Conservation

Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Conservationists say that there are now fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs of barn owls left in the UK after four years of extreme weather such as freezing winters and wet summers. Thousands of the birds

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Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

This week, the biggest animal discovery of the 21st century was announced. Meet kabomani, the “little black tapir.” He’s a shy and elusive fellow, living below the radar in the grasslands and

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Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the insects

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Watch the Lion Whisperer Play with a Fully-Grown Pair of Lions in South Africa

Watch the Lion Whisperer Play with a Fully-Grown Pair of Lions in South Africa

A charging african lion is an alarming sight for most people - but for zoologist Kevin Richardson it's just the start of another day on a reserve in South Africa. Richardson wrestles with fully-grown

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Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Since purchasing the 23,000 acre estate 10 years ago, Lister has made Alladale an ecological testing ground, replanting over 800,000 indigenous trees, reintroducing red squirrels, managing local red deer

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Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Giant Sequoia tree image via Shutterstock Even the longest-lived, heartiest organisms on earth must eventually succumb to disease and death. Or do they? A team of horticulturalists at the

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world - and they found that over 30% of them fall into a

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Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

If you’re trying to preserve a severely endangered animal, it’s obviously not the best idea to hunt it for sport. But in a bizarre twist of logic, the Dallas Safari Club has decided to auction off the

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Damage to Peruvian Amazon Caused by Illegal Goldmines Revealed for the First Time

Damage to Peruvian Amazon Caused by Illegal Goldmines Revealed for the First Time

Researchers led by the Carnegie Institution for Science are using airborne mapping and satellite equipment to show the true extent of the damage that illegal gold mining inflicts on the

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Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

National parks are protected by the federal government and carefully managed, so it's easy to assume that they're safe from the harm of human activity. Unfortunately, new research shows that many parks

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Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park

Boy Scout Leaders Destroy 200 Million Year-Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park

In the running for today's "humans are the dumbest species" award are three Boy Scout leaders from Utah. During a recent church camping trip in Goblin Valley State Park, a place known for unique red rock

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Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants. Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants,

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have been

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America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies)

America’s National Parks Closed to Citizens (But Still Open for Oil & Gas Companies)

Glacier Park photo from Shutterstock Want a good example of political hypocrisy and blatant favoritism? The government shutdown mandates that all national parks and monuments be closed to visitors -

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8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save

8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals That We Need to Save

Giant Panda [Status: Endangered] The Giant Panda is the rarest member of the bear family. Pandas live in the bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China. They subsist almost entirely on bamboo.

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released

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700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

The year hasn't even reached a close and already poachers have killed more rhinos is South Africa - home to 80 percent of the world's rhino population - than in all of last year. Poachers have slaughtered

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Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

The short-haired bumblebee has been absent from the UK countryside since the 1980's. During the six decades before its disappearance, the insect's population plummeted due to the loss of wildflower-rich

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Google’s New ‘Street View’ Maps Let You Dive in the Galapagos Islands!

Google’s New ‘Street View’ Maps Let You Dive in the Galapagos Islands!

Google has coursed the Amazon, swam the Great Barrier Reef and scaled the Burj Khalifa - and now the tech giant has launched their latest Street View Trekker project with a collection of incredible maps

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Wolf Wars Infographic Shows the Plight of Wolves Across the United States

Wolf Wars Infographic Shows the Plight of Wolves Across the United States

Wolves are often portrayed as big and bad in fairytales - but these beautiful creatures are actually a threatened species in the United States. In the 17th century there were 2 million wolves in North

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Africa, and of the 20,000 rhinos that lived in Kenya in 1969, just over 500 remain. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants has

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters?

Humpback whale image from Shutterstock Whales are some of the most extreme creatures on Earth. The 115 foot, 150 foot ton Blue Whale, for instance, is the largest animal that ever lived. These

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

Sebastião Salgado's exhibition of breathtakingly poetic images at London's Natural History Museum is a must see for both  environmentalists and fine art photography lovers. The exhibit is comprised of

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Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

While environmentalists and politicians disagree about whether or not to ban pesticides suspected of killing honeybees, some farmers are completely disregarding bee-protecting legislation that's already

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Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.

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America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

In 1630, the Puritan settler and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endicott, planted one of the first fruit trees to be cultivated in the New World. Today, Endicott's pear tree still stands -

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The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

Standing under a relaxing stream of hot water, it can be easy to forget how long you are taking in the shower. Time becomes warped in a combination of suds and steam, making it difficult to keep tabs on

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma

Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma

This isn’t the first time the historic building has been saved from destruction. In 2001, the building was slated for demolition due to issues ranging from asbestos to a broken HVAC system. The iconic

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