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Because of population growth and increasing consumption, concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in our atmosphere are the highest in human history; as are global temperatures. This is not normal
The Passenger Pigeon was once the most common bird in America, perhaps five billion strong. During migration, flocks would be 300 miles long, a mile wide and take days to pass by. Then pigeon meat was commercialized as cheap food for slaves and the poor.
After long suffering from the effects of human activity at its home in the Yangtze River, China's famed White River Dolphin, or Baiji, is "likely extinct" according to a report in this month's edition of the journal Biology Letters. The determination
With news of various species going or likely to go extinct cropping up left and right, one might be forgiven for giving short shrift to news of yet another extinction — especially that of a small purple snail species on the other side of the world. Yet
Humans aren't the only ones who've been burned by this summer's record heat: a wide variety of animals, ranging from deer to bears, have been forced to flee their natural habitats as temperatures have hit new highs, sometimes rising into the triple
The good news: the bald eagle is finally making a comeback. The bad news: it's only one of several hundred endangered species doing so. Due in large part to legal and political meddling, the Bush administration has earned the dubious merit of adding the
Europeans sure don't mince their words—or numbers, for that matter: One in six European land mammals faces the threat of extinction, mainly through habitat loss and deforestation, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN), in a report for the
We'd wish you a Happy Endangered Species Day, but we find nothing terribly celebratory about the Bush administration's corruption of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with Interior Department officials fecklessly
The most familiar plea made by environmentalists warning us of the immanent disappearance of this or that species is a question: how will we explain the absence of the polar bear, or the manatee, or a certain species of eagle, to our children?
What does the extinction of the dinosaurs, mutating diseases, global warming and globalization all have in common? I’m sure you can think of a few things, but according to Kent Lester in his new book The Sixth Extinction, its worse than you think. What