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20-25% Of All Well-Known Marine Species Headed Towards Extinction, Research Finds

A significant proportion — 20-25% — of all well-known marine species are headed rapidly towards extinction, new research from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences has found. The new work — which made use of the most comprehensive conservation data available for both marine and non-marine organisms — demonstrates that marine […]

February 2nd

Human Activity Has Pushed The Planet Beyond 4 Out Of 9 Boundaries For Life — Stability Of Biosphere Dangerously Compromised, Research Finds

Human activity has pushed 4 out of 9 of the processes that the stability of life on the planet is dependent upon past the point-of-no-return, according to new research from an international consortium of scientists across a number of fields. What the research means is that nearly-half of the processes that people depend on for […]

January 17th

What Is Climate Change? (VIDEO)

Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat or take your umbrella when you go out. It snows: time for high boots, a heavier coat, scarf, and warm gloves. And sunny days, well, […]

September 16th

National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]

May 6th

Extinction Debt, Historical Legacy Of Population Losses More Significant Than Current Population Numbers

Extinction debt is playing a considerably more important role in recent extinctions than conservation practices, or the lack thereof, are, new research from the University of Vienna has found. Most recent extinctions are primarily the result of socio-economic stressors placed on environments in the early to mid 20th century, and the population/genetic diversity losses associated […]

April 16th

Mass Extinction Of Birds In The Pacific Islands Was Caused By Humans, Research Shows

One of the last regions on the planet to be colonized by humans, the Pacific Islands, were home to over 1,000 unique species of birds that became extinct concurrently with the colonization, new research from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found. As recently as 2000 BC, many of the tropical Pacific Islands were […]

March 26th

Warming Earth Results in Contrasting Consequences, But Not So Fast

New research by scientists has found that biodiversity on Earth actually increases as the planet warms. However, importantly, this growth is observed in the evolution of new species over millions of years and is most often accompanied by the extinction of other species.

The present trend of accelerated warming is not likely to boost global biodiversity, rather, it is set to destroy it.

September 4th

The Fate of Mankind

  by Jared Conner People, As humans, we have long considered the Earth as invincible, unchangeable, and unable to be exploited. The thing is, we are wrong. Because of our flawed beliefs over the last two centuries, we have begun to wound, change, and exploit the Earth. And if we do not unite, forget our differences, and work together to stop and […]

July 19th

Nearly 10% of the Mammals in the Western Hemisphere Are Headed Towards Extinction from Climate Change

  9 percent of the mammals in the Western Hemisphere, 40 percent in some areas, are unlikely to move their range fast enough to avoid extinction. Previous studies have looked into where mammals will move as their environments become unlivable from the changing climate. But a new study by the University of Washington questions whether they […]

May 14th

Increasing Loss of Biodiversity Comparable to Global Warming in Ecosystem Damage It Will Cause

  Loss of biodiversity appears to negatively affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution or other major stressors. In some cases, it has reduced overall plant growth by over 10 percent. “Some people have assumed that biodiversity effects are relatively minor compared to other environmental stressors,” said biologist David Hooper of Western Washington University, […]

May 3rd

Were Siberian Volcanoes Responsible for Permian Extinction Event?

New research adds more information to the long discussed cause of the Permian-Triassic extinction event by looking into the possibility that Earth’s largest known extinction event was caused by a massive eruption of the Siberian Traps. The research, published January 9 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, offers new insight into just how […]

January 11th

Do Climate Models Underestimate Extinctions?

“We have really sophisticated meteorological models for predicting climate change,” says ecologist Mark Urban, the lead author of a study that looks at whether the current climate models properly understand species competition and movement and, therefore, the impact the future climate will have on animals. “But in real life, animals move around, they compete, they […]

January 5th

Lions Could Be Extinct in 10-15 Years!

Lions, these wonderful big cats — I think there isn’t anybody who has ever avoided their charm — could be extinct in just 15 years. Even though they are dangerous, they are lovable, too. But, unfortunately, there’s some really bad news: their numbers have been shrinking tremendously over the last 50 years! While, in 1960, there were a healthy 450,000 lions in wild, in 2010, were only 20,000! If that trend continued, lions would become extinct in just just over 10 years.

July 16th

Eastern Cougar Now Officially Extinct

Yes, the eastern cougar has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s very sad news, indeed, but in a world that is in the midst of the 6th mass extinction, it is not even close to a surprise. In 1973, the eastern cougar was listed as an endangered species. But it […]

March 3rd

How Climate Change Changes Evolution – One Bird's Story

As average global temperatures increase, biologists anticipate more negative impacts from this change on a great many species of plants and animals. In most cases, scientists expect climate change to damage ecosystem integrity and ultimately accelerate the extinction of a great many species (as appears to be already happening in many quarters of the globe). […]

February 6th

U.S. Manatee Deaths Hit Record Level in 2010

In concluding the International Year of Biodiversity, the good news is that manatees are still with us, the bad news is that manatee deaths in U.S. waters continue to climb. In 2009, there were 429 reported manatee deaths, which was about double the number from 2008.  As of December 2010, however, manatee deaths totaled 699. […]

January 9th

What Causes Mass Extinctions

Humanity has moved about in such a way, disrupting many fragile ecosystems the world over, and introduced new and often harmful species into these environments, to a point that mass extinction could be on its way, according to a new study that looked at the effect invasive species have and had on biodiversity. “We refer […]

December 31st

Hybridization Good and Bad for Arctic Mammals

The seasonal loss of ice in the Arctic which scientists believe will eventually lead to ice-free summers could have both beneficial and negative effects for the mammals that have over millennia adapted to life in the cold and harsh environment, according to a new research paper published in the December 15 issue of the journal […]

December 17th

Top 10 Climate Science News of 2010

Climate Progress recently put together a piece on the top 10 climate science news stories of 2010 (so far). A lot of news that doesn’t hit the mainstream media. Here’s are a few of the stories: 1. Nature: “Global warming blamed for 40% decline in the ocean’s phytoplankton”:  “Microscopic life crucial to the marine food […]

November 22nd