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Coal fired power plant in winter with emissions blowing downwind.
Location: Mount Storm, West Virginia
Photographer: SKIP BROWN/National Geographic Stock
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Tanzanian study says education, better signing could reduce animal vehicle collisions
Animal vehicle collisions (AVCs) take an incredible toll on wildlife worldwide. In the United States, for example, as many as 1.5 million deer, moose, and other ungulates are annually involved in vehicle crashes, with all yearly U.S. wildlife collisions costing $1 billion and causing 29,000 human injuries. Still, drivers and the media tend to downplay these costs to world wildlife and automotive safety.
Invasion of Poisonous Asian toad in Madagascar is a greater threat to biodiversity than previously thought
Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the world’s biodiversity, and amphibians rank among the most devastating vertebrate invaders. That’s why the discovery of the Asian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) in Madagascar’s second largest city and main port of Toamasina in March 2014 so alarmed conservationists.
'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms
To protect natural ecosystems, some conservationists advocate 'land sparing,' in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate 'land sharing,' in which farmers take over more land but use more environmentally friendly practices. Researchers studied the relative effects of the two approaches on biodiversity.
US ambassador reiterates commitment to controversial Okinawa air base, a setback for endangered dugong
A longstanding plan to relocate a major US airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa has provoked local ire. Opponents claim the development will cause catastrophic environmental damage and seal the fate in the region of the iconic dugong, a cousin of the manatee. Hopes of a long-awaited breakthrough were frustrated recently when a meeting between the US ambassador to Japan and the anti-air base governor of Okinawa ended with the US reiterating its commitment to the new base.
Researchers find 'hidden tapestry' of plant chemicals in Amazon forest
The Amazon rainforest might seem like a massive expanse of monotonous green. However, a recent study has found that within this monotony lies a kaleidoscope of chemicals unique to all the different plant species of the forest.

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