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    Extremely Rare Pair of Twin African Elephants Born in Kenya

    Extremely Rare Pair of Twin African Elephants Born in Kenya

    A pair of extremely rare twin African elephants have been born in Northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. The baby elephants were discovered by guides from Elephant Watch Camp, who had been trained by Save the Elephants (STE) — a UK charity based in Kenya — to recognize individual elephants and elephant families in the reserve, […]

    Small Gardens Can Make a Big Difference for Urban Bees

    Small Gardens Can Make a Big Difference for Urban Bees

    Small urban gardens can still make a big difference for bees and other pollinators.  A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology this month found that the amount of nectar produced by gardens in a UK city was not contingent upon their size.  “Most of the nectar produced in gardens is by a […]

    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    We Have Breached the Planetary Boundary for Plastics and Other Chemical Pollutants, Scientists Say

    Humanity is currently releasing more chemical and plastic pollution into the environment than Earth can support. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study published in Environmental Science and Technology Tuesday, which argues that the planetary boundary for novel entities has been exceeded by human activity. The researchers defined “novel entities” as manufactured chemicals that do […]

    Tasmanian Devils Are Surprisingly Picky Eaters

    Tasmanian Devils Are Surprisingly Picky Eaters

    Scavengers from wolverines to hyenas are famous for eating whatever is available.  But research published in Ecology and Evolution January 11 reveals an animal that breaks this mold: the Tasmanian devil.  “It’s a scavenger’s job to just be a generalist and take whatever it can find,” University of New South Wales (UNSW) professor and study […]

    Winter Is the Fastest Warming Season in the U.S.

    Winter Is the Fastest Warming Season in the U.S.

    December of 2021 was the warmest in U.S. history, and this is not a one-off oddity.  In fact, winters are warming faster than any other season in most U.S. states, according to non-profit Climate Central. And this is clear evidence that the climate crisis is disrupting normal weather patterns.  “Winter is the season when we […]