March 18th, 2013
Gun control’s a sticky matter, but environmentalists are hoping bullet control can speed through the legislative system. A poll of Americans shows that 57 percent support nontoxic, lead-free bullets for hunting, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
March 5th, 2013
Hurricane Sandy’s attack on the New Jersey and New York coastlines was no freak of nature, according to a new report. The hurricane’s unusual westward turn was precipitated by extreme ice melting in the Arctic, revealing an ominous new pattern for hurricanes to come.
February 22nd, 2013
Bornean and Sumatran orangutans face a lethal cocktail of threats that could drive them to extinction: Habitat loss caused by forest-clearing paper and palm companies; potential kidnapping by poachers in the exotic pet trade; and isolation. But you can help.
February 14th, 2013
This Valentine’s Day, spread the love, learn about endangered species, like the lovable bonobos of the Congo. They’re facing extinction, forced by humans, who could still also save them.
February 4th, 2013
Hopes for the reestablishment of the Mexican gray wolves rose in January when federal authorities released the first male wolf into the wild in four years.
January 25th, 2013
European researchers studying the effects of seven common agricultural pesticides on frogs report that exposing the amphibians directly to the chemicals resulted in rates of mortality from 40 to 100 percent.
January 18th, 2013
This video by Predator Defense wraps up the many reasons we Americans should reevaluate the new bounty hunting seasons on the gray wolves that were once hunted to virtual extinction.
January 11th, 2013
PETA just named Angelica Houston Person of the Year, in part for her work to keep great apes out of the entertainment industry.
January 10th, 2013
A pod or family of orca whales struggling for their lives in a shrinking ice hole north of Quebec may finally have attracted human rescuers.
January 9th, 2013
The fate of Shell’s deep sea oil platform, the Kulluk, captured attention last week when it cut loose in choppy seas and ran aground on Kodiak Island in Alaska. Observers held their breath, waiting to hear if the rig had been damaged and was leaking oil. It wasn’t.
October 30th, 2012
While climate change doesn’t cause hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy seems to have provided a near textbook demonstration of how global warming can worsen them.
Here are a few excerpted remarks from scientists explaining how that works.
October 29th, 2012
If you don’t hear the words “climate change” in the dialogue about Hurricane Sandy just yet, wait for it. Today, people in the storm’s path are either bracing for the Monday evening surge or busy evacuating to higher ground.
But tomorrow expect to hear “climate change” invoked in Sandy’s aftermath, because this Frankenstorm is exactly what scientists have been warning about for many years.
OK skeptics, yes, hurricanes happen. But this one has been supercharged by warming oceans and will come ashore with an assist from rising ocean levels.