Conservation

Conservation is a major issue around the world with the impacts that humans have on natural ecosystems through activities from mining, building new cities and global warming. There are many conservation groups and efforts that lobby for the conservation of particular species (for example, the polar bear) or groups of animals (for example, tigers), while others are aimed at entire habitats, such as the Amazon rainforest. Conservation efforts can also aim to protect natural resources. Some conservation is done by setting aside national parks and wildlife preserves, while other conservation works targets specific threats to particular species. Read about various conservation efforts and issues below.
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Birds of a Feather: Whooping Cranes Need Parents More Like Them
Whooping cranes following aircraft
October 6th, 2014
Whooping cranes raised by humans are turning out to be bad parents, and scientists are testing a new method to boost the birds' numbers in the wild.
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Underwater Maids: Mussels and Clams Could Mop Up Waterways
California floater mussels
August 20th, 2014
They might not have feather dusters, brooms or even arms and legs, but bivalves — such as clams, mussels and oysters — make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
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Great White Sharks Are Making a Comeback off US Coasts
A great white shark
June 20th, 2014
Good news for great whites: The sharks are on the rise off both the east and west coasts of the United States, two new studies show.
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Endangered Pupfish Could Vanish in 30 Years, Egg by Egg
Devils Hole pupfish
September 9th, 2014
The Devils Hole pupfish, an inch-long fish that sparked a Supreme Court battle, could go extinct in less than 30 years, a new modeling study concludes.
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Catching Hyenas on Camera (Op-Ed)
Brown hyena, conservation, camera trap photos
June 29th, 2014
The aim of the study was to assess the differences in the distribution and abundance of brown hyaena between protected and unprotected farmland areas in South Africa.
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Endangered Gorillas Protected from Oil Drilling in African Park
Mountain Gorillas
June 19th, 2014
A major oil and gas company has pledged to stop plumbing for oil in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and United States authorities pressured the firm to halt operations in the region.
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The Wilderness Act Turns 50
wilderness act, grizzly bears, protections
September 3rd, 2014
In terms of America’s best ideas, wilderness ranks alongside National Parks.
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Poop Stains Reveal Penguins Migrate With Climate
Researchers can spot penguin colonies thanks to the large poop stains they leave on the ice.
June 23rd, 2014
In the face of rising temperatures, emperor penguins in the Antarctic may be forced to find new breeding grounds instead of returning to the same spot to mate year after year, according to new research using satellite images of penguin poop.
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