Environment

Deforestation Threatening Sulawesi’s Unique Wildlife

More than 550 species of butterflies have been catalogued on Sulawesi, of which more than 300 are endemic. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
More than 550 species of butterflies have been catalogued on Sulawesi, of which more than 300 are endemic. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

  For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite...




  • Image courtesy Tanaka Juuyoh via cc/Flickr

    Whale Shark Pups as Fishing Bycatch in India

    The age old man-animal conflict continues to raise its ugly head from time to time and sadly one or the other seems to pay the... Read more

  • A squirrel is seen on August 14, 2014 on a walnut tree in Berlin. (Wolfgang Kumm/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nature’s Inspiration for Artistic Creation

    Summer can be a very inspirational time for creative types. Nature is in full bloom, allowing artists to truly explore the world around them. One... Read more

  • Bob Inger's Bush Frog (Raorchestes bobingeri), a species found in the study site. Photo by K.S. Seshadri

    After the Chainsaws Stop-Selective Logging Echoes On

        Selective logging in India’s Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica. The... Read more

  • Have conservationists become too pessimistic for their own good—and the good of their cause? Tad Lo waterfalls in Laos. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Some Hope for Conservation and Natural Scientists

      Here’s a challenge: take a conservationist out for a drink and ask them about their work. Nine times out of ten—or possibly more—you’ll walk... Read more

  • A U.S. team found nearly 4,000 species in a subglacial lake that hasn't seen sunlight in millennia, showing life can thrive even under the ice. (AOL Screenshot)

    Thousands of Species Found in Lake Under Antarctic Ice (Video)

    A half-mile of ice isn’t enough to suffocate life. A team of scientists who drilled into one of Antarctica’s subglacial lakes last year says the... Read more

  • Dodder Plant

    New Findings on How Plants ‘Talk’ to Each Other: Virginia Tech Scientist

    Two plants can communicate with each other by swapping messenger molecules, according to new findings by a Virginia Tech scientist. Jim Westwood, a professor of... Read more

  • Scientists estimate only around 400 Siberian tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) exist in the wild today. Photo by Derek Ramsey.

    East Russia Logging Cuts Tiger Habitat (Part I)

    This is the first part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part II will discuss in more detail what their... Read more

  • Seized ivory tusks are displayed prior to their destruction by incineration in Hong Kong on May 15, 2014. Authorities incinerated the first batch of its almost 30 tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Laws Against Elephant Slaughter Have Little—or Even Opposite—Effect

    It’s counter-intuitive, but crackdowns on poaching for ivory may in some ways be fueling the practice. While bans express an official disapproval of poaching, they... Read more

  • Experts are keeping tabs on a 40-foot whale that has been spotted swimming in circles in a Virginia river. (AOL Screenshot)

    40-Foot Whale Spotted in Unlikely Place (Video)

    A whale has been spotted in the Elizabeth River. It’s not something you hear every day, but that’s exactly what’s been happening all this week... Read more

  • Subglacial Gjalp eruption in 1996. (Oddur Sigurdsson, Iceland Geological Survey, CC BY)

    Is Iceland’s Next Volcanic Eruption About to Happen?

    The Iceland Meteorological Office has increased the risk of an eruption at Bárðarbunga (or Bardarbunga) volcano, after hundreds of earthquakes were reported over the weekend... Read more

  • Tropical rainforest. Photos by Rhett Butler.  (news.mongabay.com)

    Norway Gives Rainforest Conservation a Hand

    Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward... Read more

  • Bristlecone Pines

    World’s Oldest Trees: 3,000 to 9,500 Years Old

    Many a tree has quietly, peacefully stood watching the changes of the Earth for thousands of years. Some of them are giants, declaring clearly their... Read more

  • Deep-Sea-Challenger-Dive-Facts-Infographic

    Deepsea Challenger Ocean Depth Infographic

    …... Read more

  • According to Global Forest Watch, most of Chile’s forest change occurred in the central and southern regions of the country, with a loss of 1,088,102 hectares and a concurrent gain of 1,394,610 hectares between 2001-2013. These changes reflect cycles of logging and replanting in tree plantations. Map courtesy of Global Forest Watch.

    Chile in Conflict–What Makes A Forest?

    At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000... Read more

  • Indonesia now has the highest deforestation rate in the world, topping even Brazil which has more than five times the natural forest cover. Background photo: rainforest in Sumatra. (news.mongabay.com)

    Indonesia Plans to Cut 14M Hectares of Forest

      The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb... Read more

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, a herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light across Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, seen behind. A new study released Monday Aug. 18, 2014, by lead author George Wittemye of Colorado State University, found that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed to about 65 percent of all African elephant deaths, accounting for around 100,000 elephants killed by poachers between 2010 and 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    100,000 Elephants Killed in Africa, Study Finds

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest... Read more


  • Top