Pity the Javan warty pig. Highly endangered in its native Indonesia, the ungulate could do with some research support. But in 2014, it garnered just one academic paper, not nearly as many as were published on the wild boar, a global species in no danger of extinction.
Tests suggests some varieties of olive trees appear to be resistant to an invasive pathogen posing a serious risk to Europe's olive industry.
A group of scientists has backed a federal plan to restrict the trapping and gunning down of bears and wolves in Alaska’s wildlife refuges, in the face of bitter opposition from the state government.
Extreme droughts could lead to widespread death of eucalypts from embolisms, researchers say.
Antarctica is the last landmass on Earth that remains almost entirely undisturbed by human presence, except for a few scientific research stations. Is its wildlife at risk from a growing influx of cruise-ship tourists?
Looking down from an elevation of 400 kilometres or so, Vancouver Island appears to be covered by a mostly intact jade-green forest from one end to the other.
Mostafa K. Tolba, a U.N. official who was considered the father of the Montreal Protocol, the agreement intended to save the ozone layer that is widely known as part of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, died March 28 in Geneva. He was 93.
30 March 2016 – Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.
Nitrogen emissions have tripled over the last 100 years as a result of industrial and agricultural growth.
Although the extent of winter Arctic sea-ice has been the smallest on record this year, it is unclear yet whether its volume will also mark a new low.
Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".
Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found.
Overgrazing and poor soil management are depriving grasslands of essential nutrients such as phosphorus, a study warns.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations has begun negotiations for a new legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdiction.
Herd ‘coming home’ under treaty between North American tribes that seeks to return bison from Canada to Montana
The Quito rocket frog, once thought to be extinct, hangs on to survival in a patch of forest beneath an active volcano. As Cotopaxi threatens to erupt, three scientists set out to rescue the tiny amphibian from oblivion.
On a brisk late February day, some bulge with maple sap while others sport little sap icicles.
An ambitious National Climate Change Policy to build a Resilient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in February.
Farmers and scientists are finding ways to improve soils and increase food security. Here are seven influential projects and programs helping to restore the world’s soil.
Conservationists who work to save rain forests typically focus on pristine stands—the dwindling number of patches where the buzz of chainsaws has yet to echo.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.
Newly examined video of Kemp's ridley sea turtles, which are found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, shows that the species' recovery from endangerment has stalled at less than one-tenth of historic nesting levels.
SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- A beach isn't really a beach without sand. Unfortunately, over time, beaches lose their sand to the wind and waves.
In late January and early March, a huge fire ripped through the forests of the Republic of Congo.
Japan has confirmed whales were killed on its most recent “scientific” expedition in the Antarctic region.
Erratic rainfall and long dry spells have contributed to large-scale crop failure and livestock deaths across Zimbabwe. As a result, nearly 3 million rural Zimbabweans are currently facing food insecurity.
Researchers discovered a possible new butterfly species in Alaska and believe it could tell us more about the pace of climate change.
Corentin Girard, researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia's Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA-UPV), has developed an innovative methodology to assist planning at the scale of the river basin during periods of uncertainty such as those caused by climate ...
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and discussed areas of cooperation and the close ties between Kenya and the UK, especially on conservation.
In the world of conservation, it appears some animals are more equal than others. That's according to a new study by Arizona State University researcher Leah Gerber, which claims there's an uneven distribution of funds for endangered animals.
Environmental and Inuit leaders say the Liberal government's first budget signals a course change when it comes to tackling the impact of climate change on the environment and people of the Arctic.
After record high winter temperatures reduced parts of the course to a bone-jarring, sled-wrecking obstacle course, is the great mushing race on its way out?
Mostafa Tolba, an Egyptian scientist and former executive director of the U.N. Environment Program whose call for "development without destruction" helped bring about the agency he led for 17 years, died Monday at the age of 93, a U.N. official said.
23 March 2016 – World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes ‘the new normal,’ UN urges bold climate action Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action ...
22 March 2016 – With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods, the United Nations today said, underscoring the link between water and jobs, this year’s theme for World Water Day.
The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.
Some species of plants are capable of colonizing new habitats thanks to birds that transport their seeds in their plumage or digestive tract.
Long regarded as minor players in ocean ecology, jellyfish are actually important parts of the marine food web.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation — the biggest private supporter of conservation in the world’s largest rainforest — has pledged another $100 million toward efforts to establish and support protected areas across the Andes-Amazon landscape.
BONN, Germany, Mar 22 2016 (IPS) - For three consecutive days this week, we gave thought to our future. On International Forests Day, Monday, 21 March, we were reminded that forests are vital for our future water needs.
Water scarcity has long been a problem. But climate change, a growing global population and economic growth are putting the natural resource under even more stress.
Every year, extra-long drift nets kill literally tons of incidentally caught marine animals - or bycatch. As long as illegal fishing goes on, the carnage will continue. But one group has taken matters into its own hands.
ADELAIDE, Australia, March 22 (UPI) -- Ecologists like to tout the less obvious benefits of biodiversity, and rightfully so. Now, they've got another to boast about -- disease resistance.
The New Zealand storm petrel was considered extinct for 150 years. After cats and rats were eradicated from the island, the seabirds were rediscovered breeding on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.
Arthur Conan Doyle's famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes once noted that "the little things are infinitely the most important." It's a belief that investigators at the University of Alberta obviously share
Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties.
21 March 2016 – On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests.
It’s an expensive invasion. The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) has cut visibility in Lake Mendota in Wisconsin by 1 metre since it was first spotted there in 2009.
Eight dives into the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument of north-west Hawaii have resulted in thousands of samples and images of never-before-seen life and landforms.
More needs to be done to ensure wild relatives of our key food crops are conserved for future generations, a study has said.