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Pangolins are one of the planet's most unique and adorable species. The scaly, anteater-like creatures live in parts of Asia and Africa, and there's an entire task forcededicated to their protection. A popular Pokemon character, Sandslash, was even based on these "artichokes on legs." And...
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The past five mass extinctions on Earth were caused by large-scale natural disasters like meteors or enormous chains of volcanic eruptions, wiping out between half and 96% of all living species. But the modern mass extinction isn't being caused by a freak act of nature, the researchers say. It's be...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Two recently released studies brought bad news for those living near coastlines around the world. One published in the peer-reviewed Nature Climate Change, the other in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the studies showed that existing computer models might hav...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
“Fed Up in Wyoming” reads the caption under this stunning photograph posted on a hunter's Facebook page (reproduced here under Fair Use). The photo is yet more evidence that, two years after political reactionaries led a successful campaign in the House of Representatives and then the Senate to ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Somewhere around two hundred thousand years ago, a new primate emerges on Earth. "The members of the species are not particularly swift or strong or fertile," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert writes in her new book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." "They are, however, singularly reso...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. The largest slaughtering facility for Whale sharks ever seen has been uncovered in southe...
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Posted by on in Animals
Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation program that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312. "We can't claim victory yet but now there is hope," said Migue...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Poachers have likely killed off the last rhinos in Mozambique's Limpopo National Park, according to a park official who spoke with Portugal News. Park director António Abacar said that no rhinos have been sighted in Limpopo National Park since January, "which means that the ones that lived in the pa...
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Posted by on in Animals
Here are some grounds for hope. For decades, scientists and environmentalists have believed that we are driving so many species to extinction that there is little chance of preventing the world undergoing another mass extinction – such as the five that wiped out up to 95 per cent of species over the...
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Posted by on in General Environment
By JENNY BARCHFIELD The earth's environmental systems "are being pushed towards their biophysical limits," beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the age...
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