bee

Paige Embry’s new book gives a rare look at the often-overlooked world of America’s native bees.

bee

Paige Embry’s new book gives a rare look at the often-overlooked world of America’s native bees.

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Wolf Jutland

Tensions are high as wolves begin to wander the country for the first time in 200 years. Now some scientists have a possible solution.

Flooded street in Virginia

The state is ramping up efforts to protect people and the economy as southeast Virginia faces one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country.

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Tongass National Forest

Two western states have launched new challenges to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which helps protect some of the country’s most important public lands.

Reticulated siren

After decades of rumors and searches, the existence of a two-foot-long amphibian called “the reticulated siren” has finally been confirmed.

alarm

At the same time, reporters should be cautious not to oversell small and dubious solutions, as one recent case illustrates.

sea otter

Books coming out this month also look at the ethics of conservation, the history of water and the exploitation of the Congo.

Lebbiea grandiflora

A newly discovered plant genus could be wiped out by dams and mining. Could giving it a name save it from extinction?

Birds at Arcata Marsh

Sharon Levy’s new book offers a fascinating history of wetlands, their human-caused decline and our growing understanding of why we need to restore them.

mossy gravestones

When something dies in nature, it becomes part of a system that gives life. Can humans re-embrace the same concept?

Fire climate

They tried to bury the report by releasing it on Black Friday, but the threats we face — and possible solutions we can take on — are still very real.

Craig Generating Station

Trump’s “take no prisoners” deregulatory strategy carries big litigation risks.

Soliga plant

Protecting the planet from climate change and extinction depends on similarly protecting indigenous peoples, according to several new reports.

Five birds

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Patchy habitat

What happens when a patch of habitat is lost? Our new research finds that loss of only the smallest patches could affect species diversity in the landscape.

Ayana Johnson swimming

Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson talks about how climate change threatens our oceans, the implications for environmental justice and the most promising solutions.

Wolf howling

So how can we learn to hear the howl?

Bugs on a dandelion

A decline in insect biomass and diversity has experts concerned and calling for more research to understand why.

Flooded street in Virginia

The state is ramping up efforts to protect people and the economy as southeast Virginia faces one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country.

tiger sariska

When tigers are reintroduced into an area where they once lived, people need to learn to live with them all over again.

Gas truck at well

An expanding petrochemical industry, thanks to fracked shale gas, could have big consequences for a warming planet.

Congress

Candidates promising action on climate change and public lands won many victories, but several important ballot initiatives were defeated.

Canyonlands National Park

Experts fear oil and gas development could permanently damage millions of acres of ecologically and culturally important public lands.

Farmers at Soul Fire Farm

We asked Leah Penniman, cofounder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black, about the healing power of soil and ending an unjust food system.

November books

Books on our ballot this month look at wolves, turtles, animal activism, the psychology of climate change and a lot more.

Water cop

Drought can lead to anger and even violence. Climate change will make things worse. One cop is on the beat.

Hawaiian hawk

A bid to remove the bird from the Endangered Species Act has emerged once again — long after the disappearance of the organization that proposed its removal.

rhino

Conservationists fear this will stimulate demand for poached animals while making it harder to enforce existing laws.

mountain goat

Will mountain goats be able to shed their thick winter coats in time for earlier warm seasons? The Mountain Goat Molt Project wants your help to find out.

Ethnobotanist Joyce LeCompte

In his new book, ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan chronicles the efforts of “plant midwives,” women who are working to restore edible plants and healing herbs.

Asiatic lioness

Disease has struck the rare Asiatic lions of Gujarat, and other new threats have put their recovery in jeopardy. What will it take to save them?

I voted stickers

It turns out that many people who care about the environment never vote. One organization is working to change that.

gas pump

A former EPA engineer calls it “the most spectacular regulatory flip-flop in history.” Other experts say the resulting emissions increase would bode ill for the planet.

Bloede dam removal

From California to Maryland, dams are being removed to help fish, improve safety and boost recreation.

Zero Hour

We asked one of the teenage organizers of the recent Zero Hour Youth Climate March what they’ve learned and how others can follow in their footsteps.

florida shark anglers

These easy policy changes can save protected species from being killed by cruel fishing practices without infringing on the rights of anglers.

