JAKARTA — Indonesia has signed a new climate deal with Norway that will see the Nordic country pay the Southeast Asian one to keep its forests standing. The deal comes a year after Indonesia terminated a nearly identical scheme between the two countries over the lack of payments. Land-use change, forest degradation, and deforestation account […]
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Acid test: Are the world’s oceans becoming too ‘acidic’ to support life?
Hours after being born, oysters are already working to form their protective, chalk-layered shells. Drawing calcium and carbonate from seawater, they combine the two to form hardened shells. But as humans have pumped voluminous sums of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, this ancient process has come under threat. It’s estimated that the global ocean absorbs […]
Study paints ‘bleak picture’ for nearly all marine life without emissions cuts
A new study has found that nearly 90% of assessed marine life will be at high or critical risk by the year 2100 if climate change accelerates along a high-emissions pathway, and that these species will face risks across 85% of their native ranges in the ocean. “It’s a pretty bleak picture,” Alex Pigot, study […]
Florida’s Endangered Key Deer suffers 30% losses with Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on south Florida in September 2017, flooding homes, knocking out power to millions, and killing more than 30 people. However, the destruction was not limited to humanity. One of the state’s most adored wildlife, the Key deer, a rare subspecies of white-tailed deer that evolved in tranquil isolation on the islands […]
Newly installed rope bridges help sloths move between the trees
Anna Baltodano and Michael Chizkov search for sloths every morning from their terrace. Slow-moving and with fur the color of tree branches, the animals blend in among monkeys, iguanas, and toucans in the trees where they sleep, eat, and move — ever so slowly. The woodland that once surrounded the couple’s terrace has been chipped […]
‘Cooling the climate for 10,000 years’: How saving wetlands can help save the world
Buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pacific on the other, the Mitre Peninsula, at the far southern tip of South America, is one of the coldest, harshest places on the planet. “It’s the end of the earth,” said Martina Sasso, program coordinator at Rewilding Argentina But this 2,400-square-kilometer slab is also […]
6 Ways Humans are Responsible for Mass Bird Deaths
There are numerous ways in which we unknowingly cause harm to birds and other wildlife. Let’s take a look at some of the common practices that are harming bird populations around the world: 1. Windmills Wind turbines are a green energy source that helps offset our dependence on fossil fuels and our contribution to greenhouse […]
Petition: Hundreds of Manatees Have Died in 2021. Urge Florida to Protect the Ocean!
In 2021, over 540 Florida manatees have been found dead. In only three and a half months, the number has become dangerously close to 578, the average number of manatees that die per year. The Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events has classified the situation as an Unusual Mortality Event. Scientists are investigating […]