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Down to Earth

Down to Earth

The biodiversity crisis, explained

Introducing Down to Earth, our new project on the biodiversity crisis

Why a reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of an ecological catastrophe is so badly needed.

Poaching is altering the genetics of wild animals

Elephants and other species are quickly adapting to human threats. Will that help them survive?

The animals that may exist in a million years, imagined by biologists

Fully aquatic whale-rats. Praying mantises the size of dogs. Scientists imagine the future evolution of life on Earth.

Fake rhino horns were supposed to foil poachers. What went wrong?

Why buzzy tech often fails to protect wildlife.

The controversial plan to bring jaguars back to the US

Climate scientists should pay more attention to fish poop. Really.

Why the Huntington Beach oil spill is so harmful to wildlife

What “extinction” really means — and what it leaves out

See where birds are migrating in real time, in one map

What happens when billionaires jump on the biodiversity bandwagon

The surprising downsides to planting trillions of trees

Wildfires in Australia caused an explosion of sea life thousands of miles away

Grass is good. Lawns are terrible.

Why are these octopuses hurling shells at each other?

The Amazon rainforest’s most dogged defenders are in peril

Fires in the Amazon are out of control. Again.

The West’s megadrought is so bad, authorities are airlifting water for animals

Solar farms are often bad for biodiversity — but they don’t have to be

Pesticides can amplify each other. Bees have become the victims.

The case against the concept of biodiversity

Why so many dead fish are washing up on Florida’s beaches

Beetles, drought, and fires are a ticking time bomb in the West

Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature

An Indigenous firefighter explains how to better manage wildfires

Here’s where dangerous ticks are spreading across the US — and what to do about them

We must burn the West to save it

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Undersea volcanoes are home to more life than we know

Yet the threats these castles of biodiversity face are mounting.

Seashells changed the world. Now they’re teaching us about the future of the oceans.

Animals are shrinking. Blame climate change.

Animals can navigate by starlight. Here’s how we know.

A European butterfly bonanza starts with caterpillars 4,000 miles away

How Indigenous memories can help save species from extinction

Salamanders have a secret to surviving climate change

What’s with these invasive “crazy” worms and why can’t we get rid of them?

Indigenous people are the world’s biggest conservationists, but they rarely get credit for it

Where could the next coronavirus jump to humans? New research offers clues.

These frogs need poison to survive. Humans are messing with their supply.

These dogs, birds, and squirrels are stuffing their faces with Brood X cicadas

Why the US won’t join the single most important treaty to protect nature

What the cicadas will leave behind

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The right-wing effort to derail Biden’s conservation plan

A small but vocal opposition could obstruct an initiative to conserve 30 percent of US land by 2030.

The Biden administration has a game-changing approach to nature conservation

Deforestation in Brazil is out of control. Bolsonaro is asking for billions to stop it.

Wildlife is in peril, but that doesn’t mean conservation has failed

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