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.
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).
7 October 2015 – The genome sequences of thousands of rice varieties have been placed with a United Nations-backed treaty on plant genetics by the world’s leading rice research institute to help boost plans to set up a global data exchange for crop genetic resources, according to the Food and Ag ...
Scientists feared they were on a grim mission. Biologists searching Mexico's Sea of Cortez for the world's most endangered marine mammal—a tiny porpoise called the vaquita—worried they might already be too late.
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru.
Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris
As the largest country in the Western Hemisphere, Canada has a special role to play in tackling the threat of global climate change. Canadian cities, which are on the front lines of this battle, must help lead the way.
The Indonesian government is asking major palm oil companies to row back on the historic “no deforestation” pledges they made at last year’s United Nations climate change summit, officials and company sources say.
Nairobi, 7 October 2015 - A project aimed at integrating the economic value of ecosystems into government policies has identified almost one billion dollars of benefits in four pilot countries, the importance of ecosystem conservation to the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Hoesung Lee of South Korea has been named the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with assessing climate science.
It’s good news for two of the world’s rarest salamanders: Finca Chiblac salamander (Bradytriton silus) and the long-limbed salamander (Nyctanolis pernix).
Rachel Kyte says governments at the 2009 summit agreed funding for developing countries by ‘picking a $100bn figure out of the air’
Around a third of wild Australian marsupials, and nearly half of wild wombats, have active herpes virus infections, suggests the largest study of its kind.
A report released last month finds that some human impacts on the natural world are slowing, and others have even started to decline.
7 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change.
Removing humans from what is now the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor has allowed wildlife to return.
The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei - hog-nosed rat - has "distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats", they said.
A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced 200 years ago.
SAN JOSE, Oct 5 2015 (IPS) - Seen for years as passive actors in the fight against global warming, more than 100 countries of the Global South have submitted their national contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising their economies.
Almost a third of cactuses are at risk of extinction because of threats including illegal trade and a spread of farms in arid areas, a new study has found.
Umiujaq (Canada) (AFP) - Residents of the sub-Arctic village of Umiujaq wistfully remember the good old days, when the ice-fishing season was long and the catch bountiful.
For many plants and animals, the Sonoran Desert would be an inhospitable place. But for the flat-tail horned lizard, it’s home.
Wild plants can protect themselves from pests, but scientists think this immune system has been bred out of domesticated crop plants. Now, they're trying to figure out how to bring it back.
The fate of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee dedicated to finding solutions to protect traditional knowledge, generic resources, and folklore is being actively discussed informally at the organisation’s general assembly.
Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences.
Following an unprecedented collaborative effort to save the sage grouse, some conservationists are calling for environmental protections that take humans into account.
3 October 2015 – Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not ...
3 October 2015 – The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Divisions over money between rich and poor countries re-emerged as nations submitted their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.
It’s a landslide. More than half the 28 countries in the European Union, including Germany and France, have decided to ban their farmers from growing genetically modified crops. Several regions, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have also joined the movement.
India says that it will produce 40% of its energy from sources other than fossil fuels by 2030, and will reduce the intensity of its carbon dioxide emissions by roughly one-third.
Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are members of indigenous communities, many of whom depend on the land around them to survive.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2015 (IPS) - At least ten million of the poorest people face food insecurity in 2015 and 2016 due to extreme weather conditions and the onset of El Niño, Oxfam has reported.
Plans put forward by the local people will ban fishing in over 600,000 sq km of the Pacific ocean
Species new to science found in the Eastern Himalayas over the past five years include 133 plants, 26 species of fish, 10 new amphibians – and one mammal
In the 25 years since German reunification and the end of the Cold War, abandoned military lands in both west and east have been repurposed as nature preserves. Conservationists seek to protect these unique ecologies.
As state and federal governments continue to fail at halting climate change at the global and national levels, smaller communities have a great opportunity to take change-making initiative.
When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.
As the list of endangered animals grows longer each year, at least one species' situation is improving: The peregrine falcon.
WASHINGTON — Environmentalists praised wildlife protections included in the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal announced Monday, calling them groundbreaking.
Forests are undervalued assets in meeting the twin global challenges of our time: achieving prosperity and safeguarding climate stability. It’s time we gave them the attention – and finance – that they deserve.
Divisions over money between rich and poor countries re-emerged as nations submitted their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.
Modernising Africa's agriculture sector to attract young people will help tackle youth unemployment and food insecurity, a report has suggested.
The nations of the world approved a new development agenda in New York over the past weekend.
[NAIROBI] An invasive weed may worsen the malaria epidemic in East Africa by sustaining the mosquitoes that transmit the disease, a study says.
Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free
Six months after a European Union compromise allowing member states to decide themselves whether or not to grow genetically modified crops, half the bloc's members has announced plans to ban them. How will this play out?
The mid-term review of EU biodiversity strategy shows progress in many areas, but highlights the need for greater effort by Member States on implementation to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.
Two new cloud forest reserves in the Colombian Andes have been established to protect a number of rare, endangered species, including the Silvery-brown bare-face tamarin (Saguinus leucopus), a monkey found nowhere else in the world.
