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The alarming case of the missing insects

A pair of researchers found evidence that the insect population in a Puerto Rican rain forest was in free fall. But another team wasn’t so sure.
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‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

In this deeply worrisome article about the disappearance of insects and insect-eaters from Puerto Rican forests, the reporter writes that the scientists attribute the decline to climate change and not to pesticides.

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Energy

Too small for big muscles, tiny animals use springs

All living things feed, breathe and get around, but the various mechanisms used for them rely on biophysics that works best within certain size domains.

Climate

The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California.

Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long.

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Why malaria is spreading in Venezuela.

A country in economic crisis faces a new challenge

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Can fear alone drive animals to extinction?

In the wild, a predator that eats too much of its prey can drive that species toward extinction. But there are other, less understood influences that predators can have on their prey’s survival. Take, for instance, odor: New research shows that the very smell of predators may be enough to increase the chances of a whole population of animals going extinct. Fear alone, it suggests, can shape the fate of a species.

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Scientists found a gnarly pesticide in 75 percent of global honey samples.

The last taste of honey you enjoyed likely came from bees exposes to neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used class of insecticides.

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Water

Puerto Rico’s health care is in dire condition, three weeks after Maria.

CAGUAS, P.R. — Harry Figueroa, a teacher who went a week without the oxygen that helped him breathe, died here last week at 58. His body went unrefrigerated for so long that the funeral director could not embalm his badly decomposed corpse.

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Climate

19 Western species won’t receive federal protections.

On Oct. 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 25 animals were not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Nineteen of those species — ranging from a sooty-colored woodpecker that hunts beetles in burned forests, to tiny snails found only in a few isolated springs in the Great Basin desert — live in the West. In no case did the Service find the species’ numbers to be increasing at this time; still, the Service concluded that none were in danger of disappearing altogether in the future. Here are the Western species that didn’t make the cut:

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Following the family tradition, Chris Darwin is leading the fight to protect animals from extinction.

Following the family tradition, Chris Darwin is leading the fight to protect animals from extinction

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Food

A wayward weedkiller divides farm communities, harms wildlife.

A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife

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