There's A Right Way To Exterminate A Species

We shake our head when we see histories of animals driven to extinction. Why would people so callously kill off an entire species? Then sometimes, we discover there's a invasive, damaging species damaging the ecosystem, and we realize something needs to be done. But can there be a safe way to render something extinct? » 2/18/15 9:00am 2/18/15 9:00am

California Would Need A Ridiculous Amount Of Rain To End Its Drought​

California has been having a bit of a rainy season lately, so much so that some people are asking if we're finally coming to the end of its three-year long drought. The answer is almost certainly not. Here's the numbers on how much water California would need to see the drought's end — and, fair warning, it's a lot. » 1/15/15 11:30am 1/15/15 11:30am

A Haunting Animated Documentary About Rediscovery Of An Extinct Insect

Dryococelus australis, known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster was thought to be extinct by 1920, but in 2001, a small population of the species was rediscovered. This fantastic animated documentary traces that rediscovery and the species and the attempts to bring it back from the brink of… » 1/12/15 4:40pm 1/12/15 4:40pm

Why Are Killer Whales Suddenly Hunting Humpbacks?

Not for nothing are Orcas called Killer whales, but reports of their hunting the "great" whales (baleen & sperm whales) have been rare, and there is little consensus as to the importance of such predation. But new evidence suggests that Humpback whale calves are a regular snack for the black and white killers. » 12/04/14 1:10am 12/04/14 1:10am

E. O. Wilson's Radical Plan To Save The Planet

Esteemed evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson believes the only way we can avoid a catastrophic mass extinction is to set aside half of the planet in permanently protected areas for the 10 million other species who live on Earth. Wilson calls the concept "Half Earth" — and he says its not as outlandish as it might… » 11/04/14 12:40pm 11/04/14 12:40pm

Our New Batman, Ben Affleck, Fights To Save Real-Life Bats

Bats are a crucial component of healthy ecosystems. They eats massive amounts of insect pests and, like bees, are important pollinators. White-nose syndrome, plus wind farms and habitat degradation, mean they're in trouble. Batman (and Lois Lane) have come to the rescue. » 10/31/14 12:03am 10/31/14 12:03am