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Great Barrier Reef damage: 'We've never seen anything like this before'

Scientists in Australia have revealed the “tragic” extent of coral bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef, releasing maps which show damage to 93 per cent of the famous 1,500-mile stretch of reefs following a recent underwater heatwave.<p>Warning that the reef is now in a “precarious position”, …

Global Warming

Scientists have finally named the mysterious killer of 211,000 rare antelope

1/<p>Saiga are grass-eating antelope that have an unusual, humped nose that drapes over their mouths.<p>2/<p>Their cartoon-like appearance is sometimes …

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The Congo's Civil War Is Wiping Out Gorilla Populations

The population of a gorilla subspecies living in Central Africa is in steep decline, largely due to civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, …

The Little-Known Red Meat That's More Sustainable Than Beef

“<b>It’s a bird, but it tastes like a mammal and cooks like a fish</b>,” Lou Braxton said as he extended a frozen fillet towards me. It’s a line he’s perfected over his four years selling ostrich at the Union Square greenmarket in Manhattan. The cut, no larger than a filet mignon, was dark red—nothing …

Climate change now bigger menace than forest loss for snowshoe hares

For Wisconsin’s snowshoe hares, climate change now ranks as an even bigger menace than the bulldozing, paving and other destructive things people …

Japanese fleet returns with quota of 333 whales in Antarctic

Japan's whaling fleet returned Thursday with 333 whales it caught in its first Antarctic harvest since an international court ruling stopped its hunt two years ago.<p>The Fisheries Agency said that Japanese whalers in the four-ship fleet killed 333 minke whales, filling its catch quota, during the …

How will shifting climate change US forests?

One foggy spring morning just after a hard rain, Park Williams was tromping through the woods deep in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains. Toiling down a steep …

Culling to Conserve: A Hard Truth for Lion Conservation

Wildlife<p><b>People that don’t live in Africa tend to learn about wildlife conservation in easy-to-understand terminology. But safeguarding animal species like lions is often more complex than mainstream media sound bites would have their audiences believe.</b><p>The <i>National Post</i> recently reported that …

Wildlife

Lab-Bred Corals Have Successfully Reproduced in The Wild For The First Time

Great news!<p>For the first time ever, lab-grown Caribbean corals have integrated with wild populations and successfully reproduced, representing the …

Rising temperatures could be bad news for male loggerhead turtles

Rising global temperatures may be blamed for fewer male loggerhead turtles being born, which could lead to a gender imbalance that puts increased pressure on this already endangered species.<p>Florida State University’s Mariana Fuentes and a team of Brazilian researchers set out to study how …

Penguin photos: From Antartica to Africa, these flightless birds are at risk | CNN Travel

Sea Shepherd Seizes Fishing Nets Killing a Critically Endangered Porpoise

Sea Shepherd, the renegade environmental group known for its militant tactics, swept into the Gulf of California in Mexico last week and seized …

Extinction

Brink of Extinction: A Technological Approach to Saving the Last Vaquita Porpoises

Changing Planet<p><b>San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico —</b> In the silty blue waters of the northern Sea of Cortez, off the coast of the small fishing town of San Felipe, lives the smallest and rarest marine mammal in the world. <i>Vaquita marina</i>, whose name loosely translates to “little cow of the sea,” is a …

Extinction

Why Whaling Persists in Japan, Despite International Pressure

On the island of Ikitsuki at the southern tip of Japan, a certain cut of meat is served up raw or cooked into a variety of dishes, just as it has been for centuries.<p>Rich in iron, fat, and protein, the local delicacy can be found in many restaurants on the island, and has been served in school …

Japan

‘Clockwork Lion’ in London Cries, “Time Is Running Out for Big Cats”

Human Journey<p>“The Clockwork Lion, Commissioned by Nat Geo Wild in support of the Big Cats Initiative,” reads a plaque on the base of a newly unveiled sculpture in Trafalgar Square. At the bottom it declares, “Time is running out for big cats.” (Photo by Mikael Buck/Nat Geo Wild)<p>Time is running out …

Big Cats

Hidden Lion Population Discovered in Ethiopia

A population of at least 100 lions has lived undiscovered in northwest Ethiopia — until now.<p>Researchers in Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research …

A Major Environmental Deal Has Been Signed to Protect Canadian Rainforest

Lawmakers in western Canada have reached an agreement to preserve the Great Bear Rainforest, banning logging across most of what is one of the …

Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

A landmark deal 10 years in the making will protect 9.1 millions acres of Canadian rain forest on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.<p>The protected area in the Great Bear Rainforest is about half the size of Ireland.<p>The new land-use order — reached between aboriginal groups known as First …