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We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:35:13 GMT

An illustration of an extinct rat kangaroo, published in 1825. Researchers recently analyzed the costs and benefits of re-establishing and maintaining 16 species in Australia and New Zealand that went extinct in the last millennium.Scientists disagree about whether bringing extinct species back from the dead will result in a net loss of global biodiversity.

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Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:18 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky. President Trump is expected to order a withdrawal and rewriting of Obama-era regulations intended to shut down hundreds of heavily polluting coal-fired plants.The White House is preparing to dismantle major policy actions of the Obama era, including a plan to close hundreds of heavily polluting power plants.

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Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:00:14 GMT

Severe bleaching last year on the northern Great Barrier Reef affected even the largest and oldest corals, like this slow-growing Porites colony.If most of the world’s coral reefs die, some of the richest and most colorful life in the ocean could be lost, along with huge sums from reef tourism.

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Scientists Bristle at Trump Budget’s Cuts to Research

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:17:43 GMT

A scientist working with the Zika virus at a National Institutes of Health lab in Bethesda, Md., last year. President Trump would cut the budget for the National Institutes of Health by 18 percent.Scientists expressed alarm at the depth of proposed cuts to climate change, medical and energy programs, saying they threaten the nation’s research infrastructure.

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High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:31:28 GMT

Otto Werdmuller Von Elgg next to the remains of an elephant bull killed by poachers at Liwonde National Park.Drones seemed like the perfect anti-poaching tools. But deploying them has been far more difficult than conservationists had hoped.

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When Is a Drought Over? A Wet California Wants to Know

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:28 GMT

A flooded orchard in Glenn, Calif. Much of the state is officially out of the drought, but some parts, such as Santa Barbara, remain alarmingly dry.Reservoirs are overflowing. Dams are straining. So why is California still officially in a drought? We answer some questions Californians, and others, may have.

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Before Vaquitas Vanish, a Desperate Bid to Save Them

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:01:57 GMT

A vaquita that was caught in a gillnet in the Gulf of California. The vaquita are simply bycatch, trapped and drowned in curtains of illegal gillnets set for an endangered fish called the totoaba.No more than 30 vaquitas are left in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Experts propose keeping some in captivity as a last resort.

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Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:08:45 GMT

A fire smolders on land cleared for soy farming in Propiedad Valle Verde, near Santa Cruz, Bolivia.A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.

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The Voyages Issue: In the Land of Giants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:19 GMT

Titans in the fog in Sequoia National Park, California.Communing with some of the biggest trees on Earth.

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Americans Ate 19% Less Beef From ’05 to ’14, Report Says

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:00:03 GMT

The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, said lower demand reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Falling Trees Kill at Least 19 at Kintampo Waterfall in Ghana

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:35:14 GMT

The Kintampo Waterfall in Ghana.A rainstorm toppled trees onto people, most of them students who had come to swim at the popular site, Ghanaian officials said.

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As Trash Avalanche Toll Rises in Ethiopia, Survivors Ask Why

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:18:47 GMT

A funeral service last week for victims of a garbage landslide in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At least 113 people were killed in the March 11 collapse, according to the government.A landfill at the edge of Addis Ababa where at least 113 people died has been the capital’s main dumping ground for decades.

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Despite Pollution, Coal Plant Is Cleared to Reopen in New Delhi

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:00:03 GMT

Smog shrouds the Jama Masjid mosque in an old section of New Delhi, which has been called the most polluted city in the world.In addition, India’s environment minister dismissed a report that linked air pollution to a million premature deaths each year.

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