Environment

The Call of the Wild Comes at a Distinct Cost.

[DIGEST: AAAS, New York Times, Motherboard] New research suggests that, as with humans, some female monkeys find deep male voices more attractive than their higher-pitched brethren. In a cruel kick in the pants, this research also suggests that – at least with howler monkeys – the deeper the voice, the smaller the testicles. In a study … Continued


Your Sunscreen is Slowly Killing the Ocean’s Coral Reefs

DIGEST [NPR, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Smithsonian, EWG] A key ingredient in many sunscreen products is contributing to the rapid decline of coral reefs around the planet, according to findings in a new study published in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Scientists, including researchers from the United States and Israel, found high … Continued


Bananas Are Going Extinct and Here’s Why.

[DIGEST: CNN, Food World News, io9] This Isn’t the First Time Bananas Have Been Threatened By Extinction The banana we know is not the same banana as 50 years ago. Until 1965, we were eating a more resilient and sweeter species of banana (also known as cultivar in the banana vernacular) called the Gros Michel. Unlike … Continued


“Downright Stunning” Rare Bird Photographed For The First Time, Then Killed In The Name of Science.

[DIGEST: Yahoo, Audubon, TheDoDo.Com, Huffington Post, Discovery, Slate, American Natural History Museum] It’s not everyday that the actions of a field biologist cause public outrage. But that’s exactly what happened to Christopher Filardi, a researcher with the American Museum of Natural History, when he killed a rare bird that had not been observed by scientists … Continued


New Giant Virus Discovered In Icy Siberian Tundra

[DIGEST: Phys.org, News Bureau Illinois, Nature, LA Times, Vice] Global warming will not only result in rising ocean levels, strange weather patterns and droughts. It could also expose us to dangerous prehistoric viral pathogens. According to Phys.Org, rising temperatures enabled French researchers to recently unearth a 30,000-year-old virus in Siberia. The virus, with the ominous … Continued


The Drop in Oil Prices Creates a Win for the Environment, a Loss for Canadian Oil Companies

[DIGEST: Wall Street Journal, Greenpeace, Inside Climate News, The Toronto Star, The Guardian] Last month, oil prices dropped to under $40 a barrel, a six-year low. For the average consumer, lower oil prices mean lower gas costs. But not everyone is celebrating. Canada, home to the third largest source of untapped crude oil, and the … Continued


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