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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On February 4, 2018
Good times: Polar bears are starving and could face extinction faster than previously thought, according to a new study. Published Thursday in the journal Science, the study was conducted by researchers who fixed collars on nine bears and recorded their activity levels for up to 11 days. They found that the Arctic creatures were suffering […]

Passenger Pigeon

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On December 17, 2017

One of the most important and horrible stories of environmental degradation in the United States is the rapid decline of the passenger pigeon from perhaps the most common bird in North America to comp

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The Sixth Extinction

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On July 12, 2017
Welp: From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current decline in animal populations a “global epidemic” […]

Snails!

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On August 12, 2016

I know we are are focused on the behavior on Donald Trump and no one cares about any other issue. But here’s a post devoted to a life form slightly more evolved than the Republican candidate: sn

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Habitat Loss

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On May 6, 2016
One of the major problems facing animals in the Sixth Extinction is habitat loss. Animals with formerly large ranges see them shrink and shrink and the large ones or the migratory ones just can’t live anymore. Such as the spotted leopard. There was a time when spotted leopards could really stretch out. They roamed 13.5 […]

Tiger Protection

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On April 19, 2016

I guess I will try to be positive here and note that the 13 Asian nations with tigers have publicly committed to preserving tiger habitat. The less positive part of me thinks it will probably end up l

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White nose in bats found in the West, a 1300 mile jump from its previous known location. The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped to the West. Hikers in Washington, 30 miles east of Seattle, found a sick little brown bat on March 11 […]

Condors

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On May 10, 2015

This is a good piece on the problems facing the Andean condor, the world’s second largest bird. Basically, even though condors, like other vultures, do the ecosystem a tremendous amount of servi

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