While the study of changes in the Himalayas and conservation of its ecosystems remains confined to research, this year, ‘Himalaya Diwas’ was a call for the conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems to be taken up as a public campaign.
Ten percent of the world's cotton is produced in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China. Irrigating the cotton fields, however, is causing ecological problems.
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The vast majority of CO2 emissions released by humans end up in the atmosphere. But not all of the carbon dioxide stays there. Some is sucked into the oceans.
Understanding whether conservation programs really work is hard to do, but it is becoming increasingly important for organizations wanting to raise funds and justify their work preserving species and habitats.
MANILA, Sep 8 2015 (IPS) - Jun* is in chains, tied to a post in the small house that resembles a fragile nipa hut. His brother did this to prevent him from hurting their neighbours or other strangers he meets when he’s in a ballistic mood. Jun has been like this for three years now, but since Ty ...
Three-year program to monitor and sustain an isolated population of black-flanked rock wallabies in Western Australia has started to bear fruit
The 'Genghis Khan of the ant world', the Argentine ant, not only invades our suburbs. Researchers have now found it carries and spreads deadly pathogens.
Food is seemingly cheaper and more convenient than ever before. However, what people don't pay for at the cash register, they pay in healthcare costs and environmental consequences.
A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses.
Kiribati president says any attempt to water down a commitment to curb global warming would be a ‘betrayal’ and that there will be no compromise on target
Like the leaves of New England maples, phytoplankton, the microalgae at the base of most oceanic food webs, photosynthesize when exposed to sunlight. In the process, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to carbohydrates and oxygen.
A new, definitive U.N. report on the world’s forests finds that the rate of deforestation is slowing down — but that its global toll has been immense in the last 25 years.
Both anti-GMO and anti-climate change activists use the same kind of tactics to agitate and militate for their own purposes
The rapidly declining population of white-backed vultures in India has been a cause of concern for several decades.
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The plains of central Kazakhstan are littered with dead antelope, 60,000 of them -- an entire herd wiped out in just four days. And no one is exactly sure how or why.
4 September 2015 – Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.
Heavy metal is moving in mysterious ways. Two studies this week show that pristine areas, far from industrial pollution, are building up surprisingly high levels of mercury from unexpected sources – moulting elephant seals and bacteria in Arctic estuaries.
New calculations indicate that land-based food sources like caribou, snow geese, and eggs might provide enough calories for bears to avoid starvation
A greater understanding and appreciation of our oceans is essential for the wellbeing of the world’s population, according to a new report.
Agricultural extension services are part of most countries’ rural administrative structure, helping to deliver information and development projects.
7 September 2015, Durban/Rome - The world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent, FAO said in a report published today.
BONN, Sep 6 2015 (IPS) - Less than 100 days before the U.N. climate change conference (COP21) in Paris in December, there are now only few who believe that the conference will not produce a treaty. But for most countries involved, this is rarely the question.
BONN, Sep 5 2015 (IPS) - December 2015 will define the course of humanity’s survival at the crunch U.N. climate conference in Paris, known in technical jargon as the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21).
Crocodile researcher warns the reptiles face a ‘bleak future’, but Australia’s saltwater and freshwater species have a brighter outlook due to hunting ban
The president of France, Francois Hollande, has warned that the global climate change talks scheduled for Paris this December will fail unless nations make a much greater effort to reach agreement – and that the result could be millions of new refugees fleeing climate disaster.
Negotiations toward a new global climate change treaty wrapped up in Bonn with participants praising modest progress made
UNEP recognizes the rapid and impressive impact the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has made in combatting poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.
Only in Australia. An elusive and aggressive blue fish, until now known only through seafarers’ tales, has finally been documented by science. So hard to catch, the fish had become known to anglers as “blue bastard” – a name it is now officially stuck with.
Rich nations at UN climate talks are said to be edging towards a compromise on the thorny issue of loss and damage.
Ecologists have discovered a pattern that is consistent across a range of ecosystems. They found that, in a very systematic way, in crowded settings, prey reproduced less than they do in settings where their numbers are smaller. Some scientists are already suggesting that it may well be the disc ...
Orchids, a fantastically complicated and diverse group of flowering plants, have long blended the exotic with the beautiful. Previously, botanists have proposed more than a half dozen explanations for this diversity. Now, research corroborates many of these explanations, but finds no evidence fo ...
Asia’s Endangered fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) went missing in 2003, and was thought to be extinct in that nation. That’s why researchers were so delighted when the fishing cat showed up recently in candid shots snapped by their camera traps in two Cambodian preserves.
An ancient fish blamed for the death of a king and served as a traditional royal dish is returning to parts of Britain where it has been absent for 200 years.
Saudi Arabia is being accused of trying to water down the climate agreement at international talks in Bonn this week. But the Middle East is vulnerable to the effects of climate change - and awareness may be growing.
MEPs from the agriculture committee spoke out on Thursday (3 September) against a proposal by the European Commission to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the first legal protest following an already widely verbalised opposition to the plan.
An advisory released this August by the US National Weather Service warned this year’s El Niño could be among the strongest ever recorded, lasting well into the first few months of 2016.
So far, 57 countries have submitted their INDCs for COP21 but their combined pledges aren't enough to keep global warming below 2°C. Experts say more ambition is needed.
Work on building a global climate deal showed progress on the final day of a UN conference in Bonn, with officials chairing the process revealing they would release a new, slimmer draft text in early October.
3 September 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups is uniting to tell seven billion people in seven days that “it’s time to change the w ...
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S upporters of global goals to end poverty and promote human rights, an agenda that goes before the United Nations this month, kicked off a massive campaign this week, saying publicity is key to winning the backing of world leaders.
Newly released issue briefs for the Sustainable Development Goals “interactive dialogues” underscore this tension.
New research suggests that soil biodiversity is on the decline. 2015 is the International Year of Soils and the U.N. General Assembly hopes to increase awareness of soil's important role.
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Each year, conservationists are counting more and more green sea turtle nests on the beaches of Florida. And 2015 was no different. This time, the vulnerable sea turtles set a nesting record -- with three weeks of nesting season still left to go.
HOW deep is too deep? Europe’s most threatened ecosystem – the deep seabed – may get some relief this week when European Union officials discuss proposals on banning trawling below 800 metres. But are the proposals ambitious enough?
Over 50% of nearly 600 surveyed bird species may lose more than half of their current geographic range across three climate change scenarios through the end of the century in North America, according to a study published September 2, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gary Langham and c ...
Nairobi, 3 September 2015 - An estimated 80 per cent of global deforestation occurs as a direct result of agricultural practices. Government subsidies, estimated at $200 billion annually, are often the key underlying drivers of forest loss worldwide, with policy makers rarely recognizing their i ...
BONN, Sep 2 2015 (IPS) - After surviving the storm surge wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, women in evacuation centres found themselves again fighting for survival … at times from rape. Many became victims of human trafficking while many more did anything they could ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sep 1 2015 (IPS) - After a one-day summit in the U.S. Arctic’s biggest city, leaders from the world’s northern countries acknowledged that climate change is seriously disrupting the Arctic ecosystem, yet left without committing themselves to serious action to fight the negativ ...
A small Japanese town kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.
As Germany grapples with an ongoing refugee crisis, delegates from around the world are also meeting in Bonn to negotiate a new climate treaty. A climate refugee advocate talked to DW about future perspectives.