The EU's executive has developed the bloc's first integrated policy for the Arctic, focusing on 39 actions. The proposals center on the environment, sustainable development and international cooperation.
Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.
A new study found that vulnerability of deep-sea biodiversity to climate change's triple threat -- rising water temperatures, and decreased oxygen, and pH levels -- is not uniform across the world's oceans.
The US House approved a $300 million budget to help restore the Great Lakes, which are still being impacted by the unpredictable presence of invasive species.
Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest.
Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.
Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching
Last week, delegates from six Arctic nations and other countries with major fishing fleets met in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans to prohibit commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until scientists can find out more about the fish stocks and how they are changing.
Corals and humans utilize the same inflammation-causing molecule, indicating it's been a part of immune systems for a half-billion years
A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.
Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest.
Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.
In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.
Perhaps on this year's World Penguin Day we have more cause to celebrate than in years past.
Using a new model, researchers predict that many forests across the US are ill-suited to withstand drought conditions likely to face the country in the coming century.
World Tapir Day (WTD) occurs every 27 April to highlight tapirs – long-snouted herbivorous mammals, species of which can be found in South America, Central America and South East Asia.
A few months after I began working full time as an environmental journalist in 2009, I found myself in Malaysian Borneo. I spent a day with a small group of conservationists and officials driving through a seemingly endless expanse of oil palm before coming to the lower Kinabatangan River.
The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.
Bears help Japanese cherry trees flee rising temperatures by giving their seeds a lift uphill inside their guts.
New Zealand’s extremely rare kakapos (Strigops habroptila) have received a much-needed boost.
Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks
The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.
It's been argued that how much we know about climate change is unrelated to how much we care about addressing it.
Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely
Once thought to be extinct, environmentalists were thrilled to come across a small population of the Madagascar Pochard in the depths of the Madagascan jungle. The challenge now: how can they protect it?
Last year, the Paris climate talks rightly drew enormous scrutiny as the world’s leaders once again hammered out a deal to try and halt the creeping disaster that is climate change.
The diversity of life on Earth—which provides vital services to humanity (1)—stems from the difference between rates of evolutionary diversification and extinction.
LUND, Sweden, April 26 (UPI) -- Call someone a birdbrain and they're liable to be offended. Despite their diminutive noggins, many bird species are quite intelligent.
CAIRNS, Australia, April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's largest, oldest trees are unique, and thus present a unique set of challenges to conservationists.
22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.
22 April 2016 – With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path tow ...
Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.
Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.
As large rivers empty into the world's oceans in areas known as plumes, they typically create gaps in the reef distribution along the tropical shelves--something that makes finding a reef in the Amazon River plume an unexpected discovery.
Large animals play a key role in mitigating climate change in tropical forests across the world by spreading the seeds of large trees that have a high capacity to store carbon, new research co-led by the University of Leeds has said.
It’s well known that the Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse terrestrial biomes on the planet, with 30 percent of the world’s species found there. But it turns out it might be even richer in life than we previously thought.
KASKI, Nepal, Apr 25 2016 (IPS) - 42 year-old Saraswati Subedi still remembers the night she almost died in a flash flood. “I heard the cries of my neighbours and ran out of the room with my two children.
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 23 2016 (IPS) - As countries came together at the United Nations this week to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, partnerships were forged between countries of the global South to support the implementation of the global treaty.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25 (UPI) -- The Himalayan wolf has been the source of taxonomic confusion for more than a century, but new research confirms the uniqueness of the species' lineage, as well as its presence Nepal.
21 April 2016 – As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emission ...
21 April 2016 – International guidelines being developed by a United Nations agency and new technologies are expected to boost efforts to cut down levels of abandoned fish gear, which often continues to carry out the capture process, entangling fish and other marine animals in its nets, a phenom ...
Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.
Let the plant wars begin. A parasitic vine that sucks the life out of feral weeds is being billed as a promising new agent for biocontrol.
Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.
The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.
Establishing new nature reserves with strict protection measures actually fails local communities and wildlife in the Congo Basin, a report says.
Apr 22 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - As people around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders are making history at the United Nations in New York. Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, representing their commitment to join it formally.
Countries are lining up to sign the Paris Climate Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York on April 22. The treaty marks a turning point on paper, but still needs huge efforts to be implemented.