One-fifth of world's plants at risk of extinction: study

May 28, 2016

One-fifth of world's plants at risk of extinction: study

One-fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned on May 10 in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. ...

Canada wildfires in 'bullseye' of warming trends

May 21, 2016

Canada wildfires in 'bullseye' of warming trends

Experts say climate change is contributing to the wildfires raging across Canada, and the increasing frequency of such fires may overwhelm one of Earth’s most important ecosystems, the boreal forest. In just over a week, an out of control blaze has charred more than ...

El Nino dries up Asia as its sister La Nina looms

May 7, 2016

El Nino dries up Asia as its sister La Nina looms

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina. The current El Nino which began last year has been one ...

Apr 14, 2016

Taiwan fishing industry 'out of control': Greenpeace

Taiwan’s fishing industry was “out of control,” environment advocacy group Greenpeace said Thursday, with shark finning still rampant as well as labor and human rights abuses. Taiwan has one of the world’s biggest tuna fishing fleets and the new Greenpeace investigation is just the ...

Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Mar 26, 2016

Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Vegetation will release far less extra carbon dioxide in a warming world than previously assumed, giving humans a bit more room in the fight against climate change, scientists reported recently. Despite this good news, efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions must still be stepped up ...