A wildlife paradise for migratory birds, reptiles and even the elusive jaguar, the Pantanal is often referred to as the world's largest freshwater wetland system. But this biodiversity sanctuary -- which extends through millions of hectares of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay -- is threatened by intensive farming and deforestation, according to environmental group the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
Reuters (Mar. 17, 2013) Farmers and environmentalists in Israel have united to create a man-made ecosystem designed to protect migrating cranes and the farm crops they like to eat. Called the Crane Project, it's an idea ... watch video
National Geographic (Feb. 8, 2012) Dale Aden is a third-generation farmer in the Midwestern US state of Minnesota. For years, he watched the Okabena Creek flood and destroy his crops and farmland. After the losses took their toll, ... watch video
National Geographic (Apr. 9, 2012) In the busy waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Boston, ships and submerged fishing gear pose a threat to humpback whales. Researchers with the US National ... watch video
Reuters - Light News Video Online (Feb. 10, 2014) Penguins at a British marine sanctuary are struggling to cope with the even-worse-than normal wet winter weather and are given medication to improve their mood. Tara Cleary reports.
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May 28, 2015 For years, scientists have been aware of the potential problems of antibiotics being present in wastewater, and new research is showing that treatments to clean wastewater may actually be creating ... read more
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May 27, 2015 Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately ... read more
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Feb. 2, 2015 Alarming evidence of an under-reported wild-meat crisis in the heart of Amazonia has been uncovered by researchers who interviewed households in two Brazilian 'prefrontier' cities -- cities ... read more
Feb. 1, 2013 Broadening of forest-centric focus to river catchment-based conservation framework is required: A new study found that freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon are highly vulnerable to environmental ... read more
Dec. 22, 2011 A dramatic photo of a female jaguar and her two cubs near the Isoso Station of the Santa Cruz-Puerto Suarez Gas Pipeline in Kaa Iya National Park in Bolivia has just been released. The adult jaguar, ... read more