NEW DELHI, Dec 13 2016 (IPS) - Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today.
Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole
A British man will plunge into sub-zero waters in the Antarctic on Tuesday to campaign for the creation of three huge marine parks to stop overfishing.
Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.
Because of significant differences in the institutional arrangements, regulatory procedures, administrative capacity, and attitudes toward biotech crops, the amount of time required to complete the review of new biotech events varies significantly from one country to another.
Some elite US politicians’ denial of the science backing up climate change is worrying, the United Nations environment chief has said, adding that the fight against global warming would continue, even without the United States.
Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher.
Governors of California, Washington and Oregon say climate change is already harming the Pacific Ocean along which their states lie
Think invasive species and images of chick-munching cats and rats immediately spring to mind. But many local extinctions have their roots in alien invaders of another kind: plants.
Truth seems to be an increasingly flexible concept in politics. At least that's the impression the Oxford English Dictionary gave recently, as it declared "post-truth" the 2016 Word of the Year.
Biological resources owned by developing countries have been explored and exploited by researchers and companies from developed countries which are equipped with cutting-edge biotechnology (hereinafter...
Habitat loss is the most insidious of all threats facing land-living wildlife, and protected areas like national parks are one of the best ways to combat the destruction
IN ORDER to protect and conserve our biodiversity, the government has a target to protect 16 per cent of all land area by the year 2020.
"The other important thing happened in Cancun, Mexico, where the UN Convention on Biological Diversity was held. For the first time, the focus was not only on safeguarding biodiversity and creating reserves and protected areas, but also on mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in a sustainable food system
CANCUN — Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (Conanp, for its acronym in Spanish) and Grupo Experiencias Xcaret signed an agreement to strengthen the recovery program of the red macaw in the jungles of ...
14 December 2016 – Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India – have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5% of the world’s oceans are now protected.
The world's largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists have warned.
The iconic giraffe is rapidly heading towards extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops
10 December 2016: The first week of the UN Biodiversity Conference concluded with the launch of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) web portal to build capacity for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the signing of the Yucatán Peninsula Agreement on Sustainability for 2030 (ASPY).
Greetings from Cancun, Mexico where I am attending the 13th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), perhaps more easily understood as the “summit for life on Earth".
There may be about 18,000 bird species in the world — nearly twice as many as previously thought, a new study has found. The study focuses on “hidden
Mexico, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo signed the Agreement for the Sustainability of the Yucatan Peninsula, during the 13th United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), which is being currently held in Cancun.
A new study suggests drier weather will likely eliminate any advantage for Canada's boreal forest from higher temperatures caused by climate change.
Madagascar - IOM has launched an 18-month project aiming at developing evidence and building capacities on migration, environment, and climate change (MECC) in four countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.
When a Southern chorus frog calls in the night from its wetland home, its voice sounds like a thumb being drawn across a fine toothed comb.
In East Africa, native tour guides have formed an organization that is transforming the future of African wildlife and Kenyan safari travel.
New global forest restoration initiatives – such as the Bonn Challenge, Initiative 20×20, AFR100, the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets – present an unparalleled opportunity to reverse the trend of deforestation and forest degradation in the coming years.
Scientists based at Oxford University have created a new method for counting lions that they say is the most robust yet devised. Using the Maasai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies in Kenya as a case study, they estimate there to be 420 lions over the age of one in this key terr ...
Coastal Indigenous people eat, on average, 15 times more seafood per person than non-Indigenous people in the same country, finds a Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published today in PLOS ONE.
The knowledge of street-smart folk who live in the mountains, combined with research, can work together to develop effective responses to climate change and its impact on ecosystems and livelihoods, experts say.
Lewis Pugh is unstoppable in his quest to protect marine life, as he continues to brave ice cold oceans. His latest quest is in the Antarctic, where he’s championing for an Australia-sized area as a marine protected area.
Cancun, Mexico | December 10, 2016 - During the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP13, the state governments of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico’s federal government representatives, civil society organizations and more than 50 companies committed to green growth and conservatio ...
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has established a new marine biosphere reserve covering a broad area that includes the Coronado Islands near the U.S. border and Todos Santos Island, site of a famed surfing spot off the coast of Ensenada.
The world’s oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth’s crust, just got even older.
ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- New survey data suggests trapdoor spider populations are declining throughout southern Australia.
11 December 2016 – Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.
The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record.
Scientists say they are concerned at the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising.
As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant.
Many companies that deal in commodities such as beef, timber, palm oil and soy beans know that the production of these items can come at the cost of forests.
CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 12 2016 (IPS) - “We don’t have access to marine areas, because most are protected areas or are in private hands. We indigenous people have been losing access to our territories, as this decision became a privilege of the state,” complained Donald Rojas, a member of the Brunka ...
With at least nine senior members of transition team denying basic scientific understanding, president-elect’s choices demonstrate pro-fossil fuels agenda
Donald Trump has appointed an opponent of climate action to head America's environment agency - but reaction has been muted. As climate change becomes more apparent, are people becoming fatigued on the topic?
Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles.
I grew up near a mythical river: the Wanki, which runs along the border that today separates Honduras from Nicaragua. I hold on to fond childhood memories of swimming across that river with my sisters to water crops, learning to fish with the women and of working together shelling beans.
The ambitious global strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation known as REDD+ rocketed to the top of the climate agenda in 2007.
A new study published in the Oikos journal has revealed the vital role fruit-eating birds play in dispersing the seeds of more than 90 percent of tropical trees. Size also matters since larger birds contribute more to plant regeneration than medium-sized birds.
RAJKOT: Wetlands along Gujarat's 1,600km coastline, which have become a haven for migratory birds, will be in focus at the Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) beginning January 2017.
Researchers at the Central University of Punjab have identified a seaweed Sargassum zhangii, growing along the rocky shores from Vedaranyam to Pattukottai and Thondi to Pamban in Tamil Nadu.