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How fast is the Arctic ice melting? Meet the British scientist who risked polar bear attacks and plagues of mosquitoes to find out

Risking encounters with polar bears and being eaten alive by mosquitoes, 30-year-old British scientist Joseph Cook is unlocking the secrets of why – and how fast – Arctic ice is melting. His work has taken him from Sheffield to Greenland to a gala night in Los Angeles, where he received a coveted …

Earth - What is the point of saving endangered species?

In 1981, mountain gorillas were at rock-bottom. Confined to a small mountain range in central Africa, with humans encroaching on their habitat bringing poaching and civil war, their population was estimated at just 254. They would all have fitted into a single Boeing 747.<p>Today things look a little …

Ecology

Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking at Tiger Temple | Reuters

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Thai police have charged 22 people, including three Buddhist monks, with wildlife trafficking and removed more dead animals including a bear and a leopard from the infamous Tiger Temple, authorities said on Friday.<p>Thai army display a tiger skin found inside Tiger …

Wildlife

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Fighting snakes, a rare sand cat family and Belgium’s newborn giant panda are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

6 easy ways you can help save the bees

Busy as a bee is an accurate statement.<p>According to the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization working to protect bees, 75% of the world's food crop depends on at least one pollinator, such as the honeybee. (California's pollinator-dependent crop value is about $12 billion a year.)<p>That's a lot …

Watch Racing Extinction: It Will Change the Way You View the World

On December, 2, 2015 Discovery Channel premiered Louis Psihoyos' new film, <i>Racing Extinction</i>, in 220 countries around the world. This riveting film covers the planet's sixth and currently ongoing mass extinction, named the Anthropocene Extinction, which is largely the result of mankind. Psihoyos …

Extinction

The 12 best places in the US for checking out wildlife without the crowds

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota<p>The 70,000-acre refuge in the remote Badlands of western North Dakota is filled with bighorn sheep, …

17 One-Pot Recipes You Can Make in Your Cast-Iron Skillet

Move over, sheet pan dinner recipes — the cast-iron skillet is the O.G. of the cookware world, and it’s here to stay. Perhaps yours was gifted to you by your grandma, or you picked it up at the local flea market. Either way, it’s more than likely your cast-iron skillet has been well-loved for a …

Cooking

Cookies and Cream Layer Cake with White Chocolate Filling

I am SO tired. I don't think I have been this tired since I had a newborn baby who was somehow allergic to sleep (for 13 months). I had kind of …

8 Delicious Weeknight Dinners Under 400 Calories

When it comes to weeknight dinners, usually something's gotta give. Maybe you whip up a quick meal, but it's not that healthy. Or you take the time to make a healthy dinner, but it's not that satisfying. But these eight dishes have it all: They're fast, flavorful <i>and</i> fewer than 400 calories per …

Cooking

Smog in China closes schools and construction sites, cuts traffic in Beijing

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Much of the Chinese capital shut down Tuesday after Beijing's city government issued its first red alert for pollution, closing schools and construction sites and restricting the number of cars on the road.<p>Beijing's Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection warned that severe …

Pollution

Congress Seeks to Strip Protections From Gray Wolves and Other Endangered Species

(David Boutin/Shutterstock)<p><i>Written by Marjorie Mulhall, Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice who works to defend and strengthen the Endangered Species Act.</i><p>The current U.S. Congress is a minefield for all of our core environmental protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act. More than 80 …

Endangered Species

Tropical fossil forests unearthed in Arctic Norway

New discovery could be the cause of a massive reduction in atmospheric CO2 levels hundreds of millions of years ago<p>UK researchers have unearthed …

CNN

Seal Pups: Ferociously Cute and Worth Protecting

Changing Planet<p>“It is, of course, important to maintain some academic separation from your study subject as a scientist,” says wildlife biologist and National Geographic grantee, Douglas Krause, although it doesn’t take him long to concede: “But there’s no getting around the fact that Antarctic fur …

The Hazy Fallout of Indonesia’s Massive Wildfires

Wildfires

Paparazzi photos, Banff-style: Scientists capture fascinating view of Alberta wildlife using 100 remote cameras

BANFF — They’ve caught a grizzly bear following a wolf, wolverines wandering in the backcountry and various types of wildlife using the Bow Valley …

Melting glacier? Yawn. Climate change is boring, worthy – and terrifying

It’s easy to switch off when you hear another report of rising sea levels. But unless individuals act, we’re heading for a global catastrophe<p>It’s the existential threat to our species, and it bores us to tears. Admit it. You think the consequences of human-driven climate change are terrifying, but …

Climate Change

Fighting the Cons in South African 'Conservation'

<i>Image courtesy of Philip Milne</i><p>In recent years, "conservation" has become an increasingly widely-used buzzword for wildlife-related tourism products and operators across South Africa, in response to the growing global trend towards (or fad for?) responsible tourism. The word is often bandied about …

Wildlife

funny, strange & odd news stories - Mirror Online

• Most Read<br>• Most Recent<p><i>Royal Baby</i><b>Fans rush to Kate and Will's defence after royal baby branded a "parasite"</b><p>Not everyone was congratulating the Duke and …

Royal Babies

All major forest biomes on Earth are dying, and fast

We have to cut right to the chase on this one. Every single major forest biome is dying, according to reports in the latest issue of Science, which …

USA's top 10 natural wonders

The third biggest country on earth, the USA packs spectacular biodiversity within its borders. Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, you’ll encounter hot desert playas and plateaus, skyscraping mountain ranges topped by glaciers, rolling grasslands where millions of bison once roamed, tropical …

National Parks