March 21 (UPI) -- Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator.
22 March 2017 – In a world where the demand for water continues to grow and the resource is finite, a new United Nations report argues that wastewater, discarded into the environment every day, once treated, can help meet the needs for freshwater as well as for raw materials for energy and agric ...
21 March 2017 – Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have ...
Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists.
Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study.
Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to define most tree plantations as forest cover in its assessments. Conservation groups are petitioning to change this – but it may not be so simple
A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more fre ...
STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources.
Czech zoo takes saw to the horns of its 21 rhinoceroses in response to deadly attack at Paris wildlife park this month
The lowest body of water in the world, famed for its health benefits, is disappearing, threatening livelihoods and nature.
After many delays, the bumblebee has finally become the first in the continental US to be listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Mekong River Basin supports millions of people and some of the world’s richest biodiversity, but it must overcome many threats.
The Environment Ministry has revealed its red list of threatened marine species for the first time, designating 56 as endangered species, including the sand tiger shark.
WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Granting formal land rights to indigenous people living in the world's tropical forests is among the most effective, but underused, ways to stop illegal deforestation that fuels violence, poverty and global warming, according to new research.
New research by University of Arkansas biologists suggests that supplementing the numbers of a threatened species with individuals from other locations might not be as effective for some species as previously thought.
There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. The technology and financial case for recovering wastewater are already there, says United Nations' University's Tamara Avellan.
The indigenous people — known for their click languages — are the first in Africa to draft guidelines for researchers.
In the rugged limestone hills of northern Vietnam, scientists have discovered a new species of frog that looks like a small piece of rock.
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 2017 (IPS) - In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars.
Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows
People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.
Peru is being hit by devastating flooding. Is it a natural weather cycle or an impact of climate change?
Two of the holiest rivers in India are each to be accorded the same legal status as human beings. A court ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna had a right to protection and that they could be parties to legal disputes.
Sustainable forest management is everyone's business, forests are indispensable for life therefore he who plants a tree, plants life.
Indian industry can play a key role in curbing carbon emissions and helping protect some of the world’s most valuable forests
Fish can quickly evolve to get more benefit from the protection offered by marine protected areas, according to research from the University of B.C.
March 21 (UPI) -- Crabs do more than swim and scuttle across the beach. They climb trees.
16 March 2017 – Smarter and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources today means the next generation will reap annual economic benefits of $2 trillion by 2050, while offsetting the costs of ambitious climate change action, new research released today by the International Resource Pane ...
The ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) avoided scientific detection for so long due to its deepwater habitat and the fact that bodies changed color after they perished.
Biodiversity, the variety of plant, animal and microbial life on Earth, is still declining. For many years there have been calls for some sort of scientific body or initiative to be set up to encourage the international community to shoulder its responsibilities over biodiversity.
A plan for an ambitious 'green wall' of trees stretching across 11 countries aims to fight back the Sahara. But progress is slow on the decade old project.
While the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Armenia is struggling to manage and make the best out of the potential of this sector
New study links India’s water crisis to the impact of climate change, which has weakened recent monsoons.
[ACCRA] A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges.
Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation.
White sand circles picked out by the sun in sparkling blue seas are the first signs that my plane has arrived at the Maldives, a tropical paradise spread over almost 1200 islands.
Sea turtles have the dubious honor of being one of the few animals that rank high globally on both the charisma scale and the dinner menu.
Though it may sound like a conspiracy theory, the Indonesian government has taken seriously allegations that foreign researchers have used all kinds of ways — including disguising themselves as tourists — to steal the nation’s genetic resources.
In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth.
In a video posted on YouTube on February 6th, a woman fishes a juvenile shark out of the waters of the Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago-cum-national park off Brazil’s north-eastern coast, wrestling with it as it thrashes furiously.
It is among the most popular fish in the UK, but haddock may soon be off the menu in some fish and chip shops because of dwindling stocks.
JAKARTA - It will take 50 to 100 years for the Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by a British cruise ship to be restored, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters on Friday (March 17).
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In Ethiopia’s ever-expanding capital of Addis Ababa, the massive afromontane forest coverage on the city’s outskirts could be under threat from the increasing urban population, which is more than 3.4 million and growing.
Comprising around 1.9 million hectares in Mexico and Guatemala, the Lacandon is regarded as one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.
By conserving megafauna, we also conserve birds, amphibians, reptiles, and a variety of ecosystem processes
Two years have passed quickly since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction kicked off one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the United Nations: the all-encompassing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities.
A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem.
The air pollution that lingered over eastern China for nearly a month in 2013 has been linked to the loss of Arctic sea ice the previous autumn.
The cloud forest ecoregion of the Colombian Andes is arguably the most biodiverse in the world. A moist climate, varying altitudes, and high rates of endemism create idyllic conditions for life.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 16 2017 (IPS) - As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, spec ...
Improvements to water quality or fishing controls don’t prevent underwater heatwaves damaging coral, studies of mass bleaching events reveal
Good news for Adélie penguins - the species of Happy Feet fame - as scientists revise their numbers upwards by millions.
Whether orchids or mammals, insects or slugs and snails: nowadays there are a large number of animals and plants under observation.
