Lobsters to get a slightly less horrific death in Switzerland

Live crustaceans will no longer be forced to lounge on ice or be thrust into boiling vats of water without being stunned first.

Meet the man who flies with the birds in order to save them (video)

A former meteorologist, Christian Moullec flies an ultralight to guide vulnerable birds on safe migration routes.

Reefs are losing recovery time between bleaching events, experts say

A recent study finds that warmer waters are causing an increase in coral bleaching events.

With Science Under Siege in 2017, Scientists Regrouped and Fought Back: 5 Essential Reads

By Maggie Villiger 2017 may well be remembered as the year of alternative facts and fake news. Truth took a hit, and experts seemed to lose the public’s trust. Scientists felt under siege as the Trump administration purged information from government websites , appointed inexperienced or adversarial individuals to science-related posts and left important advisory positions empty. Researchers braced for cuts to federally funded science. So where did that leave science and its supporters? Here we spotlight five stories from our archive that show how scholars took stock of where scientists

Photo: Ring in the new year with this serene American dipper

Our photo of the day reveals North America’s only truly aquatic songbird.

New Grand Staircase-Escalante Proposal Would Further Harm the Region

By John Gilroy Just a day after President Donald Trump significantly diminished the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced legislation that would reduce the protections on this unique landscape even further. The Grand Staircase-Escalante Enhancement Act (H.R. 4558) mirrors President Trump’s proclamation by creating three smaller national monuments and one national park that together would preserve roughly 60 percent of the landscape that has been safeguarded by the

NASA mission reveals beautiful swirling gases on Jupiter (Video)

These incredible images sent back by the Juno spacecraft gives us a detailed look at Jupiter.

Forecasting urban inundation with a sunny day flood of tweets

Researchers combine social media and artificial intelligence to better predict damage from global sea level changes

13 facts about the splendid snowy owl

In which we praise these glorious birds of prey.

Photo: Common redpoll brings tidings of joy

Our photo of the day is like a holiday card from Mother Nature.

Polar Permaculture grows fresh food in one of the coldest, darkest regions on Earth (Video)

Looking to reduce waste, increase local food security and create a “circular economy,” this permaculture project is growing food in the Arctic.

3 Extreme Weather Events in 2016 ‘Could Not Have Happened’ Without Climate Change, Scientists Say

Three of 2016’s extreme weather events would have been impossible without human-caused climate change , according to new research. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published a collection of papers Wednesday focused on examining the effect of climate change on 27 extreme weather events last year. The research found that climate change was a “significant driver” in 21 of these weather disasters, and that three events—the temperatures making 2016 the hottest year on record, the heat wave over Asia in the spring, and a “blob” of extremely warm water in the Pacific—”could not have happened” without climate change. Scientists say the certainty

Learn how to work with fungi for food, medicine, & remediation

Mycologos, the world’s first online mycological institute, aims to make the study and application of fungi accessible and approachable for more people.

Photo: Vibrant butterfly lives deep in the forest

Our stunning photo of the day comes from the rain forest of Ecuador.

Spiders eat up to 800 million tons of insects a year

Meanwhile, humans consume a mere 400 million tons in meat and fish.

Plastics industry has known for years that it’s polluting oceans

But it has chosen to “deny, confuse, and fight regulation.”

New Trump Administration Plan for Mexican Gray Wolves Puts the ‘Lobo’ on Path to Extinction

The Trump administration released on Wednesday its long-overdue recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves , one of the most endangered mammal species in North America with an estimated wild population of just over 100. However, the plan charts a course for extinction rather than recovery, cutting off wolf access to vital recovery habitat and failing to respond to mounting genetic threats to the species. “It’s a ‘recovery plan’ in name only. Without additional habitat and greater genetic diversity, the wolves will continue to teeter on the brink of extinction. The plan provides none of these essential needs,” said Heidi McIntosh, an attorney with the nonprofit environmental legal organization, Earthjustice , which sued the federal government on behalf of

Top 25 Most Endangered Primates: the Most Current List

By Mike Gaworecki Earlier this month, a new orangutan species discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia officially became the eighth great ape species known to exist on Earth—and, thanks to habitat destruction caused by the expansion of human development, it instantly became one of the most endangered great apes on the planet, too. There are believed to be fewer than 800 Batang Toru orangutans ( Pongo tapanuliensis ), as the new species is called (it’s also sometimes referred to as the Tapanuli orangutan), all living in a degraded primary forest on Sumatra increasingly surrounded and bisected by roads. But

Snakes invading Bangkok homes, thanks to urban sprawl

The fire department had received 31,801 calls this year for help in removing snakes, three times as many as in 2012.

Brilliant octopus covers herself in shells to hide from a hungry shark (video)

This MacGyver meets 007 maneuver was captured by divers exploring a marine forest for Blue Planet II.

Italy bans animals in circuses

No more elephant or lion acts. Those are now a thing of the past.

Photo: White-tailed jackrabbit considers the snow

Our photo of the day comes from Queens Park Cemetery in Calgary, Canada.

15,000 scientists from 184 countries warn of dire future for humanity

Humankind is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere, the authors write.