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Dogs Help to Save Endangered Carnivores

13 Sep

A research team has used dogs to help them find the habitats of endangered carnivores and develop a plan for wildlife corridors.

We’re all used to stories of dogs chasing cats, but now dogs are sniffing out cats. Big cats, that is. Scat-sniffing research dogs are helping scientists to get on the trail of endangered carnivores like jaguars, pumas, and bush dogs in the forests of northeastern Argentina. Forests in the region have become increasingly fragmented due […]

Coral Skeletons May Be Able To Resist Acidifying Oceans

6 Sep

Scientists studied this hood coral and learned that the process by which they make their skeletons is different than previously thought.

Coral bleaching is destroying reefs all over the world, and scientists have been sounding the alarm about what this may imply about the state of our oceans as the world’s climate warms. But new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives some reason for hope that corals will survive. The researchers, led by physics professor […]

Climate Change Is Changing Kodiak Bears’ Diets

30 Aug

Kodiak bears typically feast on sockeye salmon during the summer. But climate change has changed the bears' eating habits.

There’s no more iconic a predator-prey relationship than that of bears and salmon. Typically, brown bears on Kodiak Island in Alaska feed on sockeye salmon as they swim upstream to spawn. But things are different these days. Red elderberries, another integral part of the Kodiak bears’ diet, are ripening earlier thanks to warmer climates. Now […]

Birds of Prey are Becoming Prey in Scotland

23 Aug

Hen harriers, like the one in this photo, are among the endangered birds of prey that are being killed in Scotland.

A dispute has arisen in Scotland, not for the first time, about declining raptor populations and what’s behind them. Ian Thomson, head of the investigations being performed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland, noted that data from 77 tagged birds of prey suggests the illegal killing of birds of prey in […]

Noise Pollution Is Stressing Fish Out

16 Aug

A new study has found that fish are being stressed and confused by oceanic noise pollution.

A new study from Newcastle University in the UK found that the level of noise in the oceans—from drilling and piling activities, among others—is stressing and confusing European sea bass. “Over the last few decades, the sea has become a very noisy place,” said lead researcher Ilaria Spiga. “The effects we saw were subtle changes, […]

Court Rules In Favor of Gray Wolves

9 Aug

An appellate court ruled that gray wolves should remain on the federal endangered species list, as the population has not sufficiently recovered yet.

Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region will remain on the endangered species list after a unanimous ruling from the Washington, D.C., appellate court. The back story is this: in 2011, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that the gray wolf population had recovered enough to remove endangered status and put the states […]

Project to Save the Belize Coast is a Win-Win

2 Aug

Thanks to a multifaceted approach involving many stakeholders, the nation of Belize now has a conservation action plan that will preserve both jobs and the environment.

Most of the time, environmental debates are framed as being “green versus jobs.” But as a project to save the Belize coast proves, environmental efforts can save both nature and human jobs. And the proof comes in the form of new research showing that environmentalists and communities can come together to create a win-win situation, […]

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins An Initial Pipeline Victory

28 Jun

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won an initial victory in its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On June 14, federal judge James Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately study the potential environmental consequences of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was the first legal victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their year-long battle against the pipeline. However, he did not order the pipeline’s shutdown. […]

Despite Trump Decision, States and Cities Step Up to Paris Agreement Plate

7 Jun

While Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, mayors and governors across the country have stepped up to take the lead in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

As news of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change spread, many states and cities immediately had a message for the president: even if you don’t believe in climate change, we see the reality, and if you won’t do something about it, we will. Shortly after […]

Pebble Mine Can Now Pursue Permits in Bristol Bay

17 May

The EPA has granted permission for the Pebble Mine to pursue permits for a site in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Pebble Limited Partnership permission to pursue permits for the development of a huge copper and gold deposit. This is a reversal from the EPA’s earlier stance. But the agency reached a legal settlement on May 11, allowing the company to apply for permits and develop site plans. The proposed […]