WASHINGTON, Sep 15 2016 (IPS) - In a giant step for transparency at sea, environmentalists on Thursday unveiled a website that allows anyone with an Internet connection to see for free exactly where and when most of the world’s industrial fishing boats actually fish.
There may be music in the roar of the sea, as Byron eulogized, but the waves can also bring creeping unease. On low-lying fragments of land like the Marshall Islands, the tides are threatening to take away what they previously helped support: life.
Government creates marine protected areas around four islands in the Pacific and Atlantic, with commercial fishing banned in some areas
Ethiopia is one of the richest countries in biodiversity. The availability of various ecosystems such as the mountain, forest wetland, wood land and arid areas has made the country to be a preferable Pavlovian country.
Government officials from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City for ongoing negotiations of an international treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas received a clear vote of confidence from delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’ ...
The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.
Is it still true to say you can’t point to any single extreme weather event and claim you can’t link it to human-caused climate change?
Many conservationists devote careers to saving one endangered species. Barely into his 30s, Rwandan Olivier Nsengimana is well into helping rescue and revive two.
North America has more than a billion fewer birds than it did 40 years ago, with the snowy owl and the chimney swift just two of the better-known species in dramatic decline across the continent, a recent survey has found.
The Ocean in South America and worldwide is in danger.
Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years
Fireflies are such a delight that they are the official insects of two U.S. states. On the other side of the world, Japan has declared them a national treasure.
Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.
More than 50 conservation groups say the "policy-driven" intensification of farming is a significant driver of nature loss in the UK.
Arctic sea ice cover could be confirmed within days as the second lowest ever recorded, the latest data suggests.
A new set of Yukon community maps offers a colourful look at how climate change could threaten infrastructure, and affect future development in the territory.
13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.
As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us.
State of Nature reveals the destructive impact of intensive farming, urbanisation and climate change on plants, animals and habitats
A bird so rare that it is now extinct in the wild has joined a clever animal elite - the Hawaiian crow naturally uses tools to reach food.
Research organizations are working on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.
At an ornamental fish market in northern Guangdong, a team of Chinese researchers have discovered a new species of freshwater crab, which may also be an entirely new genus.
HONOLULU, Hawaii, USA , Sep 12 2016 (IPS) - “In San Lorenzo they cut down the jungle to plant African oil palms. The only reason they didn’t expand more was that indigenous people managed to curb the spread,” Ecuadorean activist Santiago Levy said during the World Conservation Congress.
The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.
Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Environment Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Esther Zeledon, says Jamaica is considered a pioneer and leader in the region in its efforts to mainstream climate change considerations into national development.
Former UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres withdrew from the race for the UN Secretary General post on Monday.
One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worr ...
A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function.
Pine forests planted in Bulgaria to combat soil erosion are falling prey to a beetle that is feeding on trees already weakened by excessively hot weather, dense planting and a lack of proper logging in the years after the fall of communism.
With new technology and a crackdown on logging, Romania is racing to save some of Europe's last virgin forests, home to wolves and brown bears.
The woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that infests and eventually destroys hemlock trees, has made one incursion into Eastern Canada and biologists say it's likely to turn up again.
Thousands of people gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, last week for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to talk about Earth’s ecosystems, endangered species and climate change.
IUCN Director General Inger Andersen said that the decision to create a specific place for Indigenous peoples in the decision-making process of the organization, reached during the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, would not only strengthen the presence and role of Indigenous organizations ...
Quick read captures 22,000 years of glaciers, heat and humans
On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season.
Many woodland areas across the world are currently experiencing major dieback and collapse, owing to factors including climate change, grazing livestock, fire, and the spread of pests and diseases.
Early on a cold spring morning, Diana Wall is trying out a tool normally used to make holes on golf courses — and she can't contain her excitement. Her team has always used more laborious methods to take samples of soil and its resident organisms. “Oh, that's a beautiful core,” she says as one s ...
The beef purchasing policies of global name-brand companies are failing to protect South America’s tropical forests from destruction, according to a new report.
As part of their upcoming Royal Tour, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Premier Christy Clark confirmed today.
Nations and environmental groups have agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade, despite the resolution nearly being derailed by objections from countries including Japan and South Africa.
The World Conservation Congress, a high-level event summoning 8,000 of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientists, is taking place in Hawaii this month.
Ocean conservation efforts took a significant step forward on Friday when a measure to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans by 2030 passed during a major meeting in Hawaii.
With 14.7% of the Earth’s land and 12% of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target according to UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
As talks about a complete ban on both the international and domestic markets heat up, the Swaziland government accuses western NGOs of being ‘armchair preservationists’
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 10 2016 (IPS) - A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans as “highly protected” areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermin ...
At a farm in the heart of Canada's capital, Ottawa, scientists are working to increase crop yields in an era of climate change and increased invasive pests. Among other things, they're turning insects against each other.
Incidents of severe air turbulence are on the rise and there will be worse to come as climate change takes hold, scientists have warned.
Brazil’s forests have long been the foundation of the country’s culture, dating back to indigenous cultures long before the Portuguese arrived.
In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.