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A Troubling Picture – June 13, 2014

In trying to nab the perfect wildlife picture, photographers may be doing more harm than good

Few of us will ever have the chance to see a penguin, a tiger, or a whale in their natural environment. Yet we all know what these creatures and their wild homes look like thanks to the extraordinary efforts of wildlife photographers, both amateur and professional.

For nearly 150 years – as more and more humans have moved into urban centers and as cameras have become smaller and easier to use –photographers have played a crucial role in maintaining our intimacy with wild nature.

black-and-white photo of a canyon scene, men on horseback to give scalephoto by William Henry JacksonLandscape images captured by photographer William Henry… more

by: Ido Liven

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On World Biodiversity Day, Remember the Taxonomists – May 22, 2013

Species are disappearing before we even know what exactly they are

If you’re a regular reader of Earth Island Journal or other environmental news sites, you probably know that plant and animals species around the globe are going extinct at the fastest rate in human history. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, we are losing species at up to a thousand times the natural rate. Many experts now agree that Earth is heading for, or already experiencing, a mass extinction – the sixth in nearly half a billion years. The last mass extinction occurred about 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs, among the 76 percent of life forms at the time, were wiped out. Now, scientists… more

by: Ido Liven

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