With the Paris Climate summit beginning in December, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a campaign to raise awareness for climate change and promote transitions to clean energy.
Human interventions increasingly threaten the habitat of many plant and animal species. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF now aims to provide fundamental insights for countering the loss of biodiversity and preserving ecosystems in agrarian regions.
22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable ...
BANGKOK, May 27 (UPI) -- Ampulex dementor, also known as the dementor wasp, is only one of 139 new species discovered last year in the Greater Mekong region, but it is most certainly the scariest.
The number of known plankton species floating in our oceans has increased ten-fold thanks to an international study aiming to understand the impact of climate change.
In the 1980s, Uganda's elephants looked like they were on their way to extinction.
People need to support the conservation charities working to stop the killing of Africa’s last elephants and rhinos by joining them, says naturalist
Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight.
MUMBAI -- Almost 70 years after India's independence, over 100 million acres of land falls under the definition of "common lands": territory occupied jointly by rural communities in the hinterland. But deforestation, waste of natural resources and over-irrigation risks turning it all into wasteland.
In order to get a better grasp on the biodiversity of mammals in Sumatra, University of Delaware graduate student Sarah Weiskopf spent two weeks collecting leeches in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and conducting genetic analyses of their blood meals.
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Madagascar has 7 million hectares of rainforest under protection as of this month, but stopping the poor people who live near those areas from illegally cutting down rosewood trees remains a challenge.
LIMA, Peru: REDD+ – with its emphasis on the sustainable management of forests, is so often pitched to communities and what they can do to help ensure their futures.
BOGOR, Indonesia: The move toward formalization of trade in natural resources in developing countries—from timber and rattan to chicle and cashews—must be undertaken with care, a new analysis of natural resource laws across the globe suggests.
Complex ecological and evolutionary controls of forest dynamics make projecting the future difficult.
The death toll of iconic saiga antelopes in central Asia has soared to around 120,000, almost half of the world's remaining population, according to unofficial estimates.
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.
A first global scale study has estimated how forest emitted compounds affecting cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapours.
About 5,500 glaciers could disappear or drastically retreat by the end of the century with severe impacts on farming and hydropower, say scientists
Mozambique has lost nearly half of its elephants to relentless, brutal, and highly-organized poaching in just five years, according to a new government survey. In 2010, the country was home to an estimated 20,000 pachyderms, today it houses just 10,300.
A new survey in Nepal counted 645 one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis), up from 375 animals ten years ago and 534 animals in 2011.
Nature policy works when implemented well. The health of our natural environment is a key component of our health and wealth, but our recent assessments show that the majority of habitats and species in Europe have an unfavourable conservation status despite significant improvements for many spe ...
A new study launched this month by University of Massachusetts Amherst fisheries biologist Andy J. Danylchuk, in collaboration with Argentina's Ministry of Environment and regional partners including Juramento Fly Fishing, Tigres del Rio, Fish Simply, and Patagonia Inc., is the first to assess t ...
A female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) - potentially the last female of her species - has been artificially inseminated at the Suzhou Zoo in China.
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are famed for their biodiversity and beauty. Now, the islands that inspired the likes of Charles Darwin and that contain precious, rare species are being threatened by the eruption of a long-inactive volcano.
Luanda — The Ministry of Environment and partners drafted the National Action Plano n Ivory 2015/2017, which is aimed to fight against the illegal ivory trade in Angola and the reinforcement of the inspection at airport and land borders.
Dubai - The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-Western Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Gulf region, announced the Min ...
Seeds are sometimes so small they are hard to see with the naked eye, yet as biologist and author Thor Hanson told Global Ideas, they have played a pivotal role in shaping the face of our modern lives.
Imphal, May 22 2015 : Additional Chief Secretary Ram Muivah has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future of the present generation and coming generations.
The fewer animals we have, the fewer humans we will have.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the international community to recommit itself to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.
DIBRUGARH, May 22 – Environment and Forest Minister Etuwa Munda today said all those involved in causing harm to the rich bio-diversity of the State would be dealt with, with an iron hand.
A statement from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism looks at the importance of conserving biodiversity in the broadest sense of its definition.
25 May 2015 – With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address c ...
The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, new research suggests.
Mass coral bleaching, which can lead to coral mortality, is predicted to occur far more frequently over the coming decades, due to the stress exerted by higher seawater temperatures.
Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.
[MANILA] The land conversion of coconut gene banks located in research farms across the Asia-Pacific threatens the future of coconut diversity, researchers warn.
Ecologists have warned that Melbourne is at risk of losing more than half its native plant species over the next century, with grasslands in Melbourne's west most vulnerable to the city's urban sprawl.
Scientists have found that the panther chameleon, a species with spectacular intra-specific colour variations, found in Madagascar, actually comprises eleven different species.
LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand.
AZROUM — The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco’s national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging and monkeys.
The Wolf volcano, located at the highest point of the islands that inspired Charles Darwin, has erupted for the first time in more than 30 years
Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020.
Here we are, midway though the big one, 2015 – our generation's 1945 as Mary Robinson put it recently – the one that will make all the difference for the environment, sustainability and climate change.
WWF and the African Development Bank today launched the 2015 African Ecological Futures report, highlighting a development path that can bring long-term well-being and prosperity while valuing and safeguarding Africa’s rich natural resources.
Environment Ministers and Authorities from 35countries across Asia Pacific met on May 19 to find solutions to pressing sustainable development, health and environment challenges facing the region at the inaugural First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities Forum.
With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world's most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country's history but they have intensified in recent years.
MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- Scientists are warning that the plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing collections of plant species.
Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists.
When I read about the attacks on the world’s remaining elephants and rhinos, the first thought that enters my head is: “these creatures used to be everywhere.” Almost every area of land and sea, in every region of the world, had a megafauna.