Sharks are loners, ruled by raw instinct, embodying the maxim of "survival of the fittest." Right? Wrong - and three times over. Scientists, however, are only barely scraping the surface of the mysterious hunters.
The biodiversity of the Congo rainforests is unique. The forests are home to more than 400 mammal species, more than 1,000 bird species, and at least 10,000 plant species.
The UN climate chief has urged world leaders not to lose hope in tackling the issue of global warming. Hundreds of researchers and government delegates are taking part in a five-day climate conference in Copenhagen.
The EU has lowered its climate targets. It's a very worrying signal, says DW climate correspondent Irene Quaile, and reason for arguing that the EU has lost its position as climate leader.
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.
An animal rights organization recently published a video showing the horrific circumstances in which buffaloes that produce the milk for mozzarella live. Many people were shocked and called for a boycott of the cheese.
Saint Lucia's leatherback turtles are threatened with extinction. A project supported by the German development aid agency GIZ aims to help save these marine animals.
Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.
In a bid to improve the India's image PM Narendra Modi recently kick-started a campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets. A promising start, says sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak, but more needs to be done.
Thailand is trying to combat floods by building dams made of bamboo and sand and planting new trees. That helps stabilize the soil during the rains and eventually pays off for farmers too by producing better harvests.
The dreaded grapevine moth is one the worst enemies of wine growers in Germany's Ahr valley. Using pheromones to trick and confuse male moths and disrupt mating is proving to be a success. But it isn’t without problems.
Environment stories from around the world
Why Peru’s Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is optimistic a climate agreement will be reached -- what happens when green sludge invades America's great lakes -- and Greenpeace challenges Lego through brandjacking.
From remote sensing to observations crowd-sourced from amateur naturalists, technological advances are providing biologists with a lot of new information. But how to manage the vast amounts of data now available to them?
Depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder? Animals may be able to help. Although many experts say there is no scientific evidence that it works, animal-assisted therapy has become popular worldwide.
Hundreds of dead seals have been washing up on Germany's North Sea coast since the beginning of October. Researchers have now found the cause of death: the avian flu virus.
Every year, tourists flock to Darwin in the Northern Territory to see crocodiles in the wild. But, a number of fatal attacks have stirred debate about the best way to minimize risk and protect both humans and reptiles.
Jellyfish outbreaks in the Mediterranean often scare off tourists and affect marine life. In Tunisia, scientists are working with fishermen to install nets, track the creatures as well as make it lucrative to catch them. A film by Julia Henrichmann
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