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Obama Protects Alaska Wildlife Refuge, while Opens Drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

President Barack Obama has designated 12.3 million acres as wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, also announced he would open the Atlantic Ocean to drilling and would sell more oil and gas leases in Arctic waters. Read More


New study Explores Effects of Climate Change on Trees in Boreal Forests in North America

The study, published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change, used a unique long-term outdoor experiment to examine the effects of climate change on trees in the boreal forest along the U.S.-Canadian border. Read More


Fewer than 100 vaquitas are left on a corner of Gulf of California

The vaquita is vanishing. Fewer than 100 of the tiny porpoises are left on Earth, and scientists say the species could easily be extinct by 2018. Read More


Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could be shrunk, but at high cost

At an eye-popping price tag of $2.7 billion every year, a new report says the United States could meet the national goal of reducing the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More


Caribbean and Mesoamerican Reefs confronting modern-day disturbances

The harmful effects of mining, agriculture, commercial development, and fishing in coastal regions have already damaged more than two-thirds of reefs across the Caribbean, in addition to worsening the negative effects of climate change. Read More


New monkey species found in Amazon rainforests

What is believed to be a new monkey species in the Amazon rainforest may in fact already be endangered, according to researchers, due to deforestation in the region. Read More


Researchers worry that climate change will accelerate melting of Andes glaciers

These icy castles, scattered across Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, are under a microscope at the United Nations. The melting of the glaciers is threatening freshwater supplies in the Andes region and could cause the sea level to rise. Read More


Pollution shadows still threaten to Lake Titicaca

Population growth and the expansion of unregulated mining activity have increasingly contaminated the 8,300-square-kilometer (3,200-square-mile) lake. But as the population around the lake has expanded over the last 30 years, so has the amount of human and industrial waste – and there are growing calls for the tide of pollution to be stemmed. Read More


The beast which tears through the Gran Chaco

A geographic and cultural zone that includes parts of northern Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil, the Gran Chaco is a 600,000-square-kilometre hot and semi-arid region, home to a vast ecosystem and around 40 separate ethnic groups. Read More


For almost 70 years invasive species threatening biodiversity in Patagonia

Their advance has been so swift that today they represent a menace that is proving hard to control. Authorities in Argentina and Chile have authorised the hunting of the animals, but these efforts have not stopped the beaver. Read More


Japanese whalers leave harpoons at home as they head for Antarctic

Two boats set out for ‘sighting surveys’ of minke whales after the UN’s top court last year ruled Japan’s annual hunt was illegal. Read More


2015 May See Several Species Go Extinct

As we ring in 2015, we may also be greeting a new year during which several species, including the The Vaquita, African elephant, polar bear and white rhino, may go extinct. Read More


2015: The year of environmentalists

Although the years 2010 to 2014 were the climax, the record of the last decade in regard to natural disasters, and alerts us to the future contingencies that we must overcome or defend, to the answers given by both tort nature it has received from mankind, was also the most active year that the United Nations (UN) has been in environmental matters. Read More


International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Read More


Global Warming May Impact The Evolution Of Arctic Animals

In the last 40 years, Arctic temperatures have risen at over double the pace as for the whole planet. As a result, numerous species of whales, walruses, fish, bears and seals are beginning to migrate into new habitats. Read More