Environment

‘Beenome’ project aims to boost bee conservation with genetic mapping

by Liz Kimbrough - MongaBay - Creative CommonsScientists have announced a plan to map the genomes of at least 100 bee species, representing each of the major bee taxonomic groups in the U.S., to...

Study finds major brands selling cat food that contain protected sharks

by Elizabeth Claire Alberts - MongaBay - Creative CommonsResearchers used DNA barcoding to find that cat food sold in Singapore from at least 16 different brands contained threatened species of sharks, including silky sharks...

Afro-Caribbean community safeguards pristine oceans with new protected area

by Maxwell Radwin - MongaBay - Creative CommonsThe newly designated Isla Ají marine protected area covers over a total of 24,600 hectares (60,800 acres) of coastal, terrestrial, and marine ecosystems on Colombia’s Pacific coast. ...

Entangled humpback whale in Maui set free from marine debris

(The AEGIS Alliance) - A humpback whale female journeying with her calf and male mate was relieved to be free following her being discovered entangled in fisherman's line along with a big bunch of...

Photos: Caged protected species orangutan and more found in raid of Indonesian politician’s home

by Ayat S. Karokaro, Sri Wahyuni - MongaBay - Creative CommonsThe head of Langkat district had an illegal pet orangutan, authorities say. The politician is only the latest in a long line of public officials...

We’ve breached Earth’s threshold for chemical pollution, study says

by Elizabeth Claire Alberts - MongaBay - Creative CommonsA new study has found that the release of novel entities — artificial chemicals and other human-made pollutants — has accelerated to a point that we...

Pesticides released into Brazil’s Amazon to degrade rainforest and facilitate deforestation

by Jenny Gonzales - MongaBay - Creative CommonsChemicals created to kill agricultural pests are being sprayed by aircraft into native forest areas. Glyphosate and 2,4-D, among others, cause the trees to defoliate and end...

Elephant flips over car with family in it at South African nature park

(The AEGIS Alliance) - Don't mess with mother nature. The family with children's animal safari simply became truncated.Tourists in South Africa got an even closer view of a wild animal encounter than they counted on...
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