Planes, slaves (!) and tree loss: 3 new science stories you should know about

Three recent studies by Conservation International shed light on how humans can stop harming the environment, and help people in the process.

New Zealand bemoans water pollution, but won’t limit dairy

It’s uncomfortable to face the source of the pollution.

Here’s a dash of hope for climate change

This speech cheered me up, so I thought I’d share.

626 organizations back legislation to address climate change

A modest proposal

As emissions rise, UN climate talks take on greater urgency

Shyla Raghav, CI’s climate change lead, discusses the importance of the UN climate talks in the face of a new report.

Watch zebras being released in Tanzania after 50-year absence (video)

Half a century ago zebras were hunted to extinction in the region, now the area is being re-wilded and the zebras are leading the charge.

In global climate change fight, half a degree could make all the difference

Scientists say if Earth’s temperature were to warm any more than 1.5°C, we would experience devastating losses.

Wealthy philanthropists wage war. On cats.

With a $1 million donation, Andrew and Jane Cliffordhope to double the size of the world’s largest cat-free sanctuary.

Two cute videos teach kids about climate change and smog

Explaining climate science to kids is challenging, which is why clever animated videos can help.

10 of the tallest trees in the world

These skyscraping superstars are the stalwart examples of their species.

The Lush Spring Prize celebrates social and environmental regeneration

The £200,00 prize fund, jointly held by Lush Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer, redefines what environmental and social responsibility should look like.

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