biodiversity

Rare Deep-Sea Whale Washes Up on California Beach

Rare Deep-Sea Whale Washes Up on California Beach

A mysterious deep-sea whale washed up on a California beach on Sunday. The 16-foot beaked whale was discovered by a passerby at Mendocino County’s Jug Handle State Natural Reserve near Fort Bragg, which is 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, SFGate reported. Because beaked whales live deep beneath the waves and can dive down as far as 10,000 feet, scientists seldom get a chance to observe them.

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    Acting on Climate Could Save Oceans From Mass Extinction Event

    Acting on Climate Could Save Oceans From Mass Extinction Event

    Around 252 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption spewed 100,000 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. This heated the planet and acidified the oceans, wiping out 95 percent of marine life in an extinction event that has come to be known as the Great Dying. Now, a study published in Science Thursday is warning […]

    Habitat of Threatened Canada Lynx to Be Expanded in U.S.

    Habitat of Threatened Canada Lynx to Be Expanded in U.S.

    With snowshoe paws, dignified faces and ears tipped with black tufts of fur, the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) looks like a creature out of a fairy tale. Lynx bear similarities to bobcats, but bobcats have smaller feet and legs and shorter ear tufts, according to Defenders of Wildlife. The Canada lynx inhabits the snowy, northern […]

    Up to 40% of the World’s Land Is Degraded by Humans, UN Report Warns

    Up to 40% of the World’s Land Is Degraded by Humans, UN Report Warns

    Human activity has degraded as much as 40 percent of the world’s land, impacting half of the people on Earth and putting about half of global gross domestic product at risk. That’s the stark finding of the Global Land Outlook 2, a new report from the UN’s Council to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). With more than […]

    ‘Unusual’ New Species of Jellyfish Found in Monterey Bay

    ‘Unusual’ New Species of Jellyfish Found in Monterey Bay

    The Atolla is a common deep-sea crown jellyfish with a scarlet red bell and one tentacle that is longer than the others. Scientists have discovered a new species of Atolla that lives in the deep waters of Monterey Bay in a region called the “midnight zone,” where sunlight doesn’t reach. There are ten recognized species […]

    UN Declares David Attenborough a ‘Champion of the Earth’

    UN Declares David Attenborough a ‘Champion of the Earth’

    Sir David Attenborough is a beloved broadcaster who has spent more than half a century bringing the wonders of the natural world into the homes and hearts of viewers. To celebrate his 70-year career, the UN Environment Programme awarded the 95-year-old with its Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award, the UN’s highest environmental honor.  […]

    Climate Crisis and Big Agriculture Threaten Insects Worldwide

    Climate Crisis and Big Agriculture Threaten Insects Worldwide

    In a balanced ecosystem, every living thing plays an important role. Take away one — trees, for instance — and things start to collapse. Trees provide habitat and food for insects, birds, mammals like koalas, reptiles and other animals, as well as shade and nutrients for the soil from fallen leaves and rotting bark, not […]