Matthew Hansen uses satellites to spot deforestation as it happens.
Kampala — UN food agency FAO yesterday warned the country risks more drought, floods, and landslides with farmers to be hardest hit by poor harvests and food insecurity.
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- There's evidence that global warming is having a "greening" effect on large portions of the planet. And some scientists have suggested an uptick in carbon will encourage photosynthesis -- for better or worse. But that's not case in cities, new research shows.
3 October 2016 – Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.
Trouble in paradise for seven species of pollinators native to Hawaii.
Nairobi, 28 September 2016 - Shoes made from old tires by disabled artisans in Ghana, roads built from recycled plastic in Kenya, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinths in Burkina Faso. Those are just some of the 20 African eco-innovations honoured this year with the prestigious SEED Awards.
The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world's first global agreement.
The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.
The multi-billion-dollar rosewood trade has wreaked havoc on some of the world’s most endangered old-growth forests. But now, protection for rosewood — the most trafficked wild product in the world — has received a boost.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 3 2016 (IPS) - Given the enormity of the challenges confronting humanity, the world’s investment in science, technology and innovation is woefully inadequate.
Cites votes for new measures to control the trade in silky and thresher sharks, hunted for their fins, and devil rays, whose gills are prized as a medicinal ‘cure’
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Scientists don't have many opportunities to experiment on a living, beating human heart, which makes studying heart muscle defects quite difficult.
Global warming is said to be bringing temperatures last seen during an interglacial era, when sea level was 6-9 meters (20-30ft) higher than today
Invasive insects cause at least 69 billion euros of damage per annum worldwide.
After more than 50 years as an animal rights crusader, Dr. Jane Goodall is a household name — but she's not resting on her laurels.
The man behind attempts to develop synthetic rhino horn has told the BBC that he hopes to have a "bio-identical" product ready to market in two years.
"The main purpose of this research expedition was to collect microplastics from sediments in the deep ocean -- and we found lots of them," said researcher Michelle Taylor.
2 October 2016 – India today ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the treaty's entry into force "tantalisingly" close.
An Asian bird species under threat for its ivory like helmet has gained extra protection at the Cites conference in Johannesburg.
In their latest collaborative film, Gardeners of the Forest, Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan Webber decided to explore a species whose fate is critically linked to the well-being of an entire ecosystem: the Laotian elephant.
Governments have voted to ban international commercial trade in popular pet birds, the African grey parrots, by including the species in the Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 2016 (IPS) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will pay more attention to crimes of environmental destruction and land-grabs, according to a new policy paper published by the court.
ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 30 2016 (IPS) - London’s Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames is famously known as the “Ladies Bridge,” for it was built largely by women during the height of World War II.
Cites meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries with stable or increasing elephant populations - but passes other vital conservation measures
Biodiversity, the variety of life on earth (plants, animals and the ecosystems in which they live), underpins the planet's life support systems and consequently human well-being.
If you’re like the average American, you are probably worried to some degree about climate change. But odds are you don’t spend a lot of time talking about it. At least that’s what the data show.
The probability of survival of the big cats in protected areas even as big as 540 square km is barely 40%, and almost 85% of their protected areas in tropical dry forests are smaller
A campaign has been launched in Italy to save the forests that produce one of the world’s most prized culinary treasures – the white truffle.
Mountain gorillas are big business in the Virungas, the majestic volcanic mountain range that is shared between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. And nowhere is this more evident than in Musanze (also known as Ruhengeri), the gateway to Volcanoes National Park in northwest Rwanda.
SEATTLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- New analysis revealed a surprising amount of biological activity along urban shorelines in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists at the University of Washington were able to locate and measure coastal biomass by sequencing floating DNA -- literally, DNA floating in the water.
A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes.
Tiger poaching is showing no sign of slowing down, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
In recent years numbers of South America’s freshwater dolpins have fallen. But they’re not being caught to eat, but as bait for a common catfish being fraudulently sold under a different name
In the US, "Finding Dory" has already become one of the most successful animated films ever. Such movies can fuel demand for home saltwater aquariums. Conservationists say that is not a good thing.
BRUSSELS - European Union environment ministers have approved the ratification of the landmark Paris climate change pact, paving the way for the agreement to enter force in November.
The frontline of global warming is on farms. But the story is about much more than hunger.
Inuit want to be more than the "human face of climate change" and play a meaningful role in shaping Canada's climate strategy says the president of the national Inuit organization.
South Africa’s proposal to transfer the Cape Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) from Appendix I to Appendix II has been adopted at the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) currently under way in Johannesurg.
Shifting mindsets have allowed people living around Senegal's Sine-Saloum Delta – and visitors – to get the most of its lush, life-giving environment
In the lush greens of Karen-Hardy just next to Nairobi national park, a young male Rothschild’s giraffe called Jock is feeding on greenish-coloured pellets from a container placed on a raised platform.
182 member states of the world's biggest convention on wildlife conservation have committed - at this year's gathering - to consider how trade decisions impact community livelihoods.
Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since the time of the dinosaurs, enduring meteor collisions, ice ages, and the shifting of the continents.
Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has said.
Guinea has now acquired tools and capacity to carry out conservation actions of migratory waterbirds. These tools include the availability of the National AEWA Work Plan, the Lesser Flamingo Species Action Plan, and the Black crowned-crane Species Action Plan.
HONOLULU, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added seven species of bees to the endangered list, a first for bees in the country, which have seen declining populations over recent years.
Marine protected areas in national waters have proven successful in helping depleted fish stocks to recover
A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon’s Aarey Colony and Thane’s Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered, and has been named after a Bengaluru-based scientist Varad Giri.
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
An area that includes the islands of San Félix and San Ambrosio — also known as the Desventuradas — is now officially protected.
UK has failed to provide enough safe habitats for the mammals, with just one small site formally proposed so far, says European commission