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Extraordinary close-up images show insects as you’ve never seen them before

By Nell Lewis Photo: Levon Biss, American Museum of Natural History

The petrol-blue wings of a swallowtail butterfly, soft fur of a giant Patagonian bumblebee, and oil-painted smudges of a ladybug are some of the details captured by British photographer Levon Biss in a new book that documents insect decline.


Climate risks for Gulf of Mexico coral reefs spelled out in study

Photo: G.P. Schmahl

Ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are on pace to surpass critical thresholds for coral health by mid-century, but rapid action to significantly reduce emissions could slow warming, giving corals and coral conservation programs as much as 20 more years to adapt, according to new research.


The Sad Fate of the Ancient, Well-Shelled Mariners

By Natalie Angier

In the Cambrian Period, 500 million years ago, the armored set ruled the seas. Soft-bodied animals secreted a mineral paste that hardened into protective shells of immense strength and deco beauty, some shaped like rams’ heads or eagles’ wings, others like champagne flutes studded with dagger-sharp spines.


This scientist uses drones and algorithms to save whales

By Tatiana Schlossberg Photo: Lauren Justice

Just yards from the Fish 1, a 22-foot research vessel, a humpback whale about twice the size of the boat hurled itself out of the water, sending shimmering droplets in a broken necklace of splash.


Climate change threatens emperor penguins with extinction, officials say

By Dino Grandoni

It is the only animal that dares to breed during the Antarctic winter. It endures gale-force winds and freezing temperatures to lay and protect a single egg.
Now climate change threatens Antarctica’s emperor penguin with extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared Tuesday, as melting sea ice upends the habitat it needs to breed, feed and protect itself from predators.


In a warming world, who wins: Goats or sheep?

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Shutterstock

The decline of ice in Glacier National Park is revealing once buried salt licks. Now mountain goats and bighorn sheep are fighting over them.


A Fast-Emptying Ark

By Bill McKibben

A vast new study finds there are 70 percent fewer wild animals sharing the earth with us than there were in 1970. A vast new study finds there are 70 percent fewer wild animals sharing the earth with us than there were in 1970…


Animal populations shrank an average of 69% over the last half-century, a report says

By Joe Hernandez Photo: Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images

Global animal populations are declining, and we've got limited time to try to fix it. That's the upshot of a new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, which analyzed years of data on thousands of wildlife populations across the world and found a downward trend in the Earth's biodiversity…


Animal populations experience average decline of almost 70% since 1970, report reveals

By Patrick Greenfield Photo: Brad Leue, Alamy

Earth’s wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% in just under 50 years, according to a leading scientific assessment, as humans continue to clear forests, consume beyond the limits of the planet and pollute on an industrial scale.


While Human Population Doubled, Wildlife Decreased By Almost 70%

By Eric Mack Photo: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images

On average, most wildlife species number less than a third what they did in 1970, during a period when we added over four billion humans to the planet. That’s the latest startling statistic from the Living Planet Report for 2022 from the World Wildlife Fund…