CAFO manure lagoon

Experts warn that we’ll keep having dangerous floods of feces unless state and the federal governments change the way big producers do business — and unless consumers start eating less meat.

solar array

A handful of statewide ballot initiatives will test whether states can effectively counter environmental rollbacks coming from the federal government.

polar bear thin ice

Scientists looking to communicate the truth about climate should explore the power of narrative and images.

southern resident killer whales

A recent meeting by the Orca Recovery Task Force shows the massive political and economic lobbies that stand in the way of success.

precipitation map

How will climate change affect rainfall and snow in your community? We mapped what the world will look like under current climate-change projections.

Elephant tusks ivory

In her new book Poached, journalist Rachel Love Nuwer travels into the heart of darkness that threatens elephants and many other species with extinction.

Mendochino fire

Wildfire expert and Arizona State University professor Stephen Pyne answers five burning questions.

mountain lion

Books coming out this month include a series of terrifying climate-change novellas and a look at the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

elwha river dam

Two dams removed from Washington’s Elwha River were branded as salmon-restoration projects, but their watershed and scientific impacts are just as significant.

6th Extinction cards

The “6th Extinction” card deck offers you a chance to lean about lost species — while playing poker.

Berkeley trees

Climate change may threaten the trees grown in inland cities. Adapting to that threat may help us protect city residents and mitigate future warming.

Phengaris alcon

Small, remnant populations might look like they’re doomed, but a new study says they could still deserve protection.

tiger wolf

A new study finds that large, charismatic species get the majority of research into felid and canid species, possibly at the expense of others.

rusty patched bumble bee

We understand that insects have both intrinsic value and instrumental value, but even that binary approach falls short.

Our exclusive map shows where pollution is projected to increase, county by county, thanks to climate change.

mussel deployment

A hatchery program puts freshwater mussel benefits on center stage.

Cylindropuntia californica

A new study — the first of its kind — finds that the world’s conservation areas fail to protect hundreds of rare cactus species.

Umbagog

For 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped support thousands of projects across the country, but its funding may be gone by the end of the month.

whooping crane in flight

Humans famously used ultralight aircraft to teach cranes to migrate. What has happened since then may offer clues about how to reintroduce other species back to the wild.

Vepris bali

Researchers have identified a new tree species in Cameroon, but it only grew in a landscape that has now been destroyed by agriculture.

Supreme Court

A change in the way the Supreme Court thinks about the role of the EPA and other agencies could dramatically weaken environmental protections.

green sea turtle honu

Populations of the green sea turtle, or honu, increased as the Hawaiian language made a comeback. Saving other languages from extinction could help protect biodiversity.

lion

Books coming out this month also examine the dangerous world of wildlife trafficking, the history of poisonous chemicals and new ideas in agriculture.

How will rising temperatures affect your community? We mapped what the world will look like under current climate change projections.

southern resident killer whale

To restore Southern Resident killer whales and salmon, we need to look at our dams — and ourselves.

Tara Lohan

The respected environmental journalist joins The Revelator to help us tell important stories about climate change, water, wildlife and other essential topics.

Sawtooth National Forest

We have five questions for Shelley Silbert, executive director of the advocacy group Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

coal plant

The so-called “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” exemplifies the administration’s irresponsibility on climate change.

Venus flytraps

Current laws further a cycle of poverty while not really protecting rare plants. There’s a way to fix that.

Alberta oil refinery

As Washington state prepares to vote on a carbon tax, how is the one in Alberta, Canada, faring?

Maclear's rat

The extinction of the Christmas Island flea — and the current risk to other parasites — shows a major gap in conservation efforts.

Climate change pollution

Climate change will exacerbate the problem in the coming decades, according to recent studies.

Grand Staircase

As Sec. Zinke prepares to open Grand Staircase-Escalante to mining, experts and business owners say tourism income far outweighs the potential from fossil-fuel extraction.

grizzly bear

When roads are built in grizzly habitat, bears come into conflict with humans more often. A new report explains what’s necessary to keep the bears from dying.

scalloped hammerhead shark

A new study shows that CITES-listed sharks remain some of the dominant species in the retail fin market.

Kate Schapira

We have five questions for Kate Schapira, founder of Climate Anxiety Counseling.

Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve

In Idaho, a breathtaking new reserve promises to preserve the darkness — and shows how other communities can follow.

indri lemur

At least 95 percent of Madagascar’s beloved primates are now at risk, conservationists warn.

Steelhead trout

A coalition of public and private entities hopes to revive both fish and water supplies in a hotter, drier climate.

