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What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020

By John R. Platt A few months ago a group of scientists warned about the rise of “extinction denial,” an effort much like climate denial to mischaracterize the extinction crisis and suggest that human activity isn’t really having a damaging effect on ecosystems and the whole planet. That damaging effect is, in reality, impossible to […]

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    Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals Harm Fish Now—and Their Unexposed Offspring Later

    Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals Harm Fish Now—and Their Unexposed Offspring Later

    By Brian Bienkowski Fish exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds pass on health problems to future generations, including deformities, reduced survival, and reproductive problems, according to a new study. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, is the first of its kind in a fish that can live in freshwater, brackish water or salt water, and […]

    Mauritius Oil Spill: Japan Asked to Pay $34 Million for Recovery Efforts

    Mauritius Oil Spill: Japan Asked to Pay $34 Million for Recovery Efforts

    By Seerat Chabba Mauritius has asked Japan to pay close to 3.6 billion yen (€28.5 billion, $34 million) in order to support local fishermen whose livelihoods were adversely impacted by an oil leak last month, according to a Mauritian government document accessed by Japanese news agency Kyodo News. The spill occurred when Japanese bulk carrier […]

    How to Save the Sea: Lessons From an Italian Fishing Community

    How to Save the Sea: Lessons From an Italian Fishing Community

    By Agostino Petroni When Cosimo Di Biasi, 66, decides it’s the right day to fish, he begins at 5 p.m. He drives 4 miles to the port of Torre Santa Sabina, boards Nonno Ugo, his 21-foot fiberglass boat, and navigates south for a half-hour to reach a marine reserve in Puglia, in southern Italy. Agostino […]

    Mauritius’ First Major Oil Spill Poses Environmental Crisis

    Mauritius’ First Major Oil Spill Poses Environmental Crisis

    The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, renowned for its coral reefs, is facing an unprecedented ecological catastrophe after a tanker ran aground offshore and began leaking oil. The 984-foot MV Wakashio ran aground on July 25 and began to break up due to rough waters, The Guardian reported. It contained about 220.5 tons of diesel […]

    Meet the Sturdlefish, the Surprising Hybrid of Two Endangered Species

    Meet the Sturdlefish, the Surprising Hybrid of Two Endangered Species

    What do you get when you cross an American paddlefish with a Russian sturgeon? Scientists thought the answer would be nothing. The two endangered species, whose last common ancestor lived during the age of the dinosaurs, have been evolving separately for more than 184 million years, according to The New York Times. But when Hungarian […]

    Washington Dam Is Being Removed After Decades-Long Battle

    Washington Dam Is Being Removed After Decades-Long Battle

    By Tara Lohan The conclusion to decades of work to remove a dam on the Middle Fork Nooksack River east of Bellingham, Washington began with a bang yesterday as crews breached the dam with a carefully planned detonation. This explosive denouement is also a beginning. Over the next couple of weeks, crews will fully remove […]

    Sydney’s Endangered Seahorses Find Protection in Underwater Hotels

    Sydney’s Endangered Seahorses Find Protection in Underwater Hotels

    By Manuela Callari It can grow to a maximum of six inches (16 centimeters), change color depending on mood and habitat, and, like all seahorses, the White’s seahorse male gestates its young. But this tiny snouted fish is under threat. White’s seahorse, also called the Sydney seahorse, is native to the Pacific waters off Australia’s […]

    Northern Fish Are Tough, but No Match for Climate Change

    Northern Fish Are Tough, but No Match for Climate Change

    By Alyssa Murdoch, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle and Sapna Sharma Summer has finally arrived in the northern reaches of Canada and Alaska, liberating hundreds of thousands of northern stream fish from their wintering habitats. Through the long winter, many have endured cramped, icy quarters with perilously low oxygen levels. Others have recently journeyed incredible distances from large […]