Cathedral bells ring out as New Zealand welcomes godwits after longest migration

City of Nelson welcomes arrival of migratory bird after 10,000km of non-stop flight from the Arctic.

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City flights: birds flocked to urban areas as Covid kept people home, study finds

Birds, and perhaps other animals too, benefitted from a respite in human activity in North America, research suggests.

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US research points to lower milk yield from cows exposed to wildfire smoke

A team at the University of Oregon has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of air quality and other stress factors on dairy cattle.

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Tiger trafficking: the murky world of America’s big-money big cat trade

US backyards are home to more tigers than India with experts drawing a line between the popularity of cubs as pets and the market in tiger products for traditional Chinese medicine.


‘It was complete pandemonium’: the towns grappling with bear attacks

You’re more likely to be killed by lightning than a grizzly bear. But as humans encroach on bear territory, tensions rise

‘Overwhelming’: hundreds of migrating birds die after crashing into NYC glass towers

A volunteer with the New York City Audubon found nearly 300 carcasses littering the sidewalks below the World Trade Center.


Humans are encroaching on grizzly territory. Can we live together?

The bears have returned from the brink of extinction, and now conservationists must persuade people to respect them.


Outcry over killing of almost 1,500 dolphins on Faroe Islands

Many Faroese horrified by what Sea Shepherd group claims was largest such massacre in the islands' history.

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France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

Widespread use of chemicals that can harm wildlife means French state has failed to protect the country’s flora and fauna, say NGOS

Avocados and vanilla among dozens of wild crop relatives facing extinction

Study finds agriculture and pesticide use threaten relatives of world's most important crops, considered crucial to food security.


What’s causing the worst die-off of manatees? Starvation from Florida ecosystem collapse

Death by starvation is as inhumane as any of the assaults Florida has inflicted on manatees.

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Attack of the giant rodents or class war? Argentina’s rich riled by new neighbors

Hordes of capybaras have taken up residence at a gated community, sparking a debate on the environment and inequality.


How climate crisis made my British butterfly hunt a race against time

The naturalist Stephen Moss finally achieved his aim to see all 61 of the UK's butterfly species. But those that thrive on the margins could vanish as temperatures rise.


Caffeine may help bumblebees pollinate more effectively, study shows

The caffeine in the morning coffee that primes many humans for the day appears to inject bumblebees with a similar dose of purpose, helping them pollinate more effectively, a study has found.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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