Tropical forests in the Congo for example have exceptionally high animal and plant species.ropical Africa has two distinct features – rain forests which are dominated by trees and savannas which are dominated by grasses. Both depend on rainfall quantity and seasonality. Seasonality measures how ...
It’s definitely a contender. Africa’s tallest indigenous tree – measuring a whopping 81.5 metres – has been discovered in a remote valley on the continent’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests.
If the Greenland Ice Sheet melts away, global sea levels would rise by about 25 feet, the report warns.
A mass extinction event that wiped out the majority of the world’s creatures was made worse because the Earth’s ocean had almost no oxygen for thousands of years afterward.Scientists reported in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems that they studied rock formations to determine how m ...
It's been a long time since a wild wolf pack has roamed in Denmark. The last of the country's wolves was killed in 1813. That is, until 2012 when a male wolf made its way back into Denmark. Now, a handful of years later, there are not only several males but finally a female.
In an effort to understand the phenomena of honeybee deaths in Massachusetts and elsewhere, state agriculture experts are probing the recent death of a hive of roughly 80,000 insects in Rehoboth.
NEWCASTLE, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified genes key to the ability of the agave plant -- the plant used to make tequila -- to survive hot, dry conditions. The discovery could inspire the engineering of drought-resistant plants.
A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more fre ...
he world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And so ...
Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared ...
CANCUN — Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (Conanp, for its acronym in Spanish) and Grupo Experiencias Xcaret signed an agreement to strengthen the recovery program of the red macaw in the jungles of ...
With a rapidly changing climate starring extreme weather, the possibility of food insecurity and prevalent dietary deficiencies have never loomed larger.
Romania’s biodiversity amounts to those of Italy, Spain and Austria’s combined, Petre Daea, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, said, quoted by Agerpres.
The major problems of our time — energy, environment, climate change, food security, financial security — are systemic problems, which means they are all interconnected and interdependent and require corresponding systemic solutions. This important insight is illustrated in this article with the ...
Africa is continent of 55 countries and thousands of nationalities with incredible human and cultural diversity. Anthropologists have long associated the prevalence of human and cultural diversity with biological, ecological, ecosystem and agricultural biodiversity.
The 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this eek and next in Cancun, Mexico.
My name is Luciano, and I grow cacao in the Dois Riachões community, located in Ibirapitanga, southern Bahia, Brazil. This is a land of forests and springs (there are around 3500 springs), with Cabruca Cacao plants cultivated using agroecological methods across an area of 150 hectares.
Agroforestry is a new name for the old set of practices followed by farmers since historical times. It is the process of cultivating trees and agricultural crops in intimate combination.
At first glance Cameroon’s western regions seem lush, but a closer look shows a land degraded by overgrazing, unsustainable cropping practices, deforestation of vegetation for firewood, and uncontrolled bush fires.
RAJKOT: Wetlands along Gujarat's 1,600km coastline, which have become a haven for migratory birds, will be in focus at the Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) beginning January 2017.
A new study has found evidence to suggest that iron particles produced by industry and cities are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea.
On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”.
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales.
Climate change warrior and former US presidential candidate Al Gore is calling on the tech world to help fight the battle against global warming.
The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights, according to the former US vice-president and climate campaigner, Al Gore.
What happens when MASH’s Hawkeye Pierce interviews one of the world’s foremost experts on biology, ecology, and human nature?
It's known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that insects are in dramatic decline, but new evidence confirms this.
They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands.
In the latest of a growing number of such lawsuits around the world, Calgary-based Encana is one of 20 energy majors and their subsidiaries facing claims from three California communities. They allege the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at leas ...
The Great Barrier Reef, and most other large reefs around the world, owe their bulk in large part to a type of red algae that grows on corals and strengthens them. New research led by Anna Weiss, a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, has found that ...
A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found that algae growing on packed snow causes the snow to melt faster. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes testing the impact of algae growing on snow and measuring its impact on an Alaskan ...
President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced on Monday, in a speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters, that his government has created a network of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon, consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon’s territorial waters.
I was thinking about Bordeaux recently, and what constitutes a First Growth designation for a wine, the Premier Cru classification.How do they decide which wine deserves that highest designation? It all has to do with terroir. If a particular grape varietal is planted on a certain hillside and i ...
The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if the pets escape into the wild, UK researchers say.
The University-based Conservation Biology Research Group has confirmed the presence of the an invasive alien fresh water species, the red swamp crayfish, at Chadwick Lakes, while warning of the implication it has for biodiversity.
The POLYPHAGOUS SHOT HOLE borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; pregnant females drill into trunks to create networks of tunnels where they lay their eggs. The beetles also carry a fungus called Fusarium; it infects th ...
Seven dead North Atlantic right whales were found floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this summer, a catastrophe for a species with a population of only 525.
A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.
March 21 (UPI) -- Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator.
The Amazon stays true to its reputation as the world’s prime biodiversity hotspot. A new report by the WWF and Brazil’s Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development (link in Portuguese) indicates that in 2014 and 2015, no fewer than 381 have been discovered, more than one every two days.
Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study
Nearly half the world’s vertebrates faced with extinction live on islands where it is easier to control the invasive species that may endanger their survival, a study published Wednesday said.
TEPIC, Mexico, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High on Ecuador's Andean plains, the Comuna Espejo co-operative is counting on a recent delivery of 20 woolly alpacas to keep its moist grasslands in better shape than the sheep that normally graze there - and in turn help secure water supplies ...
An EPFL study has for the first time measured the impact of climate change on alpine streams, and the results are quite worrying: after a low-snow winter, these streams release more carbon dioxide than they absorb.
A surprising diversity of species including seahorses and critically endangered eels have been reported in the Solent.They have been found inhabiting oyster cage systems, which are part of a major conservation project to restore the native oyster to local waters.
Lewis Pugh is unstoppable in his quest to protect marine life, as he continues to brave ice cold oceans. His latest quest is in the Antarctic, where he’s championing for an Australia-sized area as a marine protected area.
Some indigenous communities in South America have been working on a way to participate in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) on their own terms. In 2009, Colombia began to create the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradat ...
The first pictures of a huge coral reef system discovered in the Amazon last year have been released by environmental campaigners.
Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill.