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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from a new book, 'Endangered,' by Tim Flach.

Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna

'They'll All Be Gone': Video Of Starving Polar Bear Highlights Effects Of Melting Ice

After footage of a starving polar bear on land went viral, NPR's Scott Simon asked Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup how the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why, but say more research is necessary.

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Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

Environment | Arts | Flora and Fauna | Science

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

Science | Flora and Fauna | World

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

Health | Flora and Fauna | World

Why It's Now A Crime To Let Cattle Graze Freely In 2 Nigerian States

Herders have let their livestock roam freely. Farmers are furious over damage to their crops. Tensions have led to thousands of deaths. Will a government ban on grazing end the violence?