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Study: Dispersant used to clean 2010 BP oil spill harmed humans

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A first-of-its-kind scientific study has determined that the dispersant BP sprayed at the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 harmed human health. The symptoms — coughing, wheezing,

With as few as 100 left, Southern Arizona turtle wins endangered species status

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WASHINGTON — It may not be surprising that an “aquatic desert” turtle faces long odds in life, but environmentalists and biologists still welcomed this week’s endangered species designation for the ...

Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

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But they also learned that some sea turtles are still declining — like leatherbacks in the Eastern and Western Pacific. Their findings support assessments made by the International Union for ...

The last dance? Critically Endangered grebe’s mesmerising display filmed for first time

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Firstly, let us begin with the footage you all came to see: the mesmerising, headbanging, courtship display of the Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi (Courtesy of Living Wild in South America): ...

Ecological restoration, an unprecedented opportunity for nature and people

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Challenges and opportunities for the restoration of Andean forests Evaluating REDD+ social safeguards with mobile phones, gas stoves and benefits Brazil nuts: Savior seeds of the Amazon basin? Changing landscapes: ...

Last Chance to Save the Vaquita?

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The race to save the vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) from extinction has begun. Earlier this week the Mexican government announced a permanent ban on the use of gillnets within the ...

Pangolins reduced to small, isolated populations in Bangladesh: new study

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With the help of the Mro tribe in Bangladesh, researchers have found that pangolins do persist in many forested areas of the country, but in small, isolated populations. Of the ...

Assumed safety of widespread pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

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The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK ...

Size matters when it comes to extinction

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The biggest and the smallest of the world's animals are most at risk of dying out, according to a new analysis. Size matters when it comes to extinction risk, with ...

Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction

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Gland, Switzerland, 14 September 2017 (IUCN) – North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations,

More than 1,200 scientists urge rethink on Australia's marine park plans

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The following is a statement from the Ocean Science Council of Australia, an internationally recognised independent group of university-based Australian marine researchers, and signed by 1,286 researchers from 45 countries ...

Health at a planetary scale

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The human footprint on the earth has grown explosively over the past century or two. Two hundred years ago, there were about 1 billion of us; today, we number more ...

A 50-year effort to raise endangered whooping cranes comes to an end

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Each spring for 12 years, Paula Wang began a temporary position at a government lab in a suburb north of Washington. She was required to remain silent while working and ...

Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems: In the wild, diversity determines ecosystem production as much as climate and nutrients

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Science News from research organizations Date: Source: Smithsonian Summary: Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity's best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more ...

Oil palm firms advance into Leuser rainforest, defying Aceh governor's orders

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The government of Indonesia's Aceh province has banned land clearance for oil palm development inside the Leuser Ecosystem. However, deforestation is still ongoing as some companies ignore the moratorium. During ...

Scripps says climate change may represent "existential" threat to humanity

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There’s a very small but distinct possibility that rapid global warming could pose an “existential threat” to the survival of humans by 2050, UC San Diego said Thursday in one ...

Killer Whales Face Killer Toxins

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The first time I saw wild killer whales, I was sitting on an upturned plastic bucket in a small Boston Whaler, cruising around the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest.

Report: the Trump administration has been terrible on environmental justice

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From fast-tracking the Dakota Access pipeline to failing to ban a potentially brain-damaging pesticide, the Trump administration’s environmental policies have already negatively impacted the country’s most vulnerable communities, according to ...

How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi

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FRANZ JOSEF, NEW ZEALAND—When I first see the kiwi chick, I briefly wonder if I’m actually looking at a real animal. It’s a grapefruit-sized sphere of fluff with an adorably ...

Up Against the Border Wall

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This story originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences. On a quiet, late-spring morning in northern Sonora, Mexico, a ...

How Academics Survive the Writing Grind: Some Anecdotal Advice

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A PhD student approached me after a writing workshop to recount his tale of woe. “I write these messy, incoherent first drafts,” he lamented. “They’re absolutely awful! Then I have ...

New aerial photos show Puerto Rico devastation; at least 6 dead in Hurricane Maria aftermath

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Early aerial images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria here show waterlogged neighborhoods, roofs peeled off homes and shopping centers, and once-lush landscape denuded ...

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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Martha Isabel Pati Ruiz Corzo 6 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA – The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo has won the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) ...

