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Eight newly discovered species of whip spiders could soon become extinct

    Researchers have discovered 8 new species of whip spiders in museum collections. Image courtesy of Alessandro Ponce de Leão Giupponi and Gu…

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Soil carbon could be key to protecting global biodiversity and climate at same time

    Worldwide, we’re spending less than a third of what it would take to protect global biodiversity and meet biodiversity targets adopted by t…

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Thailand’s efforts to protect wild tigers starting to pay off, but recovery slower than expected

    A patrol in Huai Hha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo by Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand.The government of Thailand adopted an intensive…

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The week in environmental news – Feb 26, 2016

    A pygmy marmoset (cebuella pygmaea) in Colombia. Photo by Rhett Butler.A report sponsored by the U.N. pulled from approximately 3,000 scient…

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'Status symbols': Japan emerging as major hub for illegal trade in slow lorises due to the

    Slow Lorises have become popular pets in Japan, which is fueling their illegal trade. Photo from Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain).A new stu…

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A forest full of beetles: an interview with bug researcher Caroline Chaboo

    Pseudocalaspidea: Very little is known about this spectacular leaf beetle from ACA Villa CarmenBiological station. Photo by Caroline Chaboo.…

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New ‘Blue Economy Challenge’ wants your solutions to transform the aquaculture industry

    The Blue Economy Challenge is open for online applications from 29 February 2016 to 30 June 2016. Photo courtesy of WWF.The Blue Economy Cha…

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DRC announces intent to reopen its rainforests to logging companies

    Okapis, or “forest giraffes,” were unknown to the western world until the twentieth century. They are only found in the forests …

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The week in environmental news – March 04, 2016

    Grizzly bear, photo by Rhett Butler.Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist was gunned down in her home.Four…

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Even minor forest disturbance can cause great ape population crashes

    A female aggregation of bonobos. Photo by Takeshi FuruichiFollowing the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, researchers found…

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New snake species highlights how little we know about biodiversity in under-explored regions of Indi

    Wallaceophis gujaratensesis. Photo by Zeeshan Mirza.India is home to about 280 species of snakes, and it is generally assumed that the repti…

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Australia announces a new spider species called 'Brian'

    Male Brian spiders (Dolomedes briangreenei) have broad, white stripes along the sides of their heads while females like this one have narrow…

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Nigerian government urged to halt “land grab” in Ekuri community forest

    Ekuri Community members protest the superhighway as a “land grab in disguise.” Photo by Martins Egot, Ekuri Initiative.The Ekuri…

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The week in environmental news – March 11, 2016

    Fishing cutter in the sound between the Ertholmene islands in the Baltic Sea. Photo by a.poll_o/ CC BY-SA 2.0.The U.S. and Canada have annou…

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These little-known, colorful birds are latest victims of Indonesia’s caged-bird trade

    The Malayan banded pitta is a commonly spotted bird in Indonesia’s bird markets. Photo by JJ Harrison (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)…

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Hope for monkey on brink of extinction: new population found in Vietnam

    A new population of 500 grey-shanked doucs has been discovered in Vietnam, dramatically boosting the known population of this Critically End…

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‘Exploitation crisis’: Civil war fueling ‘sharp rise’ in poaching and trafficking of South Sudan’s w

    Recently poached elephant in South Sudan 2015. Photo by P Elkan WCS.Before the war broke out, South Sudan’s forests and savannah were home …

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The week in environmental news – March 18, 2016

    The Atlantic coast off of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Photo by Jeff Gunn/CC by 2.0China has just released their 13th Five Year Plan, which …

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UNESCO declares largest biosphere reserve in North America

    Tsá Túé International Biosphere Reserve comprises Great Bear Lake, its surrounding watershed, and several protected areas and territories…

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Two Chinese ivory smugglers sentenced to 35 years each in jail

    Tanzania has lost 60% of its elephants in just 5 years. The sentencing of the Chinese duo is thought to be one of the heaviest punishments h…

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Hidden Oceans on Jupiter's Icy Moon Eur

    This rendering of Europa shows the temperature field in a simulation of the icy Jupiter moon's global ocean dynamics, where hot plumes …

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Earth's 'Missing Energy' Was

    Some of Earth’s energy is emitted back into space. That energy can be measured by instruments such as NASA’s TERA/CERES. Yellow and red zo…

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Giant Impact That Formed the Moon Blew Off E

    This artist's conception of a planetary smashup whose debris was spotted by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009 gives an impres…

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Razer and ClearBot are using AI and robotics

    Razer has partnered with marine waste cleaning startup ClearBot to advance the use of AI and robotics to reduce ocean pollution.The pair ann…

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If Dolphins Are Mammals and All Mammals Have

    iStock/alexxx1981When it comes to being mammal, dolphins fit the bill in all respects. They give birth to live young and nurse them. They�…

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What Would Actually Happen If You Drank Salt

    Your body will not thank you.warrengoldswain/iStock via Getty ImagesSoon after you learn not to eat sand, you’re taught the next crucial le…

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10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our W

    Marine life is currently under attack from all sides by plastic. From plastic in the form of large plastic bags and 2-liter soda bottles to …

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Why Do Shells Sound Like the Ocean?

    iStockKevin in Bentonville, Arkansas, wrote in to ask this question: "Why do you hear the ocean when you put a seashell up to your ear?"Al…

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Oxygen Is Rapidly Running Low in Earth'

    For most life forms on Earth, oxygen is a necessity, not an optional extra – and because of our warming planet, oxygen is quickly disappear…

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Strange Sea Creature Found in Oceans Around

    An example of a chain of salps floating in the ocean. Credit: Photo by Lars PlougmannFlorida State University researchers have more insight …

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