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Extinction

Review: A Window on Eternity, by E. O. Wilson

David Edmund Moody | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
David Edmund Moody

He confesses that he suffers from a "mild arachnophobia" -- so much so that he was unable to cope with and preserve a large and colorful orb spider that he had acquired with some difficulty, and instead simply opened the plastic bag and released it back into the wild.

Will Civilization Collapse, or Evolve?

Richard Steiner | Posted 04.04.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

What is now at risk is the functional integrity of the only biosphere we know, and the very continuation of civilization. And yet, we seem numb to this unprecedented threat. Will modern civilization evolve to become egalitarian and sustainable, or collapse?

What Do You Believe?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 04.02.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

A recent Gallup poll indicates that most Americans do not believe that global warming and extreme weather are connected. The March 6-9 poll included 1,048 adults selected randomly from all adults living in the United States.

Extinction at the Hand of Man

Ken White | Posted 03.25.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

As someone who lives in the Bay Area, it's almost always on trips away from home when I find myself bumping into people who deny (a) that there's clim...

Devastating Defect May Have Contributed To Mammoths' Extinction

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science

The last of the woolly mammoths may have suffered from high rates of devastating birth defects, new research suggests. Fossils of mammoths found ne...

EXPLAINED: Why Giant Birds Suddenly Vanished

| Virginia Morell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, the...

A Psyche the Size of the Sea

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

The zombie-like desolation of dying reefs signals a depletion of the human spirit hanging in anxious limbo somewhere between life and death.

Fossilized Bones Reveal Ancient Sloths' Watery Transition

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

Millions of years ago, aquatic sloths roamed shallow waters off the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru. These now-extinct swimmers had highly dense b...

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Michael Conathan | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green
Michael Conathan

She may well look back and find that training for her space walk was easier than preparing to take the helm of NOAA.

Silence and Freedom

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

Silence, a break from mental noise, allows the world to seep into us, to fill us in a whole, unbroken sense.

Rescue Mission Underway to Save Mangrove Finches

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Like most babies, these new arrivals require a lot of attention. While they wait in their incubators for one of their 16 daily feedings, they listen to the recorded voices of their parents. They are fed a special formula of papaya, scrambled eggs and insects. Insects?

Through the Climate Portal: Humanity's Tragic Flaw

David_Goldstein | Posted 02.27.2014 | Green
David_Goldstein

Theoretically, we can still pull back via a World War II level green energy mobilization together with rapid and permanent fossil fuel reduction. But we are not stopping. In fact, we are accelerating the process. We can't imagine it. It is our tragic flaw.

A New Gold Rush Into the Blue Economy

Irina Bokova | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Irina Bokova

At an ocean conference in China last October, renowned American oceanographer Sylvia Earle told participants that "we must think of taking care of the ocean as if our lives depended on it....because they do!"

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.25.2014 | 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...

See the Forest and the Trees

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 02.20.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

A hideous event surfaced in the international news last week. It touched millions of people around the world and their anger, hurt and outrage f...

What NASA Is For: Straight From the Panda's Mouth

Charles Seife | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Charles Seife

Despite all the agency has done, despite all it has to offer, so long as human spaceflight is at the core of NASA's existence, it will never evolve beyond a faint echo of its prior self.

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.

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

Fossilized Poop Paints Surprising New Picture Of Ancient 'Mega-Beasts'

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Woolly mammoths, rhinos and other ice age beasts may have munched on high-protein wildflowers called forbs, new research suggests. And far from livin...

WATCH: 'Swamp Monster' Skull Discovered On Site Of Prehistoric Forest

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science

A toothy, long-nosed skull found in Texas belonged to a "swamp monster" that lived more than 200 million years ago. The creature is a previously un...

Lions Nearing Extinction In West Africa, And We Didn't Even Know It

| Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

By John R. Platt (Click here for original article) Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordi...

Kirtland's Warbler - Back from the Brink

Huron Pines | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

Photo by Ron Austing The Crowdrise Holiday Challenge will be over in less than 24 hours, and with its closing the first dedicated push to raise doll...

11 Animals We May Allow To Go Extinct Because They're Not Cute And Fuzzy

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

In 2012, nearly $1 billion was donated in the name of environmental preservation to just three charities: The Conservation Fund, the World Wildlife Fu...

The Hidden Gems in Our Favorite City: Lisa Novick, Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants

Julia Wasson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

We are entering the sixth mass extinction on Earth, and this one is because of human activity. The other five were from natural causes. The extinction rate now is 1,000 times the normal background extinction rate.

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.