Conservation Issues

Conservation issues are a growing concern for most scientists. As humans continue to consume natural resources, many organisms are headed for extinction. Conservation issues include the protection of trees, animals and wetlands.


Hungry Miners in Congo Are Killing, Eating Endangered Gorillas

And your smartphone may be part of the problem; mining rare minerals needed to make them is pushing endangered apes to extinction.

Trump Budget Plan Would Remove Ban on Wild Horse Sale and Slaughter

Removing the ban could help manage the animals and save money, but it could also mean the horses will be sold for their meat.

Climate Change and Art Converge in 'Holoscenes' at the World Science Festival

Performance art, science and the issue of a polarized society intersect to challenge viewers' thoughts.

One of the World's Most Remote Uninhabited Islands Is Literally Covered in Our Trash

Henderson Island has a human population of zero, and the highest density of litter anywhere in the world.

Human Din Is Drowning Out Nature's Quiet, Even in Parks

Wildness is a necessity, as naturalist John Muir once wrote. And it helps if that wildness isn't drowned out by man-made noise pollution.

Sand Is in Such High Demand, People Are Stealing Tons of It

As the world becomes more urbanized, the demand for sand, a key ingredient of concrete, keeps growing. But there's only so much sand to go around.

How a Trump Border Wall Would Affect Wildlife

A wall spanning a continent would alter the environment for the worse, with its impact felt across numerous species and ecosystems.

Americans Use 500 Million Straws Every Day. Would You Pledge to Go Strawless?

The OneLessStraw campaign encourages people to kick their straw habit to keep plastic from harming the environment.

China Bans Elephant Ivory Trade

China has a voracious appetite for elephant ivory, but the country plans to shut down its ivory market by the end of 2017. Will it be enough to save the elephants?

Bandicoots Survived Eons of Changing Climates, But This Time It's Different

New findings about ancient, extinct Australasian bandicoot and bilby species underscore how dire things are today when even survivors like these are struggling.