Around half of the active ingredients in commercial medicines derive from plants or animals.
Activists raise concerns over the opening of a golf course and hotel in what they claim lies within Sungai Pulai, a mangrove forest reserve and Ramsar site in Johor.
The award comes with a prize money of US$100,000 to help support his work in biodiversity.
Four sessions of talks are planned to take place over two years, with the goal of protecting marine biodiversity and avoiding further pillaging of the oceans.
The island continent is home to an unusually diverse reptile population, which evolved in isolation and represents almost 10% of the global reptile fauna.
If palm oil is replaced by much larger areas of rapeseed, soy or sunflower fields, different natural ecosystems and species may be affected, says conservation group.
Seventy-six percent of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction.
The World Heritage-listed site, which attracts millions of tourists each year, is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.
Human activity has driven animals and plants into decline in every region of the world, putting our own well-being at risk by over-harvesting and polluting, a comprehensive species survey warned Friday.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which published a major assessment on the health of the world's species Friday, is an independent body created by more than 100 countries in 2012.
The diagnosis is expected to be dire.
Ever since its creation in 2012, the IPBES has been at the forefront of protection of global biodiversity.
Starting Saturday, a comprehensive, global appraisal of the damage, and what can be done to reverse it, will be conducted in Colombia.
The species was discovered in the Penang Hill rainforest, and is part of the ghost scorpion biological group.
Royal couple to attend gala dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between Britain and Malaysia.
Ecotourism hotelier calls for local and foreign tourists to be mindful of the environment, especially during holidays and trips.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh honours Dr Saw Leng Guan for excellence as a taxonomist and 30-year efforts on biodiversity and conservation.
Food supplies under threat from extinction of animals that carry out pollination.