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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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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?

By Nathan Chandler

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

By Jamie Allen

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By John Perritano

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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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Dave Roos

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Jamie Allen

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

By Shaun Chavis

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

By Tracy Staedter

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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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.

By Amanda Onion

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.

By Dave Roos

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Kate Kershner

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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?

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Jesslyn Shields