Wildlife

Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures

Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.Perhaps one of the most peculiar facts about the event is that both wild and capti

August 18, 2014

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanishe

August 15, 2014

Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The largest red tide bloom seen near Florida since 2005 has already killed thousands of fish and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected. The bloom is located about 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Florida and is about 60 mi

August 12, 2014

Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral communities deeper and broader than predicted

A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at

July 28, 2014

Early days of Earth's sixth mass biological extinction event

An international team of scientists warns that loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. The planet's current biodiversity, they claim, is the highest in history of li

July 25, 2014

Experts sound alarm over an apes extinction threat

Infrastructure development and extraction of natural resources have devastated the prime habitat of apes and pushed chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons closer to extinction. The accelerated and unsustainable exploitation of the earth's primar

June 28, 2014

Marine mammals mysteriously dying in record numbers along West Coast

More sick and dying animals are washing up on the coast of California, with new reports indicating record numbers of young sea lions, seals, and other marine mammals being admitted to care shelters for rehabilitation. The Orange County Register reports that th

May 17, 2014

Over 21 000 birds killed by storms on French coast since the end of January

According to the French national Bird Protection League (LPO), more than 21 000 sea birds have died since the end of January on France's Atlantic coast due to storms in the worst "slaughter" in a century.  A total of 21 341 dead

February 28, 2014

Peru's Manu National Park sets new biodiversity record

Park and buffer zone host 287 species of reptiles and amphibians, the highest number anywhere. Peru's treasured Manu National Park is the world's top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians, according to a new survey published last week by

February 21, 2014

Low oxygen levels likely cause of mass fish die-off in Nevada, USA

Wildlife officials are trying to figure out the cause for mass die-off of fish in manmade lake Sparks Marina along U.S. Interstate 80 east of Reno. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said that over the past month, an estimated 100 000 trout,

January 18, 2014

Key species of algae shows effects of climate change over time

Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification. A study of marine life in the temperate coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean shows a reversal of competitive

January 15, 2014

West African lion on the verge of extinction

A new study published in PLOS One journal last week warns that a dramatic decline of West African lions has placed them on the verge of extinction. Study authors call for urgent intervention to save them. The lion (Panthera leo) was the most

January 15, 2014

Seed diversity has collapsed more than 12-fold since early 1900s

From the looks of an average produce section in a typical American supermarket, it might seem like modern society has access to basically every major type of fruit, vegetable and herb one could want. But a survey conducted by the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory

December 07, 2013

Dolphins granted personhood by government of India

Dolphins have been granted "non-human personhood" status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals). The

August 09, 2013

Military sonars change feeding behavior in whales

New studies show that military sonar can change the behavior of whales, causing them to avoid their usual feeding spots. Whales and other marine mammals rely on their hearing for orientation and communication. Manmade sound waves can drown out the noises

July 27, 2013

The story of honeybees and their importance in sustaining life

They are an amazing and highly beneficial insect species that quite literally underpins the sustenance of life as we know it on planet earth. But honeybees are increasingly threatened by an onslaught of harmful influences, not the least of which includes the

July 21, 2013

Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

Bernie Krause continues to make history by capturing the fading voices of nature: studying sonic interplay between species as they attract mates, hunt prey, and sound out their roles in the ecosystem. Krause’s recordings are not merely travelogues or

July 21, 2013

The great North American locust plague

Locusts are grasshoppers with some rather unique abilities. Overcrowding triggers their instinct to literally transform themselves.They change their color from green to brown, get more muscular, eat more, mate more and congregate in crowds. After their

July 11, 2013

Green: Vegetation on planet Earth

Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. Those resources highlight our ever-changing

June 20, 2013

Giant snails potentially carrying meningitis make their way into Texas

Giant snails appear to be invading Texas, according to new reports, and some health experts worry that the unusual creatures might begin spreading a disease that could be deadly to humans. As reported by NBC News, a Houston woman recently discovered what is

May 19, 2013

Europe bans bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides: When will America take action?

A major victory for the world's bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an

May 12, 2013

Iceland to resume disputed fin whale hunt in June

Iceland plans to resume its disputed commercial fin whale hunt in June with a quota of at least 154 giant mammals plus some 20% from last season possibly. Beside the second largest whale species (after the blue whale), Iceland also hunts a smaller minke

May 06, 2013

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

In the quiet of the night a female Cimex lectularius crawls out of her hiding place, lured by the CO2 gas and the warmth that your body emits. When she reaches a patch of your exposed skin, she uses her small sharp beak to pierce the flesh and suck up to six times her

April 21, 2013

Why worms surface after rain?

After every rain, the soil is full of surfacing earthworms. It was thought that they surfaced for the fear of drowning in the burrows. But, earthworms do not drown. They can survive in water for several days, new research has found.Unlike humans, earthworms require

April 16, 2013

California sea lion stranding crisis escalates to 'epic proportions'

The mass stranding of sea lions at Californian shores doesn't seem stopping anytime soon and condition has deteriorated even more. The stranding(s) spiked in January and have intensified in recent weeks, the numbers have already surpassed total number of an average

April 07, 2013

Petrified giant ancient trees found in Thailand

In 2003, a small section of a large petrified log was found in a reserve forest at Ban Tak District, Tak Province, Thailand, by a villager. This lead to investigation in this area by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and many

March 26, 2013

International Day of Forests 2013

The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests. From 2013, the day will be observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on Earth. Find out how you can take part

March 20, 2013

Californian shores witness mysterious mass stranding of sea lion pups

A worrying large number of dehydrated and emaciated sea lions are washing ashore Central and Southern Californian coastline from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Hundreds of these sick sea lion have been admitted to rescue centers so far and rescue groups are reporting

March 18, 2013

Thousands of dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego, US

Thousands of dolphins were spotted on February 14, 2013 off the coast of San Diego, a boat captain told NBC 7 San Diego. Capt. Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises said he saw a “super mega-pod” of common dolphins while he was on his daily tour. According to him the

February 16, 2013

Long-term effects of megadrought on Amazonian forests

The rainforests in southern and western Amazonia may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change as Amazon rainforest continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, attributed to the long-term

January 19, 2013

A disturbance in the forest from Landsat perspective

This is a sequence of Landsat-based data in the Pacific Northwest. There is one data set for each year representing an aggregate of the approximate peak of the growing season (around August). The data was created using a sophisticated algorithm called LandTrendr.The

January 15, 2013

New island emerged off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

An island ground composed of sandbanks emerged in North Sea, 24 km (15 miles) off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north. This is the area of a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. A discernible landmass composed of sandbanks

January 11, 2013

World's biggest, oldest trees are dying

Scientists recently warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife. New research conducted by universities in Australia and the United States

December 26, 2012

Coffee Arabica could be extinct by the end of the century

Arabica coffee production is strongly (negative) influenced by accelerated climate change, and in most cases the outcome will be negative for the coffee industry.Wild Arabica coffee or Coffee Arabica could extinct due climate changes by the end of this century

November 17, 2012

Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef in last 50 years

The latest study by Brazil's Environment Ministry and Federal University of Pernambuco points that Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef once found along 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of its northeastern coast in period of merely 50 years.According to leading

September 26, 2012