Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

The Ambatovy nickel mine located in a biodiversity-rich Madagascar rainforest made up for the forest lost due to its operation, a recent study in Nature Sustainability concluded. The mine operators did so by reducing deforestation rates in nearby areas designated as “biodiversity offsets.” There are at least 6,000 large mining projects that impinge on forests […]

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Darwin’s hypothesis that birds’ feathers get more colorful closer to the equator proved by researchers

Darwin’s hypothesis that birds’ feathers get more colorful closer to the equator proved by researchers

If you’ve ever traveled to a tropical location, you’ve probably noticed that the birds’ feathers are brighter than in other regions of the world. The hue of a bird’s plumage appears to vary depending on latitude. Phys.org reported that three European scientists who went on expeditions to the tropics during the 1800s — English naturalist […]

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Tar Heel State man lucky to be alive after treatment for a snake bite from one of the world’s deadliest vipers

Tar Heel State man lucky to be alive after treatment for a snake bite from one of the world’s deadliest vipers

After treatment for a snake bite from one of the world’s deadliest vipers, an unknown North Carolina man is out of the woods. The Gaboon viper, one of the world’s most venomous snakes, may be found in Sub-Saharan Africa’s rainforests and savannas. However, while caring for the snake, this Tar Heel State man was bitten […]

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To count Sumatran rhinos in the wild, look for their poop, study says

To count Sumatran rhinos in the wild, look for their poop, study says

JAKARTA — How do you tally the population of one of the rarest and most elusive animals on Earth? Follow the poop, of course. That’s the finding from a study that shows that Sumatran rhinoceros droppings can reliably predict the species’ remaining population and help inform conservation planning. The estimated global population of the Sumatran […]

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