3 things no one is talking about this Earth Day

So few people are talking about the Texas fatmucket (a species of mussel) that we couldn’t find a photo of one. This photo shows mussels in Cornwall, U.K. (© Ant & Carrie Coleman) Every year on Earth Day, inboxes and social media feeds abound with photos of cute and furry animals, stirring national park scenes and pleas to take Earth-friendly actions like carrying reusable bags. But you’ve probably heard enough about all those things…

3 things no one is talking about this Earth Day

Tarantula, pictured above, in Prey Lang, Cambodia. (© Jeremy Holden) Every year on Earth Day, inboxes and social media feeds fill up with photos of furry animals, impressive national park scenes and pleas to finally — no, seriously — remember to take that reusable bag with you to the grocery store. But enough of all that. Here instead are three things that no one is talking about this Earth Day. From fish to spiders, deforestation eats up…

Day Seven: It’s Earth Day! We’re halfway there!

Hi Race fans! Rowdy Gaines here. Today is Earth Day, and the turtles are celebrating by making things very interesting in the Race! So much is happening today… Billy seems to have gotten stuck – maybe he stopped to look for a bite to eat? Regardless, his pause is allowing Backspacer to pass him! ON THE MAP: Don’t forget to follow the turtles on the race map! Seabiscuit appears to be following the path taken by Nueva Esperanza and Wawa Bear…

5 things you might not know about the sky

Sky is the air we breathe, the atmosphere that makes Earth livable and the weather that makes it possible to grow food — and it’s under threat from humanity. (© Rod Mast) If you could drive your car straight up at highway speed, you’d leave the Earth’s atmosphere and enter space in just over an hour. This thin, delicate band surrounding our planet makes life on Earth possible, yet the health of the atmosphere is being upended by fossil-fuel…

Why I Made “EARTH A New Wild”

The five-episode series “EARTH A New Wild” — hosted by CI’s Dr. M. Sanjayan — shows how nature is speaking to people. The show airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c on PBS. Sanjayan paraglides with vultures over the Himalayas while filming “EARTH A New Wild.” (© M. Sanjayan) Over a decade ago I found myself in northern India watching a film crew from the BBC shoot a scene for the epic natural history series “Planet Earth.” I was lightly…

That Was Then, This Is Now

Children in Tanzania. (© Benjamin Drummond) For those of us who have made conservation our life’s work, Earth Day can be something of a bittersweet occasion. On the one hand, it is a time to celebrate the successes of this vital movement; this year at Conservation International, we are marking our first quarter-century of protecting nature for the well-being of humanity. On the other hand, it is a time to be humbled — and similarly inspired —…

3 reasons for optimism this Earth Day

Elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust center in Kibwezi, Kenya. New findings are changing what we know about how protected areas work. (© Conservation International/photo by Charlie Shoemaker) This Earth Day (April 22), you could be forgiven for feeling gloomy about the state of our planet. No human who has ever lived has seen the things we’re seeing now: Rising temperatures are melting glaciers, bleaching coral reefs and putting…

3 Conservation Heroes to Admire This Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day has attempted to inspire people across the globe to become more aware of how humans impact our planet — and to take greater action to protect it. Today I want to share the stories of three people who reveal that not all environmentalists look or act alike. Yet despite their different geographies and backgrounds, all have committed to do their part to protect the lands and waters that have sustained their communities for…

On World Soil Day, the future of Earth’s thin ‘skin’ is bleak

Soil sample in Rwanda (© Benjamin Drummond) Without soil, humans could not exist — but we treat it like dirt. On World Soil Day, consider this: Humans have diminished soil to less than half of what it used to be 100 years ago. Soil is the planet’s skin and is responsible for the organisms that grow food. In this Nature is Speaking video, Edward Norton, American actor and filmmaker, brings attention to the fact that soil is turning to unusable…

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