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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.

What’s killing the world’s biggest fish?

The ocean has a roadkill problem.

A better solution to America’s big hurricane problem

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

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

They’re not cuddly, but they need our help.

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.

Want to know how to save nature? Ask Indigenous scientists.

Rare turtles keep washing up on Cape Cod. “Turtle movers” fly them to Texas.

This legendary 92-year-old biologist has some advice for saving Earth

These 11 kinds of animals had a pivotal 2021

Bonsai and the delicate art of feeling better

2021 was a game-changing year for trees

The monarch is falling victim to a real-life butterfly effect

How to teach wolves to be wild

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The ocean’s rarest mammal has a few final lessons to teach us

A tiny porpoise called the vaquita has polarized a Mexican fishing town. The species is fighting for its life.

It’s time to stop demonizing “invasive” species

Did you (or your dog) eat a suspicious mushroom? These very online mycologists want to help.

Animals need infrastructure, too

Coffee as we know it is in danger. Can we breed a better cup?

The curious case of the ancient whale bones

What happens when billionaires jump on the biodiversity bandwagon

Biden’s $27 billion bet on forests

Poaching is altering the genetics of wild animals