Climate change has transformed and degraded habitats and ecosystems — places where animals have spent millions of years adapting — and now, plant and animal species are disappearing faster than at any time in recorded historyEmaciated grizzly bears are starving as the salmon population withers, and a warming Arctic is to blame for a die-off of puffins. According to a UN report on biodiversity, one million animals and plants face extinction due to climate change.

In 2019, animals and plants in the U.S. faced a new and local challenge. Although the Endangered Species Act (passed in 1973) had been credited with saving more than 99% of species listed on it, the Trump administration finalized sweeping rollbacks that weakened protections dramatically. In response, 17 state attorneys general sued, , a bill was filed in the House to revoke the rollbacks, and activists delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act. The Trump Administration decided to add insult to injury and, on October 2019, passed an executive order to disband two federal advisory boards focused on protecting marine life and battling invasive species. In June 2021, under the Biden administration, plans changed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service moving to undo much of the Trump administration’s work that altered the ways habitats of plants and animals on the verge of extinction are kept from total collapse.


Where Walruses Go When Sea Ice Is Gone

By Carolyn Kormann 11/21/22
n 2018, in the Siberian Arctic, the filmmakers Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev, who are sister and brother, arrived on a strange beach. “The sand was of dark colour, full of bones, and smelled terrible,”…
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Major New Zealand salmon producer shuts farms as warming waters cause mass die-offs

By Tess McClure 05/26/22
New Zealand’s biggest king salmon farmer says it is shutting some of its farms after warming seas prompted mass die-offs of fish, warning that it is a “canary in the coalmine” for climate change.
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These whales are on the brink. Now comes climate change — and wind power.

By Dino Grandoni 04/21/22
About 17 nautical miles south of Nantucket, a half-dozen New England Aquarium researchers scrambled across this vessel’s icy deck. Clutching binoculars, clipboards and cameras, they strained to catch a glimpse and scribble notes about a…
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California conservationists and farmers unite to protect salmon

By Daniel Trotta and Nathan Frandino 02/10/22
In an experiment a decade in the making, biologists are releasing hatchery salmon onto flooded Northern California rice fields, seeking to replenish endangered fish species while simultaneously benefiting the farmers' business model.
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The Most Important Global Meeting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Is Now

By Catrin Einhorn 10/14/21
As 20,000 government leaders, journalists, activists and celebrities from around the world prepare to descend on Glasgow for a crucial climate summit starting late this month, another high-level international environmental meeting got started this week.…
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Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

By Catrin Einhorn 10/04/21
The ivory-billed woodpecker, which birders have been seeking in the bayous of Arkansas, is gone forever, according to federal officials. So is the Bachman’s warbler, a yellow-breasted songbird that once migrated between the Southeastern United…
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Potential Consequence of Plant Extinction in the United States on the Current and Future Availability of Prescription Drug

By Norman R. Farnsworth And Djaja Doel Soejarto 09/23/21
All drugs used by humans are derived by synthesis, from inorganic chemicals, or from living organisms. Those obtained from living organisms are derived from plants, microorganisms, or animals. This paper addresses only drugs obtained from…
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Why Are Some Plants Rare?

Some plants are naturally rare, and the cause may be a mystery. These rare plants are not necessarily in danger of extinction. If their habitat is secure and they continue to reproduce in the wild,…
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Almost 600 plants have already gone extinct

New study from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Stockholm University looks at the plants that have been wiped from the planet in the last 250 years
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Philanthropists pledge $5 billion to save threatened species

By Steven Mufson 09/22/21
The Wyss Foundation and eight other philanthropic organizations pledged Wednesday to give $5 billion by 2030 to protect biodiversity around the planet, the largest-ever private gift for conservation.
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4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

By Tara Yarlagadda 09/16/21
The climate crisis is taking an enormous toll not only on our species but also on our animal friends. Scientific evidence shows animals have adapted to the stressors of the climate crisis in various ways,…
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Nearly 30% of tree species in the wild are threatened with extinction, new report says

