(CNN)—Rising sea levels from unchecked carbon emissions could drive more than 100 million people into extreme poverty and submerge the homes of over half a billion, two new reports say.
The Uganda Wildlife Education centre (Entebbe Zoo) has scooped a biodiversity award from The World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA).
Two UNDP projects, to address urgent climate change adaptation needs in Malawi and Maldives, received $35.9 million funding support from the Green Climate Fund this week.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 2015 (IPS) - African civil society organisations championing for climate justice have criticised the Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDC’s) presented to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, calling them “weak, inadequate and not ambitious ...
As global temperatures rise, climate change is taking a toll on a number of natural resources and putting industries that rely on those resources at risk—including fashion.
Washington: Climate change threatens nearly 55 million people in India's coastal areas. This could lock in enough rise of sea level to submerge land currently home to more than half a billion people globally if the temperature spikes by four degrees Celsius, which is humanity's current trajecto ...
BRUSSELS -- One of the most renowned Belgian beer brewers said Friday it is a victim of climate change because increasingly high temperatures have shortened the brewing season by about a month compared with the 1950s.
Europe has to step up its effort to combat climate change and wake up to the urgency of the situation, the climate change expert Lord Stern has said before crunch UN talks in Paris later this month.
As the Paris climate meeting rapidly approaches, the preparatory discussions have been remarkably silent on the crucial links between global warming and the health of the world’s oceans.
The Carcinus maenas, or the European green crab, is one species that doesn't mind the acidification of the world's oceans. In fact, this invasive species is thriving here in the U.S.
Cultural traditions among Southern right whale populations are shaping their genetic patterns, according to a study led by the University of St Andrews.
Molecular ecologists have a key role to play in setting priorities for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity, according to a recent review paper published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
New Delhi: Civil society groups including Coalition for a GM-free India Friday asked the government not to approve commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard because of biosafety and health concerns.
The first threat is that of the destruction of human society by global warming; the second is that of the destruction of nature by human society. They will do equal damage to the globe, but the international community cares only about the former
As climate changes become impossible to dismiss, how does the mainstream investor community respond? Are financial decisions taking full account of risks and opportunities related to climate change, or is the topic still virtually ignored in financial decision-making?
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 6 2015 (IPS) - Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock.
Superman can use his X-ray vision whenever the need arises. It turns out that in real life, some fish and amphibians can do something nearly as super when it come to their sight.
Leadership changes in two of the world's highest per-capita emitting countries have yielded potential new climate allies. Although this may come too late to affect what's on the table in Paris, it could play out beyond.
As world leaders prepare to negotiate a major climate change agreement later this month at the United Nations’ Paris 2015 conference, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people around the world see the issue as a significant challenge and want their governments to take action.
Call it a contradiction of glacial proportions—an Arctic paradox.
The European Commission has announced 19 EU member states will be able to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Environmental groups praised the news.
Did climate change cause that heat wave? That hurricane? That drought?
India recently announced plans to combat climate change, while the US and China also stepped up co-operation. Where does this leave the EU, long-standing champion of climate action?
Geneva/Nairobi, 6 November 2015 - On the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) underlined the continuing vulnerability of the environment to conflict and the importance of the 2030 Sustainab ...
ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Female monarch butterflies are more gifted fliers and successful migrators than their male peers. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, females are empowered by their wings.
4 November 2015 – With the “deadline” for concluding a universal climate agreement just four weeks away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that despite months of talks and critical pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, key issues still remain in play – on equity and differentiat ...
Bonn/Tashkent, 2 November 2015 - At a UN backed meeting organized by the UNEP-Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) from 26 to 29 October 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, governments and conservationists agreed on a concrete set of measures to restore saiga populations in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russ ...
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and reduce honey bee survival. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments, and urban b ...
There’s a huge market out there for forest products, like paper and hardwood floors, that have received some sort of certification for being sustainably produced. In 2013, according to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the global market for certified forest products was worth more ...
ANKARA, Turkey, Nov 5 2015 (IPS) - Some 135 million people could be displaced by 2045 as a result of land desertification, according to a recent UK ministry of defence report.
MENDOZA, Argentina, Nov 5 2015 (IPS) - Purple garlic that is losing its color? More translucent wine? Climate change will also affect the flavours of our food in the absence of measures to mitigate the impacts of global warming, which are already being felt in crops that are basic to local econo ...
Insects should become a staple of people’s diets around the world as an environmentally-friendly alternative to meat, according to a report by the UK government’s waste agency.
Researchers in Hawaii are using an assisted evolution experiment to grow coral that can withstand the hotter and more acidic oceans caused by global warming
You wouldn't typically expect heavy rainfall and frost in East Africa. But the Earth's climate is changing - and this is affecting one of the world's largest tea-producing regions, in central Kenya.
As global temperatures warm, climatic extremes are becoming more and more common.
The Experimental Farm Network seeks to preserve the world’s biodiversity one seed at a time. The best case for a plant’s survival is for people to grow it widely
It is not often that consumers check the labels on the packet drinks they purchase. For those who do, it is mainly to check the calories and its nutrition content.
Countries may need to change their approach if they are to meet commitments to restore millions of hectares of degraded land.
Heavy metals, the result of contamination, may be toxic for animals to the extent of affecting their reproduction and physiology.
3 November 2015 – Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.
CHENNAI: Five years ago, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had put an indefinite moratorium on the commercial cropping of Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal. However now, the Centre is considering commercial cultivation of a genetically modified hybrid variety of mustard.
An expert says a rapidly changing climate will dramatically change the living marine resources and maritime traditions of seacoast communities, like those of New England and must be accounted for by those responsible for managing the nation’s marine living resources.
Asian emerald ash borer, given the maximum risk rating to the tree species, is ‘moving uncontrolled’ through Russia having established itself in US and Canada
A new study warns of collapse at the South Pole: The giant ice crust of West Antarctica could disappear completely. This would mean an eventual 3-meter rise in global sea levels.
A new report from Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Forest Trends finds that financing from both the public and private sectors intended to protect forests and their ability to mitigate global warming has indeed been ramping up, but whether or not that trend continues will depend greatly on the ...
Associated Press photographer Ben Curtis trekked into the mountains of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to take a look at the rising phenomenon of tourists making the trip in the hopes of catching glimpses of mountain gorillas.
3 November 2015 – Expressing concern that spiralling wildlife and forest crime – fuelled by corrosive corruption – can impede vital progress of the new global sustainable development agenda, the top United Nations anti-crime official and the head of the global UN–backed treaty on protecting enda ...
MANGILAO, Guam — One of this island’s most notorious invasive species apparently is helping another, researchers say.
The Pan African Great Green Wall initiatives is an ambitious programme, which aims to be a game changer in African drylands, was originally conceived as a band of drought-resistant trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti and has turned into a patchwork of actions oriented to increase resilienc ...
With their fleshy noses and delicately curved horns, the unusual looking Saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica) appear like a creature from another world.