The Montreal Protocol is famous for being perhaps the most successful environmental treaty anywhere. It has assisted countries in phasing out CFCs and other ozone depleting substances (which are also very strong greenhouse gases). With current controls on track, the ozone hole is closing and w ...
Last week, following months of painstaking negotiations that may have passed many readers by, UN negotiators in New York completed their work to finalise the text of 'Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', setting out the final text of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Twenty-five years ago, Robert Cowie would climb atop the mountains of Oahu, Hawaii, and find one or two specimens of a brightly colored snail squirming around.
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Rising temperatures and shrinking polar ice cpas are worrisome longterm trends for most species, including fish and marine mammals. But sea life also benefits tremendously from nutrients-rich runoff streaming off melting glaciers.
DA NANG — The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.
CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Humans retreat inside and blast the air conditioning when it's hot, but fish don't have such a luxury. New research shows a common predator species off the Australian coast dives deeper to avoid rising water temperatures.
CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A new study in Australia suggests plants unique to cloud forests are unlikely to survive the changes in high-altitude temperature and weather patterns brought on by climate change.
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Want to distinguish between predator and prey? Look to the eyes.
Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.
Who actually enjoys long-haul flights? One seabird seems to – the ancient murrelet. It travels almost 8000 kilometres across the north Pacific, then does the whole slog again in reverse, for no obvious benefit.
The resettlement of smallholder farmers in Brazil has spurred deforestation in the Amazon, according to fresh research on nearly 2,000 settlements in the region.
For thousands of years, the San and Khoi indigenous people of what is now South Africa have used a plant known as buchu that is native to the western part of the country.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 7 2015 (IPS) - The traditions of Argentina’s gauchos or cowboys have joined together with modern agricultural technology in a unique alliance between stockbreeders and environmentalists aimed at preserving biodiversity in the pampas, boosting productivity, and enhancing the fla ...
For Kenya's Maasai warriors hunting has been a traditional rite of passage. Now they have dropped their spears and picked up cricket bats to raise awareness of the plight of a species whose future hangs by a thread.
The continuing expansion of the Suez canal risks causing serious harm to marine lifeforms and economic activity in the Mediterranean sea, scientists are warning.
Later this year, global leaders will make important decisions about some of the planet's toughest challenges. If the world wants a climate deal and new development agenda that's good for the economy, for the poor, and for businesses, the path forward needs to include forests.
9 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and a ...
Tanzania and other 193 member states of the United Nations have reached an agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted next month by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
Earlier this month, the world took a momentous step forward: the 193 member states of the UN reached an agreement on the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
Sylvia Earle fell in love with the ocean as a teenager in the 1950s. She marveled at the wealth of aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, near her family’s home in Clearwater, Florida.
PUNE: Insects are going to have a major contribution to food and feed security says Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, senior fellow at Bengaluru based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
A tiny new frog species discovered in the Peruvian Andes has a white-mottled belly and a dark face mask that makes it look like a bandit.
On August 9 the world will commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year the focus is on health and wellbeing.
In 2011, Peruvian researcher Vanessa Uscapi was looking for amphibians in the high Andean cloud forest of southern Peru when she chanced upon a little frog in the leaf litter. From the top it looked brown and nondescript – but then she picked it up and turned it over. On its underside were blotc ...
Fishermen's leaders have warned the creation of Marine Protected Areas around Scotland's coast could result in a modern-day "clearance" that would devastate small fishing communities.
As the years pass, and the reality of anthropogenic climate change has become widely accepted within the scientific community, most regular citizens still lack a sophisticated understanding of the scientific factors at play in global warming. Recognizing the need to communicate the severity of c ...
In 2009, global leaders agreed to try not to let the world warm more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This is sometimes seen as a rule of thumb for keeping on the right side of climate change, within “safe” territory.
A TREASURE trove of biodiversity has been hiding several kilometres below the ocean surface. Only a handful of people have ever seen these enigmatic animals – until now.
They are some of the most interesting and unique creatures in the oceans - deep-sea life. Most people can identify a shark or sea turtle or whale, but many are shocked to see what a lanternfish or oarfish looks like. Deep-sea creatures can be down-right scary looking.
The science has been in for some time: Earth's climate is changing, and human activity has been making it worse.No big deal," the skeptics say, "we'll just adapt" -- like retooling a multi-trillion-dollar civilization to function in a climate paradigm it wasn't designed for is as simple as tossi ...
With just four months to go until international delegates descend upon Paris for the much-discussed United Nations climate conference, COP21, the stakes for shifting to a low-carbon economy are starting to come into focus.
CAN cities really become home to a large variety of fauna and flora? Doesn’t the wild world hate cement? The concept of biodiversity may seem to contradict the nature of cities, but scientists, designers and architects are working on urban development models that harmonise with the natural envir ...
Human made noise, also called anthropogenic noise, is rising in many environments due to the increase in transportation and the exploration for and exploitation of energy sources.
New Delhi: The biodiversity of north-east India, especially Arunachal Pradesh, is under threat from hydropower projects.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is backing a new app to help officials better monitor and manage endangered species.
As the oceans’ chemistry is altered by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the response of sea-dwellers such as fish, shellfish and corals is a huge unknown that has implications for fisheries and conservationists alike.
Turning natural landscapes in the Caribbean into urban areas or farmland may increase the risk of people dying from floods and storms, scientists suggest.
Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.
HARARE, Aug 5 2015 (IPS) - Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.
A gang of poachers, said to have killed more than 20 elephants for their tusks, was busted by Kerala state’s forest department
The UN's green-tinted Sustainable Development Goals are an acknowledgment of human-caused environmental pressures. That's all well and good, but is it too little, too late?
Fish may be evolving to swim faster so they can avoid capture in trawler nets, according to research.
The yellow perch living in Lake Erie have long faced challenges breeding after short, warm winters and some scientists believe that climate change could thus cause further problems for them.
Each summer, female monarch butter-flies flutter around their breeding grounds in northern North America in search of nectar, a mate, and a milkweed plant on which to lay eggs.
Gawking is not considered impolite in Uganda. For a first time visitor, in fact, it is entirely expected, because there is much to gawk at.
There is a strong case that in order to be healthy, communities need to be ecologically sustainable. Many of the actions that could be taken to make communities and societies more sustainable have what we call health co-benefits.
UN secretary general hails ‘people’s agenda’ as member states finally assent to targets lauded for poverty pledge despite scepticism about implementation
The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.
Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.
ACTON, Australia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A new brightly colored flat lizard species has been discovered in South Africa. The scientists describing the newly identified creature have decided to name it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.