Archive for August, 2016

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Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!

For the first time in more than a century, giant tortoises have bred successfully on the Galapagos island of Pinzón. The announcement raises hope for preserving some of the diversity that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. Although Pinzón is one of the smaller islands in the Galapagos, it is located at the center of the […]

10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens

10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens

Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot […]

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Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and birds we can enjoy today. But bursting through the scrub would’ve been one surprise: a pygmy elephant, one metre high, one of many different elephant species that once roamed […]

Energy development equals light pollution for our precious night skies

Energy development equals light pollution for our precious night skies

National parks and other protected lands are great refuges for dark night skies, but these qualities are increasingly threatened by development. Though some of us grapple with a fear of the dark in our formative years, many Americans don’t truly know the meaning of the term. With cities growing and outdoor lighting still largely inefficient, […]

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For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality. Throughout July, temperatures in northern Siberia have soared as high as 95 […]

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How much is Britain prepared to pay to protect its wildlife?

I’ve been stared at by the strangest bird in Britain. The yellow, goggle-eyed gaze of the stone curlew was once believed to cure jaundice. People would pay to be eyeballed by one. Nowadays the stone curlew is so rare that many bird lovers make pilgrimages to the few nature reserves where they can make eye […]

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