Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Mar 26, 2016

Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Vegetation will release far less extra carbon dioxide in a warming world than previously assumed, giving humans a bit more room in the fight against climate change, scientists reported recently. Despite this good news, efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions must still be stepped up ...

Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Mar 26, 2016

Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral bank, is at greater risk than previously thought of dissolving as climate change renders the oceans more acidic, researchers warned recently. A decline in aragonite — the mineral that corals use to build their skeletons — ...

South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies

Feb 27, 2016

South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies

In a spectacular valley less than two hours’ drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century. The animals roaming over a wide plain encased by jagged mountain ranges look ...

Feb 27, 2016

For many species, noise pollution can be deadly

Some reef-dwelling fish are twice as likely to get gobbled up by predators in the presence of a noisy motorboat, according to a recently released study. The research, published in Nature Communications, adds to a growing body of evidence that noise pollution — on ...

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

Feb 13, 2016

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

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Just over a month ago, commuters emerging from a busy subway station in Taipei were greeted by a strange sight: a rare Siberian crane standing on the sidewalk, apparently quite comfortable with the crowd it was attracting. Only 4,000 such cranes, also known as ...

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

Jan 30, 2016

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

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Adorning the walls of Kanji Nishi’s three-roomed apartment are a dozen framed photos. None features his children, Shota and Chisato, who are sitting cross-legged on the floor shunning smartphones for origami artistry. Instead, Nishi is seen posing alongside a different kind of pride and ...

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

Jan 30, 2016

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

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Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain. Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, ...