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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Sep. 1, 2015 Prehistoric 'sanctuary' regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting have been documented by scientists. The researchers reconstructed the population histories for prehistoric New ... read more
Sep. 1, 2015 Here's another discovery to bolster the case for medical marijuana: new research in mice suggests that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may delay the rejection of incompatible ... read more
Sep. 1, 2015 A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more
Aug. 31, 2015 Ancient rocks harbored microbial life deep below the seafloor, reports scientists. This first-time evidence was contained in drilled rock samples of Earth's mantle -- thrust ... read more
Aug. 31, 2015 Researchers have long been puzzled by two rapid and widespread changes in the abundance and distribution of North Pacific plankton and fish species that impacted the region's economically important ... read more
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