By Anmar Frangoul 09/01/21
Almost 30% of tree species in the wild are now at risk of extinction, with a wide range of factors responsible for their decline, according to analysis released Wednesday.Published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the…
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Biodiversity at Risk

A growing body of evidence has sounded the alarm that the biodiversity that supports and sustains life on Earth is at risk. Habitat destruction, resource exploitation, and climate change are among the many stressors that…

Manage Wildlife for Climate Change Resilience

Altered climate conditions have already been linked to changes in wildlife distribution, reproduction and behavior. As temperatures continue to warm and precipitation patterns shift, these fluctuations will continue. Enhancing connectivity and “conserving the stage” are…

Climate Change

Climate change is quickly becoming the biggest threat to the long-term survival of America’s wildlife. No longer is climate change something only facing future generations—changes to our climate are being documented all across the planet…

Combating Climate Change

Climate change is among the greatest threats to biodiversity on our planet. It is already having devastating effects on both human and natural communities. Extreme weather events like heat waves, intense storms and prolonged droughts…

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change

As anthropogenic climate change continues the risks to biodiversity will increase over time, with future projections indicating that a potentially catastrophic loss of global biodiversity is on the horizon1–3. However, our understanding of when and…

Global assessment Experts

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What is mass extinction and are we facing a sixth one?

Human activity is killing nature at an unprecedented rate. We are now experiencing the consequences in the form of a possible sixth mass extinction.

Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services

Impacts of climate change on ecosystems reduce their ability to improve water quality and regulate water flows. Rapid changes to ecosystems may cause the displacement or loss of many species. Timing of critical biological events…


Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions…

Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines

The strong focus on species extinctions, a critical aspect of the contemporary pulse of biological extinction, leads to a common misimpression that Earth’s biota is not immediately threa

Living Planet Report 2020

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world. Together, we can ensure a future for the wildlife and…

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest and most trusted conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. We've been on the front lines for…

Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity (Center), based in Tucson, Arizona, is a nonprofit membership organization with approximately 1.1 million members and online activists, known for its work protecting endangered species through legal action, scientific petitions,…


Arctic Warming Endangers Ringed Seals

By Yale Climate Connections   04/10/20  
Ringed seals spend most of the year hidden in icy Arctic waters, breathing through holes they create in the thick sea ice.But when seal pups are...
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Climate-Driven Biodiversity Loss Will Be Sudden, Study Warns

By Olivia Rosane   04/09/20  
The biodiversity loss caused by the climate crisis will be sudden and swift, and could begin before 2030.That's the warning from a new study published in...
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Will Climate Change Push These Amphibians to the Brink?

By Tara Lohan   04/06/20  
Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state's record-breaking five-year...
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Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat

By Tim Radford   04/03/20  
In a warming ocean, some species will swim, others sink. But all agree: the poles attract marine life without exception. The post Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat appeared first on Climate News Network.
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What if whale migration isn’t for food or calves?

By Starre Vartan   03/05/20  
Sometimes it feels like we know all there is to know about the natural world. But when you talk to researchers in biology, ecology, geology or other science subjects, they'll tell you what we know…
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Fossil Corals Suggest a Mass Extinction Is on the Way: ‘It’s Like a Slow-Motion Car Crash’

By Emily Laber-Warren   03/03/20  
If those who don't know history are destined to repeat it, then we should pay close attention to the last time that life on Earth almost ended. That's according to a team of scientists who…
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Identifying and ending subsidies for extinction

By Brandon Keim   02/19/20  
A decade ago, the world’s governments pledged to stop subsidizing activities that drive species to extinction. No more would they tip the economic scales to favor nature’s destroyers. It sounded good—but in the years since,…
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The Effects of Global Warming on Wildlife

By Earth Talk   02/18/20  
Global warming, scientists say, is responsible not only for shrinking ice caps but also for a surge in extreme weather that is causing heat waves, forest fires, and droughts. The polar bear standing on a…
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Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years: Study

By Jessica Corbett   02/15/20  
By Jessica CorbettThe human-caused climate crisis could cause the extinction of 30 percent of the world's plant and animal species by 2070, even accounting for species'...
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The Climate Crisis Is Threatening Bees. Here’s What’s Helping To Save Them.

