Rewilding in the Anthropocene

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Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study<p>Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris …

Climate

Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wildlife refuge

The Interior Department is preparing to set asidea decades-old ban on development in federally protected wilderness areas by pursuing a controversial proposal to build a nearly 12-mile road through a wildlife refuge in ­Alaska.<p>The project in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has long been a …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Scientists just completed the first-ever "atlas of life"

Climate Change, Deforestation, and Wildlife<p>The numbers spell grim news for wildlife: according to the International Union for the Conservation of …

Conservation

These Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning

The all-female Black Mambas guard South Africa’s most precious wildlife with their lives.<p>It's 6:40 a.m. when I step into a white jeep inside Balule Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area spanning nearly 100,000 acres on the western border of South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National …

Wildlife

The case for de-extincting Ice Age megafauna

Humans helped kill off the giant animals of the Ice Age. We owe it to the ecosystem to restore what we destroyed<p>What if human beings had the power to take an animal that was completely extinct, and bring it back using only the DNA it left behind? No, I’m not describing the plot of "Jurassic Park" …

Paleontology

A 1775 Map Reveals the Extent of Human Impact on Florida’s Coral Reefs

A chart maker’s drawings suggest even more coral has disappeared around the Florida Keys than previously thought.<p>More than 240 years ago, the mapmaker George Gauld put pen to paper and drew the Florida Keys. The scant frill of islands curls across the ocean, surrounded by minute notations of …

Oceans

Tsunami carried a million sea creatures from Japan to US west coast

Disaster of 2011 caused longest maritime migration ever recorded, with crustaceans, sea slugs and worms riding 4,800 miles on debris<p>The deadly tsunami that struck north-east Japan in 2011 has carried almost 300 species of sea life thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of the …

Oceans

What works in conservation? In-depth series starts next week

• <i>"Conservation Effectiveness" is a multi-part series investigating the effectiveness of some of the most popular strategies to conserve tropical</i> …

Conservation

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises.<p>The recommendations, revealed …

National Parks

Belugas and bobolinks: The disappearing animals in WWF-Canada's 'sobering' new report

A new report from WWF-Canada paints a dire picture of Canada’s wildlife, finding that fully half of the species monitored have declined since …

Earth Is Now a Hybrid Planet, According to This Strange New Classification

Thanks, Anthropocene.<p>Humanity's indelible impact on our home planet has marked the dawn of a whole new geological epoch, a sweeping change that could …

Anthropocene

Maasai Mara – the pride of Kenya

Stretching over 1510 square kilometers, this region is full of breathtaking vistas, endless plains and an abundance of wildlife.The reserve has been …

Wildlife

How Habitat Loss is Causing Human Wildlife Conflict Around the World

Animal habitats are disappearing at alarming rates, making habitat loss the biggest threat to animals’ existence. Deforestation and degradation from …

Big, non-native mammal invaders: not a problem, but a solution. | Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Français (French)<p>Even as native populations of large-bodied herbivores fall at alarming rates, others of their kind …

A nice bit of squirrel: should we chow down a diet of invasive species?

Last year, the Shambala festival made headlines by going meat-free. This year, it relaxed the rules for a feast of grey squirrel skewers and crayfish. Should the rest of us follow suit?<p>At Shambala festival, during the hottest bank holiday on record, peace and love is about to turn sour. I am …

Vegetarian

What Ligers, Grolar Bears, and Mules Show Scientists About Evolution

In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, however, revealed brown patches …

Evolution

Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

Hybrids, once treated as biological misfits, have been the secret saviors of many animal species in trouble. Reconciling that truth with conservation …

The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change

Long term, it worked, but not how they intended<p>European settlers expected paradise — plump fruits, lush grasses, and clean, crisp waters. It seemed …

We Are Wildness

June 19, 2017<p>No Woman Left Behind – The Importance of Female Wildness and Adventure<p>Why is it important for women to venture outdoors? Every nature …

In praise of invasive species

<i>Respected British science journalist and author Fred Pearce says too much time and money are spent trying to fight an unwinnable war against foreign</i> …

Ecology

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks<p>The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.<p>Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the …

Wildlife

Friend or foe? Global megafauna study calls for conservation rethink

Eight species of introduced megafauna now call Australia home and some are ‘rewilding’ modern ecosystems.

Arizona State University

Accounting for individual animals in the Anthropocene | Anthropocene

When land is converted to human use, the environmental impacts are typically measured in terms of pollution and populations and species. Unless …

'Gene drives' could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

What if there was a humane, targeted way to wipe out alien pest species such as mice, rats and rabbits, by turning their own genes on themselves so …

Henry David Thoreau by Laura Dassow Walls review – radical, unsettling, relevant

A superb new biography of the seer of Walden Pond reconsiders his reputation as tax-refuser, recluse, environmentalist and writer<p>In March 1845, Henry David Thoreau borrowed an axe and set off for Walden Pond, near his home in Concord, Massachusetts. He was going to build a hut, and he knew exactly …

Literature

Forget ‘the environment’: we need new words to convey life’s wonders

Language is crucial to how we perceive the natural world. Help me to find better ways of describing nature and our relationships with it so we can better defend it<p>If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? …

Language

Poland Clashes With European Union Over Logging In Primeval Forest

The lush, green canopy that is Bialowieza Forest spans 350,000 acres between Poland and Belarus. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a variety of endangered species like the European bison, which is slightly larger and leaner than its American cousin.<p>It also has some of the last …

Environment

The unappreciated urban wilds | Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French)<p>In many parts of the world, urban nature is experiencing a renaissance. Stories …

Dire wolves were real. Now someone is trying to resurrect them.

“Game of Thrones” viewers who were hoping to get another glimpse of direwolves were disappointed on Sunday night. The wolf Nymeria did not reconsider her rejection her former human companion, Arya Stark.Jon Snow’s journey to Dragonstone did not feature Ghost as a sidekick. Their absence will no …

Mammals