One Cool Thing: Snakes at the Airport

One Cool Thing: Snakes at the Airport

The San Francisco International Airport may help thousands of people travel to new and exciting destinations each day, but it’s working hard to make sure 1,300 Bay area residents stay put. On a 180-acre parcel of land across the highway from the airport, a colony of beautiful and endangered blue, orange-red, and black San Francisco garter snakes have […]

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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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One Cool Thing: Pandas No Longer Endangered

One Cool Thing: Pandas No Longer Endangered

Chinese conservation officials have announced that giant pandas are no longer endangered. Their status has been downgraded to “vulnerable,” and the international conservation community is celebrating. “Thanks to decades of collaboration between the Chinese government, local communities, companies, and NGOs, the giant panda’s future is more secure,” said Colby Loucks, WWF’s Vice President for Wildlife […]

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Australia’s Koalas May Hit Endangered List

Australia’s Koalas May Hit Endangered List

Australia’s iconic marsupial, the koala, may make it onto the country’s list of endangered species, particularly on Australia’s east coast, according to the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley. Koalas are listed as a vulnerable species in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, and the ACT, but could soon join the list of Australia’s 40 other […]

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One Fun Way To Keep Plastic Beach Toys Out of the Ocean

One Fun Way To Keep Plastic Beach Toys Out of the Ocean

The folks on Hilton Head Island have a great new way of “recycling” plastic beach toys — they have built a big bin on the beach at Islanders Beach Park where people can drop off beach toys they find and other families can borrow them and later either return them there or take them home.  […]

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Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which the government is making significant investments in to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists argue that the Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada will do more harm than good. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing two major crises: global temperature rise and biodiversity loss. In the U.S., investing in renewable energy and electric power has been identified by experts as the quickest path to net-zero emissions and preventing catastrophic temperature rise.

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