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Save the Vaquitas

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The world's most critically endangered marine mammal -- a small porpoise called the vaquita -- is finally getting the attention it so desperately needs to survive.

Troubleshooting Climate Change

Mike DeLeonardis | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Mike DeLeonardis

We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?

Why Climate Change Should be a Conservative Issue

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The word "conservative" means something different today from what it used to. Conservatives have traditionally understood the importance of stability--and the dangers of disrupting the established order. They considered it a responsibility to preserve their heritage and pass it down intact to the next generation.

Scientific Collections: Threats to Species Survival or an Easy Scapegoat?

Luiz A. Rocha | Posted 10.15.2015 | Science
Luiz A. Rocha

While debate in science is vital, some criticisms erroneously conflate the individual rights of a single specimen with species survival, vastly overstate the impact of scientific collections on populations, and minimize the specimen's value in helping us understand the natural world.

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

According to the UN Environment Programme, we are in the midst of a massive extinction, with species rapidly dying out. Not since the loss of the dinosaurs have we had an extinction happening at this alarming rate.

The Pesky Problem With Mammoth Clones

Carl Pettit | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Our long-lost friends the mammoths could very well suffer "de-extinction" and begin repopulating certain parts of the planet again. That's good news for mammoths, I guess, but not such great news for the female elephants forced to act as mammoth-hybrid surrogates.

We Are All Responsible

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Matthieu Ricard

As for global responsibility, we need to increase our awareness of the interdependent nature of our world: each of our actions is fundamentally interconnected with everything else. The Buddha taught that we are not separate, but instead exist as part of a web of living beings.

Could The Monarch Butterfly Go Extinct In Our Lifetime?

Steve Peterson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Steve Peterson

The challenges I face trying to help the Monarch butterfly in my backyard mirror the challenges the Monarch faces. It takes A LOT to support Monarch butterflies because they can lay so many eggs. In the wild, only a small fraction of the caterpillars will survive pests and diseases to turn into butterflies.

We Won't Be Riding Elephants on Our Trip to Cambodia

Geri Spieler | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green
Geri Spieler

Unfortunately the laws in Thailand and Cambodia are not strong enough to protect elephants from abuse. Today they are considered nothing but livestock, no different than buffalo or cattle, which are not protected against abuse. The law is rarely enforced and fines are small.

Our Extinction Problem May Be Far, Far Worse Than We Think

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Science

The sharp decline of land snail species in Hawaii may have frightening implications for the extinction rates of animals worldwide. A multinational te...

The Next Mass Extinction as a Greek Tragedy

Steve Zack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Steve Zack

There is an emerging Greek tragedy. Not the familiar and ongoing financial troubles concerning Greece and the EU, but rather a catastrophe on a truly worldwide scale: an emerging mass extinction of life - the sixth such crisis in Earth's history.

Will the Real World Leaders Please Step Forward: Bravo Pope Francis

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

Regardless of one's religious, cultural or national affiliations, it would be difficult to avoid the conclusion that only one individual has emerged f...

There Are Now Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Left On Earth

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green

And then there were four.  The northern white rhinoceros, one of the world's most critically endangered species, inched a step closer to to...

Street Photography Has No Clothes

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image (c) John Holcroft, Courtesy of John Holcroft Street photography has become such an ambiguous umbrella term in the photography world that it re...

The Polar Bear in Your Backyard

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

For many people, the idea of a world without polar bears is eerie, but distant, like looking at photos of abandoned buildings. It's troubling, but in a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) sort of way. Except the problem is in your backyard...and in your bedroom.

How to Stop the Bloodiest Century in Human History

Jonathan Jackson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Jonathan Jackson

We're living in the bloodiest century in human history, and our own, daily habits are to blame. That's good news. It means we can do something about it.

Taco Bell Delivery Is What Killed The Dinosaurs

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.09.2015 | Comedy

Paleontologists have made a groundbreaking discovery that provides definitive evidence as to what caused the mass extinction of dinosaurs some 66 mil...

Earth Has Entered First 'Mass Extinction' Since Dinosaurs, Study Warns

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green

The Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction phase, a new study warns, and the time we have to avoid dramatic consequences is rapidly running out. ...

One Third Of The World's Saiga Antelope Population Died This Month. Nobody Knows Why.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green

Endangered, adorable Saiga antelope are dying off at a terrifying rate in Kazakhstan -- and nobody knows why. More than a third of the world's pop...

Making Nice: A Battle Cry for Biological Diversity

Lisa Novick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Lisa Novick

This reluctance to actively consider something that causes cognitive dissonance or necessitates reappraisal of our actions is reprehensible. This reluctance is the death knell of countless species and ecosystems on Earth that we have come to love and are loathe to imagine the world without.

Environmental Collapse and Mass Extinction... in Dollars?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 05.05.2015 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

Approaching the collapse of the earth's environment by attempting to commodify nature with a dollar value is a stunning instance of the prevailing human perspective responsible for the current state of affairs.

60 Percent Of Large Herbivores May Go Extinct Thanks To Humans

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Thanks in part to poaching and habitat loss, 60 percent of the world's largest herbivores are at risk of extinction...

WCS at 120: Then and Now, Conservation Action Takes a Movement

John F. Calvelli | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

To pursue legislative action to restrict ivory sales in the United States, the 96 Elephants campaign has followed Hornaday's tested movement strategy: building coalitions with public and private partners, raising public awareness, and working with government leaders.

'Green News Report' -- April 16, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ontario, Canada joins cap and trade system to fight global warming; Stu...

New Species Of 'Terror Bird' Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science

An army of huge carnivorous "terror birds" -- some as big as 10 feet tall -- ruled South America for tens of millions of years before going extinct so...