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01

Oct

11 startling stats about Earth’s disappearing wildlife
Our planet has lost half its creatures since 1970, a new report finds, but there’s still time to save the rest.

26

Sep

Can humanizing animals help us save them?
By attributing human characteristics to animals — what’s known as anthropomorphism — we’re more likely to empathize with them, which can have both negative and positive effects on the species.

25

Sep

Obama hangs ‘no fishing’ sign on huge ocean sanctuaryThe U.S. is expanding a marine sanctuary near Hawaii by 500 percent, creating ‘the largest marine reserve in the world that is completely off limits to commercial resource extraction,’ including fishing.

Obama hangs ‘no fishing’ sign on huge ocean sanctuary
The U.S. is expanding a marine sanctuary near Hawaii by 500 percent, creating ‘the largest marine reserve in the world that is completely off limits to commercial resource extraction,’ including fishing.

Why divers are restoring California’s kelp forestsMoving invasive purple sea urchins helps to restore balance to the ecosystem.

Why divers are restoring California’s kelp forests
Moving invasive purple sea urchins helps to restore balance to the ecosystem.

24

Sep

From hunters to protectors: The Lion Guardians and a story of changing perceptionsA conservation group has helped Kenya’s Masai bring back the big cats and better their own lives.

From hunters to protectors: The Lion Guardians and a story of changing perceptions
A conservation group has helped Kenya’s Masai bring back the big cats and better their own lives.

23

Sep

Scientist will record every sound on Earth for a yearBryan Pijanowski, a self-described ‘soundscape ecologist,’ has installed microphones around the world so he can capture the planet’s noises.

Scientist will record every sound on Earth for a year
Bryan Pijanowski, a self-described ‘soundscape ecologist,’ has installed microphones around the world so he can capture the planet’s noises.

18

Sep

A ‘fish cannon’ may sound ridiculous, but it could be the key to saving salmonDams that block salmon during their annual upstream migration have contributed to the species’ decline, but an innovative Washington company may have found a creative solution

A ‘fish cannon’ may sound ridiculous, but it could be the key to saving salmon
Dams that block salmon during their annual upstream migration have contributed to the species’ decline, but an innovative Washington company may have found a creative solution

laurajmoss:

I recently visited the border of South and North Korea and wrote about something positive that’s come out of the separation.

Wildlife thrives in ‘the most dangerous place on Earth’

Former President Bill Clinton called the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the 155-mile border between South and North Korea, “the most dangerous place on Earth.”

Created in 1953 during armistice negotiations, it’s the world’s most fortified military border, lined with soldiers, concertina wire and countless landmines. 

During a recent visit to the Joint Security Area — the only portion of the DMZ where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face — I signed a declaration acknowledging that my visit would “entail entrance into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

As a North Korean soldier snapped photos of my tour group, we were instructed not to point or gesture, and an American soldier informed us that North Korea could level the South Korean capital of Seoul in minutes.

Despite the truce, the two countries remain at war. 

But while the DMZ is one of the most dangerous places for humans, it’s one of the safest places for wildlife. READ MORE.

Can healthy soil fix our planet?In ‘The Soil Will Save Us,’ author Kristin Ohlson explores the potential for reversing global warming through soil conservation.

Can healthy soil fix our planet?
In ‘The Soil Will Save Us,’ author Kristin Ohlson explores the potential for reversing global warming through soil conservation.

11

Sep

Conservationist shares home with 200 sloths
Monique Pool came to the rescue of the sloths when their habitat was marked for destruction — but she never expected to find so many.