Animals
Commercial Pesticide Formulas Could Be Twice as Deadly for Honeybees

Commercial Pesticide Formulas Could Be Twice as Deadly for Honeybees

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the University of Texas at Austin has found that many commercial pesticide formulas, often a mix of multiple pesticides, can be twice as deadly to bee populations than single-pesticide formulas. Researchers now say that these pre-mixed formulas should require a license for use. They’re urging the […]

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Emperor Penguin Populations Could Decline by 98% by 2100

Emperor Penguin Populations Could Decline by 98% by 2100

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic has notoriously decimated the habitats of the world’s beloved polar bears. Now, another polar species is staring down the barrel of extinction on the opposite side of the globe. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing Emperor penguins as “threatened” under the Endangered Species […]

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U.S. Adds 16,000 Square Miles To Protect Orcas

U.S. Adds 16,000 Square Miles To Protect Orcas

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the federal government. As ABC News reported, The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca’s critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, California, adding 15,910 square miles (41,207 square kilometers) of […]

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IUCN Introduces New Standard Assessing Species Recovery

IUCN Introduces New Standard Assessing Species Recovery

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has set a new conservation standard, called the IUCN green status of species. This standard will not only suggest how close a species is to extinction but also how close it is to recovering its original population size and health. […]

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One Cool Thing: Whale Poop+Phytoplankton=Oxygen

One Cool Thing: Whale Poop+Phytoplankton=Oxygen

As IFAW recently explained, no matter where you live—the valleys of the Himalayas, the Melbourne coastline, or the landlocked prairies of Kentucky—more than 50% of the air you breathe is produced by the ocean. Yet the ocean makes much of that oxygen thanks to little marine organisms called phytoplankton and the marvels of whale poop. […]

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Drought Threatens Trout Fishing in U.S. Northwest

Drought Threatens Trout Fishing in U.S. Northwest

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Rivers and lakes across Northwestern states — from Yellowstone to Montana — have lost most of their trout, due to extreme drought conditions. Because of this, state authorities have implemented a variety of restrictions to preserve their dwindling trout populations, leaving recreational fly fishers in the lurch.  Why This […]

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