A proposed Anthropocene epoch will be reviewed this month and possibly approved by the end of this year. Find out which sites are contending to be the epoch's "golden spike" and the prospects of its final approval.
Discoveries related to conserving habitats and ecosystems to combat the extinction crisis.
Diet-Size Relationship in Animals Disturbed by Humans
The diet-size relationship is a universal principle in the animal kingdom that dates back millions of years. Find out how human activity is disturbing that principle's balance and the implications for species extinction.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – A Review
The Sixth Extinction’ by Elizabeth Kolbert is an overview of past and present mass extinctions. Discover why many scientists believe that humans are causing a new era of mass extinction today. (5:30 min read)
‘Making Peace with Nature’ Report Offers Sustainable Blueprint
‘Making Peace with Nature’ is the title of a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Discover how it lays out a blueprint for solving our climate, biodiversity and pollution challenges.(4:30 min read)
Animal Movement Disruptions Threaten Biodiversity
Animal movement changes are the result of human disruption of ecosystems. Discover why these changes pose a threat to species survival and to global biodiversity. (3:30 min read)
Wolves and Beavers are Vital to Ecosystems
Wolves and beavers interact throughout North America. Find out how their relationship has a profound impact on wetland habitats. (4:30 min read)
Antarctic Conservation Vetoed by China and Russia
Antarctic conservation was blocked by China and Russia at an international commission. Find out why they refuse to protect the Southern Ocean. (4:00 min read)
Indigenous Fires: Invented Legends or Lessons for Today?
Indigenous fires may have played a part in the evolution of New England forests for thousands of years. Find out why that idea became controversial. (5:00 min read)
Wind Turbines: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Wind turbines cut carbon emissions, but they’re unpopular with community groups and environmentalists. Find out why this is more about trust than science. (4:30 min read)
Western Bumblebee Populations Collapsing: Short on Data
Western bumblebee populations have declined by 93% over the last two decades. Find out how researchers support action to conserve these vital pollinators. (4 min read)