Fewer than 20 extinctions a year: Does the world need a single target for biodiversity?

Next year, all eyes will be on Kunming, China, as talks resume on a new set of global goals to protect biodiversity.

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Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity's destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.


Conservationists propose a new goal

Like "below 2 degrees Celsius" for climate change, the biodiversity crisis needs its own target and rallying cry.

Sea otters saved again

The recovery of sea otter populations near Canada's Vancouver Island is a conservation success story - but coastal communities and fisheries are feeling the pinch as they must now compete with them for their favourite shellfish.


Great power competition is racing to the Arctic

The icy north is undergoing physical change as warming temperatures open regional waters to shipping for part of each year. And the region is undergoing geopolitical change as countries that front on the Arctic Ocean - and ambitious powers that don't - eye new shipping routes and, potentially, a fresh source of undersea natural riches.


Lorraine Loomis: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained

EPA has moved away from an agency tasked with providing environmental protections to one of accommodating polluting special interests. Unfortunately, about the only thing we can expect from this EPA is more of the same.


Chilean scientists used these seals as spies to dive into antarctic climate mysteries

US and Chilean researchers have teamed up to use sensors on Crabeater seals in order to unravel important mysteries about the tiny crustaceans that the seals eat.


Emissions reduction from COVID-19 brings short term benefits, little long term gain

The shelter-in-place orders in New Jersey, and beyond, has resulted in a 30 percent drop in Nitrogen Dioxide over the Northeastern United States in March 2020, compared to the average of the previous five years, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Will restoring wolves restore the landscape? Maybe not

The notion that returning wolves can repair decades of ecosystem damage is immensely popular — and, some scientists say, woefully misguided.

Where have all the insects gone?

Bugs aren’t just occasional nuisances, they’re crucial to the environment. Now populations of species worldwide are falling at alarming rates.

Some good news about coral reef conservation

Amidst all the bad news about coral reef bleaching, an international team has shed light on what conservation measures are working to preserve these fragile ecosystems while balancing various social and ecological needs.


The coronavirus pandemic is not a natural disaster

Are pandemics inevitable, when living things are bound so tightly together in a dense, planetary sphere?


Pope Francis: Coronavirus pandemic could be nature's response to climate crisis

Pope Francis has said the coronavirus pandemic is one of "nature's responses" to humans ignoring the current ecological crisis.

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change

Using annual projections of temperature and precipitation to estimate when species will be exposed to potentially harmful climate conditions reveals that disruption of ecological assemblages as a result of climate change will be abrupt and could start as early as the current decade.
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