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By Robin S | Conservation, environment, and science.

The stubbornly persistent idea about climate change that just won’t go away

As if melting glaciers, thawing permafrost and starving polar bears weren’t enough, scientists are finding that the effects of climate change in the Arctic are even more complex — and far-reaching — than we thought. New research suggests that warm spells at the top of the world can, surprisingly, …

Climate Change

Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cave

Arachnophobes, go to your happy place and please click here. Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum along with other experts recently …

The unsustainable whiteness of green

Aaron Mair’s story starts out all too familiar to people of color who have encountered any of the big green groups: He asked one for help dealing …

Environmentalism

Steelhead trout population declines linked with poor survival of young fish in the ocean

Steelhead trout are entrenched in the economy, ecology, and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Declining numbers of steelhead in the rivers flowing …

Climate change in the U.S. could help the rich and hurt the poor

Researchers have long warned that unmitigated climate change could cause severe financial hardship to the United States in coming decades. But a new study published Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i> details how global warming could disproportionately affect poor areas of the country, contributing to …

Climate Change

France's Macron to back push for global environment rights pact

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron promised on Saturday to play an active role in a campaign aimed at securing a global pact to protect the human right to a clean and healthy environment.<p>He made the pledge at a meeting at Sorbonne University where politicians, legal experts and …

Climate

This New Parrot Species Sounds Like a Hawk

A new study says the bright, noisy bird have escaped notice in Mexico's Yucatán forests—but parrot experts are skeptical.<p>For decades, countless bird lovers have scoured the Yucatán Peninsula on a quest for rare species. Now it appears they all missed one—and a bright and noisy one at that.<p>A parrot …

Birds

Dear Match Book: What Books Best Capture Science and Nature?

<b>Dear Match Book,</b><p><i>I’m the coordinator of an environmental book group. Our group has been meeting for around 10 years, so we’ve discussed quite a number of books (about 100) with connections to the environment. But we’re always looking for new ones, or old ones that we may have missed. We’ve noticed</i> …

Books

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced<p>Nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse …

Climate Change

Siberia's Growing 'Doorway to Hell' Offers Clues on Climate Change

A new study suggests that the expanding hole might provide fresh insight into a warming world.<p>Some call it a doorway to hell. Or a portal to the underworld. Scientists call it a crater. But everyone agrees that it's getting bigger.<p>The Batagiaka crater in eastern Siberia, already the largest of its …

Climate Change

The Return of the Florida Panther

For years, the Florida panther, a majestic creature that lurks in and around the forests of the Everglades, has teetered on the edge of permanent disappearance. Closely related to the mountain lion, the panther once roamed across much of the South, but the ever-advancing modern world pushed it into …

Nature

The Paris Agreement is bigger than politics

The U.S. has a long history of rallying other nations around grand coalitions to solve global challenges. Now, the eyes of the world are on us once …

This Is What Climate Change Really Looks Like Around The World

Icebergs are melting, flash floods are springing up, and droughts are becoming more severe.<p>Posted on June 01, 2017, 22:31 GMT<p>Grossglockner, Austria<p>Sean Gallup / Getty Images<p>A sign near the melting,-covered Pasterze glacier in Heiligenblut am Grossglockner, Austria, indicates where the foot of the …

Climate Change

Climate researchers shot down Trump's EPA administrator in the nerdiest way imaginable

"We test this claim here."<p>With these words, climate scientists shot down a dubious claim from the controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, in the most methodical way available to them: by publishing a peer-reviewed scientific study in a reputable …

8 life-changing documentaries on endangered animals you should watch on Netflix right now

Earth is filled with amazing creatures both large and small, but many of our planet's species face threats on several fronts, with thousands on the …

The vanishing animals that future generations will never see

Some of the world’s most exotic animals could be extinct within months, conservationists have warned, with future generations growing up in a world without many of the species that are alive today.<p>The WWF claims that some animals, such as the vaquita porpoise, could be wiped out in the next few …

Wildlife

UN issues stamps featuring newly listed endangered species – in pictures

Fromdevil rays to the baobab tree, 12 new stamps highlight some of the most recent animals and plants added to the Cites list to help raise awareness of the plight of these and other endangered species

Wildlife

Endangered vaquita marina porpoise could be extinct by 2018: WWF

"We see it as a desperate measure," said Jorge Rickards, the interim director general of WWF Mexico.<p>"We consider this a high-risk measure because …

Trump's Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species

President Trump's border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and cactus ferruginous …

Obama Sees New Front in Climate Change Battle: Agriculture

MILAN — Michelle Obama has long been one of the world’s best-known advocates for healthier food production and better eating, but it was her husband who showed up here on Tuesday to talk about climate change and the challenges it presented to feeding the world’s growing population.<p>Former President …

UK killer whale died with extreme levels of toxic pollutants

Adult whale Lulu was one of UK’s last resident pod and had never produced a calf, probably because pollutants in her blubber had caused infertility<p>One of the highest concentrations of toxic pollutants ever recorded in a marine mammal has been revealed in a Scottish killer whale that died in …

Environment

A new crack in one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves could mean a major break is near

Another branch has appeared in a huge crack on one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, and scientists fear it’s only a matter of time before a huge chunk — potentially containing up to 2,000 square miles of ice — breaks away. If this happens, the ice shelf may become increasingly unstable and …

Climate Change

How Climate Change Will Affect Your Neighborhood: Check Out This NOAA Tool | International Business Times

If you want to know how climate has changed and will change in your neighborhood, the Climate Explorer, a tool provided by the National Oceanic and …

U.S. Supreme Court rejects case challenging polar bear habitat in Alaska

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case appealing the federal government's decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles …

Last-ditch attempt to save the endangered vaquita porpoise

$4m mission in Gulf of California aims to rescue world’s most endangered sea mammal – with help from US navy dolphins<p>Scientists are finalising plans to make a last-ditch attempt to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise. They believe there are now fewer than 30 of …

Biological Species

These Are 20 Of The Most Hilarious Signs From The March For Science

Launch Slideshow<p>Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has declared war on science. The administration has put policies in place …

Some Republicans Want Their Party To Change Their Tune On Climate Change

“If you mention ‘climate change’ to a Republican they’re not going to hear another thing you said.”<p>WASHINGTON — Some Republicans, including elected officials who say they are seeing the real-life effects of climate change in the areas they represent, are pushing their party to re-think the way they …