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The Sixth Extinction

Many now-extinct species had traits that were advantageous for millions of years, until some change made them lethal. Mostly, Homo sapiens are that change.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Farewell to Africa’s Elegant Antelope?

The continent’s most endangered large mammal species is the hirola, with just over 400 of the animals living in a narrow strip of “sandy, thorny wilderness along Kenya’s volatile border with Somalia”—down from 15,000 in the mid-1970s.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change ‘Raises Extinction Risk’

Wildlife does not face a unique risk of extinction because of climate change, researchers say. But the risks that species face already are likely to be intensified.

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Climate Change Puts Even ‘Safe’ Species at Risk

Work by 100 scientists over five years reveals that more than half of species studied are endangered by a warming planet.

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Fast-Moving Climate Zones Speed Extinction

A warming climate means ever more rapid changes in the Earth’s climatic zones, researchers say, and a heightened extinction risk for species that inhabit them.

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Extinction Revival

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Bad News for Threatened Species: We Don’t Need You

An international grouping of scientists has published a list of 100 species headed for imminent extinction. Blame human greed and the relentless destruction of habitat.

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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

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Ocean Life May Be on Edge of Catastrophe

An extinction event “unprecedented in human history” is probably under way in the world’s oceans, according to a report recently released by a panel of 27 scientists reviewing the latest research from all areas of marine science. (more)

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



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These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Flower Heaven

As much as one-third of all flowering plants face extinction at the hands of humans, according to new research—and that’s not even factoring in climate change. Such a die-off would have a devastating impact on the food chain. As one of the researchers put it, “if you get rid of [plants] you get rid of a lot of the things above them.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Compromise Would Legalize Commercial Whaling

The international community has totally failed to convince Japan, Iceland and Norway to stop hunting whales, including those facing extinction. A new proposal would allow the rogue nations to drop the pretense of scientific research in exchange for a reduction in kills, but environmentalists are skeptical.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Hope on the Deepwater Horizon

There’s hope on the Deepwater Horizon after a new containment cap was put into place and 6,000 barrels of oil was funneled to the surface in 24 hours.

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