A new catch phrase, "Land Degradation Neutrality", is being brought into play with increasing prominence, with the intention of using the concept to ensure continued ecosystem functionality, broadly speaking.
Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally (like by passengers on international flights) or deliberately (like through trade) into an ecosystem where they are not naturally found, spreading rapidly and disrupting the complex and delicate ecological balance in ...
The false catshark is just one of several dozen shark species found off Scotland's coast for the first time this year.
Up to three-quarters of fish sampled from the River Thames have been found to have plastic fibres in their gut.
A new report documents all of the fishes that live in the Salish Sea. In total, 253 fish species have been recorded, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.
There’s an echidna baby boom in Australia. In the last five years, an echidna captive breeding partnership between the University of Queensland and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia has produced 14 cute short-beaked echidna puggles (or babies).
Government funding will allow the Anangu people to protect sacred sites, native plants and animals around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park
Havana, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba became the Member State number 66 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, according to reports in this capital today.
Eighty fur seals have been found stranded or dead on California's coast so far this year, eight times more than normal, scientists said.
Environmental protection is both the target and basic content of sustainable development, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the fourth National Conference on the Environment in Hanoi on September 30.
Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased lightning strikes are leading to ever-larger wildfires in the northern forests of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, with potentially severe ecological consequences.
Bonn, 1 October 2015 - Brazil today became a Party to the UN-led Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), enabling South America's largest country to work with other nations under the Convention to better support and protect the enormous variety of its fauna.
1 October 2015 – Located on the frontlines of climate change, Pacific island nations have a crucial role to play in efforts to advance a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the region’s leaders as they met today at United Nations Headquarters.
29 September 2015 – The President of the Dominican Republic, among other leaders of small island developing States addressing the General Assembly today, noted the importance of tackling climate change as a key part of the broader work of ensuring sustainable development for all.
UK scientists have successfully germinated seeds from the critically endangered Japanese Birch, a species that has just 21 known trees remaining.
King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven't played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study.
[NEW YORK] Negotiators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted last week in New York, have stressed the role of science in meeting the wide range of concerns that the new goals aim to address by 2030.
[NEW YORK] As a woman, I was intrigued to learn that the UN’s post-2015 development agenda gives a special role to women. Not only does the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a specific goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; the role of women is also c ...
Norway and several European Nations, along with the United Nations and the World Bank, today committed to a new initiative that takes aim at the underlying causes of deforestation in Central African rainforest nations, including poverty and poor governance. And in an unprecedented step, Brazil w ...
News of another company or country adopting some kind of policy on deforestation is so common these days it’s safe to say that awareness of the need to conserve what’s left of the world’s tropical rainforests has probably never been more prevalent.
This week, the United Nations unveiled 17 goals-- and 168 targets - that comprise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
New research has found that sharks play an important role in preventing climate change, warning that overfishing and culling sharks is resulting in more carbon being released from the seafloor.
Last week, the United Nations adopted 17 ambitious goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
Kanchanpur (North Tripura): Ayurveda, which literally means the science of life, is an ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine.
TRADITIONAL resource owners should also take the blame for the exploitation of their natural resources, says Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment Samuela Namosimalua.
THEY have not been grown in Scotland since 2001 but remain a divisive political issue.
Poland is the latest country to reject genetically modified organisms in their food production, thus exercising a right granted to all EU member states earlier this year.
KUSHIRO, Hokkaido--A pesky clawed invader viewed as a threat to the Lake Akanko ecosystem is being served as a delicacy to tourists mainly from Europe and China.
Bank of England governor tells Lloyd’s insurers that ‘challenges currently posed by climate change pale in significance compared with what might come’
30 September 2015 – Speaking today at the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Fiji, along with the leaders of other small island developing States, warned of the existential threat of climate change and looked forward to the possibility of consensus at an upcoming UN climate c ...
French President Francois Hollande has urged world leaders at the UN to speed up their commitments to tackling climate change, so that an historic deal can be reached at a summit in Paris in December.
The findings come as shark experts meet at a summit at Taronga zoo in Sydney to discuss emerging technologies that can deter the marine predators. Shark experts will gather in Sydney on Tuesday to discuss new safety measures, as new research warns the culling of sharks could indirectly accelerat ...
Have you ever thought about what it’s like for the animals and birds living in a forest when it’s cleared to make way for a palm oil plantation? It’s similar to finding your home being demolished brick by brick.
Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo have renewed commitment to jointly conserve flora and fauna in the Greater Virunga Landscape.The countries, that are sanctuaries of global rare species, in this case mountain gorillas, face challenge of raising a high number of gorillas, mostly silver backs, if they a ...
A submarine glider and an autonomous surface vehicle are being used by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) to work together to better understand why marine animals are attracted to a biodiversity hotspot in the Celtic Sea.
In the 1980s, conservationists ushered the planet's 22 last remaining Californian condors into captivity. They saved the birds, cared for them, fed them, and bred them. They also de-loused them and, in doing so, they killed off the last remaining condor louse—a harmless parasite that lived only ...