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Scientists Just Found Naked Mole Rats Have Another Freaking Weird Superpower

Move over, tardigrades.<p>Naked mole rats may look like wrinkly skin sacks, but they have some pretty bizarre superpowers, including a total immunity to …

China's waste import ban upends global recycling industry

For years China was the world's top destination for recyclable trash, but a ban on certain imports has left nations scrambling to find new dumping …

European Union

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

<b>All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.</b><p>The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.<p>This means the number of baby cod growing to …

Climate Change
Lake Erie

This photograph of a tiny seahorse hauling a Q-tip is both fantastic and shameful

It’s a pretty rare occurrence when a photographer snaps a gorgeous image, shares it with thousands of fans who adore it, and yet everyone — including …

Fish

Reward offered to catch Nevada lake invasive fish dumper

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada game wardens who spend most of their time hunting down big-game poachers are focusing on a serious threat to nature in a lake: An invasive fish species that eats all the other fish prized by anglers and then turns cannibalistic.<p>The Nevada Department of Wildlife is offering …

Natural History

It's a Mistake to Focus Just on Animal Extinctions

Population declines tell a much scarier story.<p>Imagine if every animal and plant on the planet collapsed into a single population each, says ecologist Gerardo Ceballos. If lions disappeared except from one small corner of Kenya, the prey they keep in check would run amok everywhere else. If sparrows …

Biodiversity

Narwhal Tusk Mystery Solved by New Drone Video

Narwhals are sometimes known as the "unicorns" of the ocean because of the long "tusks" that protrude from the animals' heads, but scientists have long been stumped about the function of this mysterious appendage — until now.<p>Drone footage of wild narwhals has revealed that the whales use their …

Animals

UC Berkeley researchers spot never-before-seen lava waves on volcanic Io

The planets have aligned for researchers from UC Berkeley – quite literally.<p>A rare cosmic alignment enabled scientists to observe, for the first time, waves of lava bubbling across a giant molten lake on Jupiter's moon Io.<p>The researchers, who published their findings in Nature last week, first …

Astronomy

How world's biggest volcanoes formed unveiled

The 168-year-old mystery of how the world's biggest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii has been solved, scientists said today. The study …

Geology

A Refuge for Orangutans, and a Quandary for Environmentalists

SALAT ISLAND, Indonesia — In the lush rain forests of central Borneo, a group of young orangutans, endangered refugees from human development, swung from branch to branch.<p>One, named Lykke, who had been found stranded on a palm oil plantation when she was just a month old, snagged a pineapple left …

Biodiversity

This is what Pangea would look like with our current international borders

240 million years ago, Earth did not have seven continents (or eight if you count Zealandia), but one supercontinent called Pangea, which was …

Geography

Correction: Grizzly Bears story

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — In a story April 2 about grizzly bears expanding their range in the Western U.S., The Associated Press erroneously reported the name and gender of a Center for Biological Diversity attorney. She is Andrea Santarsiere, not Santarsieri.<p>A corrected version of the story is …

Endangered Species

The early Earth wasn’t green, but it did recycle itself

Some surprisingly old rocks give scientists a peek into the past<p>The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few million years. But most of what we see today on our planet’s surface is much younger—only a few billion years old, if that.<p>So how do we know what happened between the time …

Earth Science

Air pollution leads to more drug resistant bacteria, study finds

Research shows how black carbon affects bacteria in humans’ nose, throat and lungs, possibly affecting their ability to beat the immune system<p>Black carbon found in air pollution can increase the resistance of bacteria that cause respiratory disease, research has found.<p>The discover could lead to a …

Medicine

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning?<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> …

Farming

Scientists Have Discovered the Real Reason Why Whales Jump

It’s hard to miss: A 30-ton mammal flings itself out of choppy waters, hanging in the air for a brief moment before its 45-foot frame crashes back …

First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

Rusty patched bumblebee population plunged nearly 90% since the late 1990s<p>The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such …

Endangered Species

Carnitas Recipe

Why do people call you thirty minutes before you’ve invited them for dinner? It’s something I don’t understand. Usually if you’re having folks for …

Anger erupts over California mountain lion hunt

<b>A decision by officials in the US state of California to grant a permit for a well-known mountain lion called P-45 to be hunted has caused outrage.</b><p>The big cat is believed to be responsible for killing 11 alpacas owned by a Malibu rancher.<p>The llama-like animals were discovered slaughtered in the …

Wildlife

Tribe to Continue Fight After Court Refuses to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will keep fighting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline after a federal court rejected its request to halt construction on the project, which the tribe says would destroy some of its sacred sites, the tribe's chairman told NBC News on Sunday night.<p>In a two-page …

Environment

Scientists in California Just Discovered a New Type of Earthquake

That's not great.<p>Researchers in southern California have discovered a new type of earthquake that can occur a lot deeper than expected - more than 24 …

California

5 Kinds of Kitchen Trash Your Garden Will Love

The next time you're baking or making a cup of coffee, don't throw away the scraps.<p>The health benefits of chocolate are clear: It can lower the risk of heart disease and can decrease bad cholesterol. But many gardeners don't realize that chocolate husks, along with a few other waste products from …

Climate change could foster toxic algae along Pacific coast, says report

A recently published study suggests climate change may encourage longer and more frequent blooms of toxic algae along Canada's Pacific coast.<p>The …

Biofuel

Minnesota Got 21% of Electric Power from Renewables in 2015

In a report released earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce says the state generated 21% of its electricity from renewables in …

Renewable Energy

Biologist says we need to make half the Earth a wildlife reserve to stave off extinction

President Barack Obama last month designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. All in all, the new monuments protect nearly two million acres of sand dunes, lava flows, snow-capped peaks and Native American trading routes.<p>But if …

Biodiversity

In Italy, I learned how to make true pesto. In America, I buck tradition.

Roberto Panizza is not amused by the pesto I describe, one I make at home with arugula, pumpkin seeds and aged Gouda cheese. He ruefully shakes his head. “I like pumpkin seed. It sounds like a nice sauce,” he says, still shaking his head. “But it is not a pesto.”<p>We’re sitting at a table in …

Pesto

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities: Studies

<b>Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog</b><p>Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").<p><i>Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>One of those studies, published in Environmental Research Letters and …

Oil & Gas Industry