How Camera-trap Data Can Help Us Predict Earthquakes

…season every year and found significant changes in animal behavior 23 days before a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the nearby Contamana region in 2011. Within that 23 day period, fewer animals were captured on camera. Five days prior to the earthquake, animal activity essentially dropped to zero, indicating an aversion to the area being monitored. Grant and her colleagues believe that the observed changes in animal behavior may be a response…

3 things no one is talking about this Earth Day

…rk scenes and pleas to take Earth-friendly actions like carrying reusable bags. But you’ve probably heard enough about all those things already. For a change of pace, here are three things almost no one is talking about this Earth Day. 1. The Texas fatmucket — and why obscure species matter. Polar bears, orangutans and tigers are frequent poster children for species extinction. But these “charismatic megafauna” are only the tip of the melting…

3 things no one is talking about this Earth Day

…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 critical species Strange as it may seem, tourists flock to a town nicknamed “Spiderville” in Cambodia to taste its traditional snack of tarantulas. These garlic-fried…

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

…t it could have been very different — as evidenced by Venus. Superficially the closest planet to Earth in terms of size and proximity to the sun, the atmospheres of early Earth and Venus were not drastically different, yet today Earth is hospitable to life and Venus is a highly pressurized hotbox with an average daily temperature of around 460 degrees Celsius (860 degrees Fahrenheit). Scientists believe that the sun may have “cooked off” Venus’…

Why I Made “EARTH A New Wild”

…o be entertained, to fall in love again and learn to value the natural world — except this time with us in it. If we succeed, then we will have forever banished this notion that people are somehow separate from nature — and the reasons for saving nature now really become about saving ourselves. Oh, and we put in lots of baby pandas. Sanjayan is an executive vice president and senior scientist at CI. “EARTH A New Wild” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on…

That Was Then, This Is Now

…arter-century of protecting nature for the well-being of humanity. On the other hand, it is a time to be humbled — and similarly inspired — by how much more work we all have to do. It seems that now, 42 years after the first Earth Day, the times are a-changing as much as they ever were. In many ways, April 22, 1970 feels like a world away. The Beatles were on the verge of releasing what would become their final album, “Let It Be.” Apollo 13 had…

3 reasons for optimism this Earth Day

…ogging our coasts. Wildlife face mass extinctions. Humanity has never faced challenges on this scale — but we’ve never had the tools we now have to solve them. With that in mind, here are but a few reasons to be hopeful this Earth Day. The world’s most populous country is becoming a global sustainability leader. The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were supposed to herald China’s arrival as a fully global society — yet outside the sports venues,…

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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