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The Pope on Childess Couples

Robert Walker | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

It can reflect a deeply held concern about the damage that we are inflicting upon the natural world and what that means for future generations, not to mention all the other creatures with whom we share this planet.

Artist Brings Extinct Animals Back To Life In Mesmerizing Drawings

Giuseppe Fantasia | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Giuseppe Fantasia

Arianna Papini uses whimsical drawings to tell the stories of twenty extinct animals, from their origins to their disappearances.

10 Ways You Can Help Stop The Sixth Mass Extinction

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 12.13.2014 | Science
Anthony D. Barnosky

Yes, it's true that about a third of species we've evaluated are threatened with extinction, and that we've killed about half of all our wildlife in the past forty years. But with all the gloomy predictions being thrown about, you may not know that the Sixth Mass Extinction is not a done deal.

Plantation Level Conservation to Stop Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

Until we know what the fall-out from the agreement to continue deforestation is, little pockets of survivors are an essential solution to stopping absolute extinction.

This Is The Loneliest Frog In The World

Leilani Münter | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Leilani Münter

The small, brown gliding frog will have peace and quiet for the remainder of his days in this shipping container. Mark will care for him until the last day when quietly, without any media hype, another species will silently disappear from our planet.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

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.

Earth Is In The Early Days Of A New Mass-Extinction Event, Researchers Warn

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.25.2014 | Green

Remember the mass-extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs? Earth is apparently on the verge of another great biological extinction, and humans a...

Huge Diamond-Studded Crater Linked To Mass Extinction

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New evidence implicates one of Earth's biggest impact craters in a mass extinction that occurred 33.7 million years ago, accor...

World's Wildlife Vanishing at Breakneck Pace -- And Guess Who's to Blame?

Noah Greenwald | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Species are going extinct at a pace not seen in tens of millions of years, and unlike past extinction events, the cause is us.

Killer Impact Theory Comes Under Attack

natureheader | Alexandra Witze | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

One of the most controversial ideas about prehistoric North America — that an impact by an extraterrestrial object 12,800 years ago triggered a cold...

Tiny Bugs May Have Caused Earth's Biggest Extinction

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science

A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteri...

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation wit...

Will We Be the Next Extinction?

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

While modern man, as we know it, she says, arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago, we may go the way of the Dodo bird if we don't change our ways.

Eek! Will Ginormous Rats Take Over Earth?

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 02.11.2014 | Science

In the event of a future mass extinction, rats may be the animals best suited to repopulate the world, some scientists say. And if rats did "take ov...

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

Dahr Jamail | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Dahr Jamail

We are currently in the midst of what scientists consider the sixth mass extinction in planetary history, with between 150 and 200 species going extinct daily, a pace 1,000 times greater than the "natural" or "background" extinction rate.

Could This Limit Mass Animal And Plant Extinctions?

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green

OSLO, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a ...

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

PLOS Research Predicts Climate Change 'Winners' and 'Losers'

Linda Marsa | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science
Linda Marsa

There's a growing consensus among scientists that the earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The results of these calculations and models -- once they arrive in the popular media -- are increasingly positioned as scorecards, offering nature's "winners" and "losers."

Fossils Suggest Earlier Start For Odd Dinosaur-Like Creatures

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/29/2013 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience Dinosaurs — or at least their ancestors — ma...

Ancient Mega-Volcanoes Tied To Huge Extinction Event

Posted 03.22.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/21/2013 02:11 PM EDT on LiveScience Massive volcanic eruptions may have led to the extermina...

New Evidence May Settle Dino Extinction Dispute

Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/07/2013 02:11 PM EST on LiveScience The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosau...

2012: A Farewell to Creatures Great (and Small)

Robert Walker | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

The disruption of entire eco-systems is harmful to the people who depend upon them for their economic survival. Poaching in developing countries may temporarily enrich the poachers, but posterity is inevitably impoverished.

The Trouble With Meteors

John Geoghegan | Posted 02.22.2013 | TED Weekends
John Geoghegan

Unfortunately for us, earth has experienced at least five mass extinctions during the past 540 million years. Some scientists believe it may be as many as twenty. In other words, mass extinction events are not uncommon.

EXPLAINED: How World's Worst Extinction Event Unfolded

Posted 12.06.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/05/2012 11:54 AM EST on LiveScience SAN FRANCISCO — Nickel-eating bacteria may have worsene...