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Prickly But Unprotected: 18 Percent of Cactus Species at Risk

Prickly But Unprotected: 18 Percent of Cactus Species at Risk

By John R. Platt Nearly a fifth of the world’s cactus species are unprotected by the world’s national parks and other conservation areas, making them one of the most at-risk groups of species on the planet, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, maps out where each cactus species grows […]

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    Is the Great Indian Bustard About to Go Extinct?

    Is the Great Indian Bustard About to Go Extinct?

    By John R. Platt Nearly 60 years ago the legendary ornithologist Sálim Ali made a bold proposition: A three-foot-tall bird known as the great Indian bustard, he suggested, should be named as the national bird of India. At the time the great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) was already a legally protected endangered species, but its […]

    Sorry AC/DC, Rock and Roll Is Noise Pollution

    Sorry AC/DC, Rock and Roll Is Noise Pollution

    By John R. Platt It’s a rare scientific paper that cites both biologist E.O. Wilson and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. In fact, there’s only one paper with that distinction: Testing the AC/DC hypothesis: Rock and roll is noise pollution and weakens a trophic cascade, published this week in the journal Ecology and Evolution. As you […]

    Beach Reads and Big Ideas: The 15 Best New Eco-Books for July

    Beach Reads and Big Ideas: The 15 Best New Eco-Books for July

    By John R. Platt Looking for a few new books to read during your summer vacation? Look no further than these 15 new environmentally themed titles coming out in July. Publishers have scheduled some thought-provoking new titles for just about every type of reader, from nature lovers to history buffs, and from political activists to […]

    Big Cities, Bright Lights: Ranking the Worst Light Pollution on Earth

    Big Cities, Bright Lights: Ranking the Worst Light Pollution on Earth

    By Dipika Kadaba The amount of artificial lighting is steadily increasing every year around the planet. It’s a cause for celebration in remote villages in Africa and the Indian sub-continent that recently gained access to electricity for the first time, but it is also harming the health and well-being of residents of megacities elsewhere that […]

    A Warning About the Rapid Erosion of Nature’s Strongholds

    A Warning About the Rapid Erosion of Nature’s Strongholds

    By James Watson, Sean Maxwell and Kendall Jones More than 200,000 protected areas have been established around the world. Collectively they cover more than 7.7 million square miles—an area greater than the size of South America. Nations establish these protected areas so that plants and animals can live in spaces without human pressure—pressure that would […]

    What Does the Future Hold for Food? We Have 5 Questions

    What Does the Future Hold for Food? We Have 5 Questions

    You may not know her, but Stacy Malkan is fighting for you. For over 15 years Malkan has worked as a consumer advocate to make the products we buy safer. Through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which she cofounded, she’s helped reduce hazardous chemicals in personal care products like shampoo, deodorant and makeup. Now, in […]