Whanganui River

Four rivers around the world now have legal rights. But what are the implications of rights for nature for international environmental law?

lion

Experts worry this booming trade could doom the big cats in the wild.

orangutan

Books coming out this month also examine endangered languages, the lingering effects of colonialism and how war hurts the environment.

Mexcian gray wolf

Plus, a few tips on how to deal with the gloom and doom of environmental issues.

Straws

What’s the real environmental impact of a plastic straw compared to the 80 million people we add to our population every year?

rhino

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and maybe even a few crazy ideas.

illegal wildlife products

“Wildlife crime is organized crime, not an ‘animal rights’ issue,” says World Pangolin Day and Annamiticus founder Rhishja Cota.

vigil

At least 207 people around the world were murdered in 2017 for standing up to agribusiness, mining and wildlife trafficking.

Great Indian bustard

Only one male has turned up at the birds’ breeding grounds this year — and he’s too young to breed.

black-footed ferrets

The move comes the same day as a new study that shows overwhelming support for the environmental legislation.

wildfire

A historian of wildfires explains the difference between urban and rural fire cultures, and what it means for protecting communities in fire-prone rural areas.

Akashinga ranger

All-female ranger teams are an innovative and potentially more effective way to defend wildlife, says the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

ac/dc

A head-banging new study proves that loud music shakes, rattles and rolls the ecosystem.

gray wolf

The relationship between wolves and people raises deep questions that we still need to answer, says environmental ethicist and philosopher Michael Paul Nelson.

wolf yellowstone

Biologist Carter Niemeyer says gray wolves can only survive if we embrace wild spaces and scientific truth, not hatred and fear.

Rio Grande silvery minnow

The tiny fish doesn’t reproduce well in years when the water doesn’t flow. Several bad years in a row could push the species closer to extinction.

wild horses drought

Drought has already killed more than 100 wild horses. Volunteers hope to prevent more deaths.

Scott Pruitt

Will the infamous EPA administrator get to keep his soundproof phone booth? And will anything change at the EPA itself?

reading at the beach

Books coming out this month examine wildlife crime, polluted cities, the diversity of bees and how democracy can stand up to climate change.

Zain National Park

With increased attendance and crumbling infrastructure, national parks need money. But President Trump wants to cut even more of their funding.

California condor

Conservationists have helped to save North America’s largest bird from extinction, but it’s still important to give every chick a chance to fly free.

Rev. Billy Talen

The often-arrested social activist discusses his court case against Monsanto and the lessons it offers for other protestors.

Laysan albatross

YouTube is inspiring viewers across the globe to protect Hawaii’s Laysan albatross — but will that be enough in the face of climate change?

chain-link fence

If the Trump administration can show such disregard for society’s most vulnerable people, what does that mean for clean water, endangered species and other environmental issues?

The Blue Marble is turning into a glowing globe – and in many places that’s becoming a problem for human health.

Yosemite Falls

We have five questions about environmental justice for Scott Graham, author of the National Park Mystery series.

cave myotis bat

The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome continues its deadly spread west — but a meeting of bat researchers reveals cause for hope.

Coho salmon

Atlantic salmon from Norway carry a dangerous disease that puts native Canadian fish at risk — and maybe those in the United States, too.

baobab trees

New research shows that 2,000-year-old baobab trees are suddenly dying. New trees won’t have a chance, either.

Money time

The author of Corrupted Science reveals the historical roots behind the administration’s current attacks on science, the environment and human health.

rhino sun

Covering issues related to poaching, wildlife trafficking and extinction requires an unflinching look at what we’re losing and why.

deep underpass

The documentary Cascades Crossroads showcases the hard work — and compromises — necessary to protect migrating animals from deadly highways.

Scott Pruitt

A new study finds the EPA is now on the verge of “regulatory capture,” making it a servant of the companies it is supposed to regulate.

One More Generation

We have five questions for teenagers Carter and Olivia Ries, founders of One More Generation and the One Less Straw campaign.

slash and burn

New research finds that one-third of the world’s protected areas cannot serve the conservation mission for which they were established.

red-tailed hawk

Using birds to help get rid of pests is proving to be more effective than poisons — and less expensive.

reading camping

Eco-books coming out this month also look at the Flint water crisis, the effects of sea-level rise and the history of radical environmentalism.

rhino

“In the event of my imminent extinction, I hereby authorize the following as a testament of my wishes…”

southmost preserve

Even before the border wall is built, local business owners and conservationists worry about its impact on tourism and wildlife.

wake island rail

This small, flightless bird, native to an atoll in the Pacific, went extinct as a direct result of World War II.

