There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The Government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales.
Greenland, the icy island nation in the Arctic, gets its name from an Icelandic murderer exiled there, who called it "Greenland" in hopes that the name would attract settlers. But it turns out that long ago, Greenland was actually quite green.
The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has granted permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants that accumulate omega-3s in their seeds.
Astronomers are constantly seeking more Earth-like exoplanets because, well, Earth is the only planet we know of that has life. So the more Earth-like a planet is, scientists hope, the more likely it is to be able to support life—or ...
While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view.
National Trust responds to Environmental Audit Committee findings
On the day of an EU vote on new proposals to tackle the problem of invasive non-native species at a continent-wide level, the Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the Government to revamp the system for controlling invasive species in England and Wales.
Its key recommendations are to work together more effectively, to do more work in identifying invasive species which pose a threat to the UK more quickly; and to introduce an early surveillance system which would then trigger action which would result in eradication.
Responding to the report, David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust said: "Tackling invasive non-native species needs public agencies and voluntary organisations to work more effectively together, so we're pleased this is a key recommendation from the Committee. But we also need agencies to be much more innovative in the way they detect and monitor threats.
“Better coordination and more effective detection will become even more important as climate change and globalisation add to the challenges the UK faces."
Doomed for extinction Free Malaysia Today The peat swamp forests in Kalimantan, among the last refuge for the orangutan, is being widely cut and replaced with oil palm, despite a 25-year struggle by conservation organizations.
BEIJING (AP) — Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfe ...
A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body? It has those, too. These are characteristics of a bizarre group of sharks known as sawsharks. And until recently, only seven species were recognized. However, a new discovery raises that number by one more.
Over 30 indigenous groups in Colombia threatened with extinction Fox News Latino At least 34 of the more than 100 native ethnicities and indigenous communities living in Colombia are going through a "humanitarian crisis" and are threatened with...
International Business Times AU How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time Is Up Gizmodo While the UN has set an ambitious goal of limiting total global warming to just 2 degrees C over pre-industrial levels, a number of recent...