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Haiti’s Most Popular Ecotourism Destinations

The tropical Caribbean island of Haiti is a paradise with a rich, fascinating history, natural wonders and diverse cultural offerings. It has also …

Ecotourism

How They Built a Forest and Other Stories

Behind Ranthambore’s success story, men of extraordinary courage and integrity.<p>Written by |<p>All over India 1,50,000 men and women serve the forests of …

Police arrest 'kingpin' of Asia's biggest wildlife smuggling syndicate

The Thai police have arrested the alleged kingpin of Asia’s biggest illegal wildlife trading network, accusing him of smuggling protected animal parts like rhino horns and elephant ivory.<p>Boonchai Bach, 40, a Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained on Friday in Nakorn Panom, a town next to the …

Darwinism 'scientifically wrong', ancestors never saw ape turn into man: Union min

<b>Aurangabad:</b> Union minister Satyapal Singh has claimed that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution of man was "scientifically wrong" and it needs to be …

Evolution

Half a million bees die in Iowa vandalism, two boys charged

Justin and Tori Engelhardt, husband and wife beekeepers in Sioux City, Iowa, discovered a tragic surprise late last month when they went to check on their 50 beehives.<p>The hives — home to half a million bees — had been overturned and hacked apart. The couple’s supply shed had been ransacked.<p>The …

Insects

Stromatolites have been on Earth for 3.7 billion years, and scientists just found some in a Tasmanian swamp

Stromatolites were likely the first living organisms on Earth, with fossil records dating these strange creatures back 3.7 billion years. Today, …

Huge news: scientists solve mystery of dead male woolly mammoths

Scientists have solved the mystery of why the overwhelming majority of mammoth fossils are male.<p>Much like wild elephants today, young male Ice Age mammoths probably roamed alone and more often got themselves into risky situations where they were swept into rivers, fell through ice or into bogs or …

Mammoths

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Ape on Earth

Weird & Wild<p>A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on …

Orangutans

Earwigs’ beauty forever in a dark cavity

<b>Weardale, County Durham</b> If only they’d reveal those folded wings, translucent and iridescent, shaped like Chinese fans<p>It’s not unusual for earwigs to be active on mild days mid winter but they are, by nature, nocturnal. This one, a male, was grazing on algae from the fence post in broad daylight. …

Climate change: Why India has pledged to reduce emission intensity only up to 35% by 2030

India has refrained from committing to a cut in absolute emissions and might also be keeping its best target, one higher than 35% less emission …

Climate

One Trick Made These Animal Photos Look Totally 3D

It's not every day you see nature photography quite like this.<p>If you like nature photos, you're going to love a gorgeous new series by French photographer Philippe Martin.<p>The animals depicted in the photos--from a bright orange frog to a huge yellow spider--are so lifelike that they seem ready to …

Animal pictures of the week: 2 October 2015 - Telegraph

30 Whales Have Died Off the Coast of Alaska and No One Knows Why

Whales are dying off the coast of Alaska and no one knows why. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially …

Winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest

After months of receiving breathtaking landscape shots from photographers around the world, the winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have just been announced. From 2,604 entries submitted by 481 professionals and amateurs across the globe, judges selected …

Nature Photography

11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade

From the most colorful view of the deep cosmos to the first-ever photo of a flying bird's baby bump, the past decade has brought many awe-inspiring snapshots of science.<p>Here, your editors at HuffPost Science have curated some of our favorite science photos from the past 10 years, many of which were …

Ecology in a Changing World: the #ESA100 centennial video

Who is the face of ecology in the new millenium? Where do ecologists work and what research questions engage the community? How will ecology bring …

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

Luxury comes in many forms; sometimes it is in 1000 thread count bed sheets, sometimes in the magic of seeing a bear in his natural habitat. Three …

Lucky Whale Watchers Get An Insanely Close View Of Humpback Pod

<i>By Rebecca Endicott, writer at LittleThings.com</i><p>When you go on a whale-watch, just the prospect of seeing the majestic creatures at all is seriously thrilling. For a few lucky tourists off the coast of Massachusetts, their trip out to sea turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get <i>really …

The World from a Sea Turtle's Point of View

Ever wonder what life looks like below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef? See it through the eyes of a sea turtle.<p>To better understand the …

'Alaskan Tree Frog' Photo Isn't Real - Urban Legends

<b>Description:</b> Viral image / Hoax<b><br>Circulating since:</b> 2013?<b><br>Status:</b> Mislabeled (details below)<p><b>Caption example #1:</b><p><i>Alaskan tree frog. Freezes solid in</i> …

Where elephants roam: mapping the distribution of an endangered megaherbivore

<i>Conservation is very often about making choices. Take elephants, for example. Sure, we agree that they must be conserved. Yet, there are fundamental</i> …

Encounter – The Crow-billed Drongo

At first glance, it’s a dead ringer for the Racket-tailed Drongo, but then it lacks the rackets in the tail feathers or the prominent crest. Another …

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The Real Geology Behind Pixar's Short Film Lava

Pixar’s geological love story <i>Lava</i> isn’t just meant to evoke the tropical islands of Hawaii; it’s actually inspired by a real underwater volcano off …

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