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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.

A better solution to Florida’s hurricane problem

Coral reefs can protect coastal cities from deadly floods, if only we keep them alive.

Earth’s future depends on the Amazon. This weekend, it’s up for a vote.

In Brazil’s election Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro could be voted out. Here’s what that means for the rainforest.

Blowtorching spotted lanternflies is, in fact, a bad idea

What the war on invasive lanternflies gets wrong.

The race to find 2,100 missing species before they go extinct

You probably have “forever chemicals” in your body. Here’s what that means.

Hidden inside the Inflation Reduction Act: $20 billion to help fix our farms

Listen to the heartbeat of the largest animal to have ever lived

Meanwhile, Congress is set to pass a huge wildlife conservation bill with bipartisan support

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Why scientists are desperate to find a salamander that’s been missing for 71 years

More than 2,000 species worldwide are considered lost. Could finding them avert extinctions?

Beavers are heat wave heroes

Otters are thriving in … Iowa?

This could be the coolest summer of the rest of your life

How Yellowstone’s animals survive a catastrophic flood

A teensy, tiny glimmer of hope for polar bears

Why investors suddenly care about saving the environment

The pollution from Russia’s war will poison Ukraine for decades

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

The eel-shaped parasite that threatens a $7 billion economy in the Great Lakes

What’s killing the world’s biggest fish?

One-fifth of all crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles are threatened with extinction

Hacking coral sex to save an ecosystem in peril

Growing up Maasai and the art of healing the Earth

Animal sounds are a marvel of evolution. We can’t afford to drown them out.

The bizarre deep-sea creatures living on the Endurance shipwreck

The troubling link between electric cars and ... flamingos?

The loss of insects is an apocalypse worth worrying about

Oops, cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was probably a bad idea

5 signs of how climate change is unraveling Earth’s ecosystems

Scientists are recruiting elephant seals to eavesdrop on whales

These tiny succulent plants are being poached by the thousands

The bad news about your avocado habit

How gray wolves divided America

The manatees are starving

There’s a Covid-19 epidemic in deer. It could come back to haunt us. 

One Good Thing: A soothing tabletop game about birds

Paleontologists study the past. This one has a warning for the future.

The extinction crisis that no one’s talking about

Tarantula bites are excruciating. Their venom could unlock better painkillers.

Parasites that thrive in a warming planet are killing Minnesota’s moose

A new theory helps explain the epic mystery of bird migration

The animal that’s everywhere and nowhere

This map may make you feel better about the state of the planet

Earth is running low on wildlife. Plants will be next.