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How one conservationist is sparking a 'young revolution' in Indonesia. We meet Pungky Nanda Pratama in the village of Karang Panggung in the Musi Rawas regency of South Sumatra.

How one conservationist is sparking a 'young revolution' in Indonesia

As the Education Coordinator for the NGO Animals Indonesia, we soon learn that his job comes at a price: wherever he goes in the surrounding villages, the children never leave him alone. Pungky and his team, Pradipta Banu and Rifanti Diana Lutfi, are teaching environmental education to five elementary schools in the surrounding villages.

The aim is to counter some of the destructive practices that threaten the health of Kerinci Seblat National Park — the largest park on the island of Sumatra, with the highest population of tigers. Log In. In 2015, two students and I lowered weighted plastic tubes through 45 feet of water near the center of the pond and hauled up several sediment cores.

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The longest measured two feet, enough to capture 1,500 years of environmental history. Passing Along the Lick: The Buried History of Downtown Roanoke – The Roanoke Rover. By Olchar E.

Passing Along the Lick: The Buried History of Downtown Roanoke – The Roanoke Rover

Lindsann A marsh steeped in standing water might seem an odd place to stay and build a city. Yet until 130 years ago, a huge salt-laden marsh sprawled in the place of modern-day downtown Roanoke. It is a place more fit for passing-through than for settling-in, more fit for transit than for stasis, for encounter than for property. For two centuries it has continually resisted human settlement, yielding only when it was covered over entirely, built over, and erased from the physical and communal memory of the city. This almost permanent floodplain was fed by Trout Run, which bordered it on the south and now passes almost directly below Campbell Avenue downtown and fed the water-logged, salt-infused land upon which the city center has been built. The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate.

Trees dominate the world’s the oldest living organisms.

The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

Since the dawn of our species, they have been our silent companions, permeating our most enduring tales and never ceasing to inspire fantastical cosmogonies. Hermann Hesse called them “the most penetrating of preachers.” A forgotten seventeenth-century English gardener wrote of how they “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons.” A carnivorous plant has learnt how to communicate with bats. Scientists have discovered that a species of carnivorous pitcher plant in Borneo has evolved a unique way of enticing bats to roost nearby.

A carnivorous plant has learnt how to communicate with bats

But the end goal isn't to eat the flying mammals - instead, Nepenthes hemsleyana stays nourished by digesting their falling droppings. So in other words, a plant has worked out how to communicate with a mammal, just to encourage it to poop in its mouth. A Fossil Snake With Four Legs. Snakes can famously disarticulate their jaws, and open their mouths to extreme widths.

A Fossil Snake With Four Legs

David Martill from the University of Portsmouth did his best impression of this trick while walking through the Bürgermeister Müller Museum in Solnhofen, Germany. He was pointing out the museum’s fossils to a group of students. “And then my jaw just dropped,” he recalls. He saw a little specimen with a long sinuous body, packed with ribs and 15 centimetres from nose to tail. It looked like a snake. The Coyote Conundrum. By Laura Marion and Elizabeth E.

The Coyote Conundrum

Payne A coyote hunting in the Tennessee Valley. Photo by Matt Knoth Once found in the United States only in the western plains, coyotes are increasingly at home in the cities and suburbs of central Appalachia. Scientists may have just stumbled upon a mathematical secret to how nature works. Predator and prey communities exhibit a common but unexpected organizational structure.

Scientists may have just stumbled upon a mathematical secret to how nature works

(Amaury Laporte) In nature, the relationship between predators and their prey seems like it should be simple: The more prey that’s available to be eaten, the more predators there should be to eat them. Lynchburg Living : Lynchburg Virginia's Premiere Lifestyle & Entertainment Magazine focusing on local area Business, Entertainment, Arts, Culture and Events An Education in Preservation: The Claytor Nature Center - Lynchburg Living : Lynchburg Virginia's. An Education in Preservation: The Claytor Nature Center By Kip Rudge The view from the main house on Cloverlea Farm may not leave one breathless or inspire fits of florid narrative.

Lynchburg Living : Lynchburg Virginia's Premiere Lifestyle & Entertainment Magazine focusing on local area Business, Entertainment, Arts, Culture and Events An Education in Preservation: The Claytor Nature Center - Lynchburg Living : Lynchburg Virginia's

It just latches onto to your eyes and doesn’t let go until Mother Nature has made her point. Late summer rainclouds mist low across the Peaks of Otter in the distance. 14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies. Flying insects are usually annoying.

14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies

Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Humans May Be Causing the Sixth Great Extinction in Half a Billion Years. In the past half billion years, five great extinctions have transformed life on Earth, whether brought about by a catastrophic meteor impact that killed off the dinosaurs or prolonged periods of intense volcanic activity, which wiped out as much as 97 percent of all species. Now, say scientists, Earth may be experiencing a sixth wave of mass extinction. But this time, humans are the cause. Forty-one percent of amphibians, 26 percent of mammals, and 13 percent of birds face the threat of extinction, according to an analysis conducted by the journal Nature. Over hunting, habitat destruction, and climate change are propelling the die-offs, as well as the spread of invasive species and disease.

