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.
PRETORIA, Sept 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-SAnews) -- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says future policies should consider the important role that forests can play in economic development, food security and job creation.
Predicting future changes of forest vegetation in response to warming over the next century is important for understanding future ecosystem and economic services and for planning approaches to mitigate negative impacts of climate change.
The environment minister of Alberta – the province where the tar sands industry is Canada’s fastest growing source of carbon emissions – says the days of denying climate change are over.
Failing to act on the grave threat posed by climate change devalues the lives of future generations and amounts to unacceptable “discrimination by date of birth”, according to the influential economist Lord Stern.
Crucial research into the changing spatial patterns of future climate patterns is urgently needed, a new review article has concluded.
Washington D.C., 10 September 2015 - The National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, has been announced as a winner of the UN's top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.
Specimen-hunting has become less dangerous, but takes persistence
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Braulio de Souza Dias, says the participation of local communities is important in sustainable forest management.
While the study of changes in the Himalayas and conservation of its ecosystems remains confined to research, this year, ‘Himalaya Diwas’ was a call for the conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems to be taken up as a public campaign.
Ten percent of the world's cotton is produced in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China. Irrigating the cotton fields, however, is causing ecological problems.
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The vast majority of CO2 emissions released by humans end up in the atmosphere. But not all of the carbon dioxide stays there. Some is sucked into the oceans.
Understanding whether conservation programs really work is hard to do, but it is becoming increasingly important for organizations wanting to raise funds and justify their work preserving species and habitats.
MANILA, Sep 8 2015 (IPS) - Jun* is in chains, tied to a post in the small house that resembles a fragile nipa hut. His brother did this to prevent him from hurting their neighbours or other strangers he meets when he’s in a ballistic mood. Jun has been like this for three years now, but since Ty ...
Three-year program to monitor and sustain an isolated population of black-flanked rock wallabies in Western Australia has started to bear fruit
The 'Genghis Khan of the ant world', the Argentine ant, not only invades our suburbs. Researchers have now found it carries and spreads deadly pathogens.
Food is seemingly cheaper and more convenient than ever before. However, what people don't pay for at the cash register, they pay in healthcare costs and environmental consequences.