Understanding the complex web of life

| Oct 25, 2014

Understanding the complex web of life

by Stephen Hesse

“Biodiversity provides the foundation on which all life depends, including human societies,” writes Nik Sekhran in the opening pages of “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” a captivating book released earlier this month by the United Nations Development Programme. “Ecosystems and biodiversity provide our food, water, ...

Sep 30, 2014

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups. The study released Tuesday by the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to ...

Sep 23, 2014

Lava flow threatening homes in Hawaii stalls

Lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii’s Big Island has essentially stalled for now, officials said Monday, but that isn’t putting anyone at ease. A Hawaii County Civil Defense flight over the area found that the surface flow had not advanced in the past 24 ...

Sep 22, 2014

Obama hopes to press climate change fight at U.N. summit

President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change on Tuesday when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy. Obama has warned that failure to act on ...

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. sees hottest August since start of record-keeping in 1880

Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. If the trend continues, 2014 could set records for planetwide heat, raising fresh alarm at the pace of ...