Better counting methodology has revealed more realistic results for the remaining tiger population in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans. And the numbers are far from good: Only around 100 of the big cats still stalk the forests.
The conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species.
Non-wood forest products can help boost the economies of remote mountainous areas of Europe, maintain local traditions and preserve unique landscapes for generations to come. Exploitation of a variety of non-wood products also means that rural communities are less dependent on just one 'cash crop'.
about his “forest of 400 years” in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.
More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort meant to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to the issue, the White House announced Monday.
More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.
A plan to save Australia’s most critically endangered bird has been outlined in the nation’s first threatened species strategy.
One of the world’s most endangered animals, the northern white rhinoceros, edged closer to extinction when one of the last five of its kind known to exist died in a Czech zoo.
Researchers call for humpbacks to be delisted as threatened as numbers leap to 90% of pre-whaling population along west coast and 63% along east coast
“Among the many things I learned as a President,” Nelson Mandela once said, “was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, the continent and the world.”
27 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the new global action agenda for financing sustainable development adopted two weeks ago by a major UN conference, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move as a major step that firmly puts the world “on the path to a mo ...
In a recent experiment, where investigators made a small change to planting, not only did they find that tall narrow rows grow the same amount of vegetables, they retained more fertilizers – reducing what would have leached into groundwater – and they would need half the amount of water. In addi ...
In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto was the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change.
Several U.S. companies, including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Bank of America Corp., will on Monday announce at least $140 billion in new investments to lower their carbon emissions and increase funding for clean energy, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Wildfires in California's fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis.
New Yale-led research reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why.Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perce ...
Four continents around the world are currently experiencing historic droughts affecting millions of people, and experts warn that this is the effect of man-made climate change. Severe dry spells are being felt not only in North America, but also in South America, Asia and Africa.
With a growing number of CEOs publicly committing their companies to taking action on climate change, what difference can their pronouncements make? Can they persuade others to follow suit, or encourage governments to legislate?
We have the expertise, the technology, and the resources to feed every person in every country. Yet there are still more than 840 million people whose lives are wrecked by hunger. This is an unforgivable development failure - and the single greatest obstacle to creating the inclusive, sustainabl ...
Provincial Culture and Tourism Minister Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday that biodiversity of the country was under threat due to the massive depletion of natural resources. The government of Pakistan recognized the need to conserve biodiversity and it was now committed to several international ...
Amphibians, such as frogs, are globally threatened. Over the past four decades, many tropical species have begun to disappear from intact natural habitats. In the 1980s alone, for example, 40 per cent of Costa Rica’s amphibians disappeared. Other Latin American countries are experiencing similar ...
People across the East are being warned not to attempt clearing giant hogweed and other non-native invasive plants without seeking professional advice first.
Six more new species of spiders are discovered around banks of river Periyar in Kerala. Researchers have established it as ecological diversity in Kuttivanam of Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram.
Researchers previously traced maize's roots to a weedy teosinte variety native to a valley in southwestern Mexico. Now they've identified the vital genetic mutation that happened there.
Around the world, humans have razed billions of hectares of forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems in our pursuit of land on which to grow our food and expand our infrastructure.
PARIS, Jul 24 2015 (IPS) - “We received a garden as our home, and we must not turn it into a wilderness for our children.”
At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.
Sixty big-city mayors from around the world gathered at the Vatican this week to discuss their role in addressing climate change. Mayors often play an unheralded role in reducing carbon emissions.
A new study finds that large animals eat not only large seeds but small ones too - helping with seed dispersal. If they become extinct, this could have an impact on overall biodiversity in an ecosystem.
If you've hung around some of the wackier, more conspiratorial parts of the internet you may have heard of Agenda 21.
This year is make or break for climate and a sustainable future. The opportunity to make genuine progress on these grand societal challenges must not be squandered.
Almost half a million people are calling on the European Commission to save Europe's nature laws – by far the highest number of responses to a public consultation ever reached in the history of the European Union.
The Endangered Species Act is under increased attack by lawmakers, conservationists say, with a slew of legislation proposed this year — including dozens of budget riders tacked onto unrelated bills — aimed at restricting wildlife protection.
Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Target 5, for instance, aims to halve global deforestation rates by 2020; but reliable indicators for deforestation ...
As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.
The benefits people reap from nature - or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters - can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now.
Dr. Gemedo Dalle was born and grew up in Arsi-Negelle. He attended primary and secondary school there before he went to Addis Ababa University for his first degree from the department of Biology. He had served for four years in various sectors before he once again joined the same department for ...
Ethiopian agricultural scientists particularly biotechnology researchers are debating on the issue of adopting the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) though their stance could hardly be recognized as a pro- and anti- GMO position. Interestingly, scholars of both categories do have the same fe ...
Santa Cruz (Ecuador) (AFP) - The Galapagos Islands, celebrated for their breathtaking biodiversity, could face a major threat from "El Nino," the weather system known to wreak havoc every few years.
Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Tuesday said the Program to Control and Monitor Invasive Alien Species has been strengthened , and aims to remove chickens, the Palo Verde Iguana, donkeys and cats which compete, displace or destroy native varieties in the country’s protected areas.
BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Mollusks aren't the only ones in trouble as the ocean takes up more carbon dioxide and further acidifies. Ocean acidification will also dramatically affect phytoplankton populations all over the world -- diminishing some species, while sustaining others.
The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance
PARIS, Jul 23 2015 (IPS) - African countries would do well to take their own lead in finding ways to better adapt to and mitigate the changes that climate may impose on future generations instead of relying only on foreign aid.
HARARE, Jul 22 2015 (IPS) - With unusually hot and dry weather beating down on this Southern African nation, climate change and the accompanying drought have cost farmers much of their cattle herds. In response, many ranchers are turning to goats to preserve their livestock assets.
As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence
VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) - More than 65 mayors from around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous threats.
Biodiversity offsetting involves trying to compensate for the damage to species and habitats caused by development such as expanding cities, constructing mines and building dams, by creating an 'ecologically equivalent' benefit elsewhere1.
Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The report card is in on the UN’s first set of global targets, the millennium development goals. And when it comes to reaching the world’s poorest with safe water and basic toilets, the grade is mediocre at best.