The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the second-largest single block of forest in the world, and its forests make up two-thirds of the Congo Basin forest area
The European Union needs to adopt a “completely new approach” to development finance and switch its focus from merely providing funding to devising and supporting policies that have a long-term, transformative impact, a new report argues.
A report released last month by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other stakeholders, shows that synthetic biology has both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and requires improvement in the of existing risk assessment and regulatory regimes.
Algiers — Algeria on Sunday called on African countries to support the common position on the UN post-2015 development agenda, adopted in January 2014 in Addis Ababa, so to play an "active and constructive" role in defining this future program.
It's no secret that elephants and rhinoceroses are in trouble, poached for body parts and meat that are sold worldwide. But a new study published today in the online journal Science Advances finds that other large plant-eaters, including zebras and gorillas, are in the same sinking boat.
Species extinctions are imminent globally. But where to take action first? Global Ideas asked Benjamin Skolnik, who works for the American Bird Conservancy and coordinates the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE).
The search for effective measures to reduce human-elephant conflict is a top priority for wildlife managers and a significant challenge.
The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a spectacular hummingbird. It is aptly named for the blue streak of feathers on its chin and a pointed crest on its head resembling a knight’s helmet.
NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 2015 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees.
ALAMEDA, Calif.—The first time Devine Simpson had an asthma attack, she said she couldn't stop coughing. It was so bad, it woke her up in the middle of the night.
WASHINGTON — Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, smiled broadly as he set fire to more than five tons of illegally hunted elephant tusks this week in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital.
ROME, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forests covering an area the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal could be wiped out by 2030 unless action is taken now to protect it, environmentalists said.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Asian elephant is now an endangered species. Today, there are only 40,000 elephants left in Asia's mainland and about 1,200-1,700 in peninsular Malaysia.
Crowd-sourced data can be useful for conservation but how can remote communities with no connectivity get involved? One NGO has an answer.
Agriculture drives deforestation around the world, but a Peruvian nonprofit is using carbon finance to help 1,100 farmers develop sustainable cocoa production in an effort to save an endangered wildlife area.
You won't find many climate deniers in the remote mountainous villages of Nepal where melting glaciers and unpredictable rain has made subsistence living increasingly precarious.
Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
The Indonesian government is preparing a spatial plan for its marine territory, the beginning of a blueprint to transform the archipelagic country into a “global maritime axis” in line with new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s platform.
Report by the Australian Academy of Science warns extreme weather events will contribute to the spread of disease and disrupt food and water supplies
Nairobi, 28 April 2015 - Zambia's forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.
Like the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlife
To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food.
Geneva, 28 April 2015 - A new handbook released today aims to boost the interaction between trade and the Green Economy, thus opening up new possibilities to drive sustainable development.
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.
If carbon emissions continue on their current path - and temperatures rise by 4 degrees - 16% of animals and plants will be lost, according to a review of evidence.
Some scientists have suggested that global warming could melt frozen ground in the Arctic, releasing vast amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, greatly amplifying global warming.
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly today on a new cap on biofuels derived from edible crops, which critics say not only compete with feeding a growing global population but also contribute to deforestation and release unacceptably high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimu ...
In Plymouth, an extremely rare spider has inspired a passionate campaign to save its last habitat from a housing development.
VATICAN CITY — For a 2,000-year-old institution hardly known for its mutability, there was a sense of urgency at the Vatican on Tuesday when scientists, diplomats and religious and political leaders discussed climate change and its impact on the world’s poor.
NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.
There is a great need to protect traditional knowledge in order to curb the exploitation of holders of indigenous knowledge, particularly the elderly.
JOSé MANUEL PANDO, Bolivia, April 28 (UPI) -- Biologists do their best to observe the behaviors of South America's saddleback tamarin, both from the vantage of the rainforest floor and by ascending into the canopy.
27 April 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”
Lionfish have overwhelmed ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean over the past three decades, eating or out-competing native species in what has been called the worst marine invasion ever. Now the fish seem to have extended their range to South America.
Global warming has profoundly changed the odds of extreme heat, rain and snowfall, researchers report on 27 April in Nature Climate Change1.
The world's leading forest monitoring platform may soon help predict deforestation before it occurs, potentially enabling authorities to prevent it altogether.
MILAN, Apr 28 2015 (IPS) - How can we provide healthy food for everyone, without threatening the survival of our planet? This is the fundamental issue at the centre of Expo 2015 – which has ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ as its central theme – and a huge challenge for cities.
In a world first, the Zoological Society of London hatches and rears Lake Oku clawed frogs as an insurance population against extinction.
Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades
The accidental discovery of a tiny, but extraordinary shark species, is a big moment for ocean research. It also reminds us of how little we know about life in the deep seas.
If climate change was a game, we'd have racked up quite a score. A fresh study suggests that humans are responsible for a hefty number of today's extreme hot days and rainstorms.
(Reuters) - China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2015 (IPS) - Frustrated with decades of marginalisation, and of seeing their rights respected only on paper, Indigenous peoples are calling for major recognition from the international community.
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing.
Future research into the underground lakes could reveal secrets as to the ways microorganisms survive deep beneath the surface.
WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs.
The less that political, community and business leaders talk about climate change, the more scope there is for scepticism to emerge Something is missing from the British general election campaign. Climate change had its 3.5 seconds of fame during the seven-way leaders’ debate, but has barely bee ...
José Román Carrera stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall and speaks matter-of-factly, even casually, about the 82 death threats he has received over his 23-year career trying to protect his country’s greatest natural asset. It’s the same tone I might use when ordering a sandwich in a deli. When I as ...
They are ugly, tough and bred to survive brutal winters, yet somehow the gnarly Ridley Bronze turkey has captured the heart of a retired nurse on Saltspring Island.