Northern right whales are on the brink, and Trump could be their last hope

The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.
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Why light pollution is a crucial test of humanity's problem-solving skills

A new way to think about light pollution in Europe and the U.S. should help policy makers take its measure. But if they can't solve it, what hope for more complex problems like global heating?

Climate Refugia: Protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change

Areas with natural buffers from the effects of climate change could play a vital role in conservation efforts. New research helps to better understand them.

Why more great white sharks are showing up in Atlantic Canada

Climate change, a supply of seals to eat and effective conservation in the United States are all possible explanations for the apparent increase in great white sharks in Atlantic Canada, according to a newly published paper in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.


Humans must eat less meat and dairy to cut nitrogen emissions

Humans should eat less meat and dairy to cut the nitrogen emissions produced by farming, according to a new report from UN scientists.


Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in

With Earth's wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature. Specifically, expanding areas under conservation could yield a return of at least $5 for every $1 spent just by giving nature more room to thrive.


Lockdowns could be the ‘biggest conservation action’ in a century

Acknowledging the virus’s silver linings can feel ghoulish. But mounting evidence suggests that we’re in the midst of an unprecedented roadkill reprieve.

Polar bear moms stick to their dens even faced with life-threatening dangers like oil exploration

A new study has found that mother bears are unlikely to abandon their dens when they are disturbed - for example, by fossil fuel companies' exploration for new sources of oil - even if the disturbance is life-threatening.


DeSantis approves aquatic preserve

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved the creation the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve to protect seagrass. Seagrass beds serve as a measure of water quality and provide habitat for marine life. A single acre of seagrass can support nearly 40,000 fish and 50 million small invertebrates, including lobster and shrimp.


A heat wave thawed Siberia's tundra. Now, it's on fire.

A relentless, climate change-driven heat wave has caused a rash of fires on land normally too frozen to burn. Scientists fear it may become a regular occurrence.

Journey to the world's southernmost tree

Where on this warming planet, you ask, is the southernmost tree? Look no further: National Geographic sent a team to hunt it down.

How grizzly bears have learned to live with humans

Grizzly bears had better survival rates when they gradually shifted their behaviour to become more nocturnal.


Coronavirus: World treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

The number of "zoonotic" epidemics is rising, with the root cause being the destruction of nature by humans and the growing demand for meat, according to the authors of a UN report.


The epic Siberian journey to solve a mass extinction mystery

A quarter-billion years ago, huge volcanic eruptions burned coal, leading to the worst extinction in Earth’s history. Here’s how scientists hunted down the evidence.

Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer

Conservationists worry the animals, which are vital food sources for many species along the U.S. East Coast, will decline in number.
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