If you put a microphone underwater near the oyster reef in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound, you can hear it: a crisp, crackling noise that sounds like someone just dumped a ton of Rice Krispies into the ocean.
The glacial lake of Siling Co embodies both the splendour and perils of Tibet’s highlands.
The world’s largest pulp and paper supplier, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will establish an up to $10 million program to support the economic development of 500 villages in and around its supply chain in Indonesia.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 13 2016 (IPS) - On a very dry November 2013, Jamaica’s Meteorological Service made its first official drought forecast when the newly developed Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) was used to predict a high probability of below average rainfall in the coming three months.
Is it dangerous to eat fish that eat microplastics? Researchers in Germany say not all fish eat them. But of those that do, it's unclear whether the plastics get into the fish's bloodstream - and then ours.
The Amazon, Congo and Mekong rivers host one-third of Earth’s freshwater fish species, many of them found nowhere else — and this rich biodiversity is “being ravaged” by the development of hydroelectric dams.
The 2015 climate summit in Paris was considered a qualified success by many. Even then, it was essentially an agreement between governments. To make real change will mean a change of lifestyle, and that will require massive changes in the way we consume.
Rapid changes in Tibetan grasslands are threatening Asia's main water supply and the livelihood of nomads.
EW DELHI: At the time when many states do not appear to be keen on allowing field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has come out with a solution, suggesting that the country's premier research institution - Indian Council of Agricultural Re ...
Although the Arctic ice sheet gets all the media attention, noteworthy activity has been brewing in the Antarctic.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that affects citrus trees all over the world. Once infected, the pathogen diminishes fruit production and eventually kills the tree.
Along the West Coast, ocean acidification and hypoxia combine with other factors, such as rising ocean temperatures, to create serious challenges for marine life, a new study finds.
The groups say that the agency failed to issue a “12-month finding” of an official review for the monarch butterfly launched in December 2014, which is in violation of Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act.
OAKLAND, California, Jan 11 2016 (IPS) - Millions of African farmers don’t need to adapt to climate change. They have done that already.
Affluent Chinese are putting two Mexican species at risk due to demand for dried swim bladders. But will this year’s Cites meeting on the wildlife trade force a crackdown?
The pharmaceutical giant had initially accused the EPA of overstimating the impact of pesticide on pollinators but now admits report is ‘scientifically sound’
Real trees are forced to work harder as more carbon is released into the atmosphere. Technology could share the load
Over the past two decades, bee declines worldwide have drawn international attention. Managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies decreased by 25% over 20 years in Europe and 59% over 58 years in North America, and many bumble bee populations in Europe and North America have gone locally extinct ...
Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important.
The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species.
THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that seven species of Caribbean skinks or lizards may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection.
KODIAK, Alaska, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of dead and dying common murres, one of the most common seabirds in the Pacific Northwest, have been washing ashore in Alaska. Federal scientists are currently investigating the cause.
It is difficult to protect endangered species without understanding how many individuals exist or where they’re located
GEORGETOWN, Jan 8 2016 (IPS) - Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean.
Wildlife Trust estimates tree disease has left around 1,000 mature English elms, which are the exclusive habitat of declining white-letter hairstreak
How the loss of biodiversity affects what we eat—and why it’s dangerous.
There was already dramatic evidence that our planet is undeniably warming before 30 December 2015, when the world heard that the ice at the North Pole was melting. (The temperature on 30 December 2015 was, by some reports, 33ºF [0.7ºC], 50ºF above average).
Arctic-born fisheries minister says Canada will make good on international agreement on coastal waters
Parliament is currently considering passing an amendment to Seeds and Plants Varieties Act (Cap, 326) to facilitate the implementation of Article 11 (3) and 69 (1) of 2010 Constitution.
Far from increasing the vulnerability of wildlife to predators, ecotourism actually helps conservation efforts, researchers say.
Scientists say failure of agreement to immediately implement emissions cuts means geoengineering must be seriously explored, despite the enormous risks it entails
BARCELONA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.
Giant icebergs are responsible for storing up to 20 percent of carbon in the Southern Ocean, a new study has found.
Your local lake or river is probably becoming muddier, which is bad news for fish and for our efforts to solve environmental problems
Competition for sunlight among rainforest trees leads to the remarkably consistent pattern of tree sizes seen in tropical forests around the globe, researchers have found. The finding help refine models of how rainforests absorb carbon dioxide and hold back rising global temperatures.
Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong river basins often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to a new article.
Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of horned pitviper in the critically endangered cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Jalisco, Mexico, and determined that another pitviper is indeed a unique species.
A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports.
There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has said it is proposing to reclassify the protection status of the West Indian manatee. The marine mammal could be instead classed as merely "threatened."
South Australia has six plant biodiversity hotspots but threats to conservation including climate change and weed invasion are putting them at risk, researchers say.
The Government today launched the Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan for Hong Kong public consultation on proposals for stepping up efforts to conserve biodiversity and support Hong Kong's sustainable development in the next five years.
Mussels are the natural treatment plants of bodies of water and, therefore, just as important as bees. Unfortunately, they are equally threatened: most of the world's mussel stocks are in decline and some species face extinction.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which quietly passed its 42nd birthday last week, has shielded hundreds of species in the United States from extinction and dramatically achieved full recovery for a celebrated few.
New research has revealed how the heart is one of the major factors which determine whether a fish lives or dies in oceanic Dead Zones.
On December 31, 2015, Peru’s Ministry of Production passed a resolution banning fishing of manta rays, according to a release by WildAid, a nonprofit organization.
Protected forests in northern Uganda are under strain as people clear trees for farmland and to make charcoal.
SANTO DOMINGO, Jan 6 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.
The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has begun a review that could pave the way for rolling back a pioneering EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, that are thought to have ravaged European bee populations.
Lake Malawi has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world, but overfishing poses a threat to their survival. A simple scheme could provide a solution.