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Reptiles. A Journey Into the Animal Mind - The Atlantic - Pocket. City Ecosystem. The Worst Disease Ever Recorded. Are We Losing the Grand Canyon? Human alterations. Insects. Evolution. Birds. Epigenetics. Ticks. The Extinction of Wilderness. The general public may view wilderness areas like recreational facilities.

The Extinction of Wilderness

But scientists see them more like libraries. They contain a wealth of information about the natural world—why it has thrived for so long, how it adapts and evolves under the pressure of evolution, and what truly makes it die. They are “important reservoirs of genetic information, and act as reference areas for efforts to re-wild degraded land and seascapes,” the scientists wrote. The information contained in wild places allows researchers to predict what will happen as climate change worsens.

Speaking of climate change, untouched places also happen to be humanity’s biggest shield against the phenomenon. Wild seagrass meadows provide a similar carbon-absorbing function in the ocean—that is, until they’re affected by pollution. Wild places are also critical habitats for wildlife, which is declining at a stunning rate. Have We Really Killed 60 Percent of Animals Since 1970? Ultimately, they found that from 1970 to 2014, the size of vertebrate populations has declined by 60 percent on average.

Have We Really Killed 60 Percent of Animals Since 1970?

That is absolutely not the same as saying that humans have culled 60 percent of animals—a distinction that the report’s technical supplement explicitly states. “It is not a census of all wildlife but reports how wildlife populations have changed in size,” the authors write. To understand the distinction, imagine you have three populations: 5,000 lions, 500 tigers, and 50 bears. Four decades later, you have just 4,500 lions, 100 tigers, and five bears (oh my). Those three populations have declined by 10 percent, 80 percent, and 90 percent, respectively—which means an average decline of 60 percent. That Cute Baby-Bear Video Reveals a Problem With Drones. But when biologists started watching the video, they saw a very different story.

That Cute Baby-Bear Video Reveals a Problem With Drones

We could all learn a lesson from this baby bear: Look up & don't give up. — IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) November 3, 2018. Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain? How the octopus got its smarts. In 2008 the staff at Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, had a mystery on their hands.

How the octopus got its smarts

Two mornings in a row, they had arrived at work to find the aquarium eerily silent: the entire electrical system had shorted out. Each time they would reset the system only to find the same eerie silence greeting them the next morning. So on the third night a couple of staff members kept vigil, taking turns to sleep on the floor.


Fears can be inherited through smell. What the Buffalo Tells Us About the American Spirit. Genome Editing Rewrites the Future of Dairy Cattle. Four years ago, Scott Fahrenkrug saw an ABC News segment about the dehorning of dairy cows, a painful procedure that makes the animals safer to handle.

Genome Editing Rewrites the Future of Dairy Cattle

The Best Experimental Film About Cats Ever Made. Newstead Abbey white peacock hatched from eBay egg - BBC News. 8 August 2014Last updated at 07:55 ET The white peacock has been named Tracy after an employee at Newstead Abbey A "rare" white peacock hatched from an egg bought on eBay has been released in the grounds of a Nottinghamshire abbey.

Newstead Abbey white peacock hatched from eBay egg - BBC News

Arthur Parkinson, who looks after the peacocks at Newstead Abbey, bought the egg for about £40 and hatched it using an incubator. The 21-year-old said: "Newstead has always had peacocks, but when I came here they were in decline so I wanted to do something about it. " He said once born the chick was "fostered" by one of his chickens. Late bloomer Newstead Abbey, owned and operated by Nottingham City Council, is the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron. Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - life - 16 July 2014. Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Video: Electric bacteria connect to form wires.

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - life - 16 July 2014

Baboon Study: Sisters Make You Popular. Index.url. The Wilds Advancing Conservation through Science, Education & Personal Experience.url. 5 Effective Ways To Handle Difficult People. “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

5 Effective Ways To Handle Difficult People

~Eckhart Tolle It’s morning; you’re in a great mood. You’re relaxed and have plenty of time to practice your morning routine. After a delicious breakfast you head out to start your day. Then it happens: you encounter a difficult person and your calm turns to calamity. We all have encounters with people who prefer to stay miserable, making everything difficult. As a former miserable person I know it was my inability to handle my mental and emotional states that kept me oozing all over others. Most often that helplessness manifested into continuous critiquing, judging, anger, and sometimes even pure rage. Difficult people are demanding. Difficult people haven’t yet learned to take responsibility for their whole selves—mind, body, and spirit.

This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It's Never Been Captured In A Single Image...Until Now. Although we like to think humans are greatest species on earth, The President gives us a stoic reality check by dwarfing these scientists with his enormous trunk.

This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It's Never Been Captured In A Single Image...Until Now.

Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers: James Balog, Terry Tempest Williams: 9780847838868: Species Care Sheet. These care sheets are based on my personal experiences with that particular species.

Species Care Sheet