A report from Caribbean News Now. Scientists have classified four previously unidentified species of plume moths in The Bahamas. Plume moths are a class of tiny moths with uniquely modified wings. Plume moths are named for the fringelike scales that decorate their wings. When stretched, the appearance of the mosquito-sized moths mirrors a tiny star. In […]

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports Forecasters working the Tuesday evening shift at the National Weather Service’s San Diego office were confused. A large echo indicating rainfall showed up on weather radar over the San Gabriel Mountains near the town of Wrightwood, Calif. but there were no clouds in the sky. It turns out a massive cloud of […]

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U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction MAY 06, 2019 An alarming new report by a panel of leading scientists warns that human activity is causing the disappearance and deterioration of wildlife at a rate that could represent an existential threat to humanity within our lifetimes. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on […]

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One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world. The global rate of species extinction “is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million […]

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Chlorolestes draconicus Occurring along sunlit, rocky, high-altitude mountain streams flowing through forested and other densely vegetated habitats, the Drakensberg Malachite is a beautiful damselfly that is found only in the Drakensberg Mountain Range along South Africa’s border with Lesotho – as most of its distribution falls within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, the IUCN considers the […]

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Source: The Center for Biological Diversity Reports Showed Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species WASHINGTON— The inspector general for the Department of the Interior yesterday announced it will open an investigation of Secretary David Bernhardt’s role in blocking the release of a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 protected […]

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