For decades, scientists and policymakers have focused on changing human behavior to address climate change.
Ahead of December's climate change conference, experts have warned about the effects of climate change on world security - and how fighting global warming can help foster peace. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Paris.
In December 2015 the UN will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment to an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change.
When critters get used to tourists, they may be less aware of both predators and poachers
The idea of extinction is pretty straightforward — a species is there, until it’s not. But modern attitudes towards endangerment and extinction are hardly that simple. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that the idea of endangered animals didn’t even exist.
BOSTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- New research has revealed the significance of seals' whiskers. Their shape, scientists at MIT say, are what make seals such effective hunters.
Bonn/Trondheim, 9 October 2015 - A further eighteen birds of prey species have been listed at an international meeting of government representatives and experts this week in Trondheim, Norway. Seven of these species under threat are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List.
New research by biologists at the University of York shows that plant and insect diversity is more loosely linked than scientists previously believed.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has done much to alert politicians to the effects of global warming. But to push climate change up the agenda, it will need to do the same for the public.
Ilan Kelman examines the history, overlaps and conflicts between climate change, development and disasters.
Coalition of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tokelau ask wealthy nations to help their people migrate and find work if they have to flee because of rising sea levels
Recent new marine preserves are good news in the fight against illegal fishing, a Pew expert tells DW. The global nature of illegal fishing makes it difficult to tackle - but there are some bright spots, he adds.
UN will set up a $2 billion fund for private investors to balance land degradation across the world, a senior official of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has said.
Where some are planning walls, others are planning windows. Or rather, pipelines.
A new life cycle analysis shows the substantial environmental benefits of 100 percent recycled paper over paper made from virgin wood fiber.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Invasive species are like junk foods -- only acceptable as an occasional indulgence, not a substitute for a healthy well-rounded diet.
ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A domino effect of collapsing marine food chains could lie ahead for the world's oceans if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate.
WOODS HOLE, Mass., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- In a new study on the future of sea level rise, researchers looked specifically at the mechanisms that control surface melting on Antarctica's ice shelves.
11 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Bolivia at the Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life, said that the subject of the conference was both “important and timely.”
Europe's climate change chief says he is astonished at the positive progress by governments towards a global deal on CO2.
Summary documents by intergovernmental panel are packing in longer sentences and more complex words than ever before.
The eastern Horn of Africa may be getting drier — not wetter as current climate change models predict, a study shows.
Muriquis often start their day by hugging one another. The Brazilian monkeys can become so entwined in lanky arms and prehensile tails, around tree limbs and each other, that it’s hard to tell them apart.
Level of belief has increased seven percentage points in the past six months as climate change brings weather events closer to home
BirdLife Australia’s state of Australia’s birds report in July found magpie, kookaburra, lorikeet and willie wagtail numbers are declining
A marvel of evolution, a sad tale of environmental degradation and an urgent will to survive: there's a lot more to the Australian white ibis—or bin chicken—than meets the eye.
Few of the 200 countries participating in the global climate talks in Paris this December are talking about penalties for those who fail to meet agreed-upon emissions cuts.
As a new chairman is appointed to the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC) a University of Manchester climate expert has said headline projections from the organisation about future warming are 'wildly over optimistic.'
Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of the huge boreal forest that spans from Scandinavia to northern Canada. Unprecedented warming in the region is jeopardizing the future of a critical ecosystem that makes up nearly a third of the earth’s forest cover.
As the sun set, 25 boats converged on a small patch of reef just a few hundreds yards from the shore of Kona, Hawaii.
Krynica Morska, Poland: It takes the dexterity of a lacemaker to remove the tiny bird caught in nets strung between pine trees on Poland's Baltic coast, a veritable paradise for dozens of migratory species.
BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Polar cod are a vital food source for whales, narwhals, ringed seals and arctic seabirds, but researchers have had a hard time studying these fish and estimating their numbers.
The European Food Safety Authority has published its initial risk assessment of using insects as a source of protein for human consumption and animal feed.
VALPARAÍSO, Chile, Oct 8 2015 (IPS) - Seafood offers a large amount of animal protein in diets around the world, and the livelihoods of 12 percent of the global population depend directly or indirectly on fisheries and aquaculture.
WASHINGTON DC, Oct 8 2015 (IPS) - Last week, India announced its new climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, or INDC.
Scientists have unravelled the secret to why elephants rarely get cancer despite their large size.
In a study published Wednesday, researchers suggests that a northern lizard species has greater reproductive success because of climate change.
The scientific community has helped to generate the momentum behind the sustainable development goals. By linking evidence to policy in timely, thoughtful and sensitive ways, scientists can now contribute to the task of implementation.
Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.
PANAMA CITY, Panama, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Next to the oceans, the world's forests are Earth's most effective carbon storage system. And no forest stores more carbon than tropical forests.
Detecting how changes in one spot on Earth -- in temperature, rain, wind -- are linked to changes in another, far away area is key to assessing climate risks.
From Hawaii to Papua New Guinea to the Maldives, coral reefs are bleaching — in so many regions that the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially declared a global bleaching event on 8 October. The event, the third in recorded history, is expected to grow worse ...
A third global bleaching of coral reefs is underway following a massive and persistent underwater heatwave
Tribal leaders welcome Colombia's plan but say it leaves out key part of forest management — the people who live there
Taxonomy usually refers to the theory and practice of describing, naming and classifying living things. Such work is essential for the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.
LIMA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Twenty of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, will form a new group on Thursday to press for tougher action to curb warming.
Oct. 5 — The refugee crisis that has sent hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe this year is overwhelmingly fueled by civil war, threats from terror groups and poverty.
As a child, Joan Buchanan always anticipated the summer holidays, when she would accompany her parents to the farm to reap a range of crops which would be flourishing after the May/June rains.
Crop yields are down by half in the Illinois town that produces 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin, threatening to deprive Americans of their beloved pie
Good news for seabird conservation in Portugal, as the country's government approves the designation of two new Special Protection Areas (SPAs).