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Modernize or maintain – What is the best way to improve the Endangered Species Act?

Bald eagle, Florida manatee, and American alligator populations rebounded under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Photo credit: USFWS.<p><b>THE</b> …

Endangered Species

GPS-enabled sea turtle eggs and other high-tech solutions to wildlife crime

An olive ridley sea turtle hauls herself onto a beach in Costa Rica. Poachers prize sea turtle eggs, which can be sold for up to $300 a piece on the …

Eggs

Top 5 environmental success stories of 2016

<b>LOOKING</b> back, 2016 will likely be remembered as a year of negative news. Stories of celebrity deaths, political nastiness, conflict and division …

Protecting the pangolin – Can name recognition save species?

Photo credit: Russian Rugoals.<p><b>IN 2012,</b> a group of scientists, activists, and conservation groups banded together to save the worlds most trafficked …

Pangolin

Satellites, dynamite and more – 7 ways to save the ocean from illegal fishing

A Taiwanese fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing. Photo credit: US Navy.<p><b>FOR</b> too long, an international fleet of illegal fishing vessels has …

Fishing

The pros and cons of large and small marine protected areas

Papahānaumokuā Marine National Monument harbors more than 7,000 species, a quarter of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Photo credit: NOAA.<p><b>ON</b> …

10 everyday activities you didn’t know were eco-friendly

Over 70% of Americans say they are concerned about pollution and environmental degradation, with millennials, the generation of the future, placing a …

Is marine plastic pollution a solvable problem?

Henderson Island, one of the four islands making up the Pitcairn Islands. Photo credit: Andrew Christian.<p><b>ON A DISTANT</b> beach in the South Pacific, …

Rewildling Europe – Why wolves, bears, and other carnivores are making a comeback

Bears and other large carnivores are difficult to conserve for both ecological and social reasons. Photo credit: Sustainable Leader.<p><b>CARNIVORE</b> …

Protected Areas

Frogs and the chytrid fungus – What is the best way to control wildlife diseases?

<b>IN A WORLD</b> increasingly characterized by globalization and rapid environmental change, the rise of emergent wildlife diseases has become a major …

Habitats

9 conservation success stories made possible by flagship species

<b>THE MODERN</b> conservation movement is tasked with an enormous mandate: to safeguard global biodiversity and natural resources for future generations. …

Luca Berardi the conservation champion – Saving the world at twelve years old

At only 12 years old, Luca Berardi is already a conservation activist. Photo credit: Mary Marete and Luca Berardi.<p><b>LIKE</b> many 12-year-olds, <b>Luca Berardi</b> …

How the world can stop overfishing – A case study of U.S. fishery success

<b>THE 1990s</b> are remembered as a time of relative prosperity. Wages were growing, colors were neon, and jackets were jean. But while most of us enjoyed …

Lights Out programs prevent over 200,000 bird-window collisions annually

<i>Thud.</i><p>Everyone knows the sickening sound created when an unsuspecting bird crashes into a window. The sound signifies an abrupt demise, a chance …

Washington D.C.

Using drones to improve orangutan conservation

The Bornean orangutan is endangered while the Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered. Both species are found only in the tropical forests of …

Palm Oil

Are some forests better than others at mitigating climate change?

Photo credit: Travel Photos HD.<p><b>LIFE</b> <b>ON EARTH</b> wouldn’t be the same without forests.<p>An estimated <b>1.6 billion people</b> around the world depend on forests …

Forestry

5 reasons we shouldn’t kill every last buzzing, annoying, blood-sucking mosquito

<b>Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.</b><p>No one likes the sound of a mosquito buzzing in their ear.<p>Aside from being a bloodsucking pest and …

Mosquitoes

The monarch butterfly’s highway to recovery

Like other economically important pollinator species, the monarch butterfly has faced steep population declines over the past two decades. Photo …

Habitats

Why is Ringling Bros. retiring its circus elephants early?

<b>IN A VICTORY</b> for elephants and animal rights activists, the largest circus in the United States announced that it will retire all of its remaining …

Circus

Beyond carbon neutral – What the world should learn from Bhutan

The Eiffel tower was lit up with climate themed messages during the COP21 climate summit in Paris. Photo credit: Newsmax.com.<p><b>WITH</b> the conclusion of …

Bhutan

Top 5 environmental success stories of 2015

<b>EVERY</b> year, headlines are dominated by negative environmental news, and 2015 was no exception. <b>El Ni</b><b>ño</b> climate craziness, coral <b>bleaching</b>, Indonesian</b> …

Protected Areas

8 creative ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict

A new population survey in India shows tigers making a modest comeback. Photo credit: WWF.<p><b>THE TIGER</b> is an iconic endangered species, with <b>as few as</b> …

Elephants

These 4 countries took huge steps to protect the ocean in 2015

<b>EVERYONE</b> can take small steps to conserve the ocean. Whether it’s purchasing <b>sustainable seafood</b> or using less plastic, little decisions accumulate …

Why is Indonesia on fire, and what can you do to help?

Photo credit: David Gilbert.<p><b>INDONESIA</b> is going up in smoke.<p>The massive island nation, home to 255 million people and nearly 50,000 species, has been …

Rainforests

Google Street View offers new insights for conservation

<b>WE LIVE</b> in an age of exploration unlike any other. <b></b><p>Forget Columbus, Magellan, and Vasco-da-Gama; while they sailed across the globe in search of new …

Science is the secret to sustainable seafood

<b>IT’S NO SECRET</b> that marine ecosystems are in trouble. Overfishing poses a serious threat around the world, with <b>75% of fish stocks declining due to</b> …

Why did the tapir cross the road? Because it had reflective stickers

<b>IT’S A MUGGY</b> summer night in the <b>Pantanal</b> swamps of South America, and the monotonous drone of buzzing mosquitos and chirping crickets is broken only …

Roads

These 5 Countries Account for 60% of Plastic Pollution in Oceans

Roughly 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world's oceans every year, and according to a new study, the majority of this waste comes from …

The traitorous goats of the Galapagos Islands

Photo credit: Yale University.<p>By <b>Orion McCarthy</b><p><b>THE AVERAGE</b> Galapagos Tortoise can expect a lengthy and leisurely life. Weighing over 500 pounds, these …

Galapagos

Corals worldwide hit by bleaching

Warm ocean waters combine with El Niño to turn reefs a stark white.