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Gold mining in Amazon rainforest increases by 400%

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science have found that the amount of area used for gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has increased by 400% since 1999. This amount is…

Climate change to hurt children most

Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study published on Monday.…

15 new species of birds discovered in the Amazon

This year, scientists working in the Amazon recorded an incredible 15 new species of birds. Birds are one of the most well-known groups of animals on Earth.  Finding new species…

Eating bugs could save the planet

A new study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that eating insects could help save the planet. The report released by the FAO argues that there is…

The fierce fight for the wolverine

One of the fiercest animals in the world, the wolverine, may soon be protected in the United States. Environmentalists have been trying to convince U.S. lawmakers to list the wolverine…

Newly discovered tarantula may be critically endangered

An enormous tree-dwelling tarantula recently discovered in northern Sri Lanka may be critically endangered due to deforestation, human removal, and pesticides & insecticides. This notorious Raja's tiger spider is described…

Aerial drones used to monitor poaching activity in India

The Kaziranga National Park in India has deployed aerial drones to monitor poaching activity to protect the endangered one-horned rhino population. Two-thirds (approx. 2,300) of the world’s one-horned rhinos live…

Endangered tortoises rescued from smuggler

Thai authorities arrested a 38-year-old man attempting to collect a bag of 75 critically endangered tortoises at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The bag contained 54 ploughshare tortoises and 21 radiated…

Chameleons of Madagascar migrated from Africa

A study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B found that the color-changing chameleons of Madagascar actually migrated from the African mainland around 65 million years ago. Researchers analyzed the…

Harnessing Sikh religion to protect the planet

Many religious groups have taken on the role of environmental custodians, citing scriptures that urge living in harmony with plants and animals. The Sikh religion’s contribution to that effort is…

Lions in Africa may need fences to survive

Lion population numbers in Africa have fallen dramatically in the past 50 years and researchers want to build large-scale protective fences to help them survive in the wild. Lion population…