Biodiversity

Are Bees 'Green Crap'?

Barry Gardiner | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

This government is presiding over the unravelling of the fabric of nature. On our small part of the planet our approach to pollinators is a local example of what is a growing, global 'biodiversity crisis'. Sir David Attenborough has talked about this crisis leading not only to great physical impoverishment but to great spiritual impoverishment as well. It is hard to imagine a world without bees. It would be even harder to live in it.

Rwanda Starts Its Engine of Green Growth

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York...

Three Things That We Can Learn About Sustainable Development From Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

What do you picture when you think of Madagascar? If it's not a scene from the infamous cartoon of the same name (complete with talking penguins), then it's most probably a nation ravaged by ecological disaster.

Food Freedom and the People who are Planting the Seeds of Change

Zion Lights | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Zion Lights

'Seeds are buried treasure,' says Simran Sethi, global speaker, educator and environmentalist. Ms Sethi talks about seeds with passion because, she says, humans have an interdependent relationship with them: 'seeds are life', she tells me; nature's most early beginnings, without which humans could not have thrived. And now they are under threat.

Climate Change Impacts Everything

Samantha J Smith | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Climate change impacts everything, everywhere. It threatens to undo everything that conservation organizations like WWF have achieved over the last half-century. Both people and the natural world are feeling the effects, which are consequential and growing. Extreme weather impacts fragile ecosystems that people depend on for food and their livelihoods.

Bee Action Plan - We Must Sting UK Government Into Tougher Action To Protect Our Pollinators

Andy Atkins | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Andy Atkins

It's hard to imagine a world without the familiar springtime buzz of bees among the blossom. We need bees to pollinate our food and keep our gardens and countryside blooming. But unless we take decisive action to protect these iconic species now, we face a drab landscape lacking wildflowers and a diet that costs us more, but is less tasty and nutritious.

How You Can Help Save the Amazon Rainforest From Deforestation

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frontier

The Amazon rainforest is the largest gathering of trees on the planet, covering 5,500,000 square kilometers. The area is vast, spread across nine countries: the majority in Brazil (60%), followed by 13% in Peru 10% in Colombia and other small variants in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Plenty More Fish in the Sea: What is Being Done to Ensure Marine Sustainability?

Frontier | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Frontier

The Mafia Island Marine Park is the first of its kind in the world. Set up as collaboration between Frontier and the WFF, it is recognised as the firs...

In the Wake of World Food Day: Why It's Time to Rethink Our Food System

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

World Food Day is a pinnacle time to highlight food sustainability whilst acknowledging the imminent climate change, and global warming predictions, as well as the increase in our global population digits.

Tribal Festivals

Joanna Eede | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK
Joanna Eede

As global monoculture erodes cultural diversity, the diversity of tribal festivals and rituals is a reminder that humans have different insights, different priorities, and choose other - successful - ways of living. For many tribes, life is lived through ritual.

Celebrating the Ingenious Skills of Tribes on UN Indigenous Day

Joanna Eede | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Joanna Eede

Acute observations have taught tribes how to hunt wild game and gather roots and berries, how to sense changes in climate, predict movements of ice sheets, the return of migrating geese and the flowering seasons of fruit trees.

Why Is Preserving Biodiversity Important?

Maria Sowter | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Maria Sowter

A diverse ecosystem means a productive ecosystem, as each small part that makes up the larger whole plays a vital and important part in keeping the machine functioning. With millions of species in the world, biodiversity is one of our biggest economic resources for medicine, food and natural materials.

The Death of Childhood

Emily Buchanan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Buchanan

At a time when we desperately need children to be environmentally educated, their understanding of biodiversity is being outsourced to digital media. To deprive them of the innocence of outdoor play is to jeopardise the fragile future of our environment.

Low Impact Lanzarote - A Guilt-Free Holiday Guide

Andrew Matthews | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

As far as natural advantages go it's fair to say Lanzarote lucked out. The fourth largest and most eastern of Spain's Canary Islands, Lanzarote's also the oldest and flattest. So the wind, rain and humidity that affect its neighbours leave Lanzarote relatively unscathed.

Why We Need to be Making Better Choices

Jude Thorne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Thorne

According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center, the current Arctic sea ice cover is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began

2012 Will Be a Good Year for Our Ecosystems

Marina Vaughan | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK
Marina Vaughan

With another year over in the so-called Biodiversity Decade, one might lose heart that our natural resources will ever be saved from squander. But I don't, I have great hope for the year ahead. The reason? Good business is the best antidote for bad international politics.

If we Allow Coral Reefs to Disappear, Earth Enters Million Years Timescale

Rolf Schuttenhelm | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK Tech
Rolf Schuttenhelm

It may be a nice way to draw some attention to the scientists' hard work, but mixing up data & marketing is confusing to the general public - and risks to undermine our sense of environmental urgency.

Patenting "The Staff of Life" is Ruinous to Iraq's Agriculture

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

In my early teens in Iraq, in the late fifties and early sixties, I used to accompany my father to farms to buy wheat grain for our own consumption, a...

Biodiversity Loss - Ask The UN Experts How We Can Stop It

UN | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK

Join two leading figures from the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity in a interactive web chat at 17:00 (BST), live from New York. Answering you...

'Hey, Leonardo, what about Peru?'

David Hill | Posted 02.11.2011 | UK
David Hill

The Observer recently reported that Leonardo DiCaprio, Desmond Tutu and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others, are backing Ecuador's 'Yasuni-ITT' plan to fo...