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Researchers Warn Against Dangers Of 'Plant Blindness'

Scores of humans experience plant blindness, a nature deficit disorder characterized by underappreciation for plants. Researchers believe it can have an impact on the survival of plants, which have significant roles in religion, culture, and medicine.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2019

Critically Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Reaches 1,000, Largest Population To Date

Mountain gorillas are among the world's largest primates, and their population is under serious threat. The latest census shows that the species is beginning to recover.

Animals June 3, 2018

It's Normal For Alligators And Mountain Lions To Show Up In Unexpected Places, Study Says

A new study claims that it is normal to spot alligators on beaches and mountain lions away from mountains. The appearance of animals in unexpected places is caused by wildlife conservation efforts and is good for both animals and humans.

Animals May 8, 2018

Saving Mesoamerican Reef: Special Insurance To Protect Mexican Coasts Against Natural Disasters

It's normal for cars, homes, and people to get their own insurance but for coral reefs? In a world's first, the Mesoamerican Reef is getting its own policy protecting itself from storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Honeybee Conservation May Be Good For Agriculture But Bad For Wild Pollinators

Out of the over 20,000 bee species, the spotlight seems to be shining on the honeybees when it comes to conservation efforts. As it turns out, managed honey bees can cause harm to wild pollinators and even to their environment.

Earth/Environment January 28, 2018

Green Turtles In Great Barrier Reef Turning Female Because Of Climate Change

Almost all green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef have been found to be female. Scientists discovered that in a significant population, the sex ratio is at 116 females to one male. What could be causing this feminization?

Animals January 9, 2018

Fossil Record Could Aid In Conservation: Humanist Approach To Conservation Discussed By Experts

Experts in different fields believe fossils could give significant clues in the fight for wildlife conservation. Combining paleobiology with conservation biology could provide the best methods for conserving species.

Earth/Environment February 12, 2017

Snow Leopard Population Quickly Declining Due To Human Threat But All Is Not Lost

A report has expressed concern over the rapid decline of snow leopards because of rampant poaching in many Asian countries. According to the report from wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, there are only 4,000 left of the animal in the world.

Animals October 22, 2016

Giraffes Are 4 Different Species That Do Not Commonly Crossbreed: What This Means To Their Survival

The long-necked giraffe has four different species that do not normally crossbreed, scientists have found. The discovery can have important implications in conservation efforts to help the populations of the mammals.

Animals September 10, 2016

Newly Discovered Fish Species In Hawaii Named After Obama

A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.

Animals September 4, 2016

Biologist Criticized For Snatching Eggs From Nest Of World's Rarest Bird Wins Conservation's 'Nobel Prize'

Welsh biologist Carl Jones received the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, deemed the 'Nobel Prize' of conservationism. He saved at least nine species from extinction, yet employed controversial techniques such as captive breeding.

Animals May 5, 2016

As Historic Range Occupied By Leopards Shrinks, Experts Call For Increased Conservation Efforts

The extensive range occupied by leopards all over the world have decreased by 75 percent over the years, a comprehensive report revealed. Scientists call for stronger conservation efforts and awareness about the plight of the big cats.

Animals May 5, 2016

Library Of Bat Sounds May Help Conserve Species

A bat sound library created by international scientists is the world's biggest and the first to collect over 4,500 bat calls from around half of 130 species in Mexico. This audio library is hoped to assist in bat conservation efforts worldwide.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2016

Giant Panda Poo Study To Aid Species Conservation

With the help of Britain’s two giant Pandas, scientists will examine excrements to better understand these species’ eating habits. Doing so will also aid species conservation.

Animals April 14, 2016

Population Of Monarch Butterfly Rebounds In Mexico Wintering Grounds

Migrating monarch butterflies are significantly higher last December compared to recent years. This suggests that the orange and black flying insects could be on their way to recovery after years of being threatened.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2016

Toronto To Become First Bee City In Canada

Residents of Toronto are lobbying to have the city declared as the first Bee City in Canada to help advance efforts to save local bee populations from extinction. The city currently has several apiaries in place that are being taken care of by local beekeeping communities.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2016

Conservationists Unearth Century-Old Artifacts Left By Early Explorers In Antarctic Outpost

A group of conservationists dug away century-old ice and snow at Australia's Antarctic outpost to unearth several artifacts from Sir Douglas Mawson's past expeditions. The team found several interesting items.

Animals January 21, 2016

Running Out Of Fish? Global Catch Significantly Underreported, Study Finds

Official total fish catch numbers being reported to a U.N. agency are too low, a study suggests. Actual figures are at levels that may risk exhaustion of global fish stocks, researchers suggest.

Animals January 20, 2016

Monarch Butterfly Population In Mexico To Quadruple, Experts Estimate

Mexican Environment Secretary Rafael Pacchiano announced on Thursday, Nov. 12, that authorities in the country expect up to a four-fold increase in monarch butterfly populations this season. The Mexican government believes this is a direct result of conservation efforts made together with the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Earth/Environment November 17, 2015

Extinction Of One Predator Species Triggers Demise Of Other Carnivores: Study

Conservation biologists from the University of Exeter backed previous research demonstrating horizontal extinction cascades. In their study, annihilating one wasp species led to a higher extinction rate in fellow wasp species.

Animals November 15, 2015

These Fire-Starting Drones Could Be Used To Bolster Conservation Efforts

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on drones that are able to start fires, which could be used in conservation efforts to offer an affordable way to start prescribed burns.

