biodiversity

8 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Rainforest in 2022

8 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Rainforest in 2022

One-third of the original tropical rainforest is gone. One-third of the original tropical rainforest is degraded. One-third of the original tropical rainforest is still intact. Those were the startling findings from the first-of-its-kind State of the Tropical Rainforest report published in 2020.1 Aside from all of the species and animals being harmed by deforestation, tropical […]

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    World’s Oldest Tree May Be Growing in Chile

    World’s Oldest Tree May Be Growing in Chile

    What is the oldest tree in the world? Up until recently, the record-holder was the “Methuselah” bristlecone pine in California’s White Mountains, which has been dated as 4,852 years old, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. However, a contender from another hemisphere is coming for its crown: an alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) in Chile known […]

    Could Humans Become Smaller in Response to Climate Change?

    Could Humans Become Smaller in Response to Climate Change?

    Throughout history, species have evolved to adapt to their changing surroundings. Now, with skyrocketing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and intensifying climate change, some experts believe humans will evolve to better withstand the warming world. Steve Brusatte, a professor of paleontology at the University of Edinburgh, expects humans to shrink for a better chance […]

    After Protests, Paris Says It Won’t Fell Trees Near Eiffel Tower

    After Protests, Paris Says It Won’t Fell Trees Near Eiffel Tower

    The city of Paris will not move forward with a plan to clear more than 40 trees near the Eiffel Tower.  The plan to redevelop the tower area in time for the 2024 Olympics would have created tourist facilities near the famous landmark but also reduced traffic and increased green space. However, Parisians were concerned […]

    Monarch Butterflies Face Three Major Threats

    Monarch Butterflies Face Three Major Threats

    Despite recent news that overwintering monarch butterfly populations have increased 35% in the past year, these graceful creatures are still facing an unsteady future after years of ongoing decline. Monarch butterflies are a migratory species. Eastern monarch butterflies, which make up the vast majority of monarch butterflies in North America, travel from southern Canada and […]

    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    Could urbanization make it harder for some animals to adapt to the climate crisis?  A study published in the journal PLOS ONE last year found that the populations of Western tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) that were the most cut off from others due to urbanization in and around Perth, Australia, had reduced genetic diversity, […]

    3 Oil Companies Pull Out of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    3 Oil Companies Pull Out of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Three oil companies have canceled their leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Drilling in the refuge has long been a controversial issue, as the 19.5-million-acre wilderness area is home to 45 species of mammals including polar bears, bowhead whales and caribou and considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich’in people, according to the Gwich’in Steering […]