Racheal Rios

“My art can’t help but comment on political, cultural and environmental issues of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands,” says the award-winning artist.

Wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a mass sterilization, euthanasia and “sale without limitation” of America’s wild mustangs.

We mapped light pollution from oil and gas fields and found they outshine American cities — and that’s bad news for birds.

golden lion tamarin

It took a decade of hard work, but one of the world’s most important wildlife corridors is now emerging from the fragmented forests of coastal Brazil.

trump

A review of Trump’s stated war on regulations doesn’t find many successful repeals. But it is hurting regulatory enforcement in quieter ways.

microplastics

Chemicals collect in microplastics, which then get eaten by fish, birds and seals — and by humans.

red wolf

As the wild population of red wolves falls to just 40 animals, captive breeding may be their last chance for survival.

farmer's market vegetables

Demand for organic food is growing, but corporations are pushing back to keep consumers in the dark about what they’re eating, says food campaigner Stacy Malkan.

Rohingya refugees in Bangaldesh

As extreme weather conditions arrive, vulnerable people in migrating populations could find themselves at risk from sexual exploitation or forced labor.

Adenocarpus

Exhaustive searchers have failed to turn up the lost Algerian species Adenocarpus faurei. Could other plants in the region also be extinct?

reading

Eco-books coming out this month cover some of the most important topics on the planet — and give you some tools to help.

Beaver

The U.S. Department of Agriculture killed more than 23,000 beavers last year. There’s a better way to manage our ecosystem engineers.

Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument’s imperiled fossil heritage holds clues to understanding some of our most urgent questions about climate change.

gavel

Specialized environmental courts are now operating on every continent except Antarctica. What’s behind the boom?

Amur leopard

Thanks to protective efforts in Russia, these critically endangered big cats have renewed hope of avoiding extinction.

Mexico flooding

In many Mexican cities, water is treated as a political bargaining chip – a favor that public officials can trade for votes, bribes or power.

Microphone

David Dunn says we can learn a lot about nature by listening to it — and in some cases, even use sound to heal the natural world.

Earth NASA

This year’s theme is “end plastic pollution.” That misses the point made by Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson.

leopard

Farmers don’t like living near big predators like leopards, but new research shows the carnivores provide a vital ecological service.

migrating tundra swans

The Interior Department is narrowing protection for migratory birds to cover only deliberate harm such as hunting, but not threats like development or pollution that kill millions of birds yearly.

Marines Hurricane Harvey

Anyone who disregards the threats of climate change “is stupid,” says retired Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw.

dayna reggero

With the Climate Listening Project, filmmaker Dayna Reggero offers people a chance to talk — and be heard.

elephant

The key to saving elephants and other species may lie in the DNA contained in their droppings, says conservation biologist Samuel Wasser.

Tonto National Forest

Settler colonialism in Arizona is ongoing. It continues to harm both the planet and indigenous peoples.

Phoenix dust storm

Water managers say no, but Native American tribes are keeping careful watch on the “water that connects us.”

Cyanea stictophylla

The “extinction capital of the world” could start losing unique plant species in as little as a month if funding disappears.

Critically endangered Higgins eye pearlymussels. Photo: Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS

Dozens of these water-filtering species are at risk of vanishing, and that’s bad news for every living creature that relies on them.

gas pump

The rules, bemoaned by auto manufacturers, would have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 540 million metric tons.

reading books nature

Eco-books coming out this April look at the life and death of Cecil the lion, the history of oppressive oil development, and living a zero-waste lifestyle.

Bears Ears National Monument

Recent lawsuits filed to save the monument’s unique fossil heritage may also protect modern wildlife.

cheetah

Video: The big cats face a long list of threats, from climate change to habitat loss to the illegal pet trade.

Orange golf ball

State regulators tried to get the future president to address problems on two golf courses. They got a lesson in how he handles regulatory challenges.

pollution epa

With environmental regulations under attack and EPA budgets being slashed, can the destruction of the agency be prevented?

Sudan northern wrhite rhino

The most famous rhino in the world has died, leaving behind two aging females and a hole in our world.

Disease outbreaks could be coming your way — our interactive map shows how you could be affected.

galapagos lizard

Ecotourism brings valuable funds for conservation to the islands, but it also delivers a torrent of garbage that could damage this unique ecosystem.

Three-striped box turtle

Nearly half of all freshwater turtles and tortoises are at risk of disappearing forever, a new report warns.

jaguar

A new study finds that the big cats and other endangered animals do best in places where there’s no phone coverage.

