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Get Paid to Be a Beekeeper

Like butterflies and fireflies, bee populations have been hard-hit by habitat loss. Honeybees are important pollinators for a wide range of plants, and while bee colonies fared a little better over the last year than expected, data show declines of up to 90% in some areas over a 15-year period. Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This New App Is Like Shazam for Your Nature Photos

In July of 2016, thousands of people wandered out into streets and parks under the guidance of a hugely popular wildlife app. The app was Pokemon Go, and the wildlife did not, in any real sense, exist. Yet while Pokemon fans were attempting to collect fantastic—if ultimately digital—animals, some inevitably found real…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Zoos and Science Museums Are Giving Species ‘Amazon Reviews’ on Twitter, and It’s Awesome

Is there anything better than sciencey types geeking out over biodiversity in the form of overly earnest fake Amazon reviews? If the “rateaspecies” hashtag making rounds on Twitter this weekend is any indicator, probably not.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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The Real-Life Mermaid Fighting to Save Florida’s Disappearing Springs

WEEKI WACHEE, FL—The crystal-clear waters of central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs carry a certain magic. Some might even call them a fountain of youth. After all, the spring harbors beings that are practically eponymous with immortality: mermaids.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Japan Wants a Faster Whaling Ship to Kill More Whales and Outrun Activists

Few things are more taboo to the global conservation community than whale hunting, but Japan doesn’t seem to care much. The country, frowned upon for its hunting of marine mammals like dolphins and whales, is doubling down on those endeavors with plans for a new, faster whaling mother ship to lead its fleet and better…Read […]

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Jellyfish Are the Badass Deep Sea Predators You Never Saw Coming

The deep ocean may be Earth’s largest ecosystem, but for obvious reasons it’s difficult to figure out what’s happening down there. A team of researchers is now shedding some light on the question of who eats whom in the deep, by examining decades of footage collected by robots off the central California coast. The…Read more… […]

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How to Bring Joy to the World By Not Destroying It This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. That means warm hot chocolates, winter tunes, and all the consumerist habits environmentalists try to avoid all year. Behaving in an environmentally sound way is tough this time of year. I mean, wrapping paper is so cute—and Beyoncé always sells her own.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Thousands of Idled, Dirty Railroad Cars Are Littering the American Landscape

On an overcast day at the end of October, about 25 tanker railcars rolled through the small town of North Creek, New York, north of Saratoga Springs. They were heading for Minerva in Essex county to join a couple of dozen other railcars parked earlier in the month on a 30-mile stretch of track that […]

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A Staggering Amount of Fish Is Wasted Each Year

New research shows that industrial fisheries are responsible for dumping nearly 10 million tons of perfectly good fish back into the ocean each year—enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This news comes at a time when nearly 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks are threatened by overfishing.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued at a Whopping $42 Billion

With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion), the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed “too big to fail.”Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Has Been Valued at a Whopping $42 Billion

With the Great Barrier Reef under unprecedented environmental stress, a new report is raising the alarm in terms of its potential economic loss. Valued at Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion), the largest living structure on Earth is now deemed “too big to fail.”Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Mountain Lions Are Terrified of Humans—and That’s a Problem

We typically think of large predatory animals like mountain lions as fearless beasts that’ll stop at nothing to procure a meal—even if that meal consists of human flesh. New research suggests that this view is wrong, and that big cats don’t like to bump into us any more than we like to bump into them. […]

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If You Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth, Can You Still Call It a Woolly Mammoth?

In the early 20th century, seeking riches, fur and its medicinal qualities, the people of Europe hunted the Eurasian beaver to near extinction. Clever scientists, though, had an idea of how to atone for their sins. The North American beaver, at least from the outside, seemed nearly identical. They would introduce this…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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