Americans Said They'd Pay More Taxes to Protect Gulf of Mexico
In a national online survey of more than 1,500 households, Americans said they'd pay $35 to $107 more than current taxes to expand the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, which contains several reefs, whale sharks, sea turtles and other marine life.
Biologists Are Killing 'Bully' Owls To Clear Habitat for Endangered Owls
In a four-year study, a biologist found that in areas from which invasive barred owls had been removed, native Northern spotted owls no longer declined.
106 Invasive Burmese Pythons Were Killed in Florida Hunt
In Florida's month-long 2016 Python Challenge, 106 invasive Burmese pythons were turned in by hunters. These non-native snakes have a huge impact on the Everglades ecoystem, and wildlife officials say that the hunt's biggest benefit is spreading awareness. Plus, some really big snakes are brought in.
Ikea Considering Using Mushroom Packaging, Not Polystyrene
Mycelium, which is essentially the root of mushrooms or related fungi, can be made into various forms and can serve as packaging. Ikea is considering replacing its polystyrene with mycelium, which can be tossed in the garden afterward to break down in weeks.
Rare Mesolithic Engraved Pendant Identified; Unique in UK
An 11,000-year-old shale pendant's engraved pattern has been found to be unique in the United Kingdom, according to new research.
Fish Will Shift to Poles Because of Climate Change, Hurting Fishermen and Redistributing Wealth
Taking from the poor and giving to the rich will occur as fish and other resources move away from the equator and toward the poles as a result of warming temperatures, says a new study.
Unprecedented Report: More Pollinator Species in Danger, Risking Food Supply
Bees, birds and bats are among those under threat and vital for pollinating a high proportion of the world's food crops, as a new report from the University of Cambridge and other institutions pointed out, basing findings on scientific, indigenous and local knowledge.
Laurie Anderson's Film About Late Dog Lolabelle Wins International Cinema Prize
Renowned musician and artist Laurie Anderson's film Heart of a Dog is screening on HBO on April 25, showing at theaters around the country, and just won a cinema award. It centers partly on her late rat terrier, Lolabelle, and also on her late husband, Lou Reed.
New Zoo Baby: Tiny Pygmy Marmoset, World's Smallest Monkey Species, Unnoticed at Zoo
Considering that grown pygmy marmosets are the world's smallest monkeys and can fit in a person's hand and weigh about the same as a shared bar of chocolate, it was easy to miss a new baby of the species for a bit at the U.K.'s Chester Zoo.
Neptune-Size Planet Discovered
A new planet has been discovered in an open star cluster that is relatively near to Earth. A University of Texas astronomer reported the finding in a recent journal publication.
Earth's First Animal? Sea sponge, Says Study
Long before skin divers plumbed the ocean's depths for the pored animals that are sea sponges, they were Earth's first animal, says a new MIT genetic study.
Like Some Humans, Sharks Drop Out of Society For Mate-Search and Dinner?
Sand tiger sharks were recently found to have more involved social networks than expected for a fish.
El Niño Prolonging Globe's Longest Coral-Die-Off Event on Record
Some corals may not have time to recover before new bleaching events hit them, says a new study from NOAA.
Carbon Limits Could Save 175,000 Lives By 2030
Changing transportation and energy scenarios to limit carbon emissions by 2030 could save a high number of lives, says a new study from Duke University.
Roosters Rescued in NYC From Cockfighting Rings; Will Go To Vermont
While cockfighting roosters in the past were often euthanized after being rescued, because they seemed incurably aggressive, a Vermont-based sanctuary has combined psychological training with knowledge of roosters to treat PTSD and other factors. The method is now used in sanctuaries around the U.S.