Wall-E Tried to Warn Us

I was sick in bed when Jeff Bezos took his 10-minute trip in a dick-shaped rocket to suborbital space on Tuesday morning, so I tuned out all the fawning cable news coverage proclaiming that this was somehow good for humanity.

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


This Butterfly May Have Been the First Insect Driven Extinct by U.S. Urbanization

Based on genetic analysis of a 93-year-old specimen and others, they say the Xerces blue really was a distinct species of butterfly, rather than a sub-group of another existing species, as some scientists have speculated.

1 week, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


Red Tide Has Killed at Least 791 Tons of Fish in Florida

The clouds of red ooze are a byproduct of Karenia Brevis, an algae that produces neurotoxins that can kill fish and wildlife, including creatures as large as manatees.

1 week, 3 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


It’s Beluga Cam Time

That means you can once again catch a glimpse of the estimated 57,000 Beluga whales that migrate from the Arctic to the warmer waters of Manitoba’s Churchill River every summer.

2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


Manatees Are Dying in Florida at a Truly Upsetting Rate

As the TC Palm reports, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data released last Friday shows that a record 841 West Indian manatees died during the first six months of 2021, with the deaths disproportionately clustered in Brevard County’s 156-mile (251-kilometer) stretch of the Indian River Lagoon.

2 weeks, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


Stop Dumping Your Pet Goldfish Into Lakes

It’s a common story: A family gets a goldfish, but then their kid tires of it—maybe soccer, guitar lessons, or schoolwork start taking priority.

2 weeks, 2 days ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
Conservation


Fish Can Get Addicted to Methamphetamine

But what isn’t metabolized can come out when people pee, and sewage treatment plants aren’t designed to filter those trace amounts of drugs out.

3 weeks, 1 day ago by SAEID US
Conservation


World’s Smallest Hogs Released Into Wild

Twelve pygmy hogs (Porcu salvania) were released back into northeast India last week as part of a conservation program made to resurrect the species from near-extinction in the 1960s. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago by SAEID US
Conservation


You Can Soon Compost Dead Friends and Family in Oregon

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2574, which legalizes human composting, also known as natural organic reduction, this week. 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


First Murder Hornet of 2021 Was Just Found in the U.S.

Something was different about this bug, though: It had different coloring than those found in the state last year, and tests showed its DNA didn’t match up with the specimens found in Washington and Canada last year. 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Sea Turtles Lead Space Force Straight to the Cocaine

Whoever dumped some 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine that washed up on a beach near Cape Canaveral, Florida, unintentionally gave the Space Force its first taste of the War on Drugs. 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
Conservation


Antidepressants in Our Water Make Crayfish Go Buck Wild

If you’ve ever taken an SSRI that makes you want to go out and start living life again, you may be able to relate to crayfish. 

1 month, 1 week ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Whale Takes One Bite, Sends Man Right Back to Kitchen

“And I could sense that I was moving, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, did I just get bit by a shark?’” 

1 month, 2 weeks ago by SAEID US
Conservation


These Chinese Elephants Are Viral Stars—and Total Nuisances

There’s a new group of Internet influencers hailing from China who are taking the world by a storm—or should I say stampede. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Nevada Takes a Baby Step Toward Banning Lawns

That includes the ornamental grass planted in street medians, traffic circles, office parks, between businesses, and in front of apartment complex entrances. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Frightened Terns Abandon 1,500 Eggs After a Rogue Drone Crash-Landed on Nesting Island

Roughly 1,500 elegant tern eggs were abandoned at a southern California nesting island after a rogue drone crash-landed and scared off thousands of birds, the Orange County Register and New York Times reported this week. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago by SAEID US
Conservation


North Atlantic Right Whales Are Shrinking, and It’s Our Fault

Whales are some of the biggest animals on the planet, but new research shows that at least one endangered species is shrinking. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago by SAEID US
Conservation


This Bobcat Family Calling a Burned Out Tree Home Is All of Us

In a part of California badly scorched by the devastating Woolsey Fire, the National Park Service found three bobcat kittens—bobkittens, if you will—inside the charred cavity of an oak tree. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Something Is Killing Florida's Manatees in Record Droves

A big problem for the sea cows is that seagrass, their favorite food, is dying out, partially due to intense algae blooms that have been plaguing Florida for the past couple of years. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation


Scientists Are Racing to Save These Sea Stars From Extinction

Since 2013, a disease exacerbated by overheating oceans has been decimating sea star populations, especially those of one particularly striking variety: sunflower sea stars. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago by SAEID US
Earther Conservation