Amazon deforestation paces ahead of recent historical norm

INPE’s satellite-based short-term deforestation detection system has recorded 8,683 square kilometers of forest clearing since January 1, the highest on record since the agency started releasing monthly data in 2007. 2019’s figure is 79% higher than a year ago.

Koalas are "functionally extinct" after 1,000 killed in bushfires

If we combine all of the estimated deaths of koalas in Australian bushfires, there could be 1,000 koalas that have been killed in the last two months. The extent of the blaze means large tracts of the tree-dwelling koalas’ habitat has been destroyed.

More than half of native European trees face extinction

More than half of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction as invasive diseases, pests, pollution and urban development take a growing toll on the landscape, according to a study.

50 years later, Agent Orange toxic byproducts found in Vietnam soil

New research has revealed that toxic byproducts of the herbicide Agent Orange used by the US military continue to contaminate soils in Vietnam today.

Deforestation and 'mass extinction' in Haiti

A Caribbean island once full of lush trees and teeming with wildlife is nearly completely deforested and undergoing a mass extinction event. More than half of the country's species predicted to be gone by 2035.

New Zealand whale stranding leaves more than 140 whales dead

Scientists have an imprecise understanding of the obscure phenomenon of mass whale strandings, when large numbers of the marine mammals suddenly beach themselves — often their final acts.

World's wilderness is nearly gone

The first comprehensive fine-scale map of the world's remaining marine and terrestrial wild places shows that just 23 percent of the world's landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest lost.

Climate change kills 98% insects in Puerto Rico’s rainforest

Climate change is massively affecting the tiny creatures in Luquillo rainforest on the island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean region. 98 per cent fewer insects are found there since the 1970s.

Thailand bay made popular by a film closes indefinitely

Made famous by "The Beach," a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay has been off-limits since June 1 as part of what was expected to be a four-month rejuvenation. But the marine ecosystem requires more time to recover.

Land-based ecosystems worldwide risk 'major transformation'

Without dramatic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, most of the planet's land-based ecosystems - from its forests to the deserts and tundra - are at high risk of 'major transformation' due to climate change.

Largest king penguin colony has shrunk nearly 90%

Using high-resolution satellite images, researchers have detected a massive 88 percent reduction in the size of the penguin colony, located on Ile aux Cochons, in the Iles Crozet archipelago.

First mapping of global marine wilderness shows how little remains

The first systematic analysis of marine wilderness around the world shows that only a small fraction - about 13 % - of the world's ocean can still be classified as wilderness.

In 2017, We Lost 40 Football Fields Of Trees Every Minute

New data shows that over 15.8 million hectares (39 million acres) – an area the size of Bangladesh – of tree cover was lost in the tropics during 2017.

“Tree of life” facing an outbreak of deaths

The deaths of the majority of the oldest and largest African baobabs over the past 12 years is an event of an unprecedented magnitude.

Humans are destroying a THIRD of the world's protected land

An international study led by the University of Queensland has found that human behavior is dramatically affecting a region of 2.3 million square miles - around twice the size of Alaska.