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By Robin S | Conservation, environment, and science.

Here's Why 200,000 Endangered Antelopes Dropped Dead in Kazakhstan

So devastating.<p>When over 200,000 saiga antelopes dropped dead in Kazakhstan over the course of a few weeks in May 2015, scientists were baffled.<p>In …

Biological Species

9 Zero Waste experts to follow on Instagram

<b>Stay on track with your zero waste efforts by joining an inspiring community doing the same thing.</b><p>Instagram is a great platform for educating people …

Recycling

These are the fruits and vegetables we waste the most

Seven vegetables and fruits represent about half of all produce that goes to waste in supermarkets, according to a Swedish study. A focus on these …

Sustainability

The Ten Worst Things Scott Pruitt’s EPA Has Already Done

Don’t be overwhelmed by bad environmental news—itemize it.<p>No part of the government has been untouched by the Trump revolution. Multiple Cabinet …

Climate

Republicans’ attack on conservation law would shock their conservative predecessors

<i>Lee Talbot is professor of environmental science, international affairs and public policy at George Mason University. He is former head of Environmental Sciences for the Smithsonian Institution and former chief scientist on the President’s Council on Environmental Quality for presidents Richard</i> …

Conservation

New species discovered in the Greater Mekong

Not every newly-discovered species becomes a cartoon character. But the Vietnamese crocodile lizard (<i>Shinisaurus crocodilurus vietnamensis)</i> has …

Biological Species

Hollywood’s spotlight can have real-life conservation impact

A pangolin’s appearance in the movie “The Jungle Book” brought attention to the animal’s endangered status. ©David Brossard<p>Did “Bambi” do in hunting? …

Jon Favreau

Dead coal mines everywhere are being reincarnated as solar farms

The world is quickly abandoning coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. But that’s not the end of the road for coal mines—in many countries they’re coming back to life as solar farms.<p>Over the weekend, the world’s biggest floating solar project began operating in the eastern Chinese city of Huainan, …

Renewable Energy

Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area’s uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.<p>Interior Secretary …

Conservation

Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots

Once native to the lush rainforests of Brazil, two species of rare and endangered macaws have now nestled in Singapore.<p>Working with Brazilian authorities, the Jurong Bird Park aims to revive numbers for the dying Spix's and Lear's macaws.<p><i>Produced by Heather Chen, Aimran Supardi and Muhammad Fahmi.</i>

Red wolves have roamed NC for decades. A key Senate panel could hold their future.

A key U.S. Senate committee has urged a federal wildlife agency to end a 30-year effort in North Carolina to save endangered red wolves from …

The evolution of armed conflict in Africa

The changing nature of armed conflict in Africa and its effects on the continent’s biodiversity and ecosystems has rendered these natural resources …

Frog goes extinct, media yawns

Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?<p>On 26 September, staff with the Atlanta Botanical Garden found a frog dead in his enclosure. The frog had big …

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Great Ape on Earth

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 his head, …

Evolution

Scientists Are Sharing The One Thing They Want The World To Know About Their Fields

If you had to narrow down everything you know, and could only tell people one thing about your field of study, could you do it?<p>That's what one person …

An Astronomy Professor Brilliantly Explains Climate Change In 14 Tweets

There can often be far more scientific “noise” than signal on Twitter these days. It is an interesting community of expert analysis, opinions, and innuendo. I do find it a net good as long as you are patient enough to sift through the random oddball theories rooted in Wikipedia research and …

Climate Change

Research project underway to save cheetahs

Cheetahs have been classified as a highly endangered species and risk extinction due to their poor genetic variation.<p>Slaney is seen researching if …

Scientists Rescue First Vaquita Porpoise, Making Conservation History

<b>VaquitaCPR Demonstrating Success in Locating Endangered<br>Vaquita Porpoises as Field Operations Continue</b><p>SAN FELIPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA – Scientists with …

Dogs, dung, and DNA: mapping multi-species corridors to conserve threatened carnivores

• <i>Researchers enlisted dog sniffing power to locate the scat of five threatened carnivores across an increasingly fragmented Atlantic Forest landscape</i> …

I Tried Living A More Environmentally-Friendly Life To See How Difficult It Was

The power is ours!

Please Enjoy These Very Silly Photos Of Dogs Catching Treats

So happy, so clumsy, so cute.

Publishing

Does forest certification really work?

Some results were negative or mixed: the workforce in both certified and non-certified forests was heavily imbalanced in favor of men, with women …

Tons of living animals have floated from Japan to Oregon on plastic junk

Trash is the new Titanic.<p>The morning of June 5, 2012, invasive species researcher John Chapman’s wife, who works for the health department in Newport, Oregon, told him he had to go with her to see a mysterious object that had washed onto the town’s beach. Chapman was initially skeptical that the …

Oceans

Camera trap records nearly extinct cuckoo bird in Sumatra

• <i>A camera trap captured the Sumatran ground cuckoo in a national park.</i>• <i><br>The discovery of the avian species indicated that the park might be one of its</i> …

year period

• <i>Between January 2014 and December 2015, scientists described 381 new species of wildlife from the Amazon in peer-reviewed scientific journals, a new</i> …

The most stunning wildlife photos of 2017

Beneath the Antarctic ice, Weddell seals play in underwater caverns. Resplendent quetzals deliver food to their young in a Costa Rican cloud forest. And an elephant gazes at a photographer as her herd quenches its thirst by the edge of a waterhole.<p>Even as hurricanes and wildfires wreak havoc on …

The Energy 202: Why climate change deniers mistrust hurricane forecasts too

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

Climate Change

New Purple Pig-Nose Frog Found in Remote Mountains

The striking species lives underground and comes out to mate only when it rains.<p>Scientists have discovered a new and unusual species of frog in the Western Ghats mountain range in India. The frog has shiny, purple skin, a light blue ring around its eyes, and a pointy pig-nose.<p>The scientists have …

Biological Species

Should You Trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse Is a Clue

Eclipse mania will peak on Monday, when millions of Americans will upend their lives in response to a scientific prediction.<p>Friends of mine in Georgia plan to drive 70 miles to find the perfect spot on a South Carolina golf course to observe the solar eclipse. Many Americans will drive farther than …

Climate Change