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How Social Media Often Supports Animal Cruelty and the Illegal Pet Trade

How Social Media Often Supports Animal Cruelty and the Illegal Pet Trade

By Ashley Edes Whether you find it fascinating or disquieting, people recognize the inherent similarities between us and our closest primate relatives, especially the great apes. As a primatologist I regularly field questions ranging from how strong gorillas and chimpanzees are (very) to whether monkeys throw poop (not yet observed in the wild) to how […]

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    Warning: A ‘Shrinking Window’ of Usable Groundwater

    Warning: A ‘Shrinking Window’ of Usable Groundwater

    By Tara Lohan We’re living beyond our means when it comes to groundwater. That’s probably not news to everyone, but new research suggests that, deep underground in a number of key aquifers in some parts of the U.S., we may have much less water than previously thought. “We found that the average depth of water […]

    2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

    2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

    By Tara Lohan In the last few weeks of 2018, the Trump administration set the stage for a big battle over water in the new year. At stake is an important rule that defines which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The Trump administration seeks to roll back important protections for wetlands and […]

    What Are the Biggest Challenges for Saving the Oceans?

    What Are the Biggest Challenges for Saving the Oceans?

    By Tara Lohan Oceans stretch across 70 percent of our planet, and the vast majority of the world beneath them is unmapped and unexplored. Their depths may still hold many secrets, but we know they face serious risks from overfishing and pollution. The biggest threat of all is climate change, which could affect billions of […]

    New Green Strategy: Change the Electorate, Not the Election

    New Green Strategy: Change the Electorate, Not the Election

    By Tara Lohan How little do elected officials care about climate change? Look no further than a recent U.S. Senate hearing about the biggest threats facing the country, where lawmakers asked a single question about global warming during the entire three-hour event. Sadly, this hearing occurred just days after the world’s leading scientific body on […]

    4 Exciting Dam-Removal Projects to Watch

    4 Exciting Dam-Removal Projects to Watch

    By Tara Lohan For much of the 20th century humans got really good at dam building. Dams—embraced for their flood protection, water storage and electricity generation—drove industry, built cities and helped turn deserts into farms. The United States alone has now amassed more than 90,000 dams, half of which are 25 feet tall or greater. […]

    The Environment Is on the November Ballot — Here’s Where and What’s at Stake

    The Environment Is on the November Ballot — Here’s Where and What’s at Stake

    By Tara Lohan Environmental issues such as polluted drinking water in Michigan and harmful algal blooms in Florida could influence which candidates voters will support in this November’s midterm election, said Holly Burke, communications coordinator of the League of Conservation Voters. “Water issues really resonate with voters in states where clean water has been a […]

    Tigers and Wolves: The Reigning Cats and Dogs in Conservation?

    Tigers and Wolves: The Reigning Cats and Dogs in Conservation?

    By John R. Platt Do the species most in need of conservation also receive the most scientific research? To answer that question, a new study examined the past five years’ worth of research into felids and canids—better known as wild felines and canines—and found some interesting patterns, as well as some notable omissions. Of 4,351 […]

    Interactive Map: Air Pollution in 2100

    Interactive Map: Air Pollution in 2100

    By Dipika Kadaba Having a little trouble breathing lately? That’s no surprise. Air pollution is already bad in many parts of the country, and climate change is only going to make it worse. Even though many industries are reducing their emissions, a warming climate could actually offset these reductions by intensifying the rates of chemical […]