As a UN conference convenes to work out a new deal for protecting the planet’s biodiversity, the focus falls on the nations that are not attending
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — After informal closed consultations, a draft decision was issued yesterday on how the UN Convention on Biological Diversity should address potential impacts of synthetic biology, during the biennial conference of the parties taking place this week.
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — UN Convention on Biological Diversity members were trying this week to address questions that were left open when its protocol on access and benefit-sharing was adopted eight years ago.
Run-off from vast ice sheet is increasing due to manmade global warming, says study
Australian researchers have a new way to increase desire in the northern corroboree frog
Diversity, be it genetic, morphological, behavioural or ecological, is at the heart of many controversies.
It’s not hard to find bats for sale in the marketplaces of Bolivia. They’re usually tucked away in pungent shoeboxes, some with as many as 20 bats jammed together, the live ones crawling over those that have already succumbed to disease or stress.
The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are meeting in Katowice, Poland.
Lush green fields blanket northern Egypt's Nile Delta, but the country's agricultural heartland and its vital freshwater resources are under threat from a warming climate.
Several families from an indigenous population in northern Europe are taking the European Union to court over what they perceive as a lack of action on climate change.
2 December 2018: The first World Forum on Urban Forests launched a Call for Action on greener, healthier and happier cities for all. The Forum also issued a challenge to all cities around the globe to adhere to the ‘Tree Cities of the World Programme.’
Tens of thousands of hectares cleared in Ghana and Ivory Coast since vow to end practice
Kisiwa Panza — For over 25 years, rising seas linked to climate change have caused repeated flooding on the small island of Kisiwa Panza
Picture of monk seal with eel up its nose shared by Noaa was only latest episode to occur in the past two years, baffling researchers
World fisheries should be more strictly managed to relieve pressure on seabird numbers, Aberdeen experts have said.
By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe.
A new study of sea turtles in three oceans and seas drove home the point, green campaigners said Wednesday, that the world's governments and corporations are not doing enough to reduce plastic pollution—and marine life is suffering as a result.
Like the food particles that clump together in the middle of a kitchen sink, plastic debris is gathering in the deepest reaches of the ocean.
The Convention on Biological Diversity’s biannual meeting in November did not make a lot of headlines. Big meetings of the parties to relatively obscure international treaties rarely do
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s President-elect, represents a globally significant threat to the world’s biggest tropical forest conservation legacy and the biggest tropical forest.
Gender-blind climate action risks jeopardizing efficiency and long-term sustainability
UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions
Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks
In "The Lorax," an entrepreneur regrets wiping out all the make-believe truffala trees by chopping them down to maximize his short-term gains.
Invasive species and habitat loss are the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity, according to new research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub in partnership with The University of Queensland.
A stunning array of biodiversity lies at the depths of a marine region that some fear the Trump administration will open to fishing and mining.
A Chinese state-owned company is behind rubber plantations that Cameroon villagers say threaten their livelihoods.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) pointed out that climate change will be leading cause of loss of species.
On the sidelines of an intergovernmental conference on cooperation among HKH countries, The Wire spoke to Shrestha about the science of climate change, its impact in the mountains, the shifting monsoon and how governments should respond.
Canada and the United Kingdom are hosting a “coal-free day” at the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland, a city built on coal mining.
The multitrillion-dollar business of fashion, with its complex and long supply chain, is worryingly vexed with problems contributing to climate change.
White House representatives arrive at climate talks in Poland on Monday to promote coal and other fossil fuels.
The ocean holds hundreds of millions of tons of plastic, and none of it is going anywhere anytime soon.
Parasites and dog disease in India sweep through the cats’ only home, triggering fears for the species’ survival
The world’s tallest land mammals may be slipping toward extinction, with three of the nine subspecies of giraffes now in serious trouble and considered “critically endangered.”
The Greater Mekong Region (GMS) in the transnational region of the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia experienced a 5.1 percent decline in total forest cover from 1990 to 2015, according to a recent study conducted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Our four-wheel drive slides to a halt, throwing up clouds of dust as we pile out into the rising heat of the day, Zoemana and his fellow rangers taking off at full-speed towards a column of smoke in the distance.
10 December 2018 | KATOWICE | Poland | Global climate talks bogged down here over the weekend as negotiators from developed countries pushed back against language overtly “welcoming” (as opposed to “noting”) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) October analysis of the changes ...
They serve as spectacular backdrops to some of the world’s most scenic areas, and once a year the United Nations marks our appreciation of them with International Mountain Day.
Small, local patches of habitat could be playing a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity than you think, according to new research.
Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters.
The team will also train people how to react when they see a coyote, screaming and waving so the animals don’t get comfortable in the company of humans.
In eastern Himalayas’ Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP), eye-catching Wight’s rhododendron shrubs and graceful firs, frame the upper limits of the sub-alpine forests.
Brazil will use common sense in dealing with the Paris agreement, and the country has so far been responsible in preserving its vegetation, Salles says
Humankind is decimating plant and animal species, with alarming consequences for the planet. From the UN biodiversity conference in Egypt, Cristiana Pasca explains why preserving biodiversity is key to our survival.
FISHING has been a main source of livelihood for thousands of natives around Lake Tanganyika in Mpulungu district of Northern Province for many years.
December 11 is globally celebrated as the International Mountain Day (IMD). It reminds us every year the shameless actions we have been taking over the decades that ruined the nature and natural resources hosted by the mountains.
Think about what you drank today. Odds are, you drank water at some point.
KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 11 2018 (IPS) - In order for African countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), they will require further human capacity building, and there must be involvement of the private sector from the start of the ...
In the dark hours before dawn each day, Mrs Saili and her three daughters quietly slip away from their Nepalese mountain village to begin their three-hour walk to the nearest river to fetch drinking water for the day.