Over the past 15 years, Cambodia has lost enough tree cover to fill the U.S. state of Connecticut as forests are logged and agroindustries clear land for rubber and other commodity plantations.
Halting deforestation is such a critical part of combating climate change that it was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article — yet few countries systematically monitor the drivers of deforestation within their borders.
Elephant populations in Tanzania’s Selous national park could collapse unless poaching and mining are urgently controlled, say WWF
The longest global coral bleaching event in history is now devastating reefs in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, with images released exclusively to the Guardian powerfully illustrating the extent of the damage there.
Extreme weather is increasing toxins in our food - which can be fatal. As temperatures keep rising, it seems the problem will only get worse. DW interviews a chief scientist at UNEP.
Due to the exponential growth of biodiversity information in recent years, the questions of how to mobilize such vast amounts of data has become more tangible than ever.
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
Costa Rica’s forests are an incredible success story. Following decades of rampant tree clearing for agriculture and livestock production, Costa Rica implemented protective policies in the 1980s that allowed forests to make a remarkable comeback.
Mexico, Canada and US collaborate on report that concludes the three nations will have to dramatically ramp up efforts to reach 10% protection goal
A global exemplar in protecting Earth's most iconic places is the 1972 World Heritage Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)1.
The Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that tracts of polluted soil are a potential health hazard in many towns because the government has stopped grants to decontaminate them.
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 27 (UPI) -- The evolutionary impetus for animal migrations isn't always obvious.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 27 (UPI) -- There's a new member of the Boidae family, the group of nonvenomous, constricting snakes found across the globe.
African wildfires may become larger and more intense as more people move to cities, a study has found.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden released 110 pairs of endangered American burying beetles at the nearby Fernald Nature Preserve last week as part of ongoing efforts to restore the beetle’s population in the wild.
Clear-cut rainforests and homeless orangutans make for powerful images, but it’s what you don’t see — hidden just below the surface — that may be the most sinister threat from tropical development.
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.
In a country hit by a devastating poaching surge for rhino horn and elephant ivory, local people are turning the tide – but the wider problems of demand, corruption and organised crime remain
At least a third of corals in the northern and central parts of the world's largest coral reef system are perishing, scientists have said. Global warming and rising sea temperatures could be the culprits, they say.
Mumbai isn't just home to skyscrapers and slums - thanks to its mangrove forests, it also attracts flamingos and rare bird species. But this biodiversity is under threat from pollution and illegal slum encroachments.
The relationship between Indigenous organizations and environmental NGOs used to be one of conflict and suspicion. But now these groups are working together to protect species, environments, culture and a common future.
[KATHMANDU] Nepal has begun reassessing the state of forests in the politically sensitive southern Terai plains following a national woodlands survey, the results of which were published five months ago.
As cities keep growing around the world, the destruction of wild forests continues unabated. One solution: Put forests inside cities. Impossible? Not if an engineer puts his mind to the job. Meet Shubhendu Sharma.
Several major food companies are now requiring their products to have labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ahead of the implementation of a Vermont law in July.
In a great example of nature conservation knowing no national boundaries, Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), with the support of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria), MME (BirdLife in Hungary) and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), hav ...
Poor nations shouldn’t miss out on advances such as lab-cultured meat and low-methane GM rice, says Jayson Merkley.
The world's environment ministers, gathered at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi on late Friday, passed far reaching decisions on issues such as marine litter, the illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste, and sustainable consu ...
NEW YORK: The success of a global renewable energy project on Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago has given a major boost to the idea of sustainable development, according to a report.
Malaysia has just established the biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as we ...
The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable due to climate change is kept hidden from those building and buying property along Australia’s coasts and in bushfire zones, a Climate Institute report says.
LAST week, Zambia played host to the 2016 annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting whose theme was 'Energy and Climate Change'.
WORLD Heritage Sites like the iconic Great Zimbabwe Monument and the splendid Victoria Falls are coming under severe pressure from climate change, threatening to erode the sites' outstanding universal value (OUV) -- their exceptional cultural or natural worth, one which when lost can never be re ...
SOCHI: The Russian resort of Sochi is best known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. But now it’s about to welcome a different kind of visitor - one that can break a goat’s neck with a twist of its jaws.
THE effects of climate change have hit hard on rural women in developing countries. This transpired during a three-day conference on climate change effects, especially on rural women organised by UN Women Multi Country Office in Benoni, Johannesburg last week.
An eradication project in Tonga has proved successful with two islands off Tongatapu declared rat-free.
Last month, researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that 93 percent of the 1,400 mile-long Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — had been affected by some level of bleaching. Scientists from the centre have now estimated that this ...
On 3 May 2016, the NSW Government published public consultation drafts of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016, and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 (together, the Draft Bills). If enacted, the Draft Bills would effect sweeping reform to the State’s biodiversity conservation laws, ...
The need for coming up with initiatives to control the loss of flora and fauna was highlighted by experts on Sunday-International Day for Biological Diversity at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB). Experts also encouraged the youth to understand biodiversity in order to p ...
United Nations Development Program says the biodiversity losses now being witnessed by the world is diminishing the potential for sustainable development and undermining the very foundations of life on Earth.
It is common knowledge that the world faces an historic threat to biodiversity and natural species everywhere. This threat, caused by climate change, loss of habitats and over-exploitation - among other things - may be new. But it is not unprecedented.
Nairobi, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the greatest biological diversity on the planet, holding 60 to 70 percent of all known life on Earth, according to a report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today.
The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.
Urban planners can take steps to reduce the heat cities may experience from climate change, but there would be other consequences and tradeoffs to consider, according to a study at Purdue University.
In deserts around the world, creatures and plants are struggling as their habitats warm.Desert ecologist Cameron Barrows is a sand country cowboy. His white-brown beard and wide cotton hat deflect the brutal sun as he leads volunteers—citizen scientists—through Joshua Tree National Park.
The drill is one of Africa's rarest primates. The monkeys have fascinated two American scientists for almost 30 years, and they have dedicated their lives to preserving them.
Countless rare insects and flowers are said to inhabit the jungles of Colombia, but decades of war have stopped naturalists from discovering them—until now.
Panaji: We have to recall traditional methods to protect our biodiversity and adopt them to save the Earth, said environment minister Rajendra Arlekar at the Goa state biodiversity board's International Day for Biological Diversity event at Kala Academy, Panaji, on Sunday.
The "International Biodiversity Day 2016" was celebrated at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the aegis of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), Government of India on Monday.
How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer to that has been: Get them to think about how it’s their fault. Because any human who happens to live in North America has taken advantage of central heating, combustion engines, mixmasters, monster truck rallies, etc.
A hominin in the same genus as humans and an ape nicknamed "Laia" that might provide clues to the origin of humans are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the Top 10 New Species of 2016.