The new international targets to improve people's lives and protect life on the planet, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), do much more than just extend for another 15 years the remit of the Millennium Development Goals.
Kolkata: Nearly half of India’s total geographical area is prone to invasion by alien plant species, says a new study. It shows that biodiversity hotspots in India are “especially vulnerable” and limiting human interference in remote forests is necessary.
BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The majority of species prefer to avoid the encroachment of urban development. In fact, most endangered species are in the predicament they're in due to habitat loss at the hands of growing populations and expanding development.
According to a NASA analysis of satellite data, the 2015 Arctic sea ice minimum extent is the fourth lowest on record since observations from space began.
Rural Africa is facing a resurgence of a persistent plague that rarely makes headlines: snakebite.
[ARUSHA] African negotiators plan to block a global agreement on reducing global warming if the deal is too weak and fails to consider the implications of climate change for the continent’s wellbeing.
The session opened with a video depicting a group of wide-eyed children in a Malawian schoolyard. Crowded around their headmaster, they look on as he details to the camera the devastating effects flooding had on their village.
The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country’s success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
WWF says we risk losing species critical to human food security unless action is taken to halt overfishing and other threats to marine life
NAIROBI— The effects of climate change fall especially hard on farmers around the world. In Kenya, rising temperatures, extreme weather and shifting rain patterns are complicating life for some 600,000 small-scale tea farmers.
When world leaders gather in New York this month at the UN General Assembly, they are set to endorse an ambitious package of global economic, social and environmental objectives for the coming 15 years.
This winter, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris will feature one of the largest gatherings of world leaders to ever address global warming.
Back in 1839, public health expert J F Murray published his article The Lungs of London, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.
Increase of more than 50% in flies’ survival rate will cause problems for caribou and indigenous people who live off them, researchers warn
Eels used to be widespread throughout the eastern coast of North America, stretching from Greenland as far south as Brazil.
As humans emit greenhouse gases into the environment, it causes the Earth to warm, we already know that.
Bats provide a service worth an estimated US $1bn (£649m) globally by controlling pests on corn crops, a study has suggested.
Is there a climate of change in Australia? Australians awoke on Tuesday to a new Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull.
There are substantial differences among Americans when it comes to knowledge and understanding of science topics, especially by educational levels as well as by gender, age, race and ethnicity, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
14 September 2015 – The 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly presented countries with a “historic opportunity” to change the world for the better and was guided by the overarching principles of cooperation, compromise and solidarity, its President said today.
Poorer island nations must up their science and innovation activities to protect their economic growth and move away from tourism as their main source of income, according to development experts.
[HARARE] A project in Zimbabwe is promoting the use of earthworms to enable the country’s small-scale farmers improve soil fertility and boost crop yields.
Sadly, it is not a magician’s illusion, but a genuine plummeting in giraffe numbers across Africa.
Study says effective land management will be critical in meeting sustainable development goals of alleviating poverty and ensuring long-term food security
Monarch butterflies have no choice in the matter: their existence is completely dependent on milkweed. And in recent years, the decline of milkweed in fields and gardens has brought a correlated decline in the monarch population.
Vultures are highly specialized birds, essential for the health of the environment. But their population has decreased dramatically. The birds are being poisoned, Borja Heredia told DW, often intentionally.
Planted forests have been increasing in Africa at a rate of 0.2 million hectare a year--to the benefit largely of the commercial plantations.
14 September 2015 | JAKARTA | Indonesia plans to limit its greenhouse-gas emissions to a level 29 percent below a business-as-usual projection by 2030, according to a draft copy of its climate action plan, or “Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution” (INDC), which Minister of Environment and ...
16 September 2015 – A political commitment to manage hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol – a huge environmental success that agreed to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals – could be one of the biggest climate change wins in the lead-up to the December’s climate conference, says United ...
Through years of effort, scientists have assessed the conservation status of some 77,000 species of plants and animals via the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Local people say way of life is under threat from industrial vessels, and see plan as chance to protect environment and repair relations with mainland
A report from the British Meteorological Office has forecast a hot summer for the southern hemisphere as a strong El Nino, fuelled by climate change, takes hold.
Due to the drought in Europe, Austria experienced a particularly hot summer this year. Urban areas run warmer due to the heat island effect - and as the climate heats up, cities like Vienna are tackling this problem.
The EU is the world's biggest wine producer, but a recent publication has revealed the extent to which the sector is under threat from climate change
12 September 2015 – Marking the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the acceleration of the development momentum across the global South, while the UN labour chief highlighted the great potential for developing countries working together to h ...
11 September 2015 – The 14th World Forestry Congress concluded today with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing “a decisive role” in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change, said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The results of research carried out by Max Planck scientists provide the basis for new environmental legislation in Brazil.
Kenya will soon lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), wedging the gates of GMO acceptance a bit wider in the region.
London, 14 September 2015 - Only days ahead of the historic summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new UN study calls on regulators to implement proactive policies that build institutional investment frameworks, institutions and culture with sustainability at their core.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister wins UN environment prize for leadership on climate change
Two species of tiny tits have been fighting a quiet war, invading each other’s nests and laying eggs that hatch alongside the enemy’s young.
An international group of scientists is calling for stricter regulations to protect marine wildlife from noise pollution.
Major study of plankton shows warmer seas could have a huge impact on the marine food chain
As Australia's executive pushes for reform of environmental laws, momentum is growing against development of coal energy in the country. But the matter is still far from settled.
FARMING is more efficient than ever. But the search for high yields has also made it more concentrated. From the wheat in steaming noodles to the maize of fresh tortillas, just 30 crops now sate almost all of humanity’s nutritional needs.
The Tucuman Parrot (Amazona tucumana) is found only on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia and Argentina, in a region known as the Southern Yungas forest.
PORT MORESBY: Pacific island leaders have agreed to disagree on how to tackle climate change, after Australia and New Zealand blocked a bid from low-lying island nations for a tougher global target.
One-third of the 112 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) of South Africa are facing imminent danger of irreversible damage, according to a new report published today by BirdLife South Africa.
Africa is home to more than a billion people, but the latest set of scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had only eight African authors, out of more than 830 authors and review editors from over 80 countries.
Tourism is developing unsustainably in many poorer nations and so is failing to deliver major economic gains, according to researchers speaking at a conference.