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News spotlight: Report finds striking rise in methane emissions

By Mary Kate McCoy

October 31, 2022
More methane is being pumped into the atmosphere than ever before, according to a new study from the World Meteorological Organization. The rapid acceleration is threatening to hamper efforts to curb climate change.
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News spotlight: What happened to Alaska’s snow crabs? Scientists have a few leads.

By Mary Kate McCoy

October 25, 2022
Deep in the frigid east Bering Sea, snow crabs have historically flourished — supporting Alaska’s $160 million annual crabbing industry. Yet state officials recently sent shockwaves across the industry when they announced there would be no snow crab season this year for the first time.
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Meet a scientist: Using tech to advance wildlife conservation

By Kiley Price

October 21, 2022
Senior Wildlife Conservation Scientist Jorge Ahumada uses technology to track wildlife species around the world and ensure the data is available to craft smart policies for their protection. Conservation News spoke to him about his passion for mining big data to uncover hidden trends in nature.
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News spotlight: Athletes become activists to protect surf ecosystems

By Emma Cummings-Krueger

October 19, 2022
In case you missed it: More than 85 percent of the world's best surf breaks are located in areas that are critically important for conservation. And surfers are some of the ecosystems’ best advocates.
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News spotlight: Australia aims to end extinctions — critics see a plan that picks ‘winners’

By Mary Kate McCoy

October 10, 2022
Australia has lost more mammals to extinction than any other continent. A new plan commits to protecting its iconic wildlife, but some say it doesn’t go far enough.
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