• Video Reveals Mystery of Narwhal’s Tusk

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  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Says U.S. Should Exit Paris Agreement

  • Sean Spicer Makes a Spectacle of Trump’s $78K Donation to the National Park Service

  • VIDEO: Community Activists Spread Word About Flint’s Ongoing Water Crisis

  • Spectacular Meteor Lights Up Midwestern Sky

  • Video: Seth Meyers’ Hilarious Response to Trump’s Climate Denial

  • Heartwarming Video Shows Lana the Orangutan Released Into the Wild

  • Patagonia Doc Highlights Indigenous Struggle Over Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

  • App Fights Food Waste By Letting Users Order Restaurants’ Extras


From Our Experts and Organizations


August 1, 2017 Wildlife

In California, Marijuana Industry Threatens Rare Wildlife

By: Center for Biological Diversity

As California officials begin work this week to finalize environmental oversight of recreational pot growing, conservation groups are calling for stronger protections for imperiled Pacific fishers, spotted owls and other rare...

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July 31, 2017 Environment
e need more and better education and economic policy to find more sustainable paths ahead. (Photo: kristian fagerström / Flickr)

We Were Warned: A Great Grandfather's Perspective

By: W. Douglas Smith

A significant portion of humanity believes the planet will continue to provide its fruits indefinitely. An even larger portion doesn’t care — they are understandably too occupied with life’s daily...

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July 28, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

'Shit Is Hitting the Fan,' Climate Scientist Warns

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germano The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is...

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July 27, 2017 Wildlife
A wolf in Lamar Valley in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. (Photo: Jim Peaco / NPS)

In Advancing Bill, Senate Forsakes America's Wolves

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted yesterday to advance a bill that would strip protection from thousands of endangered wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming. Senators...

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July 25, 2017 Opinion
Driven by the pursuit of social-media stardom, Instagram photographers are more than willing break the rules if it means more likes. (Photo: Hans Vivik / Unsplash)

Instagram and Nature's Demise

By: Brian Klonoski

After selfies and food porn, nature shots -- especially those of a lone hiker staring wistfully at a sun-drenched landscape -- just might be the most popular genre of photography...

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July 23, 2017 Wildlife
An endangered snowy plover at Pacifica Beach in 2010. (Photo: Jason Crotty / Flickr)

Lawsuit Filed After Dune Buggies Crush Endangered Birds

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation...

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July 23, 2017 Environment
The Sixth Mass Extinction is already underway. (Photo: W. Douglas Smith)

The Sixth Mass Extinction is Progressing Nicely

By: W. Douglas Smith

The depletion of natural resources, ocean acidification, sea level rise, melting glaciers and climate change are all ahead of schedule. Conflicts over energy choices threaten global economies and security. Nuclear proliferation...

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July 20, 2017 Wildlife
A happy pig at Black Beauty Ranch. (Photo: Katie Birk / The HSUS)

Life at Black Beauty Ranch Animal Sanctuary

By: The Humane Society of the United States

By Noelle Almrud, Director, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch It is early morning at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas and the animals are starting to...

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July 19, 2017 Environment
Despite being vital to life, Earth's oceans are among the least protected or administered areas of the globe. (Photo: Jakob Owens / Unsplash)

72 Percent of Earth's Surface Threatened

By: W. Douglas Smith

In economics we talk about goods and services. Here we find a paradox. The natural world provides 100 percent of the goods and services (natural capital) that are essential to...

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July 17, 2017 Environment
Sunset on the South China Sea. (Photo: bvi4092 / Flickr)

Managing the South China Sea Commons through Science Policy

By: James Borton

The South China Sea is the home, for now, to some of the most spectacular biodiverse coral reefs in the world. Yet the world continues to witness satellite images in...

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July 12, 2017 Wildlife
An orphaned baby raccoon at the South Florida Wildlife Center. (Photo: Deborah Robbins Millman / Humane Society of the United States)

A Second Chance for Orphaned Baby Raccoons

By: The Humane Society of the United States

By Deborah Robbins Millman It is morning and most of the raccoons in The South Florida Wildlife Center nursery are still asleep in their hammocks. As animal caregiver Maria Vanegas begins preparing their bottles, a chittering...

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July 11, 2017 Environment
Photo: Gilda / Flickr

Sixth Mass Extinction a Threat to All Life -- Even Humans

By: Common Dreams

By Jake Johnson A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday argues based on "current trends of population declines and extinctions" that we are currently witnessing Earth's...

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July 10, 2017 Wildlife
The newly discovered Dixie Valley Toad is already at risk of extinction due to the construction of a geothermal facility that may drain its wetland habitat. (Photo: Patrick Donnelly / Center for Biological Diversity)

Newly Discovered Toad Already Facing Extinction

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno and Paul Smith‘s College published a paper in the journal Zootaxa describing the Dixie Valley toad as a new species in the Great Basin of...

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July 5, 2017 Climate & Energy
A protester in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Julian Meehan / Flickr)

G20 Nations Bankrolling Big Fossil-Fuel Projects

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Extreme weather trends continue. CO2 emissions remain above the safe threshold. And President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris climate pact underscores the need for other world leaders to live up to their promises to...

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July 3, 2017 Opinion
A coal mine in Gilette, Wyoming. (Photo: Greg Goebel / Flickr)

Finally, Some Real Help for Coal Country

By: Brian Klonoski

While pursuing an ecocidal agenda friendly to extractive industries and Big Agriculture, President Trump and members of his administration, like EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, have repeatedly invoked America's struggling coal miners....

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June 30, 2017 Opinion

Scott Pruitt, You Have No Conscience

By: Ariane Sims

Mr. Pruitt, It’s been a little over three months since I last wrote and I have yet to receive a response.  No, no — it’s okay.  You’re a very busy...

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June 29, 2017 Climate & Energy
A coal-burning power plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum / Flickr)

Experts Eye 2020 as 'Climate Turning Point'

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Humanity has just three years left to accelerate action and drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions before risking a climate-safe world. That's according to a new commentary by a group...

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June 28, 2017 Opinion

EPA May Be Losing Ability to Protect Waters of the U.S.

By: W. Douglas Smith

On June 27th, the Environmental Protection Agency rescinded a 2015 Obama regulation expanding federal control of some waters on private land. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the intent was to...

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