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Frank D. Lospalluto/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) ” class=”js-colorbox-custom” data-colorbox-gallery=”gallery-file-205404-Ch6_5OgoSA8″ data-cbox-img-attrs=”{"title": "", "alt": ""}” data-href=”https://nas-national-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/48775839588_1d3e217467.jpg”> Spotted Owl. Photo: Frank D. Lospalluto/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) A month ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Northern Spotted Owl, a reclusive, inky-eyed inhabitant of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, meets the definition of an endangered
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She’s a grande dame who over the years has made headlines for surviving more horrors than anyone should in a lifetime. And now, in the twilight of her life, she is again in the spotlight but unaware of the controversy surrounding her future. Anne, Britain’s last circus elephant, captured hearts in 2011 when video footage
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Humans are driving species to extinction 1,000 times faster than what is considered natural. Now, new research underscores the extent of the planet’s impoverishment. Extinctions don’t just rob the planet of species but also of functional and phylogenetic diversity, the authors of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argue.
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Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and former Secretary of State John Kerry sign a document at the State Department in Washington, February, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP In the lead-up to his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden raised the climate crisis to
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Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Susan Gregory/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s last-minute revocation of a Clean Water Act veto that has protected some the richest wetland and aquatic resources in the Nation since 2008.  This revocation opens the door for construction and operation of the
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Great Egret. Photo: Claudio Contreras Koob WASHINGTON – “The risk of allowing President Trump to remain in office is too great for our country to bear. He has said he will not participate in the peaceful transition of power and we’ve seen the deadly consequences. “As an internationally recognized American institution for the last 115
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Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure project: a new airport and runway that would increase the human footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%. The mega-scheme is likely to involve blasting petrel rookeries, disturbing penguin colonies and encasing a stretch of the wilderness in more than 115,000 tonnes of concrete.
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Susan Fenimore Cooper circa 1855. Photo: W.G. Smith/Public Domain Henry David Thoreau, who famously penned Walden and other works, is considered the father of American nature writing. Yet most people have never heard of Rural Hours, a nature book written by Susan Fenimore Cooper that Thoreau mentioned in his journals. Cooper’s book was published in 1850—four years before Walden. As America’s
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