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Wolves in a Tangled Bank

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
Cristina Eisenberg

The wolves' return to Yellowstone and the subsequent recovery of plants that elk had been eating to death in their absence has become one the most popularized and beloved ecological tales.

It's The End of the World As We Know It

Randy Malamud | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Randy Malamud

I propose that it is time for us to accept as a premise in whatever environmental discussions we have -- or indeed, in any deliberations on anything taking place in the future -- the fact that the world is coming to an end.

Biruté Mary Galdikas: 'If Orangutans Go Extinct, It Will Be Because of Palm Oil'

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Tadzio Mac Gregor

This woman of Lithuanian heritage has grown to become one of the greatest scientists and primatologists of the 20th century. Biruté Mary Galdikas has spent more than 40 years living and studying the behaviour of orangutans inside the once pristine rainforest of Borneo, Indonesia.

'Buttercup' Blood Brings Cloning Effort One Step Closer

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science

Scientists are one step closer to cloning a woolly mammoth, thanks to the results of a new autopsy conducted on a remarkably preserved specimen of the...

Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction Requires Dealing With Climate Change

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Anthony D. Barnosky

Allowing the climate change we're now causing to continue would virtually guarantee that human beings will be the first species in the planet's history bring on a mass extinction of life on Earth.

Extinction Machine* - Drivetrain Mechanism

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

Why do people persist in behaving in ways that clearly threaten their future existence . . . in fact, the existence of all life, as we know it, on the host environment . . . planet earth? There is no mystery about what is happening. Science has laid it bare.

Leonardo Dicaprio: Let's Not Wait Until We Pass More Tipping Points

Thom Hartmann | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Thom Hartmann

Around 250 million years ago most life was extinguished from our planet in a cataclysmic extinction event. Today, it could happen again.

The Population Wake-Up Call

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

A recently published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reads like a grim Choose Your Own Adventure tale of global population dynamics. What if the next pandemic wiped out 2 billion people?

Zombies in the Mirror: The Scary Truth About Where We're Headed

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

With all the news about population, extinction and climate change, it can feel pretty apocalyptic out there. But we can still choose not to be zombies.

Extinction Machine: User's Guide

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

The one universal law or rule that seems to hold constant in nature is the seeking of balance. All natural systems are in a continuous state of change...

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.

Dreaming of Dodos: The 40-Year Living Planet Index Challenge

Jess Peláez | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Jess Peláez

We humans are not meant to survive alone. We are not here to outlast every other creature. That is not why we've struggled so hard to make life better for our kind. We have struggled for millennia to find that balance, that perfect equilibrium between wild things and civilized ones.

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 08.25.2014 | 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...