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‘End of the World Atlas’ Reveals Future Human-Nature Conflicts

The world is rapidly becoming more urban, but as cities grow in size, their impact on Earth’s biodiversity grows in step. As a new mapping effort led …

Ecology

China's first national park to open in 2020

China's first national park in the Sanjiangyuan area will open in 2020, the administration bureau said Wednesday.<p>The park in the southern part of …

The ‘Ice Tsunami’ That Buried a Whole Herd of Weird Arctic Mammals

Pity the musk ox.<p>The biologist Marci Johnson spent the daylight hours of Valentine’s Day 2011 in a helicopter, high over the Alaskan coastline, searching for musk oxen.<p>It was part of her job. Through the winter, she regularly went to check in on animals that she and her fellow researchers had …

Yellowstone National Park

Exploring the Celtic Rainforest

A bit of rebranding works wonders for the underappreciated. Back in my bagging days the idea of spending more than an hour roaming a squelchy …

Nature

Love porgs? Meet their real-life puffin cousins at the Georgia Aquarium

Four types of Alaskan sea bird join the aquarium’s Cold Water Quest area, including two species of puffin<p>Photograph courtesy of Georgia Aquarium<p>If …

Nature

US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in …

Ryan Zinke

An Eagle Finds His Wings Again At Astoria Wildlife Center

The bald eagle fixes one fierce eye on the meddlesome people below him.<p>He squawks at them, a plaintive and undignified sound. Then they move, and so …

Nature

National Trust to create UK sanctuary for endangered butterfly

Heddon Valley in Devon to be haven for high brown fritillary, supported by lottery funding<p>A beautiful wooded valley on the Devon coast is to be the focus of a project to save the UK’s most endangered butterfly – the high brown fritillary.<p>Conservationists believe changes to woodland management, such …

Nature

Why beetles are the most important organisms on the planet

From the minuscule to the mighty, tree-dwellers to pond-swimmers, millions of beetle species reveal a wealth of information about the world we live in<p>The phrase “they come in all shapes and sizes” could have been coined just for the Coleoptera — the beetles. At a fragile 0.325mm long, the Colombian …

Nature

Oilpatch causes songbirds to sing new song, study finds

Noisy oilpatch equipment is causing songbirds to change their tune, concludes research from the University of Manitoba.<p>“It’s something that is really …

Winnipeg

Why Are We Afraid of Sharks? There's a Scientific Explanation.

Sharks aren't the mindless killers that we've cut them out to be.<p>There's something lurking in the water, and it's a fear of swimmers everywhere. It's a type of fish, this one several feet long, with rows of sharp, serrated teeth that it uses to clamp down on prey. There's a shark in the …

Nature

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 …

Farming

No, We're Not All Doomed by Earth's Magnetic Field Flip

A geomagnetic apocalypse may not be on the horizon, but there is some fascinating science behind the doomsday hype.<p>Many times over our planet’s history, Earth’s magnetic poles have reversed, meaning that sometimes a compass pointing north will be aimed at Antarctica rather than the Arctic. This …

Earth Science

Country diary: where sparrows go when they vanish at dusk

Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk: Trying to find enough shelter to keep warm and conserve energy without increasing the risk of attack is a juggling act for a small bird<p>The torchlight cut through the dark, searching the canopy of a tall cedar as it swayed in the last gusts of the storm. A splash of white …

Birds

Former CIA Pilot: “The Moon Is Inhabitable and Has Over 250 Million Citizens”

A former CIA pilot shocked the public with his statement that the Moon is actually a livable place with over 250 million citizens. John Lear talks …

Astronomy