Gadgets November 6, 2015

Saving The Giant Panda Will Save Other Species Too: Study

Protecting the giant panda also leads to the protection of other species in nature preserves, according to a study, killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Earth/Environment September 17, 2015

Oakland Zoo Art Show Underway, Auctions Works By Animal Artists For A Cause

Who better to participate in a fundraiser for animal conservation than animals themselves! Resident animals at the Oakland Zoo let their creative juices flow, painting works for the benefit of their counterparts in the wild.

September 13, 2015

DNA Analysis Of Cape Parrot Shows It's A New Species

According to researchers, the Cape Parrot should be considered a species of its own, especially now that DNA analysis has confirmed that it is different from its closest relatives.

Earth/Environment August 13, 2015

Sea Turtles Are Not Afraid Of Tiger Sharks: Study

Spot a tiger shark? To loggerheads, that’s not a big deal, as researchers discover that the sea turtle is more focused on other threats than the predator.

July 30, 2015

UNESCO Ruling On Great Barrier Reef: Not 'In Danger' But Damage Must Stop

The Great Barrier Reef has been ruled out from the 'in danger' status by UNESCO. However, the Australian government must continue its ongoing environmental conservation plans for the world heritage site to stop further damage.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2015

Bittern Population Bounces Back Due To Effective Conservation Efforts

Home-restoration and re-creation of one of UK’s rarest birds. Conservation scientists better the habitat for the bittern habitant.

Earth/Environment June 18, 2015

Scientists Are Color-Coding Forests To Make Maps Showing Best Path To Conservation

The Carnegie Airborne Observatory is a specialized twin-engine airplane that allows scientists to make maps of forests that are colored to reflect levels of certain chemicals in the forest canopy. These details help scientists identify critical targets for conservation.

Earth/Environment June 14, 2015

Coimbatore Tortoise Population Going Down Says Environmentalist

The tortoise population in Coimbatore, India, is declining drastically and conservationists blame the same on smuggling of the endangered creatures.

Earth/Environment May 26, 2015

Panda Bears Love To Eat Bamboo But Their Diet Might Be Leading Them To Extinction

Pandas eat up to 27 pounds of bamboo per day, but new research revealed that only 17 percent of what they consume is being digested. The reason could be the bacteria found in the animal's gut.

Animals May 20, 2015

White House Sets Strategy To Deal With Declines In Honey Bees, Butterflies

Declines in pollinators such as bees and butterflies are seen as a threat to the nation's food supply. A federal plan lays out a multipronged strategy to protect them.

Earth/Environment May 19, 2015

Two Dogs From Texas Sniff Out Snails In The Galapagos - But Why?

Darwin and Neville are a pair of dogs from Texas with new jobs - finding invasive snails. The pair may be at the forefront of a new environmental movement: This is the story why.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2015

Plan To Capture Live Footage Of Hawk Nest Foiled By Red-Shouldered Hawks

The good news is that red-shouldered hawks are back in Allendale to nest. The bad news? They decided on use a different tree, rendering a camera installed on their previous tree useless.

Earth/Environment March 30, 2015

Dalmatian Pelican Chicks Hatch From Eggs: Now In The Care Of San Diego Zoo

Two new chicks have been added to the Dalmatian pelican population at the San Diego Zoo. For now, the chicks will be under the care of the zoo's Avian Propagation Center.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2015

Peregrine Falcon To Be Taken Off Endangered Species List, Says Illinois

The peregrine falcon will soon be taken off the list of endangered species in Illinois. The population has increased remarkably in the past few decades due to conservation efforts.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2015

Interaction Between Humans And Catalina Foxes Often Fatal For Foxes

The good news is, Catalina Island foxes now have a thriving population. The bad news is, they're at the losing end of interacting with humans.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2015

Seven Conservationist Groups to Sue Government for Neglecting Endangered Flowers

Graham’s and White River beardtongues are only found in the Uinta Basin. With oil development speeding up in the area, these rare desert flowers are in danger, prompting conservationist groups to take action.

Earth/Environment December 31, 2014

Northern White Rhino Dies at San Diego Safari Park. What to Know About These Endangered Creatures

With the death of a old bull in San Diego, the Northern White Rhinoceros population is closer to the brink of extinction.

Internet Culture December 15, 2014

Eastern Hellbender May Get Endangered Status, Protection in New York

New York used to be teeming with eastern hellbenders. Environmentalists are petitioning to have the salamanders included in the endangered list to safeguard them against pollution and habitat destruction.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2014

High Demand for Sashimi, Sushi Pushes Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Other Species in Danger of Extinction

Conservation efforts are in place to create sustainability but it can’t keep up with over-consumption which is endangering and pushing species on the brink of extinction.

Animals November 18, 2014

Shark Repellent Electric Barrier Is Safe For Swimmers And Sharks

A new electric barrier system may make coastlines safer for humans and sharks alike.

Internet Culture November 13, 2014

Giant tortoises make comeback on Galapagos

A conservation effort to bring back the giant tortoises of Espanola Island in the Galapagos began about 40 years ago. Now, the tortoise population in the island has been stabilized, conservationists say.

Earth/Environment October 28, 2014

The Pacific fisher needs protection from pot farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is petitioning to add the Pacific fisher to the list of endangered species. The small mammal is threatened by, among other things, poison used in pot farms.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2014

This awesome grizzly bear proves that persistence pays off [Video]

Conservationists rigged up a deer with an electric charge to help prevent possibly dangerous encounters between humans and bears, but they didn't expect one Montana grizzly bear to react like this.

Internet Culture October 2, 2014

The blue whale comeback: A conservation success story

The California blue whale population has made an extraordinary, almost complete comeback after being brought to the brink of extinction by hunting, a new study shows.

Earth/Environment September 5, 2014

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