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Let’s Hack the Ocean!

“To know, to love, to protect” Jacques-Yves Cousteau By Pierre-Yves Cousteau Seventy percent of our planet is one connected ocean. It produces half the oxygen we breathe and feeds over three billion people. Today the ocean is at risk, losing biodiversity at an alarming rate due to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. The ocean’s temperatures…

The Stunning Ways Driftwood Builds Landscapes

Rivers and lakes were constructing with lumber long, long before people (or beavers) ever had the idea.

Additional Reading About Driftwood

By Natalie Kramer Anderson   This list of additional articles about driftwood and its role in the environment accompanies my recent blog post “The Stunning Ways Driftwood Builds Landscapes“. Driftwood Research Articles Kramer, Natalie, and Ellen Wohl. “Driftcretions: The legacy impacts of driftwood on shoreline morphology.” Geophysical Research Letters (2015). Wohl Ellen. “Of wood and rivers: bridging the perception…

Fuzzy Nautilus Rediscovered and Filmed After 30 Years

Thirty years after their discovery, these unusual living fossils return to the spotlight to be tracked and filmed and reveal the secrets of the deep.

An Amazing 103 Wild Tigers Counted in Bhutan

‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ Completes First Wild Tiger Survey   By the World Wildlife Fund Bhutan is home to an amazing 103 wild tigers—an increase from a previous estimate of 75 that was not based on actual field surveys—according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey released on Global Tiger Day [July 29]. Conducted entirely…

Sustainable Food Production Would End Lake Erie Dead Zones

By Suzy Friedman

Summer fun should include diving into refreshing, clear oceans and lakes. But for communities around the western side of Lake Erie, the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America, this tradition is likely to yet again be disrupted by a severe algae bloom. Fortunately, there is good news, and a real change is underway. One of the most exciting solutions isn’t coming from the government, but from our food system itself.

A Fisherman and Conservationist: A Kenyan Fisherman Restores Corals for 40 Years

By Jennifer O’Leary and Arthur Tuda Pascal Yaa is a small-scale octopus fisherman who has been fishing the coral reefs off Mombasa, Kenya since 1968. As a spear-fisher, Pascal swims the reefs daily with a mask and snorkel. Recently, he has been disturbed by what he is seeing. Increasingly, fishing nets and boats are damaging…

Human-Elephant Conflict Needs More International Exposure

By Michael Schwartz

The Western world desperately wants to save Africa’s elephants from poachers. But the public needs, and deserves, to know more about human-elephant conflict. Many elephant admirers living in the United States and Europe might not understand what is involved and how it plays out in the context of elephant conservation.

The Movie BP (Probably) Doesn’t Want You To See

By Andrew Kornblatt Opening this week, a film called “The Runner,” starring Nicolas Cage and Mad Men’s Bryan Batt, is causing both marine biologists and politicians to take note. This film depicts a tragic hero Congressman, played by Mr. Cage, crusading for the rights of fishermen in his district in early days following BP’s Deepwater Horizon…

Can an Elephant Called Penelope Petunia Save Her Own Kind?

By Tracy Tullis Adults often say that today’s children will inherit the problems that previous generations have created—especially our degraded environment­—and that it’ll be up to them to find solutions and make things right. Students at PS 107, an elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, are getting a head start. This spring, the fifth graders…

Heavy Metals in Motor Oil Have Heavy Consequences

By: Annie Reisewitz and Sarah Martin We’ve all heard the old adage, “Oil and water don’t mix.” Yet we are constantly mixing the two, it seems, hoping that one day they will indeed mix. Add in drought and pollution and the potential environmental problems grow even larger. Every year 10 billion gallons of liquid petroleum,…

Cave Art May Show What Happened to Giant Lemurs

Ghostly figures in charcoal appear to show a now extinct primate from Madagascar succumbing to a human hunter.

American Public Roars After It Gets a Glimpse of International Trophy Hunting of Lions

By Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States

Cecil the lion is dead because Walter Palmer the dentist is a morally deadened human being.

With Extinction Clock Ticking, White House Proposes New Elephant Protections

By Peter LaFontaine There are millions of elephants in the United States, but you won’t find them roaming Yellowstone. Instead, they spend their days gathering dust in silver cabinets, getting smacked by cues on pool tables, and hanging on walls as trophies from far-flung hunts. We’re talking about ivory, of course, and about hides, hair,…

Crime, Corruption, Funds: Tanzania’s Conservation Challenges

By Maraya Cornell

Recently, I interviewed the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, for National Geographic News, inviting him to respond to charges that Tanzania isn’t doing enough to protect its elephants—charges that have surfaced with renewed urgency in the wake of catastrophic results from last year’s nation-wide elephant census.