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
July 6, 2015 Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to ... read more
July 6, 2015 A surprising study of North and South American mammals, birds and amphibians finds that only about 6 percent of closely related species whose ranges do not currently overlap are likely to come into ... read more
July 6, 2015 A new review paper explores the strategies nature employs to achieve different functions and the mechanics at play within those functions. Surveying everything from sea cucumbers and Venus flytraps ... read more
July 6, 2015 A study of an eco-friendly solvent helping to make PVC plastic more flexible reveals the molecular-level interaction of hydrogen bonds between the two ingredients. What gives plastic objects their ... read more
June 30, 2015 A new framework used to screen hundreds of organic chemical compounds used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that 15 may be of concern as groundwater contaminants based on their toxicity, ... read more
July 1, 2015 In an analysis of food preservation and transportation trends, scientists warn that new sustainable technologies will be needed for humanity just to stay even in the arms race against 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