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Researchers see in the abundance, condition and diversity of plankton recently sampled off the West Coast signs of a change for the better in ocean conditions.

High up in the Rocky Mountains, forests are burning more frequently than any time in the past 2,000 years. The overarching reason: climate change.

As the threat of wildfire looms, a debate has emerged in the state about the best way to plant trees.
Spraying coca crops with glyphosate doesn’t make sense when we have already verified its failure as a long-term policy.
The litter was born amid a contentious plan to reintroduce the species to the state.
Deb Haaland, the interior secretary, has advised President Biden to reinstate boundaries at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England. All were reduced by former President Donald J. Trump.

Indigenous leaders had to be escorted by police as they tried to reach the capital and take part in protests against invasions of their lands and violence against their people, advocates say.

In timber management, herbicides are used to control vegetation that may compete with more valuable species like spruce and fir. Foresters say aerial application is the most efficient way to do the job and that the practice is used sparingly in Maine, on less than 4% of harvested acres each year.
An internal email obtained by the News4JAX I-TEAM from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission details how much coal ash has spilled from a leaking barge off the coast of Atlantic Beach.
Determined to protect their food, life and culture, Christmas Islanders are having their say about federal government's marine park plans.
Ocean ecosystems will have difficulty retaining functional integrity throughout the climate crisis this century, and these ecosystems need the strongest protections we can provide.

A new Wyoming hunting group wants to prove the value of switching ammo and tackle to local sportsmen and women.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has recommended in a private report that President Biden restore full protections to three national monuments diminished by Donald Trump, including Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante and a huge marine reserve off New England.

Many invading plants are expanding their growth range in response to climate change, making early detection and rapid response more important than ever. However, limited resources can make it impossible to track and manage all species with varying ranges.

On the coast of Jamaica, developers are building a $550 million resort, which they say will create 3,500 jobs. They have also promised to replant the mangroves, seagrass, and coral they will displace – but critics worry it won’t be enough to preserve the local ecosystem.
While endangered Southern Resident orca whales found in the Salish Sea are rarely seen by the average person, the species continues to be in the spotlight.

Vale, the Brazilian mining company responsible for two deadly dam collapses since 2015, has another dam that's at "imminent risk of rupture," a government audit warns.

Years of work in the Pacific Northwest is paying off. It started with preserving the ecosystem so native species would have something to return to.

Where the underground Amargosa bubbles to the surface, unique flora and fauna thrive. But now, hotter weather and depleted groundwater in Nevada and California threaten this rare ecosystem.

Feeding them an enzyme can protect them from pesticides and could change the horrifying trajectory of declining bee populations.
The fight over the pipeline will be, at least for now, where Biden’s climate commitment will be judged.
The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.
A new study argues reclaiming developments left behind by human activities like oil and gas exploration could save more caribou than shooting wolves.
From Ireland to Israel, companies are coming to the aid of the environmentally critical insect.

The world is on alert for microscopic sea-dwelling algae that can multiply and smother the seas, causing swathes of the ocean to change colour and thousands of dead fish to bob on the surface.

China's Pacific fishing fleet has grown by 500% since 2012 and is taking huge quantities of tuna.

The Biden administration said Friday it would prohibit road building in half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, resurrecting 20-year-old protections Donald Trump had stripped three months before leaving office.
A popular species of kingfish that is dried and then eaten as a snack in Oman should be avoided, because it contains a high amount of bacteria and fungi, that could prove very harmful to people.

Recent reports detailing the extent of Gates's land ownership have prompted criticism from some environmental advocates and farmers, who say there seems to be a contradiction between his public environmental advocacy and his personal investment strategy.

A patchy bloom suspected to be the reason for fish kills on the Pinellas coast and around Port Manatee showed up two months after 215 million gallons of wastewater were pumped into the estuary from the site of an old fertilizer plant.

I'm not terribly disappointed that, by moving from Washington D.C. to Georgia, I've missed the last two Brood X cicada invasions.

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Low water levels and high temperatures mean juvenile Chinook salmon are being given a helping hand to reach the ocean
The Trump rule was part of Republican efforts to expand logging operations in the forest.
Peter Wohlleben’s “The Hidden Life of Trees” became an unlikely best-seller, and now has a sequel. Does it matter if the books are full of questionable science?

Black and brown people from urban areas face many barriers to outdoor recreation. Here's how one group overcame them on Lake Superior.

Instead of trekking on foot, a Duke University team used drones to count large seabird colonies on a small island chain off the Falkland Islands.