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Despite Its Remoteness, Antarctica's Health Matters

Greg Stone | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

Whether or not you have ever eaten a piece of Antarctic fish or a krill oil dietary supplement, this spectacular place is meaningful to your life. The stark beauty of its land and sea matter to us, as do the lives of the iconic animals that call it home.

Biological Collections Are Vital to Preserving Species in the Face of Climate Change

Barbara M. Thiers | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Barbara M. Thiers

The general perception is that while biological collections are mildly interesting, they are largely irrelevant to our lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The African Elephant's 'Last Days'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.28.2014 | Green
Joe Peyronnin

The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 100,000 elephants.

Why Wildlife Trafficking Is a Human Problem of Global Concern

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

The soaring demand for products derived from wildlife has pushed several iconic species --including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, as well as many lesser known species -- toward the precipice of extinction. This is a global crisis for both wildlife and people, particularly local communities.

Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

Save the Dingoes, Stop the Ecocide

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The bloody "War Against Nature" is raging across the Australian continent. The largest land predator, a 55-pound free-ranging dog, called a dingo (classified as a subspecies of grey wolf) is in deep trouble.

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

People and Other Animals: Remembering an Extinct Species

Ken White | Posted 11.05.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Back in March I wrote about extinction, specifically about extinction resulting from the hand of Homo sapiens, focusing then on how man's appetite for...

The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

Carl Safina | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Carl Safina

As I think of what we are doing to elephants, coral reefs, Bluefin tuna, the great apes and the great cats, today on this sad centennial I wonder whether humanity ever really learned the lesson of the passenger pigeon.

Dearly Beloved: 100 Years Ago the Last Passenger Pigeon Died

Jarid Manos | Posted 10.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.

Grilling for Labor Day? Don't Burn the Planet

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

Once you start replacing servings of meat with plant protein, your statistical life span starts to improve. Same goes for the planet.

The Passenger Pigeon's Everlasting Mark: America's Most Infamous Extinction

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

We rarely know the exact date and time an entire species goes extinct, but in the case of the passenger pigeon, we do. Martha, the very last of her species, took her final breath at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st 1914, marking the end of a species that was once the most abundant in North America. This was America's first infamous extinction.

Kathleen Miles

Will Artificial Intelligence Doom The Human Race Within The Next 100 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may be superin...

'The 6th Extinction:' A Talk with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.

Will Humans Go Extinct If All Animals Die?

Quora | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora:Will humans go extinct if all other animals die? Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Evolutionary Biologist Pro...

Avoiding Extinction on the Goldilocks Planet

David Wilkie | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

Like the dinosaurs, we and our fellow denizens of Earth may become the amber curios of a future civilization that ponders how species once so prevalent came to such a swift demise.

Interview: 99.9% of Species Ever on Earth Are Extinct Now

Richard Ha | Posted 09.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

This is Dr. Shane Burgess again, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, talking this time about how 99.9 percent of all species that ever lived on the earth are now extinct.

The Asian Elephant Vanishes: Once Revered Animal Becomes Consumer Product

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green
Andrew Lam

In a world where even the sacred is devoured, one can't help but wonder, in another century or so, whether there will anything left but a horde hungry humans, and those that will inherit the earth, cockroaches?

Federal Scientists Ordered to Drop Proposal to Protect Wolverines

Noah Greenwald | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Just as we did with bald eagles, peregrine falcons, sea turtles and grizzlies, we have a legal and moral duty to protect wolverines, remarkable survivors able to sniff out carrion buried beneath several feet of snow.

Spiral-Tusked Beast Was Part Of The Real Paleo Diet

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Science

There's a new mega-mammal on the menu of America's first hunters. On a ranch in northwestern Sonora, Mexico, archaeologists have discovered 13,400-ye...

Is It Getting Crowded In Here?

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

There's something that distinguishes humans from other animals besides our opposable thumbs: There has never, in the history of the world, been another large vertebrate land animal whose population has grown as much, as quickly or with such devastating consequences as ours.

4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science
Ravishly

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

I Am a Digital Dinosaur

Chuck Nyren | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Remember WordStar? WordPerfect? Apple Writer? Lotus Notes? If you don't know what these are, open up Netscape Navigator and do a search on Alta Vista.

Eve of Extinction?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

Evidence pointing to the reality of human caused environmental change is increasingly streaming through global media outlets and information sources.

Armadillo, World Cup Mascot, Threatened With Extinction

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, June 12 (Reuters) - The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with e...