Help scientists figure out where the millions of tons of plastic entering our oceans every year ends up
The directive is part of a broader push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development
Gaps in federal wildlife laws mean easy access to exotic—sometimes endangered—reptiles, and offer scant protection against abuse
Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming effect augmented by a brighter sun.
About 11 percent of nonrenewable groundwater is used to irrigate internationally-traded crops
A new initiative sets out to find and save long-missing animals before they really disappear
Plant species in China's Hengduan Mountains exploded in diversity eight million years ago—right when the mountains were built. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Entire communities of lichens in coastal North Carolina might be tweezed from their current habitat and transplanted to higher ground
Officials approved a plan to round up the last 30 vaquitas into protective “sea pens”
The storm that swept across the Rockies in September 2013 unleashed huge amounts of sediment downstream, doing the work of a century of erosion. Julia Rosen reports.
Myths get in the way of our ability to restore degraded soils that can feed the world using fewer chemicals
Media coverage hyping the supposed use of rhino horn to pump up sex drive does no favors for conservation efforts
The low-end estimate for how much the world's spiders eat is some 400 million tons of mostly insects and springtails.
Scientists climb to perilous heights to gauge how much carbon dioxide the rainforest is absorbing
Scientific American technology editor Larry Greenemeier talks with Ken Washington, vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford, about self-driving cars.
Green groups promise a fight; legal challenges could go on for years
Animal Planet's series The Zoo shows viewers the biological, veterinary and conservation science at a modern zoo.
In fewer than a dozen generations bumblebee-pollinated plants were coaxed to develop traits that made them even more pleasing to the bees. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The pathogen with a near 100 percent mortality rate could wipe out amphibian species already decimated by habitat loss