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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.

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How Artificial Glaciers Are Hydrating the Himalayas

Ice stupas are artificial glaciers that store frozen water to be used for hydrating crops in the driest stretches of the year in the high desert of Himalaya.

How the Salton Sea Became an Eco Wasteland

California's largest inland lake has essentially become a ticking ecological time bomb. And the clock is running out — fast.

London Becomes the World's First National Park City

The city is planning to be 50 percent greenspace by 2050. Who says you can't take the Tube to a pub in the middle of a national park?

Gingko Biloba Leaves Help Track Climate Change

The tree that survived three major extinction events on Earth might be key in helping us understand the climate crisis ahead.

Are Bug Zappers Bad News?

Not only do bug zappers mostly kill beneficial insects, they also can serve you up a side of bacteria with your burger.

Could Planting 1 Trillion Trees Counteract Climate Change?

Many scientists say that the response to climate change will require planting new trees. A whole lot of them.

The Iconic Joshua Tree Is in Danger of Extinction

Joshua trees can live for up to 300 years, but climate change is threatening their very survival.

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.

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.

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