Alarming decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years

A new study published today in the Cell Press journal Current Biology shows a catastrophic decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. Researchers demonstrated alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s, with the...

September 08, 2016

Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

A new research conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) team of scientists indicates the worldwide severe decrease in the number of amphibian population cannot be stopped or reversed abruptly, and the key solution to this global phenomenon will lie in local...

May 24, 2016

Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016

More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016

Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia...

March 21, 2016

Assessment of New Zealand southern right whale decline

The New Zealand southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) was particularly exploited in the nineteenth century when demand was high for oil extracted from its blubber. They were killed on the high seas and especially in sheltered bays where females were vulnerable...

March 17, 2016

The formation of Zanzibar, East Africa

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of York have conducted the first comprehensive study concerning the formation of Zanzibar Island in East Africa. Researchers charted the history of sea level change, and the extinction of various animals,...

February 24, 2016

Large sea creatures washed ashore on the south coast, UK

Stormy weather battering the UK over the last couple of days caused tens of thousands of dead starfish and jellyfish to wash ashore along the coastlines in West Sussex and Hampshire. One of the stranded species, a barrel jellyfish, was about 50 cm (19.7 inches) in...

January 11, 2016

Lake Poopo on the verge of drying out, Bolivia

Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in Bolivia, after Titicaca has almost dried up. The event prompted Victor Hugo Vasquez, the Governor of Oruro province to declare a state of natural disaster on December 19, 2015. The lake which used to extend over more than 4 610...

December 22, 2015

Rare natural phenomenon - floral bloom in Atacama desert

Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, came to life after an unusual episode of heavy flooding swept Chile in March 2015. The desert, located in northern Chile, is currently undergoing a very rare flower bloom, which happens only once in 5 or even 10...

October 30, 2015

Striking research shows 99% of the world's seabirds will ingest plastic waste by 2050

A team of scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Imperial College London has conducted an in-depth study of the impact the plastic ocean debris has on the ocean's wildlife. The astounding results showed that 99% of s

September 02, 2015

30 large whales found dead along the coast of Alaska, a cause remains unknown

30 dead large whales have been found since May 2015, along the Western Gulf of Alaska and southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. Simultaneous increase in the number of large whale strandings in British Columbia, Canada, got the scientists on both ends to start an a

August 22, 2015

Biodiversity research in Hawai'i shows the Earth is facing it's 'sixth mass extinction'

The extinction crisis in Hawai'i, which has even been labeled as the "extinction capital of the world" has been the research focus of the international team of scientists from the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) of the University of Hawai'i

August 12, 2015

Low tide strands 16 pilot whales on the coast of Cape Breton: 10 saved, 6 others die

16 pilot whales got stranded on a shore in Cape Breton, Canada by a low tide, on Tuesday, August 4. Rescuers managed to save 10 of them, by pushing them into deeper water, while the other 6 died.20 people put their efforts into saving whales of different sizes, includin

August 07, 2015

Northern White Rhino on the brink of extinction: Nabire, the last fertile female dies of the cyst rupture

A 31 year old female of Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), one of the last five of these species, died of a ruptured cyst at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday, July 27, BBC reports.Nabiré was born the Dvur Kralove Zoo, November

August 01, 2015

Study finds 70% decrease in the seabird population since 1950s

Compiling a global database of seabird population size records from English language literature, researchers at the University of British Columbia monitored 513 seabird populations (of total 3 213) and concluded that the monitored seabird populations of our world have d

July 11, 2015

Sharks discovered living inside underwater volcano

Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a team to the remote Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity. They found plenty of activity—including sharks in a submarine volcano. The main peak of the volcano, called Kavachi, was not erupting during their expediti

July 10, 2015