"Scientists are seeing very high extinction rates right now," Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker staff writer and author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, told VICE News. The Nature report estimates somewhere between 500 and 36,000 species a year are going extinct. Without draconian measures, global population boom is 'locked in'

Little chance of reaching 'sustainable population' in next century According to recent projections, the number of people living on Earth could exceed ten billion by the end of this century. Now, a new study has examined what it would take to reverse that unrelenting growth and achieve a sustainable population that is less threatening to biodiversity and ecosystems around the world. Short of a global catastrophe, scientists say, the only way to halt this population momentum is to institute a planet-wide one-child policy within a few decades. The new study comes on the heels of a statistical projection released in September. Elephants worth much, much more alive than dead, says new report. A living African elephant has 76 times the value of one poached for ivory, according to report Elephants are worth 76 times more when they’re alive than dead, according to a new analysis released this past weekend.

The report follows on the heels of findings by WWF that the world has lost 50 percent of its wildlife over the past 40 years, with more than half of African elephants killed for ivory in just one decade. The analysis, conducted through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s iworry campaign, compared the value of elephants to local economies to profits netted through the illegal ivory trade. Earth - Journey inside a giant spider. Monarch Butterflies Need Federal Protection to Keep Them From Disappearing. As monarch butterflies are beginning their epic migration from Canada and the U.S. to Mexico for the winter, concerns about the drastic rate at which they’re disappearing from the landscape have led environmental and health organizations to petition the government for federal protection. This week, the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society and monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking protection for monarchs under the Endangered Species Act.

“Monarchs are in a deadly free fall and the threats they face are now so large in scale that Endangered Species Act protection is needed sooner rather than later, while there is still time to reverse the severe decline in the heart of their range,” Brower, who has been studying the species since 1954, said in a statement. Social Modulation of Contagious Yawning in Wolves. On the basis of observational and experimental evidence, several authors have proposed that contagious yawn is linked to our capacity for empathy, thus presenting a powerful tool to explore the root of empathy in animal evolution. The evidence for the occurrence of contagious yawning and its link to empathy, however, is meagre outside primates and only recently domestic dogs have demonstrated this ability when exposed to human yawns.

Since dogs are unusually skilful at reading human communicative behaviors, it is unclear whether this phenomenon is deeply rooted in the evolutionary history of mammals or evolved de novo in dogs as a result of domestication. 'No ecological reason' against reintroducing wolves. 16 May 2014Last updated at 20:06 ET Wolf ecotourism is growing in other parts of Europe, the John Muir Trust said. Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests. Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation: Q&A with Dr. The Plight of the Honeybee. Mānoa: New study reveals whales as marine ecosystem engineers. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Earliest Bird Pollinator Found in Germany. Next big idea in forest conservation? Making community protection economically viable. Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation: Q & A with Dr.

Neil David Burgess. The quiet zoo revolution. Pope Francis: 'if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!' Pope Francis I, who named himself after the nature-loving Saint from Assisi, spoke about the need to safeguard creation during an audience at the Vatican last week. Thyroid disruption in river birds. Poison vs. venom: What's the difference? - Rose Eveleth. Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest. The Smaller Majority by Piotr Naskrecki. 6 Amazingly Complex Military Strategies Used by Bugs. #3. Millipedes Create a Demilitarized Zone 140 Miles Long.

: How the Zebra got its Stripes. Scientists solve the riddle of zebras’ stripes. A Turtle's Tale: researchers discover baby turtles' kindergarten (photos) Is Planet Earth Under New Management? Snow Leopard ConservancySnow Leopard Conservancy. Monarch butterflies keep disappearing. Here’s why. Wolf researchers keeping an eye on a potential ice bridge to Isle Royale. Tree islands more effective way to replant the world's forests.

Over 75 percent of large predators declining. Handful of species key to ecosystem health, finds study. Fungi sequester more carbon than leaf litter. Symbiotic fungi inhabiting plant roots have major impact on atmospheric carbon, scientists say. WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time (Video) Reversal of the black widow myth. Clownfish helps its anemone host to breathe. Earth Focus. Converting Less Rainforest into Toilet Paper. Controversial research outlines physics behind how forests may bring rain. The Effect of Forests on Climate. Can plants be altruistic? You bet, says new CU-Boulder-led study. Scientist: releasing invasive birds in Turkey to eat ticks will backfire. Deadly Striga weed spreading across Eastern Africa.

Can Mushrooms Help Fight Stormwater Pollution? When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit. Wolves boost food for Yellowstone’s threatened grizzlies. Longline fisheries in Costa Rica hook tens of thousands of sea turtles every year. Jellyfish taking over oceans, experts warn. Nature's Real Vampires. Armored giant turns out to be vital ecosystem engineer. Stayin' Power. Golden Eagle Attacks Deer, A Photo Of An Epic Confrontation : The Two-Way. Humpback Whale Crittercam Video Reveals Bottom-Feeding Activity. Florida Surfer Rescues Drowning Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Ultraviolet nets significantly reduce sea turtle bycatch. Animal friendships: Cross-species relationships in captivity and the wild. Tigers vs. Leopards: Who are you more afraid of? Protecting predators in the wildest landscape you've never heard of. Cheetah don’t overheat during hunts.

Snow leopard survival threatened by our love of Cashmere. Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us. Why are there pesticides and GMOs in our national wildlife refuges? Seabirds Face Risks from Climate Change. Deep Sea Mercury Mystery Solved. Nature Blows My Mind! Amazing leaf-mimicking animals. Elias Pereira Saves Leatherback Sea Turtle In Grande Riviere Beach, Trinidad (PHOTOS) California's iconic redwoods in danger from fire and infectious disease. Old concrete can protect nature. Bird eggs reveal urban pollution. Redwoods — The Super Trees. Eco-spirituality: towards a values-based economic structure.