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Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal
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First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain

One of the first steps toward offshore drilling development in the Atlantic Ocean could decimate a key species in the marine food chain, a new study finds.
Seismic surveying, the process of blasting airguns underwater to locate oil and gas deposits, could have devastating effects on zooplankton, a food source relied upon by many marine animals, […]

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2 Elephants Team Up To Rescue Calf After It Plunges Into Pool

It was an all-trunks-on-deck situation when a baby elephant fell into a pool while taking a drink at a South Korean zoo.
The moment the 11-month-old calf plunged head first into a watering hole at the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, its mother and another elephant came running to help.

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“Lost Springs” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“Lost Springs” Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:00pm and FREE!
Matheson Museum 513 E University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601

Matt Keene’s new documentary, “Lost Springs,” chronicles the Ocklawaha River’s hidden springs that return to life every three to five years when there is a drawdown at Rodman Reservoir, which–along with the George Kirkpatrick […]

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Trump Administration Scraps New Protection For Endangered Whales, Sea Turtles

It hasn’t been a good week for America’s endangered species. The Trump administration has been taking aim at protections for some of the country’s most vulnerable creatures: Last week, it was the imperiled sage grouse; this week, it’s endangered whales and sea turtles off the Pacific Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division […]

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‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
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Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far.
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Hundreds Of Dead Seabirds, Sea Lions Wash Up In Southern California

Something disturbing has been washing up on Southern California beaches in recent weeks: dead and dying seabirds and marine mammals, numbering in the dozens.
California resident Kyle Cory said this week he’s been seeing “between six and 10 or 12” sick or dead sea birds every time he walks along the beaches of Ventura Country. He’s […]

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Finding My Florida

It’s a much-mocked place — but also many states in one. All of them can be fascinating and, yes, sometimes weird.
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The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats

Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it’s an epidemic — and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame.
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Photo Essay: A New Pipeline Encroaches on Florida’s Fragile Everglades

Florida’s Sabal Trail pipeline nears completion as the Trump administration threatens to eliminate Everglades restoration and water protection programs.
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Elephant Kills Big Game Hunter Theunis Botha In Africa

A big-game trophy hunter was killed in Africa last week during an encounter with a herd of elephants.
Theunis Botha, 51, died on Friday in Zimbabwe, South Africa’s News24 reported, citing Netwerk24.

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Pelicans and other species of aquatic birds dying in Florida after being disoriented and bleeding from the mouth: Reason unknown

Pelicans and other species of aquatic birds are reportedly dying off from the coast near Amelia Island all the way south to Ponte Vedra Beach, sea life researchers say.
Researchers with the Florida Sea Grant Extension of Northeast Florida, a part of the Unversity of Florida/IFAS Extension Program based in Flagler County, say ospreys, pelicans, gulls, […]

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Scientists May Be ‘Vastly’ Underestimating The Extinction Risk Facing Some Species

A new Columbia University study is challenging the accuracy of methods used by the IUCN to determine conservation status.
The IUCN Red List paints a grim picture of the biodiversity loss we are facing as a planet. In 2016, tens of thousands of mammals, birds, insects, plants and other organisms were found to be under threat […]

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In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone

In yet another example of a “green revolution” in the country, Chinese officials have approved plans to establish a sprawling national park in the northeastern corner of the country. It will be a sanctuary for two cats endemic to the area that have dangled dangerously close to extinction: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger, also known […]

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Poachers Have All But Emptied This ‘Sanctuary’ Of Forest Elephants

Poachers in just a decade slaughtered roughly 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkébé National Park ― as much as 81 percent of the population in what has been an important sanctuary for the species, according to a new study… The park’s population of elephants fell by at least 78 percent from 2004 to 2014, according […]

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Scientists Agree: It’s Time To End The War On Wildlife

Killing large predators to reduce livestock conflicts or benefit game populations has long been thought to be ineffective — and devastating for ecosystems — and a growing body of scientific literature criticizing the widespread practice is confirming those fears… Most recently, this month, the Journal of Mammalogy — a highly respected international scientific journal and […]

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Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought

A global analysis of Earth’s threatened and endangered species has upended our scientific understanding about the extent to which climate change is affecting wildlife… “We are massively underreporting what is going on,” James Watson, a co-author of the new study and director of science and research initiatives at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told The Huffington Post… […]

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Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity. But the Mariana Trench is polluted… At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush […]

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