Globally the frequency of natural disasters has more than doubled over the past 35 years.
CGIAR/Challenge food and water programme
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
Women plant rice in the flood plain of Betsimitatatra, Madagascar.
Reflections on World Wetland Day on how this precious resource can be used sustainably to reduce rural poverty, improve food security and strengthen livelihood in the face of climate change.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 13, 2013.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sued the federal government repeatedly. If he becomes head of EPA and tries to weaken environmental laws, opponents are likely to do the same to him.
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Wetland disappearance is destroying organic historical evidence that's been preserved for thousands of years.
Some informal settlements in Cape Town are located on or near wetlands.
Many African cities are sites of rapid urbanisation. To ensure that such societies are water resilient, it is necessary to address formal and informal forms of development.
Flock of ibis, Everglades National Park.
Linda Friar, National Park Service/Flickr
Rehydrating the Florida Everglades is the largest ecological restoration project in the world. Ecologist Peter Frederick explains why this massive effort is worth its multi-billion-dollar cost.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Globally bulnerable yellow-breasted pipits are endemic grassland specialists severely affected by current farming practices.
Simple changes to current grassland management has the potential to save many endangered birds.
Every year millions of birds migrate between Australia and the northern Hemisphere.
Five million shorebirds migrate between Australia and the northern hemisphere, threatened by habitat destruction, and rising seas. How can we protect this natural marvel?
New research has found that human activity could be damaging wetlands’ natural defence to rising sea levels. The study by…
It ain’t easy being green, especially when your home’s been turned into (other people’s) houses.
In its report published last week, the UK Parliament’s green watchdog, the Environmental Audit Committee, was far from convinced by the government’s proposed policy of biodiversity offsetting. The committee’s…
Atmospheric methane emissions increased after 2006, and a recent study conducted by a team of international scientists, including…
Removing wastewater pollution through wetlands is, in at least one scenario, more cost effective than upgrading a treatment…
A team of US researchers has found that watershed wetlands can help to improve the quality of streams polluted by acid rain…
Research conducted at the Everglades Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University has shown the potential for man-made…
Restoring our southern wetlands as carbon farms would have many additional benefits to the ecosystem and the public.
Australia’s southern coastal wetlands are more diverse than most people realise. In a recent paper, Paul Boon suggests they provide valuable ecological services that exceed those of inland wetland ecosystems…
Queensland’s proposed port developments threaten the state’s important northern wetlands, the reef’s first line of defence.
UNESCO has released its latest report on the state of the Great Barrier Reef, and has once again raised concerns about excessive port development along the coast, and the state of water quality around…
Restored wetlands may never fully recover, calling into question a common belief that it is possible to recreate destroyed…