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.
NAIROBI, Kenya – After a five year gruelling court battle, the indigenous Maasai community in Northern Tanzania has lost the right to its traditional land after the High Court handed it to a US-based tourism company in a court ruling on 27 October.
On 5 November 1965 climate scientists summarized the risks associated with rising carbon pollution in a report for Lyndon Baines Johnson
The researchers who discovered the record-setting species have been studying Malaysia's mollusks for more than 25 years.
SENECA, Ill., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Silver carp, a species of Asian carp, have been found in Illinois waterways closer to Lake Michigan than ever before
They make an eccentric pair. The world’s heaviest parrot – which also happens to be flightless – depends on the berries of a tall conifer tree for breeding, but the rimu tree can go for years without producing any fruit at all.
The world’s only wild orangutans — already besieged by logging, hunting, pet trading and the steady expansion of palm-oil plantations — are now threatened by forest fires that have burned for months on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in southeast Asia.
Often dubbed the false banana, the giant enset is a staple crop in certain parts of Ethiopia. As climate change brings increasingly frequent droughts, the plant's versatility and resilience could help fight hunger.
The Sheka forest is one of the last tropical forests in Ethiopia and is sacred to the clans there. But human encroachment are threatening its survival. Now a local NGO is providing an alternative.
Scientists often point to the large-scale effects of climate change as evidence of the phenomenon. Antartica is melting, cities are flooding and temperatures in some parts of the world may top 170ºF, climate scientists say.
Are farming practices similar to those that led to the Dust Bowl –- the decade-long drought and agricultural-production declines that occurred during the 1930s and plagued the Plains states – still negatively impacting our U.S. soil?
West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne pathogen that can kill both people and birds, is still causing havoc in North America, wiping out millions of birds every year across the continent, according to a new study. The research raises concerns about the long-term impacts of the disease, particul ...
This charismatic wading bird saw its numbers soar from just 288 individuals in the 1980’s, to over 3,000 in 2015, but coastal developers will need to find a way to share intertidal areas with these birds if they are to survive.
Does the world agree on the definition of a mountain? Is internet access a “basic service” for all people? Should the same-sized cities in China and Jamaica be held to the same standards?
The Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation uses environmental and socio-economic benchmarks to maintain yields for rice smallholders, reduce the environmental footprint of rice cultivation and meet consumer needs for food safety and quality
It is time to start preparing for a world more than 2 °C warmer than now. The UN’s own analysis of what countries are offering to do to limit greenhouse gas emissions shows they fall far short of what’s required.
One of the last remaining refuge of the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is in peril. A two-year investigation by Greenpeace East Asia has revealed that illegal logging has wiped out around 3,200 acres of natural forests — equivalent to 1,814 football fields — within Sichuan Giant Panda Sanc ...
PEMBA, Southern Zambia, Oct 31 2015 (IPS) - It is slightly after 10 o’clock in the morning and 48-year-old Felix Muchimba of Siamuleya village in Pemba district has just finished having breakfast – a traditional drink called Chibwantu, made of maize meal and grit.
SAN JOSE, Oct 30 2015 (IPS) - For decades, the countries of Central America have borne the heavy impact of extreme climate phenomena like hurricanes and severe drought. Now, six of them are demanding that the entire planet recognise their climate vulnerability.
French president François Hollande claimed China and France had taken an “historic” step towards tackling climate change on Monday after the two countries agreed any deal reached in Paris next month should include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions.
US wildlife officials are considering an application for a permit to import 18 elephants from the southern African nation of Swaziland to three American zoos.
The Turkana people have persevered in an arid landscape, but weather in this region in Kenya’s Northwest is getting ever more erratic due to climate change, putting the Turkana at risk.
Amid the rustling palm trees, blissed newlyweds and colourful attire of a tropical island resort, Pacific leaders have been getting blunt with wealthy nations about the unfolding calamity of climate change that is gradually gnawing away their remote idylls.
A new obstacle has emerged in the battle for female equality – in the form of climate change.
A new paradigm of forest conservation is gaining ground, writes Isaac Rojas: 'financialising' them and the climate and ecological services they provide to global investors.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund has found a surprising way of protecting endangered cheetahs in Namibia.
WOODS HOLE, Mass., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Last month, scientists published the first field observations of the Omura's whale, a rare species scientists had for decades misidentified.
Across Africa, lion populations are threatened by continued reductions in their range and associated genetic isolation.
As world leaders prepare for international climate talks next month in Paris, the United Nations climate chief has said that emissions pledges made so far will not keep the world’s average temperature within 2 °C of preindustrial levels — the goal that politicians have agreed in order to prevent ...
Climate change publications are geographically imbalanced, according to a recent study published in Global Environmental Change.
Controversial €100m hydropower project likely to lose funding after Bern Convention warns of ‘decisive negative impact’ on the critically endangered lynx
A new UN report assesses the collective impact of countries’ plans to combat climate change. With the key Paris climate summit just weeks away, DW asks the experts: how serious is the world about staying cool?
As the world’s wildlife vanishes at an alarming rate, some conservationists say it’s time to start acting like battlefield doctors and choose which species to save.
The number of young winter run Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River is considerably lower so far this year than in 2014, federal authorities said, prompting concerns that the drought is making it harder for the endangered species to recover.
It is time to start preparing for a world more than 2 ºC warmer than now. The UN’s own analysis of what countries are offering to do to limit greenhouse gas emissions shows they fall far short of what’s required. In fact, they suggest the world will have emitted enough carbon dioxide to warm the ...
GLAND, Switzerland, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature has declared the Atlantic puffin and European turtle dove "vulnerable" to global extinction and added them to its Red List of threatened species this week.
Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.
Senior Buddhists have called on world leaders to agree a new climate change agreement at a conference in Paris next month.
Carnivorous birds, which help stem spread of disease by eating carcasses that would otherwise rot, targeted by poachers