales, provided the figures in its response to a government consultation.
This film tells three stories of people suffering from the dramatic consequences of climate change. Their Nepalese communities are already being affected by floods and drought.
A first-of-its-kind study looking at surface meltwater lakes around the East Antarctic Ice Sheet across a seven-year period has found that the area and volume of these lakes is highly variable year-to-year, and offers new insights into the potential impact of recent climatic change on the 'Froze ...
Deserts may seem lifeless and inert, but they are very much alive. Sand dunes, in particular, grow and move—and according to a decades long research project, they also breathe humid air.
A network of West African Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covers key sites used by green turtles, new research shows.
Invasive jumping worms are something to be on the lookout for this spring and summer. This group of invasive species native to East-Central Asia that recently popped up in Ontario might make you squirm if you see them thrashing around when they are disturbed.
A collaborative research project into the green turtles that were released into the wild by what was at the time the Cayman Turtle Farm has shown that the accelerating biodiversity loss from global warming and other human activity could in some circumstances be assisted by the reintroduction of ...
Biodiversity losses in countries with smaller, less-developed economies, impact large, developed economies, according to a new study.
A rare Sumatran rhino was born at an Indonesian sanctuary in a win for the extremely endangered species, environmental officials said.
The European data landscape is highly fragmented in the area of biodiversity. A variety of different methods for data collection and analysis often makes it impossible to compare across countries the information that has been obtained.
Researchers have combined macro photography with DNA metabarcoding to create a new botanical "CSI" tool that may hold the key to safeguarding the future of Australia's critically endangered carnivorous plants.
When they're prepared for transport, apples and other fruits are often treated with a fungicide to prevent spoilage and extend shelf life.
Tony Goldberg knows that most human diseases, like COVID-19, don't start—or end—with our species. These diseases are really a part of our whole ecosystem, and that includes the animals we interact with.
Gorgonians are an order of soft corals that belong to the large group of Cnidaria, which also includes hard corals, sea anemones, jellyfish and many other species. Gorgonians colonize the seabed all over the world, from shallow coastal areas to deep sea canyons, temperate and tropical areas to p ...
Mussels in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne are ingesting microscopic pieces of plastic used in cosmetics. And it's affecting their ability to grow and reproduce, an RMIT University eco-toxicologist has found.
In a few years, apples that are officially deemed allergy-friendly will be available in supermarkets. The apples are a result of a project in which researchers in cooperation with the Züchtungsinitiative Niederelbe (ZIN), an initiative for breeding apple varieties, have successfully developed tw ...
At first, it was a simple question: what exactly did oil pollution do to gray seals off the coast of Norway?
Zebra mbuna (a species of cichlid fish) and stingrays can add and subtract one from the numbers one to five, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
For 25 years, UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley has been intrigued by humans' love of alcohol. In 2014, he wrote a book proposing that our attraction to booze arose millions of years ago, when our ape and monkey ancestors discovered that the scent of alcohol led them to ripe, fermenting and nu ...
A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and California Polytechnic State University, has found that the broken wing tactic used by some birds to lure predators away from their nest is more widespread than previously thought.
A team of researchers from the University of Strathclyde, Clyde Porpoise CIC and CESIMAR–CCT CENPAT-CONICET, has found evidence of a lone dolphin attempting to communicate with porpoises.
The United States will get only partially toward deep reductions in greenhouse gasses with the policy tools currently available even in the scenario most favorable politically to decarbonization.
Ozone may be weakening one of the Earth's most important cooling mechanisms, making it a more significant greenhouse gas than previously thought, research has found.
Deep in the Earth beneath us lie two blobs the size of continents. One is under Africa, the other under the Pacific Ocean. The blobs have their roots 2,900km below the surface, almost halfway to the center of the Earth.
Researchers from the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and their collaborators published a high-accuracy and high-resolution permafrost map over the Northern Hemisphere.
Extreme storm surges in Europe have increased since 1960, suggests a paper published in Nature. These findings are comparable to the rate of sea level rise over the same period. The study contradicts current hypotheses suggesting surge extremes will remain the same, and may have implications for ...
