Environment

Extinct 100 Years–The Last Passenger Pigeon

Hunters used large nets to catch passenger pigeons in the 1800s
Hunters used large nets to catch passenger pigeons in the 1800s

  “The air was literally filled with Pigeons; the light of noon-day was obscured as by an eclipse; the dung fell in spots, not unlike...




  • A sign warning vistors of grizzly bears sits at the entrance to Bridger-Teton National Forest May 27, 2001 near Cora, WY. State and federal wildlife officials are urging the public to be cautious this summer about grizzly bears while visiting parks in northern Wyoming. (Photo by Michael Smith/Getty Images)

    Perspectives on Bear Spray – From the Field

    When I was a kid, I used to ride around in my mom’s little hatchback with no seatbelt except the almighty motherly arm-fling every time... Read more

  • The banteng (Bos javanicus) is an endangered wild bovid found in Southeast Asia. Photo by Rochmad Setyadi.

    Thai Government Plans Road Through Largest Forest

    Scientists say expanded road will endanger animals, forests     Spanning 230 kilometers (143 miles) and comprising more than half a million hectares westward from... Read more

  • While the 1930s Dust Bowl in the Midwest lasted four to eight years, depending on location, a megadrought can last more than three decades, which could lead to mass population migration on a scale never before seen in this country. (Shutterstock*)

    Is the US Southwest Headed for a ‘Megadrought’?

    The chance that the southwestern United States will experience a decade-long drought sometime in the next century is at least 50 percent, researchers say. Further,... Read more

  • A lone Brazil nut tree sits on the edge of a cleared forest in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Brazil Authorities Stop Criminal Rainforest Poachers

    Group responsible for crimes worth more than $220 million, could face decades in prison.     A criminal organization involved in the illicit deforestation of... Read more

  • The green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon) is one of the most colorful birds in forests of Southeastern Brazil. It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Photo by: Sandro Von Matter.

    Saving Brazil’s Atlantic Forest?–Quite Affordable

    Want to save the world’s most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot,... Read more

  • An Asian tapir (Tapirus indicus) killed on a highway in Peninsular Malaysia. Courtesy of WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong.

    Building Roads With The Environment in Mind

    Map shows where roads should be built, where they should not, and where human and environmental needs conflict     . Roads make it possible... Read more

  • A felled tree lies in the construction site of the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin on June 15, 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Brazil Dismantles Large Deforestation Gang

    SAO PAULO—The “largest deforestation gang” active in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday. The federal prosecutor’s office in the jungle state... Read more

  • Odd Lindahl and Maria Karlsson, holding "mussel eggs" at Mällby farm on the Island of Orust at the Swedish west coast, August 21, 2014.

    Mussels May Be the Chicken Feed of the Future

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish farmers and scientists have realized that ground domestic mussels – ‘musselmeal’ – could replace other sources of protein in chicken feed. Today,... Read more

  • "I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation." An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Photo by Robert S. Eshelman.

    Meeting an Illegal Logger in Indonesia

          It took five hours by boat from Kepayang in the Indonesian province of South Sumatra to arrive at this remote river community,... Read more

  • A lionfish where a lionfish should not be - at an oyster reef in the Loxahatchee River, 4.1 miles upstream from the ocean, where bottom salinity was eight parts per thousand. With the exception of a thin bottom layer, the remainder of the water column contained completely fresh water. Photo by Zack Jud.

    Lionfish Invasion—Harmful to the Environment

    Invasive predator can live in nearly freshwater environments, may threaten estuaries, rivers.     You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish... Read more

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

    Deforestation Threatening Sulawesi’s Unique Wildlife

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

  • Primary rainforest in Imbak Canyon in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The forest is home to pygmy elephants, clouded leopard, orangutans, banteng, and proboscis monkeys among thousands of other species. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    How Do We Save Vanishing Old-Growth Forests?

        There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these... Read more

  • Community leader in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Indigenous Land Disputes Heard in Indonesia

    Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples’ land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning... Read more

  • Illegal logging operation in Indonesian Borneo. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    DNA Fingerprinting for Forest Conservation

      As a professor at Texas Tech, Dr. Chuck Cannon has been, among other things, working to create a system of DNA fingerprinting for tropical... Read more

  • 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


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