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Lourdes Medrano: Mexican Farmers and Scientists Share a Mission: Saving a Wetland

Once mutually wary, farmers and scientists are working jointly to save a key ecosystem — and an endangered salamander.

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What Holds Us Together Keeps Us Apart

The dirty child at our border
who walked 500 miles
sharing a pair of shoes
with her brother

July 30, 2022 · 13 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Big Climate Warning from One of the Gulf of Maine’s Smallest Marine Creatures

Often likened to a grain of rice, this “copepod”—or microscopic crustacean—is the keystone of the sub-polar food web that makes the Gulf of Maine one of Earth’s richest marine ecosystems.

February 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: We saved the puffins. Now a warming planet is unraveling that work.

Seabirds are climate change prisoners. Our inaction makes us the executioners.

January 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Global Movement to Restore Nature’s Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged planet, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN’s viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth’s ecosystems.

August 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tara Lohan: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

People often ask me, “What can one person do?” And I say, “Stop being one person.”

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Liz Kimbrough: Top Positive Environmental Stories from 2020

This year, species were brought back from the edge of extinction; interest in renewable energy surged; environmental monitoring technology improved; new protected areas were created; and a few Indigenous women leaders got some long-overdue credit and recognition.

January 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

S. B. Merrow: Reading Half-Earth

E.O.Wilson says we already know
what happens to elephants—to us—

when families are broken, when
matriarchs and memories are lost.

November 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Akashinga “The Brave Ones”: Nature Protected by Women

A growing body of evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.

November 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Scientists Name Top 100 Unusual And Endangered Birds

There are about 9,993 living species of birds known by scientists. A collaboration between scientists at Yale and the Zoological Society of London have analyzed all of them and ranked 100 bird species based on conservation status and how unusual they are compared to other birds.

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Fix and Release

‘Fix and Release’ explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough, Ontario as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before.

September 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Alex Kirby: Humans Drive Sixth Mass Extinction — UN Report

About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion.

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Vaquitas

The number of vaquitas left was around 30 in early 2019. — . Today, news about small dolphins: Only sixty vaquitas left. Two years back, they numbered some one hundred “individuals,” living  … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Subhankar Banerjee: Biological Annihilation

A Planet in Loss Mode: If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

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