By Kyla Mandel   02/12/20  
From supporting farmers to citizen science, communities are working to protect these vital pollinators. ...
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Right wales slide toward extinction

By David Abel   02/09/20  
After days of bad weather, Clay George and his crew were back on the water, scanning the horizon for a large splash or dark blur gliding through the cobalt chop.
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Bumblebees’ decline points to mass extinction – study

Populations disappearing in areas where temperatures are getting hotter, scientists say Bumblebees are in drastic decline across Europe and North America owing to hotter and more frequent extremes in temperatures, scientists say. A study suggests…
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Why were whales increasingly caught in crab lines? Because of the climate crisis

By Kathrine Gammon   02/01/20  
New study shows marine heat wave was causing marine life to cluster in an area that made feeding dangerous
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Pacific Ocean’s rising acidity causes Dungeness crabs’ shells to dissolve

The Pacific Ocean is becoming so acidic it is starting to dissolve the shells of a key species of crab, according to a new US study....
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What we lose when animals go extinct

By Elizabeth Kolbert   01/28/20  
Most of the animals shown here are among the more than 28,000 species of animals and plants that the International Union for Conservation of Nature says are threatened with extinction. That number actually understates the…
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Warm Water Patch Called ‘The Blob’ Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History

An estimated 1 million common murres died in 2015 and 2016. Scientists fear it was a harbinger of a warming world. ...
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Inside the race to protect 250 threatened species hit by bushfire

In east Gippsland, wildlife officers from Parks Victoria and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have been scouring burnt land for injured wildlife.
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UN proposes protecting 30% of Earth to slow extinctions and climate change

The draft update to a global biodiversity treaty aims to solve two global challenges at once by protecting critical wildlife habitat and carbon sinks....
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UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction

By Patrick Greenfield   01/13/20  
Paris-style proposal to counter loss of ecosystems and wildlife vital to the future of humanity will go before October summit
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Australia’s Kangaroo Island: NASA images show a third has burned in bushfires

One third of land on an Australian island that is a refuge for some of the country's unique and endangered wildlife has been scorched by raging...
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How Climate Change Threatens Iceland’s Iconic Puffins

And the community that has gone from hunting and eating them, to rescuing them. ...
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Biodiverse Forests Better at Storing Carbon for Long Periods, Says Study

By Earth Institute   01/03/20  
As the effects of climate change are increasingly felt around the world, possible solutions — from reducing fossil fuel emissions to capturing carbon — have come to dominate policy discussions. Planting new forests and restoring…
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A climate-aware field guide for the 21st century

A new project reveals not just where birds live now—but where they’ll live decades from now.
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Bears in Ukrainian Carpathians can’t hibernate due to unusually warm weather — biologists

Brown bears in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains are struggling to enter hibernation due to unexpectedly and unusually warm winter, staff of the Synevir National Nature Park located in western Ukraine said via Facebook on Tuesday.
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The jaguars fishing in the sea to survive

The big cats' resourceful new behaviour was recorded by a WWF study on a remote island off the coast of Brazil.
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Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution

Efforts to clean up U.S. waterways are helping bring back seagrass beds.
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In Sweden’s Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Snowfall is common in these areas, but as temperatures increase, occasional rainfall occurs — and 'rain-on-snow' events are having devastating effects.
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Nature’s ‘Brita Filter’ Is Dying And Nobody Knows Why

By Nathan Rott   12/06/19  
Draft of Brown study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’
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David Suzuki: Holding a mirror to the real overabundant species

By David Suzuki   12/04/19  
When nature is out of whack, it is most often because of the actions of our own very abundant species.
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Birds are shrinking. These scientists say it’s a consequence of global warming.