#youthvgov

With Youth v. Gov, the next generation of young Americans is stepping up to save itself from climate change and other threats.

Flooded

Panama’s Barro Blanco dam was supposed to help fight climate change. It ended up damning a culture.

reading books

Eco-books coming out this March include volumes about Rachel Carson, environmental destruction, plant-based diets and radical resistance.

humboldt penguin

Introduced rabbits threatened the unique birds of Chile’s Humboldt Penguin Natural Reserve. But after a century of devastation, hope has returned.

elephants

African elephant populations have already fallen from 26 million to 350,000. Is extinction next?

Tantrum that Saved the World

Climate scientist Michael E. Mann and children’s book author Megan Herbert want kids (and maybe also adults) to learn that their voices can and must be heard.

india forest ecosystem

The 196 nations that agreed to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets have just two years to meet auspicious conservation goals. How are we doing?

climate

Fake news may be hard to spot, but fake arguments don’t have to be.

old gas pumps

An added 25-cents-per-gallon fuel tax would hurt consumers, but something different could benefit the environment.

border armored jeep

There’s little talk of actually building a physical wall, though, and more discussion of cameras, facial recognition and other technology.

cattle public lands

A new book offers insight into how our public lands were created — and what that means as we fight to protect them today and in the future.

palm oil

Growing palm oil for use in food is already destroying habitats and causing extinctions. Using it for biofuel will make things even worse.

American Public Power Association / Unsplash

Trump’s proposed budget wipes out funding for numerous programs devoted to climate change, public lands and sustainable energy.

tiger

A new study finds that the often-feared big cats actually help keep crops and domesticated animals safe from other threats.

Oil rig

Burn, baby, burn: Experts express fear about the enormous climate impact of this boom in new fossil fuel development.

mountain bikes wilderness

A Republican bill threatens to open up federal wilderness areas to mountain biking — and in the process threatens the 1964 Wilderness Act.

graduation

Universities should hire diverse professors and teach classes that appeal to a broad group of students.

extinction tattoos

With his Holocene Project tattoos, artist J. Trip immortalizes endangered species on the bodies of wildlife-loving clients.

cemetery mexico

Global Witness calls the murders part of “the ruthless scramble for natural wealth.”

eco-books

This month’s new books look at America’s disappearing bees, how religion can fight climate change, a pioneering woman scientist and a lot more.

rhino

Video: Poachers slaughtered 1,028 South African rhinos for their horns in 2017.

Florida grasshopper sparrow

With just a few dozen left in the wild, things don’t look good for these critically endangered birds. But a captive-breeding program could help save them.

utah prairie dog

Many states currently are poorly equipped to assume the responsibility of caring for their threatened wildlife.

thin ice

A national tribal climate-change conference highlights impacts to culture, heritage and survival.

film archives

Archivists are working to save decades of film and other scientific information that could hold clues to protecting species and habitats today.

democracy science

We need all the tools we can get to address the environmental and economic inequality felt by many across the globe.

cougar

The subspecies has now been removed from the Endangered Species Act, 80 years after its last sighting.

yellow breasted bunting

According to the latest IUCN Red List update, 13 percent of the world’s bird species are now threatened.

trump inauguration

Attacks on science and the environment have been met with an increase in civic engagement and resistance.

We mapped out where the drilling could take place — and how it overlaps with the critical habitats of the most sensitive species at risk.

climate change human face

Learning how to communicate the issues in a way that people can understand and feel is the key to positive change.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BP’s mistakes, rooted in regulator failures, revealed “such systematic failures in risk management that they place in doubt the safety culture of the entire industry.”

giant panda

Panda habitats remain heavily fractured, while new research shows breeding centers expose the endangered animals to a hidden yet potentially deadly threat.

Florida panther

2017 was another deadly year for panthers. How many more years can this critically endangered species survive?

caribou anwr artcic wildlife refuge

Drilling in the refuge was tucked into in last month’s Republican tax bill, defying decades of attempts to protect this pristine wildnerness.

Arctic ice melts

Drawing clear borders around the Arctic Ocean matters for the future of the people who live there — and for the planet as a whole.

snowflake new year books

This month’s new books cover climate change, gorillas, warfare and…Godzilla?

trump administration

New rules could affect everything from clean power to migratory birds, and they’re just a hint of what’s yet to come.

