In the realm of Good News Thursday, gorillas are faring better than scientists previously thought—much better, in fact.
Hawaii’s Department of Natural Resources released footage this week of a monk seal pup brandishing a knife. It’s equal parts menacing, adorable, and depressing as hell.
We at Earther are having some disagreements about whether to label this turtle emo, punk, or metal. What none of us can dispute, however, is that it’s endangered.
On Thursday, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Fisheries Society, and The Wildlife Society released a report finding that up to a third of America’s wildlife species are vulnerable because of human activity. A fifth of all U.S. species are “imperiled and at high risk of extinction.”
You lose some, and you find some. That’s pretty much the name of the game when it comes to biodiversity, although these days the odds are stacked heavily towards the losses—even as millions of species are yet to be officially discovered and added to the scientific archives.
President Donald Trump’s oldest child, Donald Trump Jr., shoots from the hip when he talks, and he shoots large animals for fun. These are the main things we know about him. While the former is often more newsworthy, that’s been upended this week, with the Trump administration’s extremely controversial announcement…
Wild ginseng has been harvested on U.S. soil for over 300 years to feed international demand, but the coveted medicinal plant—also known as ‘mountain gold’ due to its preference for higher elevations—is fast becoming a highly endangered commodity. With the harvest season recently underway, states from Virginia to…