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.
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's struggle with its degrading biodiversity was the top concern expressed by experts at a meeting commemorating International Day for Biological Diversity at Botanical Garden, Ha Noi, on Friday.
SAN JOSE, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of the planet's surface, Costa Rica is home to almost 5 percent of the world's total estimated species, enabling the government to promote a different kind of development, an official has said.
For all the environmental degradation that Bangalore is made to endure, the city still has considerable biodiversity left to talk about. Here, it is easy to miss the forest for the trees. The biodiversity is there, breathing right under our noses, not exactly teeming as it might have been till e ...
Pretoria — Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson, has urged all South Africans to step up efforts to protect the country's biodiversity for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Telangana State Biodiversity Board (TSBB) today celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity at a function at the Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium here.Speaking on the occasion, Telangana Forest Minister Jogu Ramaiah said human errors were affecting the biological diversity adding it was ...
The International Day for Biological Diversity is designed to remind us that conservation, sustainable management, and the restoration of biodiversity can play an important role in the fight against climate disruption.
Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity.
The WWF-Pakistan commemorated International Day for Biological Diversity at Virtual University (VU) to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Imphal, May 22 : 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.
IMPHAL May 22: As in other parts of the world, the International Day for Biological Diversity was observed jointly by Manipur Biodiversity Board and Forest Department under the sponsorship from National Biodiversity Authority Government of India at Manipur Film Development Corporation, Palace Co ...
The International Day for Biological Diversity was observed on Friday (May 22) to increase the global understanding and awareness of issues and challenges around biodiversity.
A statement from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism looks at the importance of conserving biodiversity in the broadest sense of its definition.
NAVI MUMBAI: To boost understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, UN declared May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity. This year the official theme is sustainable development.
LAHORE - WWF-Pakistan celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity at Virtual University (VU) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Rwandans have been urged to scale up efforts to conserve natural resources as the world celebrated the biodiversity day.
Today, May 22nd, is the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity. It is a day to note that we need to do much better in managing our relationship with New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.
Many of us even don’t even think about the importance of biological diversity in our world even though people’s fate is actually closely linked to it.
“International Day for Biological Diversity” under the theme ‘Biodiversity for sustainable Development’ was observed on May 22 at department of botany, Nagaland University, Lumami with conservator of forest, government of Nagaland, Supongnukshi (IFS) as the invited lecture.
Manama, May 22 (BNA): Following directives from His Majesty the King’s Personal Representative, President of the Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Bahrain marks the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).
WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Turtle Day celebrates turtles and tortoises of all kinds every May 23. Created by American Tortoise Rescue in 2000, the annual observance is meant to raise awareness of the animals, their welfare and their increasingly threatened habitats.
KASESE, Uganda, May 22 (UPI) -- New poaching maps help conservationists identify risk and better protect animals. The maps are the result of cooperation among scientists and researchers at University of York, in England, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.
European allergy sufferers resigned to the perennial springtime blitz on their noses may need to keep their tissues handy later in the year too. An invasive plant from North America that releases copious amounts of allergenic pollen in the autumn looks set to massively expand its range in Europe.
A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape
Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson has today 22 May 2015 launched the Environment Sector Local Government Strategy as part of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) celebration in uMgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal.
Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, on Friday emphasised the need to conserve biodiversity for the well being of present and coming generations. “We have borrowed this earth from our children, and not inherited it from our ancestors,” Javadekar said in h ...
Srinagar, May 22 (Scoop News)-To mark the World Biological Diversity Day-2015, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in association with State Biodiversity Board (SBB), organized an impressive programme with a theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” at SKICC, here today.
Nicholas Stern tells the Hay festival the global economic crisis was a perfect opportunity to make progress on climate change – and we missed it
Fiji may be set to receive a significant share of a climate change aid package from Japan after the PALM 7 Pacific leaders meeting in Tokyo.
Friday, 22 May, is International Day for Biological Diversity – a time for the City of Cape Town to reflect on its globally important and unique biodiversity, and acknowledge its partners and residents who work tirelessly with the City to ensure that this irreplaceable asset is managed and utili ...
22 May 2015 – Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss parti ...
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, has emphasised the need to work together to conserve biodiversity to ensure the future for the present generation and the coming generations.
Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.
Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Mihael Zmajlovic on Thursday presented the Bioportal, a web portal presenting information about biological diversity and nature protection in Croatia ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity and Nature Protection Day in Croatia, observed o ...
A study by the International Trade Centre (ITC) published today on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity Day highlights the role that trade can play in the conservation of flora and fauna whilst supporting local livelihoods.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.
Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.
Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.
A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.
The next time you order that "wake up" cup of Joe or reach for a sweet treat, you may want to consider whether those coffee or cocoa beans were grown in the shade or open sun.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the ...
Exports drop 40% as world’s second-biggest coffee exporter suffers rising temperatures and drought, combined with effects of deforestation, land degradation and depleted water resources caused by decades of growth
Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris
Using technology to make a city more sustainable works best if its inhabitants participate in planning and implementation, according to a UN report.
Megafauna like elephants and rhinos are ecological engineers, creating conditions that hundreds of other species have evolved to exploit. Losing their last remaining populations will radically alter life on Earth
Once down to just three small breeding groups in 1992, the Louisiana black bear has clambered back from the brink of extinction. From bald eagles to mountain lions, some of America's rarest beasts have once again found sure footing.
Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel like it did in 1972
A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry.
In their wild habitats in Asia, the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), and the Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) play an important role in keeping the ecosystem healthy, by doing things such as spreading seeds throughout the forest through their faeces.
PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.
NEW LONDON, Conn. — President Obama used a commencement address on Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying that the warming of the planet poses an “immediate risk” to the United States.
Top environmentalist says areas of rainforest the size of Switzerland are lost each year and point of no return will be reached if politicians keep ignoring problem
The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security.
Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Potsdam Institute for C ...
The Cross River gorilla holds the lamentable distinction of being the world’s rarest ape. Inhabiting an arc of mountainous forest along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, this primate was thought by scientists to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1980s.
Two reports published this week paint a bleak picture for Europe's and Germany's biodiversity: More birds, plants and animals than ever are at risk of being wiped out by humans' ever-expanding reach.
On the morning of December 11, 2014, a Russian-built cargo plane touched down unannounced at Cabo Ledo, the military air base south of Angola’s coast-hugging Kissama National Park. Trucks were waiting on the runway.
May 22 is observed as International Day for Biological Diversity in commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that day in 1992.
Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.
The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.
Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze
RAYAGADA, India, May 19 2015 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.
World’s most invasive ladybird is consolidating its presence in the country and is responsible for the decline of seven native species, scientists say
From toilets to clean tech, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals promise commercial opportunities, argues Forum for the Future' Stephanie Draper
BRASILIA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- As a result of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing visit to Brazil, China and Brazil Tuesday signed a joint statement on addressing the climate change issue together for a common vision of sustainable development.
BARATARIA BAY, La., May 20 (UPI) -- A new study by the NOAA concludes that the 2011 BP oil spill, the largest marine-based oil spill in U.S history, is to blame for the ongoing die-off of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
World Biodiversity Day, May 22, aims to get Peruvians active and aware about the incredible, unique biodiversity. Not least because nearly a quarter of the country’s economy relies on it.
GOULBURN, Australia, May 18 (UPI) -- Not even the best weatherman could have properly predicted the precipitation that fell on Goulburn, Australia, over the weekend. Instead of raindrops, residents of the small town in the Southern Tablelands of Australia got baby spiders -- hundreds of thousand ...
SAN DIEGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say the aerosols created by ocean spray can affect cloud formation and the way sunlight is dispersed across the ocean surface. A new study suggests microbes in the ocean could affect the chemistry of ocean spray, and influence the interplay between sky and sea.
18 May 2015 – Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, fin ...
A new research article reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip -- a new species of marine pillbug.
Pandas make quick work of bamboo, using their powerful jaws to peel back the plant’s tough outer stalk and reach the tender heart. But new research suggests that microorganisms in the bear's gut are not quite as adept at breaking down the species' primary food source.
KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.
PARIS, May 18 2015 (IPS) - When some 40,000 delegates, including dozens of heads of state, descend on Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year, a group of African women mayors plan to be there and make their voices heard on a range of issues, including electrification.
Green investments increasingly offer opportunites for growth and employment and businesses are well-placed to take the lead at this week’s Business and Climate summit in Paris
The federal government plans to make federal land bee friendly in hopes of reducing America's declining bee and monarch butterfly populations.
Mountains are shaped differently than scientists thought they were, and that could be good news for mountain-dwelling species adapting to climate change.
BERLIN—When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) food, the battle lines are usually clear: Those who oppose genetic engineering want it labeled, and those who support it see no need.
Conservationists decried a proposal on Monday by U.S. wildlife and marine animal managers to tweak rules tied to the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the plans would place "crippling" impediments to citizens petitioning to save imperiled creatures.
Minister says rules imposed in 2013 against hunting big cats seriously affected wildlife resources and the livelihoods of local people
The Polar Code, passed at a meeting in London of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ban ships from releasing oil, sewage, chemicals and waste into the sea.
The Burmese python's body and organs grow dramatically after it eats and then shrink after the meal is digested. This study is the first to link the extreme body changes directly to changes in gene expression and show how quickly gene expression shifts after the snake eats.
An insect that sucks the sap out of cactus plants has been trialled in East Africa to contain the spread of an invasive cactus species that threatens local grazing areas.
ISLAMABAD: Global Climate Risk Index-2015 said that five out of top 10 countries most affected by climate change-induced disasters during 1994-2013 are located in Asia Pacific.
BOGOR, Indonesia – Keeping carbon stored in trees. That’s one major way of tackling climate change.
Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.
France’s foreign minister warned Monday that the international community had no option but to combat climate change as there is “no alternative planet”.
Wildlife is rapidly dying out across Europe, as biodiverse habitats are invaded by urban sprawl, intensive agriculture, alien species and commercial forestry.
LA JOLLA, Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- The opah, or moonfish, occupies the dark, chilly depths of the world's oceans, using heated blood to keep warm and agile. It's the first fish found to be fully warm-blooded.
Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat.
Market prices can provide an equally reliable indicator of wildlife declines as field data for a thirtieth of the price, according to a new study analyzing Sumatra's pet bird trade.
KINGSTOWN, May 14 2015 (IPS) - For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a Nasa study released on Thursday.
SINGAPORE: Recent sightings of a destructive non-native bird species have alarmed some bird enthusiasts here, who have urged a relook of import policies for invasive species.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiangon on Friday flagged the issue of the adverse effects of climate change as one of the greatest global challenges facing people in the 21st century, and said it needs to be addressed through international cooperation in the context of sus ...
Some of the world's most endangered species will be driven closer to extinction if a new road and border crossing with Vietnam are built within Cambodia's pristine Mondulkiri Protected Forest – one of the most biologically diverse areas in Southeast Asia.
Development planning must focus on the most vulnerable and include indigenous people in decision making, says Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years.