Coral reefs are among the world's richest ecosystems - and they will disappear from the face of the Earth before this century is over if we don't make serious changes, ecologist Peter Sale told DW.
After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.'s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals -- including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger -- to be reached by 2030.
A growing number of scientists have made the claim that climate change is at least partly responsible for California's crippling drought. Now researchers have estimated the extent to which humans are to blame: between 8% and 27%..
Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia. The survival of the Sumatran rhino now depends on the 100 or fewer remaining individuals in the wild in Indonesia and the ni ...
Conservation has long been about protecting communities of plants and animals where they are. But climate change is leading to a nascent form of conservation that embraces change and instead seeks to provide a thriving stage on which it can happen.
Last year, Evolution Salt Co. proudly slapped a label on its packages of Himalayan salt proclaiming they contained no genetically modified organisms.
Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.
US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs.
Stronger winds forecast as a result of climate change could impact on populations of wild animals, by affecting how well they can feed, a study of seabirds suggests.
SANTIAGO, Aug 17 2015 (IPS) - Latin America should assume a position of global leadership by adopting effective measures to protect the oceans, which are threatened by illegal fishing, the impacts of climate change, and pollution caused by acidification and plastic waste.
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challengin ...
Government plans to expand agribusiness in north-east Brazil could see native babassu forests – already hit by crop plantations – dissapear, ending a traditional way of life for thousands of families who depend on the fruit for their survival
Dozens of Muslim scholars and environmental activists have called on the international community to phase out the use of greenhouse gases by 2050. The declaration comes months ahead of a key UN climate summit in Paris.
WBCSD's Peter Bakker says a growing number of businesses are stepping up to tackle climate change
Peru and Ecuador officially signed the 2015-2016 Action Plan of Network for Binational Management of Protected Natural Areas in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, according to Andina news agency.
The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.
Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.
Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will strengthen the protection of the olive ridley sea turtles on the beaches of the states of Oaxaca and Michoacan, by intensifying their operatives in the natural spawning areas of this endangered species.
Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.
New research has found that the most cost-effective way to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in Australia's famous Lake Eyre Basin is to control the numbers of feral pigs in the area.
Even if the talks in Paris are "wildly successful", Professor Peter F Sale says the future of the planet's coral reefs is bleak Coral reefs, as they existed half a century ago, will likely disappear from Earth even if climate change talks in December are "wildly successful", a distinguished prof ...
Preventing wildfires through controlled burning of shrubs in at-risk areas is an impractical way to protect cities from fire, according to South Africa's firefighters.
Climb into a canoe at dawn, paddle into the reed beds of Madagascar’s largest wetland, and with luck you could see a unique primate: the Alaotra Gentle Lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis). Known locally as the bandro and described by Gerald Durrell as a “honey-coloured teddy bear”, these lemurs spend ...
Up to $44 trillion could be going up in smoke if the world does not act on climate change, according to the latest piece of research from U.S. banking giant Citigroup.
Affectionately called “Professor” by his neighbors, Josefino Martinez is a well-respected indigenous farmer and community organizer from the remote town of Chicahuaxtla, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He watched with patient attention as I showed him photographs of Soul Fire Farm, my family’s o ...
There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the phone to his ear. Through the window, he could see the frigid January evening settling on the 112-acre farm he'd just been forced to sell two weeks ea ...
This year, the United Nations is moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a new set of global goals for (sustainable) development, setting the framework agenda for the period till 2030.
UPPSALA, Sweden, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The array of lineages that make up the kingdoms of the biological world are often represented and referred to as "the tree of life" -- each species a branch.
THEY’RE armed and dangerous. Two Brazilian species are the world’s first known venomous frogs. They have tiny spines on their heads – particularly on their upper lips – that enable them to inject lethal venom into the bloodstream of an assailant.
Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions.
Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers has now published the answer.
The use of irrigation across Sub-Saharan Africa creates conditions that attract devastating foreign plant pests, such as the tomato leaf miner, a Kenyan study has found.
Drought and forest fires could mean Mediterranean resorts lose out to cooler climes and holidaymakers travelling outside peak season, report predicts
On the tip of Borneo stands the World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu, which like other tropical mountains is known to be a hotbed of biodiversity.
Researchers have sequenced an octopus genome for the first time, paving the way for a better understanding of octopuses and similar creatures.
Strong winds blowing off the Greenland Ice Sheet are eroding soil and vegetation in the surrounding tundra, making it less productive for caribou and other grazing animals, carbon storage and nutrient cycling, a Dartmouth College study finds.
For many tourists that visit Uganda, majority are interested in interacting with the wildlife, that is according to commissioner of wildlife conservation in the Ministry of Tourism, James Lutalo.
Every year thousands of plants are illegally imported into the US - but what happens after they're seized? And what happens to plants in danger of extinction?
August 12th has been considered "World Elephant Day" for the last few years. It's an opportunity for the global community to celebrate the magnificence of Asian and African elephants and for all of us to rededicate ourselves to ensuring a world where elephants and people live in harmony.
On Sunday 2 August, the 193 countries which make up the UN agreed to a document that will shape the next 15 years of international development policy and action.
You’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef – but what about its southern equivalent? The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km. Its kelp forests contain unique and diverse marine life by global standards, and it contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia’s economy each year.
11 August 2015 – Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue.
Every year, some 6 million to 8 million tonnes of waste crab, shrimp and lobster shells are produced globally — about 1.5 million tonnes in southeast Asia alone1. Whereas 75% of the weight of a tuna fish can be extracted as fillets, meat accounts for only around 40% of a crab's mass.
A consultation on the indicators to measure the success of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was started yesterday by the UN Statistical Commission.
The Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is responsible for depletion of 40 percent of the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef over the last 30 years, and currently can only be controlled by the labor intensive use of an expensive lethal injection, administered by divers.
On August 11, the eve of World Elephant Day, a group of 250 scientists from varied backgrounds, disciplines and organizations around the world sent a letter to Barack Obama urging for the closure of commercial ivory trade in the United States.
Conservationists say India is not doing enough to protect tigers six months after country claimed tiger population was growing fast
Controlling feral pigs is the most cost-effective strategy to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in the Lake Eyre Basin, and is just one of the significant findings of a three-year study led by QUT applied ecologist Associate Professor Jennifer Firn.
A new species of titi monkey was recently discovered in the Urubamba river region of Peru, according to New Scientist.
Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found.