By Ben Guarino   12/04/19  
Birds are getting smaller. So shows an analysis of migratory birds that died after colliding into buildings in Chicago and were collected as specimens for the Field Museum of Natural History.
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Plastic waste on polar bears’ menu a growing problem

By Thomas Nilsen   11/28/19  
Plastic waste makes up a quarter of the diet for polar bears, says Ivan Mizin, research director of Russian Arctic national park....
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‘Functionally Extinct’ Koalas Have Now Lost 80% of Habitat Following Recent Fires, Experts Say

The recent Australian brushfires and extended drought have decimated the koala population to the point where it may be "functionally extinct," according to an expert at...
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Gulf Oysters Are Dying, Putting a Southern Tradition at Risk

By Brett Anderson   11/12/19  
Cheap and plentiful, they’ve long been a menu staple in New Orleans and beyond. But recent months have brought a crisis that worries fishermen and chefs.
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Alaska’s big whale mystery: Where are the bowheads?

By Sabrina Shankman   11/03/19  
As the Arctic struggles with climate extremes, the bowhead migration is two months late. If whales don’t arrive soon, “we’re going to go hungry,” one hunter said....
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The warming climate is making baby sea turtles almost all girls

As the earth gets hotter, turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to skew dangerously female, scientists predict, making the animals an unwitting gauge for the warming climate.
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The world’s ecosystems are being fundamentally transformed in the human era

More than a quarter of all plants and animals in a given ecosystem are being replaced every decade, a new study says....
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Heavy Snowfall in 2018 Kept Arctic Wildlife From Breeding

Reports of extreme snowfall in the Arctic might seem encouraging, given that the region is rapidly warming due to human-driven climate change. According to a new...
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America’s Coastal Habitats Are Beautiful, Vital, and Worth Protecting

By Holly Binns, Ted Morton   10/16/19  
Increasingly vulnerable ecosystems sustain marine life, filter water, safeguard shorelines
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Loons likely to disappear from Minnesota, new report warns

Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters....
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These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

By Brad Plumer   10/10/19  
Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer.
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Dead Baby Turtle Found With 104 Pieces of Plastic in Stomach

By Jordan Davidson   10/07/19  
A baby sea turtle that washed ashore in Boca Raton, Florida last week had 104 pieces of plastic in it stomach. The plastic products ranged from wrappers to balloons to bottle labels to twist ties…
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Emaciated Grizzly Bears Are Heartbreaking Victims Of Climate Change

Grizzlies in Canada are starving as the salmon population withers amid climate change. ...
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Climate change could lead to more conflict between species as they adapt and move, increasing extinctions

By Aristos Georgiou   10/01/19  
For animal species to survive climate change, they will have to genetically adapt or shift their ranges - or both....
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White House eliminates advisory boards for marine life, invasive species

The Trump administration is disbanding two federal advisory boards focused on protecting marine life and battling invasive species....
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Sea turtles are surviving—despite us

By Craig Welch   10/01/19  
To see all that’s hopeful and appalling about the way we treat sea turtles, there’s no better place to start than the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. This shimmering tower of blue and white glass…
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Three Billion Canaries in the Coal Mine

By Margaret Renkl   09/29/19  
What does it mean for us that birds are dying? And what can we do about it?
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Trans Mountain oil tankers aren’t the only thing endangering whales on the West Coast

Western Canada relies heavily on B.C.'s ports. In Vancouver, the talk is largely focused on what an increase in oil tankers might mean for the ocean, the shipping industry and the killer whales and other marine life. ...
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The Trump administration weakened Endangered Species Act rules — 17 state attorneys general have sued over it

By Darryl Fears   09/25/19  
Attorneys general in 17 states on Wednesday made good on a promise to sue the Trump administration over rule changes that substantially weakened how Endangered Species Act protections are considered and enforced.
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How cities reshape the evolutionary path of urban wildlife

By Brendan I. Koerner   09/24/19  
If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts--including us--adapt to climate change....
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Study: Bird populations plummeting in US and Canada

Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by almost three billion since 1970, according to a new study. CNN's Bill Weir reports....
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