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New Research Shows That Elephants Are Aware of Their Own Bodies

3 May

New research shows that elephants are aware of their bodies.

Elephants have a long relationship with humans, especially Asian elephants, which have been used as work animals for centuries at least. In places like Thailand and India, they not only live alongside humans, but are also in competition for land and resources. In order to help preserve elephant spaces, and elephants themselves, it’s important that […]

Wildfires Increasing in Frequency and Require Adaptive Strategies

26 Apr

We need to adapt to wildfires, because they are becoming as inevitable as floods and droughts.

Wildfires are an inevitable part of the American west, and, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they’ve been increasing in frequency and severity since the 1970s. A record-breaking fire near Boulder, Colorado, that forced 1,000 people to evacuate their homes in March of 2017 is […]

Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Children

14 Apr

Want to help your children understand the importance of Earth Day and the environment? We've got some ideas for you in this post.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s environmental advocates, so it’s really important to teach them about ecology as soon as you can. Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to get started. It may be hard to think of age-appropriate ways to get them started in their journey to be eco-advocates, but we’ve got a few ideas […]

Scientists Use Big Data to Study the Decline of Stromatolites

10 Apr

Scientists are using "big data" to study the decline of stromatolites. Big data could help with synthesis and research on many subjects, including climate change.

Stromatolites are naturally occurring structures in the world’s oceans, built up by lime-secreting cynobacteria. If you haven’t heard of them, it might be because they’ve been pretty uncommon since the Precambrian era, just before the rise of multicellular life. They do still form in shallow lagoons, but much less often than they used to. Paleontologists […]

Celebrate Some Climate Victories Since the First Earth Day

7 Apr

It's easy to be depressed about the environment, but let's remember the big victories we've scored since the first Earth Day in 1970.

It’s easy to take a pessimistic attitude toward the future of our environment, given recent cabinet appointments and executive orders regarding the environment. But it’s just as important for eco-warriors to remember the victories as well as the steps backwards, because those victories build morale in the movement. Here are just a few of the […]

House Mouse Evolution Reveals Early Human Impact on Ecosystems

5 Apr

The evolution of the house mouse shows the evolution of humankind's impact on the environment.

It has generally been thought that humans only started to have a real impact on the ecosystems around us when we started to develop agriculture. But that hypothesis is slowly unraveling as scientists and researchers learn ever more about our ancient ancestors. A new study has shown that people were having these impacts well before […]

Asian Dust Feeds Giant Sequoias In the United States

3 Apr

Giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevadas get some of the nutrition they need thanks to Asian dust.

People are largely used to thinking of ecosystems as separate and self-contained. But as scientists learn more about the Earth and how its myriad systems work together to give us the world we know, some things come as a surprise–like the relationship between giant sequoias and Asian dust. The Sierra Nevadas are naturally low in […]

Four Eco-Friendly Things You Can Do on Earth Day and Every Day

31 Mar

Celebrate Earth Day every day by using these four simple tips to live a more eco-friendly life.

Earth Day is coming up soon—Saturday, April 22, to be exact—and there’s a lot going on, all over the world. From the March for Science to tree planting ceremonies, it seems like everybody’s working on big ways to save the planet. But what if you can’t march? What if you can’t plant a tree? Don’t […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]

Coastal Cities Will Pay Dearly for Climate Change

15 Mar

Rotterdam is one of the many coastal cities that will be severely impacted by climate change. Some cities will see major effects within just the next 13 years.

Climate change is, as far as the overwhelming majority of scientists and non-scientists alike, a process that is happening and which poses a significant threat to humanity, not to mention our neighbors among other species. According to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science, climate change is going to have a huge cost for coastal […]