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Shining a Species Spotlight on the Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Shining a Species Spotlight on the Asian Small-Clawed Otter

By Muntasir Akash The smallest of the planet’s 13 otter species finds its habitat shrinking every day. We know little about these mustelids — especially in Bangladesh, where I conduct my research — but they face a horde of threats. Species Name and Description: The Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) has a typical otter build […]

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    NASA Study Finds Direct Proof of Greenhouse Effect

    NASA Study Finds Direct Proof of Greenhouse Effect

    In a first-of-its-kind study, NASA has managed to achieve something that has so far eluded scientists: provide direct, global observations that fossil fuel emissions are heating the planet. There is already robust evidence that human activity is causing the climate crisis. This conclusion is supported by 97 percent of climate scientists, and has been established […]

    Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ Is Reimagined to Convey the Climate Crisis

    Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ Is Reimagined to Convey the Climate Crisis

    Three hundred years ago in 1723, Antonio Vivaldi composed “The Four Seasons,” a series of violin concertos inspired by the natural world. Now, scientists, composers and designers have reimagined the classic to help envision what the future might feel like in 2050 — a world forever changed by the climate crisis. Tim Devine, executive creative […]

    Are We Managing Invasive Species Wrong?

    Are We Managing Invasive Species Wrong?

    By Tara Lohan European green crabs arrived on the eastern shores of North America in the early 1800s, likely as ship ballast stowaways or affixed to boat hulls. They found their way to the continent’s western shores by the 1980s, and they’ve caused trouble in every new ecosystem they invade. Wherever green crabs (Carcinus maenas) […]

    First-of-Its Kind Study Offers Blueprint for Ocean Protection

    First-of-Its Kind Study Offers Blueprint for Ocean Protection

    A first-of-its-kind study has examined the benefits of protecting the world’s oceans. The study, published in Nature on Wednesday, endorsed protecting 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean by 2030 in order to protect biodiversity, restore fisheries and combat the climate crisis. “Ocean life has been declining worldwide because of overfishing, habitat destruction and […]

    This Endangered Australian Bird Species Is Forgetting Its Song

    This Endangered Australian Bird Species Is Forgetting Its Song

    Can animals, like humans, lose their culture when separated from others like themselves? A new study provides rare evidence that they can. The study began when a research team searching for a critically endangered Australian bird noticed something unusual: The birds they encountered weren’t singing the songs the researchers expected to hear. “They didn’t sound […]

    Ozone-Depleting CFC Chemicals Will Reemerge From Ocean by 2075, Study Finds

    Ozone-Depleting CFC Chemicals Will Reemerge From Ocean by 2075, Study Finds

    The Montreal Protocol banning ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in 1987 has been hailed as an example of successful international collaboration to stop an environmental threat. But, like a creature from a horror movie, those banned chemicals could rise from the depths to stalk our atmosphere once again. That’s the finding of a new study, which concluded […]