Amphibians and Reptiles Invasive Species Pet Trade

Cheap prices lead to more exotic pets in the wild, research finds

This article originally published by John Cannon at Mongabay.com, republished under Creative Commons licensing (CC BY-ND 4.0). New research shows that exotic amphibians and reptiles sold inexpensively as pets are more likely to end up in the wild, where they can pose problems for native wildlife. The authors of the study believe that many pet owners may not […]

Conservation Biology Obituary Wildlife Conservation

The Voice of Jaguars: Remembering Alan Rabinowitz

Top photo: Alan Rabinowitz, PopTech 2010 by Kris Krüg (CC BY-SA 2.0) By Ben Lybarger Last month Alan Rabinowitz – zoologist, conservationist, and co-founder of Panthera – passed away at the age of 64. When he was just a painfully awkward child locked inside himself by a debilitating stutter, he’d often visit the big cats at the Bronx Zoo. […]

Agriculture Environment Food Production Groundwater

Farmers are drawing groundwater from the giant Ogallala Aquifer faster than nature replaces it

Top photo: Water from an irrigation system sprays flowering cotton plants on the farm of Allen Entz in Hydro, Okla, Aug. 16, 2012. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Author: Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College Every summer the U.S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to […]

Air Pollution City Planning Climate Change Urban Landscape

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

Top Photo: Street in Hangzhou, China, with trees separating a cycle track from road traffic and from the sidewalk. (Xu Wen, CC BY-ND) Author: Anne Lusk, Harvard University City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they […]

Avian Conservation Biodiversity Species Loss

8 species of birds have possibly gone extinct over past few decades

Top photo: A Spix’s Macaw. Image © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation. Author: Shreya Dasgupta  A new study has found that eight species of birds are likely to have completely disappeared in the past couple of decades. Researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct, while one […]

Agriculture Food Production Land Conservation

How to conserve half the planet without going hungry

Top photo: Terraced rice fields in northwest Vietnam. (Shutterstock) Authors: Zia Mehrabi, University of British Columbia; Erle C. Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Every day there are roughly 386,000 new mouths to feed, and in that same 24 hours, scientists estimate between one and 100 species will […]

Animal Behavior Animal Cognition Neurobiology

What elephants’ unique brain structures suggest about their mental abilities

Top photo: African elephant bull. Michelle Gadd/USFWS, CC BY Author: Bob Jacobs, Colorado College Conservationists have designated August 12 as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about conserving these majestic animals. Elephants have many engaging features, from their incredibly dexterous trunks to their memory abilities and complex social lives. But there is much less discussion […]

Human-Wildlife Conflict Poaching Wildlife Trafficking

In its fight against rhino poachers, India lets the dogs out

Top Photo: Canine officer Zorba from Aranyak’s K9 squad on duty during a search operation in Kaziranga National Park. Image courtesy of Aranyak. Article Author: Moushumi Basu This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 28, June 2018 (Republished under under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0).   Since 2011, two dog squads have been deployed to help protect the greater […]

Climate Change Environment

Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief

Top Photo: Crossing an increasingly unfamiliar landscape in Nain, Canada. By Ashlee Cunsolo. Authors: Neville Ellis, University of Western Australia and Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University of Newfoundland We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear […]