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Antarctica's ice caves may harbor new species

Cave systems under the glaciers are heated by geothermal forces and may play host to unique types of plants and animals.<p>While nearly every corner of …

Nature

The benefit of dirt roads

When a bunch of groups got together in Arkansas to shore up rural roads, everybody ended up benefiting.<p>Judge Stacey Avey has been serving on the …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photographer snaps eye-opening photo he wishes 'didn't exist'

Full screen<p>1/4 SLIDES © Sergey Gorshkov, Russia<p>2/4 SLIDES © Laurent Ballesta, France<p>3/4 SLIDES © Klaus Nigge, Germany<p>4/4 SLIDES © Justin Hofman<p>4/4 …

Photography

Busy bats crash into windows due to 'acoustic illusions'

Windows can be notoriously dangerous for birds, which often mistake glass facades for open airspace. This optical illusion leads to widespread …

Nature

This 12,000-ton pile of orange peels is now a lush Costa Rican forest

Experimental conservation project regrew pristine forest faster than anyone thought possible.<p>Back in the late-1990s, 12,000 tons of orange peels from …

Ecology

11 Things It's Illegal to Throw Away

Many batteries contain toxic chemicals like mercury, nickel, and cadmium. If such batteries end up in a landfill, those chemicals can leach into the …

Nighttime pollination under threat from light pollution

New study suggests that artificial light may disrupt the fragile network of plants and pollinators.<p>The increasing glow from artificial lights around …

This is what the first flower to ever evolve looked like

Researchers traced back the origin of all flowering plants to a single ancestor using a sophisticated data crunch.<p>Flowering plants, or angiosperms, …

12 things to know about beautiful kelp

Towers of underwater kelp form undulating forests in shallow waters in many parts of the world. Sometimes called the rain forests of the sea, these …

Plants may be wising up faster than humans to the dangers of global warming

Vegetation is adapting to soak up more CO2 and use less water.<p>Plants may be doing their part to fight climate change.<p>According to a study published …

A dip in the Seine will soon be possible

Paris aims to clean up its iconic river in time for 2024 Olympics.<p>Over the last century, the very suggestion of taking a dip in Paris' most …

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Take a look at abandoned places which have been reclaimed by nature

'Silent Killers' highlights fishing net pollution with beautiful imagery

The stunning visuals draw attention to practical solutions.<p>During college, Christine Ren went scuba diving in Honduras, and during that underwater …

Deep water corals are capable of producing their own sunlight

New study reveals that deep water corals glow for a completely different reason than their shallow counterparts.<p>Many species of coral glow — some …

School-age boy saves a species after quest to find an 'extinct' frog

The frog had been feared extinct for at least the last 30 years.<p>The Jambato harlequin frog (<i>Atelopus ignescens</i>) was once so common in Ecuador that …

Biological Species

When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<b>I. ‘Doomsday’</b><p><i>Peering beyond scientific reticence.</i><p>It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears …

A new island just appeared off the coast of North Carolina

Nearly overnight, an island has sprung up along North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore.<p>Visitors to the popular area have noticed that what …

History's most powerful shark was killed off by a global extinction event

The demise of megalodon coincided with the loss of a third of the largest marine animal species, scientists say.<p>For an estimated 20 million years, a …

Man avenges tree's death by planting more than 100 giants throughout city

'You killed my child. For this you will pay.'<p>It’s been three years since Clyde was cut down in the prime of life.<p>He was a good tree, according to the …

Gardening

9 of the world's biggest fishing firms pledge to protect oceans

An initiative announced during the United Nation'sOcean Conference is poised to make drastic improvements in how the oceans and fishing industry …

China launches world's largest floating solar farm

You might be familiar with floating wind turbines, but what about floating solar panels?<p>Most of the Earth's surface area is covered in water, so it …

Clean Energy

Remember that kid who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He's back, and it's happening

Boyan Slat's solar-powered booms will soon be in the Pacific Ocean.<p>Boyan Slat was just a regular Dutch high-school student when he went on a diving …

Oceans

To protect endangered rhinos, U.S. Army veterans answer a new call to arms

Ex-soldiers are battling poachers and their own personal demons in South Africa.<p>Ryan Tate, a former U.S. Marine, founded a nonprofit group called …

Plastic-eating microbes might be evolving in our oceans

Plastic is accumulating at an alarming rate, and it may be changing ocean biology.<p>No where is plastic pollution a greater problem than in our oceans, …

Oceans

Can heat-tolerant corals beat back climate change?

Northern Red Sea corals aren't just taking the heat — they're thriving.<p>Corals suffer heavily at the hand of climate change. Sensitive to water …

Climate Change

Cicadapocalypse: What you need to know

After a 17-year absence, Brood VI of these bizarre insects is set to emerge in 2017 — along with some early 'stragglers' from Brood X.<p>Spring has …

Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

New study praises pollutant-absorbing qualities of the humble hedge.<p>Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, …

Sustainability