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Wildlife news

July 31, 2018

All-you-can-eat landfill buffet spells trouble for birds

Among all the types of waste we generate, plastic tends to pose the greatest problems. Plastic has helped save lives — in the form of medical […]
July 30, 2018

How social media can help sustainable nature tourism

Watching animals in their natural habitat may seem harmless, but it can have serious consequences for the conservation status of wildlife. More than 1,400 species listed […]
July 25, 2018

Why do dingoes attack people, and how can we prevent it?

The case of Debbie Rundle, who was attacked by dingoes at a mine site in Telfer, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, evokes our instinctive horror at […]
July 4, 2018

Make your garden frog friendly – amphibians are in decline thanks to dry ponds

Garden frogs and toads are in decline. The latest data from RSPB Garden Birdwatch reveals that we are seeing one-third fewer toads and 17% fewer frogs […]
June 27, 2018

Why we’re sequencing the genomes of Canada’s iconic species

Last year, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday — and to lay a foundation for Canadian research excellence for the next 150 years — a group of […]
June 13, 2018

Toxic leftovers from Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares

Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy. The gold extraction process, which […]
June 6, 2018

Killing sharks, wolves and other top predators won’t solve conflicts

In French Polynesia, fishing is an integral part of everyday life. The people living here fish on the flats and along the reef using nets, hooks […]

Conservation news

June 28, 2018

Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years

If you are very lucky you might have seen an orangutan in the wild. Most people have only seen them on television. In either case the […]
June 25, 2018

A hidden toll: Australia’s cats kill almost 650 million reptiles a year

Cats take a hefty toll on Australia’s reptiles – killing an estimated 649 million of them every year, including threatened species – according to our new […]
June 14, 2018

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only […]
May 17, 2018

One-third of the world’s nature reserves are under threat from humans

In the 146 years since Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern United States became the world’s first protected area, nations around the world have created more […]
April 5, 2018

The northern white rhino should not be brought back to life

A geriatric semi-captive rhino died in Kenya recently. “Sudan”, a 45-year-old northern white rhino was put to sleep as vets decided, after months of ill health, […]
March 29, 2018

A ban on captive animals could speed up extinction

The recent death of the last male Northern white rhinoceros — and the imminent extinction of the vaquita porpoise — is a stark reminder we are […]
March 16, 2018

We spent a year photographing the animal crop raiders of the Amazon – here are the results

Rural communities in the Amazon rainforest live alongside an incredibly diverse set of animals. When some of those animals damage and eat farmers’ crops (“crop-raiding”), it […]

Endangered species

September 21, 2018

Caught on camera: The fossa, Madagascar’s elusive top predator

Mention wildlife on Madagascar and the first thing listeners probably picture is the island’s famed lemurs. As many people know, these unique primates are found nowhere […]
September 11, 2018

How naming poison frogs helps fight their illegal trade

Dart frogs from the rainforests of Central and South America make their powerful poison by eating toxic bugs. Their bold colours warn predators: “Do not eat […]
August 22, 2018

Many native animals and birds thrive in burned forests, research shows

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is blaming this summer’s large-scale wildfires on environmentalists, who he contends oppose “active management” in forests. But the idea that wildfires should […]
August 8, 2018

What elephants’ unique brain structures suggest about their mental abilities

Conservationists have designated August 12 as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about conserving these majestic animals. Elephants have many engaging features, from their incredibly dexterous […]
August 2, 2018

The endangered species list: counting lemurs in Madagascar

Most people are familiar with the endangered species list. Officially known as the IUCN Red List of threatened species, it’s coordinated by the International Union for […]
July 20, 2018

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as congressional efforts to undermine it accelerate

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species. […]
July 20, 2018

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as Trump administration and Congress try to gut it

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species. […]
October 19, 2018

New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number of endangered species

A large majority of Americans strongly support the goal of preventing the extinction of endangered wildlife and plants. Today, over 1,600 U.S. species are listed under […]
October 11, 2018

Debate: Mobilizing collective intelligence for the ecological transition

Rapid and massive degradation of our environment is a major threat for the future. Surprisingly, education is not mobilised worldwide to empower children. Fortunately, many initiatives […]
October 10, 2018

Individual action won’t achieve 1.5℃ warming – social change is needed, as history shows

Following the 2015 Paris Agreement to hold the global increase in climate to below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]
October 10, 2018

Politics podcast: The battle for Wentworth

The government’s majority is at stake in the October 20 Wentworth byelection, when the Liberals face voters still reeling from the loss of their member Malcolm […]
October 9, 2018

What latest assessment on global warming means for southern Africa

The release this week of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels marks a critical point […]
October 9, 2018

Nobel award recognizes how economic forces can fight climate change

Yale economist William Nordhaus has devoted his life’s work to understanding the costs of climate change and advocating the use of a carbon tax to curb […]
October 9, 2018

Why we can’t reverse climate change with ‘negative emissions’ technologies

In a much-anticipated report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the world will need to take dramatic and drastic steps to avoid the catastrophic […]
October 8, 2018

IPCC 1.5℃ report: here’s what the climate science says

The world’s climate scientists have spoken: if we want to limit human-induced global warming to 1.5℃ we probably can. But it will be tough, given where […]
October 8, 2018

Protecting marine areas seem a good idea – but they may have insidious political effects

Zones of ocean known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are all the rage. They have no single or agreed definition, but essentially they are areas of […]
October 8, 2018

3D printing coral reefs can create new habitat – but it doesn’t tackle human destruction

Coral reefs are vanishing from the world’s oceans. At least three quarters of these tropical marine habitats are severely threatened globally and in 2016 alone, the […]
October 8, 2018

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C

A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake […]
October 8, 2018

Australia has two decades to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change

The long-awaited special report on the science underpinning the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5℃ has been released today by the Intergovernmental Panel […]
October 8, 2018

The UN’s 1.5°C special climate report at a glance

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report today on the impacts of global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels. The report outlines the […]
October 4, 2018

Building sea walls is a small bandaid on a gaping wound

The Kingscliff seawall, in the Tweed Shire in northern New South Wales, is an engineering marvel. It is 300 metres long and 6 metres deep, with […]
October 4, 2018

Does sunny South Africa really have an ideal climate for tourism?

South Africa’s climate is perfect for tempting tourists. Sunny skies are common. The average temperature is just right for long days on the beach and early […]
October 4, 2018

Labour’s low-carbon plan is a good start – but a ‘green transformation’ must go further

The Labour Party’s new plan for a low-carbon Britain breaks new ground. It could offer a lifeline to a clean energy sector hit by the withdrawal […]
October 2, 2018

Wildfires in Mediterranean Europe will increase by 40% at 1.5°C warming, say scientists

Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very […]
October 2, 2018

Heat is a serious threat to dairy cows – we’re finding innovative ways to keep them cool

California is the nation’s top milk-producing state and home to nearly 1.8 million dairy cows. California is also hot, especially for cows, which have trouble keeping […]
September 28, 2018

Freezing fuel economy standards will slow innovation and make US auto companies less competitive

The United States has led the world in establishing standards and regulations governing vehicle fuel economy, tailpipe emissions and safety. Over the past 50 years, these […]
September 27, 2018

Will 2018 be the year of climate action? Victorian London’s ‘Great Stink’ sewer crisis might tell us

In the late 19th century, the irrepressible Mark Twain is reputed to have said in a speech: Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything […]