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Biologist E.O. Wilson suggests ‘moon shot’ conservation effort

The extinction of our swimming, trotting, slithering, and flying companions on Earth is a building global disaster on a par with climate change, but …

Proposed border wall will harm Texas plants and animals, scientists say

A wall would also affect other species. The endangered wildflower Zapata bladderpod grows exactly where the barriers are proposed to be built, as …

How phosphorous can lead to global dead zones

Human activity introduced ecosystem-threatening levels of phosphorus pollution to freshwater bodies around the world between 2002 and 2010, a new …

Pollution

Want to Get Sick Less and Feel Happier? Do More of This Simple Activity (It's Not Exercise)

Science has discovered a zero-cost, side effect-free way to boost your immune system, kill stress, and feel happier.<p>Amazon recently opened new offices that resemble a rainforest and are completely covered in 40,000 plants. Why? Not just for aesthetic reasons, but because the forward-thinking …

Immune System

These are the global hotspots for alien species

Alien species are a global problem, but they're a particular headache in certain hotspots of the world.<p>An alien species, in this context, is not a …

Protecting our coasts naturally

As sea levels rise and coastal communities face the threat of erosion and flooding, coastal defence structures, often built with concrete, have …

Invasive 20-pound rodents increasingly burrowing into California

A giant invasive rodent with the ability to destroy roads, levees and wetlands has been discovered in Stanislaus County.<p>Weighing in at 20 pounds and measuring 2 feet, 6 inches long, plus a 12-inch tail, the nutria live in or near water. They're also incredibly destructive.<p>“They burrow in dikes, and …

'Super' crops and cows - Bill Gates, UK inject cash into farm science

"If you care about the poor, you should care about agriculture"<p>By Adela Suliman<p>LONDON, Jan 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's farmers took …

An international plastics treaty could avert a 'Silent Spring' for the seas

It was welcome news when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will use its year-long G7 presidency to turn the global spotlight on …

The way the world catches fish defies all economic logic

It’s often said that there are plenty more fish in the sea. For most of human history, that was true. From ancient Minoans to postwar industrial trawl fleets, mankind found wealth from harvesting more and more of the sea’s seemingly endless abundance of creatures. The more fishermen tried, the more …

Economics

EPA head Scott Pruitt says global warming may help 'humans flourish'

EPA administrator says ‘There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing’<p>Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has suggested that global warming may be beneficial to humans, in his latest departure from mainstream climate …

Climate Change

New research illuminates “bear necessity” in Alaska’s berry patches

Berry pickers have another reason to leave bears alone in a patch: the benefit bears provide to the berries. (Berett Wilber)Bears play a well-known …

Opinion: Wetlands are disappearing fast. Urgent action is required

Canada is home to 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands, which are important for the health of Canada and the health of our planet. In British …

Shrinking ice caps mean polar bears use more energy to find food

Anthony Pagano's research is examining the physiology of wild and captive polar bears. In particular, he is quantifying the behaviours and energetic …

Here’s what Yellowstone fieldwork is like. (Hint: Grizzly bear fights, eagle catches, and gnarly elk carcasses)

<i>This article is published in partnership with:</i><p>Last spring break, Gavin Forster found himself in a decidedly different environment than most students …

Novel research approach sheds light on how midsize predators interact

A novel research approach by Oregon State University has resulted in a key step toward better protecting the fisher, an important forest predator …

The Secret To Staying Happy Is Getting Whatever Exposure To Nature You Can Get

A new study finds that even just seeing a tree or hearing a birdsong will up your state of mind.<p>Plenty of research shows that spending time in nature has powerful health benefits. For people working in cities, that’s not always possible, but there an approximate way to stay positive at least: New …

Mental Health

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Honeybees are amazing and adorable, and they suffer when people spray pesticides or mow down wildflowers. We've heard plenty in recent years about collapsing bee colonies.<p>So Jonas Geldmann, at the University of Cambridge, says he understands how the honeybee became a symbol of environmental …

Ecology

World’s oceans rise to hottest temperatures ever recorded ‘by far’

The world’s oceans rose to the highest temperatures ever recorded by far in 2017, scientists have warned.<p>Research by a team of Chinese experts found …

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.<p>According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American …

Renewable Energy

Donald Trump appears to misunderstand basic facts of climate change in Piers Morgan interview

Donald Trump has expressed doubts over the existence of climate change, as it is understood by the vast majority of scientists.<p>After proclaiming his …

Donald Trump

This Underground Urban Farm Also Heats The Building Above It

Truly local food is when it’s grown in your basement. Plantagon CityFarm wants to create a network of underground urban farms–and whole skyscrapers filled with plants.<p>Underneath a 26-floor office tower in Stockholm, an underground space once used as an archive for a newspaper will soon become a …

Aquaponics

A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China

In the past two decades, China has experienced several food scandals. Between 2001 and 2006, toxic mushrooms killed 148 people and poisoned over 500 others in Yunnan. In 2010, Hunan police shut down a large operation that produced "green beans" from dyed soybeans.<p>As a result, a growing number of …

Poopy seabirds help spread the world’s nutrients around

Poop poopin’ away<p>Seabirds are full of crap — which turns out to be an important source of nutrients in coastal areas, new research says.<p>Bird poop, also known as guano, is chock-full of key plant foods like nitrogen and phosphorus — and when seabirds flock together to breed, they can produce massive …

Why Cape Town Is About to Run Out of Water

Parched earth and dust storms extend across much of the Theewaterskloof Dam, an area normally filled with several hundred million cubic meters of …

Researchers are worried that a brain illness known as 'zombie deer' disease may start infecting humans

When a deer becomes infected with chronic wasting disease, it can take up to two years before signs of the illness become visible.<p>At some point, the animal will lose weight, stop interacting with other deer, and lose its fear of humans, and it may start drinking and salivating more. It winds up …

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

Global Warming

It's time to stop spreading these popular myths about animals

The animal kingdom is home to one remarkable fact after another.<p>To name a few: Sperm whales can hold their breath for an hour, the most venomous animal on Earth is a snail, and tiny freshwater hydras can live so long they may as well be immortal.<p>But for each surprisingly true assertion about …

Trump takes rare step to reduce 2 national monuments in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday took the rare step of scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, declaring that …

Ecosystem And Biodiversity Services Worth Almost $125 Trillion Per Year: Dr. Randall Glaholt, IUCN International Biodiversity Expert

During the India and Sustainability Standards 2017 Conference organized by Centre for Responsible Business, there was a session on ‘Business and …

Ecology