Bears Ears National Monument

Stories about Bears Ears, sharks, vaquitas, an extinct bat and the Endangered Species Act resonated with our readers this year.

New Year sunset

The year of Trump brought challenges, but it also inspired us to seek the truth and find solutions.

air pollution

Air pollution is an unevenly distributed issue — how it affects you depends on where you live.

National Butterfly Center

The National Butterfly Center just filed suit to block Trump’s border wall from being built on its property in Texas.

climate

A three-day event offered me the opportunity to shape future discussion about global warming and its effects.

Mount Graham red squirrel

Only 35 Mount Graham squirrels remain in the wild, but five captive squirrels could hold the key to their long-term survival — if we can get them to breed.

crappy pay

Yet the right-wing talking point that climate scientists are only in it for the money persists.

filtered lens nature

We look at nature through our all-too human lens, but how does that reflect back on us?

fashion

The fashion industry can learn a lesson or two from sustainable food.

Wildlife crime by Steve Winter

A challenge from the reporter who blew the lid off of Thailand’s Tiger Temple and exposed illegal wildlife trafficking from a Buddhist monastery.

bears ears national monument valley of the gods

How racism, grave robbery, disrespect of tribal sovereignty and Mormon belief in divine rights is driving Utah’s attack on public lands.

Bears Ears National Monument

The proclamation to remove more than a million acres from protection has been called everything from illegal to racist.

lions trophy hunting

The trouble is, almost all animal populations today are facing increasing stress from changing environments.

climate change december

This month brings us several great new books for the dedicated environmentalists on your holiday shopping list.

Mia Love

How an elementary-school science teacher helped a Utah Republican congresswoman start to take leadership on climate change.

extinct icons

A powerful new art exhibit is just one event for this year’s Remembrance Day for Lost Species.

polar bear climate change

For small island nations threatened by rising seas, swelling waters are a daily reminder of the need to act on climate.

Guam kingfisher National Aviary

The last 150 birds of this critically endangered species rely on humans for their survival.

Guam brown tree snake

Guam’s birds have been killed by invasive snakes. Now trees struggle to spread their seeds.

injured red-tailed hawk

It also revealed to me the devastating impact humans are having on the world around us.

America’s waters are contaminated by poop and bacteria. Use our maps to find the worst waste locations near you.

pesticide agriculture

Drift of the pesticide dicamba has been linked to crop damage in 25 states this year.

dirty water

The Rural Utilities Service has helped millions of people, but the Trump White House says money for rural water isn’t needed.

pendulum

A new book dives into the ever-changing history of conservation legislation — and gives us a hint of the future.

plastic bag nature

Laws have banned plastic bags in some places, but taking the next steps requires overcoming some pretty major hurdles.

Fracking wells

Fracking has led to a large increase of hydrocarbon emissions in rural areas, reversing some regional air trends.

humans crowd

A new essay collection, Living in the Anthropocene, dissects our vast planetary impact.

Archipelago of Hope

Scientist Gleb Raygorodetsky explores the millennia-old relationships between indigenous communities and their local ecosystems, and how they can help us adapt to an uncertain future.

norway lobster parasite

The disappearance of a tiny oceanic parasite, researchers warn, indicates that overfishing has caused an ecosystem to fall out of balance.

Lesser prairie-chicken

After decades of stresses, the lesser prairie-chicken faces a brand-new threat: Oklahoma’s wind farms.

reads books

This month brings us new books about wildlife trafficking, pesticides and the history of the oceans.

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Sign up for our brand-new weekly email newsletter to stay informed about the world’s most important environmental issues.

wildlife trafficking

The bushmeat trade and traditional medicine could push tigers, chimpanzees, pangolins and hundreds of other species toward extinction

Bigfoot

The quest for Bigfoot and other “hidden species” can actually aid real-world species.

beyond megafauna bats mussels butterfly plants fish

Wolves and polar bears are great, but so are bats, fish, plants and invertebrates (among others worthy of our attention).

beach trash

Some people think beach cleanup efforts don’t accomplish much. They’re missing part of the picture.

Johnny Appleseed

A new graphic novel digs into the man, the myth, the legend — and the society that inspired them all.

Nazca booby

Researchers forecast that a decline in availability of nutritious sardines will shrink the population of Darwin’s famous Nazca boobies.

little brown bat white nose syndrome

Since it first turned up in 2007, white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats — and it’s not done yet.

