A comprehensive study indicates that over 500 terrestrial vertebrate species (which excludes fish, invertebrate, and plant species) will go extinct within the next decade unless we change our practices. Continue reading Losing Ground: Populations shrink and mass extinctions accelerate
By co-opting weather tracking data and using surveys, scientists have determined that the populations of hundreds of North American bird species are in decline – with the exception of wetland species, which might be increasing due to conservation efforts. Continue reading North American Birds have Disappeared in Droves
Coffee is one of the world’s most highly consumed food products, with its farming and distribution comprising a multi-billion dollar global industry. While many Americans (64% in 2018, according to Reuters) could not imagine making it through the day without a hot cup of joe, there is bad news for coffee drinkers: new research from the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens finds that a majority of … Continue reading The Worst Part of Waking Up: Wild coffee species at risk of extinction
The Church lab at Harvard University recently announced plans to create a hybrid mammoth and elephant. Using a technology called CRISPR, researchers in the Church lab have learned how to insert mammoth DNA into the cells of modern elephants. Theoretically, this could set the stage for developing an embryo with DNA from both a modern elephant and the woolly mammoth. The group would like to … Continue reading Could Woolly Mammoths Walk Again?