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.
China’s attempts to reverse decades of deforestation are looking hopeful, scientists say, but the problem may simply be moving abroad.
This weekend saw the designation of 20 new UNESCO biosphere reserves around the world. Included in these is the brand new Tsá Túé International Biosphere Reserve, the first in northern Canada and the first to be led entirely by indigenous communities.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - “We, indigenous women want to be considered as part of the solution for sustainable development, because we have capabilities and knowledge, ” said Tarcila Rivera, a Quechua journalist and activist for the rights of indigenous people in Peru, at a press confer ...
ROME, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The next time you turn on the tap to fill the kettle, you might want to spare a thought for the forest that made it possible.
As coral bleaching threat is raised for Great Barrier Reef, experts say events show that dire projections for reefs under global warming were not alarmist
Former Nasa researcher and father of climate change awareness says melting of ice sheets could cause ‘several meters’ rise in a century, swamping coastal cities
A new report claims that a UK exit from the EU would leave Britain’s environment vulnerable. But on the flip side, Brexit could increase environmental protection in the rest of Europe.
Protecting large stretches of the ocean from human influence may well be good for conservation. But a new study by University of York scientists Professor Callum Roberts and Dr Bethan O'Leary suggests that setting aside at least 30 percent of it would also benefit fishermen and other stakeholders.
An estimated three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
MONTREAL, March 22 (UPI) -- As if city birds weren't already arrogant enough, now there's evidence urban-dwelling birds are more intelligent than their relatives from the country. They're sure to be crowing about this for weeks.
19 March 2016 – The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the wor ...
The Australian and Tasmanian authorities are abandoning their bid to have logging permitted in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.
From a slowing economy to geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, it is a testing time for China’s ruling Communist party.
Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa.
Today is International Forest Day, which was launched by the United Nations March 21, 2012 to promote the importance of forests and trees. In recognition of the designation, below are ten facts about forests.
To mark the Day’s fourth anniversary, Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), sit down together in a special three-part video interview series to discuss the challenges ...
CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, dri ...
World Meteorological Organisation says unprecedented rate of change sends a powerful message to world leaders to implement the Paris deal to cut emissions
Polish ecological organizations are up in arms over plans to reintroduce large-scale logging in the protected Bialowieza forest in the east of the country, in response to a massive spruce bark beetle infestation there.
Indonesia's government will convert a former gold mining site located in the east of the country into a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos, after 15 examples to the near-extinct species were spotted in the area.
21 March, 2016, Rome - FAO today launched a new programme aiming to enhance the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests.
Lima, 19 March—The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March.
Belgium-sized area around northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing in bid to conserve sharks and unique habitat