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Gigantic lily pads reappear in Paraguay lagoon

Giant lily pads have reappeared in a tributary of the Paraguay River after being declared endangered a dozen years ago.<p>Victoria cruziana water lilies …

Nature

Here's proof Earth's ozone hole is recovering

There's more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans' efforts are making a difference.<p>Thanks to a …

Climate Change

U.K. to kickstart 'Northern Forest' with 50M trees

25-year project could reforest more than 62,000 acres.<p>Described as a "vast ribbon of woodland cover" by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the …

Environment

Proposal would allow offshore drilling in 90% of U.S. waters

A new offshore drilling map that would open up vast stretches of water for oil and gas drilling is just in the proposal stage — but it's sure to be a …

Ryan Zinke

10 top ecotourism destinations for 2018

Georgia<p>Lonely Planet calls Georgia “one of the most beautiful countries on earth.” Georgia’s geographic attributes are indisputable. Regions of this …

Caucasus

The Earth hums, even under the sea

But we still don't know why it happens.<p>Beneath all the hubbub of life, the Earth is constantly humming.<p>We made an attempt to record it in 1959, but …

Can coral reseeding save the Great Barrier Reef?

Scientists have become adept coral reef matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef, and the success of this project could be used …

We're losing the night (and that's not good)

Artificially light is increasing by 2.2 percent each year.<p>Humanity's efforts to vanquish the night and impose a dull glow above from dusk to dawn …

How Yosemite's scuba-diving flies stay dry

These insects have a sweet life, thanks to some super waterproofing.<p>If you've ever visited Yosemite National Park's Mono Lake, the shallow lake …

The mystery of Great Salt Lake's missing mercury

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is the largest inland body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to heavy amounts of salt and minerals, …

20 unbelievable but true geographical facts

Drilling threat looms large for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The prospect of drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) moved ahead this week with a 13-10 vote of the Senate …

Here’s the dirt that industry won’t tell you about “clean” natural gas

Here’s the dirt that industry won’t tell you about “clean” natural gasBy Abigail Dillen | Monday, October 30, 2017 Jonah Field, a natural gas field …

Energy

NASA captures new photos of runaway iceberg, and it's bigger than Delaware

Back in July, an iceberg weighing about 1 trillion tons broke off of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, but it's hard to put that event into …

Thousands of scientists issue bleak 'second notice' to humanity

In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their …

This solar-powered Dutch poultry farm specializes in 'carbon-neutral' eggs

And surprise ... they're not even free-range or organic.<p>Sprawling industrial parks, manufacturing hubs and logistics centers dominate the once …

Why farmers are warming up to milkweed

Once a scourge, the plant is proving to be a winner in surprising ways.<p>Common milkweed is getting an image makeover. Thanks to the efforts of an …

Climate change is a 'public health emergency'

As world leaders gather for U.N. climate talks, a new report sheds light on the looming 'global transformation' for human health.<p>Rising temperatures …

'Humongous fungus' fascinates researchers

A growth of Armillaria fungus might be the world's largest organism.<p>If you were asked to think of the world's largest organism, you might come up …

Why good Christmas trees will be hard to find

If you're someone who enjoys the beauty and smell of a real Christmas tree, prepare to pull a few more bills out of your wallet this holiday season. …

The world is running out of sand

The problem is, not all sand is created equal.<p>After a trip to the beach, you're likely to return with sand in your hair, between your toes, …

'Breathtakingly audacious' project aims to plant 73 million trees in Amazon

An ambitious plan by Conservation International could mean an impressive 73 million new trees will be planted over the next six years in the …

Ecology

How Iceland is regrowing forests destroyed by the Vikings

How do you find your way out of a forest in Iceland? Stand up.<p>That's an old Icelandic joke about the country's meager woodlands, and like most jokes, …

Watch Qiantang River's tidal bore crash against the shore

One of the world's most impressive natural sights is the Qiantang River's tidal bore. This massive wave, which can reach up to 30 feet in height and …

​Why you should care about peat bogs

With the power to release huge amounts of carbon and greenhouse gases, these mucky wetlands also help control floods and forest fires.<p>Peatlands are …

Climate

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10 rivers may deliver bulk of ocean plastic

As much as 95 percent of the plastic waste that reaches oceans via rivers is carried by just 10 waterways, according to a new study.<p>Earth's oceans …

10 irreplaceable World Heritage Sites that are on the brink

At least 54 of 206 natural World Heritage Sites heritage sites are grappling with serious threats from development and industry, according to …

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