Preparatory talks for a major UN biodiversity summit, COP15, came to a close in Geneva on Tuesday evening, with countries agreeing to meet again in Nairobi in an attempt to solve issues surrounding a global deal to reverse nature loss.
Today, the Commission has launched together with partnering organisations the Destination Earth initiative to help tackling climate change. Supported with an initial €150 million from the Digital Europe Programme until mid-2024, the goal is to develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth.
We must protect our natural spaces. From wilderness to local parks, preserving more green space and water will help us fight the climate crisis—and bring health benefits to communities, conserve vulnerable wildlife and plant species, diversify and grow local economies, and provide more people ac ...
Setting ordinances to build more green roofs, planting trees and native plants, and designing community green spaces are just a few ways that many cities are investing in green infrastructure to solve climate-related problems and promote the health of residents.
Fabien Barrau is a French photographer and digital artist who uses his art to call attention to the devastating effects of climate change Barrau uses his drone and Photoshop skills to make images of what famous architectural landmarks will look like after the looming climate crisis..
Global negotiations for the protection of nature wrapped up on Tuesday evening with countries making little progress towards an agreement. Negotiators from more than 150 countries gathered in person in Geneva for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic for 15 days of meetings, sometim ...
The inclusion of rights-based language in a global agreement to protect nature by 2030 is being threatened by loopholes and a proposal to streamline the text, sources close to the negotiations have told Climate Home News.
This month, international green groups called on the world's richest nations to commit at least $60 billion a year https://news.trust.org/item/20220301091604-zdasv to protect and restore biodiversity in developing countries.
A standoff over biopiracy is threatening to derail a global agreement to halt the loss of nature, with developing countries demanding they are paid for drug discoveries and other commercial products based on their biodiversity.
The Geneva pre-meeting for The Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 is ending without resolving any key issues – finance, implementation or key targets, including protecting at least 30% of land and sea by 2030 (“30-by-30”), and the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities
From substantial philanthropic pledges to studies revealing the increasing threat of extinction, world leaders are paying unprecedented attention to biodiversity. In March, governments gathered to continue shaping the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) post-2020 global biodiversity framewo ...
First in-person negotiations geared at delivering landmark global treaty to reverse biodiversity loss deliver new draft text, but campaigners remain underwhelmed at pace of progress
A draft recommendation on ‘biodiversity and health’ was released during the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded March 29, 2022. It will be the key focus area of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, according to the subsidiary body on scientific, technical and technological advice
Over the past two weeks, negotiators from 164 countries have been working in Geneva as part of the series of meetings forming the UN’s 15th Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
After 15 days of high-level negotiation in Geneva, world governments have produced a strong basis for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard the health of the planet, scheduled for final agreement at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming in China this year.
As human activities like agricultural production, mining and pollution continue to drive the so-called sixth mass extinction, government negotiators from around the world are currently meeting in Geneva to try to protect the planet’s biodiversity.
Expanding nature reserves to cover at least 30% of the planet by 2030 is the flagship proposal of high-stakes talks to rescue Earth's animals and plants from human destruction.
The global framework to save nature will only be effective if the rights and contributions of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities are fully recognized
All living things on Earth are connected to support and maintain life cycles, therefore biodiversity is extremely important for the functioning of ecosystems on the Earth.
LONDON/GENEVA, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Crucial UN biodiversity meetings in Geneva on a global deal to better protect nature that is due for approval later this year in China's Kunming are moving in the right direction, said the executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on ...
After the world missed almost all of its targets to protect fast-dwindling nature for the last decade, observers following a new round of negotiations are focusing as much on how goals will be put in place as the headline targets.
While dozens of world leaders have pledged to halt the devastating destruction of biodiversity across the planet, observers say political momentum has yet to filter into negotiations that will set the stage for a major UN meeting later this year.
Geneva (AFP) – Expanding nature reserves to cover at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030 is the flagship proposal of high-stakes talks to rescue Earth's animals and plants from human destruction.
GENEVA, March 29 (Reuters) - A U.N. biodiversity summit in Kunming, China will take place in the third quarter of this year, the secretariat of the talks said on Tuesday, confirming a fourth delay for the meeting that aims to ratify a global pact for nature.