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Flood Carries River Monsters Onto the Land

The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.

Voices From Across Bosnia’s Boundary Line

While most of Sarajevo is in Bosnia’s Muslim and Croat territory, a suburb known as East Sarajevo falls just across the boundary in the Serb region. See what the people on both sides of the border have to say.

A life-changing experience studying iguanas in the Bahamas

Guest post by Shannan Yates, a student at The College of the Bahamas, who recently attended one of Shedd Aquarium’s field research trips to Andros Island in The Bahamas. In the spring of 2014, I had the opportunity of a lifetime that changed me both professionally and personally. At a conference on Bahamian natural history,…

World Heritage — Saving Nature As Well As Culture

By Susan Lieberman

What do the Taj Mahal, Yellowstone National Park, the Great Wall of China, and Virunga National Park have in common? They are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, protected by an international convention recognizing that they and another thousand special places around the world are the common heritage of humanity and deserve the highest level of protection.

Short Film Showcase: Bizarre, Beautiful Ocean Creatures

Producer Sandro Bocci takes an intimate and hypnotizing look at aquatic life through beautiful time-lapses at a magnified perspective. This up-close look brings you into the world of corals, sea stars, and other marine creatures that seem almost otherworldly. I spoke with him about his process. Can you tell me a bit more about your…

Inaction on Climate Change Has Dismal Consequences

The White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new peer-reviewed report saying inaction on climate change is a dire threat to human health and the economy. It specifically estimates the physical monetary paybacks across 20 sectors of the United States by year 2100 if world leaders successfully limit global warming to…

Capuchin Monkey Soap Opera in Costa Rica

After 25 years in the field, anthropologist Susan Perry is still shocked by the sex, violence, and politics that rule the capuchin monkey world of Costa Rica.

The Hazards of Growing Up on Treasure Island: One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Some residents who live on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay are concerned about exposure to toxins, because many areas on the island have been marked as radioactive. While officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency have not currently identified unsafe levels of contamination in homes on the island, young people who live there still worry about potential health risks.

The “Sixth Extinction” Adds Urgency to Habitat and Climate Protection

It’s now unequivocal: the sixth great spasm of species extinctions has begun.   We – homo sapiens – are its cause. And only we can slow it down. Over the last century, the average rate of loss of vertebrate species — fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals – has been up to 100 times higher than…

Think Fast: What Bird Is This?

Artist and science illustrator Jane Kim is painting all 241 modern bird families on a giant mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Learn how she captures details that make each species unique.

The Birth of Biodiversity

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you know that we’ve just been starkly reminded that the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction – a biodiversity crisis like nothing it has experienced in 65 million years. Yet while species disappear at an unprecedented rate, new species are also being born all…

Can We Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction?

Rewilding, de-extinction, and an old-fashioned change of heart could all help stem the tide of biodiversity loss in our time.

South African Government Acknowledges Letter Raising Concerns Over Possible Trade in Rhino Horn

By Katarzyna Nowak

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has formally acknowledged the receipt of an open letter that voices concerns over a possible proposal to reopen international trade in rhino horn.

Biodiversity Hotspot in the ‘Burbs?

Lauren Bailey – Society for Conservation Biology Three years ago I moved with my family to Arlington, Virginia, minutes outside of the nation’s capital.  I can see Reagan National Airport from my front yard, the Washington Monument looms in the not-too-far distance, and a major boulevard is only a block from my house. And yet,…

The Causes Big and Small of the Sixth Mass Extinction

As we reach out across the planet and attempt to exploit it, for better or worse, the cost of our activities appears ever more burdensome. What could be driving such an obviously risky enterprise for our species?