President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. Continue reading
In a standoff with a rattlesnake, the California ground squirrel stares down its opponent. It might kick sand at the snake, whipping its fuzzy tail back and forth in a “come and get me” taunt. The snake lounges and the squirrel leaps into the air, twisting its furry body like a ninja. The squirrel successfully dodges the attack and warns fellow squirrels of the snake with its display. Continue reading
Why are so many snowy owls popping up thousands of miles from their Arctic stomping grounds? Bird experts say the most likely reason is an abundance of rodents (lemmings are their prey of choice) in northern Quebec last year, and again on Bylot Island in the eastern Canadian Arctic this summer, that helped snowy owl pairs reproduce in large numbers. The population explosion sent the young birds up to 2,000 miles south, away from their regular Arctic stomping grounds in search of new hunting areas. Continue reading
Last week, the scientific journal Nature retracted two papers which claimed that skin cells could be turned into stem cells. Continue reading
The Obama administration will unveil a plan Monday to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, according to people familiar with the proposal. Continue reading
While park rangers are fighting the battle with poachers on the ground in South Africa, over the past few years ad campaigns by conservation groups have also been hitting airwaves and websites in consumer countries to discourage the consumption of rhino horn. Continue reading
A 52-feet tall albino chimero coast redwood — a tree so rare it is believed to be one of less than 10 in the world — may end up under the axe in order to make way for a commuter train in Calif.
Nuclear fusion — the process that occurs in the heart of stars to fuel them — is now another step closer to being harnessed as a new source of energy. Continue reading
The panda twins born at the Atlanta Zoo July 15 have officially been named: Mei Lun and Mei Huan.
In case you missed it: Zookeepers caring for the rare white lion cub born in Belgrade, Serbia on Sept. 27 introduced her to the press this week.