Now that the unimaginable has happened, scientists in Britain and across Europe–as well as trade partners in the United States and elsewhere–are trying to assess the impact of Brexit on agricultural biotechnology.
SADC countries still show the least level of biotechnology development owing largely to the precautionary approach of governments in guiding the use of biotechnology in agriculture and the negative perceptions emanating from the European Union’s stand on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), re ...
Let’s be honest, these are challenging times to be a conservationist, animal lover, nature fan, outdoorsman…a human. No matter the label, one thing that we all share in common is a desire to feel wonder: a wonder that often arises from experiences in the natural world.
Forest loss in the Amazon continues, but over the last decade, it has largely been slowing down in Brazil.
A deal aimed to double agricultural production and end hunger in Africa has underestimated the impact climate change will have on the continent’s food production, a report has found.
A chameleon-like lizard is one of the first new anole species found in the Dominican Republic in decades. The species could help solve a mystery that has long puzzled scientists — but it’s already at risk.
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.
Cecil’s death could spark a global rethink on how to protect lions – ending Africa’s dependence on hunting revenues to sustain wildlife habitats and crucial conservation projects
The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population is to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.
Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit
The UN is celebrating: Hunger and poverty around the world are in decline according to data from the global body. But that success is not nearly as great if you scrutinize the numbers.
Thailand has been hit by one of the worst droughts in decades - with devastating effects on farmers. However, some small organic farms demonstrate that the key to surviving future droughts could be to embrace diversity.
Peatlands are one of the staples of the boreal forest that sweeps across Canada. The 185 billion tonnes of mossy wetlands across the country can act as firebreaks, literally dampening the flames as they move across the landscape.
New advances in technology are sparking efforts to use virtual reality to help people gain a deeper appreciation of environmental challenges, reports Yale environment 360
Tropical countries that are richest in biodiversity spend the least on conservation, a new study has found.
BURNABY, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Researchers are just now understanding the ecological consequences of the massive 2013 die-off of sea stars along North America's Pacific Coast, and the findings aren't good.
UK science will have to fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.
First regional, interdisciplinary research to demonstrate importance of gravel-bed rivers to entire ecosystem
With the ink just dry on the Paris climate agreement, policymakers want to know how they can act most effectively.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved the country’s first-ever marine protected area in the waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago.
MANILA, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agricu ...
Moves to save the tiny woodland mammal from extinction could herald the reintroduction of larger lost species such as the wolf and sea eagle
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme.
Khartoum — Zoologists are ringing the alarm bells over the growing mortality among migratory birds.
Microbes sampled from the Earth’s highest known geothermal vents suggest that when it comes to life in the universe, it’s not just water that counts.
As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.
Stakeholders in forestry initiatives have endorsed a new plan that outlines specific measures to be undertaken across sectors to increase Kenya's forest cover to 10 per cent in the next 15 years.
VIENTIANE, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Lao government has been persistent in delivering its commitment to the global community in biodiversity conservation, with a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) being prepared, officials have said.
27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.
The growth of border fences in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years is a "major threat" to wildlife, according to a new study.
Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans, researchers report.
A singular Amazonian catfish is capable of an amazing feat: hidden from human eyes, the species travels vast distances over its lifetime, making a round trip covering more than 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles), to return to its natal breeding grounds, a new study confirms.
WASHINGTON, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) - In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us’s project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in or ...
Dark bordered beauty moths have declined by over 90% at their last stronghold near York due to sheep grazing and habitat loss
Some conservationists say endangered birds at the South African reserve take priority, but others argue that locally the big cat is rarer
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities in six continents joined up to form the world's largest alliance to combat climate change on Wednesday, a move intended to help making ground-level changes to slow global warming.
A monster forest fire that began in early May is still burning in Canada’s vast, isolated north woods.
COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- New analysis of the corn plant's genome suggests its genetic resources are surprisingly diverse.
BHOLA, Bangladesh, Jun 22 2016 (IPS) - A continuous influx of sea water is threatening agriculture and food security in vast coastal areas of Bangladesh, but farmers are finding ways to adapt, like cultivating fish and crops at the same time.
Scientists discover corals that look healthy but cannot reproduce, dashing hopes such reefs could repopulate bleached areas
The U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to lose
There a many reasons to be unhappy about the state of the environment. But we’ve recently found some good news: a conservation program that works.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, and its sister airline Dragon Air, have announced an immediate ban on the carriage of shark fin on all of their flights.
Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent.
Researchers call for increased protection as the federally protected Boreal felt lichen population decline in Atlantic Canada shows links to human impacts on the environment
This year’s slogan of “Protect the Earth, Restore Land, Engage People” highlights the significance of comprehensive strategic frameworks as well as all-inclusive participation and cooperation in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in Iran.
Only about 100 couples remain in the wild, according to official estimates
A Caribbean lizard that remained undiscovered for many years despite its large size and distinctive looks has been identified as a new species.
The planet’s last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners published June 21 in the journal Biological Conservation.
22 June 2016 – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, the United Nat ...