CLEVELAND, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Birds have a strong preference for nighttime migration, so much so that migratory birds caught over water at daybreak turn around for shore. Researchers discovered the phenomenon using radar normally reserved for tracking weather systems.
A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world's tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction.
Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report.
A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.
In 2015, Malaysian officials publicly confirmed there were no wild rhinos left in Malaysia.
EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign
08 Dec 2016 --- Firmenich has signed the Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge, alongside several of its strategic clients at the COP13 Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico.
Denmark is not likely to meet the majority of the 20 UN targets that the international community adopted in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan to protect biodiversity in the world
The world's natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.
INDIGENOUS peoples’ generational knowledge and experiences of resource management and their attempts to protect local biodiversity has not featured at all at government level discussions on strategies for marine conservation management at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, say ...
When a forest falls prey to disease, pests, drought or clearing by humans, the impacts ripple well beyond that local ecosystem, according to a new study.
Raising Public awareness is invaluable if local communities are to be engaged in the effort to meet the challenge of climate change.
It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise by between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods. Agriculture will be severely affected.
Land degradation and taking land for urban development threaten critical ecosystem services, including provision of food and water, climate regulation and recreation.
In a new study, scientists have demonstrated — yet again — the alarming effects of environmental change on the spread of infectious disease.
Researchers at the Insectarium are worried about the fate of the Monarch butterfly.
Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.
It’s important not to fall into the many lazy story lines about millennials being coddled or oversensitive or anti-free-speech or wildly promiscuous or whatever else.
160 global groups have called for a moratorium on new 'genetic extinction' technology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
Editor’s Note: This is a letter written to the governing body overseeing the biosafey treaty–the Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagenta Protocol on Biosafety–from scientists who support gene drive research.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand Deep in the jungle of Mae Wang, two hours' drive southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, five women from the Karen ethnic group banded together to do something unprecedented in their community: They started a company run entirely by women.
Cancun, Mexico | December 07, 2016 At the Convention on Biological Diversity today, global conservation NGOs released a report revealing that just 5 percent of countries who have reported progress on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are on track to reach their global biodiversity goals by 2020.
Almost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious plan in 2010 to save the world’s dwindling biodiversity.
CANCUN — The state governments of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche have pledged to make the Yucatan Peninsula a GMO-free region through the signing of a cooperative pact during the COP13 Global Biodiversity Summit, taking place in Cancun this week.
Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.
PETERSHAM, Mass. —| In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.
Members of the UN’s intellectual property agency reportedly made some headway last week in updating a draft text relating to the protection of traditional knowledge, though many items remain unresolved.
NEWCASTLE, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified genes key to the ability of the agave plant -- the plant used to make tequila -- to survive hot, dry conditions. The discovery could inspire the engineering of drought-resistant plants.
6 December 2016 – Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biologi ...
Water and air temperatures and shifts in wind patterns conspired to hold down sea ice extent, setting record lows for the month of November in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.
You know a bird has a PR problem when an ornithologist refers to it as “a prodigy of ugliness.”
CALI, Colombia, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.
A new IUCN report warns that urgent action is needed to preserve populations of cartilaginous fish, like sharks and rays, in the Mediterranean region.
6 December 2016, Cancun, Mexico - In an effort to combat the impacts of environmental degradation and promote sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change, FAO this week presented a set ofVoluntary guidelines for agro-environmental policiesmeant to help policy makers in Latin America an ...
A delegation of scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be presenting their latest research at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), to be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 4 to 17 December 2016.
The only way for northern countries to halt deforestation in the South is to make sure land owners are paid more than it costs them to conserve the forest.
On Monday, the Mexican government established the largest biological reserve in the country’s history, further driving a global trend of setting aside large swaths of land and ocean for conservation.
Coral reefs are among the most remarkable achievements of nature, structures built in shallow water over long periods of time out of the skeletons of tiny polyps.
When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes.
A just released report has cast even more concern about the future of the polar bear survival as a species.
(CNN) — Sudan's ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating.
Kampala, Uganda—Investigators posing as buyers lured the suspects to a lodge near Buliisa, a town in western Uganda, as night set in.
In February 2012, a team of people from Spirit Way Inc., University College of the North, Travel Manitoba, The Wildlife Society/Manitoba and Frontiers North Adventures met with government ministers in Winnipeg to present a discussion paper entitled “Building a Wolf Economy.”
When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements.
As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a range of universities and NGOs report in the international journal Conservation Letters that h ...
Cancun, Mexico, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Braulio Ferreira, has warned of the rapid loss of forests on the planet.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Not all insects are the enemies of crops. Many are beneficial. Ideally, insecticides should kill the bad insects without harming the good ones. Easier said than done.
5 December 2016 – Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries' economies, according to a United Nations report launched today.
4 December 2016 – More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.
Cancun, Mexico 4 December 2016 - Ministers from around the world committed to working together to save biodiversity and take urgent action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and backed this with a host of specific commitments.