Most recent Environment blogs and columns

  • Indian laborers carry bundles of rice from a paddy field on the outskirts of Siliguri on December 3, 2013. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture For Themselves

    The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States,... Read more

  • Fish

    Lost in an Acid Sea: A Fish’s Sense of Smell

    As we pump more carbon into the atmosphere, fish may lose their ability to pick up key chemical cues, ocean researchers find. Acidic ocean water... Read more

  • A two-month-old Sumatran tiger cub plays with its mother, Leanne, in their enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on April 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Save Genetic Diversity to Save Tigers

    In a research published today (17 April) by Stanford scholars, scientists have found that it is not just numbers but genetic diversity that will help... Read more

  • A three-month-old male Dhole pup named Nicolai is seen at the San Diego Zoo May 21, 2003 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ken Bohn/Zoological Society of San Diego/Getty Images)

    Rare Asiatic Wild Dogs Spotted in India for the First Time

    In yet another good news for wildlife lovers in India, the Jaldapara National Park in northern part of West Bengal recently become the newest home... Read more

  • Salvage teams conduct an assessment of Shell's Kulluk drill barge on January 9, 2013 in Kodiak Island's Kiliuda Bay in Alaska. (Tim Aubry/AFP/Getty Images)

    Big Oil, Bad Decisions: Coast Guard Report Sheds More Light on Shell’s Shenanigans in Alaska

    Royal Dutch Shell is in hot water for its shady actions in the Arctic Ocean. On April 3, the Coast Guard released a report on... Read more

  • This picture taken on November 28, 2012 shows a pregnant woman talking on a mobile phone outside a water birth room at Antai Hospital in Beijing. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s Babies At Risk from Soot, Smog

    China’s smoke-belching coal plants and heavy traffic may be signs of a bustling economy but health experts fear the country’s dirty air is hurting its... Read more

  • FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Feb. 12, 2013 in federal court in the District of Columbia to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year. Turning 60 in 2014, the Humane Society of the United States has millions of supporters, about 630 employees, a budget of $170 million and a long list of successes that has improved life for millions of animals. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)

    Grey Wolves Being Considered Endangered in California as Hunting Continues Elsewhere

    FRESNO, Calif. — While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf... Read more

  • The explosive eruption of Sarychev Volcano, on Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, seen from the International Space Station. (NASA Goddard/Flickr, CC BY)

    Crater Creator Uses Explosions to Find the Secrets of Volcanoes

    You can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behaviour, the more chance we have of... Read more

  • Aerial view of a burnt out sector of the Jamanxim National Forest at an illegal settlement November 29, 2009, in the Amazon state of Para, nothern Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought and Fire Push Amazon Forests to Tipping Point

    Deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests and contribute to rapid and widespread loss of... Read more

  • Pasir Panjang beach and adjacent forest. (Photo by: Nadine Ruppert)

    Forests and Sea Turtle Nesting Ground At Risk

    Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to... Read more

  • Wind farm in the Dominican Republic. (Tiffany Roufs/news.mongabay.com)

    UN Touts Ambitious (But Cheap) Investment in Renewable Energy

    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly... Read more

  • Ants at work. (Shutterstock*)

    Ants Plant Rainforests, One Seed at a Time

    Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and... Read more

  • Even bacteria get sick. (Zappys Technology Solutions, CC BY)

    Scientists Pinpoint When Harmless Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Monsters

    Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always... Read more

  • "Phages are the most abundant life forms on the planet—if you consider viruses to be alive," Paul Ebner says. "You can eat thousands of phages just by licking your lips." (Shutterstock*)

    These ‘Spaceship’ Viruses Can Kill E. Coli in Food

    Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows. In the study, an... Read more

  • "There was a sense that no catalyst could efficiently reduce carbon monoxide to a liquid. We have a solution to this problem that's made of copper, which is cheap and abundant," says Matthew Kanan. "We hope our results inspire other people to work on our system or develop a new catalyst that converts carbon monoxide to fuel."(Wikimedia Commons)

    Copper Catalyst Makes Ethanol Without Crops

    Scientists have found a highly efficient way to make liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol... Read more

  • Wineberry, or wine raspberry, is a typical species in the genus Rubus, which contains blackberry and raspberry. It was introduced into the United States in 1890 as breeding stock for new Rubus cultivars and is used today by berry breeders to add specific genes to berry varieties or species. Wineberry is an example of one man's flower being another man's weed. (Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group)

    Invasive Species: If We Can’t Beat Them, Maybe We Should Eat Them

    What to do about invasive species, which are having a growing and generally detrimental effect on Europe’s environment and economies, is the subject of discussion... Read more

  • Baby Olive Ridley turtle  (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Baby Olive Ridley Turtles Journey to the Sea

    Six lakh Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings made their way to the sea in Orissa’s Rushikulya Rookery. One of the few mass nesting site for the... Read more

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    Climate Change Meets Hollywood

    How do you make climate science or (yawn) energy efficiency dramatic enough to captivate a Showtime audience more used to the serial killers, sex, and... Read more

  • The largest global assessment of urban biodiversity to date shows our urban jungles may be more wild than we thought. (Shutterstock*)

    Life Finds a Way: Surprising Biodiversity in Cities

    Public perception of wildlife tends to be tied to natural habitats such as forests, ocean and other wild settings. However, cities can provide habitat for... Read more

  • Urban rooftops are green spaces (Photo by Alyson Hurt)

    Life Finds a Way: The Surprising Biodiversity of Cities

    Public perception of wildlife tends to be tied to natural habitats such as forests, ocean and other wild settings. However, cities can provide habitat for... Read more

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