Forest wildlife populations decline 53% since 1970

Forest wildlife populations decline 53% since 1970

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Published August 13, 2019 at 07:00AM
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Progress in closing ivory markets

Progress in closing ivory markets

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Published August 12, 2019 at 07:00AM
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Can forensics save forests?

Can forensics save forests?

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Is this cut of wood cedar?

How about mahogany?

Or walnut?

If this wood quiz has you stumped, you’re not alone.

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Even those with a keen eye struggle to tell the difference among tree species by looking at just the wood—especially if it’s stained or painted.

That means when you’re buying wood products like flooring, tables, and guitars, you rarely know for certain that the tree listed on the label is the tree you’re bringing home—or, more importantly, from which country the wood [...]  read more

Can forensics save forests?

Can forensics save forests?

    <img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/16403/images/simple_style_full/Microscope_Forest_Lab_CSI_Wood_Forensics_2.jpg?1541009168" /><div class="woodcut">

Is this cut of wood cedar?

How about mahogany?

Or walnut?

If this wood quiz has you stumped, you’re not alone.

Scroll to learn more

Even those with a keen eye struggle to tell the difference among tree species by looking at just the wood—especially if it’s stained or painted.

That means when you’re buying wood products like flooring, tables, and guitars, you rarely know for certain that the tree listed on the label is the tree you’re bringing home—or, more importantly, from which country the wood [...]  read more

Four threats to manatees and mangroves in Florida – and how we can save them

Four threats to manatees and mangroves in Florida – and how we can save them

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The case for the right kind of logging in Peru

The case for the right kind of logging in Peru

    <img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/9751/images/simple_style_full/143B5292.jpg?1439482460" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/17551/images/simple_style_full/Medium_WW1103356.jpg?1563888245" />The sounds of Peru&rsquo;s jungles are akin to those of a symphony. The high-pitched calls of toucans, the slow roar of howler monkeys, and the buzzing of insects together create unforgettable melodies.

But these natural harmonies do more than simply please the ear—they provide us with valuable information about the health of the forest.

In a recent study supported by WWF, researchers used recordings from dozens of cellphones and camera traps in three tropical forests in the Peruvian Amazon to figure out the number and variety of animals that live [...]  read more

What do sea turtles eat? Unfortunately, plastic bags.

What do sea turtles eat? Unfortunately, plastic bags.

    <img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/17519/images/simple_style_full/Medium_WW260730.jpg?1563396025" /><img width="660" height="495" alt="" src="https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/photos/17278/images/simple_style_full/Medium_WW170012.jpg?1557350964" />Would you rather pick a fight with a jellyfish or a plastic bag?

For sea turtles, this question should be simple. Their scales protect them from the worst of a jellyfish’s venom, and the resulting meal is both tasty and nutritious. But a single piece of plastic can be deadly.

The problem is that sea turtles don’t know what plastic is, and they don’t get to choose.

There are seven species of sea turtles found in the world’s oceans today, and they each have different dietary preferences.

  1. Loggerhead: Hatchlings are omnivores (meaning they eat both animals and plants) but adults are carnivores, favoring crabs, whelks, and conchs.
  2. Green: Fully grown sea turtles are herbivores and like to hang around coral reefs to scrape off seagrass and algae. Hatchlings, however, are omnivorous.
  3. Hawksbill: The bird-like beak that gives them their name allows hawksbills to access cracks on coral reefs to reach sea sponges, which are pretty much all these fussy eaters want.
  4. Leatherback: Leatherback turtles are often known as gelatinivores, meaning they only eat invertebrates such as jellyfish and sea squirts.
  5. Flatback: This species will eat everything from seaweed to shrimp and crabs.
  6. Kemp’s ridley: Meat is the only thing on the menu for the Kemp’s ridley—with a strong preference for crab.
  7. Olive ridley: Another omnivorous species that eats jellies, sea cucumbers, fish, and a wide variety of other plants and animals.

The earliest ancestors of these seven species appeared on Earth around 220 million years ago, and today’s [...]  read more