Six years ago, after a joint survey on China's longest river - the Yangtze - a team of scientists from around the world announced the functional extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin, the Baiji.
This year, repeated discoveries of finless porpoises along the Yangtze has sounded new alarms that the porpoise, could follow the Baiji's fate.
National Geographic (Mar. 18, 2012) China’s Yangtze River is home to some of the world’s most spectacular whitewater, but plans to dam the river for hydropower threatens to alter the river’s natural landscape. ... watch video
AFP (Oct. 28, 2013) Water has begun flowing through a multi-billion-dollar pipeline from the vast Yangtze river to the parched cities of the north, but environmentalists say the project could have untold ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Apr. 25, 2011) Jiangxi Province's Poyang Lake, located on the Yangtze River, is China's largest freshwater lake. Water levels have been recorded at more than four meters lower than any other time in its history. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 15, 2013) Beijing blames climate change for wreaking havoc on water resources, but critics say industrial prowess is just as responsible. Photographer Carlos Barria talks about capturing a vanishing ... watch video
Nov. 27, 2015 A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased ... read more
Nov. 27, 2015 Regional climate projections for the two coming decades (2021-2040) suggest enhanced probability of heatwaves anywhere in Europe, which would be comparable or greater than the Russian heatwave in ... read more
Nov. 26, 2015 The rate of carbon burial in remote lakes has doubled over the last 100 years, researchers say, suggesting even isolated ecosystems are feeling the effects of our changing ... read more
Nov. 25, 2015 There are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them, a Canadian, comprehensive scientific report ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests in coming decades, a study suggests. Over a 13-year period, researchers carried out fieldwork to assess the ... read more
Nov. 23, 2015 From an evolutionary perspective, it happened almost overnight. In less than 800 years Yakutian horses adapted to the extremely cold temperatures found in the environments of eastern Siberia. The ... read more
Sep. 6, 2014 Anyone who enjoys biting into a sweet, fleshy peach can now give thanks to the people who first began domesticating this fruit: Chinese farmers who lived 7,500 years ago. Archeologists have a good ... read more
Oct. 29, 2013 Researchers report their original genomic research on Baiji, also known as Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer). The study gives new insight into the genetic and evolutionary adaptations of the ... read more
Oct. 21, 2013 The Yangtze finless porpoise, which inhabits the high-traffic waters near the Three Gorges Dam in China, is highly endangered, with only about 1,000 animals alive today. Scientists are using medical ... read more
Feb. 16, 2012 The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem – the Sundarbans, according to the ... read more