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
Sep. 21, 2016 If you chop a magnet in half, you end up with two smaller magnets. Both the original and the new magnets have “north” and “south” poles. But what if single north and south poles exist, just ... read more
Sep. 20, 2016 Habitat degradation poses a greater risk to the survival of turtles and tortoises than rising global temperatures, according to new research. More than 60 per cent are listed as vulnerable, ... read more
Sep. 20, 2016 Every plant and animal has a unique genetic composition, which makes a lake like a bowl of DNA soup—every spoonful contains the combined DNA of the lake’s inhabitants. Scientists have only ... read more
Sep. 22, 2016 As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries ... read more
Sep. 22, 2016 Trophy hunters can play an important role in lion conservation, researchers have shown. These findings may surprise the public, but most lion conservationists think trophy ... 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