Environmental and outdoor groups vow to fight national monument reductions

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Environmental and outdoor recreation groups threatened Monday to sue if President Trump adopts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leaked proposal to alter nearly a dozen national monuments, while grazing, fishing and ...

Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected … and feared

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After multiple intense hurricane landfalls this month, the scenes from the Caribbean have been horrific — trees stripped bare, houses flattened, million-dollar yachts strewn like toys. Category 5 hurricanes, like ...

A “Botanist’s Botanist”

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The Field Museum Library has recently digitized and added to the Biodiversity Heritage Library Timothy Plowman’s entire field book collection, which spans his career from 1969, when he worked for ...

Scotland's first wildlife bridges under construction

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Scotland's first wildlife bridges, which will allow animals to cross busy roads safely, are being built over the new Aberdeen bypass. Two purpose-built bridges will cross the Aberdeen Western Peripheral ...

CSIRO breeds spotted handfish to save species from extinction

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Scientists have begun a captive breeding program for the spotted handfish, 11 years after it became the first Australian marine animal to be listed as critically endangered. Endemic to Tasmania,

There are hardly any old fish left in the ocean

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There are not just fewer fish in the sea: there are disproportionately fewer old fish. A study of fisheries in the seas around the US and Europe has found that ...

The great nutrient collapse

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Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze ...

Third of Earth's soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

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A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study ...

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

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Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate ...

Changing landscapes: From forests to food

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Forests, farming and food In Indonesia, finding the right ways to fight fire and haze Advancing forest landscape restoration worldwide Community participation as a REDD+ safeguard The growing demand for ...

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

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"Conservation Effectiveness" is a multi-part series investigating the effectiveness of some of the most popular strategies to conserve tropical forests around the world. The series is the result of a ...

The Secret History of America’s Oldest Tofu Shop

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The Secret History of America’s Oldest Tofu Shop PORTLAND, Oregon— In the prehistoric days before everyone got all orthorexic, soy and gluten were staple proteins for vegetarians. During my own ...

Move to open U.S. Atlantic coast to oil drilling meets increased opposition

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In April, Trump issued an executive order aimed at implementing his so-called “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” which called for a review of the 2017-2022 Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil ...

Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a ...

'We might not recover': Neil deGrasse Tyson gets emotional and sounds the alarm. All the alarms.

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'We might not recover': Neil deGrasse Tyson gets emotional and sounds the alarm. All the alarms.

Health Insurance Marketplace: Enroll for 2015 Healthcare Coverage

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Get ready to join the millions already enrolled in Marketplace coverage. Sign up for email and text updates to get important Open Enrollment reminders -- including a note as soon ...

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet - it can only destroy it

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There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, to a congressional inquiry into the 2008 financial ...

Sharks can live a lot longer than researchers realized

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Many sharks are living much longer than was thought, according to a major review of studies on these important and often endangered top predators. This means that many estimates of ...

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

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Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant white cooling towers gleaming in the sun, the Drax Power Station dominates the horizon for tens of miles across the flat ...

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development

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The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making ...

Snow leopards no longer endangered, but not everyone is celebrating

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It's somewhat good news for the elusive snow leopard. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which assesses the conservation status of wildlife, downgraded the feline from endangered ...

Nature Geoscience climate change report 'dangerously misinterpreted'

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Climate change experts say a new study that suggests global warming poses less of a threat than old forecasts predicted is being “dangerously” misinterpreted. The new research in the journal ...

Christmas Island Bat, Last Seen in 2009, Confirmed Extinct

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The news came eight years too late. This week the IUCN announced that the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus murrayi) had officially been declared extinct. This, sadly, was not exactly ...

The Same Pesticides Linked to Bee Declines Might Also Threaten Birds

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On a late spring morning, Christy Morrissey, a wildlife ecotoxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan, drove her mud-splattered pickup past an undulating sea of cultivated fields two hours north of ...

Organized criminal gangs behind rhino horn processing in South Africa—new study

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The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior

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In their estimation, the most savage heat waves that we experience today will likely become routine in a matter of decades. The coastal inundation that has already begun will grow ...

I’m a TV weatherman. Here's what happened when I discussed climate change on air.

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My former colleagues in the broadcast meteorology field have certainly had a busy month. First Hurricane Harvey and the deluge of rain it brought to the Gulf devastated the Texas ...
 

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