/ Apr 13, 2017

DNA can track migrations of fish

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday. Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales and ...

Great Barrier Reef sees second straight year of bleaching

/ Mar 10, 2017

Great Barrier Reef sees second straight year of bleaching

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning that many species would struggle to fully recover. The 2,300-kilometer-long (1,400-mile) reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures ...

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

/ Feb 22, 2017

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs small enough to sit on a fingernail in a remote part of India, according to a report published on Tuesday. The researchers, who spent five years exploring the lush Western Ghats mountains, said the tiny ...

Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

Feb 5, 2017

Japan's imports pressure nearly 800 endangered species: study

Japan's imports of foodstuffs, wood products and other commodities affect 792 endangered species in Southeast Asia and around the world, according to a study on the impact of Japanese consumer habits. A cup of coffee using imported beans, for instance, may push leopards in ...

/ Feb 2, 2017

Mexico's vaquita porpoise close to extinction

Mexico's vaquita marina is edging closer to extinction as scientists warned Wednesday that only 30 were left despite navy efforts to intercept illegal fishing nets killing the world's smallest porpoise. "The already desperate situation has worsened, despite existing conservation measures and current enforcement efforts," said ...

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

/ Jan 6, 2017

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Polar bears just can't catch a break. Already struggling to cope with climate change, the giant Arctic carnivores also face a chemical poisoning risk 100 times above levels considered safe for adult bears, according to a study released Thursday. For bear cubs feeding on contaminated milk, ...