Small Farmers in Mexico Keep Corn’s Genetic Diversity Alive
“Campesinos” are driving the evolution of maize in North America
World's Largest Organism Faces Bleak Future
The single organism that is the Utah aspen grove known as Pando is on the decline due to herbivores wiping out its youngest tree outgrowths
Trump, Zombie Deregulation and the Hawaiian Hawk
A bid to remove the bird from the Endangered Species Act has emerged once again—long after the disappearance of the organization that proposed its removal
Climate Change May Curtail Shorebirds’ Need to Fly North
Arctic predators have been eating twice as many shorebird eggs, threatening populations and potentially migration itself
Blue Wave in Midwest Could Resurrect Climate Compact
A 2007 agreement aimed to reduce regional emissions, then political winds shifted
Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling—and Fundamental Rethinking
New practices, and new chemistries, are needed to end the scourge
Shock as China Legalizes Medicinal Trade in Rhino Horns and Tiger Parts
In a move that shocked and horrified many conservationists, China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts. Under China’s new rules, which overturn a 25-year-old ban, farm-raised tiger and rhino “products” can be approved for use in medical research or by accredited doctors in hospitals, despite the fact that the body parts have no known medicinal value...
Singing Fish Reveal Underwater Battles in the Amazon
Researchers recorded piranha "honks" and catfish "screeches" in the Peruvian Amazon, which might illuminate fish activity in murky jungle waters. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Index Ranks U.S. Cities Based on Climate Risk and Readiness
The evaluation aims to help authorities better plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change
South Africa’s Invasive Species Guzzle Water and Hurt the Economy
The country’s pioneering first report on its biological invaders paints a dire picture for resources and biodiversity
“Ghost Gear” Haunts the Oceans in a Growing Threat
Tons of dumped nets and other fishing equipment are strangling animals and habitats
Pandas Swoon to Particular Croons
Listening to the sounds panda pairs make when they're introduced could lead to better breeding success. Christopher Intagliata reports.
As Insect Populations Decline, Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why
The real story behind reports of an “insect Armageddon” is more nuanced—but probably just as unsettling
For Halloween, Consider the Chocolate Midge
A tiny fly, related to biting no-see-ums, pollinates cacao trees and enables our chocolate cravings. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Human Pressures Have Shrunk Wildlife Populations by 60 Percent
In 40 years, human actions like deforestation have taken a major toll on wildlife, a new report finds
Conservationists Worry about Amazon's Fate after Bolsonaro's Victory in Brazil
The far-right president-elect has proposed opening the rainforest to trade and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement
Dolphins Dumb Down Calls to Compete with Ship Noise
Bottlenose dolphins simplify and raise the pitch of their whistles to be heard above underwater shipping noise. Christopher Intagliata reports.
"Whose Land Do You Live On?" Reminds Americans Colonization Happened in Their Backyards
First Peoples populated America long before Europeans arrived to stake their claim. We have largely forgotten this legacy. A mapping tool is looking to change that