Can Research Data Turn Ocean Abusers into Protectors?

A microplastic sample collected using a plankton net tow in the North Pacific Ocean. Credit: G. Proskurowski with the Sea Education Association.
A microplastic sample collected using a plankton net tow in the North Pacific Ocean. Credit: G. Proskurowski with the Sea Education Association.

The devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 washed away millions of tons of plastic debris into the Pacific Ocean. It even swept away a...

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    Study Finds Local Technicians Effective at Forest Monitoring

    Some countries that retain forest wealth have started monetizing their forests using international programs like REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Guyana has... Read more

  • Data from Global Forest Watch shows Guyana's forests contain high amounts of carbon. However, when it comes to pinning a number on that amount, the study by Fragoso and his colleagues indicate discrepancies between stock estimates from different sources.

    Measuring Carbon Value of Forests Is Tricky Business

    With financial incentives encouraging maintenance of carbon stocks and the increased popularity of carbon trading between countries, a forest has become economically a lot more... Read more

  • Indian rhino in Bardiya National Park in Nepal. Photo by: Krish Dulal/Creative Commons 3.0.

    Kingpin Responsible for Killing 20 Rhinos Caught by Authorities

    With the aid of Interpol, authorities have arrested the leader of a rhino poaching gang responsible for killing 20 Indian rhinoceros in Nepal. Last month,... Read more

  • Recent large-scale clearance of peatland forest inside a PT. Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (PT RAPP) pulpwood concession on Pulau Pedang, Bengkalis Regency, Riau Province. © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace.

    China Banks Funding Deforestation in Indonesia

    While Santander Bank has made headlines in recent days for financing an Indonesian forestry giant’s ongoing clearance of carbon-dense forests in Sumatra, Chinese banks among... Read more

  • The male ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) that was collected in 2007. Photo by: Western Australian Museum.

    Brand New SeaDragon Species Discovered

    For 150 years, scientists have known of just two so-called seadragons: the leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) and the weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). But a new... Read more

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    Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

    As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there... Read more

  • A fracking site in New Milford, Pa., on Jan. 17, 2013. A Feb. 19 report by Environment New York Research and Policy Center states that tracking operations in Pennsylvania frequently violate regulations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    4 Ways Fracking Companies Break the Rules

    The Environment New York Research and Policy Center released a report on Feb. 19 detailing oil and gas industry violations in Pennsylvania. According to the... Read more

  • Penguins walk on the shore of Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. Antarctica “is big and it’s changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we can’t afford to ignore what’s going on down there,” said David Vaughan, science director of the British Antarctic Survey. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind’s Future

    DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica—Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents... Read more

  • Modern day signs of human activity in the Amazon rainforest. Courtesy of NASA.

    Drones to Scan the Amazon Rainforest for Hidden Civilizations

    Researchers are planning to use drones equipped with vegetation-penetrating lasers to scan the Amazon rainforest for signs of past civilizations, reports the University of Exeter... Read more

  • Mata Atlanticia in Rio de Janeiro. Photo Credit: Rhett A. Butler / mongabay.com.

    Biodiversity May Reduce The Threat of Disease

      Biodiversity level changes can have consequences for species and habitats around the world. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society... Read more

  • Logging in Gabon. Photos by Rhet A. Butler

    Selective Logging Changes to Forest Structure Over Time

    Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes... Read more

  • An Ayoreo woman in front of a traditional communal Ayoreo house that was abandoned because of bulldozing activity, according to Survival International. Photo courtesy of Survival International.

    Deforestation Still a Threat to Communities in Paraguay

    Their children were the only things they could carry as they fled from the forest-clearing bulldozer, recalls an Ayoreo Totobiegosode woman in a video interview... Read more

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    A Melting Arctic and Weird Weather: The Plot Thickens

    Everyone loves to talk about the weather, and this winter Mother Nature has served up a feast to chew on. Few parts of the US... Read more

  • The Sunda pangolin, is now listed as Critically Endangered. Photo by: Piekfrosch/Creative Commons 3.0

    Endangered Species Rescued…Then Sold to Restaurants

    On February 1st, local police seized 42 live Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) from poachers and handed them over to forest rangers in Vietnam’s northern province... Read more

  • A planned green infrastructure project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Two Trees Management

    Green Water Projects Could Save NYC Billions

    New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week it spent $3 million to fund local projects that will reduce stormwater runoff. The... Read more

  • A woman sells fish in a market in Puerto Maldonado, in Peru's southeastern Madre de Dios region. Protected areas iin Amazonia encompass flooded forests that are crucial for fish reproduction. Photo credit: Barbara Fraser.

    Communities Encouraged to Aid Conservation In Peru

    In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and... Read more

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