Environment

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

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)
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)

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...




  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • The only believed drawing of an Oceanic parrot (Eclectus infectus) from life made in 1793 in Tonga. Illustration by: Unknown.

    Thirteen Newly Discovered Birds Already Extinct

    In a recent update of the IUCN Red List, scientists have identified 13 new bird species that have gone extinct since 1500. In total the... Read more

  • An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, California in July 2014. (AOL Screenshot)

    Millions of Anchovies Make Rare Appearance (Video)

    An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, California in July 2014. The entire... Read more

  • In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay.

    Indonesia In Uproar Over Construction Plans

        In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a... Read more

  • Swimming in clear and chemical free waters is now a reality thanks to a new trend in natural pools.

    Natural Pools: A Chemical-Free Swimming Experience (+Video)

    Filmmaker and DIY wizard Dave Pagan Butler is spearheading a new trend in ecological swimming pools. Natural pools consists of combining two equal zones: a... Read more

  • Sumatran elephants in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Photos by Rhett A. Butler.

    Elephant Poaching Soars as Sumatran Forests Vanish

      There has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes,... Read more

  • Seagrass spathes (the part of the plant that contains its seeds) surrounded by netting that allow the seeds to fall to the seabed below. Photo by Jude Stalker.

    Restoring Meadows in Ocean Ecosystems

    Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found... Read more

  • Fracking with Diesel Fuel

    Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack

    An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they... Read more

  • Conservation biodiversity hotspots in South America. Data from a 2011 assessment by Conservation International accessed via the Global Forest Watch.

    Peruvian Deforestation- A Paradise Lost

      In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” – an area with at least 0.5 percent or... Read more

  • Illegal gold mining operation in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Junaidi Hanafi.

    Indonesia Continues Mining with Few Regulations

    The Governor of Aceh Province, Indonesia appears unwilling to implement a mining moratorium, despite repeated statements he intends to do so. Governor Zaini Abdullah, a... Read more


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