nature
North America’s Glaciers Are Melting Four Times Faster Than They Were a Decade Ago

Across the world’s icy landscapes, climate change is spurring a major meltdown. That includes the western U.S. and Canada where not only is ice vanishing, but it’s doing so at a more rapid pace than it was just a decade ago, according to a new study released this week in Geophysical Research Letters. Read More >>

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Charming, Newly Discovered Treefrog Has a Mysterious Claw

Introducing Hyloscirtus hillisi, a species of treefrog recently discovered in the eastern Andes of Ecuador. Among its many distinguishing features is an enlarged claw, the purpose of which isn’t immediately clear. Read More >>

climate change
The Great Barrier Reef’s Secret Climate Change Weapon Is This Switzerland-Sized Meadow of Seagrass

Tourists frequently flock to Lizard Island, off the northeastern coast of Australia, to marvel the Great Barrier Reef. Among the dugongs, sea turtles, and jewel-toned corals, though, there’s another organism that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves: seagrass. Read More >>

animals
Scientists Just Rescued One of the Last Sumatran Rhinos to Save the Entire Species

Capturing a rhino is no easy task. In fact, capturing one female Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian section of the island of Borneo took seven months. Read More >>

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The Best Way to Remove Invasive Species? Greedy Goats

Connie Rieper-Estes likes to name her goat babies in batches. There are the cookie goats: Snickerdoodle, Biscotti, Nutter Butter, and Black and White Cookie. Before them came the ice cream-themed names: Neopolitan and Caramel Sundae. What better names to give a bunch of hungry goats? Read More >>

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Extremely Relatable Salmon Get Stuck in Traffic While Migrating

Salmon will do whatever it takes to make some babies. They’ll even dart across oncoming traffic, apparently. Read More >>

conservation
Just Five Countries Control Most of the World’s Remaining Wilderness

There are few corners of the planet humanity has yet to occupy or change. Truly wild areas are rarities, and a new map has carefully identified where exactly the last ones are. Read More >>

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Palau Becomes First Nation to Ban Sunscreens That Harm Corals

Sunscreen is essential for any tropical trip. After all, no one’s trying to return home with red, burnt skin. Your favourite brand may soon be illegal, however, if you’re headed to Palau, a 500-island archipelago in the Pacific. Why? Because some sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful to coral. Read More >>

animals
Three Freaky New Fish Species Discovered in One of the World’s Deepest Trenches

In further proof that the deep sea is stranger than outer space, scientists have discovered what they believe to be three new species of snailfish nearly 25,000 feet (7,500 meters) below the ocean’s surface in the Atacama Trench. The translucent, scaleless creatures look like ghosts that accidentally entered our world through some kind of rift in the spacetime continuum. Read More >>

science
An Ailing Orca Was Given Medication in the Wild for the First Time Ever

A team of biologists from NOAA Fisheries, Vancouver Aquarium, and other institutions have been tracking the three-year-old orca, named J50, or Scarlet, for weeks. They’re not entirely sure what’s wrong with her, but she’s dangerously underweight and often lethargic. Scarlet is a member of the J-Pod, a group of about 76 critically endangered southern resident orcas, or killer whales. Maintaining the life of each pod member, females especially, is crucially important, hence the extraordinary and unprecedented measure to administer medication. Read More >>

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That Mourning Orca Whale Mother Should Be a Wake-Up Call

Ten dreadful days. That’s how long Tahlequah, the female orca also known as J-35, has been carrying her dead calf in mourning through the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea. The female baby orca lived a mere half hour after being born July 24. Its body has begun to decompose, but that hasn’t kept the mother from holding onto the calf. Once she does release it, researchers want to conduct an autopsy and find out what exactly killed it. Read More >>

environment
Council Accidentally Mows Butterfly Count Meadow

A picturesque Devon meadow that was used in David Attenborough's mission to count the butterflies is no longer all that photogenic or such an untouched nature hotspot, as its precious grasses and flowers have been mowed away by a rogue council worker. At least it will make counting the butterflies significantly easier. Read More >>

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Volcanic Ash Has Basically Turned Day Into Night in Vanuatu

I’m no expert, but I feel like our planet is trying to tell us something. In addition to every corner of the globe being on fire, doused in rain, or cooked by heat, a new volcanic eruption is adding heavy ash to the list of calamities befalling humanity. The Manaro Voui volcano popped off in Vanuatu, a small island nation in the South Pacific, prompting the evacuation of the entire island of Ambae. Read More >>

biology
This Brain Part Could Explain Why Parrots Are so Much Smarter Than Other Birds

Parrots are known for their intelligence, but why they should be so much smarter than other birds isn’t entirely clear. New research suggests parrots have an enlarged brain circuit responsible for higher-order thinking — a brain circuit with strikingly mammalian-like characteristics. Read More >>