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We Are Running Out of Time to Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The Senate has a unique opportunity to transform conservation efforts in the U.S. And with midterm elections coming soon, the clock is ticking.

by Ezekiel Maben, Oliver Hegi, Mel Peh, and Courtney Federico |November 4, 2022

Too Little, Too Late: Study Examines Why the Endangered Species Act Fails

Most species are not receiving protection until their populations are precariously small, thus dimming their prospects of recovery.

by |October 12, 2022
tiger heads and skins on a shelf

U.S. May Have Been Responsible for Almost Half of Recent Past Illegal Tiger Trade

A new study indicates that the scale has been underestimated.

by |January 12, 2022
Three salmon, summer chum and chinook, swim at the bottom of a rocky river.

Local Action Leads to Salmon Comeback in Washington’s Hood Canal

Work by tribal, state, and non-governmental organizations in Washington State have brought endangered summer chum salmon populations to potential de-listing levels.

by |November 12, 2020
red berries

New Book Highlights Threatened Plants of the Tropical Andes

It includes species that live nowhere else on Earth, and emphasizes the need to protect these unique mountain forests.

by |July 19, 2019

Why Endangered Species Matter

The Endangered Species Act is under attack. If we don’t protect endangered species, their extinction will impact our food, water, environment and health.

by |March 26, 2019

How Climate Change Affects New York’s Plants and Animals

Climate change is already affecting New York, and these changes will have profound effects on its ecosystems, plants and animals. What are the implications of these projected changes?

by |January 6, 2017

Science Nabs Illegal Ivory Sellers

A Toronto-based company has been convicted of selling illegal ivory in the first case to use a technique for dating ivory developed by a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |March 4, 2015

We Can’t Separate Climate and Biodiversity

In 1940, after Copenhagen was occupied by Nazi Germany, many of its Jews were saved when Danes and Swedes cooperated to spirit them at night across the narrow strait from the Danish town of Helsingør to the Swedish town of Helsinborg. On the Danish side of the strait, there is now a monument, lit at night, so that the Swedes can see this symbol of eternal thanks. I learned this bit of history one […]

by |December 4, 2009