Conservation

Conservation is a growing concern in the field of science. As humans continue to consume natural resources, many organisms are headed for extinction.

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Is It OK to Take Sand Dollars Off the Beach?

Everyone loves foraging for seashells at the beach, but the true jackpot is finding a perfect unbroken sand dollar. However, taking one home may not be such a good idea.

Climate Change Could Destroy Doomsday Vault

In a devastating twist of irony, a warming climate in Norway is already damaging the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Ethiopia's Church Forests Are Last Oases of Green

It's traditional for forests to surround churches in Ethiopia, and now they're providing the last tree canopies in a country that's been heavily deforested. But will they survive?

5 Positive Environmental Stories From 2018

Believe it or not, despite all of the dire prognostications, there was some good news about the environment in 2018.

Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup Device Suffers Breakdown

The ambitious project to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has hit a few snags, but the team, led by a 24-year-old inventor is undaunted.

Palm Oil Is Everywhere. Here's Why That Matters.

Palm oil has become one of the most widely used substances on the planet, but its cultivation has been an environmental and human rights disaster.

'Climate Kids' Sue U.S. Over Future of the Environment

A group of 21 U.S. kids — ages 11 to 22 — are taking the government to court for failing to address the climate crisis. Can they possibly win?

Deadly 1948 Donora Smog Launched the U.S. Clean Air Movement

A killer smog 70 years ago helped lead to the first federal air pollution laws.

Kiss Your Beer Goodbye if Climate Change Continues Unchecked

As if warming temperatures and melting glaciers aren't bad enough, now climate scientists are warning that the world's beer supply could all but dry up. Even at Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest.

Study Says 2035 Is Climate Change Point of No Return

After 2035 it will be extremely unlikely we can stop Earth's temperature from rising enough to kick off a dangerous medley of global disasters.

Tough Job of Cleaning Pacific Garbage Patch Starts

A young inventor is launching a device aimed at cleaning up some of the debris in the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. But many conservationists are not impressed. Here's why.

Hawaii Proposes Ban on Certain Sunscreens to Save Coral Reefs

Scientists have found that chemicals in some sunscreens can cause coral bleaching, prompting the Hawaii state legislature to propose an exhaustive ban on them.

10 Ways to Stop Using Plastic Right Now

Plastic may be the longest-lasting legacy of human beings on this planet. But there are lots of ways, big and small, that we can all stop using it. Today.

Mother Nature Says Stop Releasing Balloons

Helium balloons are dangerous to the environment and wildlife — so why isn't releasing them illegal?

Cape Town May Be First Major City To Run Out of Water

Cape Town, South Africa, population 3.7 million, could become the first city on the planet to run out of water. But it may not be the last.

Protecting Tropical Forests Has Side Benefit: Slowing Climate Change

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

Organic Farms Could Help Fight Climate Change

A study of more than 1,000 soil samples found that organic farming methods help soil retain carbon significantly more than traditional methods.

Pop​-​up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds

A new study on The Nature Conservancy's pilot BirdReturns program finds that renting rice fields from farmers for migrating birds works.

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.


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