Xi JinPing calls for strengthening cooperation on wetlands conservation

By Xinua Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for efforts to raise awareness, strengthen cooperation and scale up wetlands conservation action across the world. Xi made the remarks when delivering a speech via video at the opening ceremony of the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on…

Report indicates Europe’s drought is the worst in 500 years.

Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning, in what is likely the worst such event in 500 years. The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up. Another 17% is on alert – meaning vegetation “shows signs of stress”….

Koalas: Australia lists marsupial as endangered species

Australia has listed the koala as an endangered species across most of its east coast, after a dramatic decline in numbers. The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by land clearing, bushfires, drought, disease and other threats. The federal government said the listing was for Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It…

Climate change: Uganda under threat from a melting glacier

By Pablo Uchoa Climate change Ronah Masika remembers when she could still see the snowy caps of the Rwenzori mountains, a Unesco World Heritage site on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The view was stunning every time she travelled from her home in Kasese town to the Ugandan capital, Kampala…

Biodiversity: Food ‘key driver’ of accelerating death of wildlife

EnvironmentBy Ajit Niranjan & E K Benj Updated at 22:27 GMT Wednesday, 3rd January 21 Eating more plants and less meat would take pressure off land needed to feed a growing world, according to a UN report. Experts say organic farming alone is not the answer. The way food is grown around the world threatens…