There are over 6,000 languages spoken around the world today. But by the end of this century, fewer than half of them will remain. That’s the driving concern of the new documentary “Language Matters,” from poet Bob Holman and filmmaker David Grubin. Continue reading
First of their kind scans of preserved infant woolly mammoths have made insight into the early stages of development for the 40,000 year-old prehistoric animals less fuzzy. Continue reading
Plant and animal extinctions are occurring at a rate of at least 1,000 times faster than the time before humans, a new study says. Continue reading
There are more than 40,000 endangered species in the world — plants, animals, mollusks, reptiles, etc. — according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’s Red List. How much of that is due to us?
Washington salmon depend on the cold water from glacial lakes to survive. But as temperatures increase and glaciers shrink, salmon populations are declining, threatening the way of life for the Swinomish Indians, also known as the “salmon people.” In collaboration with KCTS-9′s Earthfix Project, Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, a rare bombing in southern Iraq killed at least 22 people and wounded 37. Officials said at least one suicide car bomber struck as security forces were changing shifts. Also, Leon Panetta’s nomination to be defense secretary won unanimous Senate confirmation. Continue reading
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s Don Mahoney narrates a report on the rediscovery of the Franciscan Manzanita, a plant long thought extinct that grew exclusively in San Francisco’s foggy climate. Continue reading
The extinction of dinosaurs over 65 million years ago did not foster a breeding ground for ancestors of modern-day mammals, as scientists had previously thought, according to a study released Thursday in the journal Nature. Continue reading