Browsing Category : Environment and Sustainability


Filtered Nature in the Riviera Maya

A group of tourists ran up to a lanky ball of fur, which was curled up on a sidewalk at our resort in the Riviera Maya. “Look! It’s a monkey!” Phones and cameras took over the scene and snapped away for a few seconds, people shrieked and giggled, and then they continued walking. That same monkey kept showing up, and the…

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Scrotum Frog (Telmatobius culeus) — Photo by Pete Oxford / Minden Pictures

What Killed 10,000 Endangered ‘Scrotum’ Frogs in Peru?

The most striking part of this headline is not that there’s a real animal that humans decided to call the “scrotum frog.” But there is, so let’s take a moment to acknowledge that. Just look at its saggy skin. Laugh if you’d like; get it out of your system. Okay, now start crying. Scrotum frogs are the world’s largest aquatic…

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Planet Earth II — Here’s a Sneak Peek (TRAILER)

In 2006, the Planet Earth TV series became the most expensive nature documentary series ever made by the BBC. Filmed in high definition and narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough, it revealed a planet of beauty, wonder, and life to audiences around the world. Ten years later, a sequel is finally coming, scheduled for broadcast in October and November…

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Saturday’s March For Elephants and Rhinos

“Extinction is forever!” a loud voice belted through a megaphone. “Stop poaching now!” the mighty crowd of about 65 activists chanted back with fists in the air. We were among the thousands of people who marched through 150 cities around the world to participate in this year’s Global March For Elephants and Rhinos. Why? As I recently wrote, things look…

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We Can All Do More. Let’s Start Saturday.

Judy Brey says she’s not a writer, but she’s written an entire virtual magazine. She’s not in tech, but she’s built an app. She’s not a biologist, but her work saves endangered species. The thing that sets her apart from others is simple: Judy understands what’s happening to the world’s dwindling populations of elephants, rhinos, and other biodiversity — and she…

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How Not to Control Nature (VIDEO)

When 2.2 million acres of Wyoming’s pristine nature were set aside as a national park in 1872, we called it Yellowstone National Park. There was one problem, however: wolves. They were scary to the human visitors. So, to summarize what happened next, the humans resolved to have them all killed. By 1926, the wolves were all gone. Problem solved, right? Not…

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New Whale Species Hiding in High School Gym

New species are hard to find. Even huge swimming mammals of the cetacean order, a category of animals encompassing 89 species of whales and dolphins, all which breathe the same air you and I do. The most abundant of the cetaceans are also the most elusive, beaked whales, which account for roughly a quarter of the order (nature rhymes) and…

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Wasps and Humans Frolicking to the Sounds of Classical Music in Slow Motion (VIDEO)

It was 98 degrees and felt like 130 (to me). Gravel trails winded through grassy prairies that were lightly sprinkled with bright and pointy flowers. Something about the flowers seemed fitting for such parched summer days. Small swarms of wasps buzzed by, which also seemed appropriate. Humans strolled through one of the more landscaped areas: kids played around a stream; families walked…

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Simple Trick to Save Millions of Trees

Here’s a pet peeve I have: whenever someone grabs a handful of paper towels to dry off their hands. Consider trying this instead: just shake off the water; then see how far a single paper towel can go. If your hands still aren’t entirely dry, they probably will be in a few seconds — and they’ll still work in the meantime. Pretty…

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