Environment

Why Songbirds Need Your Help (Video)

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A Blackbird sits on barbed wire on fencing around derelict land next to Royal Albert Dock in East London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Who doesn’t love waking up to the sound of songbirds? What would spring be like without the cheerful morning orchestra that erases what’s left of...




  • Savannah elephant in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Elephant Poaching Rate Unchanged—and Still Devastating

    New figures show essentially no change in the number of elephants killed in Africa by poachers last year, despite a high-profile meeting on the crisis... Read more

  • House Sparrows (Matt MacGillivray/wikimedia.org)

    Villagers Highlight Bird Plight With Special Wedding

    It was a wedding that had an invitation list of more than a 1000 guests. In Mohanpur village in Banda district of UP, India, Chunmun... Read more

  • In this Sept. 19, 2014 photo provided by Elizabeth Farnsworth, a mixed northern hardwoods forests whose understory is lush with diverse ferns, shrubs, and flowering herbs, grows in Amherst, Mass. A comprehensive report being released Thursday, March 26, 2015, by the New England Wild Flower Society shows that much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds. Conservationists studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that about 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct. Many plants also range over a much smaller geographical area than they once did. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Farnsworth)

    Report: Diversity of New England Plant Life Is Threatened

    BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival... Read more

  • Bee of the genus Apis on a flower. (Wikimedia Common, Maciej A. Czyzewski)

    Common Metal Addles Honey Bee Brains

    At levels considered safe for human food, a common industrial pollutant called manganese can knock honey bees off their game. A new study shows that... Read more

  • Sun rays catching a rainforest palm fron in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / mongabay.

    Forest Exploitation Moratorium Extended in Indonesia

    Less than two months before the expiration of an Indonesian forest exploitation moratorium set up under an agreement with Norway, activists called on Environment and... Read more

  • Rainforest understory in Gunug Palung National Park. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Reforestation Programs May Reduce Illegal Logging

    Can the act of planting a tree change one’s attitude towards forests and conservation? Erica Pohnan, Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Campbell Webb, from the conservation NGO... Read more

  • Workers carry construction material at the under-construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India on Feb. 24, 2015. Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

    MUTTAGI, India—Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects... Read more

  • Cononaco river in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the air via Shutterstock*

    Amazon Carbon Sink Is in Decline as Trees Die Off Faster

    Tropical forests are being exposed to unprecedented environmental change, with huge knock-on effects. In the past decade, the carbon absorbed annually by the Amazon rain... Read more

  • Fragments of forest in the agricultural landscape around Sinop, Brazil, an area where soybean farming and cattle ranching have expanded at the expense of the Amazon rainforest. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

    World’s Fragmented Forests Are Deteriorating

    The world’s forests are fragmented and deteriorating, states a new paper published in Science Advances. After analyzing satellite imagery and compiling data from long-term fragmentation... Read more

  • A cinereous mourner nestling that resembled a toxic caterpillar in the Megalopygidae family of moths. Photo by: Santiago David Rivera.

    Bizarre Mimicry in the Amazon Rainforest

    “Mama, I wanna be a toxic caterpillar,” says the little bird. “Okay,” mamma answers, “but first you gotta study your Batesian mimicry.”  Meet the cinereous... Read more

  • Iceberg in Greenland via Shuttertock*

    When an Antarctic Iceberg the Size of a Country Breaks Away, What Happens Next?

    You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see... Read more

  • British actress Emma Thompson (C) and John Sauven from Greenpeace join an estimated 40,000 thousand people marching from the Embankment via Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in London, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilisation calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Greenpeace International, John Cobb)

    Greenpeace Co-founder Attacks Climate Change Theory, Again

    A leader in international environmentalism, Patrick Moore, Ph.D., said in a recent article he wrote for Heartland that he is skeptical of the well-accepted argument that... Read more

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    Fukushima Water: The New Energy Drink Is So Hot, It’s Radioactive

    A horrifying parody of energy drink commercials—and if it has your attention, well, that’s the whole point. As the Fukushima disaster fades from memory, most people don’t... Read more

  • A machine at the Monsanto headquarters is used to test various dosages of Round Up herbicide on weed seedlings grown in a biotechnology lab in St Louis, Mo., on May 21, 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

    Monsanto Rejects Finding That Roundup Herbicide Is Carcinogenic

    The World Health Organization said Monsanto’s widely used herbicide Roundup is a carcinogen. The label raises new questions, both about industrial farming practices and about... Read more

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    Hormone-Mimickers Widespread in Great Lakes Region Wastewater, Waterways and Fish.

    Larry Barber spent ten years testing water and fish in the Great Lakes region. But he wasn’t looking for the pollutants everyone’s heard of. Mercury... Read more

  • Polar bear and cub. Declining sea ice has made it more difficult for some polar bear populations to find enough food and rear cubs. Photo by: Scott Schliebe/USFWS.

    The Great Arctic Decline: Another Sea Ice Record Broken

    Every winter, sea ice in the Arctic expands, providing vital habitat for birthing seals, hunting polar bears, and foraging walruses. But as the Arctic has... Read more


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