Want to reduce your diet’s carbon footprint? Focus on what you eat, not on buying local

In recent years, it’s become increasingly apparent that what we eat is a major source of emissions. But as an environmentally-conscious consumer, it’s not always clear what’s the best course of action to reduce emissions. A new analysis concludes that eating less carbon-intensive foods is the best thing to do. Eating less meat and dairy […]

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Animals take medicine when they are sick: a few striking cases

Humans are not the only ones to use medicine to treat diseases. There’s even a science dedicated to animal self-medication: zoopharmacognosy, from the roots zoo (“animal”), pharma (“drug”), and gnosis (“knowing”). Who knew?   Humans have been medicating using plants for thousands of years — but we’re not the only ones. Our understanding of animals […]

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New species of soil bacteria can break down soil pollutants

Researchers at Cornell University discovered a new species of bacteria that can break down organic contaminants in the soil. The new species was named Paraburkholderia madseniana in honor of the late Gene Madsen, the microbiology professor who started the research. The species is particularly adept at breaking down aromatic compounds (ring-like molecules of carbon), a […]

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Delays in Protecting Ancient Lake Sturgeon

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for delaying a determination of whether imperiled populations of lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Millions of lake sturgeon once lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Basin but today the population is less than 1 % of historic levels. The U.S. Fish […]

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Six Finalists announced for world’s top animal conservation award, including our Amanda Vincent

Heroes for chimpanzees, seahorses, penguins and more in the running for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize and $250,000 INDIANAPOLIS – Officials from the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., the presenter of the world’s leading award for animal conservation, today named the six Finalists that will contend for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize and $250,000. The Indianapolis Prize Finalists […]

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Primitive bee trapped in 100-million-year-old amber is one of the earliest pollinators

A beetle parasite clinging to a primitive bee species from the mid-Cretaceous geological period sealed the insect’s fate. But what was undoubtedly an unfortunate moment for the insect has now proven to be valuable for science as the pair became stuck in tree resin and later fossilized into amber. The 100-million-year-old insect marks the first […]

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