conservation

Africa’s new elite force: women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life

Africa’s new elite force: women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life

Abused and disadvantaged mothers and daughters are being honed into a squad of sharpshooters to save wildlife in the Zambezi valleyThe black metal of the AR-15 rifle has worn silvery and shiny in
Brazilian police foil million-dollar fraud to export precious wood to China

Brazilian police foil million-dollar fraud to export precious wood to China

Prosectors say police saved Amapá $30m worth of environmental damageChinese entrepreneurs paid millions to company that bribed officials Two Chinese entrepreneurs paid millions of dollars to a
California: crews battle Thomas blaze as mourners honor firefighter who died

California: crews battle Thomas blaze as mourners honor firefighter who died

Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday of burns and smoke inhalationFire north-west of LA was 40% contained as work against blaze continuesAs thousands of firefighters tried to shield coastal communities
Scientist finds shimmering blue moths last seen in 1887

Scientist finds shimmering blue moths last seen in 1887

A Polish entomologist has observed and recorded footage of a bee-like moth called the Oriental blue clearwing. (more…)
Crocodile lizard is one of 115 new species found in Greater Mekong

Crocodile lizard is one of 115 new species found in Greater Mekong

Three mammals, 11 amphibians, two fish, 11 reptiles and 88 plants were discovered by scientists in 2016, says WWFA snail-eating turtle found in a food market and a bat with a horseshoe-shaped face are
Meet the Scientists Fighting to Keep Amazonian Manatees Afloat

Meet the Scientists Fighting to Keep Amazonian Manatees Afloat

AMAZONAS, BRAZIL—The plane was cruising 144 feet above the Amazon River, and the door was held shut with duct tape. The roar of the engine and wind through a gap in the plane’s wall—not a window but a
Panda poop is being turned into tissues in China

Panda poop is being turned into tissues in China

Pandas are undeniably adorable, but would you wipe your mouth with tissues made from their feces? A paper manufacturer in China is betting on it,…
Japan’s inaction on illegal ivory exports threatens Chinese ban, report says

Japan’s inaction on illegal ivory exports threatens Chinese ban, report says

Monitoring network Traffic says smuggling of undocumented ivory into China could undermine enforcement of imminent banJapan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports could undermine China’s
The Amazing Earth Science Behind The Last Jedi's New Mineral World

The Amazing Earth Science Behind The Last Jedi's New Mineral World

One of the most visually striking elements of The Last Jedi—aside from the epic space battles, of course—is Crait, the glittering mineral world that becomes the focal point of the film’s final act.

Hardy Antarctic tardigrades may be threatened by climate change

Tardigrades can famously survive almost anything, including being sent into space, but the Antarctic species could face problems as a result of climate change

Will the Tax Bill Finally Defeat the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Elizabeth Kolbert on how the tax bill passed by Congress could finally defeat the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife refuge now has a $1bn price tag on it | Kim Heacox

Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife refuge now has a $1bn price tag on it | Kim Heacox

Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski believes this refuge could generate vast sums of money once it’s opened to oil leasing. That would be a tragedy Years ago, camping in Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife
The Amazing Earth Science Behind The Last Jedi's New Mineral World

The Amazing Earth Science Behind The Last Jedi's New Mineral World

One of the most visually striking elements of The Last Jedi—aside from the epic space battles, of course—is Crait, the glittering mineral world that becomes the focal point of the film’s final act.
Failing our forests: in two years we’ve lost enough trees to cover Spain

Failing our forests: in two years we’ve lost enough trees to cover Spain

Fire. Oil palm. Cattle. Soy. Rubber. Wood. New data from Global Forest Watch shows that forest destruction is on the rise globally, in spite of a slate of pledges and commitments. Two years ago the
Trump Is Getting a Wall in Ireland to Protect his Golf Course from Reality

Trump Is Getting a Wall in Ireland to Protect his Golf Course from Reality

On Thursday, the Irish government approved a permit for a golf course owned by the Trump organization to build a sea wall to prevent erosion, and—at least in the original application—to protect
How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

The Southern Ocean was a sanctuary – but now Japan’s boats have military hardware and conservationists can no longer track themA fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the
Trump Is Getting a Wall in Ireland to Protect his Golf Course from Reality

Trump Is Getting a Wall in Ireland to Protect his Golf Course from Reality

On Thursday, the Irish government approved a permit for a golf course owned by the Trump organization to build a sea wall to prevent erosion, and—at least in the original application—to protect
Jellyfish Are the Badass Deep Sea Predators You Never Saw Coming

Jellyfish Are the Badass Deep Sea Predators You Never Saw Coming

The deep ocean may be Earth’s largest ecosystem, but for obvious reasons it’s difficult to figure out what’s happening down there. A team of researchers is now shedding some light on the question of
A New Species of Giant Octopus Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight

A New Species of Giant Octopus Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight

You wouldn’t think a giant octopus could hide in plain sight for decades. But researchers have now learned that the giant Pacific octopus (GPO)—the largest known octopus on Earth, ranging from

Our lust for tastier chocolate has transformed the cocoa tree

Ever since we domesticated the cocoa tree over 3000 years ago, we have been breeding them to make tastier chocolate – but in the process we have made them vulnerable