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Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fibre known as "Neptune balls", researchers have found.

Little on-the-ground damage to the Utah public lands has been seen since they were shrunk in 2017. But conservationists say the sooner they can be properly protected again, the better.

The victory comes as mounting evidence shows that Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands.

Artificial light revolutionized life on earth. But as our nights grow increasingly bright, its negative impacts are becoming ever more visible on our health and on nature.

The authors say their message is meant to give a "cold shower" to leaders who can help make positive changes for the planet.

Pollinators risk running short of food as wildflowers disappear in a "green desert", experts warn.

A UC San Diego researcher says an increasingly acidic ocean is having an impact on shellfish that live in the nearshore environment.

There are only two remaining rhinos of this species, a mother and daughter, but scientists see new hope in stem cell breakthroughs.

The legal case, which is being brought by four environmental groups after a petition was signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold France responsible for ecological damage and its detrimental health and social effects.

Opportunity comes after truce between US environmentalists and the hydropower industry.

The continent’s largest freshwater fish, native to Eastern Europe, is an invasive species that threatens native fish already in decline.
Going far beyond expectations, the Trump administration eliminated protection from more than three million acres of northern spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest.

Experts have warned that a controversial deregulation act will serve as a springboard for greater corruption in Indonesia's forestry sector.

The Indigenous Guarani people from the São Paulo coast are traditional consumers of jussara palm hearts and have been instrumental in reversing the palm's decline by planting thousands of trees inside their reserve.

The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old, established order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What's coming in its place?

Marine experts identified rabbitfish, moonyfish, batfish and leatherjacket fish among the dead fishes.

New research suggests that, sooner than expected, trees may become carbon sources rather than carbon sinks, as a feedback loop of rising temperatures drives them to release more greenhouse gases.

The planet is facing a "ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals" that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven't grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.

Twenty scientists from 13 institutes around the world now report that 2020 brought the highest ocean temperatures since 1955.

As ocean temperatures rise, baby sharks will be born prematurely, undernourished, and into harsh environments difficult for them to survive in, according to a new study of epaulette sharks.

An ambitious new system will track scores of species from space — shedding light, scientists hope, on the lingering mysteries of animal movement.

How a small radio station in India helps protect fishers and the ecosystems they rely on.

Thanks to the rollout of free, high-resolution satellite imagery, the job of monitoring deforestation in tropical forests just got a lot easier.

Microplastic pollution is a global issue, but where do they come from and how are they transported across the ocean?

The Rio Grande used to flow freely, but now in Las Cruces, humans, fish and plants are vying for water in the arid landscape.

Brazil's main environmental enforcement agency, Ibama, handed out 20% fewer fines in 2020, a Brazilian non-profit factchecking initiative says, as the government rolls back conservation efforts and Amazon deforestation skyrockets.

Baby sharks will emerge from their egg cases earlier and weaker as water temperatures rise, according to a new study that examined the impact of warming oceans on embryos.

Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects. The effects are likely to be found in other cetaceans, including killer whales.

Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.

A coalition of more than 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.

Trump leaves office with a legal record among the worst in modern presidential history. Now the Biden administration faces a complicated legal landscape as it tries to undo the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks.

Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed Monday that two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo had tested positive for the virus and another had exhibited symptoms.
The radical experiment of just 75 households proves that reserves work in freshwater environments too.
The Osa Peninsula is a biodiverse wonder and a model for conservation. But its preservation programs have been devastated by COVID-19.
Soil health is crucial to fighting climate change, but a new study finds that funding to promote it in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is lacking.