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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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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.

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.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Found in Land-based Birds for First Time

A new study shows how, years after the disaster, oil from the disaster has made its way into terrestrial species.

What Happens to the Billions of Cigarette Butts on the Beach?

Five trillion cigarettes are discarded each year globally. New research looks at the metal content of those on just one beach in the Persian Gulf.

Science Solves the Problem of the Stingy Shampoo Bottle

If you care about lost shampoo, you're going to be doing hair flips of joy when you read about what's in store for future plastic shampoo bottles.

You and Your Partner Can Shower in the Same Water for Two Weeks

That's courtesy of a five-gallon capacity, portable shower that has some serious purification technology built in.

London's New Clockwork Lion Statue Evokes Ticking Clock for Big Cats in the Wild

The temporary installation joins the four bronze Barbary lion statues in London's Trafalgar Square; it highlights the rapid ongoing decline in worldwide lion population.

How does biodiversity help an ecosystem?

Variety isn't just the spice of life; it's the currency of all well-functioning ecosystems great and small. What happens that currency is in trouble?

5 Ideas for Doubling the World's Food Supply

With the world's population expanding and its arable land shrinking, how in the world are we going to have enough food to feed everyone? Here are five ways.

The Pacific Garbage Patch Explained -- New Updates

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is explained in this article. Learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch explained.

What Happens When a Keystone Species Goes Extinct?

Without its keystone, a Roman aqueduct collapses. Does the same travesty befall an ecosystem when a keystone species goes missing from the ecological equation?

Insects and Biodiversity Pictures

Insects and biodiversity go hand in hand. Without insects our planet would not survive as they are essential to biodiversity. Check out this gallery on the relationship between insects and biodiversity.

Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity means rainforests and reefs teeming with species right? There's more to it than that though. Genetic diversity has a big role to play, too. Just ask that cheetah cub.

How Whaling Works

Men have been hunting and killing whales for centuries. Early whalers hunted for survival, but their motivation may have changed once there was money to be made. Whaling for profit has been banned since 1986, but whaling for scientific research is still allowed in certain areas, causing much debate.

What is the most harmful type of diversity loss?

Flagship species like leopards, whales and wolves grace wildlife calendars, bring in big conservation dollars and help regulate their ecosystems. But what about the tiny guys you won't find on your calendar? How important are they to Earth's biodiversity?

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