The widely used weed killer glyphosate does not cause cancer, according to a controversial EU assessment. It's still highly toxic for biodiversity and should be banned, says Karl Bär of the Munich Environment Institute.
Nobody likes dirty business, but the business world must get to grips with dirt. Soil provides food, fibres and fuels, and regulates water resources and climate.
Years of tree felling reduced Pakistan's forests to under 2 percent of its land area. A planting project backed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan aims to turn around deforestation.
U.S. ecologist Gretchen Daily is working with the Chinese government to rethink its network of national parks and protected areas.
British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base.
Monarch butterfly declines cannot be attributed merely to declines in milkweed abundance, researchers report.
Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
Oil palm has a reputation as an environmental menace. Can the latest genetic research change that?
Ten-year-study finds that it depends on the bird whether it can handle the transition from forest to suburb.
Americans living in the continental United States looking to get out into nature have a longer drive ahead of them than they would have had in the early 20th Century.
Warmer spring-like temperatures have kicked off this year's toad migration. But as toads are crossing roads, many end up dead before they can reach their spawning grounds. A group in Bonn is helping them survive.
BANDAR AL-ROWDAH, Oman -- The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.
Once again trade in agriculture is expected to dominate the agenda and the EU must play a key role.
The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region.
March 15 (UPI) -- Megafauna species living in freshwater habitats are some of the most vulnerable to extinction, new research shows.
The dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is caused by a mixture of global warming and a natural, decades-long atmospheric hot spot over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.
Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds.
Packaging – much of it single-use food wrapping – has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. Manufacturers got us into this mess, but it’s up to us to dig ourselves out – and here’s how
Global Ideas takes a look at Kosovo's Bear Sanctuary Prishtina, where freed bears can live and relearn natural behaviors after a law ended mistreatment and inadequate captivity in the country in 2010.
DURHAM, North Carolina – Listening to Paul Simon talk is a little like listening to him sing. His voice is melodic and soothing; his words are thoughtful and evocative, capable of penetrating both heart and bones
Scientists have documented many cases in which the timing of seasonal events, such as the flowering of plants or the emergence of insects, is changing as a result of climate change.
A dinner plate piled high with food from plants might not deliver the same nutrition toward the end of this century as it does today.
When you think of climate change and wildlife, your mind probably turns to thoughts of corals bleaching, frogs going extinct or skinny polar bears trapped on land.
It's a familiar sight in parts of East Africa - starving children, desiccated carcasses and parched landscapes. 17 million face the threat of hunger. It's a man-made crisis, says Ludger Schadomsky
Despite advanced monitoring systems, global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining.
Environmentalists and academics estimate that Indonesia might suffer losses of US$18.6 million from damage to coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua, caused by the Caledonian Sky cruise ship earlier this month.
Biologists have calculated that the global population of spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 2017 (IPS) - The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 11 2017 (IPS) - On Nov. 30 last year, a new high-performance ‘Super Computer’ was installed at the University of the West Indies (UWI) during climate change week. Dubbed SPARKS – short for the Scientific Platform for Applied Research and Knowledge Sharing – the computer is ...
If dry seasons intensify with man-made climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss increases even more and could put the Amazon rainforest further at risk, an international team of scientists found.
ABU DHABI // Delegates from 23 of the 40 countries that the dugong calls home have gathered in the capital to find better ways to protect the illusive sea animal.
The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australia's northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures.
Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction.
Chengetai Zonke lost much of her maize crop to drought last year. When it came to planting again, she decided to reduce her stake in what has become a recurrent climate change gamble.
In an age when David Attenborough can virtually take us inside an elephant’s bottom, is there any or conservational value to keeping animals in captivity?
Indonesia has set itself an ambitious target of attracting 20 million tourists by 2019. In 2016, there were around 12 million foreign tourists so achieving this target seems somewhat of a stretch.
SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES – There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves.
March 13 (UPI) -- Increased human activity over the last few decades has slowly created a fresh water crisis that now looms for nearly 100 million people in Egypt, a scenario that scientists say could ultimately make the entire region uninhabitable by the end of this century.
The indirect impacts invasive species can have in an ecosystem, new research confirms. This study focused on the brown treesnake, whose introduction to the forests of Guam has led to difficulties for local tree species to reproduce.
A new study suggests that Colorado River flows have already declined due to rising global temperatures and are likely to experience further declines in the future.
ROME, Mar 10 2017 (IPS) - In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community — the Il Lakipiak Maasai (“People of Wildlife”) — which owns and operates the only community-owned rhino sanctuary in the country.
One of the main coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an Indonesian island chain home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity, was severely damaged last week when a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship smashed into it at low tide, according to an official report.
Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year’s dramatic death rate
With organisms gradually evolving into new organisms over the history of life on Earth, drawing a distinction between species can be challenging. One biologist proposes a new way of looking at the question.
In an interview on CNBC this morning, Pruitt raised doubts over whether or not carbon dioxide is the main driver behind climate change. Asked if CO2 is the "primary control knob for climate," Pruitt said he wouldn't agree with that assessment.