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Tick Populations Booming

As climates change, ticks spread farther north, harming dogs and humans

A few weeks ago, on a pleasantly cool day, this reporter and his dog, an Alaskan malamute named Bear, headed for a small set of trails in an area of woods not far from the New York-New Jersey border. With bicyclists plying…
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Early Warning System Is Reducing Human-Elephant Conflict in India

New program uses text messages and LED lights to improve life for both elephants and humans

Several years ago, as a masters student studying ecology, I took a trip with friends to the Anaimalais (literally, Elephant Hills, in Tamil) in the Western Ghats, a mountain chain running down peninsular India. One day we were careening down a hillside…
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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Rivers

Rivers are the arteries of our planet. They contain only 0.003 percent of the water on Earth but sustain much of her life. Yet rivers are also under threat. The following list offers a brief introduction to their unique ecological, social and…
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New Film Documents Indigenous Rights Violations in Malaysian Borneo

More than 15 years after moving to make way for a mega dam, families are still struggling to make a living

In 1998 around 10,000 Indigenous people in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, were moved out of their ancestral lands and into the resettlement village of Sungai Asap to make way for the Bakun hydroelectric dam, Asia’s largest dam…
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In the Presence of Gorillas

A stunning, intimate portrait of the greatest of the Great Apes

Most of us will only ever get to see a mountain gorilla if it’s in a zoo behind bars. But what would it be like to walk among them in the wild? Chris Whittier had a rare opportunity to do just that…
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Building Islands and Burying Reefs in the South China Sea

China’s land reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands are causing permanent damage to marine habitat

Island-building isn’t new. San Francisco built Treasure Island in the 1930s for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Miami’s exclusive Star Island was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1920s. And of course there are more recent examples, such…
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SeaWorld Spy Attended 2014 Orca Conference

Covert work went far beyond PETA

The covert work of a SeaWorld employee accused of infiltrating the animal rights group PETA extended far beyond his involvement with any single organization. Former SeaWorld orca trainers have confirmed that Thomas Jones, whose real identity and name, Paul McComb, were revealed…
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Robert Bullard
The father of the environmental justice movement discusses how the movement developed and where it is headed.
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Scientists Are Citizens, Too
Why one scientist started speaking out about climate change.
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The Ivory Market
Keep it closed, or open it up?
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Readers Poll
What do you think: Would a legal ivory trade help protect elephants?
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Silk Road to Prosperity

The revival of wild silk in one o the world’s biodiversity hotspots is helping to protect forest areas by improving the economic situation of local people.
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Hiding in Plain Sight

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, and online, ivory carvings are easy to buy.
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