Category: Ecology

Early Collapse of Arctic Sea Ice Is Another Ominous Sign of Rapid Warming

Early Collapse of Arctic Sea Ice Is Another Ominous Sign of Rapid Warming

Earth’s already-beleaguered northern icecap suffered another blow this month with the early collapse of a barrier that kept some of Arctic’s most durable ice in place. As heat-trapping fossil-fuel emissions like carbon dioxide build...

Yellowstone’s grizzlies are off the endangered species list. They’re not safe from mankind.

Yellowstone’s grizzlies are off the endangered species list. They’re not safe from mankind.

The US Fish and Wildlife Agency first proposed delisting the bears in 2003, but conservationists pushed back.  Then the bears were actually delisted in 2007, but it was overturned in court.  The US government...

How climate change helped Lyme disease invade America

How climate change helped Lyme disease invade America

When President Donald Trump announced last week that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, Yale epidemiology researcher Katharine Walter felt gutted. “[Global warming] is already happening,” she said, “and...

Apple, Google, and California are rebuffing Trump and trying to stay in the Paris climate deal

Apple, Google, and California are rebuffing Trump and trying to stay in the Paris climate deal

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump made what is surely to be one of the most fatefuldecisions of his presidency: The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. For hundreds of businesses, states,...

Water is getting much, much more expensive in these 30 cities

Water is getting much, much more expensive in these 30 cities

On average, Circle of Blue found that water rates have increased by 54 percent across the US since 2010. But changes year to year vary wildly. Between 2016 and 2017, rates only increased 4...

Australia’s carp herpes plan dubbed ‘serious risk to global food security’

Australia’s carp herpes plan dubbed ‘serious risk to global food security’

Scientists in Britain have raised concerns about Australia’s $15m plan to release a herpes virus in the nation’s largest river system to eradicate carp, saying it poses a serious risk to global food security,...

Is there a plan B for elephants? The next step in saving them is even harder

Is there a plan B for elephants? The next step in saving them is even harder

It appears inevitable now that almost all legal domestic ivory markets will be closed. This is the plan A of a large consortium of animal rights and welfare organisations aimed at stopping elephant poaching...