Environment

Orcas dying due to lack of food: researchers warn

Orcas dying due to lack of food: researchers warn

The endangered orcas (killer whales) that frequent Washington state waters are starving and dying due to lack of food, according to a new research.

Researchers tracking the endangered population of orcas said in a statement that at least three whales are either missing or have died since summer this year.

Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

A new report has blamed various human activities, including deforestation, overfishing and illegal trade of animals, for the drastic fall in global wildlife populations over the past few decades.

The Living Planet Report released by the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund revealed that global wildlife populations have contracted an average of 58 per cent from the 1970 levels.

Human-caused climate change boosts wildfires in Western U.S.

Human-caused climate change boosts wildfires in Western U.S.

It is proven fact that wildfires in the western half of the U.S. have been erupting more frequently, charring larger swathes of land for the last 30 years. Now, a new study into the issue has suggested that human-caused climate change is to be blamed for the issue.

The new study, titled the "Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western U.S. forests," revealed that wildfires increased nine-folds in terms of annual area burned between 1984 and 2015.

Endangered Species Act now Protects Michigan's Poisonous Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Endangered Species Act now Protects Michigan's PoisonousEastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has added the eastern massasauga rattlesnakein its list of threatened species. The news that the snake, which is Michigan's only poisonous snake, hasbeen protected under the Endangered Species Act was announced by the federal agency on Thursday (September 29).

Conservationists sue government officials over decision to not list Yellowstone's bison as threatened

In federal court, conservationists have said that the US Department of the Interior's ‘no’ to add bison in the list of endangered has threatened the declining population of the animal at Yellowstone National Park.

There was a time when the western United States had millions of wild American bison, playing a major role in the area’s ecology and nutrition for Native American people.

Strong red tide bloom expected to move toward Lee County over weekend

Strong red tide bloom expected to move toward Lee County over weekend

A powerful red tide bloom is persisting off Sarasota County and is likely to head in the direction of Lee County during the weekend. But, as per a local water quality scientist, there isn’t much likelihood of major impacts there anytime soon.

Officials collected water samples off Sarasota, Pinellas and Manatee counties and discovered counts of 1 million cells per liter or above of Kareniabrevis, the organism that leads to red tide.

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