Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centers say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy coats the young residents of a ...

Tasmanian devils pull back from brink of extinction

Sep 24, 2016

Tasmanian devils pull back from brink of extinction

Their numbers decimated by a vicious facial cancer, Tasmanian devils seem to be pulling back from the brink of extinction through lightning-fast genetic evolution, astonished scientists said. A detailed comparison of the genomes of 294 devils, before and after the cancer emerged 20 years ...

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

Sep 10, 2016

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun — the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. The last farmers left with their families 10 years ago, and the village has ...

Entanglements hinder rare whale's recovery

Sep 10, 2016

Entanglements hinder rare whale's recovery

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The ability of an endangered whale species to recover is jeopardized by increasing rates of entanglement in fishing gear and a resultant drop in birth rates, according to scientists who study the animal. The population of North Atlantic right whales has slowly crept up ...

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

Aug 30, 2016

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

A freak lightning storm has killed 323 reindeer in a remote mountainous area of Norway, officials said on Monday. Dead animals were found lying on top of each other, many with their antlers entangled, after the thunderstorm on the Hardanger plateau in southern Norway ...

Asian beetle damages North America trees

Aug 27, 2016

Asian beetle damages North America trees

Over the next two years, grounds crews in St. Louis will cut down nearly one out of every five trees, altering the U.S. city’s leafy landscape for at least a generation. The Midwestern metropolis made the tough decision with the knowledge that if it ...

Aug 20, 2016

Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change

Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia’s remote north have died, scientists said, with climate change the likely cause. Some 7,000 hectares, or 9 percent of the mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, perished in just one month according to researchers from Australia’s James ...