Eurasian lynx have snowshoe-like feet that give them a competitive edge in catching prey on thick snow. 

As the world warms, snow cover has been diminishing from the Alps to the Rockies. The dwindling snowpack is having a profound effect on ecosystems, disrupting the adaptive advantages of such northern species as lynx, wolverines, and snowshoe hares. 

By Jim Robbins

Energy

Carbon Loophole: Why Is Wood Burning Counted as Green Energy?

A loophole in carbon-accounting rules is spurring a boom in burning wood pellets in European power plants. The result has been a surge in logging, particularly in the U.S. South, and new doubts about whether Europe can meet its commitments under the Paris accord.

By Fred Pearce

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At least 48 North Atlantic right whales have been killed since 2010.

Oceans

Already on Brink, Right Whales Are Pushed Closer to the Edge

North Atlantic right whales, decimated by centuries of whaling, had staged a tentative comeback in recent decades. But the whales’ recovery is now imperiled by collisions with ships and entanglement with fishing lines — threats that could be mitigated with long-overdue controls.

By Deborah Cramer

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