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Global Extinction Rates: Why Do Estimates Vary So Wildly?

by FRED PEARCE
Is it 150 species a day or 24 a day or far less than that? Prominent scientists cite dramatically different numbers when estimating the rate at which species are going extinct. Why is that? READ MORE

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Why the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement May Ultimately Win

by MARC GUNTHER
The fossil fuel divestment campaign has so far persuaded only a handful of universities and investment funds to change their policies. But if the movement can help shift public opinion about climate change, its organizers say, it will have achieved its primary goal. READ MORE

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Alien Islands: Why Killing Rats Is Essential to Save Key Wildlife

by TED WILLIAMS
Alien rats introduced by ships are decimating populations of birds and other wildlife on islands from the sub-Antarctic to California. Effective programs to eradicate the rats are underway but are encountering opposition from animal activists and some green groups. READ MORE

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Resilience: A New Conservation Strategy for a Warming World

by JIM ROBBINS
As climate change puts ecosystems and species at risk, conservationists are turning to a new approach: preserving those landscapes that are most likely to endure as the world warms. READ MORE

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Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters

by ED STRUZIK
As the U.S. and Russia take the first steps to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, experts say the harsh climate, icy seas, and lack of infrastructure means a sizeable oil spill would be very difficult to clean up and could cause extensive environmental damage. READ MORE

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