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.

Photo: Penguin portrait is a picture of contentment

The subject of our photo of the day basks in the sunshine.

Thousands of African gray parrots rescued from traffickers in Congo (video)

Wildlife Conservation Society is treating the purloined parrots at a specially built care facility; some 900 have been released back into the wild.

Scientists befuddled by huge 70-mile wide cloud of butterflies, caught on radar

Is this a flock or birds or….?

These 10 rivers likely the source of millions of tons of ocean plastic

New study finds that rivers deliver up to 4 million metric tons of plastic debris to the sea every year, with up to 95% coming from just 10 of them.

Thanks to pizza, NYC mice are biologically different from their country cousins

The metabolic pathways of urban mice are changing due to the “novel diets” afforded by city living.

Alternative Energy Sources (Science at the Edge)

Alternative Energy Sources looks at the different options for replacing fossil fuels. It explores how the energy potential of the oceans can be captured using wave power generators, how solar energy could be captured with solar paint and solar satellites, and how nanocrystals boost photovoltaic cell charge. It discusses the environmental concerns surrounding genetically modifying […]

I Am a 30-Year Veteran Scientist From the U.S. EPA: I Can’t Afford to Be Discouraged

By Rita Schoeny . . . And neither can you. Since January, we have seen a continual assault on our environmental protections . The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) has put a political operative with no scientific experience in charge of vetting EPA grants, and the agency is reconsidering an Obama-era regulation on coal ash . The well-established

Baby elephant and his doting collective of sisters, cousins, and aunts

Like all African elephants, this sweet one-day old babe will be raised by mom as well as his “allomothers.”

What are Cultural Landscapes, and why should we care?

A look at the themes behind this years’s Landslide list from the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

11 certified dark sky reserves, where the nighttime heavens are the star

Idaho is applying to become an official dark sky reserve, which would make it the first in the United States and the 12th in the world.

Photo: The amazing feats of leafcutter ants

Our photo of the day is a lesson in strength and perseverance.

What are Diablo Winds?

The winds fanning the historically dreadful California fires are borne out of a complicated mash-up of meteorology, physics, geography, and topography.

Photo: Tiny tree frog needs his own cartoon

Our delightful photo of the day comes from the rainforest of Ecuador.

Existence of legendary 18-inch long, coconut-cracking rat that lives in the trees confirmed

The mysterious and elusive rodent rumored to live in the Solomon Islands rainforest has been found after years of searching.

Photo: When all else fails, baby foxes!

Our photo of the day offers a perfect escape.

Photo: Portrait of the world’s bravest wildlife photographer

Our photo of the day reveals the lengths a photographer will go to get the shot.

Photo: Trees claimed by Colliford Lake

Our dreamy photo of the day comes from Cornwall, England.