A difficult hurricane season unearths issues ranging from cancer hotspots to deadly bacteria.

vaquita

Highly trained military dolphins have been dispatched to round up the last 30 vaquita porpoises and (hopefully) save the species from extinction.

snails

They may not be the most charismatic group of species, but we can learn a lot from the lowly snail.

south africa fire

Fires cost South Africa more than $750 million in damages in 2015.

frog research extinction

Research into the frog-killing chytrid fungus earns a Golden Goose Award, recognizing the value of federally funded science.

books autumn

October brings us new books about sea-level rise, wolves and feeding the resistance.

Puerto Rico electrcity

Chronic neglect of energy infrastructure increases vulnerability to extreme weather.

Crittical critter orangutan

Artist Ralph Steadman and writer Ceri Levy make us laugh while worrying about extinction.

thailand trash

Beach cleanup efforts in Thailand illustrate the global problem of plastic pollution.

alone

Here are five ways to help to make the world a more diverse — and more just — place.

arctic rowing

Rowing through the melting Northwest Passage means meeting the local people affected by climate change.

bonnet macaque

Populations of the once-common bonnet macaque have fallen 65 percent.

Border wall

Trump’s border wall would imperil some of the most diverse ecosystems in two countries.

southern resident killer whale

Southern Resident killer whales have a shortage of food and an overdose of deadly pollutants.

Christmas Island Pipistrelle

Extensive searches for this tiny microbat have failed to locate any survivors. The exact cause of its extinction remains unknown.

ozone hole

September 16 marks the anniversary of perhaps the most successful achievement in environmental policy.

sparrows

A new book argues, unconvincingly, that biodiversity is actually increasing.

trump clouds

We have to work together to solve climate change and other environmental problems, says author David Biello.

Mountaintop mining and excrement-filled lagoons threaten the unique biodiversity of the American southeast.

Woolly mammoth

Can extinct species ever truly be brought back to life? More importantly, should they?

mercury

An atrocity of mercury poisoning began in the 1930s. Does a new treaty go far enough?

oregon fires

People around the world are struggling with wildfires and floods and other crises, but I don’t give up hope.

ewaso lions

Ewaso Lions founder Shivani Bhalla aims to help people learn to live with local predators.

environmental books

This month brings new books about elephants, energy and an all-too-real mythic figure.

mexican free-tailed bats

Rescuers turn out for Houston’s famous Waugh Bridge bat colony.

Manmade “dam analogues” could help beavers recolonize former habitats — and help fish in the process.

hurricane harvey

Human-caused climate change and over-development enhanced some of the impacts of the storm.

chaotic wave metaphors

We need new metaphors to cope with climate change.

bears ears national monument

The Secretary of the Interior recommends reducing a “handful” of monuments.

pygmy rabbit scientists

Got knowledge about endangered species? A new toolkit tells you how to put it to good use.

stop signs

Advisers press Trump administration to subject report to controversial “red team” review.

continental divide trail bob wick

A healing visit to America’s public lands reveals their history – and their continued importance.

china air pollution

A new study reveals that air pollution from industrial sources increases levels of five different stress hormones.

florida shark anglers

Not only that, they’re giving each other tips on how to get away with it.

Climate change isn’t a temporary fad, and it isn’t going away.

wolf

Science shows that killing wolves does more harm than good.

coyote cyanide

USDA’s Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals a year with exploding cyanide capsules.

algae bloom

In spite of 15 years of goal-setting, average nitrogen levels in the Mississippi have not declined.

algae bloom

Funding to forecast toxic algae blooms could be at risk, putting lakes and water supplies in danger.

captive tiger

Tigers aren’t sexy, especially if you’re posing with one in captivity.

monkeys

Research in Costa Rica illustrates the value of monkey social behavior — and of stolen bananas.

infrastructure

Improving stability and overall standards will help infrastructure to survive disruptive events.

Arctic biodiversity

Drilling would also harm the cultural and religious core of the Gwich’in people.

life in the ruins

The author of the Southern Reach Trilogy and “Borne” examines “life in the broken places.”

reading

This month brings books about killer fires, strange birds and wicked bugs.

wildife rangers

World Ranger Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the people on the front lines.

earth overshoot

We’ll use 1.7 Earths’ worth of resources this year. Can six pledges make a difference?

monarch butterflies wall

Why are government contractors clearing trees on a private Texas butterfly sanctuary?

agriculture

It’s not just your personal choices. Global policy also matters, according to new research.

fence

Conservation fences protect nearby forests, but do they leave some people unexpectedly vulnerable?

elephant seal plastic

Oceanic plastic poses an increasing threat for these top predators.

