Climate change playbook is a threat to the conservation cause

As preparations get underway for a landmark UN-sponsored conference on bio-diversity in China next year, a leading conservationist has given warning that the issue needs to be seen as separate to the climate change agenda. Razan Al Mubarak, the head of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fu

UAE pushes for green revolution in the desert

DUBAI - Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai's city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert. Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilit

'Alarming' loss of insects and spiders recorded

By Helen BriggsInsects and spiders are declining in forests and grasslands across Germany, according to new research. Scientists have described the findings as "alarming", saying the losses are driven by intensive agriculture. They are calling for a "paradigm shift" in land-use policy to preserve

Plant protein: Processing giant looks to fava beans

One of the world’s biggest pea processors is considering expanding into fava beans as the boom in alternative proteins fuels demand for special crops.France’s Roquette Freres SA is exploring processing the beans as consumers increasingly turn toward plant-based meats as well as substit

3 of the coolest things we’ve seen at GITEX Tech Week in Dubai

Flying motorbikes… cooking robots… it’s just another day in Dubai… GITEX Technology Week is back for its 39th edition and there’s plenty of exciting and innovative projects to see and explore. The exhibition is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday

Trio wins Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen

Two scientists from the United States and one from Britain won the 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for finding how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, paving the way for new strategies to fight diseases such as anaemia and cancer.The Nobel award-giving body said US-born researchers Willi

What's the truth about the Yellowstone supervolcano doomsday theory?

If you spend any time on the internet, it seems every few months humanity is faced with a looming existential threat from the depths of space. Planet X/Nibiru, the rapture or a wayward comet are, according to conspiracy theorists, destined to destroy us.However, there is one particular conspiracy, t

315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

By Jonathan Amos The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years. The calved block covers 1,636 sq km in area - a little smaller than Scotland's Isle of Skye - and is called D28. The scale of the berg means it will have to be monitored and tracked b

Greta Thunberg marches in Montreal for global climate protests

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg urged Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal on Friday as part of a global wave of “climate strikes”.The 16-year-old Swede met Trudeau in priv

Dozens die in north India floods, thousands evacuated

Dozens of people have been killed and thousands moved to relief camps after torrential rains caused flooding in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, according to officials.Densely populated regions on the banks of two main rivers in the state, which are overflowing because of incessant rainfall i

'When is this going to end?': Indonesians shrouded in toxic haze

Jambi, Indonesia - In an emergency clinic in the south of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, three-year-old Rafael has a cough and a fever. The boy's oxygen levels are so low he can barely raise his head from the gurney. All he can do is lie still and wait for oxygen; his mother waiting anxiously

WMO Urges Drastic Action as Global Average Temperature Set to Rise Again

Geneva- The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said on Monday 9-23-2019, close to a limit adopted in a global treaty. The prediction comes as govern

Indonesia is burning peatlands. Here’s why that makes the haze even worse than normal fires.

Rachel Genevieve Chia Toxic haze has blanketed Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for the past fortnight.The haze comes mostly from peatland burned by local farmers.Peatland is a waterlogged forest that contains high amounts of carbon and doesn’t burn easily.Farmers drain out the water and bur

Over half of the tigers rescued from Thailand tourist attraction have died

More than half of the almost 150 tigers rescued from a tourist attraction in Thailand have reportedly died in captivity in the last three years. The Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno temple west of Bangkok promoted itself as a wildlife sanctuary. It charged admission to visitors who would take phot

Alexandria battles climate change

CAIRO - Environmental engineers are working on a project to protect the 15th-century Citadel of Qaitbay, which is on a stretch of land extending into the ancient port of Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria. Egyptian authorities are investing $14 million in the project, which involves dropping

UN report warns life-giving oceans are becoming danger

The same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilising Earth's marine environment is brought to heel, warns a draft UN report. Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hun

Nanotech may transform energy storage

A US scientist says he and his team are re-conceptualizing energy storage by utilizing nanotechnology. Stanford Assistant Professor Yi Cui says nanotech products of the future might allow energy storage on paper and cloth while retaining the mechanical properties of ordinary paper or fabric. Cui's

Jordan agriculture threatened by worst rainfall in 50 years

DUBAI - Jordan Valley Farmers are experiencing a severe lack of rainfall and urgent steps are needed to expand the area covered by greenery and promote the efficient use of water, environmentalists say. “The rainfall situation this season is unprecedented. Jordan has not witnessed such a situ