biodiversity

High atop a mountain in Mongolia, a team of trackers splits into three groups to check their traps each morning. Their goal: to catch a snow leopard, one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, so rare that few have seen one of the big cats in the wild.

After failing to catch...

The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section has the pleasure to extend the invitation for the celebrations on the International Day of Forests on Monday, 21 March 2016 at the United Nations in Geneva.

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise...

Women are leaders, professors, engineers and farmers, they are core to human existence. Women also make up make up significant majorities of the world's poorest populations and produce more than...

Just as the last of the blushing light drained from the sky in western Mongolia, the “ghost of the mountain” struck at the foot of sacred Jargalan mountain where the rocky snow line gives way to a dry and treeless expanse of steppe.

“I saw my animals were...

Climate change’s manipulation of global temperatures is causing glaciers to recede, icebergs to calve, and the yearly snowpack to melt earlier. But how do such changes influence life? A recent study investigated this, focusing on how early snowmelts, and therefore flowering times,...

The term ‘biodiversity’ conjures up images of trees, plants, insects and mammals, which are increasingly recognized as important in sustaining agricultural landscapes. But what of the biodiversity which exists under the ground? How important is this to agricultural systems and in...

The Government of Uganda through its Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) jointly with Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and in collaboration with partners in a global programme “Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)” financially and technically...

Scientists from the United States National Park Service (NPS) and three American universities predict a complex future for populations of the diminutive and charismatic pika. The hamster-sized member of the rabbit family lives in rocky, icy patches in the western United States.

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Environmental managers often make decisions that include trade offs between two or more possible scenarios. These choices can become challenging when the socio-ecological system is complex and the environment has different ecosystem services. And it is particularly difficult when...

How does one estimate biological diversity? Answering this seemingly simple question has occupied many an ecologist’s time. With the rapid rate of species loss in the Anthropocene, measures of diversity help assess patterns and processes of ecological change in human-modified...

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