Great white shark

Critics say the blood-soaked quest for ratings presents an image far from reality.

dead vaquita

Trying to save this species from extinction also means being witness to their destruction.

listen

In her new book, journalist Stephanie Hanes challenges conservationists to look beyond their own personal narratives.

endangered species whooping cranes

Calls to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act really just want to weaken it.

freshwater mussels

Saving freshwater mussels requires scrappy scientists and unlikely allies.

old-growth forest

The Old-Growth Forest Network works to protect America’s shrinking woodlands.

Chasing Coral

Director Jeff Orlowski’s documentary “Chasing Coral” is visual evidence from the front lines of a planet falling apart.

Tangier Island

Angry messages to the Trump-supporting mayor of Tangier Island illustrate a need to listen, not to shout.

population

We need to solve runaway human population growth if we hope to fix any other environmental problems.

vaquita

Fewer than 30 of these rare porpoises remain. Can their extinction be prevented?

jigsaw pieces

A look back at history reveals a need to come together.

Junk Raft

What better way to understand the dangers of plastic pollution than by traveling on a ship made out of garbage?

vaquita

Has Mexico finally taken the step that will save the vaquita from extinction? Or will it not be enough?

reading books outdoors

Check out Al Gore’s “Sequel” plus books about birds, disasters and pollution.

rainbow lgbt

Working as a conservationist often means living in conservative towns. That offers both risks and opportunities.

Akikiki

Mosquitoes and climate change carry disease to endangered island birds. Can the threat be reversed?

yellowstone grizzlies

The Trump Administration announced the bears would lose their protection under the Endangered Species Act.

poverty india shanty

A new report finds that malnutrition, unsafe water, drought, floods and other environmental dangers affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

landfill

Calls to bring power back to states ignore the struggles states had regulating the environment.

giraffe

Today marks World Giraffe Day, an occasion to recognize Africa’s rapidly disappearing giants.

lobsters

Warming waters are already having a chilling effect on the state’s lobster industry.

Hibiscus waimaea david eickhoff

At least 21 percent of plant species are threatened with extinction, but much remains to be discovered.

cemetery horror

Who needs zombies when you have global warming and the extinction crisis?

road clearing

Roads are a double-edged sword that can both help and harm.

Stephanie Vergniault elephant poaching

The founder of SOS Elephants works to save elephants from poachers and other threats.

Air conditioner

The elimination of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program could impact millions of people, according to the NAACP.

Audubon

Audubon: On the Wings of the World presents a complex portrait of a visionary scientist and difficult man.

Elephant Nepal

Projects bring energy to ranger stations in Chitwan National Park, plus economic opportunities for nearby women.

Headphones

Fill your ears and feed your mind with some great environmental storytelling.

Sumatran rhino

One of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos was euthanized to relieve her suffering from untreatable cancer.

bee

Home Depot promised to stop selling treated plants last year, but it will take another year before the change takes effect.

Bobby Magill

The Revelator speaks with Bobby Magill, president of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

A study of the Antiquities Act reveals that presidents can create national monuments, but not remove or reduce them.

Pacific fisher

Facing new threats — including toxins from illegal marijuana grows — the fate of this little-known mammal hangs in the balance.

deep sea exploration

Deep-sea mining could soon become a reality, experts warn.

Utopia sunrise

Rutger Bregman’s book Utopia for Realists offers solutions and an ambitious “dream big” vision.

coins

Programs to protect endangered species face the axe, as does the entire Marine Mammal Commission.

Radium Girls

A new book dives into the toxic history of the companies that poisoned dozens of young women.

wind turbines

Wind and solar are key, but so are family planning and plant-based diets.

bird sun

A new study of North American songbirds reveals an ecosystem falling out of balance.

border wall

Many species could go extinct if the border wall is built, experts warn.

In the age of Trump, local activism matters, says GreenLatinos president Mark Magaña.

Cathedral Grove

Dangerous times call for a new kind of environmental news site.

Conservation requires optimism. These experts share how they maintain it.

I went to Peru to screen a documentary about mining and ended up getting detained.

whooping cranes

A conservation success story faces a new threat that could undo the heroic efforts of the past.

Government emissions tests have drastically underestimated the pollution created by diesel trucks, cars and other vehicles, according to a study

cargo vessel

When a 60,000-pound shipping container falls into the ocean, its plastic contents can end up on the world’s beaches — and in its fish.

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