A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

The health of “entire ocean ecosystems” and food security is in jeopardy, said Dulvy, a former co-chair of the shark specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The number of species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras, known together as chondrichthyan fishes, facing “a global extinction crisis” has more than doubled in less than a decade, according to the paper published September 6 in the journal Current Biology.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

It may seem like a bit of conjecture – avian innovations resulting in species longevity – but Simon Ducatez, a post-doctoral researcher in Barcelona and McGill University and Louis Lefebvre, a Canadian professor of biology at McGill, have arrived at the conclusion scientifically.

What Happened to the Schomburgk’s Deer?

What Happened to the Schomburgk’s Deer?

Schomburgk’s deer antler on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh © Matthew L. Even a dramatic animal like the Schomburgk’s deer vanishes without a trace. Just as with the Schomburgk’s deer, barasingha are vulnerable on their islands.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

Even if you’re one of the lucky amphibian species that can resist the chytrid fungi, you can still unwittingly exacerbate the scourge by transporting the pathogen around the environment for other species to pick up.

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

For example, South Australia passed koala protection laws in 1912, the same year they went functionally extinct. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales Eight years later, in 1927, the Queensland government allowed a final one-month open season on koalas.

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

In a new study of shellfish from the past 5 million years, scientists found that species with a greater chill factor are less likely to fizzle out—a phenomenon they dub survival of the laziest.It’s well known that high-